Eat Like A Local: Upscale Restaurants
Key West is a foodie’s dream, with an extensive variety of options at your fingertips when it comes to island cuisine. Lovers of Cuban food, authentic Mexican dishes, Caribbean Flavors or a blend of American-fusion food, will all find something to enjoy. Our other blog post features a collection of casual eateries that the locals covet, but this feature writes up some of the most popular, finer dining options the island has to offer.
Location: 729 Thomas St, Key West, FL
Hours: Daily 8am–10:30pm
Food: American, Caribbean, Vegetarian Cuisine
Inspired by Key West style, Bahama Village’s Blue Heaven is designed in a whimsical manner with tropical foliage and eclectic art. In true Key West fashion, chickens and cats roam the property, accompanying you before dinner is served. The Cuban-American style food leaves your taste buds wanting for more. Let your tastebuds soar: splurge on truly unique dishes like carrot and curry soup or miso-marinated eggplant salad, Caribbean Shrimp deglazed with red stripe or pan-sautéed yellowtail with citrus beurre blanc. The menu stays consistent throughout the year, so you can always come back knowing your favorite times will be available. Be sure to finish off the meal with a classic, one of Key Wests finest Key Lime Meringue topped pies.
Location: 823 Whitehead Street Key West, FL 33040
Hours: Open Daily 7:30am - 10:00pm
Food: Breakfast Cafe & Bakery
A couple streets down from Duval, next to the Hemingway House is Moondog Cafe, one of our favorite spots for brunch and sweet treats. Eat indoors or in the covered outdoor dining area, shaded by the notable large Red Delonix tree out front. Moondog doubles as a restaurant and a desert bakery, with a large assortment of cakes, cookies, and hand-pies in their display by the front desk. This joint covers options for just about every type of eater, including vegans, vegetarians, meat lovers, and those with a major sweet tooth. A fixed menu is always available with the restaurant's most popular dishes, with a menu of daily specials for food and drink always in rotation. This is Azie's favorite local eatery and she recommends the daily Sangria to start!
Location: 915 Duval Street Key West, FL 33040
Hours: Open Daily 5-11PM
Food: European Fusion | Tapas
Grab a few friends for an evening of tapas and cocktails at Nine One Five, located in the heart of Duval Street downtown Key West. This renovated historic Victorian House is the perfect venue for sharing plates of hors-d’oeuvres. Reserve a table for a sit down meal with a group of friends, or book the venue in advance for a cocktail reception or wine tasting. On the upper level is the Point 5 lounge bar, offering a wine bar, balcony and porch seating (suitable for groups up to 80).
Location: 425 Grinnell Street, Key West FL 33040
Hours: Brunch 9:00 - 3:00 // Dinner 5:30 - 10:00
For a completely unique dining experience by two innovative chefs of Key West, try eating at AZUR in Old Town. This restaurant features mediterranean cuisine, co-owned by friends who create dishes influenced by their many travels together. This popular joint is located in the heart of Key West, on Duval Street. Enjoy your meal at the newly renovated indoor dining room, or under the shaded outdoor terrace. Eat here all day long, as they serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner with a rotating seasonal menu, featuring old favorites and new creations.
Location: 0 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040
Hours: Breakfast 8:00am-11:30am | Dinner 5:00pm-9:15pm | Brunch Sundays 11:45am-12:45pm
Food: Caribbean Conch-fusion
Within Ocean Key Resort and Spa is the Hot Tin Roof Lounge, named after Tennessee Willliams’ famous play ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’. Overlook a spectacular view of the waterfront as you dine on Caribbean-Cuban inspired cuisine. Sip on a ‘Hot Tin Tini’ vodka-pineapple cocktail (or another drink from their signature menu) as you dine on fresh seafood and enjoy a stellar view of the sunset. Make it a day - book an treatment for yourself with a massage or facial at the luxury spa.
Location: 530 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Hours: Brunch served daily 8-2PM | Dinner Tuesday-Saturday 5:30PM-Close (call for Dinner Reservations for 6+)
Food: Posh American
Dog friendly on the patio
Located in historic downtown Key West, Sarabeth’s takes an upscale spin on classic American dining, a southern homage to NYC’s original Sarabeth's. If you’re planning on having brunch, there’s no better place to be than this James Beard Award Winning joint. Be sure to arrive early, because no reservations are taken for brunch! In the evening, they reopen for dinner, serving up the freshest seafood and homestyle inspired dishes. For dinner parties 6+, call for reservations in advance! Take home something from their merch line, including a bottle of their signature hot sauce!
We hope this list give you inspiration for your next trip to Key West.
We look forward to hosting you when you stay with us. Thanks for reading,
The Marrero's Team
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