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“Never Disappoints”

The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.
Ranked #24 of 443 Restaurants in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $32
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Never Disappoints”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

Just had dinner here for the third time. Every time I come to Key West, Flaming Buoy is a place that cannot be missed.

Try the Lobster Thermador - it is indulgent, but out of this world delicious.

The owner and the staff are all very friendly. We actually considered sneaking in a second dinner during our trip, but time didn't allow.

If you only do one thing during your entire visit to Key West, it should be eating dinner at this place!

Visited September 2013
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“Very delicious, hidden treasure”
Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

The food was fantastic. I wanted to keep eating but was stuffed thanks to the generous portion. Nice vibe, small, personal restaurant. Highly recommended!!

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Airb330
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“Still the best meal on the island”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

I've been here each time I've traveled to Key West--the first time not long after Flaming Buoy opened. The food is still amazing and the service is still friendly and outstanding. They even remembered us! The lobster Thermidor was a special treat; if it's still offered as a special-try it! My filet was cooked perfectly and just as delicious, if not more so, than any fancy steak house found in Philadelphia.

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“Nice little gem”
Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

Romantic setting in a tiny little restaurant (8-10 tables). Lobster Mac and cheese was the best we ever tasted. The broccoli cake that comes with most meals was delicious. Fish dishes were excellent. We will definitely come back.

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Burlington, Canada
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“Great food and more.”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

A small restaurant in a residential neighborhood. The place is sort of retro and the food was outstanding. Our server was one of the partners and he was really helpful and so funny. We had a great meal and a really great time.

Visited September 2013
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