Marathon restaurants are varied and wonderful. All kinds of
foods are here, ready to tempt your tastbuds!
There are quaint Keys-style roadside diners, and then there are elegant restaurants in Marathon. Of course there's always fast food chains
and sports bars, too. Most of the Marathon restaurants are casual.
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! Most of the time shorts and
a nice t-shirt will do you just fine, especially at breakfast. Just don't show up in a bathing suit, and you'll very likely be fine.
The Food in Marathon, Florida Restaurants
What kinds of foods can you expect? Seafood, of course, and Key Lime pie. What else? How about Cuban meals? Continental cuisine? A good American-style steak and potatoes dinner? Yes, they are all here in Marathon Florida restaurants.
Do you have a fishing charter lined up? There's even a restaurant that opens really early for breakfast, just so you can go to your boat with a full stomach.
You're in the Florida Keys, so even if you're usually not thrilled by seafood, you really should try some while you're here. It's very fresh and very tasty.
A note about key lime pie: while it's not likely in the Keys, if you stumble upon a restaurant that serves green key lime pie -- send it back. Ripe key limes are a pale yellow-green (more yellow than green). If the pie at the restaurant is green, they'd added food coloring and who knows what else.
Where Are the Restaurants?
To help you decide on where to eat in Marathon, I've included a rating system for costs. 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
$$$$: more than $60
Marathon restaurants are along US1 (also known as the
Overseas Highway) so the best way to find them is by mile markers (MM).
Therefore, I'll list the shopping in MM order, starting at MM 59 and going
south. And instead of saying the place to eat is on the left or right, I'll refer
to Bayside or Oceanside.
The Wreck & Galley Grill, MM 59 Bayside -- This nautically-themed
restaurant is actually located on Grassy Key. Where can you find the
largest buffalo wings in the Florida Keys? You guessed it! Along
with wings, the menu includes burgers, blackened or grilled sandwiches and
more. And don't overlook the all-you-can-eat nights, for when you are
famished! $ to $$
Hideaway Cafe, MM 58 Oceanside -- Continental cooking in the
Florida Keys! This restaurant prides itself on both its food and its
gorgeous ocean views. The dinner menu is scrumptious -- beef, chicken,
duck, lamb, seafood -- it's all here. If you feel like splurging with
a fine meal, do it at the Hideaway. $$$$
Key Colony Inn, MM 54 Oceanside -- Are you hungry but you don't
know what you are hungry for? Come to Key Colony Inn, where at last
count there were about 75 entrees listed on their menu. From pasta to
chicken to seafood to steaks, you're sure to find something to please.
Your biggest problem will be actually making the decision! The food is
good, and there is lots of it so you won't leave hungry. Key Colony
Inn is usually pretty crowded, so unless you come very early, your best bet
is a reservation. $$
The Island Tiki Bar and Restaurant, MM 54 Bayside -- Here's
another restaurant with a sizeable menu. Seafood is its specialty, but
you'll find steaks, sandwiches and salads if you aren't in a seafood mood.
Waterfront dining, inside or outdoors, you'll find the atmosphere very
casual and relaxed. And if you're looking for some nachos, and a
margarita, try them here! $ to $$
Don Pedro's Restaurant, MM 53 Oceanside -- If you're thinking
Mexican food, you're pointing in the wrong direction. Don Pedro's is
Cuban cooking at its finest. You have to try the sweet plantains --
they are sooo good (and they come with the meal)! Spicy cooking
is here for those who dare. If you're wanting coffee with your lunch
or dinner, keep in mind that Cuban coffee is exceedingly strong -- you can
practically get a caffeine buzz from just smelling it! $
Shucker's Raw Bar and Grill, MM 50.5 Bayside -- This is a
"sister" restaurant to The Island Tiki Bar, and have a similar menu. A
little different atmosphere, kind of "indoors tropical". You'll find a
nice children's menu here at Shucker's, and the casual dining and light
foods make for a great family lunch or dinner. $
Village Cafe, MM 50.5 Bayside -- Here's somewhere to tame your
craving for some good Italian food. Pasta and pizza, naturally, as
well as daily specials. One of the few restaurants that is open for
breakfast, lunch and dinner! (No, you won't be forced to eat pasta for
breakfast.) A generally all-around nice place to eat. $$
Herbie's, MM 50.3 Bayside -- A little Keys-style roadside diner,
Herbie's has some of the best conch chowder you are likely to have. A
tiny and very casual restaurant, Herbie's is popular with the locals (so you
know the food has to be good). If you've been lucky enough to catch
your dinner out of the water, Herbie's will cook it for you! $ to
The Stuffed Pig, MM 49 Bayside -- The Stuffed Pig is a breakfast
and lunch only restaurant, so if you're looking for a great breakfast place,
you don't have to look any further. What's nice is that they open very
early, so anyone who has a fishing charter can get a bite to eat before
arriving at the boat! Hearty meals are the rule here, but
egg-substitute omelets are available for those who are watching their