Cafe Sole - Key West
Cafe Sole - Key West

Cafe Sole - Key West

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafesole.com/
  • Phone: (305) 294-0230
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: In Season: Sunday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: In Season: Sunday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, European
  • Executive Chef: John Correa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Full Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Frances St.
  • Parking: No
A word from Cafe Sole - Key West
Café Solé has captured the hearts and palates of locals and visitors lucky enough to discover this culinary gem off the beaten path. By combining his French mastery of sauces with fresh locally caught seafood, John has created a menu unlike any on the island, where every dish is bursting with indescribable flavors. Mutton snapper in pesto and champagne, yellowtail in a beurre blanc of lobster or a rare hog snapper with red pepper zabaglione top a list of nightly specials. As for the classics, the Duck a L'Orange, Rack of Lamb with herb de Province and Lobster Bouillaise are as authentic as you will find this side of Paris. Chef Correa combines the best of both of his worlds, European and Caribbean to win the People's Choice and Best Entree awards at a recent Master Chefs Classic
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Cafe Sole - Key West reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (46)great for outdoor dining (40)romantic (40)special occasion (40)notable wine list (24)good for groups (6)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Love the location!
    Kelly
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This centrally located old town restaurant Is a favorite. Didn't know about this gem until someone mentioned it as the "go to" restaurant for hog snapper. It's a beautiful little place, off the beaten path but surrounded by authentic Key West charm. The food and service is top notch. A truly tasty and memorable experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Wonderful
    Dolceitalia
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We had the pleasure of dining here for our 35th Anniversary. From the greeting at the door, to the great service, and fantastic food it couldn't have been better. Everyone acknowledged our anniversary and truly made us feel special. The Hogfish Specialty of the house was one of the best dinners we have ever had. Can't wait to return to Key West and Cafe Sole. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dining
    indydoc
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We went back for our third time. Excellent service and excellent food! We could not recommend it more highly. The desserts are "icing on the cake"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner in the Keys
    Linda
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Cafe sole has impeccable wait staff. The food is outstanding along with the service. We had the Hog fish once again and loved it. Luc our waiter is an asset to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    RayandJVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Based on Open Table reviews we tried Cafe Sole. Service and staff are extremely friendly and accommodating. The food was good. Based on previous reviews from people I went with the Hogfish, their signature dish. It was pretty good. Cafe Sol had a two for one wine special on their house select wines. The wine was fairly bad. I suggest ordering from the wine list. I might return but not immediately - too many other good restaurants in Key West.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    LovethefoodVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We go to this restaurant every time we have gone to Key West. It is our favorite place there. We had the Hog Snapper there and it is excellent. Also, the Key Lime Pie for dessert is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Dinner
    JandM1964
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food was incredible and the service impeccable. The hotel concierge recommended the restaurant, and we could not have been happier. Kudos to the chef and the staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    minne46
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Clearly the best in key west. The best lobster bisque have got anywhere. The hogfish was absolutely perfect.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Might be the best food in Key West
    PhillyFoodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Bouillabaisse!!!! Nice place, very welcoming staff. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Key West Restaurant
    sailor78
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    As always, everything was great. The wine list was also extensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • David from Ft Lauderdale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This was a great experience all the way around. Only wish this restaurant was closer to my home. Key West best dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is still fantastic!
    KWgirl25VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Café Sole has always been a favorite of mine for at least 15 years. I have taken many friends and family over the years. It's small, quaint, wonderful menu & the food is the best. I did find this time that service is a bit snooty. And living here for almost 25 years, I would rather be treated as a welcome friend, then an inexperienced diner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • prize in a sea of mediocrity
    strandst
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    every detail is clear and crisp the service is excellent and invisible the food is clean fresh and delectable great wine list obviously good management
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HungryHungryHippo
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent! From the melt in your mouth Conch ceviche, to OMG! This Hogfish is unbelievable! to Bananas foster that was as delicious as it gets!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overdelivered!
    SpikelawVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Given that this place has been around for awhile we were braced for an experienced that might be a bit "tire." Not true! The restaurant has that cozy, broken-in-ness that adds to, rather than takes away. The food was unique, especially for KW, and certainly tasted like the chef cared about creations. Servers were good. The owner was on site, was a great guy, and quickly worked to make any good situation great. Wish their bar was bigger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We Will Go Again...
    KeysFoods
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I have been to Cafe Sole dozens of times over the past few years and this last time was not a normal experience... It was very busy (every table occupied (even though it is a small restaurant) and there was only 2 servers working. We were waiting for a third person to join us but were pretty much ignored for the first 10minutes and service was rushed... Entrees were half off but we still managed to spend $200 dollars for 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts and 2 glasses of wine that we're buy one get one free. The tip was also included at 20% which was generous since no one had stellar service for the price because it was so busy.. Anyway food was just above average... Will go back again though just to see if it was a fluke.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Place to Eat in Key West
    UMProf
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Café Sole features excellent continental cuisine in a cozy setting with attentive but not intrusive service. When we went (September 19) they were offering 50% off all entrees and two-for-one glasses of a limited wine selection (which was quite adequate). My wife and I agreed that the savings were certainly nice but we would not have complained if we had paid full price for the quality of food we received.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place in Key West
    regularVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Key West in Sept is hot and humid - where do you find a place to cool your palette - Cafe Sole! The Gazpacho was perfect, nice vinegar taste without being too tart & the Conch Carpaccio is like nothing you've ever had - perfect way to start the evening. Followed these with the Blackened Grouper and Duck al'Orange. Both started with a nice crunch through to a perfectly cooked fish or duck - this is how these dishes should be prepared as too often they are tough from overcooking. Finished the night with the Trio - which is a slice of Key Lime Pie, bowl of berries and a bowl of créme brûlée. I don't usually like Key Lime Pie (way too tart & graham cracker tasty) nor créme brûlée but these were great. Wine list is nice & not expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    COCOVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We hadn't been to Cafe Sole in awhile, we are so glad ww went on a latest trip to Key West. The Hog Snapper is the way to go, so sweet and melts in your mouth. We were celebrating my wifes birthday and they made it very special. Thanks again to the restaurant staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A special place
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I always make a stop at Cafe Solé when I go to Key West. The owner John has got the equation down just right. Relaxed atmosphere, impeccable menu and service, not noisy but vibrant, and just enough of the KW flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • xray
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The best hog snapper I have ever had! Our waiter, Michael, was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, not breaking new ground
    EnjoyFineFood
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    There are coupons all over town for Cafe Sole -- usually involving free wine. Hogfish was a little mushy but tasty. Hard to find any leading edge, foodie plates here, but the food won't disappoint. Shaved Conch cerviche made a pretty plate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our Key West Top Four
    joeingoodtasteVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A foodies delight. They KNOW how to cook Florida lobster. Hog fish to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    MKSHVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Try the hog snapper or the rack of lambs. Request Lucas as your server great restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Sandiand3
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Try the portobello soup and the hog fish. I don't think you can go wrong with anything to be honest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST KEY LIME PIE IN FLORIDA
    Casejon
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We have dined at this restaurant several times but have always ordered their key lime pies for take out for holidays and special occasions. The Key lime pie is topped with marshmallow cream...the tart key lime and the sweet marshmallow cream is just perfect! I ordered a pasta and the waiter suggested the hogfish snapper, he said I would not b disappointed. He was correct! Three nights later, we dined again for the hogfish snapper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    So good we returned for a second dinner during our four day stay. This is one you will enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    lifelover
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was my first time at Cafe Sole. Both food and service were excellent!!! Cannot wait to visit this place again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    JavierVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The hostess, Susan, is most welcoming and open to individual requests. The food is excellent across the entire menu. I especially enjoy the house specialty, hogfish. The waiters are attentive and always keep the water glass filled throughout the entire meal. This restaurant, while popular with the locals (like me) is an excellent "Key West" atmosphere for tourists. Any visit to the island would be incomplete without a dinner here!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dbra
    DbraVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It was a hot weekend in Key West so outdoor dining was a bit uncomfortable. I don't think it was much cooler inside though. Hogfish was as good as advertised. Will definitely return. Off the beaten path and away from the carnival atmosphere of Duval.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful!
    karin
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have eaten here twice now, and each time it has been a delightful gastronomical experience. First time we had the lobster special. One of the best meals we have ever had. Second time we had the Hog fish dinner that they are known for. The fish was delightful and full of flavor. We will make this a regular place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprisingly good
    Skindr
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Went for the lobster special which they were out of by 6:20 on a Weds. Now in a down mood , the other choices were so good that I forgave them and would gladly return. Place was packed even on an early weekday . Seafood choices will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding!
    liz33VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    always have loved this place. went for my birthday with friends from out of town, their first time, and they loved it, too. I know they will recommend it to their friends that visit Key West. They have a wonderful selection of apps, salads, and soups. Entrees, too. Must check out their new place "Bistro Sole" when they reopen in October.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delicious
    firefly
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have been going to this restaurant for 15 years. Service is impeccable and the food is consistently delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unknown Little Neighborhood Gem
    KWeataround
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Café Sole is one of those quaint little gems that are rare and hard to find but when you do you will go back to over and over. The outdoor dining is lovely and quirky at the same time(look up and you will see a Star Wars movie tarp which acts as the roofs cover). Indoor seating is limited but very cozy. Service is second to none and the food is fantastic - don't miss out on their Key Lime Pie for desert either.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Meal!
    EDKW
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Cafe Sole is a consistently excellent dining experience and clearly ranks with the very best of Key West's restaurants. This was probably the eighth time we've eaten there, and may have been the absolute best meal we've had to date. I had the French onion soup to start; it was as good as any I've had in France. My entree was the Duck L'Orange - perfectly cooked and seasoned and a true delight for someone who normally would pick anything but duck! My wife had the skirt steak special and raved over it. Their wine list has excellent variety and is fairly priced; we took advantage of the wines by the glass special. Ambiance is cosy, romantic. Service was impeccable - attentive but not intrusive, professional and friendly. Kudos!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, perfectly prepared
    keywestpattymcg
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We love eating at Café Sole! The intimate atmosphere lends to the extremely attentive service for a wonderful dining experience. Michael, our waiter, was superb! His helpers also could not do enough for us. And the food! I had hogfish pan fried perfectly! My husband had the duck l'orange...a memorable meal....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable atmosphere
    Andy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The hostess greeted us with huge smile. She assigned us to the table in better spot to meet our preference. The food were delicious and cooked with soul. The waiter Lucas checked on us often and met our needs. The restaurant appeared quaint and historic. Perfect place for people who enjoy local restaurant's character.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 766 reviews are from the Cafe Sole - Key West reviews archive.
  • Fabulous owner owned
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Very small and cute but do NOT sit outside in the summer. I only seats about 20 and most are in the patio outside. No space for romantic anything!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Sole
    satisfiedfoodie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This restaurant is off the beaten path, but worth the short trek for the incredible food. My husband and I loved the romantic ambiance. The food was delicious and there was a wide selection of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.