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Local cuisine, Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE RANGE
$18 - $18
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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We've been coming to Key West for years and never miss stopping here for at least one meal each time. (sometimes several) . This time I tried the Picadillo Habanero for the first time. It won't be the last. It was scrumptious!! It came with...black beans, rice and friend plantains. Yummy! My husband got the Cuban sandwich, which is ALWAYS amazing! And we had several mojitos, which are truly the best we have had anywhere, and we've had them in many, many places. Our server this time was Jose, who was super friendly, and funny. Our highest recommendations for El Meson de Pepe's!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The server was excellent. The food was average. The atmosphere was OK. The bathroom was not clean. The sirloin steak was very chewy.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided we wanted to try some Cuban cuisine during our trip to Key West. Chose this based on location and reviews. The food, atmosphere and music were excellent! Our server Sarely was attentive and helpful. The appetizer and entrees we chose were well prepared...and very tasty! Loved the live music they had playing Definitely worth a trip if you are in Key WestMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 16, 2022 via mobile

Good but not amazing, especially for the price. It has a fun atmosphere. I got the impression that the kitchen/management doesn’t like custom orders and aren’t very flexible. We asked for items on the side for a Cuban sandwich and the waiter initially said the...kitchen wouldn’t do it. I thought it was odd. He later came back and said they could. It was a fun place and our service was good but I probably wouldn’t go back.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 1, 2022

OK,so I was a very stupid tourist. I spent a week in Key West even though I am allergic to seafood. But, I wanted my husband to be able to get seafood, and everyone had outdoor dining, so we took advantage. Finally, I could no...longer stand the smell of fish so we went to Pepe's. First off, the service was outstanding except for the young lady who seated us. She acted as if it was very inconvenient to tear herself away from her phone. But our waitperson, Lolita, made up for it. Very friendly, very efficient! My husband and I both ordered traditional Cuban platters. Everything was so delicious. I loved the sauces. The fried yucca was a pleasant surprise. The portions were WAY too big, but that seems to be what diners expect. I had seen this restaurant on the Key West channel and thought it was going to be expensive, so the reasonably priced menu was a welcome bonus! I would return for sure!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 27, 2022

First trip to El Meson after several recommendations throughout KW! Loved the vibe and live music that accompanied an awesome dinner. Enjoyed a Cuban for the first time and it was so fresh and delicious. However, the best item on the menu was their chocolate...cake. Lord, have mercy. My husband ordered the key lime pie. We both agreed the chocolate cake was the winner!!! Will be back here on our next trip down😍More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 29, 2022 via mobile

Excellent food, excellent service and great upbeat atmosphere near Mallory Square. Food flavors superb. Best Key Lime Pie Ever!!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 24, 2022

I never had cuban food before and was surprised at how much I liked it. I guess it's more common down in the keys which makes sense.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 18, 2022 via mobile

Went here while on vacation for our 20 year wedding anniversary. While quite pricey, we highly enjoyed ourselves. There is live music nightly right off the patio, and roosters wandering around. One thing I would recommend is photos of the plates in the menu. I...ordered off the seafood section and thought I was going to be served a fish fillet and instead was served the whole fish- eyes, teeth, tail and skin still on… I had never eaten fish like that and was a bit taken back and didn’t know how to approach the meal to get the “meat” out. With that said, this is always a must stop when we’re here in Key West.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 16, 2022

I am local (well, from Miami and original from Cuba). Totally recommended. Very authentic food, generous portions and great atmosphere. Flavorful variety of foods with great prices and friendly staff.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2022

I hit this place every time I visit Key West. This time around was the best visit yet! Roasted pork was amazing and so was the starter bread. They put us at a table in the outdoor courtyard and were sure to help hurry everything...along so we could make it to the sunset party. Fantastic service, great food, convenient location.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed August 14, 2022

Saw this place on tv so had to stop. Wished there was a cool view, but the outdoor seating was ok. The service was great, the food too. Was able to purchase cigars too!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 12, 2022

Always great food & service! Never a disappointing experience,the food is delicious & authentic Cuban, drinks are awesome

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 9, 2022

This restaurant was definitely one of our best meals in Key West. Great location also! The food is Cuban inspired, service and drinks were excellent and the decor was fun. We definitely would eat here again! Prices were also very fair.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed August 8, 2022

Very good food, reasonably priced, in a very lively area. We stopped on a whim but truly enjoyed after walking Mallory Square.

Date of visit: August 2022
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EL MESON DE PEPE'S RESTAURANT & BAR, Key West - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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El Meson De Pepe's Restaurant & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5