El Meson De Pepe's Restaurant & Bar

El Meson De Pepe's Restaurant & Bar

Cuban Restaurant and Caribbean Restaurant$$$$
Key West
  • Yves K.
    "Try the home-made mojito, more than just a shot of rhum in it !"(16 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)
    "perfect place to park after the nightly sunset celebration."(2 Tips)
87 Tips and reviews
  • Cuban food
  • mojitos
  • black bean soup
  • sunsets
  • steak
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  • Laura B.
    Laura BosJanuary 11
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • AwayIsHome
    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.
  • JimmyGotUps
    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.
  • Nikki H.
    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!
  • 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.
  • eva
    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!
  • Jessica L.
    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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Frau S.
    Frau S.January 14
    Nice cuban restaurant...a bit expensive but the food is really worth it! Friendly service!
  • Karen D.
    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 !!
  • 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!
  • Ashley M.
    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.
    Upvoted Feb 6
  • 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.
  • 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. :)
  • 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.
  • Tyler P.
    Tyler PiercefieldFebruary 23, 2016
    Amazing Cuban cuisine with a wonderful, laid back atmosphere. The service was great too!
  • Brenna P.
    Brenna PrimroseJuly 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.
  • 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
  • Charlie305 S.
    Grab a drink while watching the sunset celebration at Mallory Square. Mojito is serious. Champagne splits too. Haven't tried the foid
  • K H.
    K HJune 10, 2014
    Amazing bread and cuban crackers! Also the sangria is great
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JohnsonMay 17, 2013
    Great atmosphere. Not busy right before sunset. Band playing outdoors.
  • James B.
    James BrownJuly 18, 2014
    The Mojo Pork is fantastic. Also try a side order of Tostones.
    MISSLISAMarch 25, 2012
    The warm flat bread with two dipping sauces hot and garlic is good you will want extra
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron ScottApril 28, 2013
    Best food I've had on the Island. The skirt steak #63 is amazing.
  • 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.
  • Ana Rosa S.
    Ana Rosa S.June 26, 2012
    "Mahi mahi con salsa de camarones" is the best! Try it!
  • Riku Ö.
    Riku ÖsterlundApril 3, 2012
    What a great food! And strong mojitos. Absolutely worth to visit.
  • A. J. W.
    A. J. WrightAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Must try this place! Great staff! Great food (80, sandwich, and tamale)
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JohnsonMay 17, 2013
    #9 appetizer (cheese and chorizo) was incredible.
  • Maria R.
    Maria RosangelicaAugust 31, 2013
    The churrasco was amazing!!!! Definitely something I'd recommend :)
  • Melissa O.
    Melissa OylerApril 29, 2011
    The mojito was amazing! Not super sweet but still really good. Strong!
  • gee
    geeNovember 10, 2015
    Most expensive mojito on the island, but they are the strongest!
  • 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.
  • Jose N.
    Jose NaninFebruary 4, 2016
    Mojitos, vaca frita, yuca... All delicious!
  • Susie S.
    Susie SteinerAugust 22, 2013
    Food is AMAZING!!!! But please update your website. Needs hours and proper map.
  • Michael I.
    Michael IhnsSeptember 1, 2011
    Excellent food! The lamb was great, as was the yellow tail.
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JohnsonMay 17, 2013
    Augusto is a great server. Helpful and attentive.
  • Jessica I.
    Jessica Irizarry RamosJanuary 2, 2016
    The combination platter #80 was amazing!
  • Manny B.
    Manny BarriosMay 6, 2011
    Great food, stay away for the Mojito, rest of the menu awesome
  • Rebecca D.
    Rebecca DixonAugust 14, 2014
    Mojitos... appetizers.... but mostly a great bar to hang out at.
  • Roger G.
    Roger GlaserJune 22, 2013
    The Cuban sandwiches are absolutely the best!
  • Julie C.
    Julie CampJuly 22, 2010
    Do not miss this place while in Key West! Excellent Cuban food and great atmosphere!!
  • ian h.
    ian hallSeptember 20, 2010
    Best mojito you'll ever have! The ropa viejo is fantastic, too.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie S.March 13, 2012
    Mojito is to die for, strong but good!
  • Beverly Z.
    Beverly ZarkleFebruary 25, 2014
    Get a "Cuban" cigar from their cigar shop
  • Yves K.
    Yves KammererAugust 11, 2013
    Try the home-made mojito, more than just a shot of rhum in it !
  • Val P.
    Val PoutiMarch 15, 2011
    Conch fritters are BOMB. And we had excellent service.
  • Eric S.
    Eric S.March 3, 2012
    Make sure you get the fried cheese appetizer!
  • Ania Z.
    Ania ZimnochApril 25, 2015
    Please stay away from this tourist trap! Worst food I've had in years. I'm not a hater just hate BAD food! Please please don't eat here!!!
  • Tara S.
    Tara SpachOctober 10, 2015
    The food was good, but it felt more touristy instead of authentic.
  • Larry H.
    Larry HostetlerNovember 25, 2010
    Definitely try the sausage and fried cheese appetizer!
  • Dan H.
    Dan Horton3 weeks ago
    Food is cold and too salty. Seems they are trying to hide the lack of flavor with the salt. I Do NOT recommend when there are so many other great restaurants.
  • Denise D.
    Denise Doldron OliverOctober 3, 2013
    You only need 1 mojito. Trust me.
  • Sha J.
    Sha JSeptember 5, 2011
    The food here is awesome!!! But the wait is longgggg
  • I B.
    I BJune 22, 2016
    Cuban steak. Black bean soop
  • Erica L.
    Erica LineApril 27, 2012
    Lechon Asado. Thank me later... ;)
  • Jan C.
    Jan CFebruary 1, 2013
    They make a strong mojito...
    MISSLISAMarch 25, 2012
    Start off with the frozen drink banana bash
  • Karen D.
    Karen DavisOctober 9, 2013
    Great food and great service !
  • Richard M.
    Richard MantzDecember 9, 2011
    Have the Media Noche, delicious.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer McNinchFebruary 14, 2014
    Best Mojito Ever.
  • Bobby S.
    Bobby SFebruary 18, 2011
    The BEST Margaritas. The very best...
  • B G.
    B GApril 30, 2012
    Tamale is most excellent.
  • Jovy R.
    Jovy ReyesJanuary 22, 2013
    They do not play with your drinks
  • Mehmet Fatih Y.
    Mehmet Fatih YıldızJanuary 27, 2014
    Very strong mojito
  • June W.
    June WaageFebruary 23, 2016
    Plantains so good
  • Erica L.
    Erica LineApril 27, 2012
    Grand gold margarita magnificos!
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SchreckJune 8, 2013
    Try the black bean soup
  • Greg S.
    Greg SicherFebruary 27, 2011
    Eat here. Get some food! It's really good!
  • Liz E.
    Liz ENovember 11, 2014
    great Cuban food
    PLSEYWAugust 4, 2011
    Great nachos!
  • Ivan C.
    Ivan CollantesFebruary 21, 2012
    watching the Key West sunset
  • Bonzo T.
    Bonzo TourelevenMay 27, 2013
    Vieja Ropa bitches!
  • Vanessa B.
    Vanessa BrockJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go from 6-10pm for great music and dancing.
  • Steve
    SteveSeptember 10, 2010
    They add a service charge...........18%
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 8, 2010
    Try the Antojitos
  • Marcus B.
    Marcus BusbeeSeptember 5, 2010
    Great food, but... Service is VERY slow
  • Liz
    LizJuly 22, 2010
    Amazing food!!
  • Amy G.
    Amy GiustinoMay 18, 2014
    Bad service ... Food was good ...
  • Laurent D.
    Laurent De DekenNovember 17, 2013
    Un excellent restaurant dans une ambiance cubaine exceptionnelle. Musique live et sourires du personnel au rendez-vous. À ne manquer sous aucun prétexte lors de votre passage à Key West !
  • Bruno M.
    Bruno MartinsAugust 17, 2014
    Comida e atendimento
  • Carl R.
    Carl RamalloFebruary 17, 2013
    Ropa Vieja...oh yeahhh.
  • Renee M.
    Renee MartinMay 5, 2014
    Completa Tradicional!
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