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80925 Overseas Highway, MM 51, Islamorada, FL 33050
+1 305-664-3999
17:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
Thu - Fri 17:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 21:00
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United States
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

My favorite restaurant in Islamorada! We started with the Seafood ceviche, octopus, shrimp and scallops, then the Sunshine Salad, finishing off with the Spicy Octopus. The flavors were awesome! Service was excellent throughout dinner and Chef Jose' even came out to check on the guests. Can't wait to come back here and saddened that they are not closer to home.... More 

1 Thank DavidGaryAK
LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

WOW!!! Thank you or the wonderful review and great compliment....we so enjoy when guests enjoy our Spanish cuisine and atmosphere of what we provide as a little different...Thank you for sharing your evening and list of your favorites.. More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

We had two locals recommend we eat here. The food was incredible. The venue very intimate_be sure to make a reservation. We ate the white bean salad which is really enough for two! The bread and oil mix was so good, we asked for seconds. My husband had the squid which he really enjoyed. We'll definitely go back next trip!

2 Thank Krista B
LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

thank you for coming in to Spanish Gardens cafe on the advice of others...you were a good sport to try the squid yourself and we enjoyed the excitement of you having a nice evening with us...look forward to your next visit and sharing your experience with others ...very nice meeting you both More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

this is the best restaurant in Islamadora without doubt.the paella was as good as anything you get in Spain and the cervice was so fresh it almost swam off the plate and the've got ice cold Alberino wine from spain. the perfect evening.

1 Thank david472015
LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

Authentic!!!! Thank you!!! Chef Jose takes pride in every dish he creates from his homeland of Spain...Thank you for such a nice review and sharing your experience.. More 

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015 via mobile

If you love to eat amazing, authentic delicacies, look no further! This boutique, gastronomic pearl is just waiting for you to discover! The ambience is quaint; service is impeccable! The ceviche was divine...fresh and generous! The conch cakes (fritters)were served over fresh arugula and red peppers... lightest fried food ever! The chorizo and fingerling potatoes were served with a fried... More 

1 Thank Teachyourchildrenwell
LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

well you both were a treat!!! We are happy and proud when guest enjoy our place and take the time to post a very nice review....BUT... In your case i can't remember when someone oooooed in awe over every single morsel...you were so much fun and we had the biggest PROUD smile all night after the compliments were rolling and... More 

West Palm Beach, Florida
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

Knowing that we'd be on The Keys for a few days eating a LOT of fresh seafood, we wanted a change of pace. WE GOT IT! I'll write in English.I too have spent considerable time in Espana, so I feel qualified to pass judgement. Four of us wandered thru the menu, accompanied by a simple Verdejo. We had the mixed... More 

1 Thank Ted T
LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for such a wonderful review...and for trying some of our newest dishes as in the Leeks and poussin Rouge aka saffron fowl...it was fun having you explore the different tastes and give us a little feed back so appreciated... More 

1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

This review is a little late in coming. We ate here in mid-May ('15) and it was absolutely the highlight of our trip. We travel to Spain often and are used to the many michelin starred restaurants there as well as the excellent pinxto bars. Spanish Gardens delivers the same quality cuisine with amazing flavor and presentation. The service was... More 

1 Thank Patsy D
LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

I'm so thrilled you found us and enjoyed your visit to our little taste of Spain in the Keys!! Thank you taking the time to share your experience !! So look forward to you visiting us again More 

baltimore, maryland
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2015

We first stumbed onto this tiny treasure when they hosted a fundraiser for an animal charity...and we've been glad ever since! There are only around 10-tables so you really get intimate, friendly service including a visit from the chef. The walls are adorned with gorgeous Keys artwork. Best of all is the amazing food! I've spent a bit of time... More 

1 Thank floridacatfan
LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

Amazing review!! thank you for coming and being repeat guests at Spanish Gardens Cafe we so appreciate when guests enjoy what we do and pass it forward More 

Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2015 via mobile

This place was incredible. We got the Garlic Gulf Shrimp, Beef Tenderloins and Fresh Fish. Every part of the meal was delicious, even the bread and garlic brought to the table.

1 Thank David198343b
LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for enjoying dinner at Spanish Gardens cafe and taking the time to let others know about us More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

My husband and I visited Spanish Gardens as we had tried to last year but it was closed. The reviews all looked great so we gave it a try. We had a reservation and when we arrived we had to wait whilst others (people which were known to the restaurant) were served ahead of us. When we did get served... More 

1 Thank ewybrant
LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

HMMMMM! very confused on this review...Thank you for trying to come back in after a year...yes we understand that our Tapas are larger portions..we tried the traditional way when we started 9 years ago before anyone here knew what a Tapa was..now everyone is in TAPA mode..sorry you felt hurried even though you were here for over 1 1/2 hrs... More 

Fort Myers
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2015 via mobile

Delicious! A must on the island! We enjoyed the Paella for two. It was amazing and huge! Great assortment of seafood. We had to take half of it home. Can't wait to enjoy the leftovers!

2 Thank purplenimen
LynnyThompson, Owner at Spanish Gardens, responded to this review

Glad you enjoy the Paella for 2 such a traditional delight...How were the leftovers?? Look forward to your next visit More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$35
Seafood, Spanish, Steakhouse, Bar, Mediterranean, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80925 Overseas Highway, MM 51, Islamorada, FL 33050
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Islamorada
  • Phone Number: +1 305-664-3999
We use Imported ingredients and the freshest seafood and produce..Along with Grass Fed Beef....We put a lot of care and love in our authentic dishes and we enjoy our guests...Spanish wines, Homemade Sangria and a Full Bar add a nice touch with a romantic artsy backdrop. So come in and enjoy our Tapas!

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