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Blue Desert Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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12518 State Road 24, Cedar Key, FL 32625-4779
+1 352-543-9111
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Gainesville, Florida
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

It takes time to cook good food as a reviewer wrote. Yes it does that is why you prep ingredients before you open. Then when you get an order you cook it...a novel concept I know for the restaurant business.A steak well done might hold things up 20 minutes to ruin it. A pizza made from scratch here could take... More 

1 Thank hospitalityand
Cedar Key, Florida
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Really good food. Each dinner individually made by the owner so you need to relax and have a glass of wine while she makes it.

Thank Lynn S
Riverview, Florida
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253 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

The sign came out Friday night that they were open and we ventured in to see what they had to offer. No one else was inside this eclectic location with mismatched tables and walls adorned with foreign currency and license plates from the US. The food would trn out to be excellent The nacho soup was top-tier. The burrito consistiging... More 

Thank scoopC5
Gainesville, Florida
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

It took 45 min to prepare a simple meal of sirloin tips (small, rubbery, encased in a taco),beans (undercooked), and rice (ok). The wine tasted cheap and bitter, garlic bread was scanty. I guess that's it for me and Blue Dessert. It was frustrating to wait so long for a dinner so bad.

Thank Barbara C
Norway, Maine
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141 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

We have gotten great food at Blue Desert Café. Both times we have chosen to get take out and were not disappointed. Both times we ordered a drink and sat outside and waited for our food. It didn't take long and our food was piping hot when they brought it out. We love the décor inside as well - its... More 

Thank Mainesilver1
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

After a long day on the rainbow river we decided to drive another hour to check out cedar key and grab a bite to eat. We drove around for a while to scope out the place but it seemed like everything was closed. We REALLY wanted to have a place to eat and watch the sunset but there really were... More 

Thank Riley R
Lake Worth, Florida, United States
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

Good food with a nice menu with plenty of choices. Its a nice place to bring family or friends to. I will go back again.

Thank Barry C
Cedar Key, Florida
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016

very small restaurant, with great interior. All tables were different types, with some having table cloths, some not. Walls had license plates, pictures, money etc all over. There were trivia pursuit cards on tables to play. Menu fairly limited but all made to order. Believe owner is the cook and planning to retire. Restaurant up for sale. Hope someone as... More 

Thank kvillll
Hendersonville, Tennessee
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

If you're in a hurry this is not the place to go. Besides, in Cedar Key where do you need to be? If you want outstanding dishes THIS IS the place to go. Each dish is prepared separately by "the only person" in the kitchen. Kick back, enjoy the moment. You won't be disappointed. However, on our last trip a... More 

1 Thank Russell K
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

This cafe was recommended by our hotel so we were eager to try. My husband and I arrived at 7 after the dinner rush. They had five tables already. We just wanted something quick and easy so we ordered a 10 inch pizza with onion. We realized there was only one cook and we were patient. After an hour and... More 

1 Thank Sue T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Seafood, American
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12518 State Road 24, Cedar Key, FL 32625-4779
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Cedar Key
  • Phone Number: +1 352-543-9111

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?