One of the great things about restaurants in the Florida Keys: outdoor patios are open year-round. Dining outside adds to the tropical atmosphere and encourages patrons to linger over their meal, enjoy the scenery, or watch the traffic of people passing by. Worries seem to naturally melt away when you’re in no hurry to leave the restaurant. In Key West, there are plenty of options for outdoor dining, but some offer better views and service than others. From legendary breakfast spots like Blue Heaven, to casual bar and grills, we’ve weeded through the island’s eateries and honed down a list of our favorite outdoor venues. Interested in a romantic evening out? Try Louie’s Backyard, or head to the Sunset Key for on-the-sand dining at Latitudes. At the Southernmost Beach Café, don your bathing suit and hit the sand before or after your meal.
For fresh seafood and an old-world Key’s experience, visit Stock Island’s Hogfish Bar and Grill, or Schooner Wharf in the historic seaport. Long time favorites like Pepe’s and Michaels will have you canceling plans to return home, and if you prefer a strong cocktail and the bar scene, Kelly’s Caribbean and newbie The Smokin’ Tuna are serving up fun along with your meal.