September in the Florida Keys brings the first day of fall, but not falling temperatures. That usually happens in October. 

But the most-anticipated seasonal change comes with local specials in local restaurants. Whether it’s a BOGO entree, an extended happy hour or half-price pasta, September is the month for locals to enjoy the culinary creations of our friends and neighbors, while restaurant and bar owners often show their appreciation with fall food and drink specials. Some local specials last through September, while others are offered all year long.

The Keys Weekly adds our own gratitude this month to our restaurant partners by reminding readers of some of the best spots in town to enjoy refreshing drinks, fresh seafood, prime steaks, decadent desserts and so much more. 

Prices, menus and specials are always subject to change, and some places take a well-deserved vacation in September, so please check a restaurant’s website or social media for the most up-to-date options.

And then, pull up a seat and enjoy the best of these local businesses:

DJ’s Clam Shack
Poke’ In The Rear
Rams Head Southernmost
Bistro 245
Two Friends Patio
Cafe Sole
Square Grouper
(re-opens Oct. 7)
Little Whitehouse Subs
Roostica
Bel Mare
White Tarpon
Berlin’s
Alonzo’s Oyster Bar
A&B Lobster House
Four Marlins

Sun Sun at the Casa Marina
Green Pineapple Wellness Cafe
Mangoes
Tavern n Town
LL’s Test Kitchen

One Love Food Truck
The Moosepit

Bagatelle
Matt’s Stock Island
Sloppy Joe’s Dockside
The Pepper Pot
Southernmost Beach Cafe
Hogfish
Duetto
Beards & Brews
Better Than Sex
The Funky Rooster
Firefly
Tiger Bar
Champagne Room
One Duval at Pier House
La Trattoria
The Roost
22& CO
Sandy’s Cafe
The Gardens
Great Lakes Coffee @ The Perry
Wahlburgers
Sarabeth’s

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