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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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Leverett, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Found on TripAdvisor and so glad we did. First trip to Key West with many food choices. This is a special choice. The owners know the restaurant business and a full shop on Tuesday evening confirms. Glad we had a reservation. Our waiter, Joey, was delightful. Keen sense of humor and full knowledge of the menu. Took such good care... More 

Thank yakimac2015
Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Recommended by Cathy of Grand B&B. The waiter was great and order was made up on the fly. With his recommendations we did a pick and choose from different entrees. We shared most of the selections and was able to taste many different dishes. Along with a bottle of wine at 1/2 price the meal was the best of my... More 

Thank bobbycdunne
Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our concierge recommended this local favorite to my husband and I and it was a great recommendation. In fact, it was the best meal I had on my trip.....and I had some amazing food. If you're in the area, stop by for some hogfish or lobster mac and cheese. You won't be disappointed in the food, atmosphere, or service!

Thank dmyers2016
Level Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cannot say enough about this place! The atmosphere was beautiful and perfect. The vines and lights make the porch a perfect place to sit! We started with the lobster Mac which was amazing. Could taste all the different cheeses and tons of lobster meat! Found out it was a family recipe of the owner when he came out to see... More 

Thank Kelsey W
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot say enough about the attention to detail in atmosphere, setting, service and food/flavor pairings. It is in unmatched in Key West and beyond. My only hesitation in writing this review is that I might not be able to get in the door if everyone knows about it. And no, it is not stuffy and does not require dressing... More 

Thank ShannonCF
Bradenton, United States
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is one of the reasons I love trip advisor! I never would have found this amazing restaurant without them! Our waiter, Brian, was a great source of information and great at what he does! The lobster Mac and cheese app and bacon wrapped scallops were amazing! He recommended both! Our main entrees were also outstanding. My rec? Leave... More 

Thank Rina B
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a local and finally got around to reviewing my favorite diamond in the rough on the island, Flaming Buoy. Jay and Morgan make this spot even cooler, but the atmosphere, lay-out and, of course, food, make this place the perfect spot for a good dinner by yourself, with your boys, or for a decent date. You gotta try it.

Thank iwentsailing
London, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful flavours, excellent service and the best meal we had in Key West, I would highly recommend dinner at The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

1 Thank EFreviews
Bear, Delaware
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89 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Trip Advisor let us down. This was the worst meal we had all week in Key West. The hogfish was over cooked. The filet I could not cut with a steak knife let alone a butter knife- it was very tough. The lobster thermidor had lots of shells. For the money this was disappointing. Only good thing was the service... More 

1 Thank sunset2261
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, excellent variety!!! Off normal route but it was definitely worth a visit!! Wait staff superior as well!!! I didn't try the chili. The catch of the day was stupendous!!!

Thank MuddySmith

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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
USD 9 - USD 32
American, Caribbean, Seafood
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, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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