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About Cafe Sole - Key West

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

1029 Southard St.
Key West, FL 33040
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Fish, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Frances St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(305) 294-0230

Website:
http://www.cafesole.com/

Executive Chef:
John Correa

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Cafe Sole - Key West Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (30)
Special Occasion (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Good for a Date (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Authentic (15)
Cozy (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Local Ingredients (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Casual (7)
Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Healthy (5)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Waterfront (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Best restaurant in Key West, both for food and for service. Good wine list as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Special recognition needs to be extended to our waiter Jason. Jason is one of your superior waiters. He exudes the absolute best in outstanding customer service. Our service, his kindness, courteousness, efficiency and knowledge were noteworthy. Our experience was truly special.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Wilmington)·Dined 6 days ago

Have been wanting to try Sole for years, and it was worth the wait
Atmosphere warm, elegant and comfortable
Service was professional and helpful
Menu offered terrific choices. We went with their specialty, Hogfish Snapper - absolutely terrific!
Go, and enjoy the experience

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, great service, great ambiance. Highly recommended.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Where the locals Dine.The hog fish snapper is wonderful and comes with a nice assortment of vegetables. Staff are friendly and the atmosphere is what you would expect for Key West. We come every time we visit and have never been disappointed

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

This was the top recommendation of the boutique hotel where we are staying. This was our first trip to KW so we followed their advice. I had read the reviews and saw a definite pattern of inconsistency. We dined there anyway on the strength of the referral. First, the restaurant was not full and they tried to seat us in a "jammed in' corner table where one could not move their chair away from the table without running into a side wall supporting beam - or even sit square to the table because of it. My wife asked to be moved and was accommodated while I was parking the car. The service was upbeat, polite and attentive for most of the evening. My wife's escargot came and was tepid - she asked if they served it piping hot as we have ALWAYS had it served - anywhere we have dined. The waiter said "No, the chef prepares it this way". We were dumfounded as he didn't ask if she wanted it heated up to her liking. Our soups were delicious and the entrees came promptly. Both her grouper and my hog snapper were delicious. Her vegetables were room temperature - mine were hot. we finished dining & I laid down my credit card & asked for the check when the waiter finally came. He said I'll be right out - stopped to clear another table and went into the kitchen. He finally came out of there, stayed in their service area and forgot to bring our bill. After several minutes I walked up and handed him my card and expressed my displeasure. He was nonchalant about it. I returned to my seat and he brought the bill without a word. I signed the receipt - left a pittance of a tip and left. We walked past 2 other employees who didn't so much as look at us, didn't say a kind word, nothing.
This restaurant has the "bones" to be a Five Star experience - yet they don't put forth enough effort to come even close. We were very disappointed as we are dedicated foodies and know what it takes to prepare gourmet quality meals from scratch. They didn't deliver for us and we won't dine there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We started with the garlic-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon (melt in your mouth delicious), then I had the stacked beet/goat cheese salad (excellent) and the Fruits of the Sea with pasta as the main dish. All was presented well and tasted superb. Very friendly and helpful waiter. Also had a bottle of wine -- decent wine list to chose from.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Wonderful!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very disappointing for us. Excellent portobello soup but flavorless and watery lobster bisque, main courses had sauces with little flavor. Key lime pie was good. We expected much better.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Very pleasant evening in café Sole. Hostess and waiter very nice, food excellent. Much recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 4, 2018

My wife and I had heard great things. We were looking forward to a night out together. Cafe Sole did not live up to the hype. We had dessert at Michaels two blocks away. Have dinner there instead.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Love this place! We come here whenever we are in Key West! The artichoke is fabulous, one of my favorite dishes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Really enjoyed cafe sole! We were overshadowed by a very large party but our server took action to make sure we were happy and enjoyed our dining experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our server was amazing! The food was great & it was so beautiful & cozy inside.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Cafe Sole is definitely one of the most romantic restaurants on Key West. I must say the food was lacking a bit this time. The escargot was cold and did not have much flavor. My hog fish was ok but not as memorable as past dishes there. Everyone is allowed an off night so hoping this was just one of them.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We love Cafe Sole and we eat there often. Last night we had out of town guests and thought it would be a great treat to go there. We understand it is a very busy time of year. But we waited with only water for someone to ask us about wine or offer to explain the menu. Our waiter apologized but many helpers had walked by and never brought us bread or asked if we were okay. The staff who brought our food to the table were rude and careless. And unfortunately the food was not up to par. Very disappointing.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Cafe Sole is definitely one of the finest restaurants in Key West. Its low key and warm vibe and understated decor is truly Key West. Additionally, its menu rivals top restaurants in large cities. This is definitely a place to discover and return- again and again. Absolutely outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Amazing food, delightful staff and wonderful atmosphere. We had the Hogfish which was divine. We are always sure to have dinner at Cafe Sole when we are in Key West!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Key West)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Delicious food, great service and ambiance. We will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

3 words, French onion soup. Stop denying your self this pleasure, it’ll make you a happier person.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Disabled Access, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Great Beer, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food and service were great. A BIG negative is their wine list. The reasonably priced chardonnay 12 -15/glass was awful. Since they don’t have a liquor license and therefore no bar they should offer more good tasting wine at a reasonable price.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Little Rock)·Dined on December 25, 2017

A charming restaurant which calls itself French. It does have French influence but the food is a fusion of cuisines. The hearts of palm was a winner but the arugula was not ( needed a third component like dried cranberries or pine nuts). White anchovies on bruschetta were tart, served with a pesto mayo that made thus app perfect. Shrimp over pasta was well- seasoned and enough for two

Tags: People Watching, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We always eat here either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Café Sole prepares great meals for the holidays -- we usually get the goose. Great service, great food, great atmosphere.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Casual, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We consider Cafe Sole one of our half dozen favorite restaurants in the world. The food, service, and ambience are extraordinary as well as very "Key West" casual. This visit was exactly as we anticipated and we will savor the memory until we return. A must visit in Key West.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Fabulous food, great service, and a friendly atmosphere. I have but one complaint: at the table next to us, one of the women had an annoying 'big voice.' And since the tables are close together, we heard every word. Fortunately, the group left before we finished out meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

An amazing meal with friends. Hogfish was delicious as was the wine.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Key West)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Fantastic!

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Cafe Sole lies in the heart of Old Town Key West. It is charming restaurant with an exceptional menu. The Chef and staff are wonderful and I would highly recommend you enjoy a lovely evening as their guest.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was great. Best meal on the island so far.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The service was uninspired and the vegetable s served with the dishes were poor at best.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We were recommended to cafe Sole by a resident of Key West. It is walkable from the pier and on quiet area of Key West which was welcomed. We had Jenna as our server, lovely and engaging. My husband had the lobster bisque, snapper, I had the Chef’s specialty Hog snapper which Jenna was knowledgeable on difference of the fishes. The dishes are served with potatoes both sweet and white and fava beans. Has extensive wine list and loved the key lime pie with toasted marshmallow. On leaving we spoke with Owner/Chef and that made the whole night memorable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This restaurant is a hidden treasure located in a quiet residential neighborhood. The signature hog fish special is one of the best dishes and all of Key West! We always make a point to dining here when in town but were disappointed with our service last night. Our waitress apparently had a problem with the table next to us and the owner at some point came to apologize. We told her we wanted to order some soup and look at the menu. She disappeared and did not return to take our dinner order until after we had finished her soup. We ordered two appetizers and an entrée . They only delivered one of the appetizers (delicious baked artichoke w crab meat) and when we mentioned it to her, she Responded “you didn’t order the lamb chops.” By the time our meal was complete, we were the only people left in the restaurant. The meal was great but I think they need to pay more attention to the service end of things

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

delicious food especially their specialty"hogfish" we sat in booth that was very cold surrounded by racks of wine ...which I think they used as wine cooling area....I thought given all the marvelous places to eat it was pricey but if you want good food this is nice place..

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Lovely evening ,off the beaten path in Key West. food was very good! Had soup and hogfish. The temperature of the food was luke warm and sides were cold. waitress seemed overwhelmed, so hated to send it back.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our first time to Cafe Sole after several strong recommendations from locals. The atmosphere is romantic and charming. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. The food is outstanding quality. The hogfish snapper was beautifully prepared and delicious. We could go on and on...ostrich medallions, Floridian lobster tails, saganyaki...

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Cafe Sole was a major disappointment. I find it hard to say anything good about it. The food preparation was poor to mediocre. It lacked taste expected in a fine dining restaurant and in some cases was cold. The service was at best OK. Our waiter knew little about the preparation methods and was pretty slow. And the prices were way in excess of the quality. Just about everything was poor. I would just stay away!!!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is our go to restaurant in Key West. The food is excellent and it is quiet and relaxed; why you come here...

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Average quality, terrible ambiance (restaurant was shoddy and dirty), seated next to drunk patrons, overpriced. Awful experience.

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