Upgrade Your Lunch Break in Key West at These Top Noontime Haunts

Whether you’re taking a quick sightseeing break or enjoying a lazy afternoon, lunch is the ideal time to sample the multicultural flavors of Key West cuisine. On the menu, you’ll find authentic Cuban dishes at El Siboney and homemade Mexican tortillas at Amigos. Fresh French crepes and quiche await at Banana Cafe. Add the Spanish tapas at Santiago’s Bodega, and you’ve got quite the trip around the world.

The Southernmost City is filled with quirky spots that highlight the local seafood like Stock Island’s Hogfish Bar and Grill. BO's Fish Wagon is a veritable shack, but they’re known for the best cracked conch sandwich in town. The seafood tacos at Garbo’s Grill are so popular that the food truck had to move into a restaurant for more seating. Have a hankering for no-nonsense American fare? Check out Southernmost Cafe with its oceanside views, or Caroline’s Cafe with a different kind of view--the steady stream of tourists, rickshaws and mopeds on Duval Street.

As a bonus, most restaurants' afternoon menus offer a significant savings over their dinner rates, especially at high-end spots. This may be your chance for a toes-in-the-sand “special occasion” lunch at Latitudes on the private island of Sunset Key--not to mention a picturesque ride across the harbor on their ferry. When you're ready to “do lunch” in Key West, use this list of local’s-approved restaurants for the perfect midday meal.

Southernmost Beach Cafe
Photo courtesy of Latitudes


Waterfront dining in Key West often comes with a steep price. Not so at the Southernmost Beach Cafe. Here you'll find reasonable deals on casual local fare, especially at lunch. You don't have to be a guest at the Southernmost Hotel to enjoy...  Read More

Duval Street


Caroline's Cafe is a favorite among tourists and locals alike for their generous portions at budget-friendly prices and a prime view of Duval Street. At this casual American restaurant, you'll find one of the best hamburgers in town as well as...  Read More



This seafood shack may look like it's barely standing, but the food certainly holds its own. What began as makeshift food truck in the 70s, opened by local legend Buddy Owen, has become a staple in Key West. The fresh fish sandwiches are simple,...  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, located in Safe Harbor Marina on Stock Island. Try anything that's made with their namesake specialty like the "Killer"...  Read More



A colorful walk through Bahama Village brings you to this bright cozy restaurant tucked away behind lovely landscaping. Their tasty Spanish tapas are the perfect size for a light lunch, and the indoor seating provides a welcome respite from the...  Read More



This fab food truck just got an upgrade, moving from their small corner on Greene Street to a bona fide restaurant on near Mallory Square. Since the beginning, the owners grew a cult following for their authentic island-style tacos and burritos....  Read More



Have all those margaritas in paradise left you with a hankering for Mexican food? Check out the small tortilla bar, Amigos, conveniently located caddy corner to the infamous Sloppy Joe's on Duval Street. You'll usually find the tiny place...  Read More



A romantic lunch (yes, lunch) is possible when it feels likes you're escaping to your own private island. Located across the harbor from Key West, Latitudes on Sunset Key offers upscale toes-in-the-sand dining and panoramic Gulf views. If you...  Read More

Duval Street


Linger over lunch at this charming bistro, which offers French classics like sweet and savory crepes along with fresh baguette sandwiches at a modest price. Dinner prices go up considerably, so afternoon is the perfect time to indulge. Grab a...  Read More



Off the beaten path, El Siboney serves up healthy portions of the best Cuban food in Key West at reasonable prices, especially at lunch. Mid-day the place is bustling with the local lunch break crowd mixed with visitors in-the-know. The...  Read More


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