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Square One Restaurant

215 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (265)
  • Fit for Foodies (258)
  • Neighborhood Gem (197)

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Square One Restaurant is an American bar and eatery in Key West, Florida that has become quite popular. Beginning with the dumplings, one knows they are in for a unique dining experience when coming to this venue. Served six to an order, this finger food comes in a choice of duck, pork or spinach. Square One Restaurant is also known for its flatbreads. Sample the farmer�s market to get your fill of kale and walnut pesto, mushrooms and roasted garlic.

For something from the grill, you can order a burger. Square One Restaurant has several varieties, including the blackened mahi. Each is cooked fresh and grilled to order.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Global, International, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation

Brunch Daily Wednesday Thru Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner Nightly Monday Thru Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Dinner Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(305) 296-4300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Delivering innovative and delicious food presentations complemented by exemplary service, boutique wines and creative cocktails, is our expertise.
Square One is honored to be recommended by many beautiful venues in the Key West area.
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Cross street
Virginia Street
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Parking details
Square One has a parking lot on downtown Key West. Yes, parking in downtown Key West! The restaurant is located in Duval Square at the 1000 block of Duval Street. You will find the entrance to their large parking lot on the Simonton Street side. There are also many side street parking areas available.
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Public transit
The Key West Bus Route stops one block away at The Gato Building next to the restaurant"s Simonton Street parking lot.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.2  based on all time ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NataljaS (Key West)
1.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

The restaurant was closed for no obvious reason, despite a confirmed reservation, (no sign on the door and no update on the homepage).

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on July 21, 2016

Didn't have a chance to eat there. We walked up and were told that the kitchen is closed even though we had made a reservation on open table. It was during July, which is a slower season for KW. I would have appreciated two things. 1) a phone call when the reservation was made to let me know prior to making our way over there. However, to their defense we made our reservation only a half hour before we got there. And 2) I didn't appreciate the "well I mean we Caaaaaaaaaan reopen the kitchen just for you.... But we are closed" Listen, I'm not going to beg to eat there. Overall, communication could be improved. The menu looked amazing just wish we had a chance to eat there.

kwjimme (Key West)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2016

We had outstanding service while dining at Square One. The food was very good, and the selection varied. Small plates were more than enough for an entree, or sharing. Ambiance is very nice, but the music was just a bit loud. We will definitely return

PhilB (Miami)
4.0  Dined on July 11, 2016

Great food! For any foodies out there you should stop at this place. We had the farmers market Flatbread to start (they ran out of short ribs). Seafood risotto, skirt steak, chicken, seafood pasta and burger were all great! Well prepared and they were accommodating for our kids.

vipOpenTable Diner (Key West)
1.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

I have been dining regularly at Square One for 25+ years and through 3 changes of owners.
The service and quality of food has been steadily tanking over the past year and my last meal there was terrible. I will not be returning.

JoeS (Key West)
4.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

My girlfriend and I were pleasantly surprised by the vegan options. The flatbread and veggie burger were both very good. Our waiter was friendly and efficient. The only criticism is that the room was a little warm. There were ceiling fans, but we had gotten used to the local restaurants offering an escape from the heat. 10 degrees cooler would have been great.

KimB (Key West)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

It was amazing!!!! We were on vacation and this restaurant was our favorite one of the entire week!!! Go here! You won't be sorry!

vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

Great Gluten Free options! The Calamari was amazing. Worth a 2nd visit

vipMike (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2016

Excellent mix of carnivore, vegan and organic choices, in a variety of plate sizes.

vipJohnF (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

In a city of great restaurants - this one is ok, but not great. Probably better for a younger crowd with higher energy levels and not so much care about table conversation.

LisaE (Key West)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

We had a group of 11, our server was excellent on top of everything. Food was very good as well. The stuffed Pork Chop was a hit at our table. We have already told our friends about Square 1 and we will definitely be back.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 5, 2016

Mussels App & Seafood Risotto were fantastic!

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on May 29, 2016

The location is nice on a pedestrian mall. Food was very good and there was a nice variety on the menu. The service was excellent. It had a great wine happy hour.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2016

Food was excellent, everything was amazingly prepared!!!

AndyKayL (Denver)
4.0  Dined on May 26, 2016

Since we were last at Square One, the restaurant has been renovated and seems to be catering more to a younger crowd. We were disappointed in the food, however our service couldn't have been better. The atmosphere is nice, it was a great place to chat with friends we hadn't seen in awhile.

Our tuna appetizer was the best thing we tried. We were looking forward to the beet salad, but found it to be mostly large pieces of kale and beets that tasted like they came from a can. My husband had the beef filet which he has ordered before and was not as impressed this time. I had the mussels and they were disappointing, some were not opened, those that were were very small and tough. The broth had very little flavor.

They have taken away the piano bar which is another reason we liked to go to Square One. Outdoor seating is available as before.

vipJtropics (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

Our return visit was pleasant but not the experience we've had in the past. Instead of sumptuous food and excellent piano music, we enjoyed very good dinners with nice service. We will recommend Square One but will refrain from gushing.

vipChefJ (Detroit)
1.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

Worst food. Risotto like wallpaper paste. First need to use arborio rice then with seafood don't add marscapone. Shrimp and grits swimming in grease. Beyond gross

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

An elegant restaurant in Key West. Great food!

vipJohninPA (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2016

We found Square One on Open Table after having a delay at a neighborhood competitor, and were very pleased with the find! The restaurant is located in a courtyard of businesses on the southern end of Duval Street, with several others - but we're glad we chose wisely. Square One is designed to cater to gastropub clientele, and is upscale, foody - successfully - featuring salads, flatbreads, sandwiches, appetizers, small plates and full dinners.
We were seated outside on the patio, which was quiet despite the address, on a warm night, and were greeted, seated and served with an attitude of "you're the bosses, but I'm here to help you!" We started with two of the House Signature Cocktails - we highly recommend the Lusty Nail, although the bourbon cocktails (we tried two) are also quite smooth.
For our meal, we opted for several small platters because we couldn't really make up our minds, and enjoyed their Devils on horseback, peppadew peppers wrapped in bacon and stuffed with almonds with cheese fondue and Maryland crab cakes for starters. Then we progressed to the Ahi tuna, the Key West Shrimp and Grits and pulled pork sliders (with plantains) on pretzel rolls.
A thoroughly pleasant late night sampler dinner in a restaurant that wanted to - and succeeded to please us both.

vipny2keys (Key West)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

Shrimp and grits was fantastic!

vipKorna29 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 11, 2016

We needed a quick meal on the way to the airport. They were very efficient, allowing 7 people to get in and out in just under an hour. The burgers were great, and overall the food was more consistent than my last visit.

vipMSinmontclair (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 30, 2016

Lovely location off Main Street. Friendly service, good food. Try the Daisy Mary rum cocktail.

OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on March 29, 2016

Loved the bread service and lamb dumplings

65th (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on March 25, 2016

Absolutely a wonderful experience. The hostess was Awesome, offered to seat us early. We walked around a bit, then she seated us immediately. Our server was very knowledgable, started us off with great cocktails. He clearly explained the specials, one of our group ordered the Grouper Special--Excellent. The other 3 of us shared the corn cakes, calamari, pork pot stickers, and the shrimp and grits. Food came out in timely manner and was GREAT. Can't say enough about how tasty the food was--We finished everything with difficulty but we're extremely satisfied. A great Key West experience, don't miss it

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on March 18, 2016

Absolutely horrible service and response. First small plates came out efficiently and were very good. It then took over 45 minutes to get three small plates, refreshed water and drinks. I tried to speak politely to the bartender asking for the manager and she was immediately confrontational and said we are just busy. Ridiculous! I spoke to hostess and she conveniently walked away. Meanwhile a party of three came in after us ordered at least 5 small plates, spaced out accordingly and ate and paid before we received our three small plates. There are so many places to eat in Key West and this is NOT one if them.

heavenly (Key West)
5.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

The waitress who served us in March last year remembered us, we thought that was pretty impressive considering how many customers go through their door each day.

vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on March 7, 2016

Lobster Mac and cheese, seafood flatbread and mussels amazing!

vipJulieK (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 1, 2016

Great find in Key West! Interesting menu with great range of choices! Really fun cocktails - all handmade! Delicious sangria! Loved the pork sliders. Great fried chicken sandwich. Would definitely return!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 29, 2016

The menu was so full of dishes that are not your everyday fare , we had a difficult time choosing. Our group decided to order one of everything on the appetizer section and then one selection of the small plate section and we ended up having a "Tapas" style dinner. If you were to ask me what dish I liked the most, I would have a hard time picking. The Mussels probably would make the top of the list ( order bread so you can soak up the juices from the mussels). If you're a lover of eclectic food, try Square 1. It was the best food we had on Key West.

vipRWK440 (Cleveland)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Square One has good food, free parking. And a great location. But with a serve who could have cared less. Example:" Do you wanna order? I've got other stuff to do..."