First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery

4.5
490 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
First Flight Island Restaurant and Brewery is located in the home of Pan Americans office, where the first American international flight ticket Key West- Havana, Cuba was bought on October 28th 1927. The restaurant features a beautiful garden dining area nestled under the canopies of 2 Strangler Figs, an inside dining room with Pan American memorabilia and an indoor- outdoor crash bar made from an airplane wing.This is also the birthplace of the Southernmost Brewery in the States where 3 flagship and seasonal beers are made by Brewmaster Andrew Koennecke. The restaurant menu focuses on locally sourced seafood, house brew braised dishes and fresh seasonal ingredients. The menu changes throughout the year by Executive Chef Ben Schneller who supplements tradition with an island twist.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 490 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.7
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was amazing, and the food was delicious! The bar across the street played great live music. The seafood linguine and the tuna and the fresh catch were all really good. We would definitely come back!

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vipRobbo
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation in key west, our last night. Wonderful farewell with our travel mates.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Anniversary

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Jacq310
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great!

Drinks were good!

Loved the fans ❤️❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and brews were perfection. Our bartender Don, was great and provided awesome recommendations for us “out of towners”.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Chairs were very uncomfortable. Appetizers were better than the main course. Banana daiquiri delish!

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vipMarc
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Beers were ok. Our food was a disaster. Everything was cold. There was a piece of pasta in the burger, and the pork was dry. I gave up on the pork dish about a few mouthfuls. Our server started off great, and then after ordering food we never saw them again. Sat there for 20 mins with empty drinks and untouched food. It wasn’t until a busser came to clear our plates that someone asked how everything was. In the end they comped us the two mains. It was a shame as the place was heaving, so must’ve been a bad night.

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vipKathleenS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a delightful waiter Igor who was attentive, efficient and fun too
Love the patio atmosphere

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vipTraveler
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our dogs and the staff was very accommodating, stepping around them when they sprawled out on the bricks. Delicious food (lunch was fish tacos and a salad with blue cheese and blackened shrimp), the beers were excellent, and service was extremely friendly and very helpful. Highly recommend.

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Trixie
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Snapper was great, tuna wasn’t bad but we are used to the tuna being a little more rare although we ordered it rare. Service excellent and enjoyed the atmosphere! Going back for wings and a burger later in our trip!

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very attentive waiter. Happy hour specials were excellent. Food was delicious !

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maream
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this place! Great food, service and atmosphere!

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Exit0girl
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at First Flight several times. The service and food are outstanding!

JM
JodiM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining, attentive staff, and our meals were delicious. Great beer too! Enjoyed learning about the history of the building.

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MickeyS
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good! Good scene to sit outside and enjoy dinner. Would eat here again.

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vipBetty
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The overall experience was good and food was great, but service was very slow. We were a group of 8 and we found that we were often needing to locate our waiter for drink refills and to get a bill. It was early in the day and it was not busy, so no excuse for slow service.

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PatM
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overwhelmed server but good food. Average wine list. The key lime pie is outstanding. It’s across the street from Hank’s so good background music.

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HeatherM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Yummy appetizers and good wine list. The tuna poke was delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for happy hour but also wanted to eat and have a table. Couldn't take advantage of happy hour however unless seated at bar. Really cool garden seating area however. It's a little buggy there when the food comes out but the food was great and service also fantastic!

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Got2GetAway
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic meal. The fried red snapper may be the best meal I’ve ever had in Key West.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Anniversary dinner. Lovely outdoor ding area. Unfortunate that we had conflicting music with a wedding upstairs and music from Hanks. Our waiter was excellent and attentive. Great anniversary dessert! We will return when in town again.

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vipSueS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved the outdoor dining. Our server was great and food was very good. Would highly recommend.

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KathiS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a really nice dinner. Love the outdoor garden... service was really good

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swimrgal
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Sadly we were disappointed in this final meal at Key West. All of our dishes were overcooked and over priced. Should have known better than to choose such a landmark place.

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Chris
Key West
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice quiet dinner and drinks. Welcome change from all the chaos of Duval street.

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vipAimeeM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Our server was not on his game: water glasses never refilled, brought an appetizer with no plates for us to share the Mac and cheese, not friendly, refused to make any changes to food items ordered), food lacked flavor, tasted as though it’s been out under a heat lamp for hours, etc. The ambiance is nice though. Do not recommend.

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JustPassinThru
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender was awesome, food was excellent. Love the history, open air tables were fantastic. Great experience!

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Paul
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was perfect and it’s just a block off the beaten path. A little pricy but worth every penny!

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caryb
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the outdoor dining. Large beer/wine/unique cocktails.
Great tuna poke appetizer
Nice swordfish special

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Danielle, the server was very attentive and made great recommendations. The whole fried fish was so much better than other restaurants we’ve tried. Patio and layout very nice and Hank’s provided music across the street! Highly recommended!

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vipTraveller
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place to eat in Key West. Unique history. Well worth stopping for lunch or dinner.

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HannahL
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at First Flight Island restaurant and it did not disappoint. We will definitely be back!

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KateC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of our favorite meals in Key West. Great cocktail, wine, and beer list - definitely try some of the local brews. Great, eclectic dinner menu. Definitely something for everyone. The garden seating is beautiful and if you're lucky, there will be a great band playing at the bar across the street.

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vipBarb
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was very good. Portions generous.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was okay, but not great. For the cost I was expecting better. The entire dining experience was overshadowed by the amount of flies!! We paid a lot of money, but intentionally ate as fast as we could because we had to use one hand with a napkin in it to wave off the flies THE ENTIRE TIME! For this reason, I would not return or recommend. The island has a lot of great places to eat, there’s no sense in going through this again.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience

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FredB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice place. Nice staff. Everyone enjoyed their meals. I ordered thr wrong dish, so it wasn't great. No fault of the cook or restaurant, I just wasn't a fan. Next time I'll just order something different, but I would highly recommend this restaurant. I would also recommend that tje host or wait staff provide some historic background to the building. I believe that would help break the ice and add to a memorable experience.

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vipHeresJay
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here twice for lunch and once for dinner over the past few years. Food and service are always great. Since they’re a microbrewery, the beer selection always changes. Try their custom cocktails, too. Whatever you get, you’ll be glad you did!

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Liv2eat
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there because we had heard about the interesting PanAm memorabilia; although we loved the PanAm ambiance, we are now fans of First Flight because of the excellent food! The food and the service were both first class.

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PABbhm
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect atmosphere! The food, service and music from venue across the street incredible! I highly recommend!!

FAQs

First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 293-8484.

First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery is rated 4.5 stars by 490 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.