We stole away to Key West after a family tragedy--just needing space and to be together. Found this restaurant via reviews on Yelp, and with one of us needing to be gluten free the reviews said it was a good place if GF. It was! They even had the menu marked for it. But the food itself is what blew us away. The fresh mozzarella salad was out of this world. We also had a wonderful and attentive waitress (Big hug Dawn!). We sat outside and it was a perfect quiet setting to just be together and connect.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Add this to your top 5
With all the new energy of a change of ownership and a facelift, this exciting rehab of an old Key West favorite has lots of tongues wagging. The menu is absolutely fabulous, with selections to satisfy the herbivore to the carnivore with a sensitive and creative twist without being delving to some of the more ridiculous combinations some fusion restaurants reach. Try it for lunch or dinner, a group gathering or a special event. the staff will make you both welcome and special.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small plates let you share and taste amazing food...best mussels ever! Would like to keep it a secret so they always have room for me!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A New Oldie
Square One has been around for decades, installed in its own stuffiness and priciness. But, in the last year it has changed owner, being purchased by a coalition of other restaurateurs with their own outstanding reputations. The quiet elegance of Square One has been enhanced with a menu less demanding on the wallet and more engaging in terms of world food. Our evening at the New Square One reminded us of why this is such a special place: it is one of the few places in Key West where one can have an quiet, intimate conversation; the creative edge of the coconut crusted lobster special salad course; the only place to get Steak Tartar in town; magnificent short ribs; a lesser-known, better-drinking, reasonably priced Prosecco. Well done!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I ate here one night during our honeymoon. We had a great table for people watching, and I can't say enough good things about the meal. We had and escargots with foie gras and mushrooms for the appetizer, and I had fresh yellow tail tuna with broccoli rabe and gnocchi all'amatriciana. My wife had the red curry seafood hotpot. Everything was perfect, delicious, and even surprising. Our waiter was also helpful, friendly, and attentive.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
go back to Square One
that about sums it up. Square One is worth many a repeat visit. The menu is broad. Service is friendly and attentive and the interior is lovely and peaceful. Acoustics allow easy conversation and we're fans.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
An awesome evening. Everything
An awesome evening. Everything was perfect. Hot pot will keep me returning
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Spot for Dinner
This is a good blend of "American" and local influences. Nice dishes with pleasant spice. The calamari ranks at the top of what I have sampled over the years. Their "Island" tarter sauce beats every-day marinara as a great dip for this treat. Shrimp salad and chorizo scallops were great first courses. Main dishes also delighted. One note: While the address is Duval, you actually enter the parking lot from Simonton. That's a good deal because there is plenty of free parking in the large lot. Try these guys...you will enjoy.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
A New Favourite
Dining at Square One was an extremely pleasant experience throughout. Great food and great service, I can highly recommend the Pork Cheek Spring Rolls and Seafood Lasagne. I look forward to many more visits.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a delicious dinner! It was great to see this well known restaurant with renewed ambiance and excellent food. Every bite was heaven!
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great vegetarian options!
Square One is just off of Duval with a lovely patio. It's nice to feel tucked away from the hustle and bustle. We ordered wine, salads, and multiple small plates. Everything was wonderful! It was my husband's favorite meal from the trip and I definitely recommend it.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We visited Square One on June 20, 2013 and were so impressed with the food and service that we returned again the next night. We have dined at several restaurants in Key West and this has become one of our favorites. We loved the atmosphere and the fact the there was plenty of free parking near the restaurant which is accessed from Simonton Street. Give it a try, I am sure that you won't be disappointed!
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding restaurant in Key West
If you want great food, a fantastic barman, and service that makes you feel like a VIP then look no further.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local find
Very good food. Awesome local hot spot. Service was good. Highly recommend this place. Seafood is great. Close to everything.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were great! We chose the porch during a long thunderstorm, and it was fantastic. So romantic!
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for small plates
We dined at Square One, and enjoyed both their salads and their small plates - you can order a variety of small plates (mussels, calamari, crabcakes) and relax at a quiet outdoor table away from the Duval street crowds.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting and yummy
The food was an interesting mix. There were great vegetarian options. I had the jicama salad which was good and my husband hand the tagine which was awesome. The Brussels sprouts were delish! Our mojitos were large and perfect! Service was great.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The "New" Square One, Key West, FL
Veteran restauranteurs, Carolyn and Carmelo Vitale, along with Dominque Faulkner have renovated, updated and created a great spot for locals & visitors. The food items are fresh and creative. Friendly and polished service make this one of the best choices on the island.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious dining in key west
Sought out this restaurant based on reviews and was well worth making plans to visit. Food was delicious and varied menu. Wine complemented meal on well. This seafood bouillabaisse type dish was outstanding in a red coconut curry sauce and other fish dish excellent too. Nice ambience great service great meal
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy We Tried It
We have not been to Square One since the new Owners took over and finally gave it a try and happy that we did! They preserved the elegance and ambience while upgrading and making nice changes. The food was excellent, great flavors and great presentation, definitely worth a return visit. We also noticed a great happy hour special so will look forward to returning and sampling the small plates offered then.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Server didn't intoduce himself but the meal was very good
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to Key West many
I have been to Key West many times but had not eating at this restaurant before. Apparently under new management (i year) and the decor and food has been updated. Food was very good and we dined all Fresco and since this is not in the main area of Duval street it was a very pleasant respite from the loud and complex party atmosphere. We really enjoyed the restaurant and would go back again.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, friendly service
Food was great and very efficient and friendly service - great dining experience
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Off the Beaten Path
Even thought it is not right on Duval that does not make it a bad thing, in fact it is a good thing, just makes it a little harder to find. The food was very good, the outside seating makes for a nice change of pace on a quite side street in Key West, go and take a chance and enjoy a nice night.
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Superb food, wonderful service. Key Lime pie exceptional! Went at 8pm just before tables started to fill up.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Food and Service
We dined here for the first time since the renovation. Completely different restaurant. Some of the staff is the same, but they were worth keeping. Superb personalities and exceptional service. The braised ribs with Kimchi were probably the best thing I have ever tried. The new interior is beautiful. This is definitely a MUST.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tara is the best and most
Tara is the best and most fun!! She made our dining experience the very best! Ask for her as your server.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed Square One. I was looking for a place for our 1st wedding anniversary dinner and Square One fit the bill. It was romantic and quiet. I had the seafood lasagna and it was amazing! My spouse ordered the shrimp risotto and it was bland; a little salt and pepper fixed it. I had a great mojito too. The staff gave us a great secluded corner table so we could celebrate in an intimate setting. Will definitely go back when we're in Key West.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal my wife and I had
Best meal my wife and I had in Key West. We selected 4 items from the "small plate" menu; excellent food!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another enjoyable experience
This is my second dinner since the new Owners took over. A great overall experience and the food was top notch! I had the rib eye steak special and it was perfectly cooked and delicious. It was hard to choose from the special offerings as they all sounded delicious. Also, what was really nice was that the specials were all priced the same as the menu options, so no big price hike for specials like some other restaurants do. I have also recently been there for there happy hour special where they have small plates available at the bar for $5. The small plates are really delicious and good size portions for $5. I highly recommend Square One!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service!
Great food, great service, and plenty of diverse menu options.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
While visiting Key West recently, I discovered Square One ticked away in a quiet area of Duval Street. Although still off-season for typical key west ambiance, the experience was outstanding... excellent food, service and atmosphere. The restaurant had undergone new ownership and was very pleased with improvements they have made. Highly recommended from a seasoned finger who loved great food.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall this restaurant appears to be relatively new. It has a great atmosphere. The food was excellent but not superb. I think it has great potential.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
Our dinner at Square One was lovely. We focused on small plates, all of which were very good, and we also had excellent salads. The entire experience was very enjoyable, including the staff, who were attentive, but not obsessively so. Thanks Square One for an excellent evening.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Greeted by the owner, we were given an accommodating table for us and our friends. Co-owner and chef stopped by to chat.
Wine, food & service--all superb! A real gem in Old Town, away from the madness of Lower Duval. Worth returning to many times!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
You will not be disappointed with your dining experience at Square One. The food, ambience and service are excellent. The menu has a dish to suit any taste. We have dined at Square One on our annual Key West trip for the last 7 years. When we learned the former owner had sold the restaurant we were reluctant to try it this year. However, when a server from another restaurant told us that we should give it a try., we did and we were very happy that we did!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful experience. Food was exceptional. Best Canoli cake ever.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was outstanding. Our
Service was outstanding. Our waitress Helen was very knowledgable and attentive. This place has execellent food and is reasonably priced. My husband had the whole yellowtail snapper and I had the burrata salad. Both were delicious but if you go here definitely get the snapper.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exquisite service and dining exp
Our server Daniel was very attentive. He always made sure our glasses were full and that we had bread. We went for thanksgivingg and I actually felt like I had a genuine home cooked meal. I would reccommend this restaurant to everyone.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM