Florida City’s Best Local Restaurants

Whether you’re kicking off your Florida Keys adventure or bringing it to a close, no trip is complete without sampling some of Florida City’s most delectable dining options. The state’s southernmost mainland city is an eclectic location influenced by a variety of cultures, offering diverse restaurants for any palate. Below is an in-depth sampling of some of our favorite places to dine in Florida City:

Robert Is Here

…And believe us, you want to be here, too! What started as a young boy’s roadside cucumber stand has evolved since 1959 into a Florida City staple with fresh tropical fruits, a picnic area and splash park, and even live music on weekends. No matter which direction you’re traveling, the family-run Robert Is Here is a must-stop in order to enjoy some of the area’s best local produce 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. One stop here, and you’ll be referring to Florida as “The Sunshine State of Fresh Produce.”

Capri-restaurantRichard Accursio’s Capri Restaurant

Since 1958, family owned and operated Richard Accursio’s Capri Restaurant has been Homestead and Florida City’s favorite place to dine. They offer fine, casual and al fresco Italian dining and have a full bar. They utilize local and organic ingredients in all their dishes and serve fresh quality dishes with every entree.

whistle-stopThe Whistle Stop (at Hotel Redland)

Located in the Hotel Redland which opened the Homestead area since 1904. The Whistle Stop located in this historic building serves all american cuisine and some local favorites. The Whistle Stop also offers a full bar.

Taqueria-MoreliaTaqueria Morelia

South Florida has been heavily influenced by stellar Latin cuisines from across the globe, and after one bite at Taqueria Morelia, you will be very, very grateful. This informal taco joint boasts a wide selection of traditional Mexican appetizers, entrees and desserts, along with a salsa bar that lets you perfectly equip your meal.

Sonny's_logoSonny’s BBQ

Of course we know it’s a chain! But there’s no denying that this Florida City restaurant staple serves up generous portions of slow-smoked meats, not to mention mouthwatering appetizers, sides, salads and desserts.

peking-housePeking House Restaurant

Sometimes there is just no substitute for good Chinese food. And at all times, that quality cuisine can be found at Peking House Restaurant, a casual area mainstay that serves up traditional Chinese dinner favorites, as well as a lunch buffet.

portofino-coal-fired-pizzaPortofino Coal Fired Pizza

When a restaurant tells you that its family learned the ins and outs of a coal-fired oven during a stay in Italy, you listen. And you eat, particularly the homemade appetizers, flatbread and coal-fired pies that make this sleek, stone-walled location shine. Portofino also offers an assortment of specialty mixed drinks, wine, beer and a happy hour special to remind you even more that you are, indeed, on vacation.


shiversbbqheadShiver’s BBQ

Feel free to seriously pig out at this family-owned operation! For more than 50 years, they’ve been doling out slow-smoked baby back ribs, brisket, pork, chicken and more fall-off-the-bone specialties. Also on the menu is a selection of appetizers and salads, all served along family-style picnic tables.

casita-tejasCasita Tejas

This family-friendly eatery is a delicious way to enjoy hearty portions of traditional Mexican & Tex-Mex fare. We suggest the tamales or Fajita Bite Nachos – a Casita original.


farmers-market-restaurantFarmers Market Restaurant

There’s no substitute for fresh seafood good home cooking, and that’s exactly what Farmers Market Restaurant in Florida City delivers. A welcome alternative to nearby chain restaurants, Farmers Market Restaurant has delicious home-style offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Looking to catch the game? Enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere in one of the local sports bars, many of which offer exciting live entertainment.  Also, The Mutineer Restaurant, Alabama Jacks and Stick N Stein Sports Rock Café are a great way to unwind with good friends. Also check out Fat Monkey and Flagler’s Martini Bar to start or end your Florida City evening with delicious libations.


Gilberts-logoGilbert’s Resort

The legendary waterfront Tiki Bar offers the best in live entertainment, cold drinks and casual Keys dining. Here you will meet the locals, as well as travelers from all over the world and occasionally some “Pirates” rockin’ the night away. The restaurant’s full menu specializes in seafood, steaks and sandwiches. The raw bar serves the freshest seafood selections. Dress is casual…… shoes are optional!!

alabama-jacksAlabama Jacks

Serving great local foods to include conch fritters and fresh fish. A great place to people watch and be entertained.


stick-and-steins-restaurantStick n Steins Sports Cafe

This sports Bar not only offers a great appetizer menu and drinks, but they have great music and billiard tables too!

fat-monkeyFat Monkey

Great local spot to let your singing talent take over. Karaoke bar offering great fun, food and drinks.

Fresh seafood on your mind?

pilot house logoPilot House Restaurant

The Pilot House Marina, Restaurant and Glass Bottom Bar is located on Lake Largo. Enjoy air conditioned waterfront dining at our Pilot House Restaurant or relax at their casual Glass Bottom Bar and feed the fish while overlooking our five star marina. Perhaps you’d like to stroll our attraction rich boardwalk for dive trips, snorkeling trips or charter a fishing boat for the day. Or even consider taking a dinner cruise aboard the original steam powered African Queen.

square-grouper-bar-grillSquare Grouper Bar and Grill

Square Grouper Bar is located at mm 22.5 Oceanside on Cudjoe Key, Florida. One of the Florida Keys most popular destinations for unforgettable fresh local seafood, consistency and quality. Lynn and her staff have a dedication to excellence paired with a focus on detail which has defined The Square Grouper Bar and Grill as a must visit restaurant.

sundownersSundowners Key Largo Restaurant

Since 1985 Sundowners has been serving sunsets, sandwiches, steaks and seafood on Florida Bay. Enjoy the view from our glass-walled dining room, or sit outside on our covered deck, or tropical patio right on Florida Bay. While dining at Sundowners, make sure to visit their back dock to feed the tarpon. Fresh seafood year around, open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 am to 10 pm.

No matter the duration of your stay, these enticing eateries are the perfect representation of our town’s foodie offerings, just minutes away from the Travelodge hotel in Florida City.