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Louie's Backyard

700 Waddell Ave, Key West, FL 33040-4729
305 294 1061
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Ranked #94 of 359 restaurants in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $80
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, International, Wine Bar
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Brick, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We chose to go to the upper deck because the views were great and we like to try a few things on menu. The upper deck is small plates with so much flavor. We had cheese plate, zucchini fritters with curry, ahi tuna and had to try their popcorn of the day. They were all Great. Highly recommend this place.... More

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Palm Coast, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food and service was excellent after being seated. Had a glitch with the reservation and was not impressed with the attitude - like it was my fault they screwed up. Once got over that hurdle - all was very good as usual.

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Alexandria, VA
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180 reviews 180 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Louie's, though flawed, is a must stop for every KW trip. The view is fabulous, and the food delicious, thus the 4 stars instead of 5. I've been coming for many years, and will return, although I do need to point out some issues that arose this go-round. We came twice this trip. Once for Sunday brunch for 9 people.... More

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Fort Worth
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Fabulous fresh seafood, interesting menu, relaxed yet upscale vibe. The place was packed but we felt no pressure from waiter to rush. Loved the views from the deck. Our favorite dinner in Key West!

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North Branch, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We only stopped for drinks on the patio by chance. Beautiful patio with a view out over the water. We were the only ones sitting in the sun had to go to the bar to get our drinks and returned the empties to be nice. Service could've been better.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had an enjoyable very expensive lunch in the heart of Key West. We had their version of bang bang shrimp 5 shrimp prawns --they were big but for $18 I thought we would have more-- it was delicious. The snapper fish tacos, the skirt steak was average, the snapper was good. We split a key lime pie piece for... More

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The Hague
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Great food, as other reviews have said. But unbearably hot outside in July and very few inside tables. Our waiter obviously didn't trust us to tip him properly (the service was good) because he hand-wrote a 20% tip for himself at the end of the check. I would have tipped him that anyway, but I didn't like the presumption.

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Providenciales
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

On 7/23/14 my wife and I went to Louie's for a nice lunch,we were seated out on the deck and about halfway through lunch a heavy set man with a white beard started ranting on his cell phone using strong profanity and threats to the person on the other end of the call this tirade lasted about five minutes and... More

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Miami
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129 reviews 129 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I had been wanting to try this famous (at least in Florida) restaurant for a long time, especially since chef Norman Van Aken (of Mango gang fame) got his start here. I made reservations and we found the quaint Key Westy building located a little off the beaten path. When we arrived, there was a cranky old guy at the... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We arrived an hour before our reservation tonight and weren't hungry so we had some drinks on the patio out back that overlooks the ocean while we waited. Wonderful view, great feel on the water, absolutely everything you want (and surprisingly don't see enough of) in Key West. It is low season right now so that might not always be... More

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