Send your taste buds on vacation at Key West’s many excellent restaurants.

Stone crab claws, a favorite seafood at Key West restaurants
Stone crab claws, a local delicacy, are on the menu when in season. Many locals regard them as the finest of seafood.

Key West restaurants are as varied as the people who visit and live here. From the uber-casual fish sandwich shack to the upscale gourmet bistro, there is a perfect restaurant for every palette and personality.

The staff of Key West Travel Guide has dined in them all, and we have included only restaurants that we think are deserving of your time and taste buds.  In general, you may be well advised to seek restaurants off the beaten path, away from the cruise ship area, and those frequented by the locals.

Expect a vast array of fresh seafood, creative gourmet dishes using island flavors and ingredients, and a decidedly relaxed attitude in the dining room.

Below are all the restaurants in Key West that we suggest for your consideration.  Most of the listings include the restaurant menu, along with their location, hours of operation, and phone number.

Mellow Cafe and Gastropub

Casual craft beer bar serving tacos, sandwiches, salads and more dockside in Garrison Bight. Sitting


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

Duetto Pizza & Gelato

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


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

Thirsty Mermaid

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

The Salty Angler

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

Sandy’s Cafe

Coffee and Cuban sandwich shop popular with locals looking for an affordable to-go meal If

Date and Thyme (formerly Help Yourself)

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

The Cafe

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

Better Than Sex

This romance-themed restaurant serves rich, decadent deserts, beer, and inventive wine drinks. If you have

Ocean Grill & Bar (formerly Square One)

One of Key West’s most consistent restaurants for gourmet dining in a well-run restaurant. New-american

Seven Fish

  Modern bistro serving fresh seafood in a casual setting. Seven Fish features an inventive

Rooftop Cafe

One story above the sidewalk, the Rooftop Cafe does a nice job of serving island


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


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


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

Louie’s Backyard

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

La Trattoria

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

La Te Da

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

Hot Tin Roof

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


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

Cafe Marquesa

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


Fine dining restaurant on Duval Street in historic building. Located on Duval Street, the Bagatelle


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

A & B Lobster House

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

Turtle Kraals

Casual dockside restaurant with a focus on bar-b-que. Once the home to a turtle canning

Thai Cuisine

Traditional Thai cuisine with both indoor and outdoor seating. Located on Greene Street, this restaurant

Santiago’s Bodega

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

Pepe’s Cafe

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

Origami Sushi Bar

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

Mangia Mangia

Italian restaurant in Old Town neighborhood. Makes fresh pasta every day. Mangia Mangia Pasta Cafe

Kojin Noodle Bar

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

Kelly’s Caribbean

Started by the famous actress Kelly McGillis, serves a variety of cuisine in a couryard

Hard Rock Cafe

Chain restaurant on Duval Street featuring typical American fare and loud music. What can we

Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Small, modern bistro in a new location on Eaton Street The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

El Meson de Pepe

Cuban restaurant located on Mallory Square serving traditional cuisine. The cuisine of Cuba quickly became

Duffy’s Restaurant

Casual, traditional seaside steak & seafood restaurant. For a casual and satisfying steak or lobster,

Croissants de France

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

Conch Republic Seafood Company

Casual, dockside restaurant and bar serving a better-than-average Conch fritter. Open air restaurant offering dockside


Authentic modern Southern low-country cuisine served in Bahama Village. While many people heading down Petronia

Camille’s Restaurant

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

Cafe Sole

Located in an Old Town neighborhood, this Key West restaurant specializes in french-inspired cuisine. The

Blue Heaven

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

Banana Cafe

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

Ambrosia Japanese Sushi Restaurant

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

Alonzo’s Oyster Bar

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


Serving casual lunch, & dinner on Duval Street, with seafood, meat, and vegetarian options Willie

Sloppy Joe’s Key West

A casual and lively Key West party spot made famous by Ernest Hemingway. Sloppy Joe’s

Bien (formerly Paseo)

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

Old Town Mexican Cafe

Satisfying Mexican food, overlooking Duval Street. Authentic Mexican cuisine from award winning chef Gail Brockway