Key West Restaurants.

8 Key West Restaurants on the Water

Written by Boatsetter Team
September 27, 2022

Key West, is a piece of paradise in Florida with mouthwatering cuisine, pristine waters, and much to explore. After boating through its mangroves and coral reefs, and swimming with the sea turtles, you’ll be ready to eat.

You can easily see why so many people from everywhere come here to boat, dock, and dine. Check out Boatsetter’s list of 8 Key West Restaurants on the water:

  1. A&B Lobster House
  2. Half Shell Raw Bar
  3. Hogfish Bar & Grill
  4. Hot Tin Roof
  5. Latitudes Sunset Key
  6. Louie’s Backyard
  7. Schooner Wharf Bar
  8. Southernmost Beach Cafe

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1. A&B Lobster House

A&B Lobster House, Key West.

The A&B Lobster House has roots in Key West dating back to 1947. This fine restaurant serves Key West classics including Lobster Bisque, Lobster Thermidor, and Sunset Surf and Turf. The wrap-around balcony is the perfect place to kick back, watch the water, and enjoy a fabulous meal.

No doubt — this is one of the top places in Key West to enjoy a romantic evening out with your loved one or lovely family. Popular menu items include crab cakes, grilled rib eye, Caribbean lobster tail, yellowtail snapper, grouper Oscar, and shrimp fettuccine.

Reservations: Available online
Hours: Mon – Sun 5:30pm – 10pm
Dockage available: Yes

Boats to dock and dine at A&B Lobster House

2. Half Shell Raw Bar

The Half Shell Raw Bar serves some of the freshest, locally sourced seafood in a fun, casual environment. Located in Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport, you’re in the perfect place to enjoy a Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwich while watching the catch of the day being unloaded from the boats.

Feel at home at the Half Shell Raw Bar; many meals are served using paper plates and plastic utensils. Some of the most popular menu items available at this restaurant include the jumbo crab cake sandwich, chicken & chips basket (with a key lime mustard sauce), broiled lobster tails (with key lime garlic butter and white wine), lobster surf and turf, and stuffed shrimp.

Reservations: Unavailable
Hours: Mon – Sun 11am – 10pm
Dockage available: Yes

3. Hogfish Bar & Grill

Hogfish Bar & Grill, Key West.

Hogfish Bar & Grill is the place locals can go for fresh seafood, excellent sandwiches, and fantastic appetizers in Key West. Located in the Safe Harbor Marina on Stock Island is this tiki hut restaurant with a stress-free ambiance. Come here for live entertainment and fun happy hour specials, too! If you’re looking for an authentic Key West experience, go to the Hogfish Bar & Grill.

Local and chef favorites at Hogfish Bar include conch ceviche, stuffed hogfish, killer tuna nachos, and chicken and chips.

Reservations: Unavailable
Hours: Mon – Sun 11am – 10pm
Dockage available: Yes

Boats to dock and dine at Hogfish Bar & Grill

4. Hot Tin Roof

Hot Tin Roof offers dining patrons a spectacular view of the sunset and a patio dining area where you can kick back and enjoy Jimmy Buffett classics. The meals are fabulous; the dessert (like the Key Lime Pie) is out of this world. The fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico and delish seafood make the Hot Tin Roof a favorite for locals and visitors that stop here.

This restaurant offers a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu full of exceptional items, including Key West favorites. Popular menu items include crab tostada, crispy chicken mojito, grilled octopus, and Puerto Rican Chuela Chan Chan.

Reservations: Available
Hours: Mon – Sun 8:30am – 11:30am; 6pm – 9pm
Dockage available: Yes

5. Latitudes Sunset Key

Latitudes Sunset Key, Key West.

Get a table at a cozy spot on the sand at Latitudes Sunset Key. This restaurant provides patrons with panoramic Gulf views with many Key West menu favorites, including crab cakes, lobster bisque, and refreshingly savory pink shrimp.

Pro Destination Tip:

Be camera ready here! You never know when a dolphin will pop out of the water to go with that Latitudes sunset view.

Latitudes Sunset Key serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Popular menu items include chilled poached shrimp, pan-roasted cobia, beef short rib, seared grouper, and Caribbean lobster tail.

Reservations: Available
Hours: Mon – Thurs, Sun 7:15am – 2:15pm; 5pm – 10pm; Fri – Sat 7:15am – 2:15pm; 5pm – 11pm
Dockage available: Yes

6. Louie’s Backyard

Eat at Louie’s Backyard, a Caribbean-American restaurant offering island life cuisine. The restaurant has a fabulous wine list and carefully crafted dishes made by Executive Chef, Doug Shook.

This restaurant offers lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus, full of favorite Key West menu choices. Popular menu items include Swiss chard-wrapped king salmon, grilled sweet and sour duck breast, and grilled Berkshire pork chop.

Reservations: Unavailable
Hours: Mon – Sun 11:30am – 11:30pm
Dockage available: No

Boats to dock and dine at Louie’s Backyard

7. Schooner Wharf Bar

Schooner Wharf Bar, Key West.

Welcome to Old Key West! Guests at Schooner Wharf Bar drift away into simpler times while sipping on mango daiquiris, rum runners, and Schooner lemonade. They host theme nights and fun events like 60s Hippie Costume Contests and Wharfstock!

Schooner Wharf Bar has menus available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The mojo-marinated fish sandwich is one of the most popular sandwiches in the area. Popular menu items include fish and chips, jerk chicken, and Mayan quesadillas.

Reservations: Unavailable
Hours: Mon-Sun 8am – 2pm
Dockage available: Yes

8. Southernmost Beach Cafe

The Southernmost Beach Café is a great place for good food despite the steep menu prices. The menu consists of a blend of Caribbean and Asian cuisines including casual breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour.

Many boaters like to dock and start their day off at Southernmost Beach Café for some eggs Benedict, Key West-style, with locally caught pink shrimp and delicious hollandaise.

Pro Destination Tip:

Try the lobster mashed potatoes or the truffle mashed potatoes. Or treat yourself to both!

Popular menu items at this beachside dining venue include conch chowder, bone-in brisket, double barrel pork chop, surf and turf, and a fresh catch of the day grilled, blackened, or beer-battered.

Reservations: Available
Hours: 8am – 10pm
Dockage available: Yes

Boats to dock and dine at Southernmost Beach Cafe

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