UPPER KEYS

Atlantic Edge Restaurant At Cheeca Lodge
MM 82, Oceanside Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-4651
cheeca.com
Open Daily 7am – 10pm
Gourmet Food & Island Romance

With stunning views of the Atlantic and both indoor and outdoor seating, this gracious landmark is renowned for its artfully prepared fresh local seafood, prime steaks, locally grown organic produce, tantalizing array of house-made desserts and over 200 hand-picked select wines. Cited as one of “Florida’s 500 Best  Places to Dine” and honored with Wine  Spectator’s Award Of Excellence.

Bonefish Flats
MM 82.1, Oceanside At The Islander Resort
Islamorada, FL 33060
305-664-2031
Open M-Su 7 -11am
Great Place To Catch Breakfast

This extensive daily breakfast buffet at the  renowned Islander Resort in Islamorada has over 20 hot and cold items to graze on including Smoked Salmon, Fresh Baked Breads, Jumbo Country Sage Sausage, Double Cut Apple-Smoked Bacon, Specialty Pancakes and French Toast, as well as fresh made Eggs and Omelets cooked to order. At just $17.95 pp ($8.95 for kids under 12), it’s a hard act to follow.

Buzzards Roost
MM 106.5, Oceanside
Just Off U.S. 1 at Card Sound Rd.
Key Largo, FL 33037
305-453-3746
Open M-Su 11am – 9pm
Terrific Waterfront Hideaway

Discover some of the best food around at this intimate Keys hideaway overlooking Garden Cove Marina. The fresh sauteed Lobster Rueben and Corny Blue Crab Cakes are truly Blue Ribbon worthy and you just can’t go wrong with any of the fresh seafood selections or Prime steaks. FYI: The Champagne Sunday  Brunch here is also outstanding. Full bar. Major credit cards. Catering available.

Fish House & Seafood Market
MM 102.4, Oceanside
Key Largo, FL 33037
305-451-4665
fishhouse.com
Open M-Su 11:30am – 10pm
Featured On The Food Network

Heralded by Fodor’s, Zagat, Southern Living and Travel & Leisure, this local landmark is famous for its “Conch-style” cooking and casual, “Old Keys” vibe. Fresh fish is the trademark here, brought in the back door daily by local fishermen and filleted on premises. FYI: The Baked Stuffed Catch with homemade blue crab stuffing is excellent and the Key Lime Pie is as good as it gets. Full bar. Major credit cards.

Fish House Encore
MM 102.4, Oceanside
Key Largo, FL 33037
305-451-0650
fishhouse.com
Open Nightly 5 – 10pm
Highly Acclaimed Steak, Seafood & Sushi

Sister to the famous Fish House, Encore offers up a completely different dining experience. Fresh fish is still the trademark here but you’ll also find a wonderful selection of meat dishes as well as a full sushi menu which you can enjoy in the lively piano bar, beautiful outdoor tropical garden or intimate indoor dining room where reservations are gladly accepted. Live entertainment Th – Su. Major credit cards.

Green Turtle Inn
MM 81.2, Oceanside
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-2006
greenturtleinn.com
Open Tu-Su 7am -Close The Turtle Rests On Mon.
Islamorada’s Iconic Restaurant & Bar

This Islamorada icon is one of the Keys’ most  popular places to hang out. Locals flock here  for the fabulous breakfast (served until 3 pm) as well as the inventive lunch and dinner fare which includes fresh seafood, chops, steaks and more. Daily Specials, Happy Hour & an extensive wine list. Full service catering and event planning. “Girls Night Out” radio show on Tu from 6-7pm.

Guy’s Beachside Bar & Grill Islander Resort
MM 82.1, Oceanside
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-2031
guyharveyoutpostislamorada.com
Open Daily 11am – 10pm
Outstanding Beachfront Eatery

Internationally acclaimed Top Chef, Andy  Niedenthal, takes casual beachside dining to a whole new level. His inventive island fare combines all time favorites like the big, juicy Angus Burger, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake  Sandwich & Lobster Corn Tacos with  outstanding dishes like the Shaved Conch Salad, Rum-Glazed Duck, Jumbo Head-On Prawn Curry and Grilled Black Angus Ribeye.

Island Grill At Mandalay
MM 97.5, Oceanside
80 East 2nd St. Key Largo, FL 33037
305-852-0595
keysislandgrill.com
Open Daily 11am – 9pm; Sa. & Su ‘till 10pm
Big Flavors & Amazing Views

This hidden Key Largo landmark, which serves up the same big flavors that its sister restaurant in Islamorada is so renowned for, is a casual, fun joint with an intimate bar area and an outdoor covered dining deck overlooking the ocean. There’s great live music here every night, as well as during the day on weekends. Top hits: the Original Tuna Nachos, BBQ Shrimp and Spicy Tuna Roll. Come by car or by boat.

Island Grill
MM 85, Oceanside
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-8400
keysislandgrill.com
Open Daily 7am – 10pmSa. & Su ‘till 11pm
Home Of The Original Tuna Nachos

You can’t beat this cool waterfront restaurant & beach bar for great island-style food and a fun Chiki-tiki atmosphere. The big, diverse menu includes stand-outs like the award-winning Tuna Nachos, Guava Ribs, Lobster Roll, Wasabi- Encrusted Catch & Seafood Pasta. Weddings and private events are a specialty here and you can feast on everything from a Caribbean- style Pig Roast to a Parisian Seafood Buffet.

Jersey Boardwalk Pizza
MM 88.8, Bayside
20 High Point Rd. Islamorada, FL 33036
352-853-3800
jerseyboardwalkpizza.com

Authentic Italian Food From JerseyEverything is made-to-order here with really fresh ingredients and the hand-tossed pizza pies, which are available with a huge choice of traditional toppings, are some of the best you’ll ever eat. Over-stuffed hot & cold subs, savory calzones and classic pasta dishes are also excellent but our real weakness is the Philly Cheesesteak, piled high on a fresh Amoroso roll with grilled onions and Provolone. Magnifico!

Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill
MM 104, BaysideKey Largo, FL 33037
305-453-9066
jjsbigchill.com
Open M-Su 11:30am – 10 pm; F & Sa 11:30am – ‘till?
The Key’s Hottest Place To Chill

This waterfront restaurant & entertainment  complex truly has it all – award-winning  waterfront dining, full raw bar, martini bar, two happening Tiki Bars, a unique Sports Bar with 30 flat screens, a big beautiful Pool & Cabana Club, top notch live entertainment every day and a nightly sunset celebration where you can have your pix taken with “The Captain.” What a place!

Kaiyo Grill
MM 81.7, Oceanside
Old Highway Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-5556
kaiyogrill.com
Open M – Sa 5 – Close
Hip Dining Jewel

The land meets the sea at this popular Keys’ landmark heralded for it’s fresh sushi, inventive wood-fire grilled specialties & connoisseur’s wine list. The menu here is a notable collaboration by Kaiyo’s celebrated chefs who have a special knack for creating rich, deeply flavored dishes with an Asian-Island twist. This is one indulgent respite you don’t want to miss. Full-service catering & event planning.

Key Largo Fisheries
1313 Ocean Bay Dr.Key Largo,FL 33037
305-451-3782
keylargofisheries.com
Cafe Open M-Sa 10am – 8pmMarket Open 7am -5:30pm; F & Sa ‘till 7pm
Best Lobster

BLTRegarded as one of the Key’s top wholesale  seafood companies, this family run Fishery also houses a renowned Retail Seafood Market that sells fresh seafood right off the docks, as well as a delightful outdoor “Backyard Cafe” where you can get terrific house-made specialties like Conch Salad, Caesar Seafood Wraps and Fish Baskets. But it’s the chart-topping Lobster BLT & Lobster BLT Soup that will totally flip your flops!

Lazy Days
MM 79.9, Oceanside
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-5256
Open M-Su 11am – 9:30pm;F & Sa. ‘till 10pm
lazydaysrestaurant.com

Award-Winning FavoriteHere’s a place where you can take in a  beautiful oceanfront seascape and casually dine on award-winning Keys-style dishes by Chef/Owner Lupe and his team of outstanding  chefs whose locally-caught seafood, hand-cut steaks and house specialties consistently win rave reviews. FYI: The fish sandwich here is an absolute “Must!”

Limoncello at Cheeca Lodge & Spa
MM 82, OceansideIslamorada, FL 33036
305-664-4651
cheeca.com
Open Nightly 6 – 10pm
Outstanding Tuscan-Inspired Cuisine

Cheeca’s authentic, casually rustic restaurant  serves up an outstanding selection of fresh,  house-made pastas, hand-rolled pizzas and  modern interpretations of classic Italian  favorites. The Mussels with tomatoes and  white wine garlic broth and the Veal Ragu  with fresh peas, basil and san marzano  marinara sauce are especially good here,  as is everything else that comes out of this  family-friendly kitchen.

Lor-e-lei
MM 82, Bayside
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-2692
loreleifloridakeys.com
Open M-Su 8am – 11pm
Best Keys Sunset Celebration

Home to the world famous Lor-e-lei Back  Country Fishing Guides, this casual family- friendly waterfront restaurant & Cabana Bar has one of the best sunset views in the Keys and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week with nightly specials, fresh local seafood and a variety of other delicious dishes. Live entertainment by local bands. Happy Hour specials from 4-6 p.m. Major credit cards.

Nikai At Cheeca Lodge
MM 82, Oceanside
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-4651
cheeca.com
Open Nightly 6 – 10pm
Intimate Sushi Restaurant

This ultra cool Sushi Bar serves exceptional  fresh sushi and Asian-inspired fare along  with a unique selection of over 35 hot and  cold Sakes, boutique wines and tropical  cocktails. “Must Haves:” The “Big Kahuna  Roll” — tuna and avocado topped with lobster  salad, macadamia nuts and pineapple-ginger  glaze; and the “Dagwood Roll” — tempura  shrimp and avocado topped with blue crab,  tuna, sweet soy and sesame seeds.

Oltremare Ristorante
80001 Overseas Hwy.
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-0073
amaracayresort.com
Open Daily for Breakfast & Dinner
Coastal Italian

This Islamorada newcomer is already creating quite a stir with an exciting menu that shines with originality and showcases beautifully prepared Italian cuisine crafted with farm-fresh ingredients and fresh-off-the boat seafood. You’ll find lots of great small plates here along with intoxicating pasta dishes and savory main courses with a strong emphasis on fresh local seafood. Full bar & excellent wine list.

Shula’s 2 Steak & Sports
MM 84.5 Oceanside
Postcard Inn @ Holiday Isle
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-2321
holidayisle.com
Open Su-Th 11:30am – 10 pm; F & Sa ‘till 11pm
Kick Back At This Upscale Sports Bar

Legendary Hall of Football Coach Don Shula, scores a high five with this casual, family-friendly eatery where sports and great food are the name of the game. Lots of big screens, a lively bar scene and indoor or outdoor dining make it a great spot to enjoy everything from great apps, sandwiches & Shula’s fresh, juicy signature burgers to his Premium Black Angus Steaks, fresh seafood, chicken & pasta.

Snook’s Bayside Grand Tiki
MM 99.9, Bayside
Key Largo, FL 33037
305-453-5004
snooks.com
Open M-Su 11am – 10pm
Daily Bayside Happy Hour
Beautiful Island Dining On The Water

This chandeliered Grand Tiki with its flickering  torches, lush plantings and Sobe-like sofa lounges is oh-so chic! A big open air dining area, 5,000 sq.ft. patio and multiple bars all have unobstructed water views & provide a ringside seat to one of the best sunset celebrations in town. The fresh island-inspired  cuisine is also first rate and all made to order.

Ziggie & Mad Dog’s
MM 83, Bayside
Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-3391
ziggieandmaddogs.com
Open Nightly 5 – 10pm; F & Sa ‘till 11pm
Best Porterhouse Steak

Miami broadcasters, Randy Kassewitz and the late Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich revived this legendary landmark into a sleek, sophisticated steak, chops and seafood restaurant that feels more like Tommy Bahama than Ernest Hemingway. Don’t miss the slow cooked BBQ Ribs on Sun. or the Prime Rib Special on Mon. Full bar, orchid garnished cocktails and a superb wine list. Major credit cards.

MIDDLE & LOWER KEYS

Havana Jacks
MM53.5
401 E. Ocean Dr.
Key Colony Beach, FL 33050
305-743-4849
HavanaJacksOceanside.com
Open Daily 11am – Midnight
Spectacular Oceanfront Restaurant & Bar

With the cool mood of the Caribbean, this dramatic oceanside tiki restaurant and bar serves up fine American Caribbean fare with a “Havana-infusion” and fun libations against the panoramic backdrop of the Atlantic. You’ll find a friendly crowd here, high-energy entertainment, indoor and outdoor dining, along with a plush outdoor patio great for kick’n back. Call for free pick-up and drop-off anywhere on Key  Colony Beach!

Key Colony Inn
MM 53.5
700 West Ocean Dr.
Key Colony Beach, FL 33051
305-743-0100
kcinn.com
Open Daily for lunch & dinner
Award-Winning Local Favorite

The big “Cheers” type bar here, with its old time  country club atmosphere, is a favorite locals’ hangout. Chef/Owner Sergei Proudnik’s diverse menu includes 75 Italian, fresh seafood and continental specialties. The weekend Prime Rib Special always draws a big crowd. A popular  spot for weddings and special events. Full bar. Daily Happy Hour. Live entertainment.  Exceptional Sunday Brunch in season.

Lazy Days South
MM 47.3725 11th St.
Marathon, FL 33051
305-289-0839
lazydayssouth.com
Award-Winning Keys-Style Cuisine

Like its highly acclaimed sister restaurant in Islamorada, this is also a place where you can take in a spectacular oceanfront setting and casually dine on terrific Keys-style dishes by Chef/Owner Lupe and his team of outstanding chefs whose locally caught seafood, hand-cut steaks and house specialties consistently win rave reviews. Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. with 3 for $1.00 appetizers at the bar.

Lighthouse Grill
Faro Blanco Hyatt Resort
1996 Overseas Hyw
Marathon, FL 33050
305-743-9018
faroblancoresort.com
Open M-Th 10am – 11pm; Su 11am – 11pm; F & Sa 11 – 1am
Outstanding Food & Views

Breathtaking views, gorgeous sunsets & an  eclectic menu of fresh seafood, local favorites and inspired daily specials, make this unique waterfront restaurant and tranquil veranda bar a great respite for a casual lunch, generous cocktails or romantic dinner. Located at Marathon’s newly revitalized landmark, the Faro Blanco Resort, the Lighthouse Grill raises the bar for great dining in the Middle Keys.

Porky’s Bayside
MM 47.5, Gulfside
Marathon, FL 33050
305-289-2065
porkysbaysidebbq.com
Open M-Su 7am – 10pm
Daily Happy Hour 3 – 6pm
Real Deal BBQ On The Waterfront

An old Keys lsland vibe, “real deal” house  smoked BBQ & fresh local seafood are the  hallmark of this funky open-air waterfront  hangout that always draws a big local crowd.  There are terrific nightly specials along with homemade desserts, a great daily Happy Hour & live entertainment. You can even rent a jet- ski or book an eco tour here. Pet friendly, too!

Seven Mile Grill
MM 47.5, Gulfside
Marathon, FL 33050
305-743-4481
7milegrill.com
Open M-Su 7am – 9pm
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Award-Winning Home Cooking

This historic landmark restaurant is now home to long-time restaurateurs, Pete & Lisa  Chekimoglou who serve up really great local  seafood along with home-made American and Mediterranean dishes. The Gyros, Spinach Pie & Greek Burger are absolutely amazing here and all desserts are baked on premises from scratch. The Key Lime Pie & NY-Style Cheesecake are worth every calorie!

Sparky’s Landing
MM 53.5, Oceanside
Sadowski Causeway
Key Colony Beach, FL 33051
305-289-7445
sparkyslanding.com
Open Daily 11am – 10pm
Voted Best Happy Hour

Fresh-off-the-boat fish and generous cocktails rule the day at Matt and Carolyn Anthony’s friendly, neighborhood dockside hangout. Homemade soups, crisp salads, yummy apps, big boy sandwiches and seriously good entrees draw a loyal crowd. Nightly specials with Prime Rib every Thurs. Daily Happy Hour features 25ç Wings & Shrimp. Live entertainment every Weds. – Sat. Full bar. Major credit cards.

Square Grouper Bar & Grill
MM 22.5, Oceanside
Cudjoe Key, FL 33042
305-745-880
squaregrouperbarandgrill.com
Lunch 11am – 2:30pm; Dinner 5 – 10pm
Cocktail Lounge 4:20 – Midnight
Not To Be Missed

A well executed, inventive menu makes this  unassuming roadside spot one of the Keys’ top picks. Two cozy dining rooms, deliciously  splashed with apple green and mandarin  orange walls, set the stage for wonderful dishes like the Yellowfin Tuna and Avocado Eggrolls, Flash Fried Conch, Seafood Pasta with key lime butter sauce and other heavenly delights. New  upstairs cocktail lounge, tapas and raw bar open ‘tll midnight.

Tarpon Creek
MM 53.5
At The Holiday Inn Express
Marathon, FL 33050
305-289-1332
tarponcreekbarandgrill.com
Best Wood-Fired Pizza

This beautiful waterfront Tiki-style restaurant serves up classic and contemporary southern comfort fare reminiscent of rustic Gulf Coast cuisine but with a touch of Caribbean and Latin spice. A big bar and open-air dining area overlooking the marina makes it a perfect spot to kick back and enjoy casual eats and Marathon’s only wood-fired pizza, as well as fresh, local seafood and hearty flame-grilled steaks and chicken.

 

KEY WEST

Abbondanza Italian Restaurant
1208 Simonton St. Key West, FL 33040
305-292-1199
Open M – Su 5 – 11pm
Now That’s Italian

Extra large portions of traditional Italian fare,  family-friendly prices and a relaxed, casual atmosphere, have made this a favorite Key West dining destination and winner of the People’s Choice Award for “Best Italian  Restaurant.” You’ll find all your favorites here  along with a delicious selection of seafood  items and nightly specials. Large parties  welcome. Full bar. Major credit cards.

Ambrosia
1401 Simonton St. Key West, FL 33040
305-293-0304
keywestambrosia.com
Dinner M – Su 6 -10 pm; Lunch M – Sa 11:30am – 2pm
Key West’s Best Sushi

A dramatic sculptured waterfall & ultra cool  sake bar provide a stunning backdrop for this island hot spot where authentic, artfully-crafted plates take center stage. Chef/Owner Masa rocks the house with his premium blue fin tuna creations, signature rolls, sushi & sashimi while the kitchen serves up excellent Japanese specialties. Top it off with an eclectic selection of artisan sake and imaginative “sake-tinis.”

Bistro 245
The Westin Key West Resort & Marina
245 Front St. Key West, FL 33040
305-294-4000
westinkeywestresort.com
Open M-Su 7am-10pm
Best Sunday Brunch

Bistro 245’s top culinary team creates exceptional Caribbean cuisine on Key West’s  scenic harbor front. You can enjoy breakfast,  lunch or dinner comfortably indoors or dine casually outside Westin’s Sunset Pier which comes alive each evening with entertainment by the famous sunset performers. Award- winning Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Full bar. Major credit cards.

Bistro Sole
1019 White St. Key West, FL 33040
305-922-2177
bistrosole.com
Open nightly 5 – 10pm
Happy Hour 5 – 7pm
Where Pigs Fly!

When renowned Chef John Correa, owner of Key West’s highly acclaimed Cafe Sole, was asked about opening a second restaurant, he replied “When Pigs Fly!” Who knew he would create this darling mid-town eatery that serves up wonderful eclectic fare with a French twist! Enjoy his delights in in the cozy chandeliered dining room or outside in the wine bar garden. C’est Bon!

Boat House Bar & Grill
700 Front St. Key West, FL 33040
305-294-9191
Open M-Su 10am -10pm
Happy Hour 4 – 6pm
Best Happy Hour

With its nautical flags and rope-wrapped bar, this bustling dockside hot spot captures all the charm of Key West’s Historic Seaport and serves up an excellent, and very affordable, menu of salads, sandwiches, seafood and steaks. FYI: Don’t miss Happy Hour here from 4 – 6 pm where you can get great drinks and terrific appetizers like Baby Lamb Chops, Tempura Lobster Tail, Honey BBQ Wings and Boat House Bread for 50% off.

Cafe Sole
1029 Southard St. Key West
305-294-0230
cafesole.com
Open nightly 5 – 10pm
Innovative, Award-Winning Menu

You’ll think you’ve stumbled off the sidewalk and into Provence when you step inside Cafe Sole and catch the scents of fresh herbs and sauteing garlic. Chef/Owner, John Correa is a master of seafood & French sauces and his food is a whoop of earthy, sun-drenched flavor. Must Trys: the Conch Carpaccio and Hog Fish Snapper. Groups and wedding parties welcome. Wine and beer.

Commodore Waterfront Restaurant
700 Front St. Key West, FL 33040
305-294-9191
commodorekeywest.com
Open nightly 5:30 – 11pm
Highly Acclaimed Steak & Seafood

Overlooking a fleet of luxury yachts in Key West’s Historic Seaport, this highly acclaimed  steak and seafood restaurant boasts one of the most beautiful dining rooms in Key West and makes a perfect perch for breathtaking sunsets. A variety of choice cut meats, fresh, local fish and an international wine list are all first rate. Private outdoor dining balcony. Full bar. Free parking. Major credit cards.

Duffy’s Steak & Lobster House
1007 Simonton St. Key West, FL 33040
305-296-4900
Open Daily Noon – 11pm
Casual Dining At Affordable Prices

This is the place to go for excellent, affordable  and casual family dining in the heart of  Paradise. Renowned for their fresh Florida  lobster and delicious steaks, Surf and Turf,  famous Key West Conch Fritters, and without a  doubt, one of the best Prime Ribs in town. Be  sure to get there early because this popular  spot fills up fast. Full bar with great tropical  drinks. Major credit cards.

Latitudes Oceanfront Restaurant
245 Front St. Key West, FL 33040
305-292-5394
westinsunsetcottages.com
Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner
Stunning Beachfront Restaurant

Within minutes, the free boat launch at The Westin Key West Resort & Marina transports you to this spectacular restaurant on the island of Sunset Key. Enjoy outstanding island cuisine in the ultra luxe indoor dining room overlooking the  Gulf of Mexico or outside in the sand surrounded by flickering tiki torches. Reservations required. Major credit cards. Present ticket while dining for free parking.

Mangia Mangia Pasta Cafe
900 Southard St. Key West, FL 33040
305-294-2469
mangia-mangia.com
Open Daily 5:30 – 10pm
Good Friends. Good Food. Good Wine.

Renowned for impeccable fresh homemade  pasta & made-from-scratch, herb-spiked  sauces, this cozy trattoria is one of the Keys’ best values and serves up simple, full flavors that are intoxicatingly good. Lots of grilled specialties here, too, along with beef, seafood, organic chicken, vegetarian & gluten/egg-free dishes. Seductive wine list features vintages dating back to the 1950’s.

Schooner Wharf Bar
200 R Williams St. Key West, FL 33040
305-292-3773
schoonerwharf.com
Open M – Su 8 – 4am
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
A Last Remnant Of Old Key West

This funky, open air waterfront bar sits right on the docks overlooking the marina. The food and mood are definitely Key West casual and the menu here has all your island favorites including wings, nachos, burgers, fish tacos, seafood platters, conch fritters, crab cakes and more. Great live music and two daily Happy Hours from 7 a.m. – noon and then again from 5 – 7 p.m. Full bar. Major credit cards.

Tavern N’ Town
Marriott Key West Beachside Resort
3811 No. Roosevelt Ave. Key West, FL 33041
305-296-8100
tavernntown.com
Open M – Su 5 – 10pm
World-Class Dining & Entertainment

One of Key West’s most beautiful dining rooms where the restaurant’s large open theater kitchen takes center stage and Key West notables dine on a fusion of globally-inspired tapas (small plates), designer pizzas, grilled meats, plancha seared fish and nightly  specials. Daily 2-4-1 Happy Hour and special  Tapas Nights every Tues & Thurs from 5 – 7 p.m. Nightly entertainment. Major credit cards.