Turtle Kraals Restaurant Key West

turtle kraals restaurant

waterfront seafood
ocean view dining


Having returned recently from my vacation to Key West I am considering all my new memories. I spent my vacation parasailing, deep-sea fishing, going to the Butterfly Conservatory and more. It is difficult to pick out where I had the best time. I do, however, always relive experiences based on food! While we ate out quite a bit, one place genuinely stands out. During our first meal, we had such a divine experience that we went again.

We dined at Tower Bar at the recently reopened Turtle Kraals Restaurant & Bar. The weather was gorgeous, perfect for enjoying a summer evening outside. The view, sunset, and surroundings were unmatched. Service, menu, and food were superb. We enjoyed cocktails first and took a few minutes to review the menu. We chose the local favorite for our appetizer. The mesquite grilled oysters on the half shell were sumptuous; the cilantro was a unique and complimentary flavor. In keeping with the surroundings, I then had Mango Crab Cakes for my main course. The tropical additions of mango and key lime were inspired choices for allowing the crab to shine! My friend chose the BBQ Pork Platter. He had an enormous smile, sticky fingers and a dirty face when he finished. Reveling in immersing himself in BBQ! While we did not have much room left, we just could not pass up tasting another version of key lime pie. This key lime pie was simply one of the best we sampled on our vacation, and we sampled plenty.

What was missing during our first trip to Turtle Kraals was breakfast. We looked at the menu and planned to return later in our trip. Having experienced dinner, we could not pass up the opportunity to start our day at Kraals. We arrived (pre-coffee) and were promptly seated in the air-conditioned dining room and provided with coffee. Thank you! Being a southerner, I needed the Big Biscuits & Gravy platter. I could have bathed in the sausage gravy; instead, I merely lapped up every speck with my biscuits. My friend chose the Huevos Ranchos. What a plate appeared before him; eggs, tomatillo sauce, refried beans, and potatoes with sour cream. He was not put off at all. He dug in and made his way through the whole plate, all the while chatting about returning to Kraals on our next trip to Key West.


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    231 Margaret St
    Key West, Fl 33040

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    • Raw Bar
    • Breakfast
    • Oysters
    • King Crab
    • BBQ