Fisherman's Cafe History
During the early 1970s and for nearly two decades, the original Fisherman’s Café was a local hangout where fishermen came to swap stories and get the news of the day, to find out where the best fishing was and even who was looking for work.
It was a simple place and a simple time. The Vega family, owners of the restaurant, knew all the locals by name and often had their orders ready for them even before they sat down. “Mr. Vega would see me walking down the street and always had a booth
facing Caroline Street ready for me. Within a few minutes, I’d be enjoying my café con leche and buttered toast,” explained Key West local Tiffany Alloca.
Located at the original Henry Flagler railroad station on Caroline Street in Old Town Key West, the original Fisherman’s Café was not just a place to enjoy food, it was where people from all walks of life, many of whom were just passing through Key West, were drawn to a place they felt at home and fit right in, like a local.
Today, Fisherman’s Café brings that same warm and welcoming vibe to its new location at Key West’s Historic Seaport. When you come by for a visit, there’s a few simple things you should expect: Fresh, just caught seafood, tasty made-to-order specialties and the unmistakable warm feeling that comes with experiencing the authentic flavors of old Key West.