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Cafe Sole

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1029 Southard St, Key West, FL 33040-7144 (Frances St.)
+1 305-294-0230
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Here is the problem with Cafe Sole, that unless you can take advantage of the off season happy hours, I always feel taken advantage by their pricing when I leave. The Hogfish is very good, but the condiments have been the same for years and are the same on many meals. A dob of mashed potatoes, a dob of rice,... More 

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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The bartender at our Inn recommended Cafe Sole to me as a local spot that is away from the crowd. So glad he did. My wife and I had one of the best dinners. Seafood was fresh and tasty. Service was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect. We will definitely make reservations on our next trip to KW.

Thank Jgvette
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Recommended to try this quaint side street restaurant. You will be amazed at food, choices, service and the perfection of a dish we never had tried, HogFish Snapper. A very fresh speared fish that they present to pefection! The waiter from South Africa was spot on and so polished and polite. I am ready for more.

Thank dbhraleigh
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36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Cafe Sole was wonderful. Our server was Dan and he was great. We had the Angel on Horseback they were so good. My husband had the hogfish and I had the Streak Diane both our dishes were delicious. I had the Key Lime pie for dessert and omg it was wonderful. I loved the marshmallows on top. This is a... More 

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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Besides the local seafood the service was first-rate, the wine was just right, and we couldn't have gone to a better restaurant for our first dinner in Key West.

Thank 992716
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It would be a shame to dine at Cafe Solé and not have the Hog Snapper Sole'. It was perfectly prepared and presented. The fish is sweet, fresh, and delectable. My only regret was that I have to share it with my wife. For another treat, try the Baked Artichoke Aphrodisiac. The server will be happy to make wine recommendations... More 

Thank John Z
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Key West is full of great restaurants, but this rises to the top. Chef John is renowned for his amazing soups, but every course that follows is just as wonderful. Atmosphere is intimate and lovely. Wine selection is excellent.

Thank Alyson C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely dinner in a relaxed covered outdoor setting. Interesting menu, gracious service and EXCELLENT food. We had the portobello soup and Hog Snapper Sole (hogfish). Both are signature dishes and deservedly so. Desserts also varied and delicious. We had the Zabaglione and Trio options. Yummm.

Thank Kenneth S
Charlotte, NC
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Café Sole is my standard, first night dinner on every trip to Key West. While I have had various entrees from the menu, I always get the Hog Snapper...it is absolutely the most delicious meal every time and is of consistent high quality. Our waitperson, Bryan, has a great personality and is attentive to the smallest of need without 'hovering'.... More 

Thank JohnOfSouthCharlotte
Chicago, Illinois
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The good restaurants in Key West are off the main tourist streets. Cafe Sole on Southard is quite good for dinner. Like all Key West places, small. We made a reservation - and were very glad we did or else no table during peak dining hours. So recommend you do the same. The service is good. Food is good. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
American, Seafood, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1029 Southard St, Key West, FL 33040-7144
    (Frances St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
  • Phone Number: +1 305-294-0230
Cafe Sole has captured the hearts and palates of locals and visitors lucky enough to discover this culinary gem off the beaten path. By combining his French mastery of sauces with fresh locally caught seafood, John has created a menu unlike any on the island, where every dish is bursting with indescribable flavors. Mutton snapper in pesto and champagne, yellowtail in a beurre blanc of lobster or a rare hog snapper with red pepper zabaglione top a list of nightly specials. As for the classics, the Duck a L'Orange, Rack of Lamb with herb de Province and Lobster Bouillaise are as authentic as you will find this side of Paris. Chef Correa combines the best of both of his worlds, European and Caribbean to win the People's Choice and Best Entree awards at a recent Master Chefs Classic

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?