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“Mixed Feelings About This Experience!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Sole

Cafe Sole
1029 Southard St, Key West, FL 33040
305-294-0230
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Ranked #70 of 366 Restaurants in Key West
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Frances St.
Description: Cafe Sole has captured the hearts and palates of locals and visitors lucky enough to discover this culinary gem off the beaten path. By combining his French mastery of sauces with fresh locally caught seafood, John has created a menu unlike any on the island, where every dish is bursting with indescribable flavors. Mutton snapper in pesto and champagne, yellowtail in a beurre blanc of lobster or a rare hog snapper with red pepper zabaglione top a list of nightly specials. As for the classics, the Duck a L'Orange, Rack of Lamb with herb de Province and Lobster Bouillaise are as authentic as you will find this side of Paris. Chef Correa combines the best of both of his worlds, European and Caribbean to win the People's Choice and Best Entree awards at a recent Master Chefs Classic
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Mixed Feelings About This Experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We love the décor of Café Sole, the laid back yet somewhat upscale feel, and the open air. It's very pretty, has an island feel, and is relaxing. Quite nice for a romantic evening!

The overall bill, in our opinion, was a bit expensive. Our meal was on the upside of $270 and that included 4 glasses of wine, a soup & salad, two entrees, and one dessert. We didn't leave hungry, but the food wasn't stunning flavor wise. For that kind of money I generally expect to be blown away, and I wasn't necessarily. This review is more like 3.5 stars, rather than 4.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Grottaglie
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Expensive & uninspired”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Food was mediocre and uninspired. Prices crazy high for the food they delivered. Service was excellent though. I would not recommend it to anyone.

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Brussels, Belgium
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43 restaurant reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Nice and cosy setting, food needs improvements”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Food was not bad, but not good neither.
It was quite expensive and a 20% gratituity was automaticly added to our bill.

The menu is French inspired but it doesn't come close to the quality of the French cuisine.

The restaurant setting though was cosy, neat and romantic.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Lemont, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Excellent Meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us for fine dining. We were impressed with the menu choices and enjoyed our meal of fresh seafood. The presentation was creative, and the flavors and sauces were fantastic. The service was attentive but we dined leisurely and never felt rushed. The atmosphere was inviting and the low noise level allowed quiet conversation. We were so impressed and so enjoyed our dinner we had lunch at Bistro Sole for a very tasty encore! We add these restaurants to our highly recommended list. Enjoy!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cranford
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful French Resturant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

My wife and I went to Cafe Sole on the last night of a three-day stay in Key West. It was a wonderful place to end our visit. Our waiter, Lukas, was excellent. He was professional but very friendly. I started with fresh anchovies and then had the Bouillabaisse and my wife started with Conch Carpaccio and followed it with the Hog Snapper. All the dishes were excellent. We also had an outstanding bottle of wine. There were many reasonably priced choices. We share the key lime pie for dessert.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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