Restaurants and Bars in Key West
Key West is teeming with tasty restaurants and lively bars. Numerous Key West restaurants line the world-famous, mile-long Duval Street. Other eateries are tucked into quiet side streets.
In the Island City, savor freshly caught local seafood, local specialties, gourmet food, or ethnic flavors. Many Key West bars feature live bands, tropical drinks and local characters.
All of the major hotels have their own in-house eateries; some of them have two or three. There are also many fantastic restaurants spread throughout the town, many of them on small side streets and lanes, and several away from the main commercial area of town. Most of the familiar chain or franchise, and fast food restaurants are in the "new town" area of North and South Roosevelt Boulevard.
Seafood restaurants will offer dolphin (mahi-mahi), yellowtail, grouper, snapper, cobia, conch steak and fritters, tuna, shrimp, and local crab and spiny lobster, when they are in season. In addition, they will usually have choices featuring scallops, oysters and clams.
There are several ethnic style restaurants, including Italian, French, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, German, Slavic, and Polish. Cuban food is tasty and inexpensive and something you may not find back home. Many restaurants offer cookbooks, which make great souvenirs or gifts.
Some restaurants do not welcome children. If you need booster seats or highchairs, it would advisable to call ahead of time and make arrangements.
The height of the dinner rush is at 8 p.m., although many restaurants start at 7 pm. Several of the large hotels have great Sunday brunches with complimentary champagne or mimosas.
Enjoy the array of Key West restaurants and bars!