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18 Best Restaurants in Key West

Key West Alonzo's Oyster Bar

The best restaurants in Key West range from beach bars, tiki huts, and food trucks to fine dining, casual eateries, and waterfront gathering places. Most are in open-air settings with the tropical ambiance of ceiling fans, weathered wood, nautical décor, colorful art, and even thatched rooftops (gotta love those thatched rooftops in the tropics). Add in the extras of live music, top-notch entertainment, a Friday night jam session, and stunning waterfront views, and you’ve got a meal to remember.

With its location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, super fresh seafood like Key West pink shrimp, hogfish, grouper, tuna, and conch fritters are a given while in Key West (and the Florida Keys in general). Not into seafood? Not a problem! The best food in Key West includes Spanish, Cuban, and Caribbean influences that come across in entrees like Cuban ropa vieja, traditional Spanish fare, Asian favorites, pizza and pasta, and a bevy of breakfast options at world-famous brunch-centric restaurants.

Whether you’re in town for a honeymoon, family vacation, or girls’ getaway, be sure to check out a few of our suggestions for the best restaurants in Key West. We’ve thought of everything from breakfast, brunch, and lunch to happy hour, dinner, and a midnight (or 2 am) snack. Don’t forget the decadent desserts and refreshing treats like frozen key lime pie, smoothies, creative cocktails, craft beer flights, and Cuban coffee.

18 Best Restaurants in Key West

1. A&B Lobster House/Alonzo’s Oyster Bar

Key West Alonzo's Oyster Bar
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Address: 700 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040

Open since 1947, Alonzo’s is located right on the water at A&B Marina. The two-story structure was the collaboration of friends Alonzo Cothron and Berlin Felton.

The building was originally a fish house where the boats would pull right up and toss over the day’s catch. At that time, the harbor was once filled with shrimp boats. Now, the restaurant boasts luxury yachts and stunning sunset views.

A&B Lobster House, located upstairs, is the fine dining and linen tablecloth side of the place. Steak selections and both Maine and Florida lobster are featured in menu items like lobster Thermidor, lobster bisque, grilled lobster tail, crab cakes, grilled octopus, seafood risotto, Australian wagyu ribeye, lobster rolls, filet mignon, butter poached lobster, and surf and turf.

Situated downstairs, Alonzo’s is the casual raw bar and lunch…

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