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Rating: 4.15

Address: 600 Fleming St, Key West, FL, 33040
  • Mon: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
  • Tue: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
  • Wed: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
  • Thu: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
  • Fri: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
  • Sat: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
  • Sun: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm

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Comments (53):

1. Merlou R.
We are locals, and this is one of our favorite restaurants.  The food and service are both top notch!  Every dish we've had has been superb.

07/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Raj M.
One of my favorite things about Key West is  that you can go just about everywhere in shorts and flip-flops, and while the casual environment at the Marquesa is no exception to this rule, the food is anything but casual.  The pruscuitto wrapped fillet and the conch and crab cakes were wonderful.  The wine list had plenty of reasonably priced options and service was beyond good.

10/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Victor A.
Having had the pleasure of dinner here twice, we've come to consider this one of the best restaurants in the Keys, by far. I'll leave the details to others. Suffice to say it's at the top of our list in KW. Both dinners have been excellent, with great and very professional service.  Even our young children loved it.

01/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Rich P.
Live in Key West and consider myself a foodie. First time at Cafe Marquesa, our server Amy, was perfect. She knows the food and is very friendly. The tastes were very interesting. Potato, leek, bacon soup was spicy and unusual. Chicken spring roll, very nice with several accompaniments. Our dinners: Shrimp and bok-choy, and house specialty, rack of lamb. The shrimp were cooked perfectly, my wife isn't a tomato fan. The menu didn't state that the dish was a tomato base. The rack of lamb was cooked perfectly, med-rare, but the goat cheese on the lamb overpowered the dish. That's my opinion, but after all that's why we write these reviews. Leave the goat cheese off, and it was perfect. We had two martini's with outstanding blue-cheese stuffed olives, and a bottle of wine. Molten chocolate cake for desert and a coffee drink. $180 The place had a quiet elegance about it. Parties of two get those tables that are next to each other, one chair and one long wall bench like Vegas. It maximizes the room in the restaurant, but I don't like that kind of seating. Will probably go back and try other dishes.

31/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
5. Brian B.
I have been going to the Marquesa for about 15 years now. I think it is the best restaurant in Key West.  I am in Key West often and will never miss having dinner here.  I have been to just about every restaurant in Key West and this is one you don't want to miss.

14/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Gillian D.
We walked by this place on Fleming on our way home from Dante's on a Sunday evening and thought it looked nice.  We stopped by the next night and although they were fully booked, they were able to squeeze us in as we were there early.  A bottle of the 2006 Louis M. Martini cabernet sauvignon was $54 (Robert Parker rates it as 90) and we had the lamb chops with goat cheese (incredible!) and my BF had the grilled lobster tail with risotto (wonderful!).  We finished up with two killer desserts (key lime napoleon and pecan tart).  Great evening, great food, great service.

29/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. todd m.
sitting here at the bar with buyers remorse.  We started off with two starters:  a crab cake and seafood dumplins.  The crab cake was good, but Ted's Montana  Grill has better cakes at a better price.  The dumplins:  tasted good at first, but the aftertaste was pure pepper.  The only saving grace was the Blue Cheese Martini.  
I feel violated and would never come here again.

01/03/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
8. Chris H.
Everything was wonderful about this restaurant which has been hard to find in Key West.  The service, good, drinks - yumm!  We split dinner and it actually came split - salad, shrimp appetizer with an amazing watermelon/pepper sorbet and the dinner - the best ever rack of lamb with goat cheese.  The dessert could have been a little warmer for a molten cake, but was ooey gooey.

The margarita was the best ever.

05/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Tony S.
Ambience was quite nice when we walked in but it ended up being not so nice an experience.

We ordered appetizers which were nice enough.  I had the arugula and goats cheese salad whish was flavourful and my partner had the duo of soups which he enjoyed.  The onion soup was a bit too sweet for me, there must have been added sugar in it but he enjoyed it.

The main courses were not so interesting.  My tuna with coconut crust was just so so.  Nice enough but nothign special.  My partner ordered the scallops which seemed simple enough, they came with a fois gras and mushroom sauce.   They stank when they arrived I mean a bit rancid like the smell of bad fish.   My partner is far more forgiving than me and said the scallops smelled fine it was the sauce that stank.    When the waiter came by to ask how everything was My partner was not as forthright as I was as I said the dish stank.   The waiter apologised and walked off.   Very odd, not would you like me to get you another or would you like something else and we were charged the full $32 for this portion.  

We declined desert and were not offered coffee or tea before our bill was brought to our table.  

I would not return here, it is a restaurant that looks great but seems to not be able to deliver for the price.   We spent $105 including tip with no alcohol.  The resolution of the stink problem and the lack of tea or coffee request showed poor service.

We wouldn't go back

23/11/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
10. ack c.
We had a great dinner here, but given that we'd been married on the beach only an hour or two earlier, we were pretty reved up!  

I had an amazing soup combo for an appetizer and lovely fish -shocking no?

We had a key lime napoleon for desert.  It was a little light on the layered stuff... More like key lime mouse with a roof... And tart, which is normal for key lime, i know, but i like my deserts sweet!

27/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Ann H.
Very good food and lovely ambience. We would definitely go back. Make a reservation!

04/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. JoAnn W.
Fantastic food; great dinner!  We have always wanted to eat here, but felt it was pretty expensive.  Finally, we decided to splurge, and it was worth it!  My snapper was amazing; molten chocolate dessert was scrumptious.  Wonderful place for a special dinner -- or take advantage of their two courses for $22.

18/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Gordon G.
Close to a perfect meal. Wow wow wow.

You know those few restaurants that the waiters make it clear this is not there part time job, and that they really understand wine pairing. How items are made, the specials, etc. This is one of those very few.

Not cheap, but for the right budget or right occassion. I highly recommend.

Make your reservation before arriving! Very busy!

14/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Sorrybanker P.
Best vegetables I have had, entree missed just a bit. Great gals as waitresses

Quite, peaceful and well decorated space. Good drinks and service go a very long way.

26/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. candy c.
As it was close to 10 pm, we realized we were running out of dinner options quickly and did not feel like eating nachos at a bar. We wandered in and asked if we could have a couple of appetizers, realizing they might turn us away. They seated us although there was a little attitude. My feeling is "Seat us and be gracious about it or just say no in the first place"

Anyway, once we ordered quickly, they seemed a bit nicer and turned up the charm a bit. We ordered the spring greens salad with blue cheese vinegairette, the mushroom pasta purses and the crab-conch cake. The mushroom purses were amazing, rich and creamy with a lovely brown sauce and bits of meat (possibly oxtail--I didn't have time to study the menu). The spring salad with blue cheese dressing, apples, candied almonds and pomegranate seeds was also lovely. The crab-conch cakes were ok, our least favorite. Although we were offered dessert, we declined.

Overall, the food was good, the vibe is stuffy and older (we were the youngest by 30+ years) and the service is ok.
Service=2 stars
Food = 3 stars

02/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
16. Dan B.
We chose Cafe Marquesa to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. What an excellent choice. Without exaggeration, it was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Chef Susan Ferry's food was better than competent, if not excellent, and the service was sublime.

My wife had the goat cheese arugula salad and the sea scallops with seasonal vegetables and pumpkin risotto. I had the pot-stickers and the mahi-mahi with sesame noodles. I forget what she had for desert; I had the Napoleon "answer to Key lime pie."

I have never before encountered such genuinely knowledgeable, skilled, and committed waitstaff. Knowing it was our anniversary and babymoon, they had decorated the table for us and we ready with suggestions for virgin drinks for my 6-months-pregnant wife. But never once did it seem as though they were working for acclaim or tips -- they made us feel like valued regulars and friends.

Kudos, Cafe Marquesa!

18/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Paul A.
We had an memorable meal.

Great late night spot.  We arrived about 9:30 pm without reservations.

This is a beautiful and quiet space, away from the craziness of Duval street.  The grilled shrimp martini and the arugula salad were both well done.  The lasagnetta is one of the most incredible italian dishes i have ever had.  We ordered it twice.

We brought a special bottle of wine and they have a corkage system.  We also ordered from the wine list which showed good variety..

We would definitely go back.

06/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Genna H.
This is an expensive place but we lucked out and had a deal going on.  Our hotel made us a reservation and we were very pleased.  We considered this to be our romantic night out.  Ther ewas this amazing drink that had a sparkling wine, pomegranite liquore and some blueberries.  I couldn't just get one.  The food was amazing!  I will def. like to return on my next trip to the Keys.

13/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Steve M.
Loved everything about this place.  Food was outstanding.  So good that I told our server to please tell the chef "The food was f..... good!"  She came back and said that the chefs liked it so much she had to say it three times!  The only negative was the loudness of the establishment.  High ceilings reminds me of NY style places.  Especially liked the grouper, mahi and lobster-shrimp.  They gave us a nice after dinner drink of a tasting of key lime martini-YUMMMM  Definite do in Key West.

24/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Halsie S.
Delicious unique food

21/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Doug S.
Staff, service very good. Decor pleasant and classy. Filet Mignon was very good (hard to screw up) but surrounded by mediocre and lukewarm accompaniments, mashed potatoes cool, carrots hard. The place was packed and loud, the acoustics are deafening. The seating is to "intimate" for our taste. We could not even have a conversation because of the loudmouth clown next to us. That's not the restaurants fault totally, but with a few less seats and sound deadening could help.

05/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
22. Manny G.
This was a fabulous restaurant! Wonderful food, in fact the best filet mignon I have ever had. The Key Lime Martini was a special treat and the service was top notch. Dress code varied from shorts to sport coats. Would recommend the place to everyone looking for a wonderful dinning experience in Key West.

11/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Noe N.
People love this place, but I'm not sure why.  The food is so HEAVY and unbalanced.  We started with the duck slider, which honestly was very good and so it seemed like our meal was off to a great start.  Although heavy, the slider with foie gras pate was very tasty.  My husband and I shared the one slider, which was plenty.  Our meal, however, was just plain bad.

I ordered the scallops, which were masked by too much butter and truffle oil making it extremely rich for my stomach.  For such a rich main course, it needed something light to balance.  I thought for sure the swiss chard would help with that, but it was drenched in butter and much too salty making it inedible.  The risotto was also terrible mixed with too much saffron.  I have a problem with restaurants trying too hard in using so many different flavors when sometimes the best meals are the ones that are simple in ingredients, but cooked to perfection.  I took maybe 3 bites of my dinner and couldn't eat anymore.

My husband ordered the filet, asked for it to be cooked medium and was given something that was too well done. Sad to pay so much to be so greatly disappointed.

We ended up ordering a dessert anyway since it was my birthday and decided on the sherbet, which was nice and light...something we needed.

21/05/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
24. Will C.
Overall a pleasing dining experience. Eating here is a good way to wind down a trip in Key West, particularly if you are looking for quiet, high end experience.  Drink, appetizer, meal, and dessert will run you ~ $75 per person.  Restaurant as a very intimate feel, and seating is staggered every 1/2 hour so you don't feel crowded in the small place.  Meal was delicious.

20/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Crystal H.
Great place.  Started with some martinis and bread with hummus spread...delicious.  We had the foie grais and chicken liver pate....which to my dislike of pate was surprisingly tasty.  Foie grais and duck confit pasta pillows...fantastic.  Crab conch cake, nearly entirely meat...really good.  I had the nice thick piece of escolar with udon noodles and vegetables...it was cooked perfectly, the whole dish was exceptional.  My boyfriend said he would choose it over a steak and he loves steak.  He had rack of lamb and mashed potatoes...it melted in your mouth.  For desert homemade peanut butter chocolate ice cream...yummy.

Few hiccups, when we walked in the host was on the phone for a bit before he acknowledged us.  Waiter was very knowledgeable and checked back at appropriate times, but felt like it dragged, it took over 20 minutes between ordering dessert before it arrived and brought the check we requested to speed things along.  

Overall a fantastic little spot with exceptional food.

02/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Superfly T.
Good and consistent, but pricey.  I don't think the restaurant is quite at the same level as the hotel, the menu could use a bit more zest and flavor impact.    I tried the Thai style shrimp and thought it was bland, I asked for extra spice and got Sriracha sauce on the side!   Wine list a little pricey.   Service a little slow, however desserts were good.    Nice ambiance.
Don't get me wrong, good place, but you've probably had better.

20/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Irina B.
The ambience was great. Reminded me of a restaurant back home. Clean, but the tables were a little too close to each other.

We skipped appetizers to make room for dessert. I ordered the lamb, which was cooked to perfection. Most of the goat cheese stayed on the plate because it was a little too intense and heavy. However, the vegetables were cold and lacking flavor. I like to have a good accompaniment to my food, and those vegetables did not do the job. My mother ordered the shrimp and lobster dish. It was a very light and subtle dish - complete opposite of mine. It needed a little more flavor. This dish was also a little cold. I'm guessing the lamb was taking longer to cook than expected.

For dessert I had chocolate peanut butter swirl ice cream. It wasn't creamy, a little too heavy, but the peanut butter swirl was good. I was excited because we were told it was all made in the restaurant. We also ordered the key lime napoleon. This was very good. Not too sweet but tart. It came with tropical fruits underneath which were a little watery but it was a good dessert. I think mixed berries complement the lime better.

Nothing spectacular but it was a good, satisfying meal. I don't feel the need to go back and try other dishes though.

29/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
28. Jim D.
My partner and I went for his birthday.  They had cute decorations on the table when we arrived.  They have a Great drink menu.

Wonderful homemade hummus served with a variety of breads and flatbread.  

Our dinners were delicious.  We had snapper and lobster and shrimp.  Both dinners came with an assortment of unusual vegetables   Very very good

Dessert was a shared key line Napoleon with fresh fruit.  Light, creamy and delicious.  Perfect ending.  

Services was friendly and attentive.  
Elegant and perfect for wonderful dining experience

03/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Orlando B.
Cute place where you can see directly into the kitchen and see the chef and his workers pushing out the dishes.  Reservations are required.

While the price is quite steep, my dinner guest said it was a great meal with delicious food.

They have this 2 for $22 deal where you essentially pick an appetizer and a main dish for $22 - the thing is they are sort of sampling size dishes - so you may leave a little hungry.  I guess you can call them "sneak peeks". We ended up having a dessert and I think it actually did fill us - but just barely.  

The drinks (believe I had a fruity vodka drink) was great.

Even with the 2 for $22, our bill was around $70 after tip and such.  Would easily be $100 for 2 people else wise, so we are talking very pricey.

Probably a top 5 restaurant on Key West (definitely top 10).

10/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. cristina b.
The service was wonderful.  Very quiet and romantic.  The food was amazing!  Really enjoyed our dinner.

02/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Jennifer F.
The restaurant itself is small and romantic.. Staff was extremely friendly!! We started off with 2 different salads which were awesome! The complimentary hummus and bread were also very good!  My girlfriend enjoyed her Mahi and I got the scallops.. The scallops and risotto were very good.. Although the vegetables that came with my dish left much to be desired. Over all a nice place.

03/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Pamela F.
Interesting creole-Caribbean nouvelle cuisine.

17/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Jodie C.
My husband and I ate here last week while in Key West for a wedding. I will have to say this is most likely the best meal I have ever eaten! We started with Blue Cheese Martini's, then the Duck Slider for an appetizer. For entrees I had the lamb(their signature entree) and the mahi. AMAZING food and service. Make sure you make reservations! We will be back.

21/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Shane F.
During a little weekend getaway this past weekend, friends of ours made reservations at Marquesa and invited us along.  I was very impressed with both their food and service and would absolutely recommend.  

I had the Ginger, Almond & Coconut Crusted Mahi.  It was served over noodles that were tossed in veggies.  The only thing I would have changed was the Mahi was a tad too buttery, but overall the flavor was AMAZING.

30/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Michelle T.
All I can say about this place is, wow wow wow wow. After a few days of eating my fair share of fried fishes, my travel buddy and I wanted to experience some authentic key west cuisine. Found this place on yelp and it was absolutely fine dining and absolutely phenomenal. White linen service, really friendly and professional staff that made excellent recommendations. Full bar. Prices are high, but you get what you pay for. Got entrees and appetizers. Everything was timed appropriately and dessert was sooo good. Highly recommend this place. Within walking distance from southernmost. Go here!!

29/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Paul W.
Overrated.  Ambiance could be in any big city, no key west spirit.  Food was fine but not worth price paid.  Wine selection okay, cocktails nothing to rave about.  Disappointed with capital D

14/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
37. Marvin G.
The space is very nice, the service was generally good but the food just did not measure up to the big city prices.

My wife and I both had a lobster and shrimp entrée. The lobster was delicious but the shrimp was not. Veggies were undercooked and the entire meal was plated on some liquid sloshing about.

The dessert, a key lime Napoleon, was absolutely wonderful.

Buyer beware!

25/11/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
38. Nils E.
Even though the restaurant was fully booked, the manager set up a table for us on the front porch of their hotel (since we were quest) and we were served there! Amazing service!

04/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Mrs. S.
Celebrated our 21st Anniversary in high style. The food was amazingly delicious, fresh, unique, and worth every penny! Romantic, elegant, and old money quaint.

28/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Duy N.
The restaurant was very elegant and the service was friendly. This was the highest priced restaurant, according to Trip Advisor. So be warned. But the food was great and Cafe Marquesa makes a great place to celebrate any special occasion.

14/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Dan B.
Terrific food.  Terrific service (Michael?).  Seriously, everything was great, from the starters to the entrees to desserts.   Awesome.  The place ain't cheap, but worth it.

01/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Rachael A.
I wish I could give this place infinite stars. Hands down the best dining experience I have had in ages. From the moment I was seated the waitstaff were incredibly accommodating and friendly. My partner and I shared an arugula salad. The kitchen was thoughtful enough to send the dish out on two plates without taking away from the presentation of the salad (which was killer). Our bottle of Sauvignon blanc came on ice and the waitress ensured that our glasses were never empty without the awkward interruption of a conversation. Stuffed olives are available as martini garnishes with blue cheese or kimchi. I make my own kimchi at home and had to try a side of these little jewels. I was so impressed I ordered an additional side of kimchi to go with my entree- giant tiger prawn in thai butter with jasmine rice and baby bok choy. Again, presentation was phenomenal. I have personally emailed the restaurant and thanked them for this wonderful experience. Tanya and the rest of the crew were amazing. I will most definitely be returning on my next Key West trip!

08/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. Tina S.
Went here last Saturday with the bf to celebrate my birthday after reading the rave reviews online and hearing good things from the locals.

They had decorated our table with birthday confetti and ribbon- super cute and considerate! The ambiance was exactly what I was hoping for- not too fancy to be stuffy and just small enough to feel intimate.

We ordered martinis to start- bf got a vodka martini with creamy blue cheese stuffed olives. Awesome! We ordered the same drink at A&B lobster the night before and there was no comparison. I ordered the cranberry vanilla rose' martini and it was perfectly balanced between sour from the cranberry and a sweet finish from the vanilla and the rose' rounded it out. Awesome start to a meal but unfortunately everything went down from there...

We ordered the tea smoked quail for an appetizer- the best thing we ate that night. Smoky but not overpowering- really all it needed was a pinch of salt to make if perfect. It paired well with the pickled radishes, cucumbers, and micro green salad that it came with. There are a bunch of other appetizers I would have liked to try- a couple with foie gras or mushrooms in particular- but the bf isn't a fan of either..

For the main course, I ordered the phyllo dough wrapped snapper. The fish was cooked well but I didn't care for the combination of flavored when you ate the phyllo crust on the fish with the "sauce" on the bottom. The "sauce" was basically a bouillabaisse soup. The crust on the fish was delicious by itself with the dill seasoning- it just didn't taste right when you ate everything altogether. Bf got the Asian inspired mahi mahi with udon noodles- really only okay. Both needed a pinch of salt.

Maybe we should have ordered lamb or duck for our entrees, but when I am by the ocean, I crave fish! And I expect any fine dining restaurant like this to nail their two seafood dishes on the menu.

Not my fave meal during our trip to key west, although I would recommend this place for their martinis and maybe the apps too.

26/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
44. R E.
We ordered the lobster and shrimp and the presentation was excellent. The vegetables were delicious, but the lobster tail and shrimp were average. We also ordered the filet mignon, which was good. The chocolate cake was excellent. Michael was our server, and the service was average.

01/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
45. lawrence f.
The ingredients seem to be high quality but the preparations were so jumbled and pretentious that the quality was masked............steak tartare with a quail egg (in shell) and a slab of brie was, at best, silly.........duck breast with a chicken sausage made no sense at all.........the waiter was delightful and helpful.....the maitre d just serves as a doorman........he doesn't work the room or engage any of the clientele ......overall, it's disappointing at their prices

06/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
46. B C.
The wife and I were celebrating our first wedding anniversary and with us being foodies I tried to find the best restaurant with great drinks/wine list. After dining at Cafe Marquesa I think I hit the jackpot. The service was excellent and I'm sad to leave.

Drinks:

Key Lime Tini- their version of a key lime martini. It was spectacular. The wife absolutely loved it. MUST order. Highly recommended.

Glasses of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon- both were great.

Food:

Seafood Potstickers: served with kim chee and seaweed salad. I am not sure what seafood was inside these babies, but they were absolutely delicious and one of the best potstickers i've ever tried. Housemade kim chee was awesome too. Highly recommended!

Truffle Sacchetti: served with duck confit and foie gras. Being from CA anytime i see foie on a menu i always order it no matter what. This was the first time i've tasted sacchetti, which is a pasta stuffed with ricotta mixture. It was extremely good. There was like a delicious sauce that included the duck confit and foie gras. If they offer this when you're here, it's a MUST order!

Conch Bisque with Grilled Shrimp: Hands down this was the best soup my wife and i have ever tasted and my wife hates soup haha. Highly recommended!

Coconut Almond Crusted Mahi-Mahi: served with udon noodles, stir-fry vegetables and a mango-miso sauce. The fish was cooked perfectly. The sauce was absolutely divine and made this often awesome dish, the best in class. I am still thinking about this dish days after. MUST order if available!

Grilled Black Angus Filet Mignon: served with a bleu cheese crust, asaparagus, heirloom carrots, brandy peppercorn sauce and Boursin mashed potatoes. The filet was a tad over-cooked, as i ordered it medium rare and it came out more medium, but it was still amazing nonetheless. Beyond tender. Great flavors. The Boursin mashed potatoes were some of the best i've had and were positively unique. Highly recommended.

By this time we were way too full for dessert, but we had an amazing dinner and time at Cafe Marquesa. We highly recommend this restaurant for foodie type people. I overheard the staff being really flexible with menu items as well. so if you see something on a menu from a prior day, but not on a current menu, just ask.... they can probably assist you in getting what you want.

01/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. Lisa C.
I am leaning between a 3.5 mostly but I prefer to up it than down it.

Cafe Marquesa was a lovely spot in Key West. It actually really had a feel of being in New Orleans.  It was almost like a deja vu in there for me which was hard to put my finger on.

I loved the decor, I loved the ambiance, I loved the architecture of the building.

I really wasn't into the food as much as I should have.  On our recent stay in Key West, we stopped at our favorite restaurant the evening before hand, (Santiago's Bodego which I reviewed on their page).  Had I went to Cafe Marquesa first, I may have been more swooned.  However I had a better meal the evening before for much less so I kept having food regret.

I felt like the concepts of the menu were great but the food kept missing the mark.  

I would recommend it for a romantic evening but I would really analyze the menu before ordering.

22/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. Eileen L.
Charming French bistro atmosphere, delicious food and the price to match.  I had the duck breast with a sauce on the side that was lick the plate delicious with crisp green beans. The menu noted wild rice as well, but the rice and quinoa mixture I received had no wild rice in it at all.  The dessert which we had read about, the key lime napoleon was as wonderful as people had raved about.  Excellent service.

15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Katerina S.
Café Marquesa is a top restaurant in Key West. The portions are really very generous. I ate the scallops, which were truly delicious! I had a salad as my starter, which was also excellent. Sure it's pricey, but we left stuffed and completely satisfied. Highly recommend.

18/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Samina H.
I chose to dine here after looking at Zagat's ratings and wanting to treat myself to a nice dinner alone outside of hotel room service. I had to walk quite a bit from my hotel (Ocean Key Resort) but it is conveniently connected to the Marquesa Hotel. While I can't speak to the hotel, I loved the restaurant. It was classy with an older demographic and yet a homey place where I felt comfortable eating alone at the bar. The bartender was an older woman and very sweet. She had great recommendations on drinks and food and was friendly, chatting with me the entire time. I ended up ordering the Sesame Crusted Atlantic Salmon which was interestingly prepared in an Asian-fusion way with udon noodles and a delicious mango-miso sauce. Looking around, everyone's dishes looked equally tasty.

I recommend visiting Cafe Marquesa to couples, small older groups, and those dining alone and willing to splurge for fine food.

28/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Fred G.
Very good seafood, try the mahi or the spiney lobster & Key West shrimp. Nice cocktail menu try the Key Limetini. Our friends were right!

28/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Denis C.
Our experience here was excellent .
Service was 5 star actually the best we experienced in Key West.
Meals were also 5 star.
So four and a half stars!

05/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Allan B.
Cafe Marquesa is a great find In Key West, definitely go and experience if you have the chance, you won't be disappointed

21/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0