El Meson de Pepe Restaurant & Bar

El Meson de Pepe Restaurant & Bar

Cuban Restaurant and Caribbean Restaurant$$$$
Key West
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    Marlou P.
    "Cuban Steak with Safran rice and plantain was the best!!"(3 Tips)
    Manny B.
    "Great food, stay away for the Mojito, rest of the menu awesome"(17 Tips)
    Ashley M.
    "pork dinner with the black bean soup"(3 Tips)
    Serena J.
    "... Vieja was phenomenal. Fried plantains, bread (and red sauce), and mango daiquiri..."(3 Tips)
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  • Cuban food
  • mojitos
  • sunsets
  • live music
  • black bean soup
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  • Laura B.heart icon on user image
    Laura BosJanuary 11, 2017
    This place is very touristy but it's still worth going! Amazing outside area with great atmosphere. Margaritas were good, food as well! We went right after sunset, it became very busy quickly after!
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  • Yadira T.heart icon on user image
    Yadira TaylorJune 26, 2017
    Tres Leche is amazing!! Food is fantastic... great place to eat!! A must if your in the area!
  • JimmyGotUpsheart icon on user image
    JimmyGotUpsNovember 10, 2014
    The outdoor bar is a perfect place to park after the nightly sunset celebration. Live music is always pretty good too. One of my favorite spots on the island.
  • Marlou P.heart icon on user image
    Marlou PeijsMay 3, 2018
    Wauw really felt as if I was in Cuba. Super tasty food and great service! Cuban Steak with Safran rice and plantain was the best!!
  • Matt C.
    Matt CasonJune 4, 2013
    Best cuban we have ever had. The cheese and chorize app was awesome, Wife and I split a sampler platter and loved everything on it. I try Ropa Vieja anytime I see it and theirs was great.
  • evaheart icon on user image
    evaOctober 20, 2016
    El Cayo Hueso Cuban sandwich and the Lechón sandwiches are delicious. Note they are huge. Definitely can split with someone. Black beans are fab too!
  • Robin
    RobinJune 28, 2012
    This is the most original restaurant I've been to in a long time! The food AND service were amazing! Cuban nachos were actually thin sliced fried plantains! Mango bread pudding! Really? To die for!
  • AwayIsHomeheart icon on user image
    AwayIsHomeNovember 15, 2013
    Get the sampler if you can't make up your mind what to order. Perfect portions of favorite flavors. Save room for Pudin de Guava.
  • Mags
    MagsDecember 31, 2012
    We had pulled pork with yellow rice and both yuca and plantines.Highly recomend.Juicy pork and both plantines and yuca were very tasty.like the decor and staff is very friendly and helpful.
  • Jessica L.heart icon on user image
    Jessica LearMay 22, 2016
    Drinks, food, atmosphere all AMAZING!! I was dancing in my seat all throughout dinner. Go for the most traditional foods on the menu - they won't disappoint!
  • Frau S.heart icon on user image
    Frau S.January 14, 2017
    Nice cuban restaurant...a bit expensive but the food is really worth it! Friendly service!
  • Donna J.
    Donna JargstorfDecember 15, 2013
    We stopped in for lunch and enjoyed a Cuban sandwich, black bean soup, yellow rice & a delicious mojito before heading home. Everything was perfect!
  • Charlie305 S.
    Grab a drink while watching the sunset celebration at Mallory Square. Mojito is serious. Champagne splits too. Haven't tried the foid
  • Alexandra A.
    Alexandra AlvesJune 17, 2013
    Try Pollo al Ajillo with black beans and white rice if you miss brazilian food. Great place! Souvenir shop has a lot of nice stuff to bring back home.
  • Serena J.
    Serena JaeOctober 4, 2013
    This place is amazing. The Ropa Vieja was phenomenal. Fried plantains, bread (and red sauce), and mango daiquiri were delicious as well!
  • Melissa M.heart icon on user image
    Melissa Michaud NishanOctober 6, 2018
    Loved the food, live music was fabulous, and our waiter was friendly and accommodating!
  • Kayla K.heart icon on user image
    Kayla KlockMarch 4, 2019
    Get the sample platter so you can get a little taste of everything. Was not disappointed!
  • Karen D.heart icon on user image
    Karen DavisOctober 6, 2013
    First for me eating Cuban food. Great good and good service . Seafood special was really good. Husband got #80 and was very pleased !!
  • Nikki H.heart icon on user image
    Nikki HaleyJune 20, 2012
    Awesome food. My kid's steak was the best steak i've had in a long time! They also have bathrooms to use if you're hanging out at Mallory Square and you need to go!
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MarieMay 26, 2016
    Traditional Cuban pulled pork dinner with the black bean soup and yellow rice is a touch of heaven in your mouth.
  • Tyler P.heart icon on user image
    Tyler PiercefieldFebruary 23, 2016
    Amazing Cuban cuisine with a wonderful, laid back atmosphere. The service was great too!
  • Mazin H.heart icon on user image
    Mazin HakeemDecember 29, 2018
    The food is decent and not mind blowing and is on the pricey side for Cuban food, but everything in Key West is expensive. The environment and the decoration are the best part.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanJuly 5, 2012
    Definitely get the Tapas (Appetizer) #9 with the fried cheese squares and plantain chips!!! The plate is a dietitians nightmare but it's sooo good!
  • Mukta C.heart icon on user image
    Mukta ChauhanDecember 25, 2019
    Absolutely delicious Cuban food with live music and dancing right in Mallory Plaza.
  • Brennaheart icon on user image
    BrennaJuly 25, 2016
    Overly "touristy" and not much to eat for vegetarians (unless you want a boring salad or nachos--neither are very good, unfortunately). That being said, have a drink. The caipirinha was delicious.
  • Ashleyheart icon on user image
    AshleyNovember 28, 2021
    Sangria, plantains and guac, bread given to table, and picadillo habanero!
  • Cristina T.
    Cristina TalaveraMarch 28, 2013
    Outside seating is good on a sunny day. Mojito too strong for my taste but the churrasco was to die for. :)
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BrackenMay 16, 2012
    Make sure you make it for the live music!! The duet is so good, you won't want to leave after dinner
  • Alec R.
    Alec RomeuJune 19, 2011
    If your in Key West & in need of some GREAT Cuban food do yourself a FAV & head over to El Meson de Pepe. Great food & Amazing service.
  • Rafael R.heart icon on user image
    Rafael RappDecember 21, 2018
    Try the combined Cuban plates
  • James B.
    James BrownJuly 18, 2014
    The Mojo Pork is fantastic. Also try a side order of Tostones.
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    geeNovember 10, 2015
    Most expensive mojito on the island, but they are the strongest!
  • Jose N.heart icon on user image
    Jose NaninFebruary 4, 2016
    Mojitos, vaca frita, yuca... All delicious!
  • The Durbs
    The DurbsMarch 15, 2011
    Don't miss this place! I had the Cuban steak sandwich, phenomenal! You can't go wrong here. FYI They add 18% gratuity automatically.
  • K H.
    K HJune 10, 2014
    Amazing bread and cuban crackers! Also the sangria is great
  • Talene S.heart icon on user image
    Talene ShuckJune 18, 2023
    Ask for Jose!!! He loves his job, always has a smile on his face, and treats you like family.
  • Lissa K.
    Lissa KSeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Have a very good Grand Margarita, listen to salsa music, and watch the sunset. Priceless.
  • Simon S.heart icon on user image
    Simon SteadmanApril 12, 2017
    Good spot, nice portions, ambiance- recommended.
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JohnsonMay 17, 2013
    Great atmosphere. Not busy right before sunset. Band playing outdoors.
  • Aaron S.heart icon on user image
    Aaron ScottApril 28, 2013
    Best food I've had on the Island. The skirt steak #63 is amazing.
  • Maria R.
    Maria RosangelicaAugust 31, 2013
    The churrasco was amazing!!!! Definitely something I'd recommend :)
  • Yves K.
    Yves KammererAugust 11, 2013
    Try the home-made mojito, more than just a shot of rhum in it !
  • Rebecca D.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca DixonAugust 14, 2014
    Mojitos... appetizers.... but mostly a great bar to hang out at.
  • Jessica I.heart icon on user image
    Jessica Irizarry RamosJanuary 2, 2016
    The combination platter #80 was amazing!
  • Riku Ö.
    Riku ÖsterlundApril 3, 2012
    What a great food! And strong mojitos. Absolutely worth to visit.
  • Susie S.
    Susie SteinerAugust 22, 2013
    Food is AMAZING!!!! But please update your website. Needs hours and proper map.
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JohnsonMay 17, 2013
    #9 appetizer (cheese and chorizo) was incredible.
  • dawn b.
    dawn brickerApril 30, 2011
    The hostess will tel you they do not accept reservations. But if you email them a few days ahead. Management will handle it for you. Just go online to website.
  • Ashleyheart icon on user image
    AshleyNovember 28, 2021
    Picadillo habanero and plantains and guac!
    MISSLISAMarch 25, 2012
    The warm flat bread with two dipping sauces hot and garlic is good you will want extra
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