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Great dining experiences in the Florida Keys are equal parts food and atmosphere, and Morada Bay Beach Cafe in Islamorada has the best of both. We dined here during our recent trip and fell in love with the beachy vibe, the fantastic Mediterranean menu, and oh boy…those sunsets!
Morada Bay Beach Cafe
Morada Bay Beach Cafe shares a beach with its sister property, Pierre’s, and has a more laid-back feel with colorful chairs, surfboards as decor, and strings of lights everywhere.
Located at mile marker 81.6 in Islamorada, this is a must-try if you love seafood. And if you’re hoping to watch the sunset while you dine, hit Morada Bay. The views are incredible (lots of pics below).
It was just barely sprinkling when we arrived, so they sat all diners under the roof, but you can see where chairs and tables are typically set up right on the beach. After a little while, the drizzle stopped and we went to the water to check it out.
Best Islamorada Seafood Restaurant
First things first: drinks. Morada Bay has an awesome cocktail menu. I had the Mango Mojito and it was fantastic, full of fresh mint and bursting with fruit mango flavor.
The dinner menu is amazing, too. There are plenty of salads, soups, sandwiches, and tasty seafood entrees so that everyone in your group will find something they’re excited to try.
I ordered the special of the day, so you won’t find this on the daily menu (unfortunately – it was incredible). This was a cilantro rice topped with asparagus, fish, and scallops. Omigosh, it was to DIE for.
Everything was cooked perfectly and the presentation is beautiful. That cilantro rice was so good!
My kids developed an obsession with fish tacos on this trip, and both of them ordered the same thing.
I wasn’t allowed to have a bite, they were THAT good, but I was told how tasty the fish tacos are. They had big hunks of mahi-mahi in them. Yum!
My kids are pretty adventurous eaters so they can always find something they’ll eat no matter where we go.
If you’re a little worried about taking a fussier eater to dinner at Morada Bay, keep in mind that they do have burgers, fish sandwiches, and club sandwiches. The menu is heavy on seafood, but there are some more traditional American fare options as well.
My husband ordered the Morada Bay Curry, which was shrimp with a coconut rice, avocado, and a pineapple mango chutney. He loved all the fresh ingredients and bright flavors.
We barely saved room for dessert, but when in the Florida Keys, you simply must order the Key Lime Pie. This one was tangy and sweet with a graham cracker crust (my favorite)! Absolutely delicious!
My husband ordered the Beach Banana, which is a fried banana ala mode, served with caramel drizzle and cinnamon maple sugar. Mouthwatering!
Our entire meal, from drinks to dessert, was fantastic. Everyone loved their entrees. The food was fresh, flavorful, and unique. I really like the Caribbean vibe with lots of fresh herbs, mango, and pineapple added in.
A fun fact about Morada Bay: It was a filming location for the Netflix drama series “Bloodline.” Be sure to look for these views if you watch that show!
Islamorada Restaurant On The Water
After we were seated and ordered, we wandered out to the beach before our meal arrived. The view is so beautiful, and the perfect palm tree for photos is waiting for you, too!
Be sure to look in the water for sea life. Do you see the shark we spotted?
Only in the Florida Keys does a pink water limo roll past while you’re out to eat. I love this place!
Best Sunset Restaurant In The Keys
When the sun started to set, that’s when everyone got their cameras out and hit the beach. You cannot beat these views, and sipping a cocktail and watching the sunset over the water in the Florida Keys is a slice of heaven.
Scroll through some of my favorite photos of the sun setting at Morada Bay.
I love that pink sunset reflecting off the water. So gorgeous.
Stunning! Take your cameras with you. I think this was the best sunset we caught in the Florida Keys. I am so glad we were able to dine at Morada Bay and take in this view, and enjoy the most incredible meal together in such a fun, beachy atmosphere.
Morada Bay is open for lunch, but I have to suggest hitting it for dinner so you can capture the sunset experience, too! Definitely add this restaurant to your plans for your Florida Keys vacation.
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