Cafe Sole - Key West

4.6
2187 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Café Solé has captured the hearts and palates of locals and visitors lucky enough to discover this culinary gem off the beaten path. By combining his French mastery of sauces with fresh locally caught seafood, John has created a menu unlike any on the island, where every dish is bursting with indescribable flavors. Mutton snapper in pesto and champagne, yellowtail in a beurre blanc of lobster or a rare hog snapper with red pepper zabaglione top a list of nightly specials. As for the classics, the Duck a L'Orange, Rack of Lamb with herb de Province and Lobster Bouillaise are as authentic as you will find this side of Paris. Chef Correa combines the best of both of his worlds, European and Caribbean to win the People's Choice and Best Entree awards at a recent Master Chefs Classic
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vipHeresJay
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu includes a variety of all sorts of foods, prepared expertly in their kitchen. Service was excellent. We’re very glad we went.

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ROBERTK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Professional food and service staff,above average.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the restaurant was amazing!

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vipATLFOODIE22
Atlanta
96 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Hogfish you’ll ever eat. French onion soup and baked artichoke were also exceptional. Great service and outdoor dining option.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food here was exceptional! Definitely a memorable experience.

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vipfoodsnob
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful dinner. The food was amazing (as always) and the service was exceptional. The Hog Snapper was as yummy as I remember!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Hogfish was excellent. The shrimp scampi was just ok. Shrimp was over cooked. Fruit of the sea was disappointing-small shrimps and scallops.

JA
JenAlex
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great food and ambiance, and we are still thinking of the Key Lime Pie. Ordered the Hogfish, Lamb and Scampi. Really enjoyed it all, though the highlight was the fish.

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vipVTStick
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Masks were apparently optional for the service team so if you have COVID concerns just avoid all together.

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deaconblue
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with an amazing host. John Correa made us feel at home. The cuisine was amazing and we appreciated him introducing himself and checking on every table in the dining room to see that everyone was having a pleasant experience. It’s the kind of service you don’t see in restaurants anymore. The wait staff was attentive and courteous. Everyone near us was heard gushing over the food. Truly a rare gem in Key West!

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vipLindaB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and delicious food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Puerto Vallarta
19 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent as usual. The food was terrific and Patricia, our waitress , did an excellent job.

We look forward to our return.

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vipRumplestiltskin
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic key west long-standing favorite. Cafe Sole has been serving creative but satisfying fresh food for over 25 years. In a tourist town it stands out as a winner and not a fad. Indoor or outdoor seating is lovely, service always attentive. It’s fancy but not fussy or fussy-duddy. From the great French onion soup to the hogfish and my favorite the tuna tartare. End with the creative cheese plate or the usual key lime pie. Only complaint = more choice of champagne by the glass. Red wine selection is terrific.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice dining. Alert: prices are 20% higher than the menu in Open Table!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We loved our meal and most importantly the manager figured out a party of 6 who walked in last minute behind us with grace and style.

Food was great and our server was attentive and fun.

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vipGlobalguys
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate at Café Solê and had a wonderful meal. The staff there is only too happy to accommodate dietary requests, and their kitchen is able to modify almost any dish. We substituted one sauce that looked delicious on another dish....

All the food was well prepared. Fish, sauces, sides were all delicious. For wine, we had the Syrah Merlot blend, which was definitely a good choice. Coffee was also good. The only negative note was the Key Lime Pie that had some gritty, undissolved sugar. The owner came over and apologized and thanked us for letting him know, and then removed it from our bill. It is obvious that they want to present quality and give excellent service.

Dinner came to approximately $70 a person. Would recommend...

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LisaK
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining at Cafe Sole having visited last year as well. The hogfish is truly the highlight as many diners have said. They also have an affordable wine list with good choices. Our server was attentive and the atmosphere is very pleasant. We look forward to coming back on our next visit to Key West.

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vipChrisT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We went on a Thursday night for an 8:00pm reservation and we sat outside, which was a table on the sidewalk. It was quiet and calm. It took 20 minutes for our waiter to greet us, and the tables around us were equally lacking in attention from the waiter. Another ten or so minutes passed before our drinks arrived so I was glad at that point that we had decided to order wines by the glass rather than deciding on a bottle.
Our seafood entrees were good but nothing outstanding. Our glasses of wine were very good and reasonably priced for the quality.
In short the dinner was fine but this isn't a place we would go back to again.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The service at this spot has gone down hill. Hint to the restaurant owner, remember the little things that made your restaurant successful - if you see empty glasses on a table, stop schmoozing and fill a glass. If you or your staff do not see the empty glasses, something had taken a wrong turn.

Food was fine. Ambience is terrific.

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KellyR
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining here since 2000. Always a great meal - innovative- fresh. So lucky a friend told us about it. Every visit to Key West must include a stop at Cafe Sole. Hogfish!! Snapper!! Filet Mignon!! Conch Carpaccio!! Angels on Horseback.

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TheZabers
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you would like to be transformed to a small cafe in France, then head on over to Cafe Sole in Key West! Planned to have dinner there one night (of six), based on the recommendation from the Casa Marina concierge, but we reserved another evening after the first.

On the first evening, I had the FRENCH ONION "LES HALLES" and the DUCK A L`ORANGE while my wife had the ESCARGOT and the HOG SNAPPER ~CHEF CORREA'S AWARD WINNING DISH (recommended by everyone we talked to) and they were SUPERB!

The night before heading back to Texas, I had to have exactly the same thing because Duck A L'Orange is not widely available at home.

If you mildly interested in any of these entrees, you MUST go to Cafe Sole in Key West.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hogfish is AMAZING, the sides and key lime pie are stars as well. We love good food and this place rocks! Key West has many great restaurants but this is one is special. If you enjoy quality food don’t miss this place. Get off of Duval and enjoy this dining experience.

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vipJaneT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant is wonderful! We have been here twice and will definitely return on our next trip.

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vipStacyJ
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food is always wonderful at Cafe Sole! The yellowtail snapper is always my go-to dish. The owner, John, is always around and talks to his diners, and has treats for our two dogs. It is a true Key West dining experience, not to be missed!

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DrAlberto
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service excellent food excellent ambiance. You have to try the hogfish. Superb. It melts in your mouth.

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vipGriney
St. Louis
35 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Terrible experience. Wife had the toughest filet she’s ever had. Maybe the worst part was the fact the waitress never acknowledged the fact that she didn’t eat her steak or even ask if there was something wrong.

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vipBaybaby53
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have dined here twice before. The first visit was superb, the second not so much. As it's a busy month here in Key West, we decide to give it another try. This was a huge disappointment. First of all, everything is ridiculously expensive. One in our party asked for a glass of seltzer and was delivered a $8 bottle of sparkling water.
Burrata salad was a ball of mozzarella, a single plum tomato sliced in 4 sections, a teaspoon of pesto, and sprinkled with pine nuts. Oh, and a single basil leaf...$16.00
My grouper was breaded but the crust was soggy. It was served with a tablespoon each of "risotto", mashed potatoes, beans & corn, and caramelized shredded carrots.

It was just a mediocre meal at $195 for two.

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vipfoodie
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our last dinner in Key West was the best! Amazing food and great service! Highly recommend!!

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Kelley
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely 💯 amazing.
The French onion soup was the best I ever had...and I have had a lot if it. We have the appetizer clams and pasta..portion was for 2, the garlic was so flavorful. We had their Hog fish, apparently what they are known for...amazing and I'm not a big fish person. We sat outside on the sidewalk and it was beautiful, not noisy, a beautiful little neighborhood hidden away in Key West among beautiful homes. We will be back...a must. We have been going to key west for many years and this is a new find for us. Loved it

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will not find a better restaurant on the Keys.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hog Snapper lived up to the hype it was phenomenal!

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BenP
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Sole is the perfect little gem, service was amazing, food was delicious, and the outdoor patio was so cute. John, the owner was so nice. Highly recommend!

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is not right downtown, but a short walk. It is a hidden gem in Key West. Some of the best seafood available artfully prepared. Also, an excellent wine list. Staff was friendly and professional. We were not rushed at all.

If you don't like fish, some wonderful alternatives on the menu. Also have their take on Key Lime pie for dessert! Put this place on your short list while you are in the Keys.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had the hog

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing... order the Hogfish

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AngelB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hogfish snapper is likely the best meal I've ever eaten. The conch ceviche was delish. I will definitely be back to dine and I highly recommend this dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So cozy and cute! Ate inside at a booth. Loud talkers next to us, but that’s not the restaurant’s fault. Hogfish special melts in the mouth. Nice wine list. Artichoke appetizer is going to haunt my dreams...

Cafe Sole’ has been on my list for years. So glad I’ve finally gotten there. Will definitely return!

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vipMollyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service - best meal we had in Key West! Our waiter, Allen, was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!

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KarenO
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The hog fish, as always, was delicious!

Allen did a great job as a server. The bottle of wine, however, took a bit of time to get to the table.

We've been before - we'll go again!

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WayneW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall experience!

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Cafe Sole - Key West offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 294-0230.

Cafe Sole - Key West is rated 4.6 stars by 2187 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.

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