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Spanish Gardens

MM 80 Overseas Highway, MM 81, Islamorada, FL 33036
(305) 664-3999
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Ranked #6 of 83 restaurants in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: We use Imported ingredients and the freshest seafood and produce..We put alot of care and love in our authentic dishes and we enjoy our guests...Spanish wines and Homemade Sangria add a nice touch with a romantic artsy backdrop. So come in and enjoy our Tapas!
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Larkspur, California, United States
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We accidentally arrived in Islamorada during Lobster Week - so lots of traffic. But one benefit was having the Spanish Gardens restaurant all to ourselves - evidently everyone else on the island was getting ready to go lobstering. There were four of us in this birthday celebration. We shared all the plates. We started with the goat cheese and giant... More

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

You wouldn't notice it otherwise, but a small Spanish flag with the typical bull silhouette by the side of the road shows where to find this little gem. The food is excellent, the cozy ambiance is great. Most importantly, the dishes are typical of Spain yet with a local twist. Definitively recommend the Key Lime Pie. If you're in a... More

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LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

I just love how you said we were a traditional Spanish place with a twist!! Thank you for such kind words and we so enjoyed your visit...I really like when guests come from NY and enjoy our cuisine I get a big smile since I know the rest. you have in the city are amazing! More

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It is really tough to get me inside on a warm weather vacation, but it was worth it for this paella. I was pleased to find that it is truly a seafood paella (no chorizo) as I am a pescatarian. The wide variety of seafood was all cooked perfectly. The wait for the paella is a great time to admire... More

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LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

I see that you visited us awhile ago but still remembered your dining experience with us..thank you for the great review of our traditional Paella...and of course our Homemade Sangria we hope you visit us again More

Salt Lake City, Utah
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We ate here twice; once in the restaurant and then a second time we called for takeout after a day of kayaking at Curry Hammock State Park. Fantastic service, high quality produce and delicious spices. A decent wine list, more by the bottle than by the glass. Good for families and couples alike, only 8 tables so I would call... More

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LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

WOW!! What a wonderful compliment to us that you returned the next day for lunch..so glad you had a great vacation and you were pleased with our cuisine..thank you for sharing and hope you return again More

Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We stayed at the pines & palms resort & they deliver take out to our resort. Since we have a 9 month old, we usually were hungry for lunch around nap time. So it's great to have places that deliver! My husband & I both had sandwiches off the lunch menu that came with house side salad! I had the... More

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LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review even though it was a delivery! yes we have a special relationship with Pines and Palms to do lunches since they are so very close to us and I'm thrilled you enjoyed your sandwiches while hanging out by the beach for nap time More

Tavernier, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Hidden of the main highway we found a great place to enjoy fantastic and attentive service and Spanish food. Everything is cooked fresh and the service outstanding.

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LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for finding our little Hidden Gem!! and enjoying us Thank you for the great review and look forward to your next visit! More

Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Chef Jose came all the way from Spain, and brought his culinary expertise with him. This tremendous restaurant on Islamorada has charming Spanish ambience, delightful service by hostess Lynnie, and delicious food. The recipes featured well prepared and featured fresh ingredients. Recommend the meat and cheese plate, AMAZING salad, squid, and paella. Key lime pie with meringue was the best... More

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LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review!! i remember our evening together and how much you enjoyed everything. I believe you came back the next day for the KeyLime Pie and we were closed so sorry!! But the one thing I remember is how much you loved the food and the big smiles on your faces when you left... More

Walt Disney World, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

My friends and I were lucky enough to have a recommendation to stop at this small restaurant for lunch on our way to Marathon, FL. We 3 each had a different salad, (Mediterranean, Goat Cheese and Shrimp), as well as the cerviche. Everything was extremely fresh with wonderful tastes. We were waited on by Lynnie - who gave us wonderful... More

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LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

So pleased to see you enjoy your visit with us before your final destination!!! and where was that???? and thank you for putting in a good plug for the Lunch I enjoyed waiting on you as well.. More

Princeton, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Limited lunch menu but we had very yummy salads and sandwiches for lunch here. Everything was ripe and fresh and delish. Sangria was okay, not very sweet. Wish they had a few more beers/drinks available. Really liked all the artwork on display. Husband loved their key lime pie.

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LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

Yummy review!! and yes everything is made fresh...we only have a beer and wine license so we are limited but we have some amazing selections of Spanish wines...Look forward to your next visit Thank you More

Boston MA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We visit Spain often and found the food here quite authentic and really delicious. Don't be put off by the fact that it's in a strip mall; it's wonderful inside.

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LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

GRACIAS!!! thank you for the review and explaining that we are still a place to visit since we are in a Strip Mall....Keep an eye on us that might be changing in the future! More

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