“My favorite two restaurants in Key West for finer dining are Louie’s Backyard, which has a gorgeous view of the water from the back patio, and Cafe Marquesa (Zagat’s highest rated restaurant in Key West), which is located in a charming old hotel right off Duval Street,” says food and travel writer Sharon Kenny, who is the author of the restaurant guide, “Where Should We Eat? A Food lover’s Recommended Places to Eat and Drink in the Naples Area."
“Seafood is always your best choice if you want fresh,” says Kenny, recommending diners ask the server what’s locally caught.
No matter which fine dining restaurant you choose, be aware of the dinner rush.
“During the winter season these restaurants are probably busy every night so my best advice is try to make reservations for the earliest seating or later, after 8 or 9 if possible,” urges Kenny, noting that when dining later you run the risk of a restaurant running out of specials and catches of the day.
While the Keys’ dress code is typically shorts and sandals, take your look up a few notches when dining at these restaurants. That means swapping your sandals for loafers and your t-shirt for a collared shirt.
Whether you’re looking for seafood, meat or vegetarian fare, fine dining restaurants in the Keys are ready to accommodate. Read on for these fresh selections.