The Florida Keys is a popular destination for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and tropical weather, but it’s also a foodie’s paradise. With fresh seafood, Caribbean-inspired dishes, and a vast array of local cuisines, the Keys offer a unique dining experience for everyone. Here are the 20+ best places to eat in the Florida Keys that I’ve personally experienced, including what dishes are noteworthy.
Getting to the Florida Keys
Welcome to the Florida Keys, a tropical paradise stretching 120 miles along the southern tip of Florida. Boasting stunning islands nestled between the picturesque Gulf of Mexico and the enchanting Atlantic Ocean, the Keys are renowned as one of the top tropical destinations in the world.
Explore well-known towns like Islamorada, Duck Key, Marathon, Key Largo, and the iconic Key West. Get ready for an unforgettable tropical getaway that will leave you in awe and please your palate along the way.
FYI: My list of restaurants is shared alphabetically.
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Angler & Ale (Duck Key)
Discover Angler & Ale, a stunning waterfront restaurant in Duck Key that offers a sophisticated dining experience. Prepare to be amazed by their extensive menu, filled with incredible dishes that will tantalize your taste buds.
While you make your meal choice, treat yourself to a refreshing cold draft beer, a handcrafted cocktail, or a glass of wine from their impressive selection. If you’re a seafood lover, kick off your culinary journey with their Caribbean Conch Fritters, perfectly light and bursting with flavor, served with a tangy key lime aioli.
I opted for a lighter dinner after indulging in the appetizers —the delectable Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Salad, expertly topped with toasted prosciutto and drizzled with a zesty lemon vinaigrette. Being a fan of Burrata, I found the added prosciutto to be a delightful touch.
Peyton (my daughter) feasted on the fish tacos, accompanied by a side of Caribbean slaw. Both dishes were nothing short of spectacular, and paired perfectly with a craft-beer flight. For those who had a successful day fishing in the Florida Keys, don’t forget to inquire about Angler & Ale’s hook-and-cook options – a tailor-made experience for your fresh catch.
Blue Heaven (Key West)
Discover the award-winning flavors of Blue Heaven, an eccentric restaurant in Key West, the most famous and visited Florida Key. With a blend of Floridian and Caribbean cuisine, this vibrant restaurant will transport you to another world.
Experience the artistry of Blue Heaven’s chef-inspired dishes, each one a masterpiece on a plate. From the mouthwatering Beef Tenderloin Benedict to the heavenly Key lime hollandaise sauce, every bite is pure perfection.
Not only does Blue Heaven excel in food, but it also offers a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Immerse yourself in a tropical garden filled with roaming roosters and local artwork. Don’t miss the live music and poetry readings that add an extra special touch to your dining experience.
Make sure to indulge in the famous lobster Benedict. And what food is popular in the Florida Keys? Key lime pie, of course. Blue Heaven’s is topped with a decadent cloud of meringue.
Caroline’s Cafe (Key West)
Enjoy a delicious lunch at Caroline’s Cafe! With a recommendation from the locals, you can trust that you’re in for a treat. Sit back and relax in the front row for some great people-watching while you browse the extensive menu, ranging from shrimp & grits to sandwiches and salads.
Try the Jambalaya, bursting with flavors and just the right amount of heat. Even if you’re a Jambalaya connoisseur, Caroline’s Spicy Cajun Jambalaya won’t disappoint. No need for extra seasoning—it’s absolutely perfect.
While you’re enjoying your meal, don’t be surprised if you spot the chickens roaming around the property. They add a touch of charm and make for classic Key West photos. Caroline’s sources fresh ingredients from local purveyors, ensuring that the menu features the best seasonal flavors.
Chico’s Cantina (Key West)
If you’re in need of a break from seafood, Chico’s Cantina, tucked away on a side street, is the perfect place to indulge in authentic Mexican flavors. This beloved Mexican restaurant has been serving satisfied customers since 1984 and has been voted the best Mexican restaurant in Key West for an astounding 12 years in a row.
This charming Mexican bistro offers more than just exceptional drinks like top-shelf margaritas and refreshing sangrias. Prepare to be blown away by their mouthwatering Mexican cuisine in a lovely garden patio setting.
To start with, order the Chico’s Cheese Dip and Chips. For lunch, I had the Enchilada Suiza, a delectable combination of tender chicken strips, veggies, and a sour cream sauce. Served with rice and a side salad, it was a truly satisfying meal.
El Meson de Pepe (Key West)
Experience the vibrant flavors of Cuban cuisine at El Meson de Pepe, a long-standing staple in Key West. Located in the heart of Mallory Square, this restaurant offers ample outdoor seating and a lively atmosphere.
On the night I visited, there was live salsa music and dancing on the patio, providing fantastic entertainment. As I looked around, it seemed that Mojitos and caipirinhas were the popular cocktail choices.
For my main course, I couldn’t resist the classic Cuban sandwich. To complete my meal, I decided to indulge in the combo option, which included black beans, white rice, and yucca fries. Don’t miss out on this delightful trifecta of flavors!
And even while you’re indulging in the mouthwatering Cuban dishes, make sure to leave room for the Guava Bread Pudding. This dessert is a tropical delight, bursting with rich flavors that are both satisfying and comforting.
First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery (Key West)
First Flight offers a unique dining experience with a great view of the ocean. It has an extensive menu, with dishes ranging from ahi tuna tartare to perfectly cooked burgers.
The restaurant also features craft beers brewed on-site, making it the perfect spot for beer lovers.
Galley Grill (Summerland Key)
Looking for a budget-friendly spot to enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Florida Keys? Look no further than The Galley Grill! This local diner offers a mouthwatering menu of breakfast and lunch dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. From Benedicts to Quiche to 3-Egg Omelets, Pancakes, and Waffles, there’s something for everyone.
I personally tried the half order of Biscuits and Gravy, which was incredibly satisfying. My friend Peyton opted for scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, home fries, and toast. Both dishes were not only tasty, but also half the price you would find in other parts of the Keys.
But the Galley Grill isn’t just about breakfast. Their omelets and pancakes are crowd-pleasers, and you absolutely cannot miss their famous Cuban sandwich. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite or want to strike up a conversation with locals, this is the perfect spot.
Harpoon Harry’s (Key West)
Looking for a no-frills eatery in Key West? Look no further than Harpoon Harry’s. Known for serving the best breakfasts in town, this cash-only restaurant has a cheerful and friendly vibe, with a classic diner feel.
I was pleased with my Spinach, Feta, and Tomato omelet. It was absolutely delicious and filling, and for just an additional $1, you can enjoy the hollandaise as a dip. The meal also comes with your choice of home fries or grits and toast.
If omelets aren’t your thing, don’t worry. Harpoon Harry’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and they have something for everyone. My friend highly recommended the Biscuits & Gravy, which got a big thumbs up.
Established over 40 years ago, Harpoon Harry’s is a beloved institution in the Key West community. It’s the perfect place to experience the local culture and enjoy a taste of the sea.
Hog Heaven Sports Bar & Grill (Islamorada)
This casual spot brings the fun and features BBQ, pub fare, and incredible drinks, like the key lime margarita and Bushwhacker. Hog Heaven’s brisket and pulled pork nachos are the local’s favorites. They also have a wide selection of beer and a laid-back atmosphere, making it a great place to relax after a day of exploring.
Hog Heaven has live music, a fantastic happy hour, 21 TVs, and serves food until 3 AM.
Marathon Grill and Ale House (Marathon)
Discover a hidden gem in the Florida Keys – Marathon Grill and Ale House! This strip mall restaurant offers more than just seafood. My daughter, Peyton, and I were blown away by the level of quality and deliciousness of the food.
I couldn’t resist trying their mouthwatering Cobb Salad with blue cheese, bacon, avocado, egg, and tomatoes, while Peyton indulged in their flavorful Buffalo Wings. The homemade dressing on my salad was exceptional, and Peyton absolutely loved the meaty and juicy wings.
With over 100 beers to choose from, Marathon Grill and Ale House boasts the most extensive selection in the area.
Marker 88 (Islamorada)
While driving through the picturesque Islamorada, you absolutely cannot miss Marker 88. I personally dined there and enjoyed it so much that I returned for dinner with my daughter. This waterfront restaurant offers breathtaking views that were the highlight of our entire trip.
Try the delectable Lobster & Mango Guacamole as a starter. The creamy texture and indulgent flavors perfectly complement the salty tortilla chips. You’ll absolutely love how the ingredients come together to create a rich and satisfying appetizer.
For dinner at Marker 88, the Onion Crusted Mahi-Mahi and Filet Mignon with key-lime hollandaise were 10/10 fantastic. The Mahi-Mahi is sautéed with toasted onions, which adds a unique twist to the dish. It is then delicately finished with a key lime beurre blanc, key lime juice, and butter, resulting in a symphony of flavors that will make your heart skip a beat.
Enjoy the stunning views, indulge in the mouthwatering dishes, and create memories from your Florida Keys vacation.
Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen (Key Largo)
Chances are if you’ve driven the Florida Keys, you’ve seen the cutesy neon sign at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen advertising world-famous key lime pie. It turns out this is one of the best you’ll find, so whip that car around and enjoy the fare. Mrs. Mac’s is decorated with license plates from all around the country—definitely an eye-catching display that will keep you on the hunt for your state.
This family-owned establishment, serving classic American and Caribbean dishes, has been serving up fantastic food for over 40 years. The fish tacos and conch fritters are a must-try, though I am partial to the blackened grilled shrimp with black beans.
Mrs. Mac’s is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
Robbie’s: The Hungry Tarpon (Islamorada)
Come visit Robbie’s Marina at Islamorada, the ultimate destination for a memorable experience. Indulge in the finest seafood at Hungry Tarpon, the restaurant located on-site.
While the fish & chips are a crowd favorite, make sure to try the Chef’s Peel & Eat Shrimp, steamed in refreshing Islamorada citrus ale, and pair it with some delicious Bacon Jalapeño Beer Cheese Fries. Although we didn’t have a chance to sample the alcoholic beverages, the menu offers a wide selection that will leave you wanting more.
With stunning ocean views, Robbie’s is the go-to spot for fresh fish sandwiches. Enjoy your meal while watching tarpon and manatees in action. After a day of exploring the Keys, unwind and relax at Robbie’s, your perfect retreat.
Sloppy Joe’s (Key West)
Sloppy Joe’s is a historic bar located in the heart of Key West’s Duval Street. The bar features live music and serves up classic bar food. Sloppy Joe’s wings are a must-try, and the bar’s legendary history makes it worth a visit.
We always visit Sloppy Joe’s when we are in Key West on a cruise. It’s the perfect place to go for some appetizers, sweet tea, and affordable cocktails.
Square Grouper (Islamorada)
Welcome to Square Grouper Bar & Grill, a stunning upscale dining experience with a Caribbean twist, where you can enjoy delicious food while taking in the beautiful outdoor scenery of boaters and fishermen.
Start your dining experience off right with mouthwatering Portobello Fries. They come with a delectable curry mango dipping sauce and horseradish aioli that will have your taste buds dancing. If you’re not feeling overly hungry, the Caesar salad with blackened chicken is a perfect choice. Topped with fresh shaved Parmesan, it takes this classic salad to new heights of deliciousness.
Now, get ready for the highlight of your meal—the spectacular Bread Pudding a la mode. This house-made creation is not only incredibly tasty, but the presentation is sure to impress as well. You won’t be able to resist.
Sunrise Cuban Cafe (Tavernier)
Discover the Florida Keys’ best in authentic Cuban cuisine – Sunrise Cuban Cafe. Whether you choose to dine in or take advantage of their convenient walk-up window, this cozy eatery guarantees a delicious experience.
Start your day right with a flavorful cup of Cuban coffee, like the classic cortadito. For breakfast, indulge in either a traditional sandwich with eggs, cheese, and ham, or savor a meaty meal served over rice from their steam table. Both options are a hit with their satisfied guests.
My personal favorite was the breakfast sandwich, featuring creamy, cheesy eggs and savory bits of ham on a soft, pillowy roll that will leave you satisfied. This seemingly simple combination is anything but ordinary – it’s a taste sensation that will transport you to another world. You’ll have to try it for yourself to fully appreciate the magic of this creation.
I also recommend the Chicken Croquette as a delectable appetizer. Don’t let the unfamiliar menu intimidate you – the friendly staff at Sunrise Cuban Cafe is always ready to assist, ensuring a wonderful dining experience.
Two Friends Patio Restaurant (Key West)
When I travel, I always make it a point to visit the top restaurants recommended by TripAdvisor. On my last Florida Keys trip, I stumbled upon the charming and historic Two Friends Patio Restaurant. This open-air cafe not only offers a delightful ambiance, but also an enticing menu.
Located within walking distance of Mallory Square, Two Friends Patio is the perfect spot for both a romantic dinner or a casual lunch. The food here is absolutely amazing. To start off my meal, I indulged in a generous serving of steamed peel & eat shrimp. The portion size was impressive, and the fresh horseradish and drawn butter made it even more delicious.
My friend, Sara, opted for the mouthwatering snow crab legs platter, accompanied by a baked potato. For my main course, I decided to try something different and went with the Chicken Carbonara. It turned out to be a wise choice. The pasta was cooked to perfection, and the parmesan cream sauce was rich and flavorful. With chunks of grilled chicken, bacon, ham, and tomato, it was a truly satisfying dish.
The restaurant exudes a lively atmosphere that is sure to put a smile on your face. With a diverse menu ranging from seafood to sandwiches to salads, there is something for everyone. And the best part? Two Friends Patio serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you can enjoy their delectable offerings at any time of the day.
A Few Florida Keys Dessert Options
A risqué dining option in Key West is the Better Than Sex Desserts restaurant. Known for suggestively named desserts and drinks, this establishment almost always requires a reservation because it is so popular.
Try the Kinky-er Key West Cream Pie, light and airy with a tart lime cream on top. The crust is that of a brown sugar orange blossom shortbread cookie—genius! Other creative dessert names include Double Stuffed, Between my Red Velvet Sheets Cheesecake, and Italian Stallion.
Keep in mind; this may not be the place for you if you are easily offended or prefer to avoid sexual innuendo.
Don’t miss out on trying the legendary Key Lime Pie! Having tasted it at various places, I can confidently say that the frozen chocolate-dipped key lime pie-on-a-stick from the Key Lime Pie Bakery takes the cake. And guess what? It’s not only delicious but also affordable, costing less than $5. Trust me, this dessert is hard to beat!
While you’re there, explore the impressive range of gourmet food products available at the store. Plus, you can even take home the original key lime juice and create your own amazing pies
Have the best cortadito of your life at Cuban Coffee Queen, a counter-serve space at Mallory Square, located at the colorful and picturesque Greetings from Key West mural since 2009. This trendy coffee shop offers Cuban fare, fresh fruit smoothies, sandwiches, and all your favorite coffee drinks.
Eat Your Way Through the Florida Keys
The Florida Keys has many great places to dine. We hope you will agree that these are a great offering of the best places to eat in the Florida Keys.
Which one did we miss?
Thanks to the Florida Keys and Key West Tourism for hosting my travels to the area. Other than accommodations and food, I did not receive any other compensation for this post. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.