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Restaurants in Key West

Like the rest of the Keys, the three main food groups in Key West seem to be fresh seafood, tropical fruit and key lime pie—with the fourth food group perhaps being the margarita. While Duval Street has no shortage of familiar brand names, Old Town is a good place to find more locally inspired cuisine. Head to one, or a few, of the best Key West restaurants.

Housed in an oceanfront Victorian house, Louie’s Backyard is a Caribbean-American restaurant and a local favorite for more than three decades. You can dine inside, with white tablecloths and wood-shuttered windows, or sit on the multilevel deck overlooking the Old Bahama Channel. Using locally caught seafood and produce grown specifically for Louie’s by Island Farms, longstanding chef Doug Shook creates fresh, seasonal (and pricey) dishes like Bahamian conch chowder and seared yellowfin tuna with wasabi sweet soy. The Paseo is a casual Key West restaurant with Caribbean feel, with its Cuban sandwiches and bowls of home-cooking-style pork, black beans, and grilled corn. B.O’s Fish Wagon is a funky shack that nicely embodies that Margaritaville mindset, with its mishmash of ripped fishing nets, no sniveling signs, and a rusted truck. The conch fritters are superb, too. For a great spot for a slice of pie and local margaritas, try The Rooftop Café. This elegant Key West restaurant is just a few blocks from Mallory Square and the festivities that accompany the daily sunset.

  • Antonia’s

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Marrying Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, this restaurant has been serving everything homemade for more than 30 years. Each morning, handmade pas... More
  • B.O.'s Fish Wagon

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The funky shack gets its charm from a mishmash of ripped fishing nets, no sniveling signs, and a rusted truck. And yes, the fritters are superb. More
  • Banana Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    This open-air, French-inspired nook is no secret, so arrive for breakfast before 9:30 a.m. The crêpes come in both savory and sweet varieties. Try ... More
  • Blond Giraffe

    Don't assume that the smaller shops selling Key lime pie are the most authentic. The yellow factory on Simonton, which smells of graham crackers (a... More
  • Blue Heaven Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Originating as a casual lunch café in 1992, Blue Heaven is now a full-service restaurant that draws huge crowds all day. The restaurant is located ... More
  • Café Marquesa

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    This intimate, 50-seat restaurant is located in the Marquesa Hotel, a collection of 19th-century conch houses in historic Old Town. Tall windows ov... More
  • Eaton Street Seafood Market

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    The owners of Eaton Street Seafood Market opened the place to help fight what they saw as an import trend. Located in historic Old Town Key West, t... More
  • Fausto's

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Duck into this gourmet grocery for poached salmon salad or Evil Garlic Pickles. More
  • Good Life

    Try the mango salsa–drenched fish tacos at this low-lit couple-owned spot. More
  • Hogfish Bar & Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    With its old-school fishing shacks and shrimp boats, Stock Island harks back to Key West circa the 1970's. Dine at tables overlooking a dock crowde... More
  • Louie's Backyard

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Housed in an oceanfront Victorian house, this Caribbean-American restaurant has been a local favorite for more than three decades. The airy dining ... More
  • Mangoes

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Mangoes is famous for its Mango Coladas and prime destination on a corner of Duval Street. A monochromatic, canopy-dotted courtyard provides plenty... More
  • Michaels

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Michaels, a casual fine dining steakhouse, is located on a back street in Old Town. The small wood bar and large wine display rack create a homey f... More
  • Nine One Five

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    When the crowds on Duval get too rowdy, step off the street into this whitewashed Victorian tapas and wine bar. Pair one of the specials—Black Angu... More
  • Rooftop Cafe

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Order the key lime pie; it has meringue and crust that oozes buttery lime juice. More

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