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Louie's Backyard

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American, Caribbean, International, Wine Bar
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700 Waddell Ave, Key West, FL 33040
+1 305-294-1061
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
First time here and in the Keys

It was scenic and romantic. We started at one table inside that was very nice. Then we moved outside. Even better. Ryan accommodated us by moving us. He made some great recommendations for dinner. The ultimate compliment is that we didn't want to leave and talked about coming back again before we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
Frank L
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We ate at Louie's and the food was very good and expensive....but it was hindered by the terrible smell from the algae and kelp. We were there in July and Louie's is on the water and we sat on the deck, which was a poor choice of ours. They say this smell only occurs occasionally every few years, but it... More 

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Rockwall, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Our group went for apps before catching Mallory square to see jeep and his golden We almost did not leave We had the shrimp and grits ( to die for) And Fabulous Fabulous- key lime martinis- did we say Fabulous!!! Fresh well crafted - amazing!! They were very nice to us and had to move us a bit to a... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Every time I come to Key West, I have to eat here at least once. I love the deck out back for drinks. The small plates upstairs are fantastic and the main restaurant is perfect. Food, ambience, service, location are all spot on

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Brooklyn, New York
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

After recently visiting the farm-to-table concept at True Hill in NYC, this restaurant is very close in comparison to originality in their menu, and freshness of the produce. The chef/menu planner was truly inspired by his own smarts, not trying to copy menu items from other popular eateries. The setting overlooking the water was beautiful and comforting. The staff was... More 

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

I have eaten at Louie's Backyard a few times over the years, the last of which (before this trip) was when I was about 14. I always remember my parents talking about what a special restaurant it is. We went to Key West last weekend with another couple for their first trip to the Keys and I made a reservation.... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Any visitor, first timers and regulars know a stop in at Louie's is a must. Great bar with perfect sunset views, a different angle than at Mallory Square. Great food (seafood suburb) and excellent cocktails and service. So what's not to like?!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The 'backyard' seemed very enticing on a hot August afternoon, but the hostess yelled at us twice: first, to ask us to wait by the door for her to seat us, although she was nowhere to be seen when we entered, and second, because we had changed tables, with the waiter's permission, but not HERS! So we left...

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This is a must for anyone visiting Key West. The restaurant is island casual but the food is 5 star! You won't be disappointed! My husband highly recommends the Hog Fish if they are cooking it. I'm allergic to seafood, but was nicely surprised by their other choices. I ended up selecting the Foie Gras app and the lamb chops... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

It was scenic and romantic. We started at one table inside that was very nice. Then we moved outside. Even better. Ryan accommodated us by moving us. He made some great recommendations for dinner. The ultimate compliment is that we didn't want to leave and talked about coming back again before we even left. It's not cheap, but what the... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

A distinctive setting where you can enjoy the sunset and an excellent dinner! I've been to almost all of the town restaurants and I found here impeccable service, excellent food in a Key West setting.... perfect!

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Additional Information about Louie's Backyard

Address: 700 Waddell Ave, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-294-1061
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 80
Cuisine: American, Caribbean, International, Wine Bar

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 700 Waddell Ave, Key West, FL 33040
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
  • Phone Number: +1 305-294-1061

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 80
  • Cuisine: American, Caribbean, International, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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