Duffy's Steak and Lobster House slogan is "affordable dining in the heart of paradise". This place has been in business, off and on, since 1948. In fact, numerous photos of Harry Truman taken in Key West have Duffy's Tavern (as it was once called) in the background.
Duffy's had a couple of things going for it, at least in our minds. First, it was very close to our cottage, which meant a short walk and no parking hassle. And second, the prices were moderate in a town where that's not always the case. And third, there was none of this veranda dining or ceiling fans in the tropics crap. Nosireee..Duffy's was air-conditioned. Yes.
The food at Duffy's was very good. Unpretentious and simple. This isn't a place to find world cuisine, but it is the sort of joint where the seafood is fresh, the meat is tender and....the service is friendly. Also, Duffy's is the sort of place that caters a bit more to the quiet side of Key West visitors. Bottom line, it's a place to eat, and they don't make their cash on their bar service, unlike many other restaurants.
Simple, well-done and friendly. That goes a long way to explain how this place has been in business for almost 60 years.
Favorite Dish: We basically did the seafood...shrimp, scallops and such. Bonnie had a fish dish, can't remember exactly which one. All meals were freshly prepared, hot and tasty. Good tartar sauce, and amenities, such as cole slaw, baked potatoes and such.
Oh, and if you're tapped out on Key Lime Pie, Duffy's has VERY good cheesecake for dessert. The slices are huge.
I am told by others in the area that Duffy's has VERY good steaks and that their prime rib is really a house treasure. I guess we just weren't in a beef mood that night, but if I'm ever in the area again, I may have to try the turf instead of the surf.
Another nice featue at Duffy's is that they offer two (and sometimes three) different sizes of each meal. So, you can basically get exactly what it is you'd want, and in exactly the right amount.
the original duffy's tavern was established in 1948 and was visited often by president harry truman. the current duffy's steak house was built in 1992. this moderately priced steak and seafood restaurant is a nice change of pace from the more touristy restaurants in key west. a great spot if you have had enough seafood and crave a good steak or prime rib. you can park for free on truman blvd near duffy's.
this place is not worth the 20.00 dollars i paid to have 7 shrimp scampi. the wait was unaccepatble. my moms lobster was tiny and full of sand in the bottom of the tail. very tough and overcooked. i was very disappointed with the amount of food for the price. I would not return to this restraunt.
Favorite Dish: the bread was very good. great key lime pie