The Cafe

3.5 stars 3.5 out of 5 21 ratings
$$Gluten Free Menu, Beer, Vegetarian Friendly + 2 more
66% of 9 votes say it's Celiac friendly

509 Southard St, Key West, FL 33040 Directions

(305) 296-5515
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    1 ratingSeptember 01, 2017

    Menu marked with GF items that are not gluten free. When I asked why, the waitress informed me "well, most people aren't actually allergic, they're just on a diet." Oh......ok.

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    5 ratingAugust 17, 2017

    Went for lunch today & loved it!

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    1 ratingJune 14, 2017

    I'd have to give this place a minus one star. I hiked over Key West to find this place beard on this app and recommends of others. I'm very disappointed as several items on menu was noted as GF but fried in same oil as other wheat products. Very, very little on menu for GF. I do not recommend this place at all.

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    5 ratingApril 07, 2017

    Recommended by the hotel staff for this celiac and clean eater. Could not have been happier! The staff was well versed on gluten issues and the menu was clearly marked. My quinoa stir fry was tasty, hearty and full of shrimp, green beans, peppers, broccoli and quinoa. Also had the GF corn cake with mozzarella and GF sweet potato fries. Everything sat well in my belly. Walking in it looks like a coffee bar but don't let that fool you. The food was five star.

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    4 ratingMarch 03, 2017

    They took very good care of my husband here. The menu is marked for GF, not a lot of options, more salads, but enough. They also had GF beer - Greens from Belgium. Despite another review promoting the fries and rice flour only in the kitchen, when we pressed about the fries (sweet potato) and any crossover frying, the waitress came back and said best to avoid it. He had the salmon special for the day and our group shared edamame and he was fine (although still suffering from some unknown item in another supposedly GF restaurant the night before). I had Thai curry stir fry with tofu which was good but could have been a little stronger on the flavor. I also had sangria which didn't seem as watered down as elsewhere. I would recommend The Cafe as a GF dining destination and we plan to go there again at least once during our stay in Key West. follow up: on a second visit my husband ordered a GF pizza with sausage and before placing the order the waitress checked and something about it was not GF so he ordered the pizza feature which was more veggie which turned out to be fine and he was fine.

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    5 ratingDecember 17, 2016

    The food is very fresh and delicious. The Truffled French fries are the bomb! They only use rice flour in the kitchen now so it is Celiac friendly. They even make their own ciders! Give it a try. It's good!

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    1 ratingMay 27, 2016

    Definitely NOT celiac friendly. I was glutened after asking several times to make sure my food would be safe. Definitely not returning

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    3 ratingApril 12, 2016

    It's ok here. Things are clearly marked. Not a lot of options for appetizers and meals but had a few desserts. My stir fry tasted very bland.

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    2 ratingFebruary 07, 2016

    Was excited to finally visit, but super disappointed that the only truly GF things they had were salads. The menu showed other items as GF but when I tried to order them they told me they didn't have a dedicated fryer so the items weren't actually GF. I ended up just getting the tomato soup. Overall a bit of a disappointment.

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    5 ratingJanuary 03, 2016

    loved it! the grilled tofu salad was absolutely fantastic. loved every bite! they took care with my food. didn't get sick

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    4 ratingJanuary 03, 2016

    They do not have a devoted gf deep fryer, but yet the menu states the fries etc are gf. The waitress was great to share the info, and ask celiac or intolerant. However, I loved the gf grilled portobello salad. It's a 5 star salad.

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    1 ratingAugust 01, 2015

    Forget it. Went for brunch and only options were salads. The omelette they said was gf turned out to contain sausage with wheat and only after I questioned the waitress numerous times. This is why I ask in the first place. Asked if I could instead have a plain omelette with tomato and feta...answer was no. Ridiculous. Don't go.

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    5 ratingApril 01, 2015

    The Cafe is a mainly vegetarian restaurant located on Southard Street only minutes away from the bustling Duval Street tourist traffic. Their menu labels their gluten-free options and offers a range of choices from tasty soups and sweet potato fries to salads and Mahi-Mahi. This healthy restaurant has something for everyone and their funky d├ęcor will also make you feel right at home.

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    3 ratingApril 21, 2014

    no dedicated fyer. I had the mussels and they were great. all my non- celiac friends likes it. not many choices for gf.

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    1 ratingApril 05, 2014

    I loved this place until when I went there yesterday and ordered the sweet potato fries (like always) and specified that I had an allergy, the waitress came back and said that the fries are fried in the same fryer as breaded things, and asked "Is that okay?". Are you F'ing kidding me? The French fries are SPECIFICALLY MARKED "GF". And they decided to tell me about my 6th time having them. I probably got a stomach ache or had bathroom issues and assumed I ate too much, it was cleaning out my system in a good way, or that I had dairy somewhere else. I'm NEVER going here again.

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    4 ratingJanuary 24, 2014

    A few food options, though limited to mostly salads if you're sensitive since fryers are shared. They do have GF beer though.

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    1 ratingJanuary 17, 2014

    Cash only!

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    5 ratingJuly 16, 2013

    They cater to vegan however, they are more than accommodating for GF. Menu is marked and staff is knowledgable. Very large, delicious, and unique plates. Plus they have GF beer! If you are GF and in Key West you need to eat here.

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    5 ratingMay 06, 2013

    Warm beet salad was yummy. Sweet potato fries with curry lime sauce were melt in your mouth good! Love this place and highly recommend.

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    4 ratingDecember 07, 2012

    They have gluten free beer, new planet, menus has gluten free marked, French fries very good

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    4 ratingOctober 10, 2012

    Funky and fun. Great art work and great staff.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Beer
  • Gluten Free Menu


  • Cafe
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Vegetarian Friendly
9 am - 10 pm
9 am - 10 pm
9 am - 10 pm
9 am - 10 pm
9 am - 10 pm
9 am - 4 pm, 5 pm - 10 pm
9 am - 4 pm, 5 pm - 10 pm

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