Bistro 245

4.4
357 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

Bistro 245 at The Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina is located on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or sunset cocktails and snacks as you watch the boats enter and leave the harbor. Waterfront dining at its best.
Our Chefs prepare unique breakfast items, an array of mouth watering salads and sandwiches for lunch, fresh local fish and juicy steaks for dinner,
all with a Caribbean flair. Our bartenders will tempt you with our frozen drinks, tropical libations or choose one of our signature mojitos in 10 refreshing flavors.
Bistro 245 is also the island's premier location for our nightly sunset celebration. Come out for people watching, the famous cat show and to see the nightly celebration to end the day.
Bistro 245 is the perfect setting to enjoy a meal or sit back with a cocktail.
Open daily from 7am until 10pm
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GW
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The lobster quesadillas were outstanding.

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J
New England
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food!!
Great variety.

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l
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Ordered an appetizer for my wife that turned put to be the size of a Pizza. She was almost full
so I asked the Server to give her a 1/2 size Caesar Salad instead of the main course full size.

He refused. B#%l@*. Said it was already ordered. How pathetic!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We were very, very disappointed in this restaurant given its ratings. We expected much more, much higher quality, than we were served. This is the first negative restaurant review I’ve over written.

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Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great and Stefan was fabulous! Definitely will eat there again.

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MM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We were a party of 4 we got gratuity rather than we tipped them upset me I tip way more than when they do that & we waited 30 min before I had to go ask if our server was coming to see us. When he arrived he said he didn’t know we were seated. Breakfast was good service was good 2 days prior and I gave a much larger tip same amount of people too.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mashed potatoes served with cowboy steak special were INSTANT. Waiter and manager comped is 2 desserts. Other than that we were very satisfied overall.

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were disappointed because we thought we had a table reserved outside, but there wasn’t one available. That was one of the main reasons we chose this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch is always great in total. Great buffet selections from seafood to french toast, plus carving and omelette stations. Weekly selections change somewhat, but always good. Service and ambiance is top notch.

Our waiter was so on top the mimosa refills I had to hide my glass. A little pricier than iHop, but worth it.

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Key West
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing brunch buffet! It was 44 dollars (plus tax and gratuity already added). Bottomless mimosas, which actually means I never got to the bottom before it was refilled. The food was delicious and fresh. Make a reservation. We did not get a table when we walked up last year, so I made sure we had one this year. Sit outside next to the marina and enjoy the breeze!

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Key West
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location watching the sunset overlooking Mallory Square! Food and service were wonderful!

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AS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outside sitting. View of cruises. Good spot for breakfast, not loud.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

No gluten free options, which is pretty rare. Situated right where cruise ships disembark so way overpriced to take advantage of cruise ship patrons. Food was good though and juices fresh.

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LG
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A nice spot to be at sunset. Food excellent, especially the grouper.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We reserved this restaurant while vacationing in the Keys for Christmas. We wanted a place that would be special and expected it since it was Christmas Evening. We got there right at our reservation time but yet was told they had to clean the table. The restaurant was obviously understaffed Bc the staff was all running around and we had to wait almost 10 minutes before a server came to the table. After we finally ordered and after another 15 minutes, bread was brought after we had to ask. The food was mediocre considering how much we paid. It was only the 2 of us, with an overpriced bottle of wine and our bill was over $115 with no dessert. I wouldn’t have minded this if the food and the service were good. The ambiance of the place was mediocre for being a holiday.
I would never return or recommend

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The Service was terrible. Our waiter never checked on us, once our meal was served. We were done, and it took him 15 minutes to come by, so we could ask for our check. The food was real good.

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CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere is pleasant and service was really pretty good. Food is better than average for the keys, if not the best. Mac and cheese was highly recommended. I personally did not enjoy, nor did i find the crab cakes all that great. They were slightly over cooked. We enjoyed our meal and would return. I was put off only by our seating, but a very small inconvenience.

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T
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Christmas Eve with our teenage kids and had a great meal and drinks! Ceasar salad one of the best we’ve had! Service was excellent, they were very attentive. So. Ice to watch the sunset and all the activity on the pier and the cruise ship setting sail. We cancelled one of our reservations for later in the week and are going back!

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TL
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside on a gorgeous sunny 75 day for a late lunch with friends. Lovely. Not noisy.... unless you count the horn of the cruise ship. Caribbean seafood salad- fresh & tasty with broiled pineapple slices. Grouper sandwich- generous portion. Turkey Club - just average. Loved the strawberry, basil & vodka smash drinks!

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KW
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best brunch on the island!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The absolute best Sunday Brunch Buffet in Key West, As locals we go regularly and are never ever disappointed. The bottomless Mimosas are wonderful and the food is always plentiful and well cooked.
We thoroughly recommend this Brunch

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NJ
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great view of the shops each day. If sitting outside, expect that the service will be good, but a little slow as they have to balance inside and outside tables. Good food

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ST
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner at Bistro245. The food was fantastic (ordered an appetizer and entree and both were delicious) and the atmosphere was perfect for our special occasion. The restaurant is waterfront in Key West, which is nice considering that is surprisingly somewhat of a rarity. The restaurant was slower than I expected it to be on a Friday night (a few tables), but that meant our service was good. Our server also accommodated a slice of Key Lime Pie for my fiancées birthday. We would visit Bistro245 again!

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RH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Was not that impressed as I was last time last year when we were there.

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SF
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service in a waterfront setting. Dining inside or outside options. Perfect for special occasions. Validated parking charges for first 2 hours.

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Key West
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great as always! Service was fabulous, food was amazing, and we had a great time!

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SC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a great brunch, this is the place to go! Wow!

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k
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had dinner at Bistro 245 on thanksgiving night. The snapper and steak were phenomenal.

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FM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went there for Thanksgiving dinner and it was excellent. They had a traditional dish option that my husband couldn't even finish because they gave him so much. Our server was extremely attentive and friendly.

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W
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

We ate there for a special occasion it was ruined. The meal was tuff and burnt tasting. The waitress said it had been dead that night so they let staff off for the night and then got slammed. I appreciate her honesty but it was $150. Meal and no offer of discount was made. It was not a great way to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The 3 overall stars which I am rating, I feel is generous.

Experience:

By the sunset & Harbor, but cannot see the sunset from your seat due to the crowd viewing the cat performance & sunset.

The sister “sandwich & nacho” restaurant has better seating directly on the water.

Server was not knowledgeable about the wine menu. Water glass had to be replaced due to lipstick from previous user. Silverware from salads were replaced w/ silverware remaining on the table. Server was friendly but didn’t seem overly excited about being there.

Dinner was a Caesar salad which I had heard from 2 locals that was excellent, was actually average at best. I ordered the mixed grill, the Lobster & shrimp were very good. The grouper was burnt on one side & was placed towards the plate. Server did give us a slice of key lime pie for the burnt grouper.

The cost of the meal vs the overall quality, atmosphere, & overall experience did not match.

We may have been one of 3-8 total tables w/ the outside seating while dining. I asked the bartender who was the gentleman in the black shirt walking around and they said the F&B Manager. He never came to our table to check on our meal/experience.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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JM
Austin
35 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sunday brunch ever with a superb focus on seafood, both raw and cooked, and a darn good gumbo. Dessert offering was perfect with my favorite Cream Brulee and fresh berries. Presentation, taste, and quality were outstanding. Bottomless mimosa just made it that much better and we had the best service provided by our waiter Michael from NY. Always a must stop on our annual visit to KW.

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g
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and all else

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d
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We made our choice based on location and reviews. The location did not disappoint. We planned to sit outside but a serious storm was in the area and they moved us in by a window. As they had to move everyone in the noise level was high. Our disappointment was the food. We shared a salad which was ok. My steak au poivre was very tasty. The portion was quite large. Unfortunately my daughters pasta and seafood was tasteless. Doubt we will return

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RG
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent—way better than we expected. The lobster Mac and cheese was the best I’ve ever had. And the key lime koolada frozen drink was awesome! Mixed Grill has great flavor. Good service. Great view, except close to sunset, too many people are standing by the water and blocking your view. Sit on the upper deck lounge to view the sunset.

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JH
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always food, service and scenary were fantastic.

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Key West
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Mike was fantastic. He told us he has been working there for several years and he was very good with recommendations. He recommended the yellowtail which was stuffed with crab and it was seriously one of the best meals I have ever had. We chose to eat outside for the view, although it is partially blocked by people watching the sunset. You also get noise by a few sunset performers who choose to perform on that end instead of Mallory Square. It was our first time at Bistro 245 and Mike told us that the upstairs and the waterfront seating is first come first serve and has a limited small plate menu; not the dinner menu like we had (just an fyi) as we inquired out of curiosity as the view is better from that seating. I highly recommend!!!

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B
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best. Brunch. EVER!!! $44 gets you all the brunch you can brunch plus bottomless mimosas. It’s the best brunch on the island! Seafood, short rib, prime rib, gnocchi, omelets from scratch, sushi, crab claws, a wall of desserts, eggs Benedict...I could go on and on. Plus great service, our mimosa glasses were never empty. This is a not-to-be missed brunch!

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