Name: Lenuam Garcia
Occupation: Real Estate Broker
Lives In: Homestead
Restaurant Pick: Gilbert’s Resort
I pulled up to the parking lot and to go across to the beach lot the security guards checked my trunk for food or beverages, this is the first time I've seen this. I found easy parking then walked up to the bar. A band was playing live classic rock, the host asked me to sit where I pleased then I ordered a Virgin Pina colada with a shot of captain Morgan rum on the side. The drink came immediately. I ordered 1/2lbs of peel and eat shrimp as I looked at the menu and it arrived in a few minutes. I was very pleased with the shrimp portion and taste. I decided to try a new dish I've never tried stuffed hog fish, recommended by the waiter. The food took about 15 minutes to arrive. I was surprised at first because the filet did not show as much in between the crab stuffing however when I started digging in it was a nice thick filet. The plate only had one side of yellow rice, though for a Cuban like me very little also I would have liked some veggies. I started to eat and I enjoyed this dish very well and the atmosphere alone was incredible, honestly between the peel and eat shrimp portion and the Hog fish I started to realize what I ordered was just enough to hit the spot. The waited did take a bit to ring me up but at the end of the day I was enjoying the view and I went home a happy camper. The view is outstanding, you can make it a day adventure, live music, you can arrive on your boat, eat something, get in the water and enjoy a drink. Not too many places in the world you can do that and we have it right here in South Florida.
Name: Donna Ferenci
Lives In:Marathon, FL
Restaurant Pick: Square Grouper
Reviewed: Gilbert’s Resort
Gilberts represents what a real Keys experience including location, great diverse cultural blend + enjoying fun dining! Come by boat, bike, car- bring the family- FUN! Beautiful location. Sundays- excellent band + much energy! I ordered the Maine lobster roll/ surf + turf, it was wonderful- delicious!!!
Name: Alan Newman
Occupation: Sales Manager
Lives In: Miami/ Islamorada
Restaurant Pick:Hideaway Cafe
Reviewed: Gilbert’s Resort
Pulling up via boat, you start to notice that Gilbert’s is one of a kind. This restaurant is a melting pot…a place millionaires, Miamians, and motorcyclists all converge. Juxtaposed against the somewhat seedy, yet incredibly oversized Tiki bar and adjacent motel, are tens of millions of dollars of boats. Unless you have no interest in engaging in conversation with any of your dining companions, try to find a table a good ways away from the band. On the day we visited, Eclipse was the headliner. They are of the one better acts to grace the stage and the schedule is always updated on the restaurants’ website. As aforementioned, Gilbert’s attracts a diverse crowd which consists mostly of multingenerational Latin families (abuelitas in tow), Ocean Reef residents, and bikers. Food is what you would expect from a Tiki bar…nothing more and nothing less. Drinks are poured strong and are well-priced…a fact you will enjoy if your friends try to drag you onto the dance floor. Grab a few, sit for a while, and take in the scenery. This is the ultimate weekend afternoon destination where you can throw back a few with people from all walks of life.
Location: 107900 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
Type of Cuisine: American- Seafood, steaks, sandwiches, raw bar
Meals Served: Traditional American seafood + meats
Accommodations for Children: Yes!