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“The best conch salad (cerviche)” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Conch Shop - CLOSED

Conch Shop
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Pensacola, Florida
Level Contributor
47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The best conch salad (cerviche)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

This tiny shop across from Blue Heaven is the real thing. Rita and her 88 year old daddy make to order the best conch salad ever; not for those who cannot handle the heat ( the spices on the conch and the outdoors in the summer). The shop is open for limited days and times; Thurs-Sun around 11 or 12 am until they feel like closing. You order from a screen window and sit outside at one of a couple of tables; definately not even close to most standards. As the kitchen is hot, Rita may sit outside while you eat and she will chat with you and get to know you and you her so if this is not your cup of tea forget about it; this is local fare. I will be back in November for that conch fritter and more salad; your endorphins will scream. Many people that live in the keys do not know about the shop. No alcohol sold at this shop, cash only. Enjoy!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
2 Thank Billie D
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  • English first
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English first
New York
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“AMAZING!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

If you are looking for seriously local seriously good food GO TO THE CONCH SHOP. I've been to KW at least a half dozen times and unfortunately for me my husband and I just discovered this gem. The food is fabulous- the fried shrimp, conch fritters (best we've had on the island), fish sandwich- it's all good. It's BYOB but there's a deli about a 1/2 block down. Cold beer and great food- what else can you ask for? The service is friendly and fast. If you go to KW and miss this place you are definitely missing out.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank ny77
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Westchester County NY
Level Contributor
67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“YEP..YEP..YEP!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

Just good food, plain and simple. Has limited hours on the weekends, but heh worth the wait. the conch salad was teriffic. Heard great comments about the "nasty" burgers...I was focused on the great seafood. CASH ONLY..but just a few bucks out of our pockets. A must visit place for my husband and myself when in Key West. We love the music selections, the family owners (the orignial owner is still there) and simply being there. Nothing fancy, but nothing to complain about. It's all good.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Adam_Eve711
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Savannah, Georgia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Key West Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2012

This place is run by true Conchs. The food is very authentic and so are the people that run it. It is only open on Friday and Saturday. Located in Bahama Village right by Blue Heaven. We have tried conch fritters all over and these were some of the best.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank kelliwd
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Central Florida, Florida
Level Contributor
34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Local Flavor!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

Before flying to Key West, I checked Tripadvisor and decided this restaurant was a must because of the reviews. When I read they are only open Thursday through Sunday, we made a specific point of making this our first stop after we checked into our inn on a Saturday. My husband and I both selected the Conch Platter, consisting of 4 types of conch dishes - conch salad, conch fritters, fried conch, and conch chowder. Everything was delicious, especially the conch salad (which was basically ceviche). The conch chowder was tomato-based and slightly spicy. The conch fritters and fried conch were wonderful. I also ordered a side of collard greens but didn't care for them as much because they had a vinegary taste.

Charmng old Key West atmosphere in Bahama Village across from Blue Heaven - 4 outdoor tables, you order at a screen window. Family-run business where it seems the locals eat. The two ladies running the restaurant were very friendly and appeared to enjoy satisfying their customers with their home-cooked dishes. Will gladly return there on our next visit to KW.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
2 Thank dixiedreams
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