For a Duval Street spot, it retains a decidedly unchaotic atmosphere, if not a downright romantic one anchored by the white picket fence draped with bougainvillea on premise. A local favorite, has been described as the best Cuban restaurant in Key West. Best Local's Pick: This cozy restaurant mixes simple wood furnishings with splashes of yellow and orange and has additional seating on their outside patio. But where the lovely Mermaid floats along on a casual wave, the Pearl shines like a precious stone. The owners try to maintain that Old Key West vibe, and views of Key West's last working waterfront are a bonus.
Tall chairs run the length of a wooden lacquered bar, while paintings and murals cover the walls. This open-air, casual restaurant is a diamond-in-the-rough with live entertainment and a popular happy hour. While the menu is small, it changes with the seasons offering a variety of unique flavors. That eye towards sustainability is also what impacts the in town, local and even the way are taken care of. For an entrée move along to the seafood soup, steak au poivre frites or the pan-roasted swordfish.
The name might imply dinner shopping lists, but the Eaton Street Seafood Market will let you pick your swimmy fave and cook it up for you right on the spot. Menu favorites include bacon and basil wrapped mushrooms, shrimp and chorizo and dates with goat cheese and prosciutto. The Ernest Hemingway Room is filled with photos of the famous author and his days in Key West. The menu at 2 Cents lists gourmet pub cuisine with items like clams, mussels and chorizo, truffle fries, bacon wrapped jalapeno peppers and Key West pink shrimp fried rice. They serve both brunch and dinner daily and, if the weather permits, the palm frond-framed back courtyard is a delicious respite when the Key West blue sky is in full splendor.
The type of fish offered each night varies according to the season and catch of the day. As if hosting a party in their own home, Isch and Forste take turns cooking family recipes and charming diners with witty stories. The Nikkei in particular fresh grouper marinated in yuzu and tossed with tamarind, sesame, soy, ginger, Thai basil and Thai chilies is a standout among the half-dozen options. Partners Scot Forste and Fred Isch meld gourmet and down-home cooking, focusing on fresh island ingredients. After 20 years of having a small, low-key bistro, Seven Fish has upgraded to a spacious and airy restaurant on Truman Avenue. The restaurant specializes in local seafood caught off the coast of Florida and seasonal catches from Maine.
Their back deck--called the Afterdeck--is perfect for a happy hour cocktail or after-dinner drink by the water before a night on the town. Just like the classic waterfront joints of Key West past, the Half Shell Raw Bar serves the freshest seafood in a casual atmosphere. Note that the requested attire is resort casual. The view from an outdoor deck of Hot Tin Roof attracts diners in search of the perfect sunset. Jalapeno mayonnaise gives it that perfect kick. Make reservations well in advance, and time your meal to coincide with the colorful sunset. With fantastic views of the Key West Bight, their wrap-around balcony is perfect for that romantic evening.
The menu serves fresh produce in signature dishes of conch fritters and fried calamari, which patrons can recreate at home as they publish some of their recipes on the website. It is, indeed, likely not to be your last. This seafood shack may look like it's barely standing, but the food certainly holds its own. While the fresh, local seafood is the focus of most menus around town, the lure of barbecue is making a low-and-slow appearance the last few years. This pretty pink Victorian home, located next to Dog Beach yup, people really bring their pups here , has been open since 1971 and a long-time favorite of locals who never grow tired of the views of paradise.
This restaurant in the Marchesa Hotel, which just added a stunning 14-room annex a skosh down Simonton onto its already bespoke bedrooms, has long been one of the swankiest spots in town. Walk straight through Turtle Kraal, all the way to the back where the Key West Bight-rimming outdoor tables give you a show of swimmy creatures below and the often interesting boating creatures who dock their Whalers here. This makes their menu the perfect middle-ground for the foodie and non-foodie alike. The word Siboney is the name of an indigenous tribe that inhabited circa 1492, and also the name of a small town where the Cuban revolution began. From the signature yellow snapper over sushi-grade rice, drizzled in a lap-able, creamy Thai curry sauce, to the toothsome house-made blue-cheese flecked gnocchi with sautéed catch of the day, and the truly excellent meatloaf, the eatery has earned its spot on every must-eat list focusing on the Conch Republic. The Seafood Company sits on a historical dock in The Key West Bight district, once the epicenter of sponge commerce; the restaurant alludes to its sponging history by incorporating some of the processing plant parts in its decor.
The interior showcases bright, tropical colors while a mural from a late, local artist dresses the main dining room. But the new, grander, aqua-blue spot on Eaton means more swimmy space for fans of this 20-year-old island institution. Place your order at the little indoor counter and grab a spot at one of the slender rectangular tables outside where cars used to fill up beneath the merciful misters to help counteract that southernmost heat and humidity for decadent marinated, slow-roasted pork sandwiches loaded with pickled jalapenos, caramelized onions and garlic mayo that will forever change you. Head to Berlin's, their cigar and cocktail bar, for your nightcap of fine cognacs, dessert wines and specialty martinis. Dishes like the Key lime fish ceviche, paella and caramelized grouper capitalize on the fresh local seafood.
The Pan-Latin menu offers small and large plates, so you can design your own meal, whether shared tapas-style or traditional entrees. . Conch fritters, salads, burgers, and hot dogs are equally tasty, and the anything goes atmosphere sums up the entire town. What began as makeshift food truck in the 70s, opened by local legend Buddy Owen, has become a staple in Key West. Hot Tin Roof is located in the , overlooking the Key West Harbor. White and dark chocolate is melted between two flour tortillas and drizzled with a pepper-infused chocolate sauce. For something on the lighter side, their savory Bouillabaisse simmers jumbo shrimp, clams, mussels the local catch in a saffron and fennel broth.