Located on the island of Key Largo in the upper Florida Keys, the eponymously named town is named for the Spanish word ‘Cayo Largo,’ which means ‘long key.’ The first of the Florida Keys and the self-proclaimed Dive Capital of the World is home to the world's largest artificial reef, gin-clear waters, and spectacular beaches, and the world-renowned Everglades National Park is a short drive away. When it comes to romantic wining and dining, the seaside town has some excellent restaurants, cafés, and eateries, and here they are. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Bayside Grille & Sunset Bar
© Bayside Grille & Sunset Bar
Located in the Bayside Inn Key Largo, the Bayside Grille and Sunset Bar is an elevated, open-air restaurant offering expansive views and excellent cuisine with a casual and relaxed vibe. The bright and airy restaurant serves fresh seafood dishes of fish, shellfish and other marine delights, along with delicious steaks grilled to perfection, housemade pasta and sauces, fresh salads, and vegetarian options. A full-service bar offers a variety of libations from craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, casual wines from around the world, and creative cocktails. The Bayside Grille and Sunset Bar is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
99540 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, Phone: 305-451-3380
2.DiGiorgio's Cafe Largo
© DiGiorgio's Cafe Largo
DiGiorgio’s Cafe Largo is an old-school family-run trattoria that serves authentic Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Owned and operated by the DiGiorgio family, the family-friendly restaurant that serves both classic and contemporary Italian cuisine from both the Northern and Southern regions of the country with starters of antipasti, tomato bruschetta, fresh Caprese salads, and oven-baked focaccia. Entrées range from housemade pasta with traditional red sauces, prime meat and chicken dishes, fresh seafood and fish, and homemade desserts, and the cuisine is paired with a variety of casual wines from Italy and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. DiGiorgio’s Cafe Largo is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
99530 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, Phone: 305-451-4885
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Sushi meets ceviche at SuViche, a Japanese-Peruvian restaurant that serves an eclectic menu of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine in a cozy space with a charming patio. The buzzing eatery specializes in fresh sushi and sashimi, ceviche and pisco, prepared using fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, along with sautéed Peruvian specialties. The cuisine is paired with made-to-order cocktails and infusions with fresh herbs, fruits, and spices such as Signature Pisco Sours, Kentucky Sours, and Jasmine Vines, as well as a variety of casual wines and craft beers by the bottle. Guests can enjoy live music and entertainment in the evenings and get a free tattoo on arrival. SuViche is open for lunch and dinner daily.
401 E Las Olas Blvd Suite 150, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, Phone: 954-656-3663
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4.Old Tavernier Restaurant & Lounge
© Old Tavernier Restaurant & Lounge
Old Tavernier Restaurant & Lounge is a casual beachside restaurant that serves Mediterranean cuisine with Italian and Greek specialties in a relaxed, laid-back setting. The elevated eatery and bar have a beautiful dining room with contemporary décor, a cozy patio and a covered terrace overlooking the nearby marina. The restaurant serves a seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare with global flavors such as appetizers of blackened shrimp cocktail, buffalo mozzarella, fried calamari, seared ahi tuna, and spanakopita. Entrées of New York strip au Poivre with brandy green peppercorn demi-glace scallops de Provence, and eggplant parmesan and the cuisine is accompanied by a variety of libations from craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, casual wines from around the world, and creative cocktails. Old Tavernier Restaurant & Lounge is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
90311 Old Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070, Phone: 305-852-6012
Located at Mile Marker 100, Skipper's Dockside is an oceanfront oasis in the seaside town that specializes in fresh seafood, creative cocktails, and live music. Based in a historic building with exteriors that reflect a 1940's original filling station and an old-fashioned Ice-House and a tiki hut with an enormous with a full-size bar facing the marina. Charming interiors are decorated in a faux-old style, and the restaurant serves a seasonal seafood-centric menu of dishes like Ceviche of The Day, Crab & Lobster Cake, Crispy Calamari, Herb-Roasted Chicken, and Shrimp Po’ Boys. A full-service bar offers a variety of libations from craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, casual wines from around the world, and creative cocktails. Skipper's Dockside is open for lunch and dinner, seven nights a week.
528 Caribbean Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037, Phone: 305-453-9794
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6.Snook's Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki
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Snook's Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki is a casual beachside restaurant and bar that is the perfect place to head to for relaxing over classic cocktails and watching the sunset. The restaurant hosts a Sunset Celebration by sounding a horn as the sun sinks below the horizon and all guests receive a complimentary drilled coconut drink to sip in celebration. Boasting a 5,000 square foot paver patio right on the water with lush tropical greenery and tiki torches, and a granite-topped bamboo bar, the New Grand Tiki Bar is the spot to be every evening. Snook's Bayside Restaurant serves a menu of seasonal, locally sourced cuisine ranging from fresh seafood to prime steaks for lunch and dinner which can be enjoyed in the dining room or the comfortable lounge. Snook's Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
99470 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, Phone: 305-453-5004
7.Sol by the Sea
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Located in the luxurious Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection, Sol by the Sea is a coastal-chic restaurant that serves Caribbean-inspired dishes with Bohemian influences against a backdrop of breathtaking sunset views. Resting on the edge of the pier overlooking the water, the rustic, charming beach shack-style restaurant is decorated in pastel tones and has white-washed tables, driftwood benches, and fresh tropical Caribbean beats. Creative cocktails are the order of the day to watch the sunset, before tucking into a seasonal menu of fresh seafood and salads, prime steaks and chicken dishes, vegetarian options and hearty sides. The full-service bar serves a variety of casual wines from around the world, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. Sol by the Sea is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
97450 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, Phone: 305-853-1001
Renowned for being the best spot in the cays for watching the sherbet-hue sunsets, Sundowners restaurant is a casual, seafront eatery and bar with a spectacular glass-walled dining room overlooking the water. Established in 1985, the airy, spacious restaurant serves seasonal dishes of fresh sustainably-caught key lime seafood and locally-caught fish, such as lump crabmeat, sautéed shrimp and lobster, and lobster bisque, along with prime steaks and chops, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, and several vegetarian options. Weekly specials include all-you-can-eat fish fry Fridays and prime rib Saturdays, and a variety of drinks from craft beers, casual wines, and exotic cocktails can be enjoyed on the covered deck, or tropical patio overlooking Florida Bay. Sundowners is open for lunch and dinner daily.
103900 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, Phone: 305-451-4502
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9.The Buzzard's Roost Restaurant
© The Buzzard's Roost Restaurant
Located in the Garden Cove Marina, the Buzzards Roost Restaurant is a seafood-centric eatery set next to the water with beautiful views that promises a relaxing and laid-back dining experience. Enjoy a drink on the waterfront patio from the tiki bar while listening to live music before heading into the elegantly decorated restaurant to tuck into dishes of fresh seafood and wild-caught fish, fresh salads and appetizers, succulent steaks, and pasta dishes. Signature dishes include fish tacos, fried shrimp basket, and a variety of homemade ice cream for dessert, and a variety of libations from craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, casual wines from around the world, and creative cocktails are served from the bar. Buzzards Roost Restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and live music is hosted on most Friday and Saturday nights and steel drums during Sunday brunch.
21 Garden Cove Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037, Phone: 305-453-3746
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10.The Fish House Encore
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The Fish House Encore is a popular seafood restaurant and fish market that focuses on locally caught seafood fare. The stalwart restaurant prides itself on serving a variety of fresh seafood and prime steaks that have been wild-caught and naturally-raised with catch-of-the-day fish being cooked in a variety of ways from blackened, chargrilled, broiled, jerked and fried. Off-season specials include all-you-can-eat mahi-mahi, snow crab, and peel 'n' eat shrimp, and diners can tuck into the delicious fare in the comfortable dining room or on the outdoor patio which features a soothing fountain. The Fish House Encore is open for lunch and dinner daily, and hosts live piano music Thursday through Sunday.
102401 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, Phone: 305-451-4665
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11.The Key Largo Conch House Restaurant & Coffee Bar
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Key Largo Conch House Restaurant & Coffee Bar is a casual, family-owned, and operated restaurant that serves homestyle seafood and other New American cuisine in a beautiful garden setting. The environmentally friendly restaurant focuses on serving only sustainable, locally-caught or sourced, and naturally-raised produce, with seasonal dishes of fresh seafood and wild-caught fish, fresh salads and appetizers, succulent steaks, and pasta dishes. Featuring a tranquil garden with a lovely verandah and a resident parrot, the restaurant is an excellent spot for romantic dinners or special celebrations. The adjacent coffee bar serves freshly brewed coffee and sweet pastries for breakfast, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
100211 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, Phone: 305-453-4844
11 Best Restaurants in Key Largo, FL
- Bayside Grille & Sunset Bar, Photo: Bayside Grille & Sunset Bar
- DiGiorgio's Cafe Largo, Photo: DiGiorgio's Cafe Largo
- SuViche, Photo: Drobot Dean/stock.adobe.com
- Old Tavernier Restaurant & Lounge, Photo: Old Tavernier Restaurant & Lounge
- Skipper's Dockside, Photo: hkt83000/stock.adobe.com
- Snook's Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki, Photo: Snook's Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki
- Sol by the Sea, Photo: Sol by the Sea
- Sundowners, Photo: Sundowners
- The Buzzard's Roost Restaurant, Photo: The Buzzard's Roost Restaurant
- The Fish House Encore, Photo: The Fish House Encore
- The Key Largo Conch House Restaurant & Coffee Bar, Photo: The Key Largo Conch House Restaurant & Coffee Bar
- Cover Photo: Najah/stock.adobe.com
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