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Best Food in Key West

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Key West has plenty of tasty — and quirky — culinary delights on offer. From mouth-watering seafood on-the-go to lazy lunches with a view, and delicious desserts; read on for my suggestions of what and where to eat in Key West.

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  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

13 Places

6 City Tips

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13 Places

Half Shell Raw Bar

Restaurants

Conch Republic Seafood Company

Restaurants

Turtle Kraals

Bars & Clubs

Schooner Wharf Bar

Restaurants

B.O.'s Fish Wagon

Restaurants

Pepe's Cafe

Restaurants

Sunset Pier

Bars & Clubs

Roof Top Cafe

Restaurants

Better Than Sex - A Dessert Restaurant

Restaurants

Kojin Noodle Bar

Restaurants

Glazed Donuts

Restaurants

Key West Pretzel Company

Restaurants

Vinos on Duval

Bars & Clubs

Pjk's City Tips

  • You can usually just walk into a restaurant in Key West and be seated but there are a few places where you may need to make a reservation to get an outdoor or upper level table.
  • Tipping is the usual for the USA: 15-18%.
  • Key West is particularly attractive to visitors as you can usually check into your hotel or B&B, unpack your things, and then walk everywhere — to breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • There are a few restaurants in Key West where you might consider dressing up a little (a pair of slacks and a dress shirt) but in general, shorts and a T-shirt will do.
  • There are even a few very informal places in Key West where you can have lunch in a wet bathing suit — such as Lagerheads or the Sunset Pier at the Ocean Key Resort.
  • There are several restaurants that are so popular that you should avoid them on the weekends — such as Blue Heaven, Pepe's, and the Banana Cafe.
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    Half Shell Raw Bar
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Seafood, Soups)
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    Pjk Says:

    Florida stone crab season begins on October 15 and lasts through May 15 of the following year. The Half Shell Raw Bar caters to locals and tourists, and this Bight-side bar always has crab claws in season and a good selection of beer both on tap and in bottles. Note that crab claws are expensive, but worth a try if your wallet allows.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    Tips
    • While the season ends on May 15, many bars and restaurants still have crab claws for a week or two after. If they're not on the menu, ask for them.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 343 restaurants in Key West
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing seafood and service 09/23/2018
    • Happy Hour!!! 09/20/2018
    • Half Shell Raw Bar
    Address:
    231 Margaret St
    Key West, FL 33040-6639
    Phone:
    +1 305-294-7496
    Price range:
    $15 - $35
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Conch Republic Seafood Company
    Restaurants (American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups)
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    Pjk Says:

    Conch Republic Seafood is another great restaurant overlooking the Key West Bight. Sit at the bar and order peel-and-eat shrimp or oysters, or try the Tuna Tataki served with Crispy Wontons, Key Lime Ponzu Sauce, Seaweed Salad, and Wasabi Vinaigrette. A Key West Sunset Ale goes especially well with the spicy Wasabi.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • During Happy Hour each drink earns you a coin for a free drink of equal value. Stop each day, pocket the coins, then on the last night, use them to drink for free!
    • Having a drink and an appetizer at the bar here is a treat, but there are better dinners to be had elsewhere.
    • The Conch Republic Seafood Company (also known as The Conch Farm) has one of the best gift shops in Key West.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #123 of 343 restaurants in Key West
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great 09/24/2018
    • Yummy food right on the water front! 09/23/2018
    • Conch Republic Seafood Company
    Address:
    631 Greene St
    Key West, FL 33040
    Phone:
    +1 305-294-4403
    Price range:
    $10 - $35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Turtle Kraals
    Bars & Clubs
    Pjk Says:

    There is a dining deck on the second floor here which has one of the best views of the Key West Bight. Time your dinner so that you arrive just before sunset, then you can order and eat while the sun goes down.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • This is where you can try a flight of ceviche — four different types of ceviche, which is easily enough for two people. Substitute warmed chips for the popcorn.
    • Order two flights of wine — one for each person to go with the ceviche — there are four types of wine designed to go with each of the types of ceviche — heaven!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 59 Nightlife in Key West
    • key west cocktail challenge 09/22/2018
    • Great food, Great atmosphere 08/28/2018
    • Turtle Kraals
    Address:
    231 Margaret St
    Key West, FL 33040-6639
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Schooner Wharf Bar
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Seafood)
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    Pjk Says:

    I like to sit here in the afternoon or early evening and order a dozen oysters on the half shell and a Key West Sunset Ale. The peel-and-eat-shrimp are good here too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Sit as close to the bar as possible at one of the tall tables — sitting farther away can mean the wait staff don't notice you.
    • You might want to buy one of the logo T-shirts, tank tops, or visors saying "Hanging With The Big Dogs."
    • Come back here at night to find the Magic Bar where Frank the Magician does card tricks starting at 9pm — you'll be amazed!
    • Don't just ask for peel-and-eat-shrimp — ask for "Key West Pinks."
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #110 of 343 restaurants in Key West
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great dive bar 09/21/2018
    • Cool Dive Bar 09/12/2018
    • Schooner Wharf Bar
    Address:
    202 William St
    on The Ward Walk, Gulf Side
    Key West, FL 33040-6645
    Phone:
    +1 305-292-3302
    Price range:
    $0 - $15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 4:00 AM
    Other:
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    B.O.'s Fish Wagon
    Restaurants (American, Seafood)
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    Pjk Says:

    B.O.'s is the place to try conch fritters, maybe a fish sandwich, or a basket of fish and chips. And it's one of the best places on the island for fries. In fact, forget the fish, it's worth going to B.O.'s just for the fritters or fries alone!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • If you pass a tumbled-down shack on Caroline Street, stop and go back — you just passed B.O.'s.
    • On Friday evenings Barry Cuda (get it?) and his band play there.
    • B.O.'s does not take credit cards.
    • You might want to avoid B.O.'s if it's raining!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #138 of 343 restaurants in Key West
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best food in key west, we visited all the highest rated but wish we found this first 09/21/2018
    • The Best Food Comes From Places That Look Like a Hole in the Wall 09/14/2018
    • B.O.'s Fish Wagon
    Address:
    801 Caroline St
    Key West, FL 33040-6642
    Phone:
    +1 305-294-9272
    Price range:
    $10 - $60
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
    Other:
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    Pepe's Cafe
    Restaurants (American)
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    Pjk Says:

    Pepe's Cafe is an amazing place to have breakfast in Key West, especially sitting in its small garden just off Caroline Street. Once you have a table and are looking at the menu, glance around and take in the unique lighting fixtures and the line-drawings on the inside of the fence. There is also a small bar here where you can try a Bloody Mary with breakfast or come back later in the afternoon for one.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Check out the menu but you cannot go wrong with one of the two specials — and be sure to include a slice of the home-made bread.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 343 restaurants in Key West
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love this place 09/23/2018
    • Take me back to 1909 09/18/2018
    • Pepe's Cafe
    Address:
    806 Caroline St
    Key West, FL 33040-6643
    Phone:
    +1 305-294-7192
    Price range:
    $0 - $15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Sunset Pier
    Bars & Clubs
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    Pjk Says:

    The Sunset Pier is a good place to try fish tacos for lunch, but it's so pleasant simply sitting out here at a small table on the pier, listening to the music, that you could almost forget about the food and drinks. Well, almost.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Sit on the ocean-side of the pier so that you can see the many sailing and snorkeling boats going out. Many will come about just here and raise their sails, so close you can wave.
    • This is also one of the best places to sit at night for a drink, either on the pier or at the Tiki bar where people-watching is an added attraction.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 59 Nightlife in Key West
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mile Marker “0” 09/20/2018
    • Nice place to relax and see the sunset 08/27/2018
    • Sunset Pier
    Address:
    Duval St
    Ocean Key Resort & Spa
    Key West, FL 33040
    Phone:
    +1 305-296-7701
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    Roof Top Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Caribbean, Seafood, Soups)
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    Pjk Says:

    Roof Top Cafe is one of the more up-scale restaurants in Key West, but not so much so that you have to worry about dressing up to the nines. Particularly tasty here are the Sea Scallops with Key Lime butter and basmati rice.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Always consider one appetizer in particular — Little Neck Clams steamed with Andouille, white wine, and garlic butter.
    • This is one place to make a reservation so that you can specify a table outside on the deck.
    • Consider arriving earlier than normal and sip a Bloody Mary sitting at the "outside-looking-in" portion of the bar upstairs.
    • The Roof Top Cafe is especially good for a change from seafood. Try the Chipotle-glazed Grilled Pork Tenderloin served with black bean corn, chorizo stew, and sweet plantains.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #109 of 343 restaurants in Key West
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Romantic and Delicious 09/18/2018
    • Disappointing 09/16/2018
    • Roof Top Cafe
    Address:
    308 Front St
    Key West, FL 33040-6615
    Phone:
    +1 305-294-2042
    Price range:
    $8 - $42
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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    Better Than Sex - A Dessert Restaurant
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    Pjk Says:

    Better Than Sex is one of the more unique places to eat in Key West and serves desserts only. The most difficult thing here is deciding what to order and trying to convince the wait staff to let you sample everything!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Do not go here after a big dinner. In fact, you might want to set aside an evening when you have only had a light lunch.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 343 restaurants in Key West
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Key Lime Pie 09/21/2018
    • Cheesy but fun!! 09/20/2018
    • Better Than Sex - A Dessert Restaurant
    Address:
    926 Simonton St
    Key West, FL 33040-7448
    Phone:
    +1 305-296-8102
    Price range:
    $7 - $14
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    Kojin Noodle Bar
    Restaurants (Japanese, Asian)
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    Pjk Says:

    The Kojin Noodle Bar is a great option for vegetarians, while there are enough tasty items on the menu which contain meat or seafood to satisfy non-veggies too. There is wine by the glass and a selection of sake to try. Dining here is inexpensive by Key Wet standards.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • For dessert, The Cafe at 509 Southard Street is a five-minute walk away and is another good vegetarian restaurant — try one of the vegetarian cookies.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 343 restaurants in Key West
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • IG #bestievacay 09/13/2018
    • Yummmmm! 08/28/2018
    • Kojin Noodle Bar
    Address:
    601 Duval St
    Key West, FL 33040-6513
    Phone:
    +1 305-296-2077
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    Glazed Donuts
    Restaurants (American, Cafe)
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    Pjk Says:

    Every morning fresh donuts are made at Glazed Donuts, some of the best on the island. Pick a favorite but also consider one of the apple walnut fritters or a key lime-filled donut. Be warned...they are only open for part of the day so popular selections may be gone if you get there late. You can also take away a nice cup of coffee.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • You can almost walk along lower Duval Street and follow your nose to Glazed Donuts.
    • You might miss this on their web page — "Don't laugh at our website, we fry dough covered in sugar for a living."
    • Picking up a sack of donuts or fritters is a good idea to take on a morning snorkel or day sail.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 343 restaurants in Key West
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nom Nom nom 08/09/2018
    • Family Tradition 08/01/2018
    • Glazed Donuts
    Address:
    420 Eaton St
    Key West, FL 33040-6512
    Phone:
    +1 305-294-9142
    Price range:
    $0 - $6
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
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    Key West Pretzel Company
    Restaurants (American)
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    Pjk Says:

    Situated on Lazy Way Lane in Key West, the Pretzel Company make their own, big, pretzels. Did I mention they're big? And better! They also make pretzels that are then used as a roll for other things — such as a hot dog with peppers and onions. Yum!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Even if you only want a pretzel, try sharing one first as they're huge.
    • For a filled pretzel, ask for samples of the many mustards so that you can choose your favorite. You can also buy the mustard to take home with you.
    • Lazy Way Lane is a nice place to find other small shops. The jewelry shop at the end has some particularly nice things.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • the best 07/25/2016
    • my FAVORITE pretzel anywhere!! 03/21/2016
    • Key West Pretzel Company
    Address:
    411 Greene St
    Inside Blue Gecko
    Key West, FL 33040-6517
    Price range:
    $3 - $8
    Other:
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    Vinos on Duval
    Bars & Clubs
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    Pjk Says:

    And since man does not live by bread alone, there's Vinos Wine Bar on Duval Street. If you are not in the mood for an oddly named mixed drink but just want to relax with a glass of wine, Vinos is the place. It's especially nice early in the evening using a glass of Pinot Noir as an aperitif before dinner. Beer is also served and you can order a 'petite assiette' (small plate) to snack on.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • They will happily open a new bottle just for you to taste!
    • Sip your wine on the porch overlooking Duval Street — it has been set up so that you cannot help but chat to the other people there.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 59 Nightlife in Key West
    • Relaxing porch to watch the street life 07/11/2018
    • Cute Wine Bar 06/09/2018
    • Vinos on Duval
    Address:
    810 Duval St
    Key West, FL 33040-7406
    Phone:
    +1 305-294-7568
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Mon - Tue
    2:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Wed
    12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Thu - Fri
    2:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Sat
    1:00 PM - 1:00 AM
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