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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

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Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (10)
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Casual (9)
Cozy (9)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We ate Thanksgiving dinner here and made reservations in advance. The service was excellent and the menu had great choices and also offered a traditional Thanksgiving meal which a few of our group preferred. The Hogfish was our favorite and we would highly recommend it.
Great experience!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Scenic View, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We have always enjoyed eating here. Unfortunately, our thanksgiving experience was less than satisfactory. We were seated promptly, our drink orders taken promptly as well. The restaurant was not crowded at all, but we were rushed by our waiter, Christoph. No time to given and enjoy drinks, dinner order rushed and then plunked down in less than 5 minutes. At this price, utterly deplorable. Restaurant only half full. 7:00 reservation and we were back in hotel by 8:15. Will probably not return on our next trip. And we come to Key West every year.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Worst Thanksgiving dinner in memory!!!
Turkey was warmed over , tasted like 2 day old leftovers. All of the sides were mushy and overcooked. All was crammed on a single small plate. But would not have wanted any more of this cafeteria food anyway!!!!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family and I spent thanksgiving dinner here and we loved it. We had the best bacon wrap and escargot courses. Our dinners were so delicious.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food was very good however the service was not was told about the "half-price" wines until after ordering our wine also received the lamb chop appetizer instead of the entree.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We had dinner at Café Sole based purely on online reviews. We found the food to be excellent. All dishes were executed to perfection and made from high grade ingredients. Escargot was excellent and all the fish dishes were remarkable. The presence of a number of French speaking patrons was a great indication of the chef's training. Excellent find!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

This is a do not miss while in Key West. We looked online and saw the Hogfish signature disk. Just out of the world. Service and ambience was awesome. I just wish they were in NJ!!

Cannot wait to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The food and service were exceptional!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Waiter needs training , didn’t not follow through on ensuring food was brought together.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I've heard many good things about this restaurant. Our dinner was good but nothing memorable.

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 (Key West)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The seafood risotto appetizer was superb. We each had that and shared the Ingram salad first. That was delicious as well. Ask for Jason as your waiter 😊. In the past we have had the hogfish which is excellent, but we weren’t quite that hungry tonight. Comfortable and cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Order the hog snapper and the key lime pie - you will be one happy foodie!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We have been going to KW the last 17 years, but this is our first time visiting Cafe Sole. How could we miss it! The menu had great variety from apertizer to desert, the wine choices will match all tastes and pocketbooks, and our seating provided enough privacy that my date and I had a wonderful conversation talking in normal voices. Cafe Sole is family run which shows in the great service. John C. the owner, stopped by our table to be sure his son Jason was taking good care of us. Soon John was talking to us like old friends giving us how he and his family visited KY and basicly moved from France to KW and never went back.

We definitely will be back before we leave and on future visits.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food was very good and the service was excellent. A bit of a walk from most hotels, but well worth it.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great food, great service. I had the hog snapper and my husband had scallops. Both were prepared to perfection. We will definitely be back on our next trip.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food and great service! Hogfish and Key Lime Pie were both outstanding. We will definitely return on future trips to Key West!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This was our third visit to Cafe Sole and it has been consistently excellent. I always order the hogfish snapper. It absolutely melts in your mouth! I also ordered the gazpacho and a friend ordered the portobello soup. We then shared the Napoleon Beet Salad. All were great. The wait staff are very professional and attentive. I have no complaints and can't imagine anyone not liking the food or the service.
Our reservation was for 6 o'clock and we were the first table . By the time we left, there were no empty tables.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Key West)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food was very good. Jason the server was excellent

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Phenomenal as always! My wife and I make it a must every time we go back home. John and his staff are outstanding!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Wonderful menu and wine selection. Service is over the top GREAT!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent service. Very personal and attentive. Will be going back soon!

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 (Key West)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Once again Cafe Sole exceeded our expectations. The hogfish entrees were fantastic. Melts like butter in your mouth. Chef even adjusted the dish so I could have a mango sauce from another dish. Starters were fantastic. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Price of food and wine was superb.
We return here because it is at the very top of the Key West list! Thanks to all there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Never disappointed. Even post Irma, with short power outages they put out consistently great food. Great wine list too. Must have hogfish snapper!

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Was great. Good service. Good food.

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

It was our first time and we were not disappointed, the hog fish was outstanding as well as the crab cakes. Service was very friendly and great value

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on August 30, 2017

really enjoyed dinner -- key lime pie great desert. lobster and snapper great

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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