Best Hidden Gem Restaurants in Key West


Key West likes to call itself The Conch Republic, meaning its culture is unique, like a nation unto itself. Foodwise, that means a wonderful, crazy mix of restaurants that reflect the Caribbean and the Deep South with flavors that range from traditional to off-the-map creative. The best hidden gems in Key West include six Roadfood favorites that offer memorable tastes of the Key.



McDuffy's is a shaved ice truck that is a welcome refresher on a hot Florida day. In addition to flavored syrups, condensed milk adds richness to the cooler.


El Siboney

El Siboney is a cool, clean and pleasant restaurant that serves Cuban lunch and early dinner, mostly to locals. A Key West, Florida, best bet!


Half Shell Raw Bar

A rowdy restaurant bar on Key West's old waterfront, the Half Shell is great place to taste conch chowder, steamed crabs and oyster po boys.


Pepe’s Cafe & Steak House

Pepe's boasts it is “the eldest eating house in the Florida Keys.” Its 3-meal-a-day menu ranges from fresh bread every morning to steak & oysters at dinner.


Louie’s Back Yard

A romantic Key West dining spot overlooking the Ocean, Louie's serves stylish Caribbean food in a laid-back way. Don't miss: Key lime pie on gingersnap crust.


Blue Heaven

House motto: "Blue Heaven: you don’t have to die to get there." The outdoor terrace is a magical place for breakfast (or lunch or supper) on Key West.

Must Eats
Pork Tenderloin , Key Lime pie