Our Favorite Key Largo Waterfront Restaurants for Your Vacation

At Star Properties Destinations, we pride ourselves on being the ultimate authority when it comes to creating unforgettable vacation experiences in the Florida Keys. No one knows the best things to do in Key Largo better than we do. We are committed to providing more than just a Key Largo vacation rental – we are committed to offering a complete experience that exceeds all expectations. Catering to families, groups of friends, and outdoor enthusiasts from all around the world, we understand the value of quality, service, and creating moments that last a lifetime. Allow us to display our expertise by showing you some of the best places to eat in Key Largo.

The Buzzard’s Roost

When it comes to waterfront dining at its finest, The Buzzard’s Roost is second to none. As you enter this eatery, prepare to be enchanted by the lively ambiance and mesmerizing waterfront views. With a menu brimming with fresh seafood, sizzling steaks, and mouthwatering burgers, every bite is a firework show for your taste buds. Be sure to try their famous Lobster Reuben, made with fresh Florida lobster tail, sauerkraut made in-house, and Swiss cheese, all stuffed between two slices of toasted rye bread and adorned with their homemade Thousand Island dressing. If you want something even more substantial, they serve a variety of seafood entrees like Shrimp Scampi and a Seafood Combination Platter that will satisfy any appetite. With numerous accolades and a well-deserved reputation, The Buzzard’s Roost is where culinary excellence meets a captivating setting.

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Shipwrecks Bar & Grill

At Shipwrecks Bar & Grill, you’ll embark on a culinary voyage that combines a waterfront setting with a nautical theme. Located right on the water’s edge, this restaurant immerses you in an atmosphere that perfectly complements its maritime vibe. With a diverse menu comprising cuisine from around the world, you’ll find everything from fresh seafood delights to juicy burgers that cater to every palate. Set course with their starter Bang Bang Shrimp, bursting with sweet and spicy flavors. Or, order Black Beard’s Mussels, a full pound of Chilean muscles in a Thai basil chili sauce and served with garlic bread. Dive into the stories of sunken ships and maritime history as you relish the outstanding culinary creations at Shipwrecks Bar & Grill.

Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill

Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill is the ultimate destination for a dining experience that exudes waterfront bliss and a vibrant atmosphere. Founded by the legendary NFL coach himself, Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill is a must-visit restaurant for any Dallas Cowboys fans on vacation. This restaurant has become a favorite among locals and visitors with its idyllic waterfront setting and lively vibe. The menu offers an outstanding array of options, from succulent seafood delicacies to perfectly cooked steaks that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Their pizzas are a particularly delicious offering – build the pizza of your dreams or choose from a handful of specialty pizzas like a Meatball and Ricotta or a classic Hawaiian pie. Don’t forget to complement your meal with one of their handcrafted cocktails, like the refreshing Key Largo Tea featuring Bacardi Pineapple, Bacardi Coconut, Bacardi Superior, Sour, and Pineapple juice. As you revel in the stunning views and savor the flavors fit for champions, you’ll understand why Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill has become an iconic part of Key Largo’s dining scene.

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At Sundowners, waterfront dining reaches new heights of splendor. With their premium waterfront location, you can dine under the sparkling Florida Keys sky that reflects on the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico and creates an ambiance that is nothing short of magical. The menu showcases the best local seafood and regional flavors by taking risks that consistently pay off. One of their most unique dishes has to be the Key Lime Seafood entree, offering an array of seafood delicacies like lobster, shrimp, and blue crab, sitting atop a bed of orecchiette pasta all doused with an excellent key lime Tabasco butter. Seize the opportunity to relax in the picturesque surroundings with their outdoor seating. Check the live music schedule before making reservations to ensure that you’ll get a show along with your meal. At Sundowners, every meal is a celebration of the sea, the sky, and the extraordinary flavors that define Key Largo.

Lazy Lobster Seafood Restaurant

Are you seeking a dining experience that embraces what makes Key Largo so special? Look no further than Lazy Lobster Seafood Restaurant. Nestled in a serene waterfront setting, this restaurant offers a cozy ambiance that invites you to unwind and savor every moment. Feast on an array of fresh seafood selections, or bring your own!

That’s right: at Lazy Lobster Seafood Restaurant, Head Chef Lupe is more than happy to cook up your day’s catch. Head out to the pier in the morning, fish to your heart’s content, and bring the catch of the day to Lazy Lobster for a culinary experience like no other. 

Your catch will be paired with your choice of soup or salad and French fries, rice, or the veggies of the day. Each dish served reflects the commitment to quality and unparalleled flavor that sets Lazy Lobster Seafood Restaurant apart. Immerse yourself in this seaside haven and let the tempting flavors transport you to culinary bliss.

Gus’ Grille

Gus’ Grille is a laid-back waterfront oasis where exceptional views and extraordinary flavors come together in perfect harmony. As you arrive at this charming restaurant, you’ll be greeted by a relaxed atmosphere that immediately puts you at ease. Whether your heart desires an omelet or eggs benedict, Gus’ Grille has it all. For something on the sweeter side, try their Bayside Frech Toast, adorned with vanilla bean custard, seasonal berries, whipped cream, powdered sugar, and warm maple syrup. Gus’ Grille is not just a breakfast spot, however. An expansive lunch and dinner menu means that you can stop in for a hearty meal at any time of the day. Prepare to lose yourself in the captivating views, the flavors that evoke the spirit of Key Largo, and the blissful experience that defines Gus’ Grille.

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Book your Key Largo vacation rental directly with Star Properties Destinations, and we’ll ensure that your stay is nothing short of extraordinary. With our unmatched expertise in the area, competitive advantages, and unique offerings like Key Largo rentals with boat docks, we go above and beyond to exceed your expectations. When you choose Star Properties Destinations, you’re choosing more than just another vacation rental company – you’re choosing a superior and exclusive experience tailored to the discerning vacationer. Allow us to guide you to the finest dining experiences in the Florida Keys, where culinary delights and picturesque views await.