From high-end, sit-down affairs to a quick burger while you stock up on gas and bait for the boat, here’s a sampling of the culinary delights that await you in the Keys.
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Barracuda Grill $$$$
4290 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 49. 5 Bay Side, Corner 43rd Street, Marathon | 305-743-3314
For 22 years, the Barracuda Grill has been serving fresh and eclectic dishes to locals and tourists! They do NOT take reservations.
Butterfly Café $$$$
2600 Overseas Highway, Marathon | 305-289-7177
Enjoy outdoor Marathon dining on Butterfly Café’s covered patio, or revel in the impressive dining room inside with its soaring ceiling and casual yet sophisticated decor. The dinner menu features tantalizing offerings, including Florida Keys’ Shrimp Cocktail, Tropical Crab Cakes, Horseradish Encrusted Florida Grouper, and TDF ‘To Die For’ Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Chef Michael’s $$$$
81671 Overseas Highway, Islamorada | 305-664-0640
Dock to dish fish and more.
245 Front St, Sunset Key Cottages, Key West | 305-292-5394
Latitude’s Restaurant was named the #1 Best Overall Restaurant in Key West by OpenTable in 2016, and one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2017. More recently, the restaurant was just voted as OpenTable’s Best Scenic Restaurants in America. Latitudes serves a fresh, flavorful island cuisine with free ocean breezes and gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico. A delicious, ever-evolving “work of art” menu incorporates locally sourced fresh fish and tropical fruit, and cuisine is based on what is in-season and includes daily fresh catch.
81600 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 81.6, Bayside, Islamorada | 305-664-3225
Guests may enjoy meals indoors, or on the veranda-accompanied by Islamorada’s spectacular sunsets and tropical views. The Green Flash Lounge serves guests on the main floor and the downstairs veranda.
Featuring French Fusion cuisine with World influences, Pierre’s was recently noted by Zagat’s as “one of the top all-around dining experiences” in the Florida Keys.
Plaza Grill $$$$
5101 Overseas Hwy, Mm 50 O/S, Marathon | 305-743-7874
This Marathon restaurant captures the character of a neighborhood eatery combined with the ambiance of traditional “white linen” fine dining spot. Not the typical ‘island seafood spot’, it showcases creative fish and seafood preparations, steakhouse beef and chops that are sizzling and flavorful. New menu fare created by Chef Heather MacDonald has a decidedly rustic Italian vibe. We also feature cool seasonal salads, inventive small plates and lush desserts. Our wines and spirits are unique and global, our atmosphere is warm and inviting.
Tavern N Town $$$$
3841 N Roosevelt Blvd, Marriott Beachside Hotel, Key West | 305-296-8100
Your choices range from steakhouse favorites to the incomparable seafood bounty that has brought visitors to Key West for generations. You and your guests can sit directly in front of the Tapas Theater Kitchen, where you can watch as chefs embellish international favorites with the unique flavors of Old Key West.
Angler and Ale $$ – $$$
500 Duck Key Drive, Duck Key | 305-209-9991
Great food and the coldest draft beer in the lower latitudes. Order off the menu loaded with Florida Keys specialties. Or, bring us your filets for some great hook and cook options.
Blue Heaven $$ – $$$
729 Thomas St, Key West | 305-296-8666
Blue Heaven has become its own well-known destination in Key West. The chickens and cats roaming the premises are almost as famous as the food. Blue Heaven is al fresco dining, Key West style: canopies of tropical foliage, improvised art (a leopard-spotted mannequin, a rooster graveyard, jolly-colored coconuts and trap floats) and a sail strung between trees providing shade. But don’t let the whimsical décor mislead you: the food is taken seriously.
Burdines Waterfront $$ – $$$
1200 Oceanview Ave, End of 15th St, Marathon | 305-743-9204
Florida Keys Steak and Lobster House $$ – $$$
3660 Overseas Hwy, Marathon | 305-743-5516
Winner of a 2018 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award, Florida Keys Steak and Lobster House features a Happy Hour between 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. along with daily specials.
Lighthouse Grill $$ – $$$
1994 Overseas Hwy, Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club, Marathon | 305-434-9039
Locals and visitors alike will enjoy exceptional dining and unique waterfront atmosphere. Stop in for a leisurely lunch, appetizers and drinks, or one of our chef-created, daily dinner specials. From fresh entree’s and signature libations to inspired sunsets, a good time is always on the menu. Reservations accepted, but not required.
Sparky’s Landing Fish and Cocktails $$ – $$$
13205 Overseas Highway, Marathon | 305-363-2959
Sparky’s is not another cookie cutter Keys eatery – it’s Marathon’s best combination of great food and delicious cocktails that embraces both seafaring locals and vacationers alike.
Square Grouper $$ – $$$
22658 Overseas Hwy, Lower Keys, Cudjoe Key | 305-745-8880
One of the Florida Keys most popular destinations for unforgettable fresh local seafood, consistency and quality. Lynn and her staff have a dedication to excellence paired with a focus on detail which has defined The Square Grouper Bar and Grill as a must visit restaurant. Large selection of innovative small plates, ever changing specials, homemade desserts, boutique wine list and microbrews. We are also an environmentally friendly restaurant, “green”, all paper products and straws are made from corn products.
Harriette’s Restaurant $
95710 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo | 305-852-8689
The very best in Keys kitsch, conch fritters and the “world famous key lime muffins.” It’s a step back in time that’s worth the drive. You can bet your conference staff will be stopping on arrival AND departure.
1000 Eaton St, Key West | 305-517-6740
Authentic Caribbean food. Corn on the cob is highly recommended.
Island Time Diner $
5187 Overseas Hwy, Marathon | 305-204-4825
Open most days from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Go for the hand-pressed burgers and ice cream.
300 Petronia St, Key West | 305-517-6799
Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. serving sweet and savory crepes and other treats.
La Nina Market $
1571 Overseas Hwy, Marathon | 305-517-6226
Authentic Cuban fare.
82200 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada | 305-664-8022
Unique breakfast spot open 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
8349 Overseas Hwy, Marathon | 305-743-6437
Historic diner open for breakfast on the weekend and breakfast/lunch on weekdays.
7007 Overseas Hwy, Marathon | 305-743-8383
This diner’s open from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and offers traditional breakfast fare, along with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.