When you’re in Key West, you’ll have lots of opportunities to have the most creative, enticing, and satisfying menus around. Whether you’re interested in breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, drinks or just a light snack, the impressive array of cuisines here are enough to tempt any foodie. From the most casual dining options to fancy restaurants, the American, Asian, Italian, French, Mediterranean, and Caribbean influences, coupled with the abundant local seafood, make meals in Key West exciting.
Eaton Street Seafood Market
When in Old Town Key West, this is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner. The attractive Art Deco-style building will catch your eye first, and then you’ll be wowed by the freshness of the seafood selection. Fans enjoy the lobster roll, conch fritters, fish sandwiches, and fish tacos. Dine al fresco or take your order to go. If the place you’re staying in Key West has a kitchen, you can buy fresh fish to prepare yourself, and Eaton Street Seafood Market even ships directly to you if you order online, so you can recapture the taste of Key West any time of year at home.
At The Marquesa Hotel, Cafe Marquesa is open to guests and visitors alike. This upscale fine dining restaurant will dazzle you with exotic dishes like Hudson Valley foie gras, smoked swordfish, Oysters Rockefeller, and roasted duck breast. The contemporary American menu is complemented by a robust wine list and handcrafted cocktails to provide you with a wholly sophisticated experience from the moment you walk through the door until you linger over coffee and beignets.
Take it easy and enjoy the good life in Florida at Dante’s where there is plentiful outdoor seating, a great menu, and a pool that’s open to guests. There’s live music nightly and a DJ every weekend while you feast on fresh tuna, shrimp, wings, plus cocktails and tropical drinks. Dante’s even offers a cook-your-catch selection where you can bring in the fish you caught yourself while on a fishing charter like All In Fishing Charters. Whether it’s grouper, snapper or another variety, you can have the chef prepare it blackened, broiled or grilled for a triumphant end to your fishing trip.
You’ll find the award-winning Latitudes at Sunset Key Cottages, and the views are spectacular, as is the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Book your reservations early, as the restaurant is located on a private island and you’ll need to allow a little extra time for the boat to take you over. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, too. The resort casual ambiance allows the menu to truly shine. Try the poached shrimp, lemon glazed snapper, pink shrimp carbonara, skirt steak, and of course, key lime pie for dessert.
Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe
There is perhaps no better dish that symbolizes Key West than the famous key lime pie. And there is perhaps no better place to enjoy it than Kermit’s. Here, in a quaint yellow and green clapboard building on Elizabeth Street, you can get a slice (or the whole pie if you’re not shy) of the most delicious freshly baked key lime pie. And Kermit’s offers several varieties of pie, too, so you have a good reason to come back every day during your trip! Make sure you take the time to sit outside next to the koi pond while eating your pie for a sweet experience. Kermit’s is also a great place to do some shopping for food gifts like key lime-inspired chutneys, jellies and jams, cookies, and candies, too.
Duetto Pizza and Gelato
You might wonder why a pizza place makes the list of must-visit restaurants in Key West, but as soon as you bite into that authentically hand-made semolina pizza crust topped with fresh ingredients, you’ll know. Duetto is legendary for its cheese and specialty pizzas available by the slice or pie to eat in or take out, and has even won several awards for it. Go with a reliable choice like Margherita or try something new, like the Polpette, La Rosa, Tricolore or Biancaneve. Don’t forget to save room for dessert! The house-made gelato, prepared with fresh cream, is out of this world. Get it in a dish or a cone. There are more than a dozen flavors to try, including key lime (of course!), chocolate, hazelnut, mango, strawberry, lemon, and espresso.
Eat Well in Key West
As much as you plan your activities while on vacation, you can plan your dining itinerary, too. It’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss any of the amazing dining opportunities to try great seafood, delectable baked goods, and globally inspired flavors. With this list, you’ll be well on your way to having memorable meals throughout your stay in Key West.