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“Excellent food and martinis” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Marquesa

Cafe Marquesa
600 Fleming St, Marquesa Hotel, Key West, FL 33040
+1 305-292-1919
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Ranked #55 of 365 Restaurants in Key West
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, Asian, International, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Rosemary Beach, Florida
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78 reviews 78 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Excellent food and martinis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We went on a Monday night and sat at the bar. It was our first visit and the bartender was outstanding, great drink and wine list. We loved the salads that we order, both green leaf and one was served with a house made burrata that was outstanding. The chef is amicable to splitting dishes and it is a nice menu to order from for sharing. We will definitely make this restaurant a regular visit.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Our First Love....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Cafe Marquesa is always our number one reservation for dinner when traveling to Key West. The service is impeccable....The food is delicious and ample....The drinks are superb!!!!! We normally request a quiet corner table, along the banquet, and our request is always honored. The staff caters to your every need, without any hesitation. We love it here, and always look forward to one of the best meals in Key West. It's also nice to have a "non" Duval St. clientele....There are no loud obnoxious people to be found here!!! Cafe Marquesa is a pleasant departure from the Duval St. crowd. It has an air of elegance and quiet charm....We can not wait to return...

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Café Marquesa is a beautiful restaurant.

Unfortunately we were disappointed in the food. The chef has a great love for bleu cheese. His/her taste buds must be a little dull, because the bleu chesses that are on way too many selections is SOOOOO STRONG. I have never experienced such an overwhelming flavor of bleu cheese. It was on my salad, on my filet and had I tried the soup of the evening, it would have been in that too. The menu is fairly small, so for bleu cheese to be featured on so many things, there was not much diversification.

My salad was absolutely beautiful but the bleu cheese vinaigrette was totally acrid and bitter.

There was a bleu cheese "crust" on my filet, but in actuality, it was a blob of cold pureed bleu cheese blobbed on top of my filet and I could not even scrape off the overwhelming flavor. I noticed other patrons trying to remove the bleu cheese from their filets as well.

My husband had the smoked pork chops and they were very dry and overdone, slightly sawdusty.
The sides were OK but not innovative nor prepared in any way that was special. The sauce for the smoked pork chops was good, but there was not enough to offset the dryness of the pork.

The service was on the edge of poor, just slightly below average. But for an upscale restaurant excellent service is expected, demanded and should be a given,

The price was average for a nice restaurant, but when you compare quality to price, Café Marquesa falls far short. We would not recommend to anyone and we will not go back.

Our specialty drinks really were good. We really enjoyed them.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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143 restaurant reviews
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Nice classy place for Key West”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Four of us shared a bunch of the starters, all were very good; duck sliders, mushroom tortellini, pot stickers, etc. The space is nice, off the busy streets and well done. Nice wine list, good drinks. Suggest reservations as it's not that big and they were pretty busy on a Wednesday night.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kula, Maui
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11 restaurant reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A Welcome Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We were tired after the drive from Miami and asked for a restraurant close to the hotel. They said theirs was pretty good, and at that point pretty good was just fine.

The menu was outstanding the wine list was very good, and the service was extraordinary. I later learned that the hotel staff is very down to earth and not into the grandiose.

Visited July 2013
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