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“Great place for a group”
Review of Santiago's Bodega

Santiago's Bodega
Ranked #9 of 447 Restaurants in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $26 - $38
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Petronia and Emma
Description: Santiago"s Bodega (305) 296-7691 • 207 Petronia Street – www.santiagosbodega.com - A wonderful assortment of over thirty small plates await you at this tapas-style eatery. Accentuating the well seasoned combination of dishes, Santiago's also has great soups, salads, and a remarkable wine list to compliment. Santiago's Bodega is a unique restaurant located in the heart of Bahama Village, off the beaten path and away from the tumultuous crowds. Santiago's serves lunch and dinner all year, seven days a week. Open 11am-10pm daily.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great place for a group”
Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

Really enjoyed my birthday here in July. It's a little small inside, but that's expected in key west. The food was great and the concept is perfect for small groups who want to taste and try multiple items. Definitely try the sangria and definitely make reservations. I will definitely be returning in the future!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank arg6312
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Kansas City
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We stumbled upon this little restaurant when another one we had picked out was closed. The food was original and enjoyed by everyone at our table, including a picky eater and some "foodies." Trieu, the manager, made sure we had drinks while we waited and the service was great. Would definitely visit here on another trip back to Key West. Congrats and well done Doogie!!

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank mylittledirty
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Montreal, Canada
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10 reviews
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“Best supper on our vacation in Key West.”
Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Very professional service.
Our waitress was very knowledgeable in west coast pinot noir and suggested a Great bottle from Oregon Willamette Valley that we all enjoyed.

The GM was very attentionate to our parties needs (3 generation familly with young baby and vegetarian)
Very good tapas, well prepared, fresh and savoury.

Menu Good variety with plenty of options for everyone, including my vegetarian wife ;-)

The special of pan seared Diver Scallops with Peruvian corn was right on.

The half rack of lamb was well executed.

The Burratta was served as it should be fresh, and creamy.

Only remarks:
-the red tuna tartare although fresh and well seasonned was served in a paste like texture that didn't do justice to the noble fish.
-the mahi ceviche and garnish of avocado and mago was a bit rustic, cut up in big 1" cubes and a bit over cooked/marinated to my liking... But still very tasty.

Pricing was very good and fair.
Service Staff was composed young and passionate people.

I Definitively recommend this place and will make sure to reserve a table on my next visit.

Long live Santiago's Bodega!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Fred G
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“Great atmosphere and delicious food for a very romantic dinner”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

My husband and I love to come to Key West, this time we came for a short vacation and we wanted to explore local restaurants with personality. We went to Santiago's Bodega and it was a great experience, hidden off Duval, it is a charming place for delicious tapas and wine, we love tapas and have tried them in Spain and in other places, Santiago's is really one of the best. Try the "patatas bravas", they are yummy!!!

  • Visited September 2013
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“The Small Plates Rock!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Santiago’s Bodega is a little less than a mile from where my husband Mike and I stay in Key West every August. As newbies I wondered if it was worth the walk in the August heat and humidity. Short answer: yes. Since we made reservations in advance (make sure you do), we were seated immediately at a table tucked into a corner in the bar area of the restaurant. It was cozy, but dimly lit, which is why the photos of our small plates aren’t that appetizing looking (see, it’s the lighting, not the photographer’s skills!).

The restaurant was busy at 7 pm, but our waiter Alan (Allen? Allan?) was relaxed, informative and friendly. Since this was our first time at Santiago’s he explained the concept of ordering a small plates dinner: order 5-6 for 2 of us; he would stagger the order to the kitchen so that the plates arrived in a series rather than all at once. We could order more plates as the evening progressed if we were still hungry.

The first plate to arrive was the green beans. French cut and served at room temperature, the beans were served in a light lemon caper dressing. With slivered proscuitto and matchstick pieces of gruyere on top. The dressing was flavorful, but what really made the dish was the bits of proscuitto and cheese in every bite.

The beef tenderloin capped with a blue cheese butter hat is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes and we were both looking forward to tasting it. We asked for the beef medium and that’s how it arrived; it was tender, tender, tender.

The “croquettas” are pan-fried mashed potatoes with finely ground proscuitto and provolone cheese and a kick of cayenne in them. I loved the heat and the accompanying scallion-laced dipping cream.

The next plate — the beef short ribs — was my meat-eating husband’s choice. They came to the table glistening and crispy looking in a hoisin and cherry glaze. Mike compared the flavor with one of his fave Chinese food dishes: General Tsao’s chicken. I really enjoyed the accompanying orange miso slaw, which was nice and tangy.

For additional photos and opinions please visit my blog post at http://adventuresofamiddleagemom.com/2013/09/04/key-west-santiagos-bodega-a-hidden-gem/

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank DarleneMAM
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