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Cafe Marquesa

600 Fleming St. (Simonton St. ) Send to Phone
305-292-1244 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A well-known name in fine Key West dining, Café Marquesa continues to charm its guests.
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Cafe Marquesa Restaurant Review

: This sophisticated little enclave is housed at the historic Marquesa Hotel, one of the island's more exclusive inn compounds, where the new-world fare of chef Susan Ferry (an early Norman Van Aken protégée) has been drawing connoisseurs since the early 1990s. The menu changes daily and indicates the South Florida seasons (offering local tomatoes, for example, between January-May). Ferry’s signatures (like conch and blue crab cakes with varying internationally-inspired slaws) often incorporate Asian and Caribbean influences. Admittedly, many preparations seem stuck in the last decade and/or are overwrought in a way that distracts from rather than enhancing the main ingredient. Best bets are the simple contemporary American dishes, like sweet corn dusted diver scallops with smoky pepper butter, or the daily specials. The wine selections rival the cuisine for creativity and quality, and the wine-savvy servers speak intelligently about boutique and upcoming labels if you’re feeling adventurous.

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