A & B Lobster House (Steaks and Seafood)
(Alonzo & Berlin's Lobster House)
Old Historic Seaport - 700 Front Street, Key West, Florida
Phone: (305) 294-5880
Parking: Free parking lot
Payment: Major credit cards accepted
Price Range: High
Building circa 1947 has been completely renovated.
A & B Lobster House is upstairs with Berlin's Cigar & Cocktail Bar.
Downstairs is Alonzo's.
There are a number of better known restaurants in Key West that have maintained their popularity over time and A and B Lobster House is one of those favorites. It’s location upstairs above Alonzo’s Oyster Bar gives the diner a birds eye view of the Old Seaport and the many boats that come and go throughout the day and right away that sets it apart. When you add the high quality of the food served you can see how this spot has withstood the test of time.
The clientele, from my observation, are predominantly visitors to the island as the economy, such as it is here in Key West, does not allow local residents in the dominant service industry to afford the prices at many of the “high-end” eating spots like A and B. You’ll find that a main course and a bottle of reasonably good wine will set you back about $200.00. You will pay for the white linen, view, well-dressed servers and specialty menu items. It’s a place where regular resort guests tend to make a part of their restaurant itinerary on each visit.
I find that I can go to a number of eating locales in Key West and get the same quality and food choices at a considerably lower price and still enjoy the experience, but A and B has it’s place in the realm of high dining. You just need to make the individual decision as to its worth. I enjoyed my meal of lobster and filet mainly because it was a special occasion and the company was fun and enjoyable and the server was quite good. The ambiance and history of the building itself also adds a lot to the experience.
I’d say if you’re looking for one of the top 10 refined eating opportunities Key West has to offer then the end of Front Street on the docks of the Historic Seaport should be your destination. In the vast universe of dining opportunities on the southernmost island I guess I’m just a fan of a genuine Keys eating environment where I can get a wide variety of food at a reasonable price.
Doug Heyman in Key West, FL
for the Food Reference Website