Dining in Key West
Half Shell Raw Bar
The Half Shell Raw Bar in the Historic Seaport district is right on the water and serves up fresh, raw oysters on the half shell, naturally. This is traditional, old Key West. Once the site of a shrimp packing business, this place retains its roots atmosphere and goes about the business of serving up fresh fish and shellfish with interesting sides. It's open for lunch and dinner.
Camille's is the undisputed favorite of the locals, and tourists flock there when they hit town. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Camille's is the antidote to "stuffy." It has been compared to a Greenwich Village, NY kind of haunt with a funky atmosphere to write home about. Gourmet food that changes up regularly is the order of the day. High praise from Zagat surveys is not exaggerated.
Conch Republic Seafood Company
The Conch Republic Seafood Company is an open-air restaurant on the docks of the Historic Seaport district. The variety of conch dishes reflects the name of the restaurant as well as the well-known nickname of Key West. Steak, the catch of the day and all shellfish are available daily. Caribbean-influenced dishes and raw bar selections round out this mouth-watering fare.
A & B Lobster House Restaurant
The A & B Lobster House Restaurant, also on the waterfront, is a tasty dining experience. Having Bouillabaisse on the menu is a big plus, and fresh lobster is the main attraction. Various lobster entrees make for a difficult decision at dinnertime, but what a wonderful dilemma.
Turtle Kraals is a mixed menu of fresh seafood and several landlubber selections. Does it really matter what the menu is when guests can sit right beside the water and drink? Upstairs in the Tower Bar, guests relax and enjoy the great water view. There may be turtle races Mondays and Fridays at 6:00 p.m., in case anyone wants a little excitement before dinner. This place has its own fish market to supply diners with the fresh catch of the day.
Square One Restaurant
Square One Restaurant serves "Roasted Local Black Grouper" and Key West whole shrimp. Lamb, duck, beef, and Florida yellow snapper are other stellar entrees. Creative sides and appetizers reflect the gourmet flavors of the menu. Duck liver mousse pate' sounds good right now, in fact, especially with toasted brioche. The Sunday brunch offers the catch of the day sandwich and Square One crab cakes.