10 Best Brunch Hot Spots in Key West, Florida by Local Editors

On any given Sunday in New York, residents and tourists flock to restaurants that offer brunch specials. Mimosas and Bloody Marys adorn table tops and lines form at the door full of people waiting for a seat - particularly in the summer months when outdoor dining is coveted. In the south, Key West is quickly becoming the brunch hot spot, with tropically-infused menus and year round open-air patios. Even the New York legend, Sarabeth's, has set up shop in Key West. Well-known venues like Blue Heaven and Pepe's offer the quintessential island brunch experience, but other newcomers are cropping up that have become new local favorites. Case in point: Two Cents, the trendy but unpretentious gastropub that tempts patrons with a simple offer: free bacon! Another welcome addition to the neighborhood is Colombian Grace, which uses hand-me-down recipes and fresh ingredients to create dishes you won't find anywhere else in the Florida Keys.

Azur remains under-the-radar with Mediterranean cuisine, while the secret is out about Louie's Backyard  - which also offers guests stunning waterfront views. Brunch in Key West consists of every variation of eggs Benedict, seafood and fresh lobster omelets, and even Key Lime-stuffed French toast. Linger for hours, let the time melt into Happy Hour, and remember - you're in paradise.

Louie's Backyard is hidden a gem that locals try hard to keep secret. The food and the view make for an exquisite dinner - if you can get a reservation - an elegant lunch or relaxing weekend brunch. The menu changes quarterly and highlights the...  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, dinner, and Sunday brunch which includes items like Greek yogurt...  Read More

From the outside, Pepe's doesn't look like much, and this restaurant doesn't claim to be anything it's not - which may be why it's been open for more than 100 years. Breakfast consists of good-old-fashioned Chock Full O' Nuts coffee, homemade...  Read More

What has become a household name in New York City now has a branch on Simonton Street (and is the only Sarabeth's Kitchen location outside of the Empire State). The breakfast menu at this James Beard award winner consists of items like lemon...  Read More

In Key West, this restaurant needs little introduction. Enter a private courtyard to find roaming chickens, lounging cats soaking in the sun, and live music lingering in the air. Grab a seat outdoors under the shaded canopy or indoors in the...  Read More

Who knew something as simple as "free bacon" would lure so many people to a restaurant? The new gastropub tucked away on Applerouth Lane dangled that carrot is now witnessing the results. Foodies, bacon lovers, and their dogs have found a new...  Read More

La Creperie French Cafe
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Locals rejoiced when this charming French cafe re-opened in 2010 (a devastating fire had caused it to close). Most people come in for the crepes stuffed with dark chocolate, raspberry, cheeses, and fresh vegetables. There are a number of other...  Read More

Duval Street

After 20 years in Key West, Martin's continues to impress visitors with their service and style. The formal dining room in Martins showcases a crystal chandelier, sophisticated decor, and hand-crafted gold-metal wallpapers. Outdoor patios...  Read More

Cafe Sole
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This off-the-beaten-path French restaurant doesn't solely focus on seafood, but it does every seafood dish on the menu justice. Grilled Key West shrimp is served with a creamy vanilla bean and saffron sauce, and a proper lobster bouillabisse...  Read More

Part bakery, part bistro, Croissants de France serves up a mix of French food with a Caribbean twist. Their garden patio just off Duval Street offers a tranquil setting under the shade of a sprawling Spanish lime tree. San sip on a luscious...  Read More


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