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“Great food and a great value”

The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.
Ranked #21 of 443 Restaurants in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $32
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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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“Great food and a great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

The Flaming Buoy was recommended to us by the staff of the bed and breakfast we were staying at. Everytime my wife and I go on vacation we decide to have one really nice dinner at a really nice restaurant and ignore the cost. When we mentioned this to the front desk of our B&B and mentioned where we were going to dinner, they suggested we try the Flaming Buoy instead, which we did. The food was outstanding. My wife had Lobster Thermador and I had Seafood Marinara with Shrimp and Mahi Mahi. The portions were huge and the food was so good my wife threatened to do a Meg Ryan imitation fron the movie When Harry Met Sally. Our waiter, Scott was funny, friendly and a great server. With wine we spent less than $100 and it was a bargain. We would absolutely come back again.

  • Visited June 2013
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“A must stop on your Key West vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

We are foodies in our 30s. We LOVED the food here...amazing. We did the trio appetizer (lobster mac and cheese, shrimp, and caprese salad) and had an amazing culinary experience! Service was good and this is what other places in Key West should try to be like

  • Visited June 2013
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Key West, Florida
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“Oh So GREAT!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

This restaurant is fantastic. Great wine, awesome service and terrific food. Their Lobster Mac and Cheese is the best. I also had a Black Grouper entrée that was the best.

  • Visited May 2013
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Key West, Florida
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“Highly recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

Absolutely amazing food menu. Diverse and tasty! Great wine selection and lovely location away from the main town. I highly recommend the Scallops entree. Absolutely amazing.

  • Visited May 2013
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Key West, Florida
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“great location, staff and food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

a great restaurant off the beaten path. Cozy dining room or sit outside on the porch. New summer menu is a great way to try a few things as it's hard to decide between the yummy choices. The food is really good and the staff is friendly. Will definitely be back!

  • Visited June 2013
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