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Where to Eat in Key West (Foodie Guide to The Best Restaurants)

Where to Eat in Key West (Foodie Guide to The Best Restaurants)

Key West, Florida, is a charming island located at the southernmost point in the continental US. A trip to this beautiful island is not complete without indulging in its vibrant food scene. From fresh seafood to authentic Cuban cuisine, Key West offers an array of options that tantalize your taste buds. We’ve got you covered whether you’re in the mood for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. Here’s our foodie guide for where to eat in Key West.


Breakfast in Key West

Start your day with a perfect cup of coffee and a flaky croissant from Croissants de France. This French bakery provides its customers with a wide selection of pastries baked fresh daily. The most popular items on the menu include their almond croissant and chocolate-filled croissant, but the plain croissant is equally delicious.

Looking for exceptional Floridian-Caribbean cuisine? Look no further than Blue Heaven. With a plethora of awards for their signature key lime pie and delectable dishes, they consistently exceed expectations. But it’s not just the impressive food – the charming, eclectic setting, complete with roosters and artwork, makes it a must-visit spot. 


While there are countless mouth-watering options to choose from, I highly recommend trying the Beef Tenderloin Benedict with fresh fruit. The expertly crafted dish features perfectly poached eggs, fluffy yet firm English muffins, and tangy key lime hollandaise sauce.

Trust me, one bite and your taste buds will soar. And remember to order the breakfast potatoes as a side – they’re a game changer!

Cuban and Cash Only Dining Options

If you’re looking for a quick breakfast to get you on your way, then Cuban Coffee Queen is your ultimate destination. This cozy coffeehouse in Mallory Square is a must-visit for coffee lovers. The menu includes a variety of gourmet coffees, smoothies, and breakfast sandwiches.

Take advantage of their famous Cafe con Leche, a Cuban coffee made with steamed milk, though a Cortadito is my favorite. And then, grab a pic in front of the colorful “Greetings from Key West” mural.

Discover Key West’s hidden gem for the best breakfast in town – Harpoon Harry’s! This quaint diner-style restaurant is cash-only and has a cheerful vibe that will brighten your day. Indulge in their mouthwatering Spinach, Feta, and Tomato omelet with a side of hollandaise for only an additional $1.

Trust me; it’s worth it! 

My friend highly recommends the Biscuits & Gravy too. Harpoon Harry’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so why wait? Grab a table and treat yourself to a delicious meal.


Lunch in Key West

Louie’s Backyard is an iconic restaurant on the oceanfront in Old Town Key West. This award-winning eatery offers a menu featuring fresh seafood with a Caribbean twist. The spacious outdoor terrace provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxed lunch.

The most popular dish on the menu is the yellowtail snapper served with mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed spinach.

Photo from Louie’s Backyard FB page.

The Stoned Crab on Stock Island, adjacent to Ibis Bay Beach Resort, overlooks Safe Harbor Marina. This waterfront seafood spot offers indoor and outdoor dining options, and a bar with tiki-style drinks.

Zagat’s #2 Hottest Restaurant in Key West’s signature dish is the creole iron skillet snapper, available in one to three pounds. Ultimate seafood towers, Key West steamers, and the Louie 1000 Island Salad are other popular items.

Want to enjoy a bonfire clambake? The Stoned Crab sells a variety of them, a beach party for your dinner table.

Photo from The Stoned Crab website.

Want a top-notch spot for Mexican cuisine and cocktails in Key West? Look only as far as Chico’s Cantina, on an idyllic side street just off the main drag. This Mexican cafe offers delicious fare and garden patio seating for the perfect dining experience. 

Start with the heavenly Chico’s Cheese Dip and Tortilla Chips, and indulge in a top-shelf margarita or glass of sangria. Enchiladas Suizas is a perfect lunchtime meal.


Dinner in Key West

I discovered the historic Two Friends Patio Restaurant on my last trip to Key West, and I can’t recommend it enough. With its cute open-air setting and delicious menu, it’s certainly worth checking out. 

Located near Mallory Square, Two Friends Patio has the perfect mix of romantic and casual vibes and serves some seriously good food. I started with a half-pound of steamed peel & eat shrimp, which came with fresh horseradish and drawn butter for dipping. The complimentary brown bread was a nice touch.

My friend Sara went with the snow crab legs platter with a baked potato, which looked remarkably good. I mixed things up for my main course and ordered the Chicken Carbonara with a rich parmesan cream sauce. Everything about Two Friends Patio was tasty, enjoyable, and lively.


El Siboney is a casual Cuban restaurant located in Old Town. Its authentic menu items bring in locals and tourists alike. Their menu has flavorful dishes like the ropa vieja or the shrimp enchilada. Their portions are pretty generous, so it is perfect for sharing.

Photo from El Siboney’s website.

Latitudes is on Sunset Key and has a spectacular oceanfront view. The restaurant’s menu features Floribbean cuisine, combining Key West flavors and Caribbean spices. The most popular dishes are the local catch, like hogfish, yellowtail snapper, and lobster. 

You can reach the island by a 7-minute boat ride from Margaritaville Resort & Marina. This property is an Opal Collection, which we have stayed at in Delray Beach and Naples.

Photo from Opal Collection website.

Time for Dessert

Banana Cafe‘s cozy little space makes you feel like you’re at a European cafe. This French restaurant serves a menu that includes crepes, quiches, salads, and sandwiches. It’s a great spot for people-watching with delicious bites.

Photo from Banana Cafe KW FB page.

When in Key West, trying key lime pie is a must-do activity. Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe offers over 40 types of key lime pie, including frozen, dipped, and meringue options. Additionally, they offer a variety of other key lime-flavored products, such as salsa and hot sauce.

Photo from Kermit’s IG page.

Key West: A Delightfully Tasty City

It’s safe to say that Key West has a lot to offer foodies, and we’ve just scraped the surface of its vibrant food scene. With its incredible array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options and its one-of-a-kind dessert scene, there is something to please every palate.

If you plan a trip to Key West, add these top-rated restaurants to your list, and you’ll have a delicious time on the island.

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