Cafe Marquesa

4.8
1875 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Café Marquesa’s "Contemporary American Cuisine” does not disappoint. Specialties include grilled meats and fresh, local seafood, complemented by inventive appetizers and desserts made daily.


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.

We Have two dining rooms in our restaurant. One dining room is in The Marquesa Hotel's charming Parlor and the other is in the main part of the restaurant. When making a reservation you will seated at the best available table. If you prefer one over other please let us know when making the reservation.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1875 people are saying
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SteveH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our visit to Marquesa. Our service was excellent and the food was great. Just an overall wonderful experience!

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vipKWfoodie
Key West
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience.

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vipDani
Baltimore
78 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the few best restaurants in Key West, Cafe Marquesa continues to impress every time we go. From the well trained team to the sophisticated menu that surprises every few weeks with dishes that are creative and prepared perfectly. We me pet-peeve of mine - food arriving hot at the table - is always that case at this lovely place! Why can’t others manage it? Well, I guess this and a few other great qualities is what makes Cafe Marquesa one of our top three places for a ‘civilized’ meal in the Keys. Well done, again!

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vipRandy
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fine cuisine, superior service, elegant setting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best meal . Every single bite was full of flavor .the attention of service was outstanding as well

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AmandL
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service ….the reviews did it justice…the crab soup was amazing!

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KerryH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent, professional service, and a very nice experience overall in this upscale restaurant. My only issue was the portions were very large - not usually something to complain about, but for the environment, (ie a vacation spot where wasted food becomes a concern) it's not ideal. My suggestion would be share an entree, leaving room for the excellent key lime pie :)

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greatfoodlover
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Crab soup was fabulous! Iceberg wedge a lot of lettuce! Wish there was another type of salad. Grits, shrimp and sausage very good but person who ordered it said a little too spicy and I agreed. Yellow snapper very good. It is coated with cornmeal and pan fried. Another entry ordered was fried oysters- described as delicious. Last was one of of caramel/chocolate with vanilla ice cream- another winner!

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JamesD
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very knowledgeable servers too!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

50th birthday I put it on open table for the reservation No mention of it. The food was good a little undercooked and cold

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DianaP
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night the Corydon Indiana girls were fortunate enough to dine at Cafe Marquesa in Key West. It was one of the best dining experiences we have had. We travel extensively and for good or bad we have a rather high level of expectations for fine dining. Cafe Marquesa met and exceeded those expectations both in wait staff service and quality of menu offerings. Our favorite of the night was something as simple as the starter soup - She Crab soup. We will never look at soup the same way again! Entrees we’re equally spectacular. Our waiter, Wilson, was professional yet very friendly and catered to our every need. We are already looking forward to next year’s reservation. Would I recommend this restaurant to others?! You betcha!

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are outside which had the usual street noise, but inside was very noisy. Food was outstanding as was the service. Lena ( I think, but mask makes names difficult) for Argentina was excellent. We both had the wedge salad and the shrimp and grits appetizers. That was perfect for meal. Didn't overeat for a change. This is a very high quality restaurant.

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RonaldF
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant in most ways. Tasty preparations. However, the menu has too many items with pork or shell fish that makes it difficult for those who keep kosher.

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vipFoodimentary
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Perhaps the best place in Key West.

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Pilgrim
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exquisite, but the noise level excessive. I’m afraid this can’t be helped. Still one of our favorite restaurants for the quality and the presentation. Excellent service as well.

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vipMboen
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time since March 2021, when we sat outside. This meal was inside and the room was beautiful. The food was outstanding and the service was great. Highly recommended.

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JoeB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

She crab soup……..best soup I have ever had. The crispy snapper and salmon dishes were also fantastic. Don’t think you can go wrong eating here

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vipAwickram
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal and elegant. I would highly recommend this place.

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vipRick
Kansas City
46 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Ossobuco, great wine selection and the service was spot on.

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vipMariaA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, the best French restaurant in US

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vipTedB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place. Wonderful, attentive service. Lobster was unusually salty though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my wife and kids, service was absolutely amazing and the chef is one of the best we have ever had. Highly recommend

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vipCharles
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Disappointing. My wife sent hers back which they did take off the bill. I should have sent mine back. We shared the Oysters Rockefeller which had good flavor but too many bread crumbs to the point of choking. She had the crispy yellowtail snapper. Yellowtail is a staple at many restaurants here. The shrimp salad topping was a cold blob of mush that didn’t go. I tried a taste of the yellowtail by itself and it was soggy and bland. Such a simple go to fish that was very disappointing. I had the 10oz Strip Oscar that was not even an inch thick. Worse the topping of Oscar with crab was thick and not a sauce and the crabmeat tasted old. I scraped it off and made it through only half the tough strip. The table next to us were visiting for ten days first time in Key West. The gentleman had the OssoBucco which he said was good. His wife had the duck which was not. They said it was their worst meal on their trip. It was our worst in a long time in town. Plus the place is expensive. Watch your bill. They charged a surcharge of $3 to have olives in a martini and charged $6 more on a bottle of wine than listed. The service was good though. Food horrible.

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Italian
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were simply outstanding. The specials were creative and very good.

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EElder
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing! Tough communication with our server due to her speaking Polish, but everything turned out perfect
Pork osso bucco and the duck were phenomenal

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vipDani
Baltimore
79 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant in Key West! And it just keeps getting better! From the on-point service, to balanced cocktails that have you ordering another, to food that is exquisite. Thank you for keeping guard on Key West’s ability to be sophisticated, gourmet and upgraded. Not to be missed if you enjoy a proper dinning experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Added New room in addition the original. Only 4 tables.
Very quiet. Lovely relaxed, competent service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a busy week in Key West and service in many places is spotty. Here the service and food were as expected, excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our best experience on Key West! Amazing menu with quality ingredients in sophisticated dishes. Great cocktails and a solid wine list. Setting was refined, with European,, understated elegance.

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FishLover
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals and best experiences at a restaurant I have had in years. I am slightly hearing impaired and could hear everything. More importantly, every dish each person had was outstanding and delicious and beautiful. The wait staff were very professional!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waiter was a little aloof and it seemed there was some
upselling going on.

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viptracy
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner. Great service. Food was excellent. Pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service on Christmas dinner

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vipmrpz1
Naples
103 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and safe environment outside eating. Going back soon.

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chuckk
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We ate here 2 years ago and had a good meal. This visit was so disappointing. The shrimp in the shrimp and grits had a very off putting taste. My yellowtail did not seem fresh and was over cooked. My husband had the pork chop and it was good. The prices here have gotten sky high and the food has gone down. This will be our last visit

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JaneM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

One of the best restaurants we went to in Key West. The food was very good, excellent drinks. The atmosphere was calming and very upscale The wait staff was friendly and very accommodating. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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KeniaP
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was on point and our server was very nice.

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vipCoriEr
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I really wanted to love this place - it was crowded on a weekday evening and festive. Cocktails were quite good and service was outstanding. I found the Oyster Rockefeller lacking flavor and to have too many breadcrumbs. I had the snapper, which I found to be dry and again lacking flavor. My companion had the salmon which he felt was good, but the other items on the plate (asparagus and tomato/eggplant) to be not as tasty. If we return to Key West, I might give it a second try but at the price point, I might also forgo it for some other options in town with better food and lower price tags.

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SnowFreeBirds2
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Highly recommended.

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VictorC
Grand Rapids
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not get any better! The food was fantastic and our waitress Victoria was impeccable. Beautiful ambiance…we will return!

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Cafe Marquesa is rated 4.8 stars by 1875 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.