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

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 cheap during the best happy hours at the casual Half Shell Raw Bar and Alonzo’s Oyster Bar.

A few eateries are hidden gems like the tiny Seven Fish; you’ll have to them track down in the Old Town neighborhood district. Waterfront dining is an extra perk on the island, and at Louie’s Backyard and Hot Tin Roof you can get front row seating for the sunset while you dine. For that extra special evening out on the town, you’ll want to put your best resort wear on for the upscale A&B Lobster House. No matter which you choose, Mother Ocean never disappoints.

The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.
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Flaming Buoy is tucked away in a charming converted home at the corner of Packer and Virginia Streets. This cozy 10-table restaurant mixes simple wood furnishings with splashes of yellow and orange, and has additional seating on their outside...  Read More

Located underneath the more formal A&B Lobster House, this casual waterfront restaurant in the historic seaport has one of the best happy hours in Key West, especially with a view. Drinks are half priced everyday from 4pm to 6pm and a wide...  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

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Hot Tin Roof
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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

Just like the classic waterfront joints of Key West past, the Half Shell Raw Bar serves the freshest seafood in a casual atmosphere. You can actually watch your dinner being unloaded from the boats at the docks, while looking out over the...  Read More

An upscale Caribbean-American restaurant, Louie's Backyard offers island specialties like conch fritters spiced up with a hot pepper jelly or a unique version of shrimp and grits made with Key West pinks, mushrooms and bacon. Finish with a slice...  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 with filet mignon....  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

After 20 years of having a small, low-key bistro, Seven Fish has upgraded to a spacious and airy restaurant on Truman Avenue. While the building may be new, the menu has stayed the same, featuring its simple, yet elegant approach to cuisine....  Read More


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