Martin's is one of the few places you can get German cuisine in Key West. Head here for a romantic brunch or dinner, and bask in the relaxed, pleasant atmosphere of the outdoor patio. The gouda potatoes, wiener schnitzel, yellowtail snapper and beef Wellington are big hits here, or you can indulge in the all-you-can-eat crab. For dessert, share an apple strudel ala mode.
For some French cuisine, venture through the residential area to Cafe Sole on Southard Street. Hidden behind a high wall, the cafe is known for its dreamy, date-perfect setting. A lengthy wine list accompanies a contemporary French menu, and local favorites include the mango salsa yellowtail, carpaccio and hog snapper. Chef John Correa also knows how to make a mean bouillabaisse and Duck a L'Orange.
Hot Tin Roof
Hot Tin Roof offers both spacious indoor seating and an intimate outdoor deck that overlooks the harbor. Specializing in fusion seafood, this restaurant blends the flavors of local, Asian, French and South American cuisine. Try the Cuban mojo lobster or broiled yellowtail snapper while sipping wine and listening to the soothing sounds of live jazz.
Harbour View Cafe
Visit the Pier House resort for breakfast, lunch or dinner and grab a table at this beachfront eatery. You and your date can gaze out at the Gulf of Mexico and be entertained by the charming music coming from the Wine Galley Piano Bar. Harbour View Cafe serves only fresh local seafood, so try the white conch chowder or yellowtail. There are also plenty of non-seafood dishes to choose from, including angus steaks and pork chops.
Make a reservation for a table at Azur. Once a gas station, the restaurant is now a part of the Eden House hotel and has been transformed into a contemporary hotspot. Sit outside among a garden and soothing fountain or inside in the air-conditioned dining room, and make a selection from the extensive wine list. If you come for breakfast, try the yellowtail snapper Benedict or French toast stuffed with key lime. For lunch, order the crab cake BLT or fennel-roasted pork sandwich. The homemade gnocchi are a dinnertime favorite at Azur, or splurge and order the seafood risotto with chorizo or braised lamb ribs.
A&B Lobster House
Walk down Front Street to find A&B Lobster House. For more than 50 years, this restaurant has offered an exquisite fine dining experience, with crisp white tablecloths, candle light and dark wood furniture. The carefully designed menu focuses on steak and seafood. Indulge in caviar service, oysters Rockefeller, jumbo shrimp cocktail or a whole steamed lobster. Other favorites include the surf ‘n’ turf combo, lobster bisque and the bananas Foster dessert. After dinner, stroll down the beach or stop by Berlin's cocktail lounge next door for an experience straight from the 1960s.
Take a 10-minute boat ride to Sunset Key for a romantic breakfast, lunch or dinner at Latitudes. Focusing on contemporary American cuisine, this restaurant uses local ingredients to serve up chipotle aioli fish tacos, lobster-crab cakes and other delectable dishes. Choose a table in the inside dining room or on the outdoor patio - both offer a stunning view of the Gulf of Mexico. Reservations are required and include your boat reservation.
Tired of seafood? This Key West gem is hidden in a residential area on Margaret Street and serves up some of the areas best beef dishes. The chef has fresh steaks flown in from Chicago each day. Enjoy a New York strip or a porterhouse or try out the fondue menu, and pair your meal with beer or wine from an extensive drink menu. The setting makes for a perfect date night, with a laid-back, tropical feel and both indoor and outdoor seating options.
For a taste of Italy, make your way to Antonia’s on Duval Street. Co-owners Phillip Smith and Antonia Berto go to Italy each year to find new, authentic recipes for the menu. Specialty dishes include a homemade focaccia, fish soup, shrimp linguini and warm goat cheese souffle. While waiting for your meal, savor a glass of wine over candlelight in the restaurant’s intimate, charming dining room. This is a popular Key West location for tourists and locals alike, so you’ll want to make a reservation in advance.
Roof Top Cafe
This location is where Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Burton found love. The treetop patio at Roof Top allows you to enjoy a cocktail as you overlook the bustling Front Street below. In the distance, you can watch the cruise ships dock at Mallory Square and try some New Island cuisine by renowned chef Brendan Orr, like his red conch chowder or citrus beurre blanc crab cakes.