Birthday to Bridal: 10 Key West Restaurants for Stress-Free Soirees

Whether it’s a girl’s weekend, wedding or corporate event, Key West is the perfect getaway for groups of all sizes. In the laid back Florida Keys, everyone can slip out of their formal wear and into sandals and shades. Funky outdoor venues like Blue Heaven with its roaming roosters and Hogfish Grill with its wooden picnic tables are the antithesis of any banquet hall.

Tropical temps year round makes it easy to plan events at waterfront locales like Hot Tin Roof--known for its stellar sunset views. At Latitudes on Sunset Key, you can even dine with your toes in the sand on the private island under swaying palms.

Fresh-from-the-boat local seafood makes any menu spectacular with Key West pink shrimp, Florida lobster, grouper and hogfish. A popular old-school seafood destination is A&B Lobster House, which dates back to 1947.

Latin influences abound at eateries like El Meson De Pepe where buffets overflow with savory Cuban dishes like roast pork, plantains and flan. Refreshing mojitos replace champagne for those special toasts. Island-infused European tapas can be found the intimate Santiago’s Bodega or the larger Nine One Five. Ensconced in a restored two-story Victorian home, Nine One Five's revelers can linger on the wraparound porches overlooking Duval Street. Hire a steel drum player or a salsa band for added ambience, and your Key West soiree is a guaranteed hit at these group friendly restaurants.



A colorful walk through Bahama Village brings you to this warm and cozy restaurant tucked away behind lovely landscaping. At some restaurants, "tapas" equals painfully small plates, but at Santiago's, the portions are generous. You can put...  Read More



With island roots that date back as far as 1947, A&B Lobster House is an institution in Key West. This upscale restaurant features rich classics like Lobster Bisque laced with cognac, Lobster Thermidor or Sunset Surf and Turf or filet mignon....  Read More

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Perfect for large families, this casual American restaurant is a favorite for generous portions, reasonable prices and the best burgers in town. Popular with tourists and locals alike, Caroline's has a prime view of Duval Street and abundant...  Read More



In Key West, this restaurant needs little introduction. The private courtyard (once home to Hemingway's boxing matches) is filled with roaming chickens and lounging cats soaking in the sun. Between this shady outdoor garden, indoors in the "tree...  Read More



For a taste of a true local's joint just five minutes away from Old Town, follow the signs to the Hogfish Bar and Grill on Stock Island. Ample seating and event menus that feature down-home shrimp boils, make this fish shack a true Key West...  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 for groups of five to fifty. Under the shade of a Spanish lime tree, you can...  Read More



Cuban food is an integral part of Key West's culinary DNA, and El Meson de Pepe serves up authentic dishes in a historic red brick building off of Mallory Square. Every night at sunset, the salsa band, Caribe of Key West, creates a festive...  Read More

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For upscale 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



Ensconced in a historic Victorian house on Duval Street, 915 sports wraparound balconies upstairs and down overlooking Duval Street in Old Town Key West. While smaller groups can easily be accommodated for a sit-down meal, the restaurant's...  Read More



Taking the ferry to Latitudes restaurant on Sunset Key feels likes an escape to your own private island. With its upscale toes-in-the-sand ambiance, Gulf views and tiki torches, this venue is the antithesis of any banquet hall. They can cater...  Read More


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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