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Cafe Sole

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1029 Southard St, Key West, FL 33040-7144 (Frances St.)
+1 305-294-0230
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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new hampshire
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

After having a wonderful dining experience at Cafe Sole a year ago we returned this year during our Key West vacation. We were NOT disappointed. Every aspect of our dining experience was fabulous. The friendly knowledgable waiter was just the beginning. We shared several appetizers including bacon wrapped dates, ostrich slices and escargot. Plenty for 4 of us to try... More 

Thank kimv56
Atlanta, Georgia
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228 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2014

Not what I expected in Key West, a Mediterranean restaurant with a French flair. The plating was perfect and for taste, it could not be beaten. The conch, the lobster bisque, the hog fish, just melted in your mouth, with the perfect amount of garnish really making this restaurant top notch. Away from the craziness of Duval street is a... More 

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Manteo, North Carolina
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41 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2014

We have eaten here a couple of times. The fish and seafood are outstanding and the staff is very friendly. There is a small bar excellent 2 for 1 wine happy hour. Reservations recommended.

Thank OBXPirate1
Achterveld, The Netherlands
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140 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2014

We had dinner on the outside patio. Food is excellent and the waiters are very handsome... For some reason, mains were 50% off as there was a cocktail hour (at 8pm)? We did not complain and enjoyed!

Thank PvLAchterveld
Gulfport, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 13, 2014

The hog fish was incredible! Lucas, our server, was excellent at pairing the wine with our food! What fun to share this if you love wine. What a great value. Don't miss this one!

Thank Robin M
Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2014

We have been there many times. The food is great. However after a few times the servers connected during our last visit. Just a blast! Food was and is exceptional as always. Service perfect. However, it was like they have known us forever. We truley enjoyed that. We will be back again

Thank Greg M
Burlington, New Jersey, United States
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2014

My wife and I had our anniversary here at the recommendation of the manager of the Knowles House, where we stayed. This was one of the best meals of my life. My wife had some sort of Greek cheese appetizer that is drenched in cognac and then set ablaze. It was delicious. But the hog snapper stole the show. It... More 

Thank Dylan R
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2014

Visited Cafe Sole at the advice of a couple of locals. It is off the beaten path and definitely does not look like fine dining from the exterior. The interior was suprisingly quaint and romantic. That being said, our meal was excellent. We started off with the conch appetizer and the 'angels on horseback' appetizer. The 'angels' were fantastic bacon... More 

Thank Andy and Terise G
Litchfield, Connecticut
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed October 6, 2014

When we went, the server talked the "specialty" fish dish up so much that I ordered it just to stop him from talking. I couldn't be happier that I did. It was the best fish I've ever tasted - and I love seafood/fish of all kinds. They have happy hour specials and fantastic food. The atmosphere is very eclectic and... More 

Thank Sonnewoman
Santa Monica
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

Our bartender Michael, at Alexander's Guest House suggested this gem and scored high marks. The ambiance is charming, the hostess sat us immediately even though we didn't have a reservation. It just kept getting better and better as we had our Gary Cooper waiter walk us through their incredible menu. We had the local house specialty, hog fish, AMAZING! What... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $40
American, Seafood, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1029 Southard St, Key West, FL 33040-7144
    (Frances St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
  • Phone Number: +1 305-294-0230
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 to win the People's Choice and Best Entree awards at a recent Master Chefs Classic

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?