The rhythmic sound of waves lapping the shore? A private serenade in the garden? Golden moonlight glistening on the water? Ocean breezes warmly caressing your cheek? The satisfying aroma of freshly sautéed seafood? The smooth and silky taste of the finest Cabernet? Our Top 7 Romantic Key West Restaurants provide you with all this and more.
Walk past ocean sands as you approach Southernmost Beach Café, located directly on South Beach at the Southern end of Duval Street. You can’t eat any closer to the water without getting wet. The covered patio dining area overlooks an unobstructed ocean view silhouetted by waving palms. Get ready to swoon over the island flavors of the fresh seafood accented with mango, coconut and key lime with a romantic orchid garnish. Time for a walk on the beach. Reservations suggested 305-295-6550
HOT TIN ROOF
Enjoy a panoramic view of the Key West Harbor and the Florida Bay from the dining room of Hot Tin Roof, above the Ocean Key Resort at the Northern end of Duval Street. Candlelight and fresh flowers set the scene at this casual yet elegant romantic venue. Watch the incredible Key West sunset from inside or from the open air dining pavilion as you savor their signature Lobster Mac N Cheese and the tender, flavorful Grilled Filet of Beef. Finish with a Rose Tattoo craft cocktail and you’ll agree it must be love. 305-296-7701
Tucked inside the Beachside Marriott, just off the Grand Lobby, is the recently named Open Table Diners Choice restaurant, Tavern N Town. The elegant ambiance, complete with nightly live piano music, creates the mood for love. Settle into comfortable leather chairs, gaze into each others eyes and beyond to the theater style kitchen where the sights and smells of Chef’s inventive menu offerings temp your taste buds. Share a Petit Caprese Salad with fresh mozzarella, petite tomatoes, white balsamic, crispy pancetta, before feasting on the Colorado Rack of Lamb with fig polenta. An expansive wine list, available by the glass, invites your own personal tasting a deux. Reservations suggested 305-296-8100
One Duval, the Signature restaurant of the Pier House Resort overlooking the Gulf of Mexico is an intimate, sophisticated setting, the two of you will explore the many facets of love. Be enamored with the amuse bouche, presented by the chef to begin your adventure. An ever changing menu of the seasons freshest organic and farm raised fare keeps love in bloom. You will adore the Island Pumpkin Soup. Will the Seared Hogfish be your fist love? Or will you be devoted to the Blue Crab Stuffed Grouper? Irresistible desserts are worth the temptation; Key Lime Pie and Guava Mango Cheesecake. The reverie continues with petit sweet, mignardises to compliment a final night cap coffee or glass of port. Now that’s endless love. Call for reservations 305-296-4600
Would a brief boat ride add to the romance of your special occasion? Latitudes sets the mood as you ferry to nearby Sunset Key for this dining experience. Chef Orr’s artful creations feature an ever changing menu of the freshest in-season ingredients. You’ll be torn between admiring the artistic presentations of your meal and the magnificent Gulf of Mexico view. Take your time and enjoy it all. Begin with Tuna Tartare with sweet chili, soy pearls, seaweed salad, miso yuzu aioli, and crispy wonton. An assortment of fresh, local fish and seafood may temp you, or you may succumb to the grilled tenderloin fillet, with mushroom duxelle, gruyere cheese, paired with Yukon puree, asparagus, and chorizo stuffed piquilo pepper. After a delectable dessert, remember you still have the magical boat ride home. Reservations 305-294-4000
Love just wouldn’t be love without what comes next. We’re talking about dessert, of course. The most romantic way to finish off a perfect evening is Better than Sex, a Key West dessert restaurant on the corner of Simonton and Truman. In the dimly lit, richly colored intimate spaces, discover your every decadent dream fulfilled. A chocolate dipped wine glass, a caramel rimmed pilsner, and you’re just getting started. With provocatively named dessert offerings, such as the Morning After, you’ll want to sample them all. Danish brie cheese & dark Belgian chocolate grilled on home-style buttered bread kissed with cinnamon sugar. Served snuggled up against a shot of strawberry champagne soup. Just imagine the exotic ingredients of their signature, Better than Sex dessert. Yes, it does include chocolate. Reservations a must! 305-296-8102
SERENADE DINNER AT THE GARDENS HOTEL
For the creme de la creme of romantic dinners, nothing tops the Serenade experience at The Gardens Hotel. An exotic combination of gourmet cuisine catered by local Chef John Correa and Classical Music played by famous Guitarist Mathew Jampol. Your special dinner takes place in an enchanted tropical garden courtyard. The Gardens Hotel is considered one of Conde Nast top 100 hotels in the World. Dinner can be for up to four guests at $350/per couple. Call 305-294-2661 to book.