Cafe Marquesa

4.7
769 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.
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d
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On par with the best in NYC. Everything perfection.

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CM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food
Superb ambiance and service
The best in Key West

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S
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I ordered the beef tenderloin medium it came out raw the first time then medium rare the second time. It was very nice for them to take off the charge but what they don’t realize is it really throughs off the whole meal My whole meal ticket is $400 for two people and you comp me the tenderloin at $38?? Wow!!! Shame on you Michael after 20+ years I think you need a dose of humility and realize that customers should be treated fairly
The recooked piece wasn’t even a new piece of meat uggh

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had eaten at the Cafe 16 years ago & were not disappointed! Service & food were outstanding! Our finest dining in Key West. Will definitely go back !!

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RI
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing! The special was a scallops and shrimp dish on crab and green beans with and awesome sauce. This has to be the best meal I have ever had. My wife had the grouper which was simple but fantastic as well. Service was impeccable. This is a must place two dine in Key West.

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LK
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a fabulous meal at Cafe Marquesa. The she-crab soup, spinach salad with fried oysters and the special (chicken fried snapper) were amazing. The restaurant is small so seating is close but we really enjoyed our meal and will return when we visit Key West again.

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a
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a little disappointed. There are definitely better restaurants in Key West by our standards. We had the she crab soup, the house appetizer salad, shrimp and grits and scallops. Nothing outstanding for any of them. By the way, my wife wanted the scallops as a dinner and they would only double the order and not give her 3 scallops instead of the appetizer portion of 2. This also seemed not very customer friendly. We also thought a fried snapper was an odd special to have unless it wasn't fresh. Why would you fry a beautiful piece of fish in a fine dining restaurant? We could think of a thousand ways to do snapper rather than frying it. Maybe this was the Chef's Charleston influence which for us, was out of place in Key West. I had the grouper and it was good but again not great. We skipped desert. All in all it was just OK. The price was too high for the quality of the preparation and the presentation.

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h
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place for a special occasion, with a very nice wine list. Food is excellent, but not exceptional, especially not for the price. Definitely a bit overpriced for what you get in terms of food excellence, ambiance (which is very average), and service (which is just above average). Baby gem lettuce and seared scallops starters were excellent. Pan-seared grouper entree was just OK. I was told by friends that their beignets were better than New Orleans, and while I agree that they were very good, they definitely don't top New Orleans. Very good wine list with lots of selection, and the waiter made a good recommendation. Beats some of the other Key West restaurants whose entire wine list you can buy at Publix. Made for a nice evening as someplace to splurge, but we would not return regularly. It's not worth the price.

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SW
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Special was disappointing. Noise was deafening. Spoiled birthday dinner.

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W
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service. Perfect for a special occasion. Our Valentines dinner was memorable

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r
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentines Day was busy here, as you would expect, but I made the reservations months in advance. It is a very small dining room, but charming. Service is good, this was a prix fixe meal, so the servers were really only finding out which of the three appetizers and entrees you chose. That said, the wait staff was refined and the food was excellent. We both had seared grouper and it was very good. I want to go back when they have a full menu.

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to dine at the Cafe Marquesa. This time was a bit different, as we were there on Valentine’s Day, and there was a price-fixed menu, with a smaller number of choices. However, all the choices were terrific, and the ones we chose (beef tenderloin and shrimp and grits) were excellent. The atmosphere was quietly festive, and the ladies were given a long-stemmed red rose. All guests were offered a glass of sparkling rose, as well. I’ve recommended this restaurant many times, and they’ve never disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentines

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W
17 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time dining at Cafe Marquesa, and it was excellent both times. Fresh flavors, well-cooked and presented, and excellent service. I highly recommend it!

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DB
29 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVELY STAFF!!! Arrived WAY early and it was handled beautifully...a few minutes at the bar with a great bartender, good conversation and drinks, then seated at a lovely table and the remainder of the meal was spot on!
Thanks!

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Way too noisy. Could not carry on a conversation.
All else was great! Would recommend highly with the caveat if the noise level - unacceptable.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended to us and did not disappoint. Some of the best food of our trip!

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TM
47 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is creatively prepared and delicious. Service is excellent. Cocktails are great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great, especially with the new chef. However, we would have enjoyed it a little more if we felt like the table wasn’t being turned over so fast for the next reservation. The restaurant has always had a high level of noise.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The menu is limited. Dessert was excellent !

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JI
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a delicious dinner

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p
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meals was excellent!

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w
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just back from KW for a week's get away and dined at Cafe Marquesa twice for dinner. We discovered this gem in October of 2018 and feel it is by far one of the nicest dining experiences in Key West. The food is creative and consistent. Atmosphere is vibrant, and the service is attentive but not overbearing. A perfect spot for a special night out for two pp, or a larger group. You will not be disappointed, and a must do for fine dining.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter - food was beautifully presented - the tenderloin was outstanding.

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GN
56 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, interesting food. Friendly service. Place was a little noisy, and the bartender was overwhelmed (great bartender, though!) I really wish restaurants wouldn't book up their bar with diners, so you can't have a drink before dinner--everyone at the bar was eating, and had reserved the bar for that purpose ahead of time.

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J
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With a huge list of choices Cafe Marquesa was outstanding. The setting was near perfect for a dinner for two. The service was great and they even accommodated us a little early. The food was fantastic, this was the best meal during the trip.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my best meals ever . This place makes you feel very special. The food and service were unbelievable. Just great in every way

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B
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every aspect from start to finish.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, the staff and chef never disappoint at this lovely restaurant!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Miss on the duck after sent back twice. Much better options in KW.

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We excited to get a reservation at the last minute.. We enjoyed our meal and the cocktails . We will definitely come back when we visit Key West again

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HH
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best dinner in Key West! We save our dinner at Cafe Marquesa for the last night we're in Key West. We like having our experience there as our last memory of our vacation. We recommended Cafe Marquesa to 3 couples during our visit this year!

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K
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was very slow/communication was poor. Food was good. Once was enough, would not repeat.

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B
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best overall dining experiences we have had anywhere. The grouper was outstanding.

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R
32 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Drinks, food and service outstanding.

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A good solid place for a good but not special meal. Deserts average, meals very standard.

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service, ambiance, and cocktails.

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K
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem. Great service and atmosphere with a unique gourmet menu. Nice wine selection. Great for date night or special occasion.

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L
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! We came to the restaurant to celebrate my 40th birthday and when we arrived the table was decorated with ribbon and confetti! Such a sweet surprise to arrive to and it made the night feel extra special. We loved everything and would highly recommend Cafe Marquesa!

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GG
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always—enjoyable & delicious

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