There are two kinds of people in the world: Foodies like my entire biological family, and non-foodies like my husband! On Steve’s and my trip to Key West in January, I had heard about Latitudes over on Sunset Key, and the experience of it piqued my interest–taking a ferry, dining on a private island, the romance of it all. But it was not something I was going to make my husband do!
However, when we went back with my parents a few months later, I know we had to make the effort to dine there! My dad is a major foodie (food is his love language), and my mom appreciates good food, too. So I made a reservation for the four of us and started doing a little research. There’s actually a lot to know, but I was surprised to find that the information really isn’t on their website, or anywhere online for that matter. But it is now! Here’s how to have an epic meal at Latitudes, just off the coast of Key West.
Know Before You Go
These are the things you might not know until it’s too late! You’re welcome.
It’s Not Actually on Key West
This restaurant is located on nearby Sunset Key. You can see it from Mallory Square, and you’ll take a ferry from Key West to Sunset Key (more details below). If you want to stay on Sunset Key, there are accommodation on the island at Sunset Key Cottages!
Reservations are Required
That’s for every meal–breakfast, lunch, and dinner! You can call the restaurant or make your reservation here on Open Table. I spoke to a very kind woman at the restaurant who answered all my questions about dining there, and she let me know how far in advance they recommend you make your reservations:
- Breakfast: At least one to two weeks in advance.
- Lunch: At least one month in advance.
- Dinner: At least two months in advance.
And, like most things: The earlier the better!
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Your Reservation Time is Your Ferry Time
When you make your reservation, the time you choose is the time your ferry leaves the terminal, not your dining time. You’ll want to arrive 5-10 minutes before your reservation time to check in. If you miss your scheduled ferry, you can take the next one, but the ferry only runs every half hour.
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Ferry Location and Parking
Where’s the ferry? It’s behind the restaurant’s sister property, Opal Key West Resort and Marina. The address 245 Front Street in Key West, and parking is complimentary for restaurant guests. Just bring your parking ticket with you to the restaurant to have it validated.
The dress code is “resort casual.” That means dressy, but relaxed and beachy. For men, a collared shirt (polo or button-down) and khaki shorts are acceptable, but flip flops are not. For women, that means a sun dress with not too much cleavage, or perhaps linen pants and a collared shirt with sandals or close-toed shoes.
Everyone should avoid jeans and t-shirts. I don’t know that you’ll be turned away if you break the dress code, but it’s usually best not to stand out too much! Click here for a helpful article.
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What to Eat
Here’s the good stuff! We chose to have breakfast at Latitudes because my parents are both fans of lobster Benedict. To help you decide which meal you’d like and what you might be ordering, take a look at their menus here!
I love iced coffee. But you know what I love more? A fun latte in a fancy glass, complete with rock candy for sugar! My mom picked best–the latte was hers!
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The primary reason we chose to have breakfast at Latitudes was their lobster Benedict! It was a clear winner, as you can see below. My dad has a special affinity to smoked salmon, so when he saw the smoked salmon Benedict on the menu, he knew that was the one for him. All their breakfast entrees came with stir-fried potatoes, onions, and peppers, plus ketchup.
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I chose the Latitudes Omelette, which came with my choice of fillings ranging from meats and cheeses to veggies of all sorts. It also came with a side of toast. I enjoy an omelette–especially if I didn’t have to make it!
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Shrimp, Sausage, and Chorizo Burrito
Steve got the breakfast burrito, which came with eggs, cheese, salsa, sour cream, and of course, shrimp, sausage, and chorizo! Sides included fresh fruit and potatoes as well.
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