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Wed, 6/23
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Cafe Sole has captured the hearts and palates of locals and visitors lucky enough to discover this culinary gem off the beaten path. By combining his French mastery of sauces with fresh locally caught seafood, John has created a menu unlike any on the island, where every dish is bursting with indescribable flavors. Mutton snapper in pesto and champagne, yellowtail in a beurre blanc of lobster or a rare hog snapper with red pepper zabaglione top a list of nightly specials. As for the classics, the Duck a L'Orange, Rack of Lamb with herb de Province and Lobster Bouillaise are as authentic as you will find this side of Paris. Chef Correa combines the best of both of his worlds, European and Caribbean
$20 - $40
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made this our last night dinner and what a treat! Our party of seven enjoyed wonderful food, attentive service and the great European vibe. What a great end to a fun trip! Two of us had the oysters to start; we tried the conch...ceviche (exceptional), the burrata and tomato pesto appetizer, and salads. Bread comes with a delicious garlicky hummus. Our entrees were exceptional! The hogfish snapper was an unexpected delight which lived up to its signature dish billing. Two pasta dishes were excellent and steamed clams remarkable! We topped our evening off with their take on Key Lime Pie. Best on the Island! I hope we make it back to Key West just to go to this restaurant again!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been coming to Cafe Sole since 1997 and it is still the only "must dine" on our many trips to KW. Fun that John the owner/chef was on hand this night which is somewhat unusual as I understand the day-to-day has largely been ceded to...his able staff. He recognized us and we had a big laugh and took pictures. We joked that the same daughter who as a child created art displayed in the restrooms had recently graduated from college. Some reviews I have read complain about the "sameness" of Cafe Sole over the years. That is exactly why we come! The hog snapper is like nothing else, and the conch carpaccio is spectacular. Rack of lamb was as perfect as could be. Service is attentive, and don't forget to score a coupon, available at many hotels, which is good for a free basic bottle of wine or $10 off a bottle from the wine list. We will be coming to Cafe Sole as long as they keep the lights on!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only place to go, if you like hogfish; Best on the island and all of Florida! Chef John, the owner, takes such careful pride in his preparation. of the meal that it is the best meal you will probably have on the island.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service was spot on. The ambiance felt very "coastal". Wonderful food. If you're lucky enough to go please try the hog fish. Simply delicious!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 13, 2021

When they say the snapper is their specialty..believe them. Everything was wonderful, ambiance, service and the fabulous gourmet food.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 6, 2021

My fiancee and I had the most delicious meal either of us have ever had. Gerry started with the Escargot, which was absolutely delicious. I started with the french onion soup, best ever they have a special ingredient.. champagne added in the French onion soup....Alan was our waiter he was awesome and so knowledgeable on both the menu and the history of Cafe Sole. Gerry and I both chose the Award winning Hogfish dish, I simply can't describe how amazing it tasted. We both felt this was our best dinner ever, at 56 years old and my 55 years that really says something. We had the house made key lime pie and again the best ever, we ordered one to split then quickly agreed we needed another piece. It's that great! So if you're in Key West this is a must. We will be back next year!!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed April 25, 2021

Found that the food was not up to the hype. Oysters were small and seemed a bit old. Beet salad was just a pile of red beets and some green garnish. Hogfish dish was not cooked as ordered . Shrimp Scampi was mealy. The Key...Lime pie was pretty good. They had no coffee or cappuccino do to being out of milk? That’s what we were told. Waiter was very nice despite all the rest. Too many better meals in the area to want to return.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 17, 2021 via mobile

Maybe I expected better based on reviews here and on Open Table. What kind of fine dining establishment does not have coffe or cappuccino? We were told that they ran out of milk last night. Okay. Send soneone to a convenience store and pick some...up! The Good- Server was very nice and checked in. Beet Salad wad was decent. The key lime pie was ok. Not great. Their signature Hog Fish was tasty but not cooked as I asked. I explained to the waiter that I want it well done. Nope. I dont send things back. The accompanying mashed potatoes; rice and lina beans were scant. They we would be better off using rice or mashed and give you more than a tea spoon. Oysters were horrible. I asked where they were from based on my love of oysters. Was told North Atlantic . They were small and mealy. Not fresh. My wifes shrimp scampi was not good. She asked to wrap it and take it home. I found a nearby garbage can to dispose of it. We eat out all rhe time and my wife is Italian and a great cook, so we can rate this restaurant accurately. Its a sold 3 of 5. But not worth $200 for average to disappointing food. I cancelled my reservation twice before pulling the trigger. Should have stuck with my gut. Try Louie's Backyard or The Red Shoe Bistro for a much better meal.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 13, 2021 via mobile

The website has a vegetarian category on the menu that looked really good so when we arrived and asked to see the aforementioned menu we were shocked to learn that one did not exist. When we asked our obnoxiously French waiter about it he was...dismissive and told us that the owner hadn’t changed the website in a long time and that the menu had since changed. No apologies, just a matter of fact statement about the restaurant primarily serving seafood. Our aloof pretentious waited really set a poor tone for the evening. The food they “whipped up” was good, but the damage was already done.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 4, 2021 via mobile

OMG! What a feast. The hogfish was so delicious, and the service was impeccable great ambiance, too. We will definitely be back.

Date of visit: April 2021
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February 21, 2021|
Response from No1Pittsburgh | Reviewed this property |
No. A small general dinning room is all
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My favorite restaurant in Key West. Order the signature dish, the hog fish best ever. Also the best key lime pie ever!
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Cafe' Sole' is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4