If you are into good seafood, there are few places in Florida better than Key West when it comes to fresh seafood. Being that Key West is really the only island in Florida to get seafood, it makes sense that they would have the best and freshest seafood in the state. Many of the best seafood restaurants here are typical dive type bars and restaurants with great food, cold beer, and a laid back atmosphere. But, if you are in the mood for something a little more upscale and romantic, there are a number of fine dining seafood restaurants as well.
Boasting a casual atmosphere, indoor and outdoor dining, the freshest seafood and coldest beer, Crabby Dick’s is on Key West’s lively Duval Street. Sports buffs can keep up with their favorite teams and people watchers can snag a prime spot on the oversized open air veranda. The onsite Rhumba bar offers an array of cocktails, in addition to that super chilled beer, live entertainment and dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Address: 712 Duval Street, Key West, Phone: 1 305 294 7229 Web: www.crabbydickskeywest.com
Seven Fish Restaurant
Offering an impressive wine list and an eclectic menu featuring everything from meat loaf to mahi mahi to the freshest sashimi, this blink and you miss it bistro has racked up its share of dining awards, including the highest Zagat Score in the Florida Keys. Once you find your way into this off the main drag, tiny upscale eatery, the inside is surprisingly spacious and smoke free. Comfort food aside, the bistro’s specialty is freshly caught seafood prepared with a variety of Asian influenced spices and sauces.
Address: 632 Olivia Street. Key West, Phone 1 305 296 2777
A & B Lobster House (Alonzo & Berlin’s)
Opening in 1947, this long time local tradition is located downtown overlooking Key West Blight. Featuring prime steaks, locally caught seafood as well as imported lobsters from Maine and throughout Florida, guests can enjoy their meal on the outside wraparound balcony or inside surrounded by floor to ceiling glass. The restaurant actually looks deceptively like a resorted riverboat, adding to the nostalgic, southern experience. After dinner, guests can wander into Berlin’s Cocktail and Cigar Bar and mingle with the locals. Mindful of an English gentleman’s pub, the deep leather chairs are comfy and the waterfront views enchanting. Address: 700 Front Street, Key West
Phone: 1 305 294 5880
Half Shell Raw Bar
Housed in a one time shrimp packing building on Key West Bight, this casual restaurant not only offers chilled oysters on the half shell, but an assortment of entrees featuring clams, shrimp, crab and a local favorite, conch. Enjoy your selection steamed, grilled or fried or even with a hint of spice. BBQ Baby Back Ribs and burgers are available for the seafood challenged. Be sure to try the Cuban bread and the tangy Key Lime Pie.
Address: 231 Margaret Street, Key West Phone: 1 305 294 7496
Pisces, Key West
Located in the historic Old Town district in a building that dates back to 1892, this seafood haven is home to both creatively prepared cuisine and artistic works of the great Andy Warhol. Once known as the Café Des Artistes, the menu is full of creative entrées such as Saki Glazed Ahi Tuna, Pisces Aphrodite (seafood in puff pastry) and the signature dish, Lobster Tango Mango. The dining room is clean lined contemporary, definitely upscale and a truly romantic gem. Address: 1007 Simonton Street, Key West Phone: 1 305 294 7100
Two Friends Patio Restaurant
Looking for an evening out on the town that combines great seafood, tropical island drinks, live entertainment and the embarrassingly popular musical sport of karaoke? Two Friends, one of the last of the original Old Town Key West restaurants, offers all of this in their casual open air patio affair. Time travel back to 1967 while you sample fresh local seafood, or if you so choose, char grilled steaks and ribs. Up early? Two Friends is open for breakfast starting at 8:00am. Try a twist on a tried and true favorite, Crab Benedict. Address: 512 Front Street, Phone 1 305 296 3124
Conch Republic Seafood Company
Specializing in Caribbean entrees created from the bounty of local waters and boasting the largest Rum Bar between Miami and Cuba (80 feet long with over 80 different brands of rum) this restaurant is a bit of a time capsule. It is a reminder of what the Historic Seaport of Key West used to look like. The dining area is covered, yet open air with views of the marina from almost every seat. Lazy spinning ceiling fans, dated light fixtures and an antique twelve hundred pound copper still complete the effect. The adjacent Conch Farm Research and Educational Foundation, Inc. is a working laboratory and museum, designed to both educate the public about the local wildlife and the effort to preserve it. Address: 631 Greene Street, Key West, Phone: 1 305 294 4403
B O’s Fish Wagon
Seemingly constructed of washed up planks and pilings and adorned with yards of well worn buoys and woven sea lines, this hole in the wall, mind blowing trip back to the 1960’s has the reputation for some of the best fish sandwiches in town. Serving beer and wine and with wallet friendly prices, this hidden gem will surprise you. No credit cards. Address: 801 Caroline Street, Key West Phone 1 305 294 9272