The Florida Keys are among the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. Tavernier is one of the hottest locations in the Keys, both for tourists and potential investors interested in Tavernier luxury homes. The area is such a hit partly because of the many delicious dining options you’ll find in the area. If you’re planning to spend time in Tavernier and hoping to enjoy a few of the area’s best restaurants, this article will tell you about some of the top choices in the area. And if you’re shopping for homes in the area, your Tavernier realtor can help you find a house close to your favorite local restaurant.
1. What the Fish Rolls & More
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What the Fish
is a new arrival to Tavernier. They opened their doors in 2016 and have been impressing guests ever since with their crab cakes and lobster rolls. Come by to enjoy their delicious seafood while taking in the waterfront views on their outdoor patio. Each dish, including the spectacular fish taco plate, uses fresh seafood from the water near Tavernier. What the Fish opens daily at 11 a.m.
2. Old Tavernier
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Since 1988, Old Tavernier
has been serving fantastic Italian and Greek food. Their Roasted Prime Rib is a popular dish for steak lovers and is served alongside a baked potato and au jus sauce. It’s always cooked based on your preferences and will be one of the best steaks you’ve ever had. The menu also offers various pizzas and seafood dishes. You can choose between dining inside on a white tablecloth-covered table or on their outdoor patio that overlooks the marina. The restaurant is closed Monday, but they open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday at 4 p.m.
3. Made 2 Order
Made 2 Order
is a certified crowd-pleaser for its excellent breakfast and lunch options. Guests rave about the eggs benedict and the French toast, but you can also choose between several sandwiches and soup options if you come later in the day. Their Crab Cake Benedict is also a top choice. Whether you enjoy your food in the spacious indoor dining room or choose a seat on the patio, you’re guaranteed a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Made 2 Order opens daily at 8 a.m.
4. Habanos on the Creek
Few travel to South Florida without trying authentic Cuban food, and Habanos on the Creek
affords you this opportunity. The restaurant is a hit for its delicious food and spectacular views. Native Cuban chefs prepare authentic Cuban dishes, such as plantains and the enormous Cuban sandwiches that even heavy eaters will struggle to finish on their own. Habanos opens at 11:30 a.m. daily.
5. Captain Craig’s
Since 1981, Captain Craig’s
has been a local hit for its delicious seafood and coastal-themed decorations. Wine and draft beer selections are plentiful and pair well with the restaurant’s famous seafood and sandwich options. If this is your first visit to Captain Craig’s, try the world-famous Fried Fish Sandwich, which features fried dolphin or catfish topped with cheese and tartar sauce between grilled whole wheat bread. Captain Craig’s is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
6. Over Easy
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is well-known in the Tavernier area for its retro decorations and delicious breakfast cuisine. The bright yellow interior resembles the yellow color inside an egg yolk and is a hit for locals and tourists. Lovers of sweet breakfast will enjoy the Banana Nut French Toast, topped with pecans, caramels, and sliced bananas. If sweet breakfasts aren’t your thing, perhaps you’ll enjoy the Golden Waffle Dog, made up of three sausage links fried in vanilla waffle batter. Over Easy is open daily for breakfast and lunch from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
7. Sol by The Sea at Playa Largo Resort & Spa
You’ll love the elegant sunset views and the Caribbean-style meals at Sol by the Sea
. It’s a short drive away from the main part of town, and the trip is worth it for couples looking for a romantic dinner and anyone who wants to enjoy beautiful ocean views. Try the pistachio-crusted grouper with heirloom tomatoes, and save space for a slice of Key Lime meringue pie after your meal. Sol by the Sea is open daily for lunch from noon to 10 p.m. and accepts reservations via OpenTable.
8. Dillon’s Pub and Grill
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is a great place to catch a game while enjoying delicious Irish-American plates. The full-service bar offers a wide array of cocktails, plus several beers on tap. The 116-inch projector screen and nine HDTVs ensure you won’t miss a single inning, quarter, or match. Most locals prefer the Blue Burger, which features an eight-ounce sirloin patty topped with bacon and crumbled blue cheese. If you’re planning to visit during the dinner hour, try the Mahi Sonoma, a delicious Mahi pasta dish with white wine cream sauce and assorted vegetables like tomato and mushroom. The kitchen opens daily at 11:30 a.m., and the bar closes at 1 a.m.
If you’re shopping for Tavernier luxury homes, you can trust the Silvestri Team
to help you get the best deal possible. Their agents have many years of experience in the local market and take pride in educating their clients about the Tavernier area and the homebuying process. The team looks forward to getting to know you and hearing more about your needs and preferences in your new home.
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