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.
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
3. Lazy Lobster Seafood Restaurant
© Lazy Lobster Seafood Restaurant
Serving up the freshest fish and seafood in town, Lazy Lobster Seafood Restaurant gets consistently good reviews. The setting is perfect for an alfresco Florida Keys dining in the colorful tropical courtyard (or indoors if the weather is not co-operating). While the emphasis is on freshly-caught fish and seafood, Lazy Lobster also accommodates those who prefer meat, chicken and vegetarian cuisine. Just a few of their delicious appetizers include Fried Cracked Conch, Fresh Oysters (Rockefeller or Moscow) and Wasabi Crusted Seared Tuna. You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to the entrees which include Lobster (prepared in multiple ways), Catch-of-the-Day, Ribeye Steaks and much more. They also offer a “cook your catch” service.
102770 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, 305 451 0565
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
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5. Skipper's Dockside
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
6. Snook's Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki
© Snook's Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki
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
© Sol by the Sea
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
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
10. The Fish House Encore
© The Fish House Encore
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
11. The Key Largo Conch House Restaurant & Coffee Bar
© The Key Largo Conch House Restaurant & Coffee Bar
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
12. Snappers Oceanfront Restaurant and Bar
© Snappers Oceanfront Restaurant and Bar
Snappers Oceanfront Restaurant and Bar embodies the spirit of the Florida Keys and has a staunch following of regulars who keep returning to enjoy a uniquely “Keys” dining experience. It would be hard to beat the location of the restaurant which is directly on the water’s edge and has an on-site marina offering a variety of fun motorized water sports.
The fish-forward menu offers exactly what you want to eat in Key Largo, featuring a long list of delicious sharing plates, a raw bar, soups, salads and signature entrees. There are a limited number of non-fish dishes and Snappers will happily cook and serve your own catch.
Mile Marker 94.5, 139 Seaside Ave, Key Largo, FL 33037, 305 852 5956
13. Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen II
© Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen II
The original Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen started off in a modest way in 1976, when it was one of very few places where you could get a meal on the island. Some of the original recipes are still favorites today although they have been joined by many popular new-comers. The new restaurant has managed to maintain the classic Keys atmosphere and has won several awards. Open from 11am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen II serves lunch and dinner but you can catch breakfast at the original Mrs. Mac’s, located just 500mt north.
House favorites include Classic Fish of the Day, Southwest Fish Tacos and Grilled or Blackened Yellow Fin Tuna.
99020 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, 305 451 6227
14. Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Cafe
The Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Café is a waterfront restaurant/café where you can enjoy marina views as you feast on the freshest local fish and seafood. The café is family owned and operated and has been perfecting the art of seafood cuisine for many decades. Appetizers include all your favorites like Peel and Eat Shrimp, Coconut Shrimp and Ceviche. These are followed by a choice of soups, salads and sandwiches. Entrees include a variety of “boats” – your favorite fish or seafood served with slaw and a side of your choice. Before you leave you can stock up on more succulent fresh seafood to prepare at home from their Market Menu.
1313 Ocean Bay Drive, Key Largo, FL 33037, 305 451 3784
15. Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill
© Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill
Billed as “the hottest spot in the keys to cool off”, Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill serves up delicious Keys cuisine with a bonus of stunning sunset views. More than just a restaurant, the Big Chill offers accommodation and a resort-style pool with private cabanas where members of the Big Chill Club can completely chill out while enjoying fabulous views. They host a popular Happy Hour every weekday from 4 – 7 pm when drinks and certain menu items are discounted. The main menu will delight your taste buds with the fresh and vibrant flavors of the ocean served up in a variety of mouth-watering dishes. There are also good choices for those who do not eat fish.
104000 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, 305 453 9066
16. Upper Crust Pizza
© Upper Crust Pizza
Everyone knows that pizza and craft beer is a match made in heaven. In Key Large, Upper Crust Pizza is the place to go to enjoy both gourmet pizzas and the largest selection of craft beers in the Upper Keys. The restaurant has been serving their particular take on pizza and beer since 1987 and regulars go back time and again. While their gourmet pizzas are their main claim to fame, they also serve appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta dinners. The pizzas come in three different sizes to suit all appetites and you can choose a regular or an extra thin base and build your own specialty pizza pie.
101611 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, 305 451 4188
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17. Harriette’s Restaurant
© Harriette’s Restaurant
Harriette’s Restaurant has been a Key Largo institution since 1982 and nobody leaves the Keys without stopping by for breakfast, lunch or an enormous muffin (or two) to take away.
Harriette’s breakfasts are legendary and you will find it hard to choose between all the delicious dishes available. These include several with a distinct Keys twist, like their Conch Benedict and their Bahamian-style Conch Fritters. Lunch items include salads, soups, burgers and sandwiches as well as pastas, toasts and desserts. The famous Harriett’s Muffins currently come in 29 flavors and a few gluten free options are available. The Restaurant also sells delicious large-portion meals to eat at home.
95710 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, 305 852 8689
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