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The Keys Restaurant

The Keys Restaurant Particulars

This is where Put-in-Bay and Florida’s Key West cross. Each visitor greets the beautiful two-tiered building of The Keys as they disembark from the Jet Express Ferry. Swing by for one of their signature rum cocktails, such as the Painkiller or Rum Punch, to start your trip. There is ample parking for Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals in front of the building and the Local Color Gift Shop.

On one of their decks, take a seat and relax for a while! For a lavish and relaxing afternoon, this is the ideal spot. To pair with your fruity cocktail, start with one of their mouthwatering appetizers.

Paired with a classic island blend of Bahamian Conch along with onions and bell peppers, the Conch Fritters are a favorite. This meal is then lightly fried and served with their signature Key Lime Tartar Sauce.

The 1⁄2 lb Peel and Eat Shrimp really makes you experience the lifestyle on the island. With their Apostle Cheese Curds, which are breaded Wisconsin white cheddar cheese curds served with Sriracha ranch, pick a more regional classic.

Their menu is comprehensive, and you’ll have to come back to try each of their culinary delights. Their zesty take on a perch is a must-try. Lightly hand-breaded for an incredible flavor blend, the perch fillets are served with their Key Lime tartar sauce.

The Island Tacos, Grouper Reuben, and Carnitas Rice Bowl are other unbelievable entrees. The Keys Restaurant is owned and operated by the same folks who operate The Boardwalk Restaurant,  Hooligans Irish Pub, and the Dairy Isle, so you know they know their stuff when it comes to food! 


The Keys Menu Highlights

  • Conch Fritters
  • She Crab Bisque
  • Grouper Reuben (Grilled grouper topped with coleslaw, guacamole, swiss cheese, and sweet chili tartar sauce)
  • Butterfly Jumbo Shrimp
  • Blackened Mahi Tacos
  • Island Tacos with mango slaw, avocado, and fresh cilantro, finished with Key Lime Greek Yogurt, fire-roasted corn, and black bean rice. Choose either blackened or grilled chicken, mahi-mahi, or Shrimp.

The Keys Restaurant Specialty Cocktails

  • Island Zombie a mix of rum with orange and pineapple juice
  • Moscow Mule
  • Tiki Lemonade
  • Cool as a Cucumber Martini
  • Miami Vice, a blend of strawberry Daiquiri and Piña Colada

But let’s not forget about those cocktails! A great summer night in The Keys Restaurant is on the horizon as the rum flows. Ask one of their fun and expert bartenders to whip you up with a Dark & Stormy made with Black Seal Rum and Ginger Beer from Gosling.

Or take the frosty road with one of its many specialty frozen drinks, such as the Bermuda Triangle, a 151 Octane tropical twist, Rum Runner, and Piña Colada topped with Raspberry Peach Grand Marnier Floater.


Save Room For Dessert At The Keys Restaurant!

Now that you’ve been dining on their stellar appetizers savoring their mouthwatering entrees, and making their cocktails a little wild, what’s left of it but dessert!?? “The Keys” says nothing but a massive slice of Key Lime pie served with whipped cream and a wedge of lime. The Pineapple Creme Brûlée and the deep-fried cheesecake Banana Xango are astonishing as well!

A journey to The Keys Restaurant is a must, whether you visit Put-in-Bay for a weekend or during the season. Take in this stunning island while enjoying some of the island’s finest food and drink.

After your dining experience, be sure to check out some of the nearby Put-in-Bay attractions, such as the Aquatic Center, where kids are provided with fishing gear and can fish off the docks for free, and the nearby Stone Laboratory of Ohio State University. As you travel along the waterfront, stop by in front of the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club and marvel at some of the yachts tied up at our local docks!

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Shelly S.

Tasty & Easy-Going The Keys Restaurant was excellent! They have an extensive selection of cocktails, the fare was good and tasted fresh, and the wait team was amicable. We went on an active Saturday afternoon, and they were good at the timing! I suggest the grouper fingers and margarita flatbread! Overall it was a great, great environment, and we are looking forward to going back!

Bill H. .

I stopped at the Keys Restaurant on a Tuesday in the summer at 2 PM and was seated right away. Nice view of the bay. Had the Blackened Mahi Mahi sandwich with sweet potato fries, and my husband had the Cuban. He said it was one of the best Cubans he’s ever had. The sweet potato fries were worth the extra upcharge as the side to my sandwich. The service was fast and friendly!

Briar B.

The food and atmosphere at the Keys Restaurant are excellent! We got a table on the waterfront and a great view of Perry's Monument, geese, and even a few water snakes! Besides the view, the food was fantastic. We tried the Hemingway burger, which was tasty, along with the seasoned fries!

Shayna T

Everything but the chickens! As soon as we got off The Jet, it was a short stroll to the Keys restaurant. They were opening, so our party of 3 went in and got a beautiful table next to the water. Our waitperson, Max, was terrific! He told us the specials and got our beverages. He no sooner walked away, and he was back with our drinks. Then a rooster crowed, and we felt at home in Key West. The Grouper fingers, as were the calamari, Pina Colada, tortilla soup, and onion rings, were excellent. Everything was served quickly, and every bite was delicious! We favorably recommend The Keys for a great dining adventure.

Derick P.

Fine food, acceptable service, and lovely scenery. Very nice place...we came here before heading to some other places, and this restaurant set the bar...can't ask for much more. Fancy? Absolutely not. But the food was delicious, the scenery lovely, and the Keys Restaurant service friendly and caring.

Lonnie S.

Stunning Location Lovely view of the lake. Exceptionally dog friendly. Our puppy appreciated a nice bowl of ice water that the staff fetched for him and greeted him. The food at the Keys Restaurant was terrific. My family's choice was French fries. Our lads enjoyed the strawberry slushy!

Loretta L.

Unbelievable Dinner-My husband and I visited the Keys Restaurant yesterday, and we had a wonderful experience! We hadn't been to Put-in-Bay before and needed help figuring out where to go for dinner. We do not lament choosing The Keys! The service was excellent, and our dinner was delectable! We shared the cheese curds appetizer, my hubby had the perch sandwich, and I had the chimichurri chicken bowl. I also had a rum runner drink which was delicious. We were very impressed with the entire experience, and if we ever return to Put-in-Bay, we will return to The Keys!

Delila S.

Key West Vibe-What a delightful place! One would expect all the relaxed beachy scenery and colors from a place called The Keys Restaurant. We sat outdoors due to both the COVID, and it is a beautiful day out, and the views are fantastic. There is a great view of the Perry Monument, the boats, the marina, and Lake Erie itself. The staff was pleasant, the service was good, the food was tasty, and the price was appropriate. My boyfriend had a fruity beverage from the bar, and not only was it pretty, but it tasted awesome! I would definitely have a meal here again!

Fred G.

This location was pretty awesome. It is right on the water, encircled by astonishing views from so many different places. The whole area is funky-colored and beach trimmed, and it really makes it feel fun and upbeat. The frozen drinks (the painkiller) are excellent. The best and strongest cocktail I had the whole time, and it was only $11. The mahi-mahi blackened tacos were super moist and filled with all kinds of fresh toppings. Our waiter was amiable and focused the whole time, conversing with us and ensuring we were well taken care of. My wife and I highly recommend the Keys Restaurant

Pete D.

Great place located right by the Jet Express. Great food and a key west feel. All workers were taking Covid precautions. Loved the grouper fingers. The Keys Restaurant is operated by the same people who have the boardwalk put-in-bay

Harry R.

We so enjoyed the view! Ate dinner at the Keys Restaurant during ladies' weekend in July 2019. Awesome service, awesome meals, great view! Definitely recommend! put-in-bay key west!