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The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

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1100 Packer St, Key West, FL 33040-3263
+1 305-295-7970
18:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 21:30
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Oh my goodness. Trio appetizer and trio entree were amazing. The yellow tail was great and the service was excellent, as always. We come here several times a year as we have a second home here in Paradise, and it is always one of the first restaurants we visit. You can't go wrong!

Thank Brian C
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163 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent service, ambiance and food!! The moment we walked in we were greeted by a wonderful friendly host (I'm sorry, I can't remember his name). Our waiter (Jay) was excellent and recommended a wonderful appetizer trio of lobster mac and cheese, grilled shrimp and caprese salad. All were amazing as they were made with very fresh ingredients. Dinner was also... More 

Prior Lake, Minnesota
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is not downtown but on a residential street. I like a small cozy quiet restaurant and this was perfect. Our waiter Brian was perfect. We had the trio appetizer of shrimp, lobster mac and capriese salad . Excellent . We choice the trio entree of snapper, shrimp and lobster thermidor. Only the thermidor was not to my liking.... More 

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Canal Winchester, Ohio
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133 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Reservations a must for this busy season. Brian greeted us and seated us on the porch. Joey, our friendly server, was prompt and helpful with our special choices. We had mahi-mahi and snapper with wonderful different salsas. Need to put this place up top of the list for phenomenal Key West dining!

Thank Judy B
Urbana, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I and another couple enjoyed a great seafood meal at Flaming Buoy Filet Co. There was a special that evening with tastes of 3 entrees for a very reasonable price. I thought we may get a bite of each, but the servings were big enough I took some home. The shrimp was the best ever; the lobster... More 

Thank dasutter
Asheville, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Special vacation Birthday for my wife. Brian and Jay made it very special for us. Candles and birthday well wishes. Tried appetizer sampler and then had entree sampler. Seven different items including lobster thermador, mahi mahi over mashed potatoes , Shrimp over red curry, lobster mac and cheese highlighted the wonderful taste experience. Finished up with stir fried tropical fruit... More 

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Davie, Florida
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were simply looking for a quick place to eat and stumbled on this neat restuarant in a housng district and couldnt believe our eyes. Just a few tables and quaint service we were shocked the food was PERFECT. the loster mac was to die for and everything we ate was made to order. The owner stopped by for a... More 

Thank Bonnie N
Illinois City, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Best shrimp I have ever had. The lobster portion was huge. They were very accommodating. Quiet and cozy.

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Anna, Illinois
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were disappointed in the fresh fish. Based on their website and the great reviews on TripAdvisor we were expecting something fabulous, but what we got was something else. My wife ordered the pan seared fish and I got the grilled. We both thought it was kind of bland and I also felt mine was over cooked. It wasn't awful,... More 

Thank rpt380
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yes! The food is delicious, fresh and classic with a fun twist. Every dish has a story, which makes everyone want to talk about their own favorites from childhood. (Although I wish my family had the idea to make little mini muffins with broccoli inside). BUT....the best part is the amazing people that own and work there- little did we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$32
American, Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1100 Packer St, Key West, FL 33040-3263
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
  • Phone Number: +1 305-295-7970
An "only in Key West" restaurant, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. makes a statement on the hushed stage of a residential neighborhood. It is one part retro supper club, one part sassy corner bistro, and one part highly personal whim. Fred Isch, self-proclaimed Air Force Brat, grew up in every geographic segment of the country with a mother who loved cooking and collecting recipes. His partner, Scot Forste, grew up on the farm where his mother, bored of city life, spontaneously relocated to get back to the land, breed horses, and grow fresh, healthy food. Every recipe on the Flaming Buoy menu is an interpretation of something Fred or Scot ate at their respective family tables. Local additions, like seafood, tropical fruits, and Cuban flavors reinterpret the nostalgia, and the result grabbed the attention of the New York Times in 2011. Whether from a porch seat next to pots of herbs, or inside a white dining room accented in orange, dining the Flaming Buoy way is delicious and fun.

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