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Key Largo Restaurants

Key Largo restaurants are as diverse as can be. Sushi? Got it. Pizza? It's here too. What about good old Florida Keys food like conch chowder? You've come to the right place! 

From fast food chains to quaint cafes to elegant restaurants, you will be able to find something to tingle your tastebuds in Key Largo.  So where can you eat in Key Largo?  Let's find out.

Dressing for Dinner

The dress code for just about any Key Largo restaurant is Keys casual.  So, while you don't want to go in with a bathing suit and flip-flops, you also don't need to get all fancied up either. 

Cool pants and an island-y shirt for the guys and a sundress or pants and an island-y blouse for the ladies is as dressy as it gets!  And most of the time a nice pair of shorts or pants and a t-shirt works just fine, especially for breakfast and lunch.

Most Key Largo restaurants are along US1 (also known as the Overseas Highway) and the best way to locate them is by mile markers (MM).  Therefore, I'll list the shopping in MM order, starting in the north and going south.  And instead of saying the store is on the left or right, I'll refer to Bayside or Oceanside.

What to Try

You're in the Florida Keys, so obviously key lime pie is one dessert you have to try.  The real thing is slightly tart, and if it's green, send it back.  Key limes are a pale yellow when they are ripe.

Do try conch (pronounced "conk") fritters at least once while you're here in Key Largo, Florida.  Normally served as an appetizer, you can sometimes also find conch fritters as an entree.

And naturally, seafood of all kinds.  Stone crab claws when they are in season.  Grouper and dolphin (mahi-mahi) are local and taste divine.  Also Florida lobster, when it is in season. 

Price Ranges and Restaurants

I've included a rating system for costs for Key Largo restaurants.  The standard is what is generally costs for dinner for two, including beverage but excluding alcoholic drinks, dessert, appetizers, tax or tip.

$:  less than $25
$$:  from $25 to $40
$$$:  from $41 to $60
$$$$:  more than $60

  • Crack'd Conch, MM 105 Oceanside -- Seafood rules here!  Try the conch chowder, conch fritters, conch salad...or maybe the seafood basket.  If you are feeling really adventurous, try the gator tail!   $$

  • Sundowners on the Bay, MM 104 Bayside -- While seafood is the focus here, great steaks can also be had at Sundowners.  The restaurant overlooks Blackwater Sound, and the atmosphere is casual but intimate.  $$

  • Senor Frijoles, MM 103.9 Bayside -- Naturally there is Tex-Mex cooking here, but you'll also find some surprises on the menu.  Shrimp and pineapple pizza anyone?  $

  • Gus' Grille, MM 103.8 Bayside -- Located in the Marriott resort, this island-casual restaurant features "Floribbean" specialties.  $$

  • Num Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar, MM 103.2 Bayside -- Hankering for oriental dishes?  Look no further!  $$

  • The Fish House, MM 102.4 Oceanside -- Part fish market, part restaurant, and I'll bet you can't guess what they specialize in (hah!).  Not to worry if you've been seafooded-out, because there is pasta, beef and chicken on the menu as well.  $$

  • Encore, MM 102.4 Oceanside -- This Florida Keys restaurant is a bit more upscale than most (i.e. they have a baby grand piano and a mahogany bar).  Still, keys casual dress is appropriate -- no need to get fancied up.  Seafood, beef and lamb are featured items, and I hear that the White Chocolate Baby Grand dessert is out of this world!  $$$

  • Upper Crust Pizza, MM 101.6 Oceanside -- As you can probably guess from the name, pizza is the featured item.  However, pasta and subs are also served.  $$

  • Makoto Japanese Restaurant, MM 101.6 Oceanside -- Makoto has the traditional hibachi-style dining as well as individual table dining.  Sushi is also served.  $$

  • Tower of Pizza, MM 100.5 Bayside -- Not only pizza but also antipasto, Greek salads and the like.  $

  • Frank Keys Cafe, MM 100.2 Oceanside -- On the upscale side, but the menu is scrumptious -- seafood (naturally), steaks, duck, chicken and more!  I'd personally like to dive into their Melted Chocolate Truffle Cake - mmmmm!  $$$

  • Coconuts Restaurant and Lounge, MM 100 Oceanside -- Located in the Marina Del Mar Resort, Coconuts seems to have a little of everything.  Seafood, steaks, chicken, pizza, pasta -- it all seems to be here.  Also boasts one of the few nightclubs in Key Largo.  $$

  • Snook's Bayside Cafe, MM 99.9 Bayside --  Their motto is "Let no guest go unsatisfied" and I can believe it!  Thursday, Friday and Saturday features some really interesting specials, in addition to the regular menu.  Seafood, beef, lamb, chicken, pasta, pizza, antipasto, salads -- they do seem to have a little something for everyone.  $$$

  • Cafe Largo, MM 99.5 Bayside -- Lots and lots of Italian-style dishes, from eggplant parmigiana to veal francaise to angus steaks to pizza.  Me, I'd like to dive into the capellini with scallops & shrimp (boy does that sound good).  $$

  • Bayside Grille, MM 99.5 Bayside -- behind Cafe Largo is the Bayside Grille, with a decidedly more seafood approach to its menu.  Casual dining, with items like hamburgers, coconut shrimp (yummy!) and key lime chicken.  A little something for all tastes.  $$

  • Harriette's, MM 95.7 Bayside -- I hear Harriette's specialty is making sure that no one leaves hungry!  Come here to find down-home comfort cooking in a diner-style restaurant.  Open only for breakfast and lunch, but the lunch menu changes daily.  $

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