In a town so drenched in fresh fish, you can imagine that our fish taco game is strong. There’s no shortage of the seafood-filled tortillas here on the island, and if you are any bit as indecisive as we are, it can be hard to choose exactly where to go.
Key West, where it's not only acceptable but encouraged to have fish tacos and bloody marys for breakfast. I may never leave.
— afton simeone (@SimeoneAfton) March 9, 2016
So we’ve done the dirty and delicious work for you and compiled a list of the best fish tacos in town. Here they are in no particular order…
TripAdvisor’s #2 of 322 Key West Restaurants, Garbo’s Grill makes up in flavor what they lack in overhead cost’s. This food truck has absolutely perfected their limited menu making every item a home run. Plan on putting in time for these extremely popular tacos, but a delicious Strawberry-lime margarita from Grunt’s Bar makes the waiting easy…
Duece’s Off The Hook
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For such a tiny nook restaurant, these tacos are huge in flavor. Wash them down with some craft beer and a side of sweet plantains. Heaven.
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Walking down a back-alley leads you to this gastropub known for their cabbage rich tacos. Double points if you plan it during their bottomless bacon happy hour where you can flip a coin to determine the price of your drinks!
Lagerhead’s Beach Bar
We think all fish tacos should come with mandatory mango salsa. At Lagerhead’s they make ’em heavy and pleasing. This beach shack overlooking the Key West harbor is one of a kind.
Bad Boy Burrito
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If they’re good enough for Guy Fieri, they’re good enough for you! Bad Boy Burrito was featured on ‘Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives’ for their spicy fish tacos. Luckily, you can get these “Triple D” delights on our Southernmost Food Tour. Hearing our guests exclaim, “these are the BEST fish tacos I’ve ever had!” daily never gets old.
Hogfish Bar & Grill
These technically aren’t in Key West, but in the “Brooklyn of Key West”–Stock Island. It’s all in the name. Fried Hogfish is on the menu here, and if you’ve never had Hogfish Snapper before, DID YOU EVEN COME TO KEY WEST?
Once you go blackened it’s hard to come back. Dante’s is big on the portions and big on the party. This pool restaurant is the definition of Spring Break forever.
They may be a relative newcomer to The Rock, but Fisherman’s Cafe’s use of local produce and Caribbean flare makes them taste like they’ve always been here. Eating at this shack comes with a side of dock views and an extra serving of palm tree shade. Be sure to order some yuca fries too!
Amigo’s Tortilla Bar
In the heart of Downtown, Amigo’s is in stumbling distance from Key West’s most famous bars. But, you won’t catch them leaning on their location as a crutch. The atmosphere is as friendly as their name, and their Mexican fish tacos are equally inviting. Sit at the bar facing the street to enjoy the extra benefit of people watching while you munch. They also happen to be the only place in town that offers a key lime pie duo: a half slice each of 2 different styles of our famous dessert.
Are there any of your favorites that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.
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Our mission is to unite travelers of Key West with the regional cuisine that is particular to our island, and the restauranteurs that have been feeding locals for generations. We provide culinary tours for people looking to have a local experience through food, by getting them into mom-and-pop establishments in lesser-known neighborhoods.