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Louie's Backyard

700 Waddell Ave, Key West, FL 33040-4729
+1 305-294-1061
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
700 Waddell Ave, Key West, FL 33040-4729
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Louie's Backyard is a Key West staple. If you like fine dining, this establishment not only offers great food, but a wonderful setting . . . on the water. We had to return to Louie's Backyard during our trip to Key West as it's a...More

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were debating between this place and Latitudes for my partner's birthday dinner. We decided on Louie's and were very pleased with our choice . We sat outside on the balcony area which was just beautiful . We started with a bottle of Laurent Perrier...More

1  Thank JChisley
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have eaten here on several occasions but had not been back to Key West in almost twenty years. We were a little concerned that this restaurant might have slipped, but it was as good as we remembered! Shrimp and grits was fantastic! They graciously...More

Thank audtiernan
Reviewed 3 days ago

Louie's Backyard is beautiful. The location, the building, the environment is welcoming. That said, it is a pricey restaurant, which is fine. The concern was that the food was inconsistent. Some of the dishes were great (ahi tuna was exceptional); but others are just "good"...More

Thank Yvonne1101
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a great lunch at Louie's Backyard! The flatbread special changes daily and today's was so good! Tomato, fontina cheese, artichoke and wonderful seasoning. The pulled pork sandwich is excellent, as are the fish tacos. Our server was a wonderful woman who was both...More

Thank MickeyNJFL
Reviewed 4 days ago

Upscale food and price and absolutely worth every penny! All tables have a perfect view of the ocean side an d have a very nice sea breeze. The food is perfect. Best tuna ever and steak cut with a fork. Wine selection is really superb....More

Thank Sailright
Reviewed 6 days ago

Directly on the Atlantic Ocean, the view cannot be better. Upstairs at Louie's with small plates and drink specials every day except Sunday and Monday is my favorite "happy hour" with everything from gourmet popcorn to braised baby octopus. Eating delicious and beautifully prepared food...More

Thank Sharon9051
Reviewed 6 days ago

Probably my favorite restaurant in Key West, love the ambiance, location, great service, romantic place, try the upper terrace for an incredible view and light fare dining. The conch fritters are to die for! Make a reservation with time, it's always busy.

Thank hildamaria77
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found the food overpriced and mediocre. Our waiter was standoffish and it seemed like taking care of us from the moment we sat down was a chore. He may have just been having an off night who knows but I will not be going...More

2  Thank Tropical4me
Reviewed 1 week ago

The fresh grouper and shrimp and grits were fantastic. Sitting outside looking over the water provided a great atmosphere. The service was even better.

Thank cr0bins0n
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Any chance reservations for two Mondy or weds or Thursday or Friday -around 6:30-7:30 - celebrating our 50 th anniversary here
27 March 2017|
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Response from meisterNewYork | Reviewed this property |
Sure, but you need to call for a reservation. Give yourselves at least a week. They do not take reservations if you just happen to stop by. Sit outside it's beautiful. We had lunch 3 days in a row, and dinner one night.
Are they really closed at mid afternoon?
28 February 2017|
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Response from Russell K | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are. However, we got seated at 2:30 and had a delightful late lunch that was not rushed. Make a reservation though.
What is acceptable early evening attire for a dinner outside?
1 August 2015|
Response from WinnieTavernier |
it's the keys. Nice shorts and shirt
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
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11:30 - 14:30
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11:30 - 14:30
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11:30 - 14:30
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11:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 Waddell Ave, Key West, FL 33040-4729
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
  • Phone Number: +1 305-294-1061
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