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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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Overview
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good15%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hogfish” (181 reviews)
“filet” (130 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
424 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040-3263
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My wife and I ate there last night. We thought the food was absolutely outstanding. We started with the appetizer Mack and cheese with lobster which was absolutely fantastic. As good as I have ever had definitely the best on the island. My wife and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank mrtarheel
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you very much! We look forward to seeing you again. Scot, Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A perfect dinner for our first night in Key West. We began with the caprese salad, which may have been the best we have ever had. I enjoyed everything in the trio dinner, and my husband enjoyed everything with the baby back ribs (I tasted...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Rita W
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us! We look forward to seeing you again! Scot, Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Reviewed 4 days ago

Have always wanted to try this restaurant but previous location was not very accessible and always needed reservations, which we hardly ever make. Love the new location, next to Tropic Cinema. Came out of movie, pretty empty at 6 pm and decided to try it....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Donna V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I couldn’t decide where to eat our final dinner in KW and randomly settled on this one based on Trip Advisor reviews... oh my goodness *best* meal of the whole trip. It was one of those that with each bite I grew...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BreckM
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for the review! It was great meeting the two of you and we look forward to deeding you again when next you get to escape Oklahoma. :-) Regards, Scot Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We both absolutely loved this one. This intimate and casual setting complete with crazy memorabilia (Star Wars and such) was fun and entertaining. The food though, Wow. A very generous filet cooked perfectly, and a "trio" with three separate mini seafood meals allowed for an...More

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

Thank you! We are very delighted you enjoyed everything–and then some! Scot, Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled on the new location and were delighted as its much closer to us. The food is the same great quality and flavor. We wandered in after a movie and were so happy. We had the lobster thermidor appetizer, scallops in bacon appetizer and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank cdnfamilytraveller
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for the kind words. We’re delighted you enjoyed our new place. Phew! And conveniently located! Scot, Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Fiket Co.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Flaming Buoy had just opened at their new location on Eaton & Duval when we visited. We met the owners Fred & Scott along with their great wait staff. The decor theme is Star Wars. The food and service were fantastic.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JerryKeyWest
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much and may the fork be with you. Scot, Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant just moved to Eaton Street just off Duval .Walked in after the movie next door at The Tropic Cinema. Starter of black bean soup was very good.Small spinach salad had shaved Parmesan with bacon in the dressing.The dressing was a little too thin...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank BlayneAdeline
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much! We're so glad you visited and thanks for kicking the tires. (We're still ironing out a few kinks, as it were.) We look forward to seeing you again! Scot, Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Our friends treated us for our 30th Anniversary! They asked around for a local restaurant and this place was recommended. Very small and intimate, staff was amazingly attentive and the food was spectacular! Would definitely go back!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Kris V
Reviewed September 22, 2018

We had their catch of the day, Mahi Mahi, my wife the pan seared with banana salsa and mine the grilled with lemon and butter sauce. They were both wonderful. For dessert we had the chocolate chocolate Belgium waffle ice cream sandwich. It was a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 960rh
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2018

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

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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
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AlinaL125
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
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912aleksandara
May 7, 2018|
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$9 - $32
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, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
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: 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
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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