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 lobste
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—espec
Seafood rules in the Keys, which is full of chef-owned restaurants with not-too-fancy food. Many restaurants serve cuisi

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. 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

  • 2. Conch Republic Seafood Company

    $$$ | Seafood

    Because of its location where the fast ferry docks, Conch Republic does a brisk business. It's huge, open-air, and on the water, so the place...Read More

  • 3. Dante's Key West Restaurant and Pool Bar

    $$ | Seafood

    With the motto "Come be an aquaholic," Dante's is as unique as Key West itself. Sun loungers, tiki bars, and tables with umbrellas and chairs...Read More

  • 4. El Meson de Pepe

    $$ | Cuban

    If you want to get a taste of the island's Cuban heritage, this is the place. After watching a Mallory Square sunset, you can dine alfresco...Read More

  • 5. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe

    $$ | American

    If you must have your cheeseburger in paradise, it may as well be here, where you can chew along with the songs playing on the sound system...Read More

  • 6. Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill

    $$ | Seafood

    Owned by former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson, this waterfront establishment offers three entertaining experiences, and all are big winners. You'll...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Snapper's

    $$ | Seafood

    In a lively, mangrove-ringed, waterfront setting, Snapper's has live music, Sunday brunch (including a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar), killer...Read More

  • 9. The Stuffed Pig

    $ | American

    With only nine tables and a counter inside, this breakfast-and-lunch place is always hopping. When the weather's right, grab a table out back...Read More

  • 10. Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub and Eatery

    $ | Irish

    Come for the beer. Stay for the food. Leave with the staff," is the slogan of this popular pub. The pictures of Beckett, Shaw, Yeats, and Wilde...Read More

  • 11. Uncle's Restaurant

    $$$ | Upper Matecumbe Key | Italian

    Former fishing guide Joe LePree adds Italian flair to standard seafood dishes. Here you can have your seafood almandine, Milanese (breaded and...Read More

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