It would take months to sample all the food available in the Florida Keys. From small Cuban delis to high-end gourmet restaurants, the Keys provide visitors with an array of dining options. For guests who don’t want to travel far, a quick walk down Duval Street in Key West will present an overwhelming number of choices. Here is a short list of recommended venues in the Lower Keys;


  • Cafe Marquesa – This intimate 50 seat restaurant has been praised in numerous travel publications (Conde Nast, Travel and Leisure, and Southern Living to name a few) for both its service and American cuisine. It is just one block off Duval Street in Key West and is a must-stop for guests looking for an upscale dining experience.
  • Antonia’s – Antonia’s is another critically acclaimed eatery. This Italian gem is located right in downtown Key West. Known by reputation for both its fine dishes and its consistency, this long-standing favorite is sure to please.
  • Half Shell Raw Bar – Located right on the water in the Key West seaport, the Half Shell Raw Bar serves delicious peel and eat shrimp, clams, oysters, and a wide range of seafood entrees. If you are looking for great seafood and an outstanding, low-key atmosphere, this is the place for you.
  • Sloppy Joe’s Bar – There is no denying that Sloppy Joe’s is a tourist trap, but no trip to Key West is complete without a stop at this legendary watering hole on Duval street. Sloppy Joe’s is all about the atmosphere, and they have done an excellent job creating a memorable experience for guests. You’re sure to enjoy it.


  • The Square Grouper Bar and Grill – This is an outstanding laid-back restaurant that is great for lunch or dinner. It’s a fantastic option for guests looking for a great meal who don’t want to deal with the crowds of downtown Key West.


  • Mangrove Mamas – This restaurant has been around for a long time and has a local feel. It has a lot of history, fun atmosphere, and the food is great. Don’t expect the same dining experience as many of the downtown hotspots because much of the seating is outside and it is not uncommon for a dog to wander through. That being said, it is perfect for true Keys experience and has been serving great food for years.