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The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

424 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040-3263
+1 305-295-7970
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good15%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hogfish” (182 reviews)
“filet” (136 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Hours
American, Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
424 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040-3263
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Had read the great reviews here on Tripadvisor and our experience at The Flaming Buoy did not disappoint. Recently moved to a new location just off Duval Street. Cool vibe. Excellent service and the food was amazing good. Had the Mahi Mahi and it was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank TravelingSoccerLoon
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you! Scot, Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Surprisingly, this restaurant gem is almost on popular Duval St., but has a stealthish location! The reviews here, are all spot on! We called only a few hours prior & had a great meal & welcoming ambiance! Our dinner guest only lives 5 blocks away...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Heard about the lobster Mac and cheese, and it was all we’d hoped for an more! Scott is truly a darling. May the force be with you.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Candice B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the trio of lobster thermador with small steak filet with shrimp -- it did not disappoint. I then helped my daughter polish off her lobster mac and cheese -- also fantastic. The whole family walked away not just satisfied, but delighted.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank JSATfromTX
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you very much! We, too are, delighted. Scot, Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best food we have had on Key West hands down! We had the appetizer trio came with the lobster mac and cheese the thai shrimp and caprese salad. Just phenomenal! For our next course we had Seafood Marinara and a surf and turf special...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Lauren E
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Lauren E!0 (There’s a really funny joke in there about your bartender packing it in, but I’ll not skip that for now. :-)) Scot, Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Four of us dined there in early January 2019. Jay, our waiter, provided great service without being intrusive. My filet was perfect and the sauteed spinach was quite yummy. Two hints: make a reservation and don't miss their take on "American Gothic" next to the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Banana_Bay
Reviewed 1 week ago

After seeing reviews of Flaming Buoy on Trip Advisor, we knew we needed to dine here. Everything we had was incredible. I had hog fish with lime butter and an wonderful broccoli “cake”, which was like a muffin with a browned butter coating. My husband...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Beth K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lobster Mac n' Cheese - a plate of penne with cheese sauce and lobster chopped through it with a bit of undercooked broccoli on the side. Terrible - no seasoning, no flavour and no resemblance to what I would call mac n' cheese. Just bland....More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank andmeagain
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have always been fans of the Buoy at the old location. I was somewhat concerned when I heard they were moving into a strip of shops. I was afraid they would lose the cool atmosphere the old location had. However, they...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Jon_PHL
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Jon_PHK, Thank you for the review. I'm very relieved to hear that you enjoyed the new place. Phew! As for the wine, we are working on it. We still have all the old wines at the old prices from the old place, but, to be...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly environment with great service. Loved the wine options, and the wine we selected. Was surprised that a "filet" restaurant had very dry filets -- even ordered medium rare. Maybe it was a bad chef night. Would go back and eat at the bar.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank YOLODad
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Jennifer S
November 30, 2018|
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Response from JerryKeyWest | Reviewed this property |
No, they have a wine & beer license
July 3, 2018|
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Response from TheFlamingBuoy | Property representative |
Alina, I'm so sorry. My response to your review was in no way intended to be negative in any sense of the word. I was, rather, making play on the multiple meanings of the word "feel." You are absolutely right about Key... More
May 7, 2018|
Response from TheFlamingBuoy | Property representative |
Aleksandar, I'm sorry we didn't see your email until too late. We don't recommend sending an mail to make a reservation, particularly an hour before we open as we are busy getting ready. Our phone number and online... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$9 - $32
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 424 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040-3263
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
  • Phone Number: +1 305-295-7970
  • E-mail
An "only in Key West" restaurant, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. makes a statement on the hushed stage of a residential neighborhood. It is one part retro supper club, one part sassy corner bistro, and one part highly personal whim. Fred Isch, self-proclaimed Air Force Brat, grew up in every geographic segment of the country with a mother who loved cooking and collecting recipes. His partner, Scot Forste, grew up on the farm where his mother, bored of city life, spontaneously relocated to get back to the land, breed horses, and grow fresh, healthy food. Every recipe on the Flaming Buoy menu is an interpretation of something Fred or Scot ate at their respective family tables. Local additions, like seafood, tropical fruits, and Cuban flavors reinterpret the nostalgia, and the result grabbed the attention of the New York Times in 2011. Whether from a porch seat next to pots of herbs, or inside a white dining room accented in orange, dining the Flaming Buoy way is delicious and fun.
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