El Meson de Pepe
Discover the quintessential Key West eatery where the sun sets and the fun begins! El Meson de Pepe is located at Mallory Square just off Duval St and Front St, an ideal spot for an unforgettable cocktail or meal while taking in the sights and sounds of Key West’s nightly Sunset Celebration. Mallory Square at sunset is an experience not to be missed, with performers doing amazing feats and local artists selling handmade art, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Step over to El Meson de Pepe for authentic dishes, friendly service, and great live music, all amidst a colorful Cuban-Conch ambiance. The restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1985, so each and every team member is dedicated to the highest quality food and drink, service, and dining experience.
Cuba and Key West have been closely linked for the past 200 years. El Meson de Pepe is housed historic brick building that, during the 19th century, served as the disembarkation point for thousands of Cuban people coming to Key West. The restaurant houses a museum with a walk-through street exhibit inspired by Mario Sanchez. Step back in time to experience Key West in the old days through life-sized art installations and realistic audio narratives. After taking in your fill of Conch history, choose to be seated in the airy dining room or outside terrace for your mouthwatering meal.
When Cuban families began to settle on the island of Key West, their delicious cuisine soon became a mainstay. The lunch and dinner fare at El Meson de Pepe is this classic Cuban Key West cuisine, highly seasoned but not too spicy. Even if you are unfamiliar with Cuban food, the knowledgeable servers at El Meson de Pepe will help you find dishes you will love.
If tropical libations are your taste, choose from specialty cocktails, frozen drinks, draft beers, wine, and homemade sangria! With a variety of soups, starters, salads, entrees and sides, it’s easy to build a delectable Key West feast at El Meson de Pepe. The classic Cuban entrée Ropa Vieja is a favorite, shredded beef stewed with fresh tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and red wine. Seafood, chicken, and pork dishes abound, and there is a great kids’ menu as well. And don’t forget dessert! From Guava bread pudding and cheesecake to the traditional delicacy tres leches, El Meson de Pepe has something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
El Meson de Pepe is also a music venue every night of the week! The local salsa troupe Caribe of Key West performs on the outdoor terrace at sunset each day, filling Mallory Square with their energetic salsa melodies. It is customary to see a group of happy bar and restaurant patrons dancing the night away to the sounds of the Caribbean. If you want to host an unforgettable private Key West event right at Mallory Square, look no further than El Meson de Pepe. With many party packages, plated dinner and buffet options, this fabulous restaurant handles all the details. As you can see, El Meson de Pepe is an authentic Key West experience not to be missed!
11am to 9:45pm Daily