11 Key West Restaurants You Have to Try
No trip to Key West is complete without a few visits to the best Key West restaurants.
There’s nothing better than an outdoor adventure or relaxing the day away soaking up the sun, the sand, and the sea, and finishing the day with a delicious meal.
No trip here is complete without finding some deliciously locally-made fare, mostly pertaining to fresh and fantastic seafood dishes cooked up in the traditional styles of the area. Below are all the best restaurants in Key West for a foodie feast.
The Best Key West Restaurants
Blue Heaven is probably one of the most well-known and best restaurants in the Florida Keys. It’s set in the historic Bahama Village and offers an island-style menu beloved by many. It’s a great spot for a meal any time of day.
The Caribbean BBQ Shrimp is a popular pick, and the Yellow Submarine and Island Plate are equally enjoyable. The outdoor garden is glorious, and if you’re lucky you’ll see the chicken and the cat who are known to roam the property as adorable besties. There are plenty of truly tasty vegetarian options here too, whether you eat meat-free or not.
If you drove all the way from Key Largo to Key West in search of Cuban food, a stop here is a must. El Siboney is a hidden gem in downtown Key West and THE Cuban restaurant Key West. Cuban food is a staple of the foodie scene in the Keys, and this little hole in the wall has some of the best. The traditional home cooking and no-frills setting are all part of the fun.
Whatever you order, you’d be wise to try a glass of the house-made sangria while you’re here. It’s a meat-heavy menu, and everything is authentic and affordable. The Roast Pork and Siboney Steak are both mouthwatering meals.
Cafe Marquesa is a high-end eatery set inside a fancy hotel serving elevated New American fares. It’s a great spot for a special night out on the town if you’re looking for some fine dining in Key West.
It’s a favorite among locals and tourists alike. The plates are inventive and elevated and all based on the seasonal availability of the ingredients. The bar space is cozy for light bites and boozy beverages and they have some of the best Key Lime pie in all of Key West!
Bad Boy Burrito
This tiny cantina has some of the most amazing Mexican in the area. It’s a grab-and-go setup, so it’s great for packing beach picnics or picking up a quick dinner after a long day of adventuring.
The breakfast is available all day long, so ideal for when that late evening craving for huevos hits. All the Build Your Own Burrito options are so good, and the tacos are made in the traditional street style. The Surf and Turf Taco is especially superb, it’s made with skirt steak and the famous Key West pink shrimp.
The Lobster Shack
The Lobster Shack is a shellfish lover’s dream. It’s a tiny, brightly colored, coastal cottage that’s full of fun, for example, their cheeky tagline is “the best tail in town.”
The menu isn’t too fancy, and it features mainly different types of lobster rolls, plus their famous bisque and some conch fritters for a side. If you like spice go for the Diablo Roll, otherwise the Lobster BLT Roll is a great choice. If they happen to have some freshly baked Key Lime Pie while you’re there, it’s also a must-order.
Hot Tin Roof
Hot Tin Roof is a restaurant where it’s worth savoring every bite and is one of the best Key West restaurants on the water. The main focus is a fusion of Caribbean and classic Florida flavors, and all the small plates are so fun to share. The waterfront scenery is really stunning, and sitting out on the open-air patio is a lovely way to spend some time here.
The lounge and dining room are decorated in an island-style, with some whimsical sculptures and murals adding to the ambiance. The Snow Crab and Tasso Mac and Cheese and the Chilled Seared Rare Tuna are some seriously fine fares.
The Thirsty Mermaid is a breath of fresh air in the Key West foodie scene and one of the most incredible Key West seafood restaurants. An adorable little eatery, it’s bright and clean in a way that feels hip and modern. The menu offers many locally sourced seafood dishes, each thoughtful and seasonal.
It also has an amazing raw bar, with a rotating selection of oysters, clams, and ceviches. There’s plenty of Florida craft beer on draft as well as an extensive list of wines available by the glass, half bottle, or full bottle. It’s a perfect pick for happy hour, with delicious discounted snacks and drinks.
Pepe’s is an iconic institution in Key West that’s been feeding the hungry Florida masses since way back in 1909. As such, a stop in at this rustic joint is basically mandatory. They offer signature breakfast dishes, such as the Jumbo Eggs and Lox Platter.
It’s also open for lunch and dinner, but be sure to check the times before you head over. The menu is small, with a few options for steaks, fresh fish, and sandwiches. There’s a full bar, homemade desserts, and a very tasty surf and turf as well.
Nine One Five
Set inside a renovated Victorian home from 1850, Nine One Five offers a special atmosphere. It’s an all-around effortlessly charming experience that feels unique to the area. The fare here is mainly American with some global inspiration.
The Lobster Ravioli and Clams & Chorizo are both dishes that are to die for here. It also turns into a late-night wine bar, and with the fresh Florida air out on the picturesque patio covered in twinkle lights, it’s the ideal setting for it.
For something a bit different from the norm in Key West, try the modern Mediterranean eatery Azur. It’s located in the heart of Old Town, just off the tourist strip of Duval Street. It’s a super tranquil space that offers an upscale, yet cute and contemporary, ambiance.
It has an intimate indoor and outdoor setting full of plants and warm colors. The House-Cured Salmon Carpaccio, Confit Duck Leg, and Seafood Risotto are just a few of the delicious dishes on deck here. They offer a beautiful brunch as well.
Kermit’s Key Lime Café
You can’t visit the Florida Keys and not have a taste of the famous Key Lime Pie so I have to include a Key Lime specific restaurant on this list of restaurants in Key West! There are plenty of places selling Key Lime Pie in Key West! However, none stand out as much as our FROZEN key lime at Kermit’s. This place is an institution with two locations, the original at 200 Elizabeth Street and one right off Duval Street.
There is also a restaurant serving up affordable breakfast meals here!
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