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“Overrated”
Review of Louie's Backyard

Louie's Backyard
Ranked #54 of 447 Restaurants in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $80
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, International, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Subpar food mars this otherwise lovely location. The food here is not fresh, the menu reads like any menu in the Northeast, heavy on meat and lacking local foods. Last time I was here (have been going for years because it is a family tradition) I ordered grouper which should have been a local catch. Instead, the fish had been shipped in from the Bahamas, and it was obviously frozen, because it was dry and tasteless. The preparation included globs of some sort of flavored mayonnaise, which I had to scrape away. Similar globbed up with awful mayo-based dressing was a hearts of palm salad (seeking something local and tropical I ordered this). Avoid the restaurant, and if want want the view, at 1/4 the price, go to the Sourthernmost Beach Cafe -- its also pretty poor food, but the drinks are fine, and its not pretending to be anything but what it is - a place to enjoy a fantastic view with a drink in hand and a bite to eat.

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Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

Local knowledge helps with this place, right in the beach. Fine dining or bar below, your choice. Just stopped for drinks but good look great, maybe a little on the expensive side but location is key here. Glad we found it.

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Thank MrWiz1
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Our server Yohan was the best ever! he was spot-on with all of his recommendations! He was also very well-mannered and provided us with great service! I had the double lamb chops, mashed potatoes and asparagus, all of which were mouth watering! I also had a salad with a superb raspberry vinegrette! What a treat to be able to enjoy such a fine-dining restaurant!

Thank mary d
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Went here for lunch and we were greeted at the door by a very grumpy owner who seemed almost offended that we dared to ask to be seated in the pet friendly area of the place even though they advertise as being pet friendly and they are right beside dog beach (the only beach that allows dogs in Key West). They have plenty of seating at tables on an uncovered deck where dogs would normally be allowed (ours is a 12 pound little rat of a dog that sits on our lap), but the owner insisted we had to sit at the bar on bar stools, which is very uncomfortable when you have a lap dog. Once we were no longer having to deal with the grouch things went well, the bartender was also our waiter and he was great. Very talkative with the customers, and the regulars were very friendly and gave us a lot of good recommendations.
We had a great view of the ocean from the deck at the bar and watched the dogs and owners at dog beach (which is only 50 ' wide) swim and play fetch.
The food was wonderful, but very over priced even for key west. We had ceviche with some interesting twists like the addition of fruit, also had the fresh fish sandwich. If you go for dinner take out a second mortgage before you go! Seriously as long as you know what you are getting into it is a great place kind of off the beaten path. Worth one visit for sure.

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Thank kmartinncemc
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Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

Spectacular! The outdoor seating is beautiful, the drinks were yummy and the food was outstanding. I love this place!

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Thank Kerri P
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