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The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

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1100 Packer St, Key West, FL 33040-3263
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were looking for somewhere for dinner and came across this place almost by accident.....and I'm glad we did. It's away from the hustle and noise of Duval street and set in a quiet residential street. The staff were great and the food was incredible. We had the fresh catch grilled with the lime butter and the spicy tropical stir... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

my 2nd time there since 4 yrs ago...the food was ok..we had to sit outside due to no reservations ..service was sparse...the menu repeated itself with the same food items for apps and entrees...2 chile options i remember...

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Norman, OKI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner at several places in Key West. Last night in KW I was going through TA reviews again and decided upon this little gem. Turned out to be the very best of all places we went for dinner! Excellent food, fun service, great wines. Off the beaten path which makes it even better. Will definately go back again and... More 

Thank bconwayOU
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner in this delicious place the 8 of september, the guys of the staff were really fun with all the guests and with us, of course. The dinner was very good, typical and fresh fishes, they will be enthusiast to suggest you all the best dishes of the menu, I suggest the lobster, ww had it in 3... More 

Thank Ilaria A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was just as excellent as the service. The fresh catch of the day was mahi mahi with butter sauce, mashed potatoes and broccoli bread. Let me tell you, that broccoli bread is BANGIN'! So savory and pairs so well with each other. Let my clean plate speak for it self.

Alexandria, Virginia
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to eat here based on the TA reviews and it was outstanding. I was fortunate enough to have the legendary Joey as my waiter and he was as entertaining as he was knowledgable about the food. I was going to do a wine flight but since it was half price bottle of wine night, I opted for a whole... More 

Thank sdsteve1
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were glad to have gotten a last minute reservation for six. The place small but you can navigate around table for walking space, perfect vibe for an upscale quiet meal. My husband had the fillet and raved about it. I had the danish bb ribs, they were awesome, great flavor. The mac and cheese was honestly the best I... More 

Thank Buddy M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I regularly go to Key West and I never was privy to The Flaming Buoy until someone told me about it. Well let me say I was blown away and am a regular now. The restaurant is very small and the the staff is full of smiles and happiness and it fills the room. The restaurant has such a laid... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked a table based on the reviews about this restaurant and initial thoughts were good! We decided to miss out on the starters and go for a main course! Bear in mind that the most expensive main course is $38 I was given. The option of trying the special main of surf & turf of steak and lobster! It arrived... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After coming to Key West seven years in a row, we finally discovered this restauranr! It has the most character of any place we have been, not to mention the yummy food! The staff is amazing and hilarious....I fell like they should be charging at the door for the entertainment provided! Can't say enough good things about this place...you don't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $32
American, Caribbean, Seafood
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
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
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: 1100 Packer St, Key West, FL 33040-3263
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
  • Phone Number: 13052957970
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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