You don’t need to dust the sand off your feet to eat right in this town. For the perfect fish sandwich, head to B.O.’s Fish Wagon! A hopping little open-air shack that turns out fresh food with zero fuss, as well as great live music on Friday nights.
The owner, Buddy Owen, is something of a local legend, having started his operation more than 25 years ago out of a little wagon on Duval Street. Enjoy their Friday night jam sessions with live music every week.
Experience true dock-to-dish dining as you enjoy the incredible views of the Historic Seaport inside this fully open air restaurant! Often, you’ll see their very own fleet of boats unloading their catches of fresh fish, stone crab and Caribbean Florida Lobster, when in season. Voted as Key West’s Best Happy Hour and Best Conch Fritters, Conch Republic Seafood Company is the only place you need to be for great seafood! Their motto: “For fresher seafood, you’ll have to catch it yourself!”
“One day in Cuba, I met a lady who made the best coffee and Cuban toast. She told us stories and showed me how to make a real cafe. I will never forget the Cuban Coffee Queen.” Stop in for some delicious Cuban coffee, breakfast, or lunch!
Enjoy fresh breakfast sandwiches and Cuban favorites for lunch. There is a variety of delicious options and something for everyone!
Don’t forget to pick up your Cuban Coffee Queen merchandise. Pick from t-shirts, hats, postcards, bumper stickers, mugs and more!
Eager to help residents and businesses get back to work and on the road to economic recovery, the City of Key West has worked tirelessly to ensure all city operations adhere to best practices and guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Fortunately, all Key West restaurants and retail establishments are allowed to be open, provided they follow all rules to protect the health and safety of guests, employees, and the public. You can read the latest directive in full, but we’ve made it easier for you in this post by highlighting the key rules and recommending some dining spots with that irreplaceable Key West flavor.
Current Mask Rules
Every person in Key West who is away from their residence needs to carry/wear a face mask at all times, even if social distancing is also maintained. It’s the responsibility of businesses to ensure that every individual in an establishment complies with these regulations.
Exceptions to Mask Rules
Brides/Grooms: Brides and grooms do not need to wear masks while having photographs taken at their wedding ceremony.
Musicians/Entertainers:Entertainers and performers who are separated from their audience by plexiglass and at least 10 feet may remove their facial coverings/masks.
Private Boats/Private Vehicles: Masks are not mandatory if you are in a private, non-commercial vehicle or vessel.
Open for Business
All restaurants are open with capacity limits, including no seating at bars or counters in restaurants is currently allowed. Here are a few of our favorites:
Fisherman’s Cafe mixes the Old Key West flavors with a bold, modern twist. For one of the classics, we recommend Harvey’s Johnny Cake smothered in cheese grits. If you’re looking for a modern twist, check out their Lobster Enchilau Tacos with island sauce or a Black Bean Burger with avocado. Not hungry and just looking for a morning caffeine fix? They open every morning at 7:00 A.M. with fresh coffee, cafe con leche, and coladas.
Conch Republic Seafood Company
This waterfront spot features delicious eats, live music, and an amazing happy hour. There’s even an aquarium! Conch Republic is a great place to indulge in your favorite classic Key West seafood. Conch chowder? Mahi sandwiches? What about some of their special pink shrimp? Your seafood cravings await.
Schooner Wharf Bar
In addition to mouthwatering seafood and delicious burgers, wings, & sandwich selections, it’s always a party at Schooner Wharf Bar.
But don’t take our word for it – look at their exciting list of upcoming fall & winter events that’ll surely get you into the holiday spirit.
There’s a certain, unmistakable familiarity you’ll feel the moment you arrive at the Fisherman’s Café. Each item on the menu is reminiscent of an era gone by — a time when local fishermen brought their day’s catch right off their boats and into the kitchen, and when chefs used only fresh ingredients to prepare handmade specialties. Stop by in the morning and enjoy a fresh breakfast sandwich or try one of their burgers, sandwiches or seafood for lunch!
Come Get Your Shamrock on at The Key West Historic Seaport!
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and at the Key West Historic Seaport, we believe there’s always a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, and that every day brings the possibility of adventure and good fortune!
On that note, from sailing adventures, fishing charters, delicious restaurants, cute local shops, and more, here are some great events and promotions taking place for St. Patrick’s Day at the Key West at the Historic Seaport.
44th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Bar Stroll
Event founder and organizer Rick Dostal started the St. Patrick’s Day Bar None Suds Run in 1979 with the help of Curly McGinn. Curly owned the Sandcastle Bar (now Michael’s restaurant on Margaret St.). At his request, the run ended at his bar and every year that it did, Curly, Rick, and the Strollers drank the place dry!
Finally, last but not least (we personally think it’s the best), Schooner Wharf Bar is a wonderful place to unwind at the end of all that strollin’!
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY WITH FURY!
If you’re looking for something in the water for your St. Patrick’s Day, Fury Water Adventures Key West is putting a festive spin on all of their trips on March 17th! With select trips featuring green beer and other special holiday treats, you’ll be sure to get your shamrock on with a Fury Watersports adventure on St. Patrick’s Day.
LOOKING FOR AN EXTRA SPECIAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY HAPPY HOUR?
If you’re looking to party and drink some yummy green beer, multiple restaurants at the Historic Seaport have fabulous happy hours that are sure to be extra special for St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some of our greatest:
Half Shell Raw Bar is an authentic Key West fish house. Once a shrimp packing building, it has stayed true to its blue-collar harbor front heritage. This is the ONLY seafood restaurant in Key West that owns its Fish Market! Enjoy fresh Key West Seafood on your plate within hours of being caught by the fishing fleet. Did you know nearly 200 oysters are shucked a day just during Happy Hour?! Stop by next time you are in Key West!
The Schooner Wharf is a true Key West experience that's not to be missed, regardless of your station in life. Enjoy delicious food and cold drinks and specials. With frequent special guest musicians, such as E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemmons, jazz great Othello and legendary bluesmen Big Jack Johnson and Johnny Johnson stopping in to play, you will always be in for a musical surprise!
Happy New Year! It’s officially 2022, and at the Key West Historic Seaport, there are more options than ever for dining, drinking, shopping, fishing, and enjoying a whole bunch of watersports adventures. You can find information on all of these activities on the Historic Seaport website, but in the meantime, here are a few options that are sure to get your new year started off on the right wave! Let’s check them out.
But First, Coffee.
With three locations in Key West, you can get a delicious caffeine buzz by ordering from Cuban Coffee Queen. With options for dine-in, pick up, and delivery, give them a call at 305.292.4747 and get freshly brewed coffee that will have your tastebuds doing somersaults. Plus, if you’re hungry, ask about their Sunrise Special!
Soak up Some Adventure with Watersports
Are you ready to set sail on the open ocean, wind in your hair, drink in hand? Our unique “Day Sail” is ready for you to swim, snorkel or just play on some floaties! Restless Natives charter depart to some amazing places to sail, snorkel, free dive, SCUBA or just relax! We arrive back at the dock just in time for your next adventure.
At the Historic Seaport, there are so many fantastic options for your next fishing trip. One of those is Seaborn Charters, which provides top of the line equipment and operates well-maintained boats. Catching fish is important but safety is a priority along with a friendly captain and crew! Seaborn Charters offers a variety of trips, including shark, tarpon and reef fishing.
Try offshore trolling for an awesome experience where you are fishing for mahi mahi wahoo, tuna, a variety of billfish – including blue and white marlin, sailfish, spearfish, swordfish and more!
They pride themselves on being among the most knowledgeable and friendly people in the business.
Shop Til You Drop (Minus the Drop Part)
Hammerhead Surf Shop is located in the famous Key West Historic Seaport along the harbor-walk waterfront. We only offer the best brands in the surf industry to keep you looking your best downtown or out on the water. We keep up with the latest trends and have something for everybody. Hammerhead Surf Shop is Key West, Florida’s Premier Surf Shop and your one stop shop for fashion.
Key West’s best brewpub, brewery, restaurant, and entertainment center is located in the heart of Old Town Key West’s Historic Seaport! Their food is as lovingly handcrafted as their beers! Daily ½ Price Daily Happy Hour from 4PM-6:30PM. In addition to their locally crafted beers, the Waterfront Brewery offers a full-service restaurant with a full liquor and wine selection. Waterfront Brewery’s beer is now sold in 150 locations throughout the Florida Keys with the Crazy Lady Honey Blonde Ale, Lazy Way IPA, & Island Life Lager being the most popular!
The Waterfront Brewery is OPEN!
>> Same hours, including their fabulous happy hour (Daily 4PM-6:30PM)
>> The game room has been made bigger for distancing with sanitizers provided throughout.
>> The Waterfront Brewery Gift shop re-opens Friday, June 12th!
>> Special Entertainment: Joe the Show will be playing on the roof every Saturday at 6pm from June 13-July 4.
When booking a tour with The Waterfront Brewery, use the code SEAPORT for a FREE tour today!