mile marker 88 is in my opinion one of the best restaurants in the keys and in the state of florida for that matter. i have dinned there on numerous occasions and always found the food and service superb. excellent seafood dishes as well as steak and poultry. if you like fine dinning mile marker 88 is a must stop in the keys. expensive.
wahoo's is located at whale harbor across the bridge from holiday isle. this restaurant specializes in seafood as well as american fare. they have a nice bar which is fun place to relax in the afternoon and watch the fishing boats return with their catches. moderately priced.
the lorelei is a very good seafood restaurant in islamorada. the lorelei is one of the better restaurants in the keys. good seafood as well as steak and poultry. a very nice restaurant overlooking florida bay. expensive.
the green turtle is an islamorada institution since 1947. originally they specialzed in sea turtle steaks and soup. i had my first taste of sea turtle here back in the 1960's. today it is illegal to sell turtle meat in florida so the green turtle now serves traditional florida seafood. the green turtle is also famous for their key lime pie. another excellent seafood restaurant in islamorada. expensive.
This was my favorite restaurant. The service, atmosphere and food a great. I was really impressed with the size of the servings. I had a greek salad and crab nachos which was meant to be an appetizer but was served as a main course. My son had the Yellowtail Snapper and Georgie had the shrimp .. None of us finished our portions. we especially enjoyed looking at their picture gallery and huge 600 plus pound marlin on the wall. This was my favorite place to eat. You have to go here..
Favorite Dish: Yellowtail Snapper.
Lazy Days is an Islamorada Restaurant located right on the water. The Building is on Pylons so you are actually on the second floor when Dining.
You can either eat inside or choose to eat outside overlooking the water. There's a small beach and the views are terrific.
Favorite Dish: The Blackened Mahi sandwich was excellent. They also served an excellent Alligator in a butter sauce of sorts.
Stone Crabs were in Season when we visited and they are served either hot or cold. I prefer them hot and they were excellent as well.
The restaurant has a full bar to offer in addition to the great food.
This is our regularly stop when we ride to Key West. You have several restaurants you can choose from. We always have lunch at Raws Bar. They are serving seafood. The food is good. We were seated at a picnic-style table a few feet from the water with a view on the ocean. There is also a Tikibar. It can be crowdie on the weekends.
Favorite Dish: The fresh fish is great. There are several things on the menu that I like, but you've try it yourself.
Cheeca Lodge has one of the best restaurants in Florida. The food here is not only delicious, but healthy as well. The seafood and fish is extremely fresh and was likely swimming in the ocean that morning. The resort grows its own vegetables which are used in salads and side dishes. The steaks are fantastic as well, and the desserts are to die for.
The extravagance is not without a price though. But if you feel like a splurge, this is one of your best bets.
Favorite Dish: Surf and turf. Talk about the best of both worlds. Great steak and fresh lobster. Can't go wrong with that.
This is the local place for breakfast and lunch (as evidenced by the number of pick-up trucks in the parking lot). There is usually a wait for a table but it moves pretty fast.
Favorite Dish: You get your standards here. Eggs, toast, pancakes. Plus southern favorites - biscuits and grits. The coffee is not great. They are known for their sticky cinnamon buns.
Robbie's is a Marina in Islamorada. You can rent a boat, rent a guide, or feed the tarpon. In addition to the Marina, there's a restaurant right off the road call the Hungry Tarpon. It looks like a local spot to gather before a fishing trip. They serve a fantastic breakfast.
The entire place is plastered with fishing photos, obnoxious bumper stickers, and the elusive Florida Key's Jackelope. ;)
I actually thought the place was also called Robbies until I visited their website to refresh my memory.
Head out the back of the restaurant to the Marina and you can feed the Giant Tarpon at the edge of the dock. Sure, it's touristy but that doesn't mean it's not fun!
Favorite Dish: They serve a hearty breakfast that will stick with you throughout the day. Fried Eggs, Bacon, Hashbrowns, Omlettes. It's all good stuff and it's served in a place with Atmosphere.
The Lorelei is a popular restaurant which is easy to spot by the giant mermaid out front. Seafood and steaks are the specialties here and the coconut shrimp is out of this world. There are a couple of more exotic offerings (for the Keys, anyway) such as gator bites and escargot, but if you stick to the catch of the day, you will not leave disappointed. And don't forget to try the Key Lime Pie.
"Come for the view, stay for the food" is what the locals have to say about this unpretentious restaurant at MM 80 oceanside. (Every place is usually referred to by its mile marker #) A remarkable, panoramic view of the ocean is available from nearly every seat in the restaurant. All fresh local seafood, homemade soups, sauces, and baked goods. Extensive, yet affordable wine list. My recommendation is to pace yourself, and plan to be there long enough to try an appetizer, entree, and dessert. For appetizers, the crabcakes, lazy clams (variation of casino), or coconut shrimp (w/ great mango chutney) are a good bet. For dinner, focus on the specials page in the front. The first night in the keys, you should choose several (or as many as you wish) of the fish preparations on the menu, and have your server bring them out "family style", so everyone at the table can try some of each. Lazy Days will also prepared fish that we caught, the same way. Save room for the obligatory key lime pie, or for the homemade apple pie a la mode, then crawl home fat and happy. Portions are huge, and prices are very reasonable, especially in the keys. Have fun!
Favorite Dish: Get whatever the fresh catch is prepared any of the following ways
Lazy Days - Japanese bread crumbs, sauteed, fresh tomatoes, scallions, parmesan cheese, and key lime butter
Senator - cant remember all, but has mushrooms, shrimp, scallops, artichokes, tomatoes, scallions, garlic, etc. sauteed yum!
Crab Stuffed & Blackened
Our favorite place for breakfast was my brother's backyard. Another great place for breakfast was Mangrove Mikes at MM (mile marker) 82.2 on the Bayside of the road.
The backyard had a serene feeling especially in the morning, swaying palm trees, a hammock, and a great view of the Atlantic Ocean
Favorite Dish: Bagels were standard fare in the backyard for breakfast while Mangrove Mike had a great Popeye omelette with spinach and feta cheese for $5. We bought fresh tuna to grill in the backyard at Islamorada Fish Co. at MM 81.5 on the Bayside.
Stay Clear of Papa Joe's: Sunset on Lower Matecumbe Key
Had the WORST dining experience in the Keys. [or any trip taken so far if you dont count the revenge of the Peruvian fish in Lima 1999] The bartender was trying to get a date with locals, the waitress told me I ordered the wrong dish and b-tched loud and long that she was not going to get a tip from 'that table'. Finally, I had enough and called over the manager and he said it was an honest mistake on waitress' part , but she would have cost of meal taken from her pay and that would be unfair. HOLY CRAP !!! Not so much as a reduction on bill after the totally ruined evening.
This is one of the nicest restaurants in the Keys. Although there are lots of great places to enjoy fresh seafood in the area, Mile Marker 88 is one of the few which qualifies as fine dining.
Once again, you can't go wrong with the catch of the day. But here you will also find Florida lobster and stone crabs, when in season (September-April). If you plan on splurging on a restaurant while in the Keys, this would be the place to do it.