Key West Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Key West

Key West's dining is unique and casual (it's not unusual to see the occasional animal stroll by your table). Seafood is the foundation of much of the local fare; however, Caribbean and Cuban influences add a bit of a kick to your standard fish dish. Some of the city's top guided food tours offer a more in-depth look at how Caribbean and Cuban flavors have shaped the local dining scene. 

Critics and travelers agree that El Siboney offers some of the best authentic Cuban food in Key West (try Frita's Cuban Burger Cafe for a more casual atmosphere). If you're craving some classic Florida–Caribbean plates, the iconic Blue Heaven is a sure bet. Not your typical eatery, Blue Heaven prides itself on its funky atmosphere (roosters and cats roam freely among the outdoor tables). For a menu that's more seafood–focused, try Seven Fish. Just keep your eyes peeled when you're looking for the restaurant on the corner of Elizabeth and Olivia streets: previous visitors say the tiny restaurant is easy to miss.

You won't have any trouble finding budget-friendly outposts in Key West, but locating a more fine dining experience can be trickier. Nine One Five is well-received by both critics and travelers. Located in an old Victorian house on Duval Street, the upscale eatery serves up a menu that's heavy on seafood and steak. After dinner, head upstairs to the Point5 Lounge where local jazz musicians sometimes play.

Plenty of fun-loving bars also dot Duval Street. Travelers suggest trying to get a table at Louie's Backyard around sunset: you'll encounter fewer crowds than those at Mallory Square, plus you can enjoy a glass of wine and small plates while you watch the sun dip behind the Gulf of Mexico. On the other end of the spectrum, the Green Parrot is well-loved for its affordable prices, beer selection and local live music. 

No matter where you choose to dine when in Key West, you'll likely find Key lime pie on nearly every menu. When it first appeared in the Keys is a bit of a mystery, but the confection has become so synonymous with the Sunshine State that is was declared Florida's official pie in 2006. Though there is much debate as to where you can find the best slice, travelers and critics agree that Kermit's Key West Key Lime ShoppePepe's Cafe and Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory are among the best.

Find the Best Restaurants in Key West

  • #1
    Seaside Cafe at the Mansion
    #1 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 773 reviewsTripAdvisor (773)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pizza, Cafe, Seafood
    1400 Duval St Located at the Mansion, Key West, FL 33040-3133
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  • #2
    La Grignote
    #2 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 728 reviewsTripAdvisor (728)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe
    1211 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040-3129
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  • #3
    Keys Coffee Co.
    #3 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 278 reviewsTripAdvisor (278)
    $ | American, Cafe, Healthy
    505 Southard St, Key West, FL 33040-6835
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  • #4
    Bien
    #4 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2132 reviewsTripAdvisor (2132)
    $ | Latin, Fusion, Caribbean
    1000 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040-6925
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  • #5
    Tavern N Town
    #5 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2356 reviewsTripAdvisor (2356)
    $$ | Seafood
    3841 N Roosevelt Blvd Marriott Beachside Hotel, Key West, FL 33040-4534
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  • #6
    Prime Steakhouse
    #6 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 958 reviewsTripAdvisor (958)
    $$ | Seafood, American, Steakhouse
    951 Caroline St, Key West, FL 33040-6636
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  • #7
    Garbo's Grill
    #7 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4231 reviewsTripAdvisor (4231)
    $ | American, Caribbean, International
    409 Caroline Street, Key West, FL 33040-6501
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  • #8
    Santiago's Bodega
    #8 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5307 reviewsTripAdvisor (5307)
    $ - $$ | European, Spanish
    207 Petronia St Suite 101, Key West, FL 33040-7305
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  • #9
    Moondog Cafe & Bakery
    #9 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 709 reviewsTripAdvisor (709)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Healthy
    823 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040-7421
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  • #10
    Off the Hook Grill Key West
    #10 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1378 reviewsTripAdvisor (1378)
    $ - $$ | Pizza, American, Bar, Seafood, International, Healthy
    920 Caroline St Stop #1 on the Duval Loop, Key West, FL 33040-7475
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  • #11
    The Lobster Shack Key West
    #11 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 435 reviewsTripAdvisor (435)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, American
    507 South St Near The SouthernMost Point, Key West, FL 33040-3165
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  • #12
    DJ's Clam Shack
    #12 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2138 reviewsTripAdvisor (2138)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
    629 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040-6554
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  • #13
    Fisherman's Cafe
    #13 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 314 reviewsTripAdvisor (314)
    $ | American, Caribbean, Cafe, Seafood, Fast Food, Cuban
    205 Elizabeth St Unit D, Key West, FL 33040-6612
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  • #14
    Bliss Restaurant Key West
    #14 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1088 reviewsTripAdvisor (1088)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Seafood, Fusion
    411 Petronia St, Key West, FL 33040-7412
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  • #15
    Key Plaza Creperie
    #15 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 756 reviewsTripAdvisor (756)
    $ - $$ | American, European, Cafe, Soups
    1105 Key Plaza, Key West, FL 33040
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  • #16
    Incas Restaurant
    #16 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 364 reviewsTripAdvisor (364)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, Soups
    800 White St, Key West, FL 33040-7157
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  • #17
    Cuban Coffee Queen
    #17 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2737 reviewsTripAdvisor (2737)
    $ | Cuban
    284 Margaret St, Key West, FL 33040-6640
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  • #18
    Better Than Sex - A Dessert Restaurant Key West
    #18 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4061 reviewsTripAdvisor (4061)
    $ - $$ |
    926 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040-7448
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  • #19
    Duetto Pizza and Gelato
    #19 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2701 reviewsTripAdvisor (2701)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    540 Greene St Suite #1, Key West, FL 33040-6660
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  • #20
    The Cafe
    #20 of 385 Places to Eat in Key West
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1583 reviewsTripAdvisor (1583)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Healthy
    509 Southard St, Key West, FL 33040-6835
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