How to Dine at the Exclusive Latitudes Restaurant in Key West

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!

Sunset Key is in a world of its own!

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!

Latitudes from the Water
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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.

Once you arrive, it’s like you’re a world away!
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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.

This is the ferry slip you’ll want: Slip 29.
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Dress Code

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.

My parents looked so adorable for our breakfast double date!
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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!

Coffee

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!

Mom’s Latte and My Iced Coffee
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Benedicts

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.

Mom’s Lobster Benedict
Dad’s Smoked Salmon Benedict
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Omelette

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!

Bacon, Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Omelette with Potatoes and Wheatberry Bread
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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.

Need more foodie experience ideas? Check out my World Foods Page! And for all my Florida Keys posts, including more on Key West, take a look at my United States Page!

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Hey there! I am an avid traveller and adventurer, and you're always welcome to join me! The things I love most are God, my husband Steve, and seeing new places! My favorite places include Sydney, Australia; Ise City, Japan; and Bergen, Norway--but there's always room for more favorite places!

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