1) *Louies Backyard -Lunch or dinner. On the water patio. Pricey. Best for sunset.
2) *Marquesa Café – Old Town. Top of the line. Pricey. Read the menu here.
3) *Michaels -Old Town. High-end. Dinner only. Read the menu here.
4) *Antonia’s – A longtime favorite. Stick with dinner. Read the menu here.
5) *Seven Fish– Tucked away and tiny but always a first choice for locals. (Dinner only) Read the menu here.
6) Mangia Mangia– Neat old town location. Moderate price. Italian. (Dinner only) Read the menu here.
7) Pepe’s Café– Three meals daily-all good. Great for roasted oysters, fish, salads, broiled chicken, black bean soup, and pork chops. Moderate prices. Don’t miss Pepe’s!
8) BO’s Fish Wagon– Lunch. Great fish and cracked conch sandwich. Best fries in Key West. Friday night music from 6 to 9. Don’t miss out!
9) Half Shell Raw Bar– Lunch. Best for stone crabs and boiled shrimp. Picnic tables on the water.
10) Chico’s Cantina– 10 minute drive from Old Town. Best Mexican restaurant in the Keys. Lunch or dinner.
11) El Siboney – Old town Cuban. Moderate prices. Revered by local conchs.
12) Banana Café-Breakfast or lunch. Omelets and crepes featured.
13) Blue Heaven– Outdoor eating and super casual. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This is why you came to Key West.
14) Sarabeth’s– Maybe the best run restaurant in Key West. Reasonable prices featuring Key West local fish and macaroni & cheese. Lunch is great inside or out. Arrive early for dinner outside in the little patio. Best salads and Calamari in Key West and reasonable wine by the glass list.
15) La Crêperie-For an authentic French cafe experience. Read my write up on La Crêperie.
16) Hogfish Bar and Grill– Unless you live in Key West, you only find The Hogfish Bar and Grill on a tip. Once there, you’ll know instantly this is a local’s spot, where people who fish eat fish. Hogfish is the way the lower Keys used to be, before all the nightlife and carnivals. Today, the Hogfish is an escape for those wanting to see and smell the ocean while enjoying fresh seafood in an old-Keys environment. It is the place to savor that simple but memorable pleasure of peeling and eating shrimp while watching shrimp boats dock, and to dig into a top-notch grilled hogfish (a delicious, diver-caught fish with a scallop-like Jiavor) sandwiched on Cuban bread as fishing boats move in and out of port.
17) Vinos’s on Duval Street-Key West’s #1 Wine Bar.
*Call ahead for reservations.