First-Class Islamorada Restaurants
A Taste of the Good Life
Indulge in world-class dining at Cheeca Lodge & Spa, home to three stunning restaurants focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients and fish fresh from nearby waters. Cheeca Lodge has a long culinary history, including visits from Jacques Pepin and Julia Child, which is carried on today. Recipes from our restaurants were cited in both Flavors of the Florida Keys and Keys Cuisine by Linda Gassenheimer, and we also recently hosted Bobby Flay for a cooking demo on our pier.
Each of our restaurants has a different personality, establishing Cheeca Lodge as a culinary powerhouse within the Florida Keys. Atlantic’s Edge, renowned for its tropical inspired seafood, year-round stone crab, prime steaks, organic produce and island inspired desserts, is a benchmark for fine dining. Limoncello is a Tuscan-inspired restaurant perfect for families and casual meals. Nikai Sushi serves up the fresh sushi, sashimi and more in an intimate format. Thirsty? Head to the open-air Tiki Bar or the Chart Room for beer, wine, or island-inspired cocktails.
Our award-winning restaurants have impressed critics from Esquire, Gourmet, and Food & Wine, to name a few. Not to be outdone, our impressive wine list boasts over 200 handpicked selections and was honored with Wine Spectator’s 2010 and 2011 Award of Excellence.
Reviews for Dining at Cheeca Lodge & Spa
“Generally one doesn't expect a Hotel's restaurant to be exceptional. This one at the Keys Cheeca Lodge was! Our waiter, Chris, was most attentive without being intrusive. The setting amidst tropical foliage lit with Tiki torches was most romantic. Because we raved about the quality of the food, the Chef even came out to meet us. Try the Florida lobster when you go- it's outstanding.”
“My wife and I dined outside at this Cheeca Lodge restaurant to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The seaside setting was elegant and the food was fantastic. Our waitstaff was professional, courteous and friendly. Our seafood dishes were perfectly done with some local twists. The hand made pasta would rival the best found in the North End of Boston. We heard that this was an expensive restaurant, but we thought the prices werefair, given the location, quality and presentation. We spent about $215, including tip, for drinks, appetizers, entrees, a bottle of wine, desserts and coffee. Atlantic's Edge is a must for gourmet offerings in the Florida Keys. “
“Note to the Restaurant: Thank you for the wonderful dining experience while we celebrated our 25th anniversary at your restaurant on January 17th. My wife has very high standards when it comes to food and she was very pleased. You get our highest praises.“
“Set only a palm leaf's length away from the azure Atlantic waters, this fine dining establishment is like an undiscovered treasure from a world lost to time. Moving at a pace not much faster than the warm evening breeze, service and atmosphere was relaxed and understated, just like the Keys themselves."
"The food was dazzling. The amuse of "baked potato" was a clever deconstruction of a familiar flavor, the perfect launching pad for a journey into the exotic. Starters included a fresh ceviche that both showcased the freshness of the fish and elevated the flavor with subtle citrus. And the local "Pinky" jumbo shrimp were succulent and beautiful, the briny freshness almost as captivating as the perfect texture of the wild shrimp. The light salad of local greens, heirloom tomatoes, and burrata added just the right amount of richness and bitterness to both end the 1st course and build anticipation for the main course of line-caught cobia. A fish I am not familiar with, it had a texture that was both firm yet delicate, perhaps more a testament to the perfect execution of its preparation. And the simple grilling allowed its natural oiliness to shine on the palate as brightly as the mid-day Florida sun. A light lemon sauce and gnocchi made the perfect backdrop for a fish that needs little else."
"Overall, one of my most memorable meals. Eating is about so much more than food, and yet at the same time it's all about the food. Atlantic's Edge manages to walk this fine line with grace and elegance, much like the private beach it sits on.”