10 Amazing Key Largo Restaurants You Should Try!

The Florida Keys are an archipelago of idyllic islands set between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Together, they form the southernmost spot in the United States and have become quite a popular hotspot for tropical getaways. The best Keys tend to be two of the five islands, Key Largo and Key West, especially for those that like to eat, as there are plenty of delicious Key Largo restaurants and Key West restaurants.

After a day out in the sun, enjoying outdoor adventure activities like scuba diving or relaxing the day away by the sea – there’s nothing better than a conch fritter or fried shrimp. Below are all the best restaurants in Key Largo for a foodie feast. 


The Best Key Largo Restaurants


Sal Ballyhoo’s

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Aside from the delightful silly name, Sal Ballyhoo’s boasts elegant fresh seafood dishes with a Southern twist. The Cast Iron Mahi, Conch Fritters, and the Bayou Pasta are all seriously delicious concoctions here. 

It offers a down-home atmosphere that feels inviting and cozy. It’s a simple space with a quaint nautical theme and a small rustic outdoor garden. There are vegetarian and vegan options here as well. Plus, the all-you-can-eat crab stone crabs are always an excellent selection. 


Buzzard’s Roost

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Buzzard’s Roost is one of the finest foodie spots in all of Key Largo. It’s located right on the water in the Garden Cove Marina and completes the stunning tropical setting with a tiki bar theme outside and a dining room decked out with warm woods inside. It’s a great place to order the catch of the day!

You can arrive by land or sea and enjoy an array of delicious seafood and meat dishes. The menu is extensive with plenty of plates to pick from. The weekends can get busy but they offer a super fun setting with amazing morning brunches, a super happy hour for drinks, and live music in the evenings. 


Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen

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Mrs. Mac’s is an award-winning eatery that has been a long-standing local legend in Key Largo. It was originally founded in 1976 and has been known as the favorite hometown cafe ever since. It has a cute and kitschy atmosphere that feels relaxed yet with a certain novelty to it. 

They cook up American and Caribbean style fare. The Homemade Chilli, Crab Cakes, and Conch Chowder are the stars of the show here. The Key Lime Pie here has earned quite a reputation as well, so we highly recommend trying to save some room for dessert. 


Conch House

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If you’re not sick of seafood yet, though that’s kind of hard to achieve in the Florida Keys, hitting up the Conch House is yet another scrumptious stop, especially on the way from Key Largo to Key West. It’s family-owned and operated and has a strong focus on sustainability. The ambiance is laid back and homey, it is a house, after all, complete with an intimate garden space. 

The menu has a wide variety of options, from Vegan Curry to Ahi Tuna Tacos to Chicken Roulade. The Conch Fritters are a famous favorite. Getting the platter is a fun shareable way to try a bit of everything here. If you’re feeling adventurous, get a little wild and try a Florida delicacy, Gator Bites. The menu even offers some fun bits of history about the area. 


Hideout Key Largo

The Hideout is a classic diner serving up all the Southern American breakfast and lunch favorites. For big portions, a great price, and comfort foods this is the best spot. It’s an intimate space with plenty of funky personality and an adorable deck outside for al fresco feasting that’s also dog friendly. 

Biscuits and Gravy, Country Benedict, and the Pulled Pork Sandwich are just a few of the tasty eats available here. If you go on a Friday, you’re in for a real Florida treat, a traditional all-you-can-eat fish fry! 


The Fish House

The Fish House specializes in dock-to-table fare, fresh out of the seas and is one of the best Key Largo restaurants to go to for dinner! It’s a super relaxed setting that’s fun and friendly in an authentically Florida Keys style. It’s conch cooking, with signature chowders and fresh fish that’s either smoked, steamed, or sauteed in several manners, like Jamaican Jerk. 

Everything is purchased from local commercial fishermen which means availability always depends on conditions and season. The adorable market on-site has plenty of cool souvenirs to stock up on as well. Indulge in one of the craft beers or specialty cocktails at the full bar and enjoy a good time at one of the best restaurants in the Florida Keys. 


Bayside Grille

Set right above the Key Largo scenic sandy shores is the bright and airy Bayside Grille. It boasts some of the best panoramic views of the Florida bar around. The outdoor bar space often hosts live music. It features a bistro-style open kitchen and offers brunch, lunch, and dinner. 

The inside is elevated while maintaining that kitschy and cool beach feel. It offers a perfect balance of gourmet and casual. They’ve got pasta, fry baskets, sandwiches, and seafood galore of course. Go for happy hour and stay for the sunset, you won’t be disappointed. 


DiGiorgio’s

Digiorgio’s is a delicious dining destination for authentic Italian in the heart of Key Largo. It’s an old-school family joint that feels decidedly warm and welcoming. The cuisine is classic and contemporary, with a focus on handmade pasta and traditional red sauces. 

Each recipe is centuries old, originating from both the northern and southern regions of the country. There are a variety of Italian wines to pair with your plate as well as some craft beers and specialty cocktails. Be sure to check what the daily specials are here, it’s often something fun and exciting you’ll want to try. 


Sundowners

Sundowners is named for being the best place in the Keys for watching the stunning show of brightly colored hues that stretch across the sky as the sunsets. This ethereal experience is enough reason to go on its own, but the tasty fares sure are a welcome bonus. The glass walled dining room sits right on the water, but the covered deck and idyllic patio are our preferred pick. Truly it’s one of the best Key Largo restaurants on the water!

They serve up sustainably caught seafood in all the quintessential local styles and have been since 1985. The Key Lime Seafood and Sunset Mahi Sandwich are classic choices. They also have an entire raw bar and some sushi options. 


C&C Wood Fire Eats

C&C is our go-to for pizza in the Florida Keys. It was the first wood-fired oven in the area, cooking up straightforward food made with carefully chosen ingredients. The menu leans Italian and certainly specializes in artisan pies but has quite a range of dishes as well. 

The Tuscan Truffle and the Venice are our favorite fares to order here. The charcuterie boards are also picture perfect here, and Insta-worthy, and you can even make your own with specialty components. The drink list is ideal, including an extensive wine selection and well-curated craft beer and cocktails.

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