Romantic Restaurants in Key West are a Recipe for the Perfect Date

While Key West has a party-town rep, lovebirds will find plenty of restaurants tucked away where they can escape for romantic interludes. Charming gardens, ocean views, sunset spots and even a dinner on the high seas await the couple looking to canoodle over fine cuisine.

Start the day with a mimosa toast at idyllic cafes like Croissants de France and AZUR with their shaded terraces and bubbling waterfalls. At sunset, skip the crowds on Mallory Square and head to Hot Tin Roof. Snag a front row table for Pan-Latin Key West cuisine as the skies alight with color. For toes-in-the-sand elegance, you and your honey should hop the ferry to Latitudes on Sunset Key where you’ll feel like you're dining on your own private island.

For a more intimate experience, off-the-beaten path hideaways like Tempt and Cafe Marquesa offer special occasion fine dining at its best. Adventurous couples can take to the water with Islescapes for the ultimate romantic dinner aboard their private yacht. Late-night sweethearts are able to indulge in more than just sweet nothings at dessert restaurant Better Than Sex. Their scandalous-named treats will certainly set the mood for the rest of the your amorous evening. Searching for that perfect romantic restaurant in Key West? One of these top ten favorites is sure to please.



An upscale Caribbean-American restaurant, Louie's Backyard has been a go-to spot for date night since 1971. Their island specialties include conch fritters spiced up with a hot pepper jelly or a unique version of shrimp and grits made with Key...  Read More



A table for two on a tranquil garden patio under the shade of a sprawling Spanish lime tree mixed with French cuisine is the recipe for love. Located just off Duval Street, Croissants de France is part bakery and part bistro, offering French...  Read More



At the Grand Café, a casual Key West atmosphere is mixed white tablecloth ambiance in a stunning Victorian Mansion on Duval Street. Their outdoor garden seating is prime for people watching--or ignoring people altogether. The service is...  Read More



This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, which means couples can steal away for a romantic meal no matter what time of day. It features a shaded terrace and trickling waterfall for outdoor dining, as well as...  Read More



Sneak away to this hot new eatery hidden on Eaton Street. Just follow the red carpet into The Saint's luxurious lobby and Tempt. The long narrow restaurant is lined with intimate two-top tables next to a craft cocktail bar. Done in warm woods,...  Read More

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For posh 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



Indulge in a little luxury, as you and your honey escape to this private island for elegant toes-in-the-sand dining and panoramic Gulf views. After a quick ride on the ferry across the Key West Harbor to Sunset Key, settle in at Latitudes for...  Read More



With only 50 seats, the award-winning Cafe Marquesa is just the hideaway for an elegant and cozy dinner. Chef Susan Ferry serves up Contemporary American Cuisine with an an eclectic menu that changes every night based on seasonal availability....  Read More



Foodies with a passion for the sea will rejoice when they set sail on a three-hour dinner cruise, complete with sunset, on Islescapes' 33-foot motor yacht. The boat is fitted with a barbecue grill where Captain Alex and his first mate cook...  Read More



This award-winning dessert cafe wows with their sinful concoctions like Cookie Nookie Pie and Between My Red Velvet Sheets Cheesecake. Pair with their Choco-Cab, cabernet served in a chocolate-rimmed wine glass. It's so tasty you'll be licking...  Read More


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