Cafe Marquesa

4.9
1357 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Café Marquesa’s "Contemporary American Cuisine” does not disappoint. Specialties include grilled meats and fresh, local seafood, complemented by inventive appetizers and salads as well as fresh baked breads and desserts made daily.
Diners at the 50-seat restaurant catch glimpses of kitchen theater behind a hand-painted troupe l'oil wall.

Based on seasonal availability, Chefs Graham Dailey and Jon Mitchell and their talented team of chefs select the finest seafood, meats and produce to design the menu. They present innovative interpretations of classic dishes nightly. A cozy bar is available for drinks, light bites, dessert and coffee or full meals. Friends and hotel guests meet at the bar prior to dinner and before or after the theater.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1357 people are saying
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TimF
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The only reason the ambiance was not 5 🌟 was that we opted to sit at an outside table. We didn't realize how much street traffic would pass by. Still the best meal of our trip!

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JimmC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was pleased to have been given my preferred table on the porch of the hotel. I was thrilled to hear that the chef was from Charleston as I am a resident of South Carolina. The food was exquisite as always. This is one of my two favorite restaurants in Key West.

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NancyR
Key West
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was a amazing. Nice presentation and flavorful. Sophia, our server was great & attentive. We are locals & wish we had ventured here sooner. We will definitely be back & will recommend this restaurant to others.

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vipJebh
Grand Rapids
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful meal at Cafe Marquesa. The food was delicious and service was impeccable! We could not have asked for anything more.

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Genevieve
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was really good! Definitely glad we had dinner there. The only thing that was a disappointment was the seating. Two of the three tables on part of the sidewalk were empty. We asked if we could eat outside and they said no. They supposedly had reservations for the outside tables but as we sat at our indoor table we noticed that one table remained empty the entire night. I think they should have seated us outside.

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JinaM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed our evening at the Cafe Marquesa. The food was delicious and the service (from hostess,bartender and waitress) was excellent and friendly. Would definitely visit again if back in Key West. I was especially impressed with the beignets and the quality of the fois gras and the beef.

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MichelleK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fried green tomato lobster appetizer was wonderful! Drinks were some of the best concoctions we had in Key West. I had scallops and my husband had the filet- both were superb. I highly recommend Cafe Marquesa!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firstly, Candelorria (spelling, sorry) was an outstanding waitress. Her attentiveness and friendliness were top notch. The food was also outstanding. Probably one of the best dinners you can have in Key West. Get the Hogfish! Enjoy.

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vipJean
Charleston
31 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our 1st visit and it was lovely. Space is pretty. bright and for me lacking but I am not sure what. Menu was nice and food was delicious, perfectly prepared. Wilson our server was professional and personable. It was a great meal and we will be back.

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KenF
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wilson is a terrific waiter and Graham is an amazing chef!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant set aside from the normal craziness and hustle of Duval Street.
The attendants were very nice and friendly, and not intrusive. Atmosphere was pleasant... food was wonderful... drink selection was very complementary to the menu. Recommended if you’re looking for a something a little more sophisticated (but still very comfortable) while in Key West.

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vipNicoleB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing meal! Staff was extremely attentive and friendly. We will definitely be back!

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Stev
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish I could give this place 6 stars!  Absolutely wonderful from beginning to end.  As a long time f and b employee, I know what it takes to dazzle and Cafe Marquesa exceeds every expectation.  Graham Dailey and Jon Mitchell have assembled a team of pros and every dish was delicious!  


The fried tomato and spiny lobster, the scallops, the osso bucco, the carpaccio, and the desserts!  All incredible and served with grace and charm.  Beautiful spot and a Key West treasure.  This place exudes charm and while busy, was still conscious of covid precautions.  Can't wait to return!

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CARLOSS
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Food, service, quality. Can’t wait to come back.

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Debbie
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Outside tables full bar and nice wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time in a month to visit this restaurant. It is well worth the drive from the mainland. I brought friends to celebrate an occasion and they were overwhelmed by the attention to detail, the cuisine and the hidden gem they had never been to among the Key West tourist spots. There is something to be said when the bartender engages with you, the staff is always checking in on your well being and when the chef is not only in the dining room, but hand delivers your entree. The menu speaks for itself but I cannot go without recommending the fried green tomatoes, hogfish entree and the beignets. Enjoy the time at the best restaurant in Key West...if you are lucky enough to get a reservation!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Didn’t meet expectations

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bonniem
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Graham and waiter Wilson were outstanding. The hogfish and scallops were great. Chef graham makes you feel like you’re at a private dinner. Well done!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolutely fantastic meal and experience. Everything from the service to the drinks to the meal was impeccable. if you are in Key West this place is a must! It’s probably one of the best restaurants I have ever been to in my life and I go out a lot. kudos to the chef. He genuinely cares and it shows.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Victoria was great! Food outstanding.

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VT2PVB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Small and active space. It’s all about the service and food preparation.

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vipkentr
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipPeggy
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food ,great Service, The Beignets are delicious!

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HeidiJ
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner and wonderful service at this beautiful restaurant. We were able to get outside and it was very romantic.

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vipIainS
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was as close to perfect as it gets, best dinner in Key West.

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Delicious
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've tried leaving 3 reviews so far, but there seems to be an issue...
That being said, I'll keep this short...
Fantastic!!! Sophia was a wonderful server!!! We have had the pleasure of dining here on multiple occasions and they have all been great! But we have decided that this dinner was the very best of them all so far!!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hogwash was incredible. Highly recommend

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RyanD
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend.

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vipMC11
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal. Presentation, service, quality, etc, etc.

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vipJackP
Key West
14 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Café Marquesa is a super fine Key West restaurant; my wife and I have eaten there many times. But our most recent experience at Cafe Marquesa topped many of our previous dinners – Meredith, our server was personable, friendly and extremely capable; she was assisted by the delightful trainee from Argentina. Our food: we both the Baby Gem Lettuce salad, which was well-prepared, beautifully presented and delicious. Our entrees were Crispy Hogfish and Oysters Rockefeller; both were totally delicious and well presented. AND we dined at one of the new outside tables, which had wonderful ambience at a very comfortable and spaced table for prevention of Covid-19. That night we had one of our best dinners, if not the best one, that we’ve experienced in the years we’ve been in Key West.

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vipDianeJ
Cleveland
28 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service good food very good menu somewhat limited. Overall enjoyed would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We was celebrating my birthday. We requested sitting outside , and it was great nice quiet night. With amassing food. If I could I would give 10 stars for quality of food.
I live in Virginia and we always like to try new restaurant. Highly recommend.

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vipmartinf
London
28 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Key West.

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MaryE
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Loved the caviar appetizer. Good wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed excellent food and a nice bottle of wine from the California-focussed wine list. Sitting outside, we weren’t ignored; Meredith provided friendly, attentive service. An espresso topped off the meal perfectly, as the tenderloin au poivre left no room for what looked like spectacular dessert choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoughtful waiter, great ambience, delicious food!

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CouldHaveBeenSoGood
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had dinner reservations at 5:30 p.m. We arrived at 5:23 p.m. and they turned us away at the door. So, we had to loiter outside the building until 5:30 before they let us in. Note: This was not for COVID concerns as no customers were there except for one person sitting at the bar. They could have at least offered us the opportunity to wait at the bar and get a drink.

Once beyond the initial service blunder, the food was on point. We had the hogfish and scallops. Both were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all around

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sanmon
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Solid creative food prepared with care in a European American style. Modestly expensive. Attentive service.

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PERFECT
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was awesome. The matre ‘d was very accommodating in moving us to a table of my husband’s preference. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The menu was difficult to order from, as choosing one item over the others was quite hard. The food was fabulous. My husband had the pork osso buco, I the Hogfish...both delicious! I wholeheartedly recommend Cafe Marquesa and will definitely visit again.

FAQs

Cafe Marquesa is rated 4.9 stars by 1357 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.