5 Best Restaurants in Key West to Try

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1 Mar 2022

If you're looking for good restaurants in Key West, you don't have to look too far. Whether you're in the mood for seafood, Cuban, or steak, Key West restaurants offer innovative and fresh cuisine to keep your belly full and happy. While you can walk downtown and find a slew of the best places to eat in Key West, these are a few of our personal favorites.

Pepe’s Café

Pepe’s Café opened its doors in 1909. They are known for their signature breakfasts and surf n’ turf. Breakfast can be anything from traditional bacon and eggs to build your own omelet, freshly squeezed O.J. and homemade granola with low-fat yogurt and fresh fruit.

You can also dine for lunch and dinner. If you are a fan of steak, the NY Strips are cut specially to order. Fresh fish is prepared every evening in five different ways. The desserts are homemade as well. Enjoy Key Lime pie, apple crisp, chocolate brownie pie and more. 

Address: 806 Caroline St., Key West, FL 33040

Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily

Phone: (305) 294-7192

El Siboney

Since 1984, El Siboney has been one of the top restaurants to dine for exquisite, authentic Cuban cuisine here on the island. As soon as you walk through the doors, the feeling of family hits your heart. This is a family-owned and operated business. The food is to absolutely die for and is at a reasonable price.

Some of our favorites are the roast pork, Siboney steak, the grilled Mahi-Mahi meal, and Cuban mix Sandwich. If Cuban food is one of your favorites, or you want to try for the first time, this is the place to go!

Address: 900 Catherine St., Key West, FL 33040

Hours: 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily

Phone: (305) 296-4184

Half Shell Raw Bar

Half Shell has been serving Key West awesome seafood since 1972. It is the only seafood restaurant on the island with its very own fish market. Located right on the marina, you’re able to enjoy the beautiful view of the Key West Historic Seaport, listen to live music and have the best meal ever!

Fish is caught daily cooked and served. Choose from oysters, shrimp, conch fritters, local fish, and lobster. 

Address: 231 Margaret St., Key West, FL 33040

Hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 12 - 10 p.m. Sunday

Phone: (305) 294-7496

Santiago's Bodega

Santiago's Bodega takes tapas to a whole new level. The unique flavors, eclectic atmosphere, custom art, and global influence offers a true one-of-a-kind experience. The menu is filled with a variety of small plates, soups, and salads, as well as an extensive wine list. Lucky these plates are small and shareable because you'll want to try them all. 

Address: 7305, 207 Petronia St. #101 

Hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Phone: (305) 296-7691

Louie's Backyard

Louie's Backyard is known equally for its food as it is for its setting. Located right along the water, Louie's Backyard has one of the island's best views and an expansive menu with items like truffle lobster risotto, bourbon BBQ bacon wrapped crab stuffed shrimp, grilled octopus. The restaurant opened in 1971 in a stunning Victorian home, which was later listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Address: 700 Waddell Ave., Key West, FL, 33040

Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Phone: (305) 294-1061

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