Cafe Marquesa

4.8
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1091 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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BB
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Was a great dinner and good service. Was happy with the dinner overall

MS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! We got the beef tenderloin and grouper. So good! They ran out of pecan pie which we heard was the best but we got the beignets and they were divine!

JK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our meal at Marquesa. The food was very good as was the service. I would recommend it. There were several drunken and noisy guests that evening who were very loud and as a result we were unable to carry on a conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and you have to get the key lime pie!

S
Miami
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice evening. Dinner was delicious starting with the carpaccio and a nice Cabernet. The crispy hogfish was outstanding and the Florida lobster was delicious and tender. Wrapped up the meal with beignets. The server was attentive and not only will I be back, I will recommend to others!

JG
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Un lugar auténtico con excelente comoda y coltelería de alto nivel

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

S
Miami
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

One of the best in Key West. Friendly service and masterfully prepared cocktails and food - Marquesa is everything that you would expect from a fine dining experience. We were celebrating our anniversary and just surprised to find our reserved table decorated to the occasion. If you looking for a nice cozy restaurant with great food and amazing cocktails - That's the place. We will be Back!

R
New England
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The beignets were undercooked. My salad came with eggs when I requested no eggs. Otherwise, it was a good meal in a beautiful restaurant. The wine list was excellent.

AP
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Café Marquesa was superb as was the service. Every time we even thought we needed something there was a server to help us! Each course was delicious! We will be back!

CW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. It's a small place, but it packs comfort zone class and friendly service.

C
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary and valentine’s here. Special menu for the evening was delicious and I found it to be a great value for what you got. Thank you for such a great dining experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentines limited menu but very tasty

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day, very festive atmosphere.

CF
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and perfect service! We had the hog fish and it was the best fish I have ever had!

AS
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and masterfully prepared cocktails and food - Marquesa is everything that you would expect from a fine dining experience, just a few blocks from the chaos of Duval Street. We had the she-crab soup, beef carpaccio, hogfish, and grouper and all were excellent. Our best meal in Key West.

GW
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hogfish dinner was outstanding in flavor and presentation! I appreciated the table decorations for my birthday!

MM
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All amazing! We had the beet salad, crispy hog fish, beef tenderloin and beignets for dessert. We also had grey goose martinis and they were perfect. The best meal we had in key west!!!

OT
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Lobster was not my favorite dish & the chocolate dessert was not as advertised. We were disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We went to Cafe Marquesa last year and had a great dinner. This year,

MB
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a fried oyster and spinach salad which was delicious. The wife had a little gem salad and loved it. Entrees (Beef Tenderloin, Florida Lobster) were nicely prepared. The Key Lime tart, a deconstructed attempt at the classic dessert, was a miss, though, lacking tart key lime flavor. Overall, though, a great meal.

ST
Key West
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Blondie still the best mixologist, have always enjoyed food here, menu has been shortened but the food is extremely flavourful and we left with clean plates

MM
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful Birthday celebration and they went above and beyond to make it a special night for me.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is a very attractive restaurant. The wait staff was pleasant and attentive.
The food was attractively plated, and the portions were generous.
The problem was that the food was mediocre. The grouper was overcooked, therefore tough, slightly burned.
The oysters were not fresh, tasting quite fishy, not sweet and briny.
The touted hog fish had numerous bones, the flavor again quite fishy and overcooked. It was expensive for sub-par cuisine.
Having been rated number one restaurant in Key West, I strenuously disagree.
Perhaps it was an off night, perhaps this is the standard.
I do not recommend this restaurant at this time.
JC

KB
Key West
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic shrimp and grits starter, complemented by outstanding beef carpaccio. Sat at the bar, where Blondel took very good care of me!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! This pretty well sums it up...

BK
Key West
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food excellent service however small place tight quarters

A
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unreal food and service!!! A MUST in Key West!!!

J
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was wonderful, staff very attentive. We decided to go back even though we only had 5 dinners in key west, 2 were here.

T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fabulous food but very heavy. You leave feeling overstuffed. The handcrafted cocktails are to die for. If you don't have time for dinner, at least stop at the bar for a drink.

CF
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent! The beet salad and snapper were delicious! The wine list was fantastic!

GA
New England
35 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal in all of Key West and one of the best I've had overall anywhere.

SW
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutley loved Cafe Marquesa. From the moment we were greeted at the door until we left for the theatre, we were pampered by a wonderfully, caring staff. We liked it so much we stop in after our play for a night cap. We will be back for sure.

OT
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was great except it was extremely loud. Could not carry on a conversation with the person across from me. Felt like I was in a bar rather than a 5 star restaurant

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike, our server, is the best, arguably better than the food. Well, the food is off the charts good and Mike made it a 5 star night!

MS
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Quiet restaurant a few blocks off Duval. Tables were a little tight but reasonable. Food was very good! Customers appeared to be about 75% locals. Not a touristy place. We will be back.

PW
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we are in Key West, we dine at Café Marquesa. The service and food is always on top.
Even though we had Hog Snapper at a different restaurant the night before, we all ordered the same and was just as delicious and prepared perfectly. Thank you for remaining one of our favorite restaurants in Key West for the past 7 years.

j
New Orleans
52 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is exceptional. Even the desserts. I had beignets and they were just as good as the ines in New Orleans. In my opinion, the best food in KW, at least right now.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with first class service!

JJ
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the intimate feel of this 50-seat restaurant with a view into the kitchen area. I definitely would return anytime we visit Key West in the future. The shrimp and grits appetizer was amazing, and the crispy hog fish entree was unbelievable. The pre-meal cocktail, a finely crafted Manhattan, was superb. Everyone at our table absolutely loved every aspect of this wonderful meal.