Best Cedar Keys Restaurants


Duncans Gulf View Restaurant Cedar Key Florida
Dining at Duncan's On the Gulf, Cedar Key

We’ve dined at and reviewed many restaurants, pubs, and cafes in Cedar Key, Florida . . . one of our favorite Florida Gulf Coast towns.

Below is our list of the Best places to eat in Cedar Key with links to our more comprehensive restaurant reviews elsewhere on ScenicPathways.com.

Top 10 Best Restaurants in Cedar Key Florida

83 West – Website
Located on Dock Street. 38 West offers two dining areas. Downstairs is the casual pub, featuring sandwiches, 16 beers on tap, and panoramic gulf views. Upstairs is a “more refined” full service dining with a full bar featuring separate lunch and dinner menus, as well as a raw bar. 

Island Hotel & RestaurantWebsite
Located on the main downtown street (2nd street), it located in one of Cedar Keys oldest, most historic buildings (1859). You can dine in their “casually elegant” dining room or on the screened porch. 

Big Deck Raw Bar-N-Grill
Casual and inexpensive dining on Dock Street overlooking the harbor. Friendly, fast service. If you are looking for open-air dining, the Big Deck probably offers the most tables. See the link to our review and photos lower down this page.

1842 Daily Grind and Mercantile
Popular coffee shop and breakfast/lunch location, across the street from Tony’s Seafood Cafe. See the link to our review and photos lower down this page.

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant
Probably the most popular seafood restaurant in Cedar Key. Can be crowded at times but the food, especially their world class clam chowder is worth the wait. See the link to our review and photos lower down this page.

Steamers Clam Bar & Pub
Vying with Tony’s as the most popular place to eat in Cedar Key, they offer great views, good service, and decent food and drink. See the link to our review and photos lower down this page.

Annie’s Cafe
Located along the main highway leading into (or out of) town, Annie’s is a popular breakfast and lunch spot for both locals and tourists. It doubles as a mini-garden center and artist and artisan gallery with works both inside and out. A fun place to visit with friendly staff. See the link to our review and photos lower down this page.

annie's cafe cedar key
83 West cedar key restaurant
83 West Restaurant on Dock Street
Island Hotel and Restaurant Cedar Key Florida
Island Hotel & Restaurant
big deck bar and grill
Outdoor Deck of Big Deck Bar & Grill
Daily Grind Coffee Shop Cedar Key Florida
Daily Grind Cafe
Steamers Restaurant Cedar Key
Great views of the water from Steamers
upper deck, but you are lucky to get a seat out there.

Duncan’s On the Gulf
Under new ownership and a name change, slightly more upscale dining than its neighbors, but still affordable. See the link to our review and photos lower down this page.

2nd Street Cafe Website
Cedar Key’s newest breakfast and lunch restaurant. Located downtown on 2nd Street next door to the Cedar Key Welcome Center

Away from the World Burger Bar
On dock street with one of the best views of the water, ATFW boasts its burgers and beer, but also offers a wider menu that includes seafood, salads, and tropical cocktails. See the link to our review and photos lower down this page.


Reviews of Best Restaurants & Pubs in Cedar Key, Florida

Best Outdoor Dining in Cedar Key

For those who desire the ambience of dining outside or if contagious nasties like covid-19 concern you, several of our top rated offer some outdoor dining seats. Of those, the Big Deck clearly offers the most open-air eating and drinking. Both Annie’s Cafe and 2nd Street Cafe have a fair amount of open air tables available. Tonys, Steamers, 83 West, and the Daily Grind have a few outside tables if you are lucky to score one of them.

One of the very best outdoor eating and drinking is at the Treasure Camp Resort, an excellent restaurant on the banks the Suwannee River about 14 miles North of Cedar Key.

Treasure Camp on the Suwannee River
On the shores of the Suwannee River among Live Oak Trees

Top Ten Cedar Key Places to Eat . . . and one more

Robinson’s Seafood Market
Actually located out-of-town between the burgs of Sumner and Rosewood, it offers probably the best fresh seafood for your money. Owned & Operated by a 4th generation local fishermen.

duncans on the gulf cedar key

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Your Travel Guide: Ross Reinhold