Local Experts' Top Seafood Restaurants

Amber Nolan

By , Local Expert, Key West
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Key West has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for seafood, in part because of the freshest products. Mahi mahi, snapper, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and grouper are just a few of the catches that fisherman reel in each day to grace the menus at these Key West institutions. Chefs add their own twist to traditional fish and lobster dishes, and locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food. You'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at the popular Schooner Wharf Bar or at Louie's Backyard, another major player in the field. Add the chilled-out atmosphere of this fishing...  Read more »

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    Schooner Wharf Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "First-timers to the restaurant should dive right in and try the fresh mahi mahi or snapper melt with a house mango sauce topped with sautéed onions and mushrooms."

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    BO's Fish Wagon

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

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    A&B Lobster House

    Local Expert Tip: "Start out with happy hour at Alonzo's and then splurge on the surf and turf at A & B's Lobster House. "

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    Louie's Backyard

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $16
    • Neighborhood: Key West

    Local Expert Tip: "If you visit in the evening you will want to plan your meal around the spectacular sunset. "

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    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $50
    • Neighborhood: Key West

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask your server to help you choose the perfect wine to complement your meal."

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    Cafe Sole

    Local Expert Tip: "You can now book online using Open Table."


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    Half Shell Raw Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "Try their frozen pina colada for dessert. "

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    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $24
    • Neighborhood: Key West

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't skip the wine; the hand-selected list is expansive."


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    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. "

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    Seven Fish

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


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