Rooftop Cafe

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Nestled among the treetops, and cool tropical breezes, the casual elegance of the Rooftop Café has overlooked historic Key West for over 30 years. Located just a few blocks from Mallory Square and the Sunset Celebration — Rooftop Café has long been among the best restaurants in Key West, Florida.

Proprietors Norman and Wednesday Vogel, and staff have created the ultimate dining experience on the island. Exceptional service, the elegant atmosphere of the interior dining room, and the tropical outdoor dining patio makes Rooftop Café a favorite restaurant for visitors and locals, alike, as well as a popular Key West wedding destination.

Located just a few steps above the streets, the sounds of smooth jazz, the aromas of new-island cuisine and the smiles on the staff"s faces will greet you at the door, invite you in, and give you just a taste of what is yet to come: a truly fine dining experience at one of the top restaurants in Keys.
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vipJamesH
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Up the stairway to a surprisingly delightful, almost whimsical setting! Cool and quiet, with a pleasant view of the streets below. The drink menu and dinner menu both offer splendid choices. A big surprise - the lemonade!
Our server, Amy, was helpful, attentive, and very personable. Her presence really added to our dining experience.
And of course - the food was excellent!

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DougU
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, friendly staff. Great Bar and fresh juices for drinks. Big plus

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vipnicinnaples
Naples
30 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A beautiful treetop garden atmosphere. Overall our meals were good but my daughter really did not like her burger and said the meat tasted funny. Good seafood and pasta.

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tlynd
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice hidden jewel. Definitely a place to good in Key West.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

YUMMM!!! Incredible food and desserts. Great service and a very nice atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I wanted to love this place, as the ambiance was outstanding. A roof top on key west that isn’t too loud is hard to find. We ordered the lobster gnocchi, mushroom risotto, and empanada. We found the food heavy with cream yet somehow lacking in flavor. I ordered a mai tai and there were at least 3 sugar ants that I could count in my drink (EWW). I sent it back and they did take it off the bill, but 3 ants is definitely something that both the bartender and server should have noticed. I don’t usually complain about restaurants because I have low expectations but I was totally grossed out. Also we asked our server to bring out the appetizers at the same time as the main because I had ordered 2 appetizers as my main meal, but they were all staggered.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, ambiance, view, service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Staff was incredible

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PaulaS
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dine here every time we are in Key West and we are never disappointed

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CynthiaR
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place very clean not crowded. Tables spaced nicely. The food was really good. I had the snapper special. It was very tasty with the lemon beurre blanc. The mushroom risotto was so creamy. Definitely would go back

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Brian
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food prepared perfectly, first-class service, and a quaint, classy atmosphere.

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ClaudiaR
Key West
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great food, great service! We’ll be back!

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vipksnyder
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance. The food was delicious. Sat outside on the patio was a nice quiet setting.

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vipLynne
New England
38 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and it was outstanding !!
Food was great. Dwayne did an exceptional job
We will definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner one of the finest restaurants in key west they even gave us a complementary glass of champagne perfect evening 👍

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vipSuzG
New England
39 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views and Food!

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RichT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for dinner . Wait staff excellent! Drinks top shelf . Server suggestion for dinner was well thought out and accurate.

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vipmedusa
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food; diverse and interesting menu. There’s something for everyone and their crab and shrimp cake is one of the best I’ve ever had- and I’m from Maine! The service is always on par with the excellent food and the layout and ambiance of the restaurant make it a truly remarkable experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant bartender and very professional waiter. Food was good and it’s delightful eating on the rooftop.

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Mikey
Yorkshire
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Food was of a good quality. Service was excellent. Worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

We were seated promptly at a nice table. Our waitress was attentive and friendly. We ordered drinks and then we skipped appetizers and ordered entrees. I ordered mushroom risotto and my husband ordered the market fish. Within minutes our dinners appeared. Way too early and almost cold. The fish was okay, but the risotto was tasteless. We were finished with dinner in less than an hour! We didn’t complain, but I’m sure the management would have tried to make things right.

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vipPixieF
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant always a great meal, drinks and service ! The manager, the waiter Dywane and Missy are top notch . My go to always a great time ! Have brought many people here and they all feel the same way .

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ABBA
Key West
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was wonderful except for the maître d's unfriendly attitude. He was efficient but not welcoming at all.

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Tami
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside or out is very nice, we had to move inside because of the high winds. Wait staff was super nice and food delicious!

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JakeFromStateFarm
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RoofTop Cafe delivered a flawless evening for our party of 17! They were gracious and accommodating of all our last-minute changes. Our server was friendly and helpful, handling the whole crowd with ease.

We all loved our meals! We had everything from catch-of-the-day to pasta to chicken dishes. It was all delicious.

We sat up above the street and enjoyed a pleasant Key West evening. Rooftop Cafe for the win!

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pamh
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience

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JeffG
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Loved the food and atmosphere but service was slow.

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Mrdth
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food was delicious but the bad easy listening elevator music and completely empty section we sat in took away from the experience. We both had seafood pasta dishes and wonderful cocktails. Service was attentive.

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nlrb
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We had a lovely table outdoors near the tree with a nice view of some of the old buildings in downtown Key West. The caesar salad was great and the duck spring rolls were good. I was a bit disappointed in the catch of the day which was yellowtail snapper. The fillets were just not perfect enough for the price and the asparagus that came with it was a bit tough. The deserts, a Key Lime Pie and a flourless chocolate cake were fabulous. The service was good, the ambience was relaxed and quiet. Lovely. Just not entirely perfect but close. I would go again.

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TeresaL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, from making the reservation, confirming the reservation, requesting to sit in a special area, to the food/drinks and the customer service! Thank you SO much!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food had potential to be great. Menu was awesome, but the food just wasn’t quite there.....very bland. It’s a shame because the service and ambiance were outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking forward to an outdoor dinner on the deck but the weather turned cold and windy so that wouldn’t be an option. However, dining inside was really cool cozy on a chilly evening. Very pretty and laid back. Food was delicious and service was great. We had seafood chowder, snapper, scallops with chocolate peanut butter cake and flourless chocolate cake for desert. Even hung around for a second glass of wine. Very pleasant evening and we will return when in town in the future.

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and it was amazing!!! Our server Stefan was just great. I live here and had a long time friend in town and wanted to take her to a good meal. We have many options here but I made a great choice in Roof Top.

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Skimbuddy
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a great ambiance on the roof. Waiter was good, food came a bit slow but we were in good company with a great bottle of wine so it didn’t hamper the evening.

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vipFoodPulse
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was fast, but so fast that we had the feeling they were rushing us. Food was good, but not great… Not very friendly… Definitely did not feel special… Little disappointed but that may be because of high expectations

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swannee
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 6 of us. Between us we had 5 different meals and all were very good. One had a salad, one a steak, the other 4 had a seafood dish and there wasn't a bite left on anyone's plate. Would definitely recommend!

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RennC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner a great deal. The food was very good, our waiter was attentive but not too serious, which we appreciated. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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JHBama
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attending conference in Miami this past Saturday 2/22/2020 so we took advantage of a free day and decided to drive down to Key West for dinner the previous day . We made the reservation via Open Table with no problem and we also received a phone call from the restaurant to confirm reservation. We had excellent service the entire evening and finished the meal with a slice of their unbelievable key lime pie. We will definitely be going back.

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JABBER1
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

No rum in the rum punch. Small portions of food for the price.

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vipRobert
Key West
25 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice dinner for all. Food was great.

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