jimmy buffet's margaritaville cafe is the first of buffet's chain of bars and restaurants. the singer jimmy buffet became famous for his song "wasting away in mararitaville". this some what historic bar is a good stop to have a margarita when on duval street.
Dress Code: casual.
Since Joe and I are huge parrotheads (we go to at least 1 Buffett concert a year), visiting Margaritaville in Key West was not even a question. We stopped on in after an evening of drinking on a tall ship. We did not have to wait long for a table. Ordered "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" served with great fries. It was made just like the song says "I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz Fifty-seven and French fried potatoes." And did some major damage in the attached store (warning- shop before you imbide or it can be quite expensive). Joe had the requisite margarita while I tried out one of the other frozen concoctions.
The place itself is a tribute to Jimmy. It has too levels and if very open- making it a good place to take a family for dinner but still be able to order an adult cocktail.
We were hoping to see Jimmy when we there there as he is known to stop by when he is in town. He had been there the prior week but was already off to the Carribbean.
According to local legend, behind the bar the staff keeps the Buffett Bible - a quasi-encyclopedia of his song lyrics.
Key West is the location for the flagship store of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. It was the first store opened and still the most popular.