I'm taking my husband to Key West for his birthday in February. We'll be there four days and would like some recommendations for breakfast , lunch and dinner. We like casual dining. He likes all cuisines so anything exceptionally good...please recommend.
Tripper here is a list that might help. Let me know if I can answer anything else
Blue Heaven - very funky, usually a wait for a table, great outdoor eating area. Not always the best service. Good for vegetarians. It’s the place with the chickens everyone talks about.
Martins- Great Brunch only on Sundays, great benedicts, make reservations for anything at noon or later
Harpoon Harry's - local hangout, cheap and quick
Banana Cafe - fabulous crepes, Locals favorite. Usually a wait
Pepe's - delicious but expect a wait, get the homemade bread
The Deli - cheap but good and fast
Camille’s – Mixed reviews but worth a shot for breakfast. Most tend to agree it’s not as good as it was when it was located on Duval Street
Alonzo's Oyster Bar – On the water. Try the lobster sand and the white clam chili. They are the only place in town that offers cold water oysters and most would agree cold is the best. Very good happy hour. Air conditioning!!! Mixed reviews on service..
The Deli - cheap but good and fast
Square One – nice little Brunch type menu. Nice salads.
Half Shell Raw Bar - locals favorite, best raw bar, great conch chowder and fritters. Good Happy Hour but it gets busy.
The Grand Café – Nice lunch fare. Good people watching.
Turtle Kraals - locals favorite, southwest flavor. Mixed reviews on service and food but worth a try if you like Southwest food.
Banana Cafe - good salads and crepes
Kyushu – Sushi Bar with really good lunch specials.
B.O.'s Fish Wagon - delicious fish sandwich. Kind of funky type place.
Rusty Anchor - on Stock Island, locals favorite
Louie's – O.K. for lunch, not dinner – if you must try it. Not as good as it once was. Very pricey for snobby, so-so service. Sit at the bar for better service. The Afterdeck Bar is a great place for drinks.
Pisces - fine dining but worth it. Great wine list. Yellowtail Atocha and Lobster Tango Mango!!! Yum!!! They probably have the best surf and turf on the island. Wonderful desserts. Pricey.
A&B Lobster House – Overlooking the water fine dining, get a pan roast but save room for the banana foster! Sit outside if available. Great views.
7 Fish –Locals favorite. Make reservations a couple days in advance. Casual. Don’t miss. Closed on Tuesdays. Very reasonable. Beer and wine only. Can get noisy.
Antonia’s - amazing Italian, upscale. Great specials. Make reservations. Voted “Top Food” and “Top Service” by Zagat 2003.
Ambrosia - Sushi!! Make reservations. Best sushi in town. The tuna will melt in your mouth.
Michael's – Fine Dining. Voted “best service” by Zagat 2003. Great steak and duck. Chocolate Volcano!
Alice's – funky, make reservations. Don’t miss her Artichoke. Locals favorite.
Blue Heaven - Yellowtail!! Service can be a little hit or miss
Santiago’s Bodega – Fun little tapas place. It’s the new hot spot. Don’t miss the bread pudding! Beer and wine only and the have great red or white sangria.
El Siboney - Great Cuban! Locals’ favorite for Cuban food year after year
Nine One Five –Don’t miss the Devils on Horseback.
Flamingo Crossing Ice Cream – Best coffee ice cream you will ever have
We have reservations Thursday night at Antonia's...what is the dress code there? I know it says "fine dining" but in Key West lingo, how do folks dress when going there. Plus, what do you expect the weather temperatures to be this weekend? Thanks!
Just got back from Key West and had dinner and then Breaky the next day at Blue Heaven. Atmosphere, service, food, and drinks were all excellent. HOnestly, we liked the food at dinner better than at breakfast and service was great both times. The bonus in the evening was live music & a great , relaxed, vibe :-)
Any one out there tried the Square Grouper on Cudjoe Key MM 22.5??? I absolutely love the place and along with Blue Heaven, you'd be hard pressed to find better eats anywhere south of Dade County IMHO...Calypso in Key Largo is almost up there in that league too.
Love Square Grouper. Its very good but I am no sure its worth the drive from Key West. Its easily one of the better places in the middle keys and worth a stop if you are staying around there. Doug and his wife really do a nice job.
You might also try the Cafe Marquesa. Food is excellent. It is in the Hotel Marquesa. Also...don't leave Key West without trying the chocolate dipped key lime pie on a stick. You can get is at the Blonde Giraffe.
I second Suzie's El Siboney - Great Cuban! Locals’ favorite for Cuban food year after year. Plus, it's a bargain (as in a low budget as you can go and still hope for safe dining); consistant and authentic in every way.
And Antonia’s - which Suzie called amazing - we also loved it.
There is no shortage of good food in Key West, but depending on which chef or cooks are working that night, I have found most places pretty inconsistant, all around raves one night, and just so-so a month later.
KW eateries seem to be in constant flux, so here's another approach... You'll no doubt be stopping a a variety of tourist places; I have found the veterans on the staff at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park to be reliable for leads to hidden treasures. And, unlike a lot of KW's bartenders, they haven't turned giving referrals into a second income source.
Thanks for all the good advice...
Favorite dinner was at Alice's...also loved Cafe Marquesa.
Glad we went to Blue Heaven...more for the atmosphere than the food...which was fine. Also had a nice lunch at Alonzo's Oyster Bar. Didn't love the food at El Siboney. Perhaps my lack of experience with Cuban food...but found it pretty bland.
Having been in Key West for only two months, sticker shock is a way of life here in Paradise, but check out Hogfish Bar and Grill or The rusty Anchor, just north east (??? I am still lost in the land down under Miami) of Key West. Also on the way down to Keywest try out my favorite restaurant, Calypso in Key Largo, a place off the beaten path and favored by the locals.