Cafe Marquesa

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1174 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 Swordfish with Truffled Wild Mushroom Risottto, Shrimp and Grits, and Beef Tenderloin with a Root Vegetable Gratin.
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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vipOpus125
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A 5 star restaurant in Key West? Yes and it’s a gem. I’ve been coming to the Florida Keys for 27 years and found a lot of good restaurants but only have found one that is exceptional until dining at the Cafe Marquesa. The restaurant features low country cooking at an exceptional level. From an exceptional wine list to a menu that offers an interesting selection of seafood and meat dishes that should please any pallet. If you are a foie gras lover the appetizer they offer is one of the best presentations I have ever had. It includes foie gras toast, foie gras, sauterne and a small Grand Mariner milk shake- incredible! The crispy Hogfish with Parmesan grits , English pea purée, blue crab coleslaw and chili butter is in a class by itself. Great service and attention to detail is why you have to try this restaurant. Get off Duval St and discover a gem of a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going to Marquesa for more then 10 years !
It’s one of the reasons to come back to Key West.
Everything is impeccable!

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Great
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Happened to be there on a festive and lively night. Still the best Restaurant in the Keys!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend recommended Cafe Marquesa and we are so glad they did! We both had the hog fish entree- it was spectacular! My husband had the Beignets, he said they were better than the ones we had in France! The Key Line pie was amazing as well! Overall, probably the best dinner we’ve had in years!

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HarryF
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Great job of adapting to pandemic restrictions

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner for my birthday it was amazing. Food was delicious, table was decorated with confetti and our server was attentive. He knew that I was Pescatarian before hand and made recommendations and accommodations based on my diet. He really went the extra mile and substituted items based on my diet. 5 stars for the level of detail that he provided. We can’t wait to go back!

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vipGrandpaBobbyB
Orlando
81 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the ambience and the staff were all amazing. The food was all 5 star. The staff was friendly, professional and very attentive. It was the perfect location for my wife’s birthday dinner. We travel and go out a lot, clearly Café Marquesa is 1st Class..

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Bartholdi350
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at its best in Key West! Most professional staff and especially our young server who was well trained. I'm sorry I don't remember her name. The chef was tops and our dinner memorable. We will certainly return to this charming restaurant.

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Wanda
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for birthday dinner, seated near bar so it was a little busy in that area even with COVID distancing so ask to sit away from it. Staff was very friendly. One of the few places serving a true foie gras appetizer. It was very good. Will definitely return!

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AndrewC
Mobile
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Impeccable service when the night started but it slowly was worse and worse. Food was good except for a few items being undercooked. Best meal we had in Key West, but not without flaws. But by far the best Key Lime pie on the island!

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OpenTable Diner
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch! Had the spinach omelet and strawberry blast cocktail. Staff made us feel safe and welcome and we sat upstairs in a lovely dining area. Would go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff. Will be back.

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vipMichaelS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice restaurant. The hog fish and pork loin was delightful. However, the Beignets were truly an incredible delight

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vipBillG
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Blonde was great! Food was superb in flavor and presentation. Highly recommend!!!

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AmyS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much better than we had expected!. The sauces complimented the perfectly prepared dished very nicely. Save room for the beignets!! OUTSTANDING!

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vipMC11
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Service, Food and Atmosphere in Key West. Time after time, always the best.

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vipFooSo
Miami
112 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and service. Nice addition to Key West dining options.

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vipJoeSomebody
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have traveled many places and dined any many fine restaurants. This is in the top 3 now. This place is just amazing. Be sure to thank the chefs.

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JohnF
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have dined at the same banquette table along the window for the last ten years. Saturday night we had the pan seared scallops with rock shrimp, red island peas, roasted cauliflower with a tomato burre blanc, superior dish. As always the ambiance and service were much like a chic cafe in New York City. Until next year...stay safe...love, peace...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! The food was delicious and the service flawless. My wife and I had the Crispy Hogfish and it was a wonderful blend of flavors. One of the best meals I have ever had. The server suggested the
Beignets for dessert as she said they were "life changing." She was right!! They were fantastic and the best I have ever had. Will be back again!

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KylieW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! Made us feel special celebrating our honeymoon. It was our favorite meal all trip!

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vipDougD
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing, lots of flavors in each dish, nice and romantic setting.

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RichardO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service and excellent food. We would recommend everything we ordered, including the she crab soup, baby gem lettuce, beef carpaccio, crispy hogfish, and key lime pie. This was the very best meal we had in Key West.

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vipMauriceC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for foodies

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Momo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic. Service, drinks and the meal were outstanding. We'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here was amazing, everything from the she-crab soup, the hog fish, beef tenderloin and the key lime pie! The cocktails and wine list are great! Services was top notch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star!! Great food, service and ambience!

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vipMindyA
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Key West for the weekend. Many places were closed or had modified hours due to Covid. We decided to visit Café Marquesa because of the positive reviews and we were not disappointed. Everything was delicious. The restaurant had a very limited menu and explained that they are not staying fully stocked due to the pandemic. There were only four entrée selections. However, they were fabulous. We started with the crusted scallops as an appetizer. The scallops were cooked perfectly. For dinner, I had the fillet and my husband had the fish. Portions were good sized, but we were able to split dessert. The beignets were better than in New Orleans. We will definitely be back on our next visit. Also, they were taking good precautions for Covid. We waited briefly outside for our table and spacing was good. A few restaurants we visited were not as cautious.

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EVEm
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding, refined dining experience. Nuanced appreciation of color, flavor, texture. I had the crab soup, bib salad, grouper, and pork. Best high end dining experience I have had in southern Florida.

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Midwin
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my husband here for his birthday on June 28th. Absolutely some of the best service we've ever had. I truly wished I remembered our waitresses name. She was a STAR! A true spirit of excellence throughout the evening as she made our entire experience impeccable. She was also our bartender and made some amazing drinks. Even bringing my husband a couple to try and making him feel like a true birthday boy. Thank you Cafe Marquesa. We are from Miami so not too far away. We will surely be back and look forward to dining here again.

Midwin

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KendellS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around. Small menu changes often at chef's selection. Only 4 or 5 appetizers and 4 or 5 entrees, but great variety and top quality! Bartender and drinks were superb as well. Will definitely make this place a regular on our visits.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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russellg
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time thanks. Will definitely go again next time wee are in town.

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ChelseaG
Key West
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, best service from everyone. The food was the most amazing food ever the best taste.

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SarahP
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was SUPERB! The staff was terrific from start to finish... the food was absolutely THE BEST... presentation was very beautiful!!!

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CollinL
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was impeccable. You can tell they really put care into the dishes. The steak was one of the best we’ve ever had!

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vipMarvin
Miami
69 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an anniversary dinner that was fantastic we had crispy fried oysters to start, my wife had the scallops and I had the hog fish with crab slaw one of the best fish dishes I have ever eaten, we finished off with beignets and washed it all down with a fantastic French Rose. The staff was fantastic and provided great service I highly recommend this restaurant when you are in Key West

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly unforgettable evening. One of the most enjoyable dining experiences ever.

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vipBebe
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it. Food was amazing. We will definitely be back

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vipCraig
Orlando
91 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Best service we have had in Key West! Great cocktails and decent wine list. Loved the beignets

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