Good Eats

Good Eats

Looking for the best restaurants in the Florida Keys? Well, you’ve come to the right place! The Florida Keys & Key West are a top Florida destination for great food and award-winning restaurants. From cozy, neighborhood bistros, waterfront seafood joints and prime steak houses to ultra cool sushi bars and unique ethnic eateries, here are some of our favorite places to eat.


UPPER KEYS

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

Buzzards Roost
MM 106.5, Oceanside Just Off U.S. 1 at Card Sound Rd. Key Largo, FL 33037
305-453-3746
buzzardsroostkeylargo.com
Open M-Su 11 am – 9 pm
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 is also outstanding. Full bar. Major credit cards. Catering available.

Ciao Hound Italian Kitchen & Bar
MM 84.5 Oceanside Postcard Inn @ Holiday Isle, Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-2321
ciaohound84.com
Open Daily for Lunch 11 am – 4 pm Dinner 4 – 10 pm
Relaxed Italian Dining
Islamorada’s Italian kitchen pairs authentic Tuscan flavors with fresh Keys-sourced ingredients and Rat Pack-era tunes. The big menu includes lots of appetizers, salads, brick oven flatbreads and sandwiches, along with an excellent selection of pastas, seafood and house specialties. The oven-baked herb and parmesan crusted Mahi-Mahi with crispy pancetta, rapini and Marsala jus is especially wonderful. Other favorites: pan sautéed Chicken Francese in lemon-white wine wine caper sauce; and the Ravioli Lobster: butter-tossed tomatoes, asparagus and lobster chunks in brandy-paprika cream sauce. You’ll also find a full bar that serves top notch wines by the glass and bottle, local and imported beers and nearly a dozen Italian-inspired cocktails. Added bonus: A fido-friendly patio.

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

Green Turtle Inn
MM 81.2, Oceanside Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-2006
greenturtleinn.com
Open Tu- Sun 7 am – 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. Our new addition “The Nest” has 9 TV’s, 20 beers on tap, a full bar and air conditioning!

Kaiyo Grill & Sushi
MM 81.7, Oceanside Old Highway Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-5556
kaiyokeys.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 10 am – 8 pm Market Open 7 am -5:30 pm; F & Sa ‘till 7 pm
Best Lobster BLT
Regarded 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
lazydaysrestaurant.com
Open M-Su 11am – 9:30pm; F & Sa. ‘till 10pm
Award-Winning Favorite
Here’s a place where you can enjoy award-winning Keys-style dishes in a spectacular oceanfront setting. Boat-to-table seafood, certified Black Angus steaks, innovative pasta and chicken dishes, along with some terrific house specialties headline a large menu that consistently wins rave reviews. Lots of seating options, including an outside waterfront patio, covered seaside porch, cozy indoor dining room or beachside bistro with tables nestled in the sand. FYI: The fish sandwich here is an absolute “Must!” Happy Hour from 4 – 6 p.m. with 3 for $1.00 appetizers at the bar.

Lazy Lobster
MM 102, Bayside Key Largo, FL 33037 305-451-0565
lazylobsterinthekeys.com
Open Daily for lunch & Dinner
Wonderful Little Gem
Award-winning Chef, Lupe Ledesma of Lazy Days acclaim has brought his magical touch to this casual family-friendly eatery in Key Largo. And true to form, he and his team have another winner on their hands. The deep fried lobster sandwich with jalapeno bread crust is just amazing. Other favorites: Wasabi-encrusted tuna, Shrimp Diablo and Conch Ceviche – all are out of this world. Lazy Days signature banana bread is also a staple here – yum!

Lor-e-lei
MM 82, Bayside Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-2692
loreleifloridakeys.com
Open M-Su 8 am – 11 pm
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 pm Major credit cards.

Mangrove Mike’s Cafe & Catering
82200 Overseas Hwy Gulfside
Islamorada, Fl 33036
305-664-8022
mangrovemikes.com
Open Daily 6am – 2pm
“Award-Winning Breakfast & Lunch Joint”
Yes, there really is a “Mangrove Mike” and he’s been flipping flapjacks and serving up hearty homemade breakfasts and lunches in this funky Keys “diner” since 1998. We eat here all of the time because the food is exceptionally good and the portions are humungous (the Breakfast Tater Tot Towers are insane!). Huge selection of gluten-free breakfast and lunch options, too. Full catering services also available. Bring your appetite!

Mia Cucina
At Cheeca Lodge & Spa
MM 82, Oceanside, Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-4651
cheeca.com
Open for Lunch & Dinner
Outstanding Neapolitan Pizzeria
Enjoy made to order, artisanal pizzas, house-made pastas and authentic Italian cooking in an eclectic, colorful space that’s perfect for family dining. Lots of fresh and flavorful items to choose from including Margherita and Funghi with Truffle Pizza, Shrimp Scampi Capellini, Heirloom Grape Tomato Caprese and other reimagined and classic Italian favorites.

Morada Bay Beach Cafe & Bar
MM 81.6, Bayside Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-3225
moradabay.com
Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner
Innovative, Eclectic American/Caribbean
Super fresh, local seafood and produce are the stars of the show at this laid-back, outdoor Mediterranean bistro cafe which sits directly on a glorious, palm-lined beach. The food is innovative and eclectic but also includes a hearty selection of American favorites.

Nikai Sushi Bar & Restaurant
At Cheeca Lodge
MM 82, Oceanside’ Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-4651
cheeca.com
Open Nightly 6 – 10 pm
A Taste of the Far East
This ultra cool Sushi Bar serves exceptional fresh sushi and creative Japanese-inspired fare along with a unique selection of hot and cold Sakes, boutique wines and tropical cocktails. “Must Haves: the Wahoo Tataki, Tuna Poke Bowl, and Scallop Shooters. Lots of interesting Ramen dishes, as well, along with a great selection of tantalizing nigiri, sashimi, and signature sushi rolls like the “Big Kahuna” with tuna, avocado, lobster salad, pineapple ginger glaze and toasted macadamia. Yum!

Pierre’s
MM 81.6 Bayside Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-3225
moradabay.com
Open Nightly for Dinner
Eclectic, Haute Cuisine
Nestled on the second floor of a magnificent plantation-style house this “Islamorada Stunner” is renowned for its world-influenced, French fusion cuisine. Everything on the menu is beautifully prepared and served in a romantic, candlelit, 19th century “Indian arcade” which is walled with extraordinary artifacts from Morocco, India and Africa. You can also enjoy eating downstairs in the Green Flash lounge or outside on the beautiful wrap-around veranda overlooking the bay.

Reel Burger
At Amara Cay Resort
80001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33063
305-664-0073;
amaraycayresort.com
Open M-Su 11 am – 10 pm Daily Sunset Celebration/Happy Hour
Get Hooked On The Reel Deal
If you’re in the mood for a really good burger, look no further. These big, juicy, made to order hand helds, all built with a custom blend of ground beef, are the “reel” deal. Standouts include the classic “Backyard BBQ ” burger with American cheese, LTO, sweet pickles and Applewood smoked bacon; and the “Black ’N Blue,” heaped with caramelized onions, lettuce, Applewood smoked bacon and blue cheese. There’s also a terrific house made Portobello Burger, grilled or blackened “Catch of the Day” and a Cilantro-Lime Marinated Grilled Chicken sandwich. Fresh fish tacos, grilled jumbo shrimp, lots of great apps, and specialty Tiki & Craft cocktails make this tropical oceanside spot a fun place to chill.

Snook’s Bayside Grand Tiki
MM 99.9, Bayside Key Largo, FL 33037
305-453-5004
snooks.com
Open M-Su 11 am – 10 pm Daily Sunset Celebration/Happy Hour
One Of The Keys Top Picks
If there’s anywhere that can convince you to hang your flip flops in the Florida Keys, it’s this hidden waterfront hot spot where spectacular sunsets create perfect “ah-ha” moments and mint-garnished mojitos blow you away. Winning rave reviews on South Florida’s popular TV show, “Check Please,” the chandliered grand Tiki with its expansive 5,000 square foot lounging deck is also home to island luaus and and incredible nightly sunset celebrations.

Square Grouper
80.4 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada, Fl 33061
786-901-5678
squaregrouperbarandgrill.com
W – Su 11:30am – 2pm; 5 – 10pm
Closed Tu & W
Heralded Keys Landmark Eatery Comes to Islamorada
Good news for Square Grouper fans at MM 22.5 on Cudjoe Key: the heralded Lower Keys landmark has opened a new waterfront location within the Islamorada Marina complex. The innovative and eclectic menu mirrors the original location with a big offering of fresh seafood, sandwiches, salads and prime steaks, as well a fantastic wine list. Local favorites include the Ahi Tuna Egg Rolls, Flash Fried Conch, homemade Smoked Fish Dip and lots of signature Land and Sea dishes. If you haven’t had an opportunity to make it to the original Lower Keys location, now’s your chance to see what everyone’s been raving about!

Ziggie & Mad Dog’s
MM 83, Bayside Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-3391
ziggieandmaddogs.com
Open nightly 5 – 10 pm Fr & Sa ‘till 11 pm
Best Porterhouse Steak
Revived in 2005 by former Miami Dolphins’ tight end and sports broadcaster, Jim ”Mad Dog” Mandich and longtime business partner Randy Kassewitz, the legendary Ziggie’s Crab Shack is now sleek and sophisticated steak, chops and seafood restaurant that feels more like Tommy Bahama than Ernest Hemingway. The current, and now famous incarnation is better than ever and has become THE place for fine dining in the Keys. Orchid garnished cocktails, international wines, an outstanding a-la-carte menu and nightly specials make it one of the Keys’ top dining spots which always draws a colorful celebrity clientele.


MIDDLE & LOWER KEYS

Frank’s Grill
MM 52, Gulfside Town Square Mall Marathon, Fl 33050
305-289-7772
Lunch M-Fr 10 am – 3 pm Dinner M – Sa 5 – 9 pm.
Highly Acclaimed Old-World Italian
Frank Farello’s highly acclaimed trattoria embraces his family’s Old World Italian recipes but is also highly regarded for the excellent American and Classic preparations. You’ll find over a dozen handcrafted pasta dishes, along with some great signature favorites including Snapper Francaise, Veal Piccata, Chicken Marsala, Steak Roma and Shrimp Scampi. Beer and wine.

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, 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.

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

My New Joint
At The Square Grouper
MM 22.5 Oceanside Cudjoe Key 33042
305-745-8880
mynewjoint420lounge.com
M-Sa 4:20 – Midnight Happy Hour 4:20 – 6:30 pm offering $6 cocktails
Because Two Joints Are Better Than One!
Located upstairs from the Square Grouper, this swanky bar and lounge is a hip spot to kick back with your favorite libation and indulge in an innovative tapas menu, fabulous raw bar, cheese and chocolate fondues and yummy desserts. You’ll also find one of the best specialty hand-crafted cocktail menus in the Keys, along with a unique tap system with 15 different draft beers plus a whopping 150 canned and bottled beers. Lots of interesting wines, too, and all of them are available by the glass or by the bottle. A great place to bring your buds!

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

Square Grouper Bar & Grill
MM 22.5, Oceanside Cudjoe Key, FL 33042
305-745-8880
squaregrouperbarandgrill.com
Open M-Su through April Lunch 11 am – 2:30 pm; Dinner 5 – 10 pm Cocktail Lounge 4:20 – Midnight
A Keys Top Pick
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.


KEY WEST

Ambrosia
1401 Simonton St. Key West, FL 33040
305-293-0304
ambrosiasushi.com
Dinner M – Su 6 -10 pm; Lunch M – Sa 11:30 am – 2 pm
Key West’s Best Sushi
A dramatic sculptured waterfall and 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 and 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
Margaritaville Resort & Marina
245 Front St. Key West, FL 33040
305-294-4000
margaritavillekeywestresort.com
Open M-Su 7 am-10 pm
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 Margaritaville’s Sunset Pier which comes alive each evening with entertainment by the famous sunset performers. Award- winning Sunday Brunch from 10 am – 2 pm Full bar. Major credit cards.

Cafe Sole
1029 Southard St. Key West
305-294-0230
cafesole.com
Open Nightly 5-10 pm
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.

Chug Cantina 24 North Hotel
3820 N Roosevelt Blvd. Key West, FL 33040
305-320-0940
gateshotelkeywest.com
Open Daily 8am – 8pm
Lively Poolside Bar & Cafe
Unwind with some tacos and beer at this casual, convivial bar and cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner overlooking the gorgeous pool at the hip 24 North Hotel. FYI: The Ropa Vieja is especially good here.

The Grill
At Hilton Garden Inn
3850 N Roosevelt Blvd Key West, FL 33040
305-320-0920
Breakfast: M – F 6am – 10am Sa & Su 7am – 11am Bar: 4pm – 12am Dinner: 5pm – 10pm
Casual American Fare
Located in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn, this casual eatery boasts a big breakfast buffet plus several a la carte specialty items, as well as casual dinner fare with a good selection of beef, fish and chicken dishes. Full bar.

Latitudes At Sunset Key
245 Front St. Key West, FL 33040
305-292-5394
sunsetkeycottages.com
Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner
Stunning Beachfront Restaurant
Within minutes, the free boat launch at The Margaritaville 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 – 10 pm
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, too, along with beef, seafood, chicken and vegetarian dishes. Excellent gluten/egg-free pasta options including “Zucchini Zoodle Noodles.” Seductive wine list features vintages dating back to the 1950’s.

Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar
At The Perry Hotel Key West
70001 Shrimp Road, Key West, FL 33040
305-294-3939
mattsstockisland.com
Open Daily 8am – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm;
American Coastal Comfort Food
“Simple, comfortable and delicious” food is the mantra at this new Stock Island Waterfront eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From dock to dish, seafood is the star of the show with House Specialties that include Crab Beignets, Matt’s Smoked Fish Dip, and Snapper On The Half Shell Tacos. Meat lovers can also rejoice with Matt’s Southern favorites including their famous Fried Chicken with Citrus Dust, Baby Backs and Cowboy Steak steaks. BTW: $3 specialty drafts, $6 signature wines and $5 crudo and tapas style apps & entrées every night for Happy Hour from 6-8pm.

Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill
At The Perry Hotel Key West
70001 Shrimp Road, Key West, FL 33040
305-294-3939
salty-oyster.com
Open Daily 11am – 11pm;
Just Steps From The Dock
This a perfect spot to enjoy a casual lunch dockside or a frozen concoction at sunset. A short, simple menu does the trick with perennial favorites like fresh Oysters, local Key West Pink Shrimp, Blackened Mahi Sandwich and the famous “Squealer” Burger, stuffed with cheese and bacon. FYI: You can get 50% off all food and premium libations during the daily 4 – 6pm Happy Hour.

Schooner Wharf Bar
200R Williams St. Key West, FL 33040
305-292-3773
schoonerwharf.com
Open M – Su 8 – 4 am 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 am – noon and then again from 5 – 7 pm Full bar. Major credit cards.

Stoned Crab
Ibis BayResort
3101 N.Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, Fl 33040
305-296-1043
stonedcrab.com
M – Su 10am — 11pm
Everybody Must Get Stoned
This is the only seafood restaurant in Key West that specializes in stone crab and actually has two private fishing boats that deliver their catches straight to the restaurant’s dock each day. Executive Chef and renowned foodmeister, Paul Menta, takes it from there, creating spectacular “Seafood Towers,” Blackened Key West Shrimp & Grits, Stoned Lump Crab Cakes, Seafood Pastas and an array of other incredible plates. One of Key West’s best.

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 – 10 pm
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 pm Nightly entertainment. Major credit cards.

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