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The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

1100 Packer St, Key West, FL 33040-3263
+1 305-295-7970
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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6:00 pm - 9:30 pmAll hours
American, Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1100 Packer St, Key West, FL 33040-3263
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very friendly and professional service. The food is good but the Curry does not have much taste. The Shrimps are good but the sauce gets absorbed by the rice. It would better to serve the curry separately from the rice.

Thank world-travel-experts
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went with two other couples. The service was excellent. All six people thoroughly enjoyed what they ordered. Lobster mac & cheese is the best in town. Instead of dessert, we all shared another order of lobster Mac and cheese. Sitting on the porch on...More

Thank mrtarheel
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

From the food to the service and ambiance, they had exactly what we were looking for. It was such a joy eating delicious food (lobster thermidor, mahi mahi, lobster Mac n cheese) in an atmosphere that felt both refined and relaxed.

Thank Ila O
Reviewed 2 days ago

We've eaten here twice on our Key West trips, and we'll be back. It's about a 15-minute walk from Duval Street, in a neighborhood (near our guesthouse, actually). It's a dark, cozy, quaint little restaurant with friendly staff. The food is delicious. My husband had...More

Thank MelPSilverSpring_MD
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We decided to try The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. after reading the reviews. It was a delightful dinner. We made a reservation for 6:15 and had no trouble parking across the street. We were seated right away and our waiter was very helpful and personable....More

Thank psmilsky
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the lovely equally delightful review! Scot, Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Ate at The Buoy last night and based on recommendations tried the Lobster Thermidorian with a small spinach salad. The salad was quite possibly best I have ever eaten and when lobster arrived, it kept the momentum. The sides were excellent, smashed potato’s and a...More

Thank Tom T
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your testimonial! It's been quite awhile since we've had a four syllable word in one of our reviews, and even longer since I've responded with a five syllable word.

Reviewed 4 days ago

After almost a month in Key West, I have found the Best Restaurant !! This eatery, a converted house, is physically unassuming. The porch is delightful for dinner in this friendly neighborhood. The menu is eclectic, with seafood specialties leading a delicious choice of appetizers...More

1  Thank Doc A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking at the outside you would never know how nice it is on the inside. Jay was my waiter and was fast and knew all about the drinks and food. Went for my birthday and would go back again. Had lobster thermador.

Thank reps
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the nice review and Happy Birthday! Looking a Jay on the outside you would never know how nice he is on the inside, too. Scot Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for our first night in Key West. Perfect to be away from the touristic Duval Street. Have an amazing menu with typical dishes and the food was great. Also nice wine list. But then the service.. wow! The best so far for us...More

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TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much! And, yes, Jay is very helpful. Even though he is shorter than the rest of the waitstaff, he has extra-long, simian-like arms and can reach things on high shelves the rest of us can't. Like to-go boxes and...well, I guess just...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I ate here at the suggestion of our B&B. The food was excellent. Service was great. Scott the owner has a great collection of Star Wars memorabilia. He is clearly proud of his restaurant and spent much time discussing the origin of...More

1  Thank Osidemike
TheFlamingBuoy, Owner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review! We love that you love the little plates and we love you for loving the little plates. May the fork be with you! Scot, Co-Owner, The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

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Amy A
21 January 2017|
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Response from TheFlamingBuoy | Property representative |
Thank you for thinking of us. Most people make reservations at most a couple of months out. We haven't a parking lot, but there is generally plenty of street parking. Hope this helps. Scot.
21 July 2016|
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Response from TheFlamingBuoy | Property representative |
We don't, per se, but we can make chicken fingers or fries or spaghetti, stuff like that.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 32
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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
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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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