Canoodle Over the Cuisine at These Romantic Restaurants in Key West



While Key West has a party-town rep, lovebirds will find plenty of restaurants tucked away where they can escape for romantic interludes. Charming gardens, ocean views, sunset spots and even a dinner on the high seas await the couple looking to canoodle over fine cuisine.

Start the day with a mimosa toast at idyllic cafes like Croissants de France and AZUR with their shaded terraces and bubbling waterfalls. At sunset, skip the crowds on Mallory Square and head to Hot Tin Roof. Snag a front row table for Pan-Latin Key West cuisine as the skies alight with color. For toes-in-the-sand elegance, you and your honey should hop the ferry to Latitudes on Sunset Key where you’ll feel like you're dining on your own private island.

For a more intimate experience, off-the-beaten path hideaways like Pisces and Cafe Marquesa offer special occasion fine dining at its best. Adventurous couples can take to the water with Islescapes for the ultimate romantic dinner aboard their private yacht. Late-night sweethearts are able to indulge in more than just sweet nothings at dessert restaurant Better Than Sex. Their scandalous-named treats will certainly set the mood for the rest of the your amorous evening. Searching for that perfect romantic restaurant in Key West? One of these top ten favorites is sure to please.




Ensconced in a historic Victorian house on Duval Street, 915's wraparound patio provides a dreamy backdrop for an enchanting meal. They offer a European fusion menu packed with tapas, which are perfect for sharing. The selection roams the globe...  Read More




An upscale Caribbean-American restaurant, Louie's Backyard has been a go-to spot for date night since 1971. Their island specialties include conch fritters spiced up with a hot pepper jelly or a unique version of shrimp and grits made with Key...  Read More




A table for two on a tranquil garden patio under the shade of a sprawling Spanish lime tree mixed with French cuisine is the recipe for love. Located just off Duval Street, Croissants de France is part bakery and part bistro, offering French...  Read More




This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant features a shaded terrace and trickling waterfall for outdoor dining, as well as comfortable indoor seating. AZUR serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, which means couples can steal away for a romantic meal...  Read More


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For posh dining with a stellar view of the sunset, head to Hot Tin Roof at Ocean Key Resort and Spa located just off Mallory Square. You can dine alfresco on their patio with the sounds of Jimmy Buffett classics wafting up from the band on...  Read More




Indulge in a little luxury, as you and your honey escape to this private island for elegant toes-in-the-sand dining and panoramic Gulf views. After a quick ride on the ferry across the Key West Harbor to Sunset Key, settle in at Latitudes for...  Read More




With only 50 seats, the award-winning Cafe Marquesa is just the hideaway for an elegant and intimate dinner. Chef Susan Ferry serves up Contemporary American Cuisine with an an eclectic menu that changes every night based on seasonal...  Read More




The innovative chef at this high-end eatery fuses local seafood dishes with French cuisine, creating a decadent menu you won't find elsewhere. One of the most "formal" restaurants in Key West (i.e. tacky t-shirts won't fly), soft intimate...  Read More




Foodies with a passion for the sea will rejoice when they set sail on a three-hour dinner cruise, complete with sunset, on Islescapes' 33-foot motor yacht. The boat is fitted with a barbecue grill where Captain Alex and his first mate cook...  Read More




This award-winning dessert cafe wows with their sinful concoctions like Cookie Nookie Pie and Between My Red Velvet Sheets Cheesecake. Pair with their Choco-Cab, cabernet served in a chocolate-rimmed wine glass. It's so tasty you'll be licking...  Read More


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Meet Claudia Miller

Claudia Miller has been writing about South Florida for over 17 years--seven from Key Largo. A budding photographer, she can usually be found stalking a sunset. Despite being a tad...  More About Claudia

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