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The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

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1100 Packer St, Key West, FL 33040-3263
13052957970
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6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Laurens, South Carolina
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this restaurant is a hidden gem. The food was absolutely delicious and the wait staff very friendly. The restaurant is small and eclectic and a nice change of pace from the hustle of Duval.

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TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this review

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

Key West, Florida
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food and service were outstanding. They're famous for their lobster mac & cheese. I tried it and was not disappointed. It is a small intimate dining space with incredibly good food and wine selections. They offer only local-caught seafood in addition to their steaks.

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TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We've been trying to catch locally sourced steaks, I should add. We have a bale of hay resting out back in what can only be described a giant, cow-sized mousetrap. So far, however, nothing. Scot, Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. More 

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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

first of all, our server, Brian was amazing! we arrived before they opened and happily waited outside but brian would have none of that and escorted us inside to a most cozy dinner spot .... he had great knowledge of the menu and the wine list Made great suggestions and even hooked us up with the most amazing lobster mac... More 

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Key West, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The "Flaming Buoy" is the "fix" for the female cravings of steak , wine and chocolate! Simply deelish! !

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TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this review

That's what she said. Scot Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. More 

Fairfax, Virginia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked in after a few recommendations of this restaurant and immediately fell in love. We didn't have reservations and were a little worried that our 3 kids and ourselves would not be able to eat, but they were very accommodating. The staff is beyond friendly and the Star Wars theme throughout the restaurant made my husband, children and I... More 

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TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this review

Thank you so much for the lovely review. We, in fact, keep Brian around because he's so good at understanding children. Drunk children? He's practically telepathic. Scot Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. More 

Lexington, Kentucky
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After arriving in Key West Florida we unloaded our bikes and went out looking for a place for a late night dinner. After checking Trip Advisor we found a place called The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. Being late we decided to share a meal and to our fortune they were offering a trio dinner where you could order three entrées... More 

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TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this review

Googling Phil Robertson... Thanks, Scot Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. More 

Key West, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Flaming Buoy is the closest restaurant to my house. What a blessing that is! 5 minutes walking and then the best dinner in Key West served by people who want to be there making sure I have a great evening. We have so much fun. I don't eat meat so have enjoyed all the seafood dishes. My go to... More 

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TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this review

Thank you so much. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate the kind words. Love, Scot Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was amazing! I had an appetizer trip with lobster mac n cheese (what we went for), pink key west shrimp and a caprese salad. My husband had a entree trio (that night's special) that had a lobster bake, mahi mahi over mashed potatoes with a spicy cornbread and pink key west shrimp in a red curry over jasmine rice.... More 

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TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this review

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

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To start off our server Brian was a pleasure and was very knowledgeable about the wine list. I came here with a friend after work because we have never eaten here and we wanted something different. I have to say everything we had was very enjoyable with a wonderful flavor. Must try the lobster Mac and cheese. If you ever... More 

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TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this review

I'll bet Brian was knowledgable about the wine list. Like, since breakfast he was knowledgable about the wine list. Any more knowledge about the wine list and you would know him as "Brian S." :-) Thank you, Scot Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best meal I've ever had! The restaurant is cute and away from the busy Duval street. We went in about 7pm without a reservation and was seated immediately, but it soon was pretty busy for a Thursday night. Joey was our waiter and recommended the lobster Mac and cheese which was amazing. We also had the bacon wrapped scallops that... More 

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TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this review

Thank you so much! Scot Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. P.S. I have to say something nice about Joey. His mom reads this. I imagine she wants to be proud of Joey. So, yeah, Joey, right? Yup yup. He's definitely, without a doubt, an employee! Yessiree! There's definitely a Joey on the payroll and he definitely is single and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $32
Cuisine
American, Caribbean, Seafood
Meals
Dinner
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, Reservations, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1100 Packer St, Key West, FL 33040-3263
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
  • Phone Number: 13052957970
Description
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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