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Blue Desert Cafe

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12518 State Road 24, Cedar Key, FL 32625-4779
+1 352-543-9111
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17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this restaurant on line and had seen it while driving on hwy 24. It is very small with vintage tables and chairs (9 total tables inside). Lots of things to look at on walls, ceiling and tables. They have containers with Trivial Pursuit game cards to pass the time. Food is great. It is prepared to order so... More 

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Thank 763thomas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Very nice dinner at this small cozy restaurant within walking distance of the RV park where we were staying. All dishes are prepared to order so you won't want to go if you are in a hurry. Very nice staff and food worth the wait. We enjoyed it very much!

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Thank Franci M
Punta Gorda, Florida
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54 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

I had decided t try The Blue Desert this afternoon and when I went in I wanted their Seafood Special but I explained that I really like "Fra Diavalo" and could the chef spice up the Seafood Special with marinara. The answer was that they could, and it was excellent! Mussels, clams, scallops, shrimp and calamari in a perfect sauce.... More 

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Thank Dennis W
Winter Springs, Florida
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113 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Our first choice for our New Year's Eve dinner was unfortunately not yet rebuilt for Hurricane Hermine so we searched for another venue, happens to be across the street from where we are staying. The Blue Dessert Cafe is a quaint and interesting restaurant decorated with curiosities collected from at least 21 years of collecting. The menu offers selections of... More 

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Thank Paul S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Small 8 table, one chef/one waiter, located between St Rte 24 and the bayou in a very eclectic blue cracker cottage.The Blue Deserts' (BD) cooking maven, Terese, offers so many menu selections that all but the burger/fries diner will come away happy and pleased that you stopped. It's the food foremost that keeps us dedicated BD'ers. But, there is no... More 

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Thank Anne L
Gainesville, Florida
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

It takes time to cook good food as a reviewer wrote. Yes it does that is why you prep ingredients before you open. Then when you get an order you cook it...a novel concept I know for the restaurant business.A steak well done might hold things up 20 minutes to ruin it. A pizza made from scratch here could take... More 

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1 Thank hospitalityand
Cedar Key, Florida
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Really good food. Each dinner individually made by the owner so you need to relax and have a glass of wine while she makes it.

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1 Thank Lynn S
Riverview, Florida
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256 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

The sign came out Friday night that they were open and we ventured in to see what they had to offer. No one else was inside this eclectic location with mismatched tables and walls adorned with foreign currency and license plates from the US. The food would trn out to be excellent The nacho soup was top-tier. The burrito consistiging... More 

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Thank scoopC5
Gainesville, Florida
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

It took 45 min to prepare a simple meal of sirloin tips (small, rubbery, encased in a taco),beans (undercooked), and rice (ok). The wine tasted cheap and bitter, garlic bread was scanty. I guess that's it for me and Blue Dessert. It was frustrating to wait so long for a dinner so bad.

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Thank Barbara C
Norway, Maine
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144 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

We have gotten great food at Blue Desert Café. Both times we have chosen to get take out and were not disappointed. Both times we ordered a drink and sat outside and waited for our food. It didn't take long and our food was piping hot when they brought it out. We love the décor inside as well - its... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Seafood, American, Pizza
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12518 State Road 24, Cedar Key, FL 32625-4779
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Cedar Key
  • Phone Number: +1 352-543-9111

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