Thai Life Floating Restaurant
Thai Life Floating Restaurant

Thai Life Floating Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thailifekeywest.com/
  • Phone: 3052969907
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Thai
  • Executive Chef: Dow Lowe
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Palm
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty off road parking in the marina
A word from Thai Life Floating Restaurant
A traditional floating Thai restaurant serving authentic Thai cuisine.
Master Thai Chef Dow cooks everything to order-Great for vegetarians and allergies no problem
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Thai Life Floating Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
5 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.6
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (3)neighborhood gem (3)kid-friendly (2)fit for foodies (1)good for groups (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • JorgeD
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great gem.. Excellent Thai food on a floating restaurant. Servers are outstanding, better service that many 5 stars restaurants
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    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Real Thai food
    LIEUVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Superb food with a broad menu so authentic that it has misspellings. Very friendly service (see Car). Open air dining on a boat at the dock. It can get very warm, if you are in direct sunlight, but bamboo awnings can easily be dropped to provide screenings. Reasonable prices and ample parking. If you like and appreciate genuine Thai cuisine, this is the place. Go!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 72 reviews are from the Thai Life Floating Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great Thai Food
    Kerry
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We love good Thai food, and this restaurant doesn't disappoint. Chicken Satay was accompanied by excellent peanut sauce. My wife's Mahi Mahi was very moist with a spicy garlic sauce, and she loved it. My Red Curry with Duck was wonderful, even though I selected "American Hot," and would have liked it a little spicier. They have an excellent wine list, and excellent service. The floating restaurant rocks slightly as people get on and off, a nice little addition. My only complaint was that the sun was right in my eyes for about the first half of the meal (around 7:00 PM), but it is an outdoor restaurant. I would recommend this to any one wanting an unusual and very good tasting meal.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Find
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Outstanding menu, flavors, ambience and authentic. Would highly recommend. The staff went out of the way to be helpful and considerate of our pallets sensitively to the foods spicyness.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • great service
    jazzqueen
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    food was average but the service was outstanding mall especially adorable and so very very helpful
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a lovely meal at Thai Life Floating restaurant; had the Thai style iced tea - really different and refreshing, followed by vegetarian spring rolls, and we tried the Tom Yum soup and the pad Thai, which were all flavourful and delicious! It was a nice experience, dining among all the boats in the marina as the sun was setting. Really enjoyable!
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    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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  • Dissapointment
    RandeVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Read some good reviews and looked forward to dining. We love Thai food, so that wasn't the problem. It was lack of flavors! Tom kha soup--bland! Green curry pork came mistakenly with chicken. I reordered the pork, but with extra green curry to "season it up" a notch. Still bland. We didn't order anything else as we could see how the chef/owner was preparing her dishes. Warning---if you really like Thai, seek elsewhere!
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  • Just okay
    FreshConch
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We eat lots of Thai food and this was only okay. Portion size large but too large. A greater focus on quality rather than quantity would serve them well.
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  • Food was OK not great Entree
    SreveVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Food was OK not great Entree especially fish was over cooked Rice was nothing special veggies were overlooked Wine selections were not very good
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A unique charmer
    Disappointed
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    If you enjoy Thai food, a unique floating restaurant experience and find yourself in Key West, you should try this place. Very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Thai
    Lolo
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I had not had decent Thai food for some years so this restaurant was a real treat! It is sited on a barge which makes it a little different to start with. Then the welcome was lovely and the helpfulness and knowlege of the menu by the wait staff ( Car in particular) was outstanding. The meal was a gastronomic pleasure! I just love the flavors of good Thai food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and authentic
    chungclanVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Incredible home-style thai food in a surprising setting, on a floating barge just off North Roosevelt. Only in Key West! Whole fish was delicious, green papaya salad with shrimp was also a standout. Don't miss this hidden jewel!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's definitely Thai!!
    dbow
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Second visit and my husband was just as enthused about the food as the first. This is very unique in Key West as the restaurant is a floating barge. If you order make sure your palate can handle very hot Thai food. A medium degree may be more than an average palate can take. I ordered a steamed fish dish at medium heat and it was so hot for me that I really couldn't even taste the fish. My husband's dish of Tum Yum Soup was also medium, but he loved it. Everything is prepared very well and it is really a fun little place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Key West Dining
    adventureTime
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to Thai Life on our final night in Key West at the recommendation of a friend's doctor. We were very pleasantly surprised. It is a small restaurant (which is more aptly thought of as a boat restaurant in my opinion), but a big experience. The waitress was very helpful, even in light of a small language barrier (which I feel added to the experience), and offered good entree suggestions as well as made sure our glasses were never empty. The food was delicious as well, and very authentic. Most importantly however was the ambience. The boat setting was fantastic, it proved to be very good weather with a nice breeze and good crisp lighting on the outside. You could tell you were on a boat but not in a bad way at all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thai to remember!
    LiveandletThai
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    This restaurant was a great find - it really has it all: authentic dishes, attentive service, great ambience and good value. We've lived around the world including many years in the Far East and many visits to Thailand. This reminded us a lot of one meal we had, also on a boat, in Bangkok. Transplanted to Key West - how fantastic is that?!! PS the previous night we had eaten at Tom & Toon's 241 W51st in New York - a very different but equally good experience (but Thai Life wins in the chicken sate stakes!)
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have to come back here!
    Livetoeat
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Had checked it out online and the great reviews are to be trusted. Very freshly prepared, well seasoned, balanced flavors. Food arrived promptly, and server was genuinely happy to serve us. Everyone has their own definition of "hot". We found 'medium' to be rather mild. Suggest you order one dish medium - especially green papaya salad- and you can judge how to order further. Only in Key West till Fri and have to go back at least once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • local favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I'm a Key Wester, and Thai Life is getting to be my favorite restaurant in Key West. It is SO THAI and SO KEY WEST, with its great waterfront location, fabulous food, and funky, atmospheric space. You feel a million miles away when you eat here. It's great. Across from us tonight four fishermen in baseball hats were eating what they'd just caught, cooked by the Thai chef. Is that not cool?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food for the most part
    Andrew
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    This is not the typical restaurant. You are literally on a boat that does gently rock. Food was very good but beware the portion sizes are small and a bit pricey for what it is. I do recommend the choo chi and was surprised by the dish. The garlic pepper was a bit of a disappointment both from the taste and presentation. Stick with the curries and soups. I was disappointed with the hot tea. I always expect Asian restaurants to have good tea brewed from tea leaves not tea bags. The service is better than average for a Thai restaurant. Also, you are sitting outside and the pollution from the boats can be a minor annoyance. Overall an interesting choice and a nice alternative to Duval. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of Thailand in Key West
    Disappointed
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Any place that asks do you want your food mild, medium American Hot or Thai Hot has to be tried! The food is amazing, the service is great and the floating boat is like being in Southeast Asia... Good prices, great ambiance, and the food amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Last night in Key West
    Rcw818
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We had done Duval many times over, was a wonderful quiet last night in town. Boys loved it too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    Phil
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Probably the best Thai food that we have ever had. Really a great place. Food coming out of the kitchen was a little slow, but I believe that is because they make each dish to order. Really a great find!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    Notalocal
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    I really wished that I had more room for this food. I had the green papaya salad and a pork shoulder special for dinner - when I was done, it looked like I barely made a dent. I want to be clear that this was not cookie-cutter Thai like you can get at any place on the planet - it was clearly lovingly made and delicious. The setting was really nice - covered but open-air, right on the water. I never felt rushed - overall, a happy experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Thai food
    Prashant
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Staff is very friendly and courteous - to start, we ordered veg spring rolls and red curry with vegetables and tofu - red curry was amazing - we were still hungry and felt like trying noodle dish and so tried the noodles with basil (tofu and veg) - this dish turned out a little bland and we had to flavor with crushed peanuts. The setting is unique - restaurant is on a boat - and there is a view of the water and other boats in marina. We were very pleased to know that dishes were made from scratch and could be made truly vegetarian without fish sauce and shrimp paste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The chef cooked our fresh
    bandpsadventuresVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    The chef cooked our fresh catch mahi mahi and tuna four different ways. It was great!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Made from scratch!
    vannavada
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    This is one of the very few places I've tried the past 10 years that does not use pre-made sauces in the curries. Great for even vegetarians, since they make the curries from scratch they can exclude the fish sauce! The floating boat was so clean, no webs, no sea side salt deposits,you know what I mean for a boat always in the sea water, it was cleaner than most of the regular restaurants. Small place but unique ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Thai food !!!!!
    Firegrrlmel
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    The Tom Ka soup was the best I have ever had and the Pad Thai was absolutely delicious! Service was wonderful too....Mo was a sweetheart and took very good care of us. Interesting spot too, the restaurant is literally floating like a houseboat, quiet ambiance and peaceful. Food was made to order and fresh. We will most definitely return on our next trip for more authentic and delicious Thai food here.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaraunt!
    TheGambit
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    We were a bit unsure at first since it was a floating restaraunt but it wasn't even noticeable. The food was delicious and the staff was super friendly. One of the best hidden jems in town!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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  • Food was excellent. Nice casual
    LoveBichons
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Food was excellent. Nice casual place with very friendly staff. We would definately visit again.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Great views at sunset.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    The food was excellent. Had the masaman curry with chicken and the pad Thai. Sunset was great. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and good price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    Was wonderfully surprised to find this place with great Thai food, authentic and very tasty. Great service as well.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    JerseyDiner
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Don't let the construction on the road or the lack of other nearby restaurants keep you from coming here. We had a 6:30 reservation and a perfect seat for the sunset over the boats docked for the night. Great meal, too. Wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as always
    LocalKW
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    This is a regular treat for locals. This time we had the fresh rolls ( really fresh with a shrimp surprise at the bottom) and the whole fried fish with mango sauce (crispy on the outside and tender and flavorful on the inside).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We just recently returned
    DebTVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    We just recently returned form Thailand. Thai Life is very authentic.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • This restaurant provides reasonably
    Pablo
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    This restaurant provides reasonably decent Thai food at a reasonable price. You get what you pay for and that's an accomplishment in today's restaurants.
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  • Thai Life has a lovely location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Thai Life has a lovely location in the harbor in Key West. Excellent Thai food, particularly any fish dish, which is cooked to perfection.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • The appitizers were really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    The appitizers were really good. Then the dinners were mediocre. Too much sauce, too much starch, not enough meat or vegetables. Price probably reasonable for Key West, but didn't seem like a bargain for what we got.
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  • Float, Eat, Enjoy!
    Lynnboats
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Eating at Thai Life Floating restaurant was great. It is delightful to have dinner on a boat, the decor was nice and of course the view of the boats and pelicans in the marina was one of the reasons we went. We shared a bottle of reisling wine which was only $23, a real bargain. Our food was delicious, vegetables were fresh and done just right, the shrimp were huge, plumbpand savory. We even had dessert, something you don't think of eating at an Asian restaurant, but their Mango Sticky Rice is worth the price of the trip to Key West, a must try! The only downside was the construction at the nearby intersection. We missed it at first, but Google maps finally got us into the big marina parking lot where they are docked.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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  • Hard to find good Asian food
    FoodblokeVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Hard to find good Asian food in KW. This Thai outshines all the others as far as menu and preparations go. Curiously no duck dishes at all. Otherwise, there is a freshness and authenticity to the food here. Pots of fresh herbs on the dock by the entrance are obviously used, and its a real Mom n Pop, it would seem, British husband and his Thai wife.. A nicely decorated floating restaurant.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty, authentic Thai food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Whenever we travel, we always like to snoop out a great Thai restaurant, and Thai Life didn't disappoint. We were so happy to have found it. While the interior is rather bland, and the tables/chairs are a bit uncomfortable, the food and service were great. Truly - the MAIN reason to visit this restaurant is to experience the food! I ordered a spicy tuna hand roll.It was an extremely generous portion with excellent flavor. The Seafood Delight entree was delicious, filled with fresh scallops and other seafood. My husband gobbled it all up! The flavor was light and just right. He loved it. I had the Panang Curry (with chicken). The flavor was excellent, although it was a little too spicy for my taste. My son had the Pad See Ew and loved it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The yellow curry was nice,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    The yellow curry was nice, but everything else was very bland and flavorless. Cute restaurant and good service, but the food was lacking.
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