Key West Seafood Restaurants Will Reel You in Hook, Line and Sinker

Claudia Miller

By , Florida Keys Expert, Key West
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With its prime location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Key West overflows with the sea’s bounty like Key West pink shrimp, Florida spiny lobster and stone crabs. There’s also a wide variety of fish like grouper, snapper, hogfish, yellowtail and catches you may have never seen like tilefish and tripletail. You’ll find that abundance overflows into the island’s many seafood restaurants, which also come in a wide variety of flavors.

For something low-key, head to Hogfish Grille or BO’s Fish Shack for their specialties--grilled hogfish and cracked conch sandwiches. You can also sample the local cuisine on the...  Read more »

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    The best special occasion restaurant on the island, this intimate eatery blends local seafood with French cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "The impeccable wait staff create a nice balance between a formal and relaxed service and can help you navigate the wine list. "

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    Seven Fish

    This tiny neighborhood bistro is tops for their simple, yet elegant approach to fresh fish. Try paired with the Thai curry cream sauce.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss their strawberry whipped cream pie with a chocolate graham cracker crust; it's a slice of heaven. "

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    Hogfish Bar and Grill

    Just five minutes away from Old Town, Hogfish is known for their namesake specialty sandwich and views of Key West's last working waterfront .

    Local Expert Tip: "Located on Stock Island, it's called "a great place if you can find it" for a reason. Print out directions, or use your GPS."

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    BO's Fish Wagon

    At this funky seafood shack, the best cracked conch sandwich in town will only set you back twelve bucks.

    Local Expert Tip: "While it may look like a junk heap from afar, there's a hidden gem of a restaurant inside. Cash only."

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    A&B Lobster House

    With an upscale atmosphere and stunning views of the Bight, this old-school seafood restaurant is an island institution dating back to 1947.

    Local Expert Tip: "Kick off your evening at one of the best happy hours in town downstairs at Alonzo's Oyster Bar."

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    Louie's Backyard

    An upscale Caribbean-American restaurant, Louie's unique spin on seafood features specialties like conch fritters spiced with hot pepper jelly.

    Local Expert Tip: "For a more casual atmosphere, head upstairs to the wine bar and sample small plates of roasted clams or Ouzo shrimp."

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    Half Shell Raw Bar

    This laid-back joint offers straight-from-the-boat seafood like the Shrimp Po' Boy and conch ceviche with reasonable prices and waterfront views.

    Local Expert Tip: "At their Happy Hour, 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily, you can score two-for-one cocktails and discounts on menu items. "

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    Alonzo's Oyster Bar

    Alonzo's features the largest selection of warm and cold water oysters on the island. Sample them on the cheap during Happy Hour.

    Local Expert Tip: "Can't pick just one dish? Try one of their sampler platters like the Fried Seafood Platter packed with local fish, shrimp, oysters and conch fritters."

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    Hot Tin Roof

    Upscale dining at its best, Hot Tin Roof's menu offers a Pan-Latin twist on Key West's fresh catch like Key lime fish ceviche and paella.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make reservations as far in advance as possible for one of the coveted outside tables with sunset views."

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    Rusty Anchor

    One of the best kept secrets in Key West, this spot serves fresh seafood straight from their own commercial fishing fleet.

    Local Expert Tip: "During stone crab season (October to May) their raw bar has an array of claws cooked and placed on ice. "



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