Local Experts' Top Restaurants

Amber Nolan

By , Local Expert, Key West
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The restaurant’s of Key West set the stage for a foodie’s dream vacation. Seafood dominates many of the menus, but these aren’t the average grilled fish filet. Fresh daily catches are decorated with mango chutney, peppercorn glazes, or creamy Cajun sauces. From quick grab-and-go cafes, casual outdoor patios, to upscale venues that make a perfect romantic night out, no matter what type of dining experience you are seeking you’ll find on it on the island. Here are ten of our favorite places to eat, but new venues are sprouting up all the time.

  • 1

    Caroline's Cafe

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab a seat at the outdoor bar for some great conversations and people watching."

  • 2

    The Cafe

    Local Expert Tip: "The falafel served with bean salad is out of this world."

  • 3

    Harpoon Harry's

    Local Expert Tip: "Stop by on Monday for open-mic night and Thursday for trivia."

  • 4

    Blue Heaven

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask for extra lobster meat. It's $3 extra but you get a pile."

  • 5

    El Siboney

    Local Expert Tip: "Watch the daily specials for some real treats like the white bean soup on Mondays and Oxtail on Saturdays."

  • 6

    Alonzo's Oyster Bar

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $21
    • Neighborhood: Key West

    Local Expert Tip: "Alonzo's is part of the Southernmost Restaurant Group which includes five other top-notch venues in Key West."

  • 7

    Cafe Marquesa

    • Cuisine: American, Ethnic
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Key West

    Local Expert Tip: "Reservations are highly recommended."

  • 8

    BO's Fish Wagon

    Local Expert Tip: "On select Thursday nights you'll also be able to check out some local bluegrass bands."

  • 9

    Seven Fish

    Local Expert Tip: "Be aware that they are closed on Tuesday."

  • 10

    Grand Cafe Key West

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget about their specialty cocktails, like the lychee martini with Stoli Vanilla, pineapple and lychee juice."


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