The Cafe

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509 Southard St, Key West, Florida, USA, 33040

Serves fish, vegan options available. Key West restaurant offering vegetarian, vegan, and fish. Has breakfast food, veggieburgers, vegan chicken, faux sausage, tofu parmigianan with pasta, tofu benni, spring rolls, seitan, fresh juices and organic wine. Open Mon-Fri 10:00am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-4:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

82 Reviews

First Review by Stevie

My favorite restaurant - Edit

This is my all time favorite restaurant. I come to the keys for work often and always stop here. I've taken many friends here over the years and most of the meat eaters have liked it. If you aren't a vegan the truffle fries are the best. The Asian peanut bowl is also one of my favorites. If you are vegan, vegetarian, or just a healthy eater you will like the cafe. I would have given it 5 stars if the website would have let me.

Pros: Lots to chose from, Great service

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A Key West Gem - Edit

Colorful decor, imaginative food, and a super friendly staff make this cool eatery a must stop for vegans. We had a veggie meatball sandwich on delicious bread, and it was awesome. We've had stir fries and tofu scrambles, as well as seitan. Just go, you'll love it!

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worth the money - Edit

This place is expensive, but definitely worth it! There's so many vegan options it was hard for me to order. The spring rolls are the best I've ever had anywhere else..you only get 2, but they're huge! I also had the peanut stir fry and it was packed with veggies with such a good flavor. I definitely recommend if you're in key west. My non-veg boyfriend also loved his pepper steak cheese sandwich, so great for omnivores as well.

Cons: server was lacking

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Key lime cheesecake! - Edit

I'm so glad I stopped here for lunch. I had the vegan steak (seitan) pepper sandwich and key lime cheesecake, and both were amazing! My omnivore husband loved his meal as well (the same sandwich, but with regular cheese instead of vegan).

Pros: Many vegan options, Nice area

Cons: A little slow

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Amazing - Edit

We went to The Cafe for lunch and we were very pleased. They have many vegan options and most, if not all of them, of the non-vegan options can easily be made vegan with a simple change. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was great!

Pros: Great food & amazing vegan desert, Very friendly staff, Fun atmosphere and decor

Cons: On the more expensive side

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Excellent vegan options - Edit

This cafe is 'almost veggie'.. I'm not sure why they don't just sub the few meat options they have with vegan meats instead. Saying that, the vegan options here are really good and it's by far the best place in Key West for Vegan food. Went here twice during our stay: had the kung pow tofu and the curry noodles; both were delicious!

Pros: has vegan deserts!, great vegan options

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Delightful setting - Edit

Bravo. Beyond my expectation. Incdredibly good and serving size too big for my 6' 3", 250 pound body to eat. Leftovers were great. Go there.

Pros: Quality, Portion size, Flavor and freshness

Cons: None

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a must when on vacation - Edit

Key West isn't the most vegan friendly place. The Cafe is in a great location, near Duval where most of the action is. The veggie burger was better than the falafel, I love the bean salad side.

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leckere vegane Gerichte - Edit

In einem netten Ambiete gibt es eine bunte, vegane Gerichte.

Pros: vegane Gerichte, schmackhaft zubereitet, Personal sehr freundlich

Cons: etwas laut und hektisch

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absolutely amazing - Edit

Everything was so beautifully played and delicious the staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions we had about ingredients. If this place was by my home I'd be a local here. Keep up the good work !!! Amazing!!!

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great cafe in key west - Edit

I ate the kung pao tofu dish and it was amazing! it had a slight kick to it and the portion was huge, I was struggling to finish it. But i still ordered 2 desserts (1 to take away) I had the chocolate/white chocolate pudding which was one of the best vegan desserts I've ever had! I also had the watermelon, cucumber and lime juice which was so refreshing!

Pros: really good vegan options!

Cons: a little expensive. the tofu kung pao was around 1

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Deserves 5 Stars! - Edit

Happy Cow won't let me rate 5 Stars, max 4 because of non- veg restaurant. But this is a 5 star review. The Cafe honestly caters for everyone! There are many items on the menu marked as vegan, but don't forget to actually mention when ordering you want it vegan. Meals that can be made vegan have a star next to them on the menu. The first time I got a sandwich with regular cheese, which was promptly changed for me. The deserts are amazing and there are plenty of vegan deserts. My favorite of course the Key Lime Pie!
They also have pizza and even though I didn't try it yet it looked very tasty! I highly recommend this place as there is so much choice.

Pros: Large choice of vegan meals and deserts

Cons: You must mention that you want a certain menu item

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Quirky Fun - Edit

First impression was when I was waiting to use the restroom and a pretty young woman came and asked the two of us waiting if this was the "queue for the loo." Yes I was waiting, but there was an international feeling. The photographic collage inside the restroom featured Mr. Spock and Frida Kahlo. The place has personality that's for sure. I loved the white wine sangria. I had the curried "chicken" salad sandwich. This wasn't a real normal choice for me. I don't usually like "fake" meat stuff, but this sounded good and it didn't disappoint. Just asked my wife if her Salmon and Pesto sandwich was good. She said, "It was good." I don't think she would have chosen this spot if I wasn't vegan and her tone kind of conveyed that as she responded from the other room.

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Great food and service - Edit

Really enjoyed visiting this cafe in Key West . Its not vegetarian or vegan but they a lot of veggie options to choose from . We went for spinach qyoza , bok choy and tacos from the specials menu . Everything was simply delicious. Beer/ wine menu is extensive and great quality. Overall a definite yes !

Pros: taste, service, location

Cons: pricey

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awesome food - Edit

Lots of vegan options. I had the Kung Pau tofu which was very good. They also have vegan desert options. We had the key lime cheesecake which was quite good. Will definitely go again when in Key West.

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best vegan in key west - Edit

Many options on the brunch and dinner menu. I had the tofu Benedict and it was great! The Philly "cheesesteak" was also awesome!

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Cool vibe - Edit

One of the few places with Vegan options in Key West that are clearly marked on the menu. Really cool artsy atmosphere. Food came out as described, but was missing an item that we requested to be added. They kindly made it right. This is not a "healthy" vegan place, but definitely a very delicious choice in Vegan cuisine when that is the goal. Service is hit or miss because several servers were all taking care of everyone that night. But the food is always tasty and worth overlooking for what it lacks in service.

Pros: Vegan friendly clearly marked , Very Tasty/Large Portions, Cool artsy Vibe

Cons: So So Service

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Great find in the Keys - Edit

Key West has a lot more vegan options than where I live. This place was willing to work with us. Gave us dinner at lunch time. Our daughter wanted spaghetti marinara vegan. Not on menu. They did it for us. Also, we had our first ever key lime pie #vegan. memorable

Pros: Willing to work with us

Cons: Not vegan

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Great vegan food - Edit

We've got to wait for our food for quite a while, but what does it really do in Key West, right. The food was amazing though

Pros: food, location, price

Cons: none

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Great vegan options! - Edit

This is definitely a place for vegans and veggies. While there are some fish options, the menu is clearly marked what is vegan or not. Plus, the staff are very accommodating when requesting items like half vegan cheese and half not (for the wife).
I highly recommend the place.

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amazing vegan options - Edit

i had the veggie burger bites and they were A M A Z I N G. i also had a vegan pizza with daiya mozzarella cheese on it. (my brother ate all my leftovers and thought it was regular pizza!) they have great homemade lemonade and all their desserts are vegan. 11/10

Pros: vegan options, gluten free options, cute place

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LOVEEEE - Edit

The food was absolutely amazing! We ate several dishes and none of them disappointed. We had 3 different dishes of stir fry and hands down the best stir fry we have ever tasted. The tofu tacos were delicious! Our kids loved the pizza. A local told us about this restaurant. Thank goodness we had the opportunity eat there.

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GO-TO! - Edit

Extensive menu clearly labeling things gluten-free or vegan. Very friendly staff. Had about 4-5 vegan desserts, a couple gluten-free. I highly recommend the veg/gluten free chocolate pudding. Staff very friendly. Pleasant environment. Convenient.

Pros: YUMMY, Clearly labeled dishes, Friendly

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Super yummy! - Edit

I had the grilled eggplant pesto tomato sandwich with vegan cheese on Chibatta roll with sweet potato fries. My husband had the mahi mahi sandwich. The watermelon cucumber lime juice was amazing !!!

Pros: Great vegan options, Magical Watermelon Juice

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Delicious vegan food in Key West - Edit

This is a funky little cafe with friendly and helpful servers. The menu has many vegan dishes which are clearly marked. I had the wok fired bok choy appetizer which was great, and for my entree, a special, butternut squash stuffed with quinoa, spices, and other ingredients which I now can't recall, but I do remember it was wonderful. I would highly recommend this place.

Pros: Many veg and vegan choices which are clearly marke, good food and good service

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Great food, great stuff - Edit

Food was excellent. Went there few times during my stay for dessert, juice or breakfast. Best key lime pie I had in life. And I think only key lime pie availableon the whole island. Desserts on a bit pricy side.
Had 'egg" benedict which they just used tofu for (never had one from my pre-vegan days so not sure how it should taste or look)
portion was huge so food was well worth it for the price.

Pros: great taste, lots of choices

Cons: price

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good key west option - Edit

All of the dishes I've tried here have been tasty. The stuffed acorn squash and tofu udon bowl in dashi were both flavorful and satisfying. I do find it slightly annoying that certain substitutions (like daiya) incur a charge while my tofu dish cost the same as the version that came with clams. The $19 I paid was not entirely unreasonable as it could've served 2 (I couldn't finish it and I had arrived very hungry), but I thought it was still a bit high for a vegetable dish at a casual place. Service was disappointing. My sister and I both work at a vegan restaurant, so we are familiar with the industry. Despite being one of two tables, we were ignored while the staff chatted by the bar and I had to wait 15-20 minutes before a server checked up on us and I could ask for a spoon for my soup. I could've interrupted them at the bar, but that's not my style. I expect more attentive service when dining out during a slow business period.

When an Indian family was seated, I heard their server boast loudly about how the cafe serves no meat (obviously he assumed they were vegetarian, as we had received no such introduction). However, the cafe is only pescetarian, and I think it is disingenuous to portray themselves as veg when they still participate in the killing of fish and other sea animals. Virtually every other Key West restaurant focuses on sea "food"... is it too much to ask for a fully vegan restaurant?

Pros: good food, many vegan options, large portions

Cons: pricing structure, slow/poor service, serves animal products

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