Guide to the Best Lido Key Restaurants

Experience the finest sand and surf on the Gulf Coast while also trying out some dining experiences unique to the area. Seafood is one of the freshest anywhere along with simple dining for a relaxed vibe. Endless options await diners on Lido Key. 

 

Tommy Bahama’s

One of the best fine dining options among Lido Key restaurants is Tommy Bahama’s. Check out the retail store in St. Armand’s Circle where ahi tuna and crusted snapper are just a few of the great options on the menu. Stop by for happy hour and grab a drink special. 

 

Columbia Restaurant

The same family has owned this Lido Key restaurant for over 110 years and was named one of America’s ‘Most Historic Restaurants.’ Spanish style decor paired with hand-painted tiles and outdoor (shaded) seating make this a top spot for fine dining on South American cuisine. Try Colombian Restaurant’s fresh seafood paella, Spanish soup with chorizo or many other options with South American flare.

 

Cafe L’Europe

Cafe L’Europe offers French-inspired cuisine with a romantic vibe on weekends. Drinks and cuisine are eclectic with filet mignon on offer alongside brandied duckling and lobster bisque. Open for lunch and dinner, outdoor dining options for pets are available in addition to children’s menus for families. 

Crab & Fin

The Crab & Fin is one Lido Key restaurant offering fresh seafood from Mahi Mahi to Florida Keys Lobster fresh from the sea. Serving fine food up since 1978, grab some calamari or lobster crab cakes. Indulge in halibut or try the low country bouillabaisse. All the food is fine and wonderful at this Lido Key restaurant.

Blu Kouzina

Go Greek at this St. Armand’s Circle locale. Blu Kouzina brings Mediterranean flavors to the suncoast. Stop by for souvlaki wraps and kebabs or try the feta-stuffed veggies. Stay awhile at the beach after dining and trying their drinks menu. 

Casual Dining

Old Salty Dog

Old Salty Dog rests its laurels firmly on the coast with great views and sunny atmosphere. Sip a beer, try some shrimp or indulge in a few of the desserts on offer while taking in all the salty air from this sweet waterfront spot by the Gulf.

Cha Cha Coconuts

Go nuts for (Cha Cha) coconuts at this quaint little island spot. A gem among Lido Key Restaurants, feel free to sit back and sip a cocktail or try some Key Lime Pie. Sit outside or dine in on tacos and tropical drinks. Cha Cha Coconuts offers casual fare for all visitors to enjoy.

Surf Shack

Embrace the inner hippy and trendsetter at the same time with this cute little Surf Shack in St. Armand’s Circle. Enjoy scallops, tacos, and more while chatting about travel plans or people watching. This coastal kitchen serves up fresh ingredients and a casual dining experience. Try the ‘Soon to be Famous’ Ahi Tuna Poke Salad or Pat LaFreida Burger to change it up. 

To top it off, try Speak’s Clam Bar, a newer Lido Key restaurant on the scene offering great seafood and homemade pasta. Give The Terrace at Surf Shack, an upscale eatery hidden upstairs from Surf Shack, a try for a piano bar vibe, rooftop dining and outstanding views of the coast.

 

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