Key West Restaurants and Bars
Ambrosia Sushi Restaurant
Tucked away in a formerly notorious Key West watering hole is a serene little oasis with some of the best sashimi and sushi in town. Ambrosia, which originally occupied a small house on Packard Street, now is an ultra-modern space at the south end of Simonton Street, in the former Queen’s Table Bar and Restaurant , and is still serving some of the highest-quality fish I have ever tasted.
Consistency is a very difficult thing to maintain at a restaurant. Chefs come and chefs go, management changes, staff changes. La Trattoria at 524 Duval in Key West, however, has never missed a beat. They have maintained their level of excellence in both food and service for the past twenty-something years.
Stuart Kemp and his crew at 915 have been creating and serving delicious food at 915 Duval for several years now, and they have managed to keep their edge. Having been invited to cook for the James Beard dinner in New York twice now, they may have been tempted to rest on their laurels, but they have resisted.
Salute has definitely become a Key West institution. Formerly a true beach snack bar on Higgs Beach on the island’s south side (called Chiklits), Salute became a serious restaurant in the mid-90s and, with its ocean view, funky vibe and great, Italian-influenced menu, became an instant hit with the locals.