22658 Overseas Highway
Florida Keys, FL 33042
The Square Grouper Bar and Grill is regarded as one of the finest tasting casual restaurants in the Lower (and entire) Florida Keys, offering fresh local seafood and chef-prepared gourmet meals at very reasonable prices.
Here, it's hip to be square. The atmosphere is fun and quirky, and the menu is chock full of goodness. Groupers adorn the walls everywhere, but of course the locals' pun is the floating "square grouper," meaning in the old days of drug-running in the Keys.
Service at Square Grouper is fast-paced, very attentive, and accommodating. The tablecloths are covered in white paper, and crayons are provided for the little ones. Okay, so the adults will have just as excellent a time doodling while you wait for our meal, which runs the gamut from small plates to seafood to sliders.
Try the eggplant stack, fried calamari, clams, mushroom ravioli, snapper with blueberry banana salsa, lobster risotto with bacon, seared tuna ... oh, the menus are dazzling.
The signature desert for the Square Grouper is the chocolate fondue with caramel and pecans served with fresh fruit, rice krispie treat chunks and churros for dipping. But the brownies are called magical, and with homemade whipped cream on top, why argue? Yum!