Florida has its fair share of sunny vacation destinations, and Key Largo certainly ranks high on the list.
Key Largo is the most northerly island of the legendary Florida keys. It’s easy to get to from the two largest airports in South Florida, just about one hour away.
Key Largo is the place to go if you love exploring the great outdoors in perpetually perfect weather.
Every outdoor activity, from relaxing on spectacular beaches to exploring national parks, is available to enjoy in Key Largo.
On my vacation in Key Largo, I packed my itinerary to the brim with everything I could of what this iconic island has to offer.
I’m a big nature lover, so I made sure to spend lots of time on the nature trails and at wildlife sanctuaries. And don’t forget the vibrant food scene in Key Largo.
Whether you love seafood, classic beach food, or any of a host of other cuisine genres, Key Largo has you covered.
- The Fish House
- The Buzzard’s Roost
- Hobo’s Cafe
- Num Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar
- Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen
- Key Largo Conch House
- Skipper’s Dockside
- DiGiorgio’s Cafe Largo
- Harriette’s Restaurant
- What The Fish? Rolls & More
- Doc’s Diner
- Alfredo’s Cookhouse
- Lazy Lobster Seafood Restaurant
- The Hideout Restaurant
- Old Tavernier Restaurant & Lounge
I visited many Key Largo restaurants during my time on the island. Check out my list of the best Key Largo restaurants below!
102401 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
A local fixture since 1982, the Fish House has been lauded in many famous publications, such as Southern Living, The Miami Herald, Travel & Leisure, and The Los Angeles Times.
I’m a big fan of Key Lime Pie, which is why The Fish House was one of the first restaurants I visited in Key Largo. The Key Lime Pie here has been named the best in Florida by Florida Living Magazine.
As implied by the name, The Fish House’s focus is fish, always deliciously fresh. This restaurant offers a friendly and casual atmosphere. Head on over during your Key Largo vacation.
21 Garden Cove Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037
There’s a good reason steak and seafood is such a popular combination, and The Buzzard’s Roost certainly occupied that niche.
You can eat at The Buzzard’s Roost for lunch or dinner. If you visit on a Sunday, you can have a scrumptious brunch.
I highly recommend not only the food but also the cocktails at The Buzzard’s Roost. Another attraction of this restaurant is its waterside location.
If you’d like to pair your meal with the perfect wine, you can certainly do so here. There is both indoor and outdoor seating available.
Enjoy a meal at The Buzzard Roost on a Friday or Saturday night if you want to hear live music as you linger over a truly memorable meal.
101691 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Key Largo is well-known for its scrumptiously fresh seafood, so it makes sense there are so many fantastic seafood-focused restaurants on the island.
Hobo’s Cafe is one of them. A popular spot since its opening in 1991, Hobo’s Cafe locally sources its ingredients.
Personally, I’m a huge seafood lover, so I ordered seafood selections at Hobo’s Cafe. I highly recommend the Louisiana Seafood Combo.
It features half a lobster tail, with scallops and shrimp, a selection of New Orleans spices, and more.
If beef or chicken is more your thing, there are certainly options here for you. I heard locals recommend the Chicken Key West. If you want a mix of seafood and beef, the Surf & Turf dish is for you.
103200 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Key Largo locals and visitors alike love sushi and Thai food, and Num Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar offers that popular combination in spades.
While the atmosphere is quite laidback, the food is beautifully presented and universally delicious.
Interested in trying some of the best-loved dishes at Num Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar? Examples include Shrimp Teriyaki, Thai Red Curry, and Fried Wonton.
Is your mouth watering yet? Num Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar is easy to find, and it’s a great place to get acquainted with the local atmosphere.
Num Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar is conveniently close to the famous Far Beach. Don’t leave Key Largo without trying the dishes at this local establishment.
Ask a local about Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen, and you’re sure to get a rave review. This restaurant has been a local institution since way back in 1976. This eatery offers traditional American dishes with a homespun atmosphere.
The dishes at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen are based on traditional home recipes. Some of the most ordered menu items here are the Fish & Shrimp Basket, Coconut Shrimp, Fried Shrimp, and Conch Salad. For the salad, I highly recommend the Caesar Salad.
Looking for something truly different. If you’re like many people, you’ve never tried alligator before. Be daring and order the Alligator Tenders for your appetizer. Another alligator item is the Alligator Sausage for breakfast.
100211 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
A family-owned restaurant, Key Largo Conch House is known all over the country for its impressive seafood dishes. It’s been mentioned in venues such as the Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and The Food Network.
I’d never tried conch before visiting Key Largo Conch House. The verdict? It’s tasty! As a conch house, Key Largo Conch House offers a wide range of conch-based dishes.
One of the most frequently ordered is the Conch Fritters. That’s what I ordered for my lunch, and I certainly recommend it.
Key Largo Conch House is found in a traditional house of the Key Largo style. Painted in peach, the building has an airy look and feel.
528 Caribbean Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037
Located on the aptly named and beautiful Caribbean Drive, Key Largo is a beach-themed restaurant on the water.
The atmosphere here is laidback and casual. It’s the perfect place to kick back and relax with friends and family.
Skippers Dockside focuses on seafood and Caribbean cuisine. Like several other Key Largo restaurants, Skippers Dockside offers Homemade Key Lime Pie.
This is a refreshing and iconic Key Largo dessert, and you should definitely try it when you visit Skippers Dockside.
In my opinion, the Jerk Chicken Sandwich here is the best you’ll find anywhere. I ordered this dish, as well as the Conch Chowder. Give these dishes a try!
99530 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Craving Italian food in Key Largo? Head over to DiGiorgio’s Cafe Largo Italian Restaurant. It’s even been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. DiGiorgio’s Cafe Largo opened in 1968, and it’s been a huge success ever since.
DiGiogio’s Cafe Largo is a family-run establishment. Whether you crave traditional pizza or any other scrumptious Italian dish, you can enjoy it at this Key Largo restaurant.
Of course, pasta is an Italian specialty, and you should check out the Signature Pasta menu at DiGiorgio’s Cafe Largo.
As a Key Largo restaurant, there are plenty of seafood options at DiGiorgio’s Cafe Largo. When I had dinner at DiGiorgio’s Cafe Largo, I went with the Seafood Linguini.
It’s an impressive dish, featuring mussels, pink shrimp, clams, North Atlantic scallops, calamari, and more.
95710 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Harriette’s Restaurant combines a traditional American diner feel with plenty of tasty menu options. Stop by for breakfast or lunch, and peruse the reliable and homespun menu.
This restaurant has been an everyday favorite with locals since 1982. Even today, it still focuses on traditional recipes and making its customers feel at home.
I decided to try Harriette’s Restaurant for breakfast. What did I order? Nothing less than the All American Breakfast.
Egg and sausage lovers can’t go wrong with this popular menu option. You get two eggs in whatever style you prefer, hash browns or grits, biscuit or toast, and the meat of your choice: bacon, smoked sausage, ham, or sausage.
90775 Old Hwy Unit #6, Tavernier, FL 33070
What The Fish? Rolls & More is the (yes, the) Key Largo location for Fish Rolls. That dish is this restaurant’s specialty, and it offers a plethora of variations.
There’s the Crab Cake Roll, Calamari Roll, Roller Lobster, and more. I tried the Cast Away Shrimp Roll, with red onion, avocado, and cilantro. Should you order it? Yes!
Craving a taco? You can get that here, too. Featuring tacos of both the sea and earth, What The Fish? Rolls & More has shrimp, pork, fish, and chicken tacos on the menu. Check out the side dishes here, too. The Fried Clams and Chips & Salsa are great.
99696 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Doc’s Diner is the place to go for a truly local Key Largo experience. Come here for breakfast or lunch and find out why so many people praise this eatery’s menu.
In my opinion, the portions here are second to none. Equal parts delicious and generous, the meals here will set you up for a day of adventure.
Take your time looking through the breakfast menu, as it’s pretty long! With so many options, what do you choose? It took me a while, but I eventually went with the pancakes, specifically the Tropical option.
It includes pancakes with shredded coconut, pecans, banana, and powdered sugar. I think these were some of the yummiest pancakes I’ve ever eaten.
102250, 102250 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Alfredo’s Cookhouse is one of Key Largo’s local secrets. It’s a casual restaurant with reliable favorites, such as the Breakfast Burrito, Eggs Benedict, Country Fried Steak, Baja Hogfish Tacos, and Filet Mignon.
This Key Largo restaurant focuses on simple yet satisfying and delicious traditional American dishes. Locals especially favor Alfredo’s Cookhouse for breakfast and brunch. In my opinion, the Breakfast Burrito is a great dish.
Want to try a Key Largo happy hour? You can do that at Alfredo’s Cookhouse. Happy hour starts early, running from 4 pm to 6 pm from Monday through Friday. Alfredo’s Cookhouse is located on Overseas Highway, a popular road for Key Largo eating spots.
102770 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
You can’t miss the bright turquoise color of Lazy Lobster, a small and friendly Key Largo restaurant serving fresh seafood fare. This is a popular spot, so make sure to book your table in advance.
A unique feature of Lazy Lobster is how it’s not just a restaurant. It has a fish market, too. If you’re interested in doing some cooking while in Key Largo, pick up some supremely fresh seafood ingredients at the Lazy Lobster Fish Market.
Lazy Lobster offers both indoor and outdoor seating. With all the delightful weather in Key Largo, it’s always great to have options.
47 Shoreland Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037
Sometimes, the tasty meal you’re craving is waiting somewhere unassuming. That’s where The Hideout Restaurant comes in. Tiny and casual, The Hideout takes pride in its food. Swing by for a hearty meal.
Breakfast is one of The Hideout Restaurant’s specialties, and that’s why this meal is served between 6 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon every day of the week. All meals are cooked to order, so you always get what you want.
Breakfast at The Hideout is served with your choice of traditional grits or fries. When I ate breakfast at The Hideout, I tried grits for the first time ever. They were excellent! I also partook in some hot and fortifying Biscuits & Gravy with 2 Eggs.
90311 Old Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070
Old Tavernier Restaurant & Lounge is one of the most popular and well-loved restaurants with Key Largo residents. It’s been around since 1988. Just ask the locals about it, and get ready for rave reviews.
This Key Largo restaurant offers a wide range of dishes in Italian, Greek, and Caribbean cuisine. Old Tavernier Restaurant & Lounge takes pride in staying true to authentic traditional dishes.
I was impressed by how friendly and welcoming the waitstaff are at Old Tavernier Restaurant & Lounge.
Love pizza? Check out the offerings at Old Tavernier Restaurant & Lounge. I enjoyed the pizza here, and I appreciated all the toppings options.
If you’re an unabashed meat lover, order the Meat Lovers pizza. Vegetarians will prefer the Vegetarian pizza option.
Make sure you experience all the natural beauty and outdoor adventures this Florida location has to offer.
I highly recommend snorkeling and scuba diving in addition to the other fun activities I talked about earlier. There are eco-tours here too, so remember to check them out.
When it comes to food, you’re spoiled for choice in Key Largo. Set aside time on your itinerary to thoroughly experience the culinary scene on this island.
Looking for a place to dine with an awesome view of the sea? Check out this list of the best restaurants with waterfront views in Key Largo.
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