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“Very nice and unexpected”

A & B Lobster House
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Ranked #88 of 448 Restaurants in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Simonton St
Description: Enjoy the freshest seafood on the island delivered daily. As our name implies, we specialize in lobster, both from Maine and Florida. Our talented Chef Mick Pera expertly prepares a Fusion Cuisine which include Classic Lobster/Seafood House dishes along with French Bistro comfort food to delight all of the senses. We are also renowned for our steaks, always prime choice. Dine outside on the wrap-around balcony or join us in our timeless dining room, while our knowledgeable and attentive staff anticipate your every need and help to make your experience unforgettable.
Pflugerville, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Very nice and unexpected”
Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I were walking around Key West and decided to do dinner downtown near the Westin. We decided to try A&B based on reviewed here, and it was worth it! Upscale, with awesome ambience - they played one of my favorite albums, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, while we ate! My mozzarella and tomato salad was refreshing, as was my shrimp entree. Dean, our server, was great, and made great recommendations! My hat's off to A&B!

  • Visited September 2013
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A memorable meal... attentive staff, great ambiance and delicious dining!”
Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

We had a fabulous experience at this lovely restaurant. The vibe, nautical and clubby historic Key West (on the waterfront with balcony dining) can't be beat. Everyone was a delight from the hostess to the bus boys. They were all so kind and accomodating. Our server truly made it a memorable experience. We loved him! We were a total pain, indecisive, changed our order three times. He totally rolled with it, didn't phase him at all. We settled on the florida lobster and were so happy we did. It was the best lobster we've ever had! Better than Maine.
The bananas foster dessert was huge and amazing. And my mother says the chocolate martini was the best she's ever had!
I only wish we had saved room for the key lime pie. I bet it's delish.
This was a great experience in a place that could potentially be a tourist trap. We were pleasantly surprised and thrilled we chose to some here!

  • Visited September 2013
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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Ambiance and a good meal!”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

We were in our second evening in Key West. We wanted a good dinner but not something too fancy. I made reservations for A&B Lobster House and was not disappointed. We sat outside and enjoyed our view accompanied by a nice tropical breeze. My wife had lobster escargot (excellent) and I opted for the clam chowder (chunky and savory). Dean was our waiter and he made good recommendations for the main course, hog fish and ocean scallops (large and buttery). We had a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio, plus an extra glass to boot, and really enjoyed our experience. Oh, don't forget to check out their bar. It's hidden in the back and is very men's club comfortable. Strong pour on the drinks too!

Visited September 2013
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Toms River, New Jersey
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“History backs up the Quality”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

A & B Lobster House is a tradition in KW. It doesn't disappoint. Sitting on the deck over looking the marina is just a wonderful back drop to a fantastic meal. Steak or fish, A & B delivers. Great Service and a fine wine/spirits list will round out your dining experience. If you are in KW go to A & B. Casual dress and great food!

  • Visited August 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Stay Away”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We should have left at the first sight of the uninterested, sour faced hostess (Dasha) that "greeted" us at the entrance. We decided to proceed despite first impressions and that turned out to be a mistake. Prices at this restaurant are very high and completely unjustified. Four out of five orders, all seafood were overcooked, tasteless and totally forgettable. The only dish that was good was the steak (this is ironic). After pointing this out to the waitress, the manager (Jerry) came to the table. We were further shocked by his irritated, annoyed reaction. He did take some dishes off the bill but we left hungry and completely dissatisfied.

  • Visited August 2013
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