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“excellent food, but very noisy”
Review of Cafe Marquesa

Cafe Marquesa
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Ranked #90 of 446 Restaurants in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Key Largo, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
293 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“excellent food, but very noisy”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

With out doubt one of the most imaginative menus in Key West. Great wine list and friendly staff. What more could you ask for? The ability to have a conversation would have been nice. Very noisy when busy, perhaps a little too many tables for its size. Looking forward to going back, but will pice a mid-week night out of season.

  • Visited March 2014
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Davidson, North Carolina, United States
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Generous Gem!”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

Bring your appetite when you come to Cafe Marquesa -- the portions are that generous! After a day of snorkeling -- and a refreshing shower -- it was delightful to have hearty appetizers. The blue crabcake was a meal in itself, crispy outside, pure crab inside. Delicious! The duck slider was also a meal in itself, a roll stuffed with flavorful duck. The main courses, from scallops to filet mignon to lamb to pork tenderloin, were each perfectly prepared and complemented with excellent side dishes. No room for dessert, though I am sure we would not have been disappointed. Service was excellent and not at all intrusive. Tables are close together, so perhaps not the ideal spot for any intimate conversation, but the buzz is friendly and not too loud.

  • Visited April 2014
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Highlands, North Carolina
2 reviews
“great spot”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

Great food and service. The snapper with miso mango sauce on udon noodles was amazing. The sea scallops dusted in porcini mushrooms was excellent

Visited April 2014
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New York
Level 6 Contributor
317 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Excellant food, slightly staid atmosphere.”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

The food we ate at this restaurant was by far the best we experienced in Key West. Our dishes were of a high standard, perfectly cooked and very tasty. For the price, they should be. This restaurant is certainly on the more expensive side, but as our food was so delicious, and the evening was a Friday night treat, we were good with that. We did find the atmosphere in here a little staid and off putting though. I would even say a little on the stuffy side. There was a much older crowd dining the night we were there, so maybe that didn't help. Overall Very good though.

  • Visited March 2014
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cheshire UK
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Very good”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

Ideal for new arrivals to the Marquesa hotel, and you can charge to the room. Very busy and quite intimate seating - difficult to have a conversation in private , some might say slightly cramped, although a steady conversational volume gave a decent buzz to the place. our server in particular was excellent , taking great care to help us with a good wine pairing. Food very good but not quite excellent - the jus on my plate had slightly congealed as if under a warmer.My wife was very happy with her selections so I would overall give this a high rating. Reservations required.

  • Visited March 2014
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