The favorite restaurants of the staff of Key West Travel Guide

Our favorite fish sandwich in Key West, from B.O.'s Fish Wagon
The fish sandwich from B.O.’s Fish Wagon still ranks as our favorite fish sandwich in Key West.

Wondering which Key West restaurants are the favorites of Key West Travel Guide’s concierges?

Our favorite restaurants have to have three things:

  1. Excellent, consistently enjoyable cuisine
  2. Fresh ingredients prepared in a clean kitchen
  3. A dining area that takes advantage of the best features of Key West, such as a water view, garden setting, fine dining room, or funky Key West vibe.

The restaurants we favor range from casual fish shacks to upscale fine-dining.  So it does not matter if the restaurant has picnic tables or linen table clothes, if it pleases our foodie palates, then we return again and again.

Below are our “Editor’s Choices” for dining in Key West.

B.O.’s Fish Wagon

Our favorite fish sandwich in Key West – from an island legend. When people ask

El Siboney

Traditional Cuban cuisine from this neighborhood institution. One could say that Key West is surrounded

5 Brothers Grocery & Sandwich Shop

Pressed sandwiches on Cuban bread and strong Cuban coffee at this local’s favorite. 5 Brothers

Half-Shell Raw Bar

Dockside, casual seafood dining at this Key West landmark. Key West’s Half Shell Raw Bar,

Harpoon Harrys

From diner cuisine to dinner food, Harpoon Harry’s satisfies. Any local who knows and loves

Cuban Coffee Queen (formerly Lobos)

Casual eatery is popular with locals, and located just off Duval Street. Often we are

Bien (formerly Paseo)

New take-out restaurant has blown us away with their tasty sandwiches. Wow! That is what

Alonzo’s Oyster Bar

Casual seafood restaurant at the Key West Seaport This first floor restaurant is part of

Ambrosia Japanese Sushi Restaurant

Key West’s best Japanese sushi, where the food is as inventive as the hip decor.

Banana Cafe

A terrific French bistro in Old Town Key West on Upper Duval Street. This French-rooted

Blue Heaven

Consistently one of the most delicious and funky restaurants in Key West The islands most

Camille’s Restaurant

Consistent, inventive, and homemade – always satisfying To really experience Key West you have to

Croissants de France

Outdoor restaurant and bakery overlooking Duval Street serves and excellent breakfast…and more. Overlooking Duval Street

Kojin Noodle Bar

Authentic Japanese noodle bar, an excellent addition to the Key West dining scene. The first

Origami Sushi Bar

Excellent sushi served in a casual, indoors and outdoors area. Excellent sushi is masterfully prepared

Pepe’s Cafe

Key West’s oldest restaurant still serves excellent island cuisine and cocktails. Pepe’s Cafe, established in

Santiago’s Bodega

Delicious small-plate tapas restaurant, hidden away in Bahama Village. There is something so enjoyable about

A & B Lobster House

Gourmet, dockside fine-dining seafood restaurant in Key West This island restaurant has been serving up


Fine, Italian cuisine in an upscale dining room. Known for it’s homemade pasta and fine

Cafe Marquesa

Highly-rated fine dining restaurant in Old Town. Adjoining the hotel on the corner of Simonton


Fine dining steak and seafood overlooking the Historic Seaport. This gourmet restaurant leans a bit

Hot Tin Roof

An elegant oceanfront restaurant serving gourmet Caribbean-fusion cuisine. One of the island’s more inventive and

La Te Da

Upper Duval Street favorite with eclectic characters and relaxed island vibe. Set in a beautiful

La Trattoria

Excellent Italian restaurant, serving traditional dishes with fresh ingredients. One of Key West’s most popular

Louie’s Backyard

The finest food, view, and scene – all perfect. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in an


Island flavors are featured in gourmet dishes – served indoors and al fresco. For many


Gourmet dinners, outstanding brunch, terrific decor at this German fine-dining restaurant. Now in a new


Award-winning chefs create New-American tapas in a Victorian house on Duval Street. This restaurant was

The Cafe

Key West’s best vegetarian restaurant pleases all. This funky cafe features some of the best

Date and Thyme (formerly Help Yourself)

An impressive organic cafe, juice bar, and market. Serving some of the healthiest food on

The Salty Angler

Casual restaurant & bar serving outstanding bbq, fresh fish, tasty sandwiches and burgers. Live music

Thirsty Mermaid

Boutique restaurant off Duval Street serving fresh Key West seafood with inventive recipes appealing to


For a taste of outstanding Key West pizza and casual Italian cuisine, you’ll first have

Duetto Pizza & Gelato

Delicious, authentic thin-crust Italian pizza, panini sandwiches, fresh focaccia, and more make Duetto a favorite


Delicious Mediterranean-inspired restaurant serving tapas, brunch, and dinner in a charming Key West neighborhood Modern