The Florida Keys Restaurants

Seafood rules in the Keys, which is full of chef-owned restaurants with not-too-fancy food. Many restaurants serve cuisine that reflects the proximity of the Bahamas and Caribbean (you’ll see the term "Floribbean" on many menus). Tropical fruits figure prominently—especially on the beverage side of the menu. Florida spiny lobster should be local and fresh from August to March, and stone crabs from mid-October to mid-May. And don't dare leave the islands without sampling conch, be it in a fritter or in ceviche. Keep an eye out for authentic key lime pie—yellow custard in a graham-cracker crust. If it's green, just say "no." Note: Particularly in Key West and particularly during spring break, the more affordable and casual restaurants can get loud and downright rowdy, with young visitors often more interested in drinking than eating. Live music contributes to the decibel levels. If you're more of the quiet, intimate-dining type, avoid such overly exuberant scenes by eating early or choosing a restaurant where the bar isn’t the main focus.

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  • 1. Azur Restaurant

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Fuel up on the finest fare at this former gas station, now part of the Eden House complex. In a contemporary setting with indoor and outdoor...Read More

  • 2. Baby's Coffee

    $ | American

    The aroma of rich, roasting coffee beans arrests you at the door of "the Southernmost Coffee Roaster in America." Buy beans by the pound or...Read More

  • 3. Blue Heaven

    $$$ | Caribbean

    The outdoor dining area here is often referred to as "the quintessential Keys experience," and it's hard to argue. There's much to like about...Read More

  • 4. Camille's Restaurant

    $$$ | American

    Break out the stretchy pants because everything on the menu at this affordable hot spot not only sounds scrumptious, it is. Locals have tried...Read More

  • 5. Croissants de France

    $ | French

    Pop into the bakery for something sinfully sweet or spend some time people-watching at the sidewalk café next door. You can get breakfast or...Read More

  • 6. Deuce's Off the Hook Grill

    $$$ | American

    It's a tight fit with only six tables (and six counter seats), but if you don't mind sitting close to fellow diners, you will be rewarded with...Read More

  • 7. Geiger Key Smokehouse Bar & Grill

    $$ | American

    There's a strong hint of the Old Keys at this ocean-side marina restaurant, where local fisherman stop for breakfast before heading out to catch...Read More

  • 8. Good Food Conspiracy

    $ | Vegetarian

    Like good wine, this small natural-foods eatery and market surrenders its pleasures a little at a time. Step inside to the aroma of brewing...Read More

  • 9. Green Turtle Inn

    $$$ | Upper Matecumbe Key | Seafood

    This circa-1947 landmark inn and its vintage neon sign is a slice of Florida Keys history. Period photographs decorate the wood-paneled walls...Read More

  • 10. Harriette's Restaurant

    $ | American

    If you're looking for comfort food—like melt-in-your-mouth biscuits the size of a salad plate—try this refreshing throwback. Since the early...Read More

  • 11. Hogfish Bar & Grill

    $ | Seafood

    It's worth a drive to Stock Island, one of Florida's last surviving working waterfronts, just outside Key West, to indulge in the freshness...Read More

  • 12. Hungry Tarpon

    $$ | Lower Matecumbe Key | Seafood

    As part of the colorful, bustling Old Florida scene at Robbie's Marina, you know that the seafood here is fresh and top quality. The extensive...Read More

  • 13. Island Grill at Snake Creek

    $ | Windley Key | Seafood

    Don't be fooled by appearances; this shack on the waterfront takes island breakfast, lunch, and dinner up a notch. The eclectic menu tempts...Read More

  • 14. Key Largo Conch House

    $$ | American

    Tucked into the trees along the Overseas Highway, this Victorian-style home (family owned since 2004) and its true-to-the-Keys style of cooking...Read More

  • 15. Latitudes

    $$$ | Eclectic

    For a special treat, take the short boat ride to lovely Sunset Key for lunch or dinner on the beach. Creativity and quality ingredients combine...Read More

  • 16. Little Palm Island Restaurant

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    The restaurant at the exclusive Little Palm Island Resort—its dining room and adjacent outdoor terrace lit by candles and warmed by live music...Read More

  • 17. Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar

    $$ | Upper Matecumbe Key | American

    While local anglers gather here for breakfast, lunch and dinner bring a mix of islanders and visitors for straightforward food and front-row...Read More

  • 18. Mangrove Mama's Restaurant

    $$ | Seafood

    This could be the prototype for a Keys restaurant, given its shanty appearance, lattice trim, and roving sort of indoor-outdoor floor plan....Read More

  • 19. Mrs. Mac's Kitchen

    $$ | Seafood

    Townies pack the counters and booths at this tiny eatery, where license plates are stuck on the walls and made into chandeliers, for everything...Read More

  • 20. Sarabeth's

    $$ | American

    Named for the award-winning jam-maker and pastry chef Sarabeth Levine, who runs the kitchen, it naturally is proclaimed for its all-morning...Read More

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