New in Town: Key West Restaurants & Food Tours

What’s new in Key West?  That’s one of the first questions we get asked by our friends who come back to visit each year.  While we can’t list everything new in town we do want to highlight some new restaurants, hot spots and tours that take you around the island by land and sea.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

If you were a fan of Finnegan’s Wake on the corner of Grinnell Street, we have some sad news for you.  Finnegan’s is no longer.  The good news is that Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant has taken it’s place and given that corner a fresh new look.   Don’t let the name fool you as this is a family friendly fun place to eat and drink.  The minute you walk in the door you get that surfer vibe and you are immediately taken to a vacation state of mind.  Lucy’s offers up great food, drinks in a casual surfboard kind of setting.  They serve lunch, dinner and also brunch. It’s another great place, off the beaten path, to also enjoy Happy Hour and live music.  After you visit Lucy’s you’ll walk with a smile on your face and say to yourself, this was a fun place to eat and drink in Key West.

Great food and drinks at great prices in a fun place.  ~ Donna Windle, Google Review


Locally caught grilled whole fish served family style with tortillas, salsa, house made slaw, black bean salad, mango salsa and pickled red onion.  Photo credit:  Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant


Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant offers up outstanding drinks, great food, and that easy attitude found on the sandy fringes of civilization. ~ Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

320 Grinnell Street, Key West, Florida

Open 11am – 11:59pm
305) 922-2616

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant


Thirsty Mermaid

One block off Duval on the corner of Fleming and Bahama Street is where you’ll find a cool new dining spot called the Thirsty Mermaid Raw Bar & Restaurant.  The menu offers a full raw bar selection of oysters from East and West coasts, fresh local seafood, USDA Prime Burgers, small plates and appetizers, salads and sandwiches along with an extensive list of craft beers and wines.  Lunch and dinner menu is served all day.

Don’t let the small creative space fool you as this restaurant is filled with big flavors and a must visit while in Key West and the service is top notch!  Don’t believe us, here’s what Texas Hemmaplardh had to say about Thirsty Mermaid on Google: “Fresh food that’s a notch above, great service, bright location that’s as laid back as Key West, yet upscale. I’ll be back!


Seared Diver Scallops, fingerling potatoes, sweet corn relish, yuzu vinaigrette.  Photo credit: Thirsty Mermaid

Thirsty Mermaid
521 Fleming Street, Key West, Florida

Open for Lunch and Dinner

Hours: 11am – 11:30pm



Something old is new again!  At the corner of Angela and Duval Street in the heart of Old Town Key West sits Mangoes Restaurant.  It’s under new management with an updated decor in and old setting.  It’s the people-watching place to enjoy good food with friends while watching the visitors to the island take a stroll on Duval Street.

Of course we have to talk about the food and this restaurant is all about Key West Island Cuisine!  What exactly does that mean?  It’s native natural local cuisine, which is a blend of Bahamian, Cuban, West Indies, and Key West.  Executive Chef Martin Liz, a true Key West Conch, has created a menu inspired by traditional Conch and Caribbean dishes, using local indigenous ingredients.

“Great job! I came in for lunch and it was so good I came back for dinner that night. Great vibe. Great staff. Great food. Congratulations.” ~ David Sloan ~ Facebook Review


Pan Seared Local Snapper with pigeon peas, rice, pork belly braised collard greens on top of a creole sauce.
Photo Credit Mangoes Restaurant.

Mangoes Restaurant
700 Duval Street, Key West, FL

Happy Hour + Live Music 5pm – 8pm

Open for Lunch and Dinner

Hours: 11am – Midnight



New Food Tours & Cocktail Cruises

Key West Food Tours

It’s a foodie adventure and historic tour in paradise!  Believe it or not, it’s not just about the food.  The Key West Food Tours will take you on a culinary adventure and historic tour through Key West.  You’ll discover why locals paint their ceiling porches blue (and more) while visiting some of the off the beaten cafes and eateries.  Explore the neighborhoods, architecture and history of Key West while enjoying good food, cocktails with new and old friends.  It’s a three hour food tasting and cultural walking tour in Old Town.


“Great way to get your bearings in Key West and sample local food” ~ Joood14 on Trip Advisor.

If you have limited time in Key West and want to learn more about our delicious destination then Book a Key West Food Tour Today.  This is where you and your friends can try some of the best dishes on the island in a three-hour tour.

Good to Know:  Participants must purchase a full-priced ticket in advance. Cash payments and walk-up traffic are not accepted.  Book Your Tour Today.

Key West Food Tours

3 Hour Tour 11am – 2pm.
(305) 396-2224
Key West Food Tours


Key West Cocktail Cruise

There’s a new cruise in town and it’s not Carnival or Royal Caribbean, it’s the Key West Cocktail Cruise!  This is not your ordinary sunset cruise. It’s Key West’s only boating excursion offering hand-made Craft Cocktails, South Florida Craft Beer and Fine California Wines.  What you can expect during the Key West Cocktail Cruise is 5 -star service along with a unique sunset experience.  They offer Sunset Cruises, Stargazer Cruises and Custom Charters.


A very different experience in sunset cruises! Excellent craft cocktails, a fabulous, enthusiastic crew. What a great value! ~ Dani Hoy ~ Facebook Review

Key West Cocktail Cruise
Garrison Bight Marina

711 Eisenhower Drive, Slip # 7

Key West, Florida 33040

Reservations: 305-395-9796

Key West Cocktail Cruise

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