Pepe’s Cafe & Steak House

Oyster Bar | Seafood | Steak | Tavern
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“I could be you! You could be me!” exclaims our waitress with glee, setting down her everpresent pot of coffee to write an order that happens to precisely match what she likes to eat in the morning: an omelet of jack cheese, Anaheim peppers, and smoked sausage sided by a creamy griddle-cooked mashed potato patty and a slab of bread du jour – warm coconut quick bread, nearly as sweet as cake. Breakfast at Pepe’s, from 6:30 every morning, is heaps of fun, always featuring a bread of the day in addition to a big menu of omelets, pancakes, homemade granola, and creamed chipped beef on toast.

Later in the day, oysters by the dozen make Pepe’s a destination for insatiable oyster lovers who consume them raw, baked, or roasted Mexican style. Weekly traditions include a Sunday night barbecue that features beefsteaks, pork ribs, tenderloin, chicken, salmon and mahi-mahi. Who could resist a lunch menu that offers both a blue-collar burger and a white-collar burger? (The former is six ounces, the latter four.)

Pepe’s boasts of being “the eldest eating house in the Florida Keys,” and it sure does have the feel of a place that’s seen it all. The dining room is covered with nick-nacks as miscellaneous as grandma’s attic, including pictures of famous people and nobodies, a nude painting, nautical bibelots, scenes of old Key West. Each varnished booth is outfitted with a shelf that holds about a dozen different hot sauces for oyster eating. Out back is a bar where locals congregate. And to the side on an open patio strewn with mismatched tables, illumination is provided by an array of fixtures that includes a crystal chandelier, green-shaded billiard lamps, and Christmas lights strung among the trees.

What to Eat
Pepe’s Cafe & Steak House, Crab & Bacon Omelet
Crab & Bacon Omelet
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Omelet of the day: crab, bacon, onions, tomatoes, jack cheese, topped with asparagus cream
Pepe’s Cafe & Steak House, Rum Punch
Rum Punch
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Pepe's Pilar punch includes light & dark rums
Pepe’s Cafe & Steak House, Sweet Bread
Sweet Bread
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Lemon poppy seed sweet bread to accompany breakfast
Pepe’s Cafe & Steak House, Baked Oysters
Baked Oysters
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Baked oyster medley: Florentine, Mexican, Rudi-style
Pepe’s Cafe & Steak House, Mahi Mahi Chowder
Mahi Mahi Chowder
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Mahi Mahi chowder, loaded with big hunks of fish
Pepe’s Cafe & Steak House, Oysters on the Half Shell
Oysters on the Half Shell
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Six big, briny Gulf oysters, cool & refreshing
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
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Price
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Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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