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.  The menu now is an eclectic mix of Italian (antipasti platter, pastas), island (yellowtail salad, shrimp salad) and a little of everything.  Wines and cocktails are plentiful, and the feel is pure Key West.  No need to dress up!

1000 Atlantic Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040-4852

Last reviewed: September 2011

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