Cafe Marquesa

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1099 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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T
Detroit
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always come here when we are in Key West. Just a special place. Limited seating so always feels very intimate
Food is outstanding. Great wine list. Service is fantastic
Highly recommend

M
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were kept waiting for our table but they compensated with champagne. The food was quite expensive but excellent and beautifully presented. I was surprised at how noisy it was because from the outside it looks tranquil. The servers were very busy but overall efficient. Undoubtedly the best restaurant in a Key West!

B
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for 3 of 4 guests

NH
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters Rockefeller and steak when you have had enough fish! We loved everything including an exquisite pot d’ creme for dessert. Definitely a return spot for upscale dining. Great wine list as well with variety of price points. Enjoy!

CB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it. Food, service and location were great. High quality in a city of quirky.

SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!!! Best restaurant in Key West

LO
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pricey, but delicious. Husband and I shared shrimp and grits starter which was one of the best I've ever had. I had the crispy hogfish, he had grouper entree. Both were delicious.

JC
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They got us in earlier than our reservation which we greatly appreciated. It was extremely noisy so we were worried. Soon forgot all about the noise because the food was so exceptional! Best Foie gras ever. Spectacular meal!

BB
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

MS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
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
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
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 on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
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 on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Un lugar auténtico con excelente comoda y coltelería de alto nivel

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

S
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
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.