Cafe Marquesa

4.8
663 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 trompe l'oeil wall. Specialties include Pan Seared Grouper with Blue Crab, Seared Sea Scallops with Truffled Wild Mushrooms, Shrimp and Grits, and Beef Tenderloin with Chevre Cheese.
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner(winter hours)
Daily 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Dinner(summer hours)
Daily 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(305) 292-1244
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Graham Dailey and Jon Mitchell
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Simonton
Additional
Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for an unforgettable New Year's Eve! We have a spectacular 5-course prix fixe menu for $160 per person. (Our regular menu will not be available). We look forward to celebrating with you.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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MH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Expensive but Well Worth It. Wife's birthday, got special table setting - Were two other birthday groups there. Cannot rave enough about the food, both aperitifs and entrees. Every item tried was superb. Free Key Lime martini incredible. Also were fine with small service dog. Best service in town, first class all the way. Most servers and bartender and hostess came by to say happy birthday and hi - ok, to say hi to our sweet little doggie.
Smallish room, definitely need reservations.
Only slight minus - a bit noisy, even with sound attenuation material on underside of tables.
Do NOT miss this dining experience!

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DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

As always, the food and service were excellent. The problem is it has gotten incredibly noisy. We four were at a small table and couldn't hear each other speak.

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Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful...Best in Key West..
Can't wait to go back next year..and yes...gotta have a
Chocolate Martini 😎

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C
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable meal in Key West. The meal was extraordinary-fresh local ingredients. Everything we ordered from the Tuna Tartare to Red Snapper was interesting and delicious. We didn't want the meal to end. Service was excellent and professional. Interesting wine list with a good variety. We thought it would be good but it exceeded our expectations. Will definitely go back when visit Key West again.

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l
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our waiter. Everyone was so nice. Food was great. Lovely night. Highly recommended.

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F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very enjoyable dining experience. Lived up to my expectations.

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ES
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is by far our new favorite restaurant. The food was off the charts! Best grouper I ever had. Service was awesome can’t wait to return!

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RT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Great bar tender and cute small bar, lots of locals.... once seated good app but entree’s were not good, waiter never came back to check on us.... neither of us ate our entrees... no one ever asked how things were. Price point is high, expected better table service!! Would not recommend.

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F
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I ate the best meal of my life here several years ago. Two or three years ago it was just OK. I was told about a new chef for my current dining experience. To be honest, I was disappointed. I had the grouper. It’s been a while since I’ve had grouper but I recall it being flaky. This seemed dense and stringy.

I’ve always enjoyed this restaurant but my last two dinning experiences were less than satisfying, particularly for the price.

The bright spot is the staff. They were friendly and helpful. The bar tender was very helpful.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fourth time to this restaurant and it never disappoints, the food is Michelin Star quality and the staff and service are exemplary! My favorite restaurant in all of Key West.

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S
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences my wife and I have ever had. Exceptional service from the minute we walked into the restaurant. The martinis were made to perfection and the Fols Gras was beyond delicious. It’s a “must have” when you visit. The she crab soup was excellent as was the pan seared grouper. This is a “must do” restaurant for anyone visiting Key West. Small and intimate so make sure you have reservations. Cheers!

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

I have lived in Key West all my life and have been many times before. They meal was spectacular!
The foiegras was amazing, the demi glace on the steak was one of the best I ever tasted.
I even recently went to a 3 Michelin star restaurant in NYC and Cafe Marquesa was a much, much better experience.
My significant other had the baby gem salad and a grouper special that she is still raving about.
Everything was simply delicious and perfectly executed..

I will be back sooner than later..
-Martin Liz

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C
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our visit on 12/1 was to celebrate our 38th anniversary. Our table was ready, with some silver confetti and ribbons on the table. We were warmly welcomed by the hostess, and service throughout the night was fantastic. The restaurant is small, and seating at the bar is very limited, but the overall ambience was great. Our food was scrumptious and filling! A very pleasant and enjoyable evening.

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

The best dining in Key West. We love the Chef and his creative, wonderful, dishes!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was amazing. Blondie the bartender was amazingly sweet and attentive, I had a great experience.

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c
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at the hotel Marquessa next-door and enjoy a wonderful dinner at Café Marquessa. Very small restaurant. Very accommodating for a special request we had. All Our party( except one who had the duck which looked amazing) had the grouper. It was a thick piece but absolutely perfectly prepared. Would definitely go back to both the hotel and the café if we ever return to Key West

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Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful experience! When we made our reservations we noted that we were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. When we arrived the staff had decorated the table with ribbon and glitter and greeted us warmly. It was a wonderful surprise and speaks to the care of the entire team. Our food was wonderful, great wine list and dessert was terrific. Would highly recommend a visit. Thank you!

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice place with solid service. Food was executed well. Main issue I had was that most of the dishes were quite heavy. The menu itself was primarily meat dishes. Most everything was covered in cream and or bacon. This may be your thing, but for us it was not.

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GA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We are locals and have recently taken other local couples there for dinner (twice.) We've had a number of the appetizers, entries, desserts as well as wines, cocktails and spirits. Overall experience was very satisfactory. The dinning room is clean and crisply finished (not common here) but noticeably loud when full (our guests commented on it both times.) Appetizers, hands down, outstanding, one friend put down his fork and said, "best thing I've ever eaten on this island." Entries are the one constant detraction. In general good but rather rich. One person said their filet was noticeably salty. (btw, we are all European which might account for some of this.) Desserts were like the appetizers - stop the conversation outstanding. Wines and cocktails very well selected and done too. And I really loved that they have a nice selection of dessert wines. Service was top notch without being over the top. We'll go again for sure.

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HG
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always make a dinner stop at Cafe Marquesa whenever we are in Key West. The service is great, the menu is outstanding.

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PB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service. Great ambiance. Food was good but not memorable. Salad with oysters was overdressed and no taste.

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UE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dinner, food excellent, nice wine menu, great service.

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OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was perfect! The People the Food it is a fantastic Dinner Place to be!

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Key West
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to celebrate Thanksgiving! Even though the restaurant was at capacity level for most of the evening, service was excellent. Our server was attentive and very responsive to our inquiries.
The food was exquisitely prepared and beautifully presented.

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Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of the best places to dine in Key West with excellent service, excellent food and a stylish clientel

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LG
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very accommodating. Made special decorations for our table for my sister's birthday. Food was very good. The bread and spread was yummy along with everything else.

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QK
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, excellent wine selection, and great food. Highly recommend during any stay in Key West. Would definitely add this restaurant to one of the best Key West has to offer!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, Excellent wine list and great service, what more can you ask for

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Naples
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful find for us in Key West. Exceptional food and great service.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, very good wine list and super service.

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BB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We discovered Cafe Marquesa last year when we were in KW. The menu has enough variety to match what ever mood you are in. Our Grouper cheeks appetizer and fried Oyster salad were outstanding. The bourbon Manhattans are the best on the Island. The beignets are so addictive they must be illegal. All of the staff was very attentive without being intrusive or making us feel rushed. It was impressive to see the person tending the bar serve our Manhattans instead of letting them sit on the bar when our server got busy. GREAT TEAM.

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Houston
23 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

On vacation in Key West and looking for good restaurants, we found Cafe Marquesa on Open Table. We were greeted warmly and shown to our table right away. We were served bread with their pimento butter. The bread was OK, hard crust and difficult to eat. The butter was amazing. The pimento flavor was strong, but didn’t overpower the bread. They offered a special — New York Strip, but only had 1 serving left. I had the New York Strip, which was cooked perfectly, but had some gristle. My husband ordered the lobster bisque and porterhouse steak. The lobster bisque was excellent. The porterhouse was too salty to eat. The management was nice enough to take the porterhouse off the bill. We would have rather had a decent steak. All in all, the Cafe Marquesa has great service and the food is decent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner!!!

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on key west!!!
Beautiful presentation
Excellent taste
Perfect

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AZ
Phoenix
250 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything is fresh and delicious though not the most outstanding I’ve had. Nice variety of dishes from foie gras to fish to lamb but not a large variety off the boat kind of place. Loved the people and a nice wine selection too. Fabulous specialty martinis! Espresso martini yum!

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d
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

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Denver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was delightful and the food (and wine) was beautifully prepared and delicious! It was out 25th wedding anniversary and they decorated the table so nice. Thank you for making our anniversary dinner wonderful. We will definitely be back when we are in Key West.

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FS
Cleveland
27 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Amazing food, cocktails and staff!

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AC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a marvelous dinner here. Totally satisfied foodies. Beignets are AMAZING!

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