El Siboney Cuban Restaurant in Key West. Locals recommended it to us when we were looking for something that wasn’t part of the tourist trap stuff. One of the best, most authentic Cuban restaurants in South Florida.
Also, Square Grouper. It’s in Cudjoe Key, but worth the drive, if you have time. Fantastic local seafood.
Nine One Five: Very good, a little more upscale than the others Blue Heaven: Good seafood, can eat outside under the trees, laid back El Siboney: Really good, off the beaten path Fritas: dive, but really good Glazed Donuts: really good if you like donuts for breakfast DJs Clam Shack Better Than Sex: Fun desert place
Martin's is located at 917 Duval St. We ate dinner here and were promptly seated in a nice courtyard and our server was attentive and helpful. My wife loves grouper and felt that this was the best that she has ever eaten. My choice was the Spaghetti Bolognese and it was perfectly delicious. We an appetizer, the shrimp/scallop skewers, were great.
Pinchers is on Duval. We ate dinner on the 2nd floor porch and enjoyed watching the activity on Duval Street while enjoying a great meal. Best hot crab and cheese dip we have ever had anywhere and it's large and very sharable for two to four people. I also had an appetizer for my meal which were jumbo shrimp topped with delicious crab meat. My wife had the black grouper which was more expensive that their regular grouper which she did not feel was worth the extra cost although it was a huge piece of fish that she could not finish even with my help.
Sailed there several times, however the last time, they built a "disco" right on the water, and tired of the same old song "SHAKE YOUR BOOTY" over and over until 3 AM, while I tried to sleep on my sailboat anchored out in the harbor. That was last century, so if the same now, it would be too wild for me, at age 77,