Island breezes, cotton-candy colored sunsets, and stunning views of the harbor make Key West an ideal place for couples to rekindle the spark. Key West restaurants serve locally sourced seafood caught daily. Diners will have their choice of cuisines, from traditional Floridian recipes and Caribbean flavors to international fare all the way from Latin America and Italy. Drink menus feature island-inspired cocktails made with local rums and world-class spirits along with extensive wine lists. Finish off a meal with decadent dessert to find out who makes the island’s best Key Lime pie.
© Bistro 245
Located at the Key West Margaritaville Resort, Bistro 245 gives diners a chance to fill their bellies while taking in majestic views of Key West Harbor. Couples who prefer can also cool off and enjoy a meal in the indoor dining room. Bistro 245 serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with special holiday menus for Easter and the like. Comforting pasta dishes, steaks cooked to perfection, or fresh seafood all appear on the menu. Guests can also treat themselves to a bottle of bubbly at the Sunday brunch which comes with complimentary champagne service. The drinks menu covers wines from around the world and handcrafted cocktails.
245 Front Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-294-4000
2.A & B Lobster House
© A & B Lobster House
At the A & B Lobster House, couples delight in a romantic meal while admiring boats parked at the marina. The restaurant specializes in serving fresh seafood. Date night dinner can start off with a decadent lobster and jumbo lump crab cake. A & B also has a choice of soups and salads like New England Clam Chowder or Caesar salad. A butter poached Florida lobster tail stands out as one of several mouth-watering mains on the menu. Diners that want something other than seafood can also pick from several steak entrees. The A & B Lobster House opens daily for dinner from 5:30 PM to 10 PM.
700 Front Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-294-5880
© Prime Steakhouse
Meat-lovers can get their fix at Prime Steakhouse. A full-bodied red from the wine list or expertly-crafted martini will pair perfectly with one of Prime’s sirloin, prime cuts, or filets. Those who prefer seafood can order a plate of shellfish like jumbo lump crab cake or oysters Rockefeller. Side options like truffled macaroni and smoked gouda come served a-la-carte to compliment a New York Strip or other entree selection. Prime Steakhouse opens for dinner nightly between 6 PM to 10 PM. Customers can make reservations online or by phone. The restaurant recommends guests to dress “island casual” for dinner attire.
951 Caroline Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-296-4000
Couples looking a romantic Sunday Brunch, a charming afternoon meal, or a lovely dinner can wine and dine at Antonia’s Key West. The restaurant serves classic Italian favorites such as a range of meats, handmade pastas, and fresh fish. The menu has an especially large selection of seafood dishes made with shrimp, calamari, littleneck clams, lobster, snapper, and more. Diners can finish it off with a decadent dessert like tiramisu or key lime pie. The award-winning restaurant has earned many distinctions including the Wine Spectator Award for its outstanding wine list. Antonia’s opens daily from 11 AM to 10 PM. Guests can conveniently reserve a table on the restaurant’s website.
615 Duval Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-294-6565
© Azur Restaurant
Located in Old Town Key West, Azur Restaurant serves up a range of delectable Mediterranean dishes. The dining establishment has a shaded outdoor terrace and recently remodeled dining room perfect for a romantic daytime meal or a chance to share an intimate dinner. It's over, Michael Mosi, originates from Pittsburgh, PA and has Italian and Hungarian roots. He studied culinary arts in both the United States and Europe. After moving to Key West, he combines his unique cooking background with local recipes and ingredients. Azur hosts brunch every day from 9 AM to 3 PM and re-opens for dinner from 5:30 PM to 10 PM.
425 Grinnell Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-292-2987
Winner of the 2018 Diners’ Choice Award, Bagatelle Island Restaurant near Mallory Square sits centrally in downtown Key West, Florida. The restaurant’s building alone makes this place worth a visit. Guests can admire the historic 19th-century mansion that became a restaurant in 1979. The facility’s outdoor space sets the stage for the perfect romantic evening while indulging in a range of American-Caribbean style dishes and listening to live music. Perhaps couples would prefer a charming brunch, available 7 days a week at Bagatelle. Executive Chef, David Zingg, has a diverse culinary background cooking Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Hawaiian foods which lends itself to the adventurous menu.
115 Duval Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-296-6609
7.Bliss Restaurant Key West
© Bliss Restaurant Key West
Serving up only the freshest ingredients, Bliss Restaurant Key West invites couples to enjoy homemade seafood and Latin fusion cuisine. The establishment makes diners feel right at home. The menu consists of a few different Columbian cooking styles. Hogao mixes stir-fried meats, eggs, vegetables, and soup. Those who like it spicy can try the aji hot sauce. Deep fried plantains and potatoes satisfy hungry guests. Bliss also has its own sangria recipes made with a combination of mango, passion fruit, and pineapple. The Key West restaurant opens for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has a full wine and drinks menu.
411 Petronia Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-240-1281
© Cafe Marquesa
Earning the distinction as one of Zagat’s best-rated restaurants in all of Key West, Cafe Marquesa attracts locals and tourists alike. The kitchen specializes in contemporary American dishes. For a romantic meal, couples can take their pick of fresh seafoods, seared meats, and homemade breads. Cafe Marquesa’s chefs adapt the menu seasonally so as to serve only the freshest ingredients. Those looking to share a few drinks in a charming setting can sit at the bar for small plates or a chance to sample the extensive wine list. Marquesa’s team includes Chef Graham trained under the late, great Anthony Bourdain.
600 Fleming Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-292-1244
© Cafe Sole
Chef John Correa opened Cafe Sole with his wife Judy in 1995. The delectable menu showcases Chef Correa’s background in French cooking in combination with locally-sourced fresh seafood. Diners who don’t eat meat will have plenty of options as Cafe Sole has a dedicated vegetarian menu. That won’t exclude meat-lovers either as the kitchen serves up bacon-wrapped dates, conch carpaccio, crab cakes, grilled shrimp, and other protein-packed plates. The dessert menu will satisfy any sweet tooth with mouth-watering treats including, of course, Key lime pie. The off-the-beaten-path establishment has won many awards including a vote as the best food in the Florida Keys by Zagat Magazine.
1029 Southard Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-294-0230
10.Grand Cafe Key West
© Grand Cafe Key West
Located centrally on Duval Street nearby quirky shops and art galleries, Grand Cafe Key West serves up fresh seafood and steaks cooked to perfection. The Grand Cafe opens daily from 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM. Couples can come in for happy hour to enjoy special discounts on drinks and food. The pre-set dinner specials give early birds a chance for a delicious meal as the sun goes down. Lunch and dinner dishes cover a range of tastes and appetites, from small plates like conch fritters and spicy mussels to generous portions of seafood pasta and roasted veal shank.
314 Duval Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-292-4740
11.Hot Tin Roof
© Hot Tin Roof
American playwright, Tennessee Williams, spent plenty of his days in Key West, and Hot Tin Roof pays homage to one of the man’s most famous works, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Hot Tin Roof describes their fare as “conch-fusion” mixing together elements of traditional Floridian cuisine with Caribbean cooking styles. The restaurant forms part of the Ocean Key Resort & Spa giving diners outstanding views of Key West Harbor. Hand-painted murals and whimsical statues create an artsy vibe. The kitchen opens for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. The drinks menu consists of an extensive wine list, handcrafted and classic cocktails, and specialty beers.
0 Duval Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-296-7701
12.La Trattoria Restaurant
© La Trattoria Restaurant
Since 1983, La Trattoria Restaurant has satiated diners with classic Italian dishes and fine wines. Today, La Trattoria has two locations: in Oceanside and Old Town. The original, in Old Town, sits conveniently on the bustling Duval Street in Key West. Those who love a good cocktail should try one of their famous martinis. In addition to traditional Italian dishes, chefs incorporate fresh, local seafood like Mahi and hogfish. A romantic evening wouldn’t be complete without live music, and La Trattoria hosts entertainment 7 nights a week, from blues and rock to jazz and Latin. Things heat up at night and a relaxing meal could turn into a dance party.
524 Duval Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-296-1075
© Latitude's Restaurant
OpenTable called it the “#1 Best Overall Restaurant in Key West”. Latitude’s also earned its place on the list of The Most Romantic Restaurants in America in 2019. Lovers looking to rekindle the spark can sit back in one of Sunset Key Cottage’s iconic restaurants. The fine-dining establishment perfects island-style cooking with locally-sourced seafood. Seasonal menus ensure only the freshest ingredients. The restaurant crafts its own white and golden raw rum. Latitude’s Restaurant has a slight dress code, requesting “country club casual” for dinner attire. The restaurant opens for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Latitude’s Restaurant requires reservations, and guests can book online through OpenTable.
245 Front Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-292-5300
© Little Pearl
Couples can escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Key West in this intimate setting. The Little Pearl wine bar and fish house hosts guests in a contemporary style bar and dining room. Little Pearl has an outstanding selection of wines along with sake. Seafood lovers should come in for dinner and take their pick of scallops, squid, octopus, clams, caviar, and oysters. The entree selection showcases local fish like the sauteed snapper, grilled swordfish, or grilled wahoo. Patrons can finish off their meal with something sweet like pannacotta made with red wine berry syrup or one of several port wines.
632 Olivia Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-204-4762
© Louie's Backyard
Supported by raving reviews in Zagat and other reputable review sites, Louie’s Backyard has become a favorite among locals and tourists to enjoy a romantic meal with oceanfront views. The restaurant first opened in 1971 when Louie Signorelli’s oceanfront Victorian home converted into Louie’s Backyard restaurant. The dining establishment renovated the entire building over the years and has become listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Chef Doug Shook has served as the head of the kitchen for 30 years developing delicious Caribbean-American dishes. Louie’s Backyard opens for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch and also has a cafe open in the evenings.
700 Waddell Avenue, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-294-1061
© Michaels Restaurant
Nestled in the Old Town district of Key West, Michaels Restaurant gives couples a chance to escape the crowds and enjoy a romantic meal in a quiet, residential area. Michael Wilson and his wife opened the restaurant in 1997 before moving to the current location 16 years ago. What makes this place so different from any other fish house on the island? Michaels has a mouth-watering fondue menu with choices like beer cheese and hot chili pepper fondue. The signature drink menu elevates classics like it’s Cadillac Margarita or Margaret St. Daiquiri. Michaels Restaurants opens for dinner every evening at 5:30 PM.
532 Margaret Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-295-1300
17.New York Pasta Garden
© New York Pasta Garden
The New York Pasta Garden brings a piece of the Big Apple down to Key West. A regular hang-out for locals, The New York Pasta Garden serves up classic Italian dishes. Guests can dine on huge family-style portions of baked and classic pastas, fresh seafood, and BBQ ribs or chicken. House entrees include hearty dishes of veal, steak, and chicken. The restaurant’s owner, Big John, moved from New York before opening his restaurant 25 years ago. He brings his passion for Italian cooking to a gorgeous island setting. Couples in town for a romantic holiday shouldn’t pass up a meal at this Key West favorite.
1075 Duval Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-292-1991
18.Nine One Five
© Nine One Five
In between admiring the art galleries and window shopping, couples can share a romantic meal at Nine One Five Restaurant and Bar at 915 Duval Street for lunch or dinner. Shareable dishes like the artisan cheese plate or clams and spicy chorizo make the perfect choice for two. The kitchen serves up homemade pastas like filet mignon ravioli and shrimp fettuccine. The dinner menu includes a mouth-watering raw selection like ceviche, wild salmon tartare, and beef carpaccio. Chef Brendan Orr brings his experience cooking on the island for over 20 years, highlighting the best ingredients that Key West has to offer.
915 Duval Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-296-0669
19.Roof Top Cafe
© Roof Top Café
Zagat listed the Roof Top Cafe as one of the 8 Hottest Restaurants in Key West. The award-winning eatery has remained a staple of the island for over 30 years. Couples in town looking for a romantic lunch, dinner, or to sit for some drinks can easily get to the cafe by walking from the famous Mallory Square. The upper-level patio provides an opportunity to enjoy the sunshine or share a meal under the stars. The bar serves up wines and beer, but the specialty cocktails and martinis really make this watering hole worth checking out.
308 Front Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-294-2042
© Santiago's Bodega
With locations in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, and Key West, Santiago’s Bodega represents the life long dream turned of founder and operator, Jason Dugan. When designing Santiago’s Bodega, he drew inspiration from Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea, a story about a fisherman. The inviting atmosphere creates a warm, friendly environment for couples to enjoy a meal. Diners sit together at tables made of reclaimed wood while admiring the stained glass doors. Even the outdoor signs come from wood salvaged from Dugan’s childhood home. Menu items consist of cold and hot tapas, soups, and salads drawing from a range of culinary styles.
207 Petronia Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-296-7691
21.Spencer's by the Sea
© Spencer's by the Sea
Guests in town looking for a deliciously prepared steak should head to Spencer’s by the Sea. Located at The Reach Resort, Spencer’s by the Sea serves up seasonal dishes in an elegant establishment right on the waterfront. Couples can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner from the outdoor patio or the inside dining room, all giving relaxing views of the Atlantic Ocean. Favorites include fish tacos, the crab cake sandwich, coconut milk poached wahoo, or the prime rib au jus slow roasted to perfection. Spencer's by the Sea also prepares a weekend brunch with small plates and bloody marys.
1435 Simonton Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-296-5000
22.Sunset Pier at Zero Duval Street
What sounds romantic than a sunset dinner looking out over the waterfront? Sunset Pier at Zero Duval Street provides the ideal atmosphere for dining and drinks with spectacular views of the sun and sea. The casual-style dining establishment consists of the Sunset Pier and Tiki Bar and Grill. Menu items include a range of tropical and Caribbean dishes like coconut shrimp, conch hushpuppies, and seared fish of the day. Sunset Pier also has a raw bar with oysters, stone crab claws, peel and eat shrimp, and tuna tartare. Guests can wash it all down with local lagers or sipping a glass of wine.
0 Duval Street, Ocean Key Resort & Spa, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-296-7701
23.Tavern N Town
© Tavern N Town
For an elegant evening out, the Tavern N Town Restaurant and Bar provides a romantic setting for couples to enjoy a date night. The bountiful menu includes steakhouse classics and fresh seafood. Couples looking for a unique shared experienced can sit at the Tapes Theater Kitchen to watch as Tavern N Town chefs prepare each dish with precision and expertise. The menu also has pizzas, soups, and sides served a-la-carte. The restaurant hosts private parties for special occasions. Tavern N Town forms a part of the Marriott Key West Beachside Resort. Customers can easily make a reservation online or by phone.
3841 North Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-296-8100
24.The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.
© The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.
Those looking to escape the tourist traps in Key West can find a hidden gem at The Flaming Buoy. Diners won’t be able to resist mouth-watering dishes like lobster mac and cheese, pan seared yellow snapper, and bacon wrapped scallops at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. Date night at the Flaming Buoy means indulging in some of America’s best comfort foods. Guests should save room for dessert, too, with decadent menu items like chocolate stout float or banana bread french toast. The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. recently relocated to its new location at 424 Eaton Street, Key West.
1100 Packer Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-295-7970
© Thirsty Mermaid
Fans of oysters and fresh seafood will get their fix at Thirsty Mermaid. This fish house favorite in Key West serves its lunch and dinner menu all day long. The restaurant houses a full raw bar with oysters from both coasts of the United States. The kitchen also rotates the catch of the day ensuring that diners can feast on the freshest fish. The bar will quench thirsty mermaids in other ways with its broad selection of craft beers and wines. Thirsty Mermaid opens daily from 11 AM to 11 PM and hosts $5 plates and pints during happy hour, 4-6 PM daily.
521 Fleming Street, Key West, FL, Phone: 305-204-4828
25 Best Romantic Restaurants in Key West
- Bistro 245, Photo: Bistro 245
- A & B Lobster House, Photo: A & B Lobster House
- Prime Steakhouse, Photo: Prime Steakhouse
- Antonia's, Photo: Antonia's
- Azur Restaurant, Photo: Azur Restaurant
- Bagatelle, Photo: Bagatelle
- Bliss Restaurant Key West, Photo: Bliss Restaurant Key West
- Cafe Marquesa, Photo: Cafe Marquesa
- Cafe Sole, Photo: Cafe Sole
- Grand Cafe Key West, Photo: Grand Cafe Key West
- Hot Tin Roof, Photo: Hot Tin Roof
- La Trattoria Restaurant, Photo: La Trattoria Restaurant
- Latitude's Restaurant, Photo: Latitude's Restaurant
- Little Pearl, Photo: Little Pearl
- Louie's Backyard, Photo: Louie's Backyard
- Michaels Restaurant, Photo: Michaels Restaurant
- New York Pasta Garden, Photo: New York Pasta Garden
- Nine One Five, Photo: Nine One Five
- Roof Top Cafe, Photo: Roof Top Café
- Santiago's Bodega, Photo: Santiago's Bodega
- Spencer's by the Sea, Photo: Spencer's by the Sea
- Sunset Pier at Zero Duval Street, Photo: Ivan/stock.adobe.com
- Tavern N Town, Photo: Tavern N Town
- The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., Photo: The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.
- Thirsty Mermaid, Photo: Thirsty Mermaid
- Cover Photo: WDnet Studio/stock.adobe.com