Fine Dining in Key West

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Pamper yourself with excellent service and gourmet cuisine at one of Key West fine dining restaurants.


One of Key West finest dining experiences is at Louie’s Backyard. Excellent, courteous service combines with delicious food for an unforgettable meal.

While Key West is a bastion of the unpretentious, laid back lifestyle, it still enjoys a gourmet meal served in the classic fine dining service.

Options for those looking for a special experience include a wide range of cuisines, including New American, classic French, gourmet Italian, and nouveau German.

You can expect to be treated like royalty at all of these establishments, while attentive staff make sure your dining experience is as memorable as the delicious dishes.

Below are a list of Key West’s fine dining restaurants, and each listing includes their restaurant menu.

Bon appetit!

Ocean Grill & Bar (formerly Square One)

One of Key West’s most consistent restaurants for gourmet dining in a well-run restaurantFeaturing a menu of fresh fish, steaks, smaller plates, and salads, this delightful Key West restaurant will have “foodies” coming back for more.  Excellent breakfast and brunch is served 7 days a week. New American cuisine combine with Key West flavors for some of the more memorable food on the island.Live piano for the indoor patrons, balmy breezes for those al-fresco. Location: 1075 Duval Street (in Duval Square) Hours: Open every day.  Breakfast/brunch is served  900:am – 3:30pm.  Dinner is served 4pm – 11:00pm. Phone: (305) 296-4300


Award-winning chefs create New-American tapas in a Victorian house on Duval Street.

This restaurant was an instant success with it’s offerings of delicious tapas (small appetizers) and inventive entrees. The talented chefs have even gotten a few nods from the James Beard Foundation.   Outdoor seating overlooks Duval Street & the casual yet sophisticated ambiance feels quintessentially Key West.  Upstairs offers hip, easily-missed bar.  Location: 915 Duval Street.  Hours: Open every day, 6pm- 11pm.   Phone: (305) 296-0669


Fine steaks and gourmet dishes are served indoors and outdoors.

 Michael's Restaurant in Key West serves scrumptious gourmet food, including the finest steak.Michael’s Restaurant in Key West serves scrumptious gourmet food, including the finest steak.Michael’s of Key West proudly serves the finest cuts of beef and fresh local seafood. Particularly inventive pasta creations add depth to the impressive menu. Dine in the cool indoors or in their tropical garden.Full bar, extensive wine list, and the most decadent desert ever…the Chocolate Volcano. Reservations suggested. Location: 532 Margaret Street  Hours: Open every day, 5pm-11p  Phone: 305-295-1300


Gourmet dinners, outstanding brunch, terrific decor at this German fine-dining restaurant.

Now in a new location on Duval Street, this wonderful restaurant has a stylish decor with lovely garden and indoor seating.  German-island cuisine by an excellent chef who bakes the bread each morning. Outstanding dishes include the weiner snitzel, yellowtail snapper, and beef wellington.  Brunch is now offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and serves possibly the best eggs benedict (and it’s variations) in Key West.  The former location of Martin’s Restaurant, at 413 Appelrouth Lane, has plans to re-open as a wine and cheese bar.  But be sure to visit the new Duval Street restaurant for an unforgettable gourmet meal in Key West.  Location: 917 Duval Street  Hours: Bar opens at 2:00 pm daily – offering a bar menu for a light lunch. Dinner served daily starting at 5:30 pm. Brunch served Fri, Sat, Sun from 10 am – 3 pm.  Phone: (305) 295-0111


Island flavors are featured in gourmet dishes – served indoors and al fresco.

For many “foodies” visiting Key West, Mangoes is just what they are looking for…great food and a great atmosphere. The restaurant is laid out with an outdoor patio, inside dining room, tropical garden, upstairs dining rooms, and a balcony over-looking Duval Street  Mangoes Restaurant is known for “Floribbean” Cuisine, a wonderful mix of the Caribbean, local seafood and a touch of the Mediterranean.  Now under new ownership, the restaurant has been completely renovated and its menu renewed where local flavors and produce (not just mangoes!) are included. Lunch features fresh and colofrul salads, fresh fish tacos, local shrimp dishes, and hearty burgers.  Dinners offer an abundance of gourmet fresh seafood and steaks.  Nice outdoor bar, as well. Location: 700 Duval Street   Hours: Open every day 11 am – 10:00 pm.  Sunday brunch served 11 am – 3 pm.  Phone: (305) 294-8002

Louie’s Backyard

The finest food, view, and scene – all perfect.

 Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in an historic wooden two-story building, sits one of Key West’s finest and most praised restaurants: Louie’s Backyard. Really, no discussion of fine dining in Key West is complete without mention of this local favorite. Louie’s, as locals often call it, is located directly on the Atlantic Ocean – facing south to a gorgeous view of the water. The cuisine is gourmet Caribbean American, combining fresh seafood (and cuts of meat) with vibrant, savory, and/or sublime ingredients – and this restaurant is not afraid to experiment. Rest assured the award winning executive chef, Doug Shook, has put together some of the most inventive, delicious, and memorable dishes on the island. A recommended signature dish: Shrimp and Grits – a modern spin on the depression era Grits and Grunts, this time sauteed with slab bacon and a buttery cheese sauce. YUM. Upstairs is Louie’s latest experiment – a tapas bar named Louie’s Upper Deck. Serving small appetizers, it is an exceptional place to watch the sunset, have a cocktail, and enjoy a perfectly made drink. And for those just looking for the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail by the water, head over to their waterside bar, The “Afterdeck”, which serves strong drinks to a cast of regulars and visitors. Hours: Open every day, 11:30am – 1am  Location: 700 Waddell Street (next to Dog Beach)  Phone: (305) 294-1061 (Reservations are highly recommended)

La Trattoria

Excellent Italian restaurant, serving traditional dishes with fresh ingredients.

One of Key West’s most popular eateries and tops on our list. Inside you will find authentic Italian dinners served in a romantic european ambiance.  Extensive wine list and full bar.  When you are done eating, visit their cocktail lounge Vigilio’s, home to some of the islands best music nightly.  Location: 524 Duval Street  Hours: Open Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:30pm, Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-11:00pm  Phone: (305) 296-1075

Seven Fish

Quaint, modern bistro serving fresh seafood in a relaxed setting.

Seven Fish features an inventive and delicious menu of New-American cuisine. Fresh seafood is skillfully prepared in creative styles. They also offer non-seafood entrees that are just as delicious.   The understated yet elegant decor of the dining room keeps the spotlight on the food and the company. Nice wine list and excellent staff make this Key West restaurant one of our favorites.  This wonderful restaurant doesn’t need any praise from us to stay busy. They have been more than discovered. Reservations are necessary. UPDATE: Seven Fish is back open in a new, larger restaurant at 921 Truman Ave.  Location: 921 Truman Ave Hours: Serving dinner 6 nights a week (closed Tuesdays), 6pm-10pm Phone: 305-296-2777

and one more……

La Te Da

Upper Duval Street favorite with eclectic characters and relaxed island vibe.

Set in a beautiful and historic property on upper Duval Street is La Te Da.  Here you will find a bar, restaurant, and hotel where Jose Marti once resided.  La Te Da serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and everything is scrumptious.  Fresh seafood and island flavors feature prominently in the well-thought menu.  Colorful local characters make a meal here an often lively experience.  Location: 1125 Duval Street  Hours: Open every day, 8:30am – 11:00pm Phone: (305) 296-6706

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