Ultimate Key West Food Guide | 19 Places You Must Try – Destination Daydreamer

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This is the ultimate Key West food guide that you’ve been looking for! If you want the best places to eat in Key West, Florida, I’ve got you covered! I spent an entire summer working and eating my way through Key West.

And when we weren’t eating, we did EVERYTHING else there is to do in Key West and I created the ultimate Key West bucketlist from my experiences. Plus I’ve got you covered for everything you need to know before visiting Key West!

Anyway, back to me living in Key West. I’m not a big partier, so instead of bar-hopping each night, we were trying out every restaurant, cafe, and bakery in Key West we could find! And from this, I’ve got some GREAT suggestions for you.

Key West can be known for its pricey food so, on average, I recommend budgeting between $15-18 per meal (per person). You can definitely spend much more than that on food in Key West, however, there are some total *more* affordable hidden gems that you’ve got to try!

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This article is a comprehensive list of the top 19 places to eat in Key West that I 100% recommend. It includes Key West restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus bakeries and cafes. And don’t you worry, there are also a few waterfront dining options in Key West included. And if you want to learn more about each place you’re eating plus get a little bit of history along the way, check out this Key West foodie walking tour.

If you only have 1 day to spend in Key West, check out my The Ultimate Itinerary for a Day Trip to Key West to see which top places for food I recommend!

The prices on this list range from about $8 per person, average about $15 per person and top out at about $25 per person.

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Ultimate Key West Food Guide | 19 Places You Must Try

Blue Heaven

  • Price: $$
  • Type of food: American (especially good breakfast/brunch spot)
  • Street: Petronia Street
  • Diet: Vegan and gluten-free options available

The absolute best place to eat in Key West is DEFINITELY Blue Heaven. Blue Heaven is suchhhhh a cute eatery and every locals favorite for a relaxing, open-air breakfast with (get this) live music and roosters! Their catchphrase is even ‘breakfast with the roosters’!

If you are going to eat anywhere in Key West, I am telling you, eat at Blue Heaven. You’ve got to try ‘Richard’s Very Good Pancakes’ which are huge made-from-scratch pancakes with either chunks of banana, pineapple, pecans, or blueberries within.

Unfortunately, no reservations are available for breakfast (served until 2:00 pm) or lunch, so get there early to make sure you get a table outside! And if you’re looking for a unique Key Lime Pie with an absurdly awesome amount of meringue, snag a slice after your meal.

Amigos Tortilla Bar

  • Price: $-$$
  • Type of food: Fresh-Mex
  • Street: Greene St/Duval Street
  • Diet: Vegan and gluten-free options available

Don’t let the name fool you because Amigos Tortilla Bar isn’t an actual ‘bar’ (which you will find plenty of on Duval Street). It’s actually a mouthwatering fresh-Mex joint with a delicious and simple menu.

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Amigos is a small establishment located right off Duval Street with both indoor seating and an open-air counter facing the bustling street which is perfect for people-watching. And considering their location, their menu is actually very reasonably priced. For example, you can get a burrito or bowl for $10 (which is unheard of in Key West)!

I ate at Amigos ALL the time when I lived in Key West. I highly recommend…. well, everything on their menu. However, you can’t go wrong with any of their bowls! And don’t feel guilty eating Mexican food in Key West, because you can still choose a Key West-favorite Baja fish, Mahi Mahi, for any of your tacos, bowls, or burritos!

Cuban Coffee Queen

  • Price: $
  • Type of food: Cuban and American (including breakfast)
  • Street: 3 locations: Margaret Street (original), Front Street, Southard Street
  • Diet: Vegan and Gluten-free options

If you’re looking for a cute coffee shop and cafe (which also happens to have amazing prices), Cuban Coffee Queen is for you! Cuban Coffee Queen now has 3 locations. However, the original location (Margaret Street) is a little waterfront, walk-up shack with outdoor picnic tables, and friendly roosters hanging out! But if you are looking for a newer/ bigger location, try the other two!

You can pick from any of their delicious Cuban sandwiches, breakfasts, or smoothies. And if you are looking for a pick-me-up the Cuban Coffee is supposed to be amazing (I’m not a coffee drinker, but if I was, I would totally get it).

Be sure to snap a pic in front of the adorable “Welcome to Key West” postcard mural on the side of their Margaret Street shack!

Falafel King

  • Price: $
  • Type of food: Middle Eastern
  • Street: Fitzpatrick St (near Mallory Square)
  • Diet: Vegan and gluten-free options

Falafel King is the hidden gem of cheap eats in Key West. If you are looking for a cheap but yummy lunch or dinner option you need to check it out. It’s located right near all the action in Key West, just a 3-minute walk from Mallory Square. Be sure to keep a lookout for the small ‘Falafel King’ sign pointing you down the alleyway to the entrance!

Woman standing under 'Falafel King' sign which is a yummy place for Key West food.

I recommend picking up some falafel or shawarma to-go and walking over to Mallory Square to enjoy the sunset celebration with food in hand. Nothing better than enjoying a world-class sunset knowing you only paid $8 for your meal in a town where you usually spend $15-$20 😆.

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Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe

  • Price: $
  • Type of food: Dessert
  • Street: 2 locations: Elizabeth Street (original location) Duval Street/Front Street
  • Diet: Gluten-free options

When in Key West, you MUST try Key Lime Pie (even if you don’t think you will like it). And trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe is known for having some of the best Key Lime Pie in Key West and has been around for almost 25 years! You can buy pie by the slice, or my favorite way to get it is on a stick! And you’ve got to try the chocolate-covered Key Lime Pie on a stick while you’re there.

Along with Key Lime Pie, Kermit’s has all sorts of goodies and sweets made with key limes that make great souvenirs or gifts for those back home. We actually impulse-bought some key lime dog treats for our pup the last time we were in Key West 🙈.

Old Town Bakery

  • Price: $
  • Type of food: Desserts, artisan bread, and sandwiches
  • Street: Eaton Street
  • Diet: Vegan options available

Old Town Bakery is an adorable bakery in a restored, charming 19th-century Key West building. It’s a family-run bakery with fresh artisan bread, baked goods, and super affordable sandwiches (including vegan and veggie options).

Swing by Old Town Bakery for breakfast or lunch, or for a pick-me-up goodie during the day. However, it’s only open until 3 pm each day so be sure to get there early!

Mattheessen’s Bakery

  • Price: $
  • Type of food: Dessert
  • Street: 3 locations: (2 on Duval Street and 1 on Greene Street)

If you’re looking for an indulgent dessert, head over to Mattheessen’s Bakery. They are a family-run bakery with three locations in Key West (all of them great) and all of the goodies are baked in-store each day!. They are known for their yummy, giant cookies however they have ice cream, Key Lime Pie and lots of other treats.

When I went, we indulged in the ‘Cookie Monster’ which is a huge cookie (you pick your flavor) with 3 scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, nuts, and sprinkles. It’s soooo good (and sooo big 🙈 ). Two of us somehow finished it off, but I’ve heard of groups of three or more that have had leftovers!

Mattheessen’s is open until (get this) midnight every day of the week which makes it a perfect place to swing on over to for your late-night sugar cravings

Key West Original Conch Fritters

  • Price: $
  • Type of food: Caribbean
  • Street: Mallory Square

One of the unique foods you’ve got to eat in Key West are some conch fritters. Conch (pronounced con-k). Conch fritters are small bits of conch (a sea snail) deep fried with cornmeal batter, jalapeños, and other spices.

Thai Island

  • Price: $$
  • Type of food: Thai and Sushi
  • Street: Eisenhower Street (at Garrison Bight Marina)
  • Diet: Vegan and Gluten-free options

Thai Island is a humble Thai food establishment located on the second floor of a building overlooking the Garrison Bight Marina. Here you can have the best Thai food in the Florida Keys sitting on their deck with amazing views of the sailboats docked in the marina.

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I had a perfect birthday dinner on a warm, Key West summer night at Thai Island. I ordered their Massamum Curry and it was totally delicious. Plus they even brought out ‘Thai Key Lime Pie’ for a birthday dessert which is Key Lime Pie topped with a perfect, sweet coconut sauce! You’ve got to try it.

El Siboney

  • Price: $$
  • Type of food: Cuban/Caribbean
  • Street: Catherine Street

Since Key West is only 90 miles from Cuba, it’s a good idea to try some authentic Cuban food while on the island! El Siboney is a cozy family-run restaurant with the best Cuban food around where all the locals love to go.

It’s only a few blocks from Duval Street and worth the short detour. Be sure to try the platanos (fried sweet plantains) and the Cuban bread! If you take a Key West Foodie Tour they’ll be sure to take you to a great Cuban joint and let you know some of the history behind the tasty food in Key West.

Southernmost Beach Cafe

  • Price: $$
  • Type of food: Caribbean
  • Street: Duval Street/Southernmost Beach

Southernmost Beach Cafe is a cute cafe located right on Key West’s Southernmost Beach (as the name implies 😆). I recommend swinging by at sunset to buy some drinks or an appetizer to share and soak in the beautiful views of Key West’s famous sunset (that is, if you’ve already experienced Key West’s famous sunset celebration on a different night).

The Cafe

  • Price: $$
  • Type of food: Healthy Eats
  • Street: Southard Street
  • Diet: Vegan and Gluten-free options (specified on menu)

The Cafe is a chill, mostly vegetarian eatery adorned with local art and is every healthy-eaters dream in Key West. Although meat is served, the menu is specifically labeled with vegan/gluten-free items (I wish everywhere did this!).

Front door of "The Cafe" restaurant with blue tiles and outdoor seating. The Cafe is a good choice for healthy Key West foodPhoto: The Cafe KW

I only recently found out about The Cafe, but it’s at the top of my list for places to eat in Key West next time I visit. And if you are looking, this is the place to pick up your vegan Key Lime Pie!

Sunset Pier

  • Price: $$
  • Type of food: Caribbean/American
  • Street: Pier at 0 Duval

Sunset Pier has a small menu of what you may call ‘bar food’. However, that doesn’t matter because I recommend visiting for a perfect place to watch the sunset (or for front-row seats to the annual Key West Speed Boat Races).

You can order some Key Lime Pie or some drinks and soak in the amazing waterfront views, listen to local music, and sit under the adorable twinkle lights at night.

Latitudes Restaurant

  • Price: $$$
  • Type of food: American/Caribbean
  • Street: Sunset Key (private island short ferry ride from Front Street)
  • Diet: Vegan and gluten-free options

I’m not usually one for fancy-pants restaurants (like, ever). However, I make an exception for Latitudes. And here’s why:

Latitudes Restaurant is located on a private island called Sunset Key which is just a 7-minute boat ride from Key West. It is home to the posh Sunset Key Cottages, beautiful white sandy beaches with palm-frond umbrellas, hammocks, and gorgeous views. No one is allowed to hang out on Sunset Key UNLESS they are staying at Sunset Key Cottages (we are talking about spending over $1,000 per night for a one-bedroom cottage), OR if they have dining reservations at Latitudes.

When you make dining reservations, you board a small boat off Front Street in Key West at your reservation time (you are not allowed to go over early). However, after your meal at Latitudes, you can catch any boat back to Key West.

I recommend making breakfast or lunch reservations to avoid the insanely-priced dinner menu (you’ll still be spending around $20 per plate for lunch). And definitely ask to be seated out on the patio for amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico.

The dress code for lunch (so fancy, I know) is just casual. However, attire for dinner is ‘country club casual’ with no tank tops or cover-ups.

Mo’s Restaurant

  • Price: $$
  • Type of food: Creole, Haitian and Caribbean
  • Street: White Street
  • Diet: Gluten-free and vegetarian options

For some true Haitian Creole comfort food, check out Mo’s Creole. Mo’s is a homey, hole-in-the-wall establishment with rich Haitian dishes. If you are looking to get away from the sometimes touristy feeling downtown Key West, head over to Mo’s for an experience trying food you’ve maybe never tried before!

Be sure to check out their rice and beans with their delicious Creole sauce!

Jimmy Buffett’s Original Margaritaville

  • Price: $$
  • Type of food: American/Caribbean
  • Street: Duval Street
  • Diet: Gluten-free options

I mainly recommend Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville if you are a self-proclaimed Parrothead (aka a Hawaiian shirt, flip-flop-wearing Jimmy Buffett fan 😁). Key West was Jimmy Buffett’s first Margaritaville location which opened in 1985 after the soaring success of his song, ‘Margaritaville’ released in 1977.

The food covers your basics with fish tacos and burgers, and definitely a fun time if you’re looking for some great Jimmy Buffett nostalgia!

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Best food to eat on a day-trip from Key West

Even though these eateries aren’t TECHNICALLY in Key West, they are still so worth mentioning. The following places are located up the Florida Keys either in Islamorada or Marathon and they are totally worth a stop on your drive down the Overseas Highway from Miami or on a day trip from Key West.

Porky’s Bayside Marina

  • Price: $$
  • Type of food: BBQ
  • Street: Marathon, Florida (1 hour from Key West)

Porky’s Bayside is a cute open-air restaurant located right on a marina in Marathon, Florida. It is known as a BBQ restaurant, however, what I recommend is the fried Key Lime Pie. This is because I’m a firm believer that when in Key West, you need to try as much Key Lime Pie as possible! And I mean, where else can you get fried PIE?

Fried Key Lime Pie is one of the best things to eat in the Florida Keys

You can make Porky’s a break on your drive through the Florida Keys, or take a little day trip from Key West!

Hungry Tarpon Restaraunt

  • Price: $$
  • Type of food: Carribean/American
  • Location: Robbies of Islamorada (Islamorada, Florida) 1.5 hours from Key West

The Hungry Tarpon at Robbie’s is the quintessential, laid-back, Florida Keys eating experience. It is located at Robbie’s Marina which is a perfect stop on a Florida Keys roadtrip or a day-trip from Key West.

The patio area is located right on the water, has gorgeous views and afterwards you can hang out in the marina to feed the tarpon and enjoy the cute shops.

You can enjoy a variety of delicious food like fresh fish (of course), sandwiches and wraps. And if you head out on a fishing excursion, they will even ‘cook your catch’!

Charli’s Shave Ice at Robbie’s of Islamorada

  • Price: $
  • Type of food: Dessert
  • Location: Robbies of Islamorada (Islamorada, Florida) 1.5 hours from Key West
  • Diet: Gluten-free and vegetarian options

If you’re looking for a pitstop on your way to Key West or a yummy treat to after a crazy, fun time feeding the tarpon at Robbie’s, check out Charli’s Shave Ice. Charli’s is a newer addition to the fun atmosphere of Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada.

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They feature shave ice similar to what you would find in Hawaii (shaved, not crushed ice) and if you desire, you can get it with ice cream or sweetened condensed milk!

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