Fodor's Expert Review Santiago's Bodega

$ Old Town Spanish Fodor's Choice

If you’ve ever wondered where chefs go for a great meal in the Lower Keys, this is their secret spot. Picky palates will be satisfied at this funky, dark, and sensuous corner house, which is well off the main drag. Dine on the front porch surrounded by fuchsia bougainvillea or inside amid eclectic paintings and mismatched chandeliers. Waiters recommend choosing three of the small plates per person, then sharing. That number works. Cold tapas include dishes like yellowfin tuna ceviche with large hunks of avocado and mango, and shaved beef carpaccio with smoked sea salt and truffle oil. Favorite hot tapas are filet mignon with creamy Gorgonzola butter and cherry-hoisin-glazed beef short ribs. Dessert? The bread pudding is legendary. Reward yourself for finding this place with a fruit-filled glass of homemade red or white sangria. All bets say you'll eat here over and over again.

Spanish Tapas Trendy Sceney Lunch Dinner Brunch $ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

207 Petronia St.
Key West, Florida  33040, USA

305-296–7691

www.santiagosbodega.com

Known For:
  • Only small plates served, so great for sharing
  • Outdoor dining on the front porch
  • Desserts as good as everything else

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