Overall Score: C
Vegetarian options?: C
Recommended?: No (not for a fancy dinner)
Lazy Days Restaurant is located on the Overseas Highway in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys. We chose to dine here mostly because it was within walking distance of our hotel, the Amara Cay Resort.
This restaurant boasts several different atmospheres to drink or dine in: inside; inside at the bar; inside on a porch overlooking the ocean; on the beach; or outside on the patio. It is a large establishment in an older building, but it has a great location on the beach. We were seated off the main dining room with a slight view of the water at sunset.
Lazy Days Restaurant is a busy place, at least when we were there for a Saturday night dinner. They do recommend reservations and you can make them on their website.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was just ok to me. We were seated off from the main dining room, which looked crowded. The decor seemed older and the furniture had seen some use. Being that I came here with my husband on a weekend away from our kids, we were looking for a nice dinner out. Lazy Days was definitely much more casual. Our waiter was in a t-shirt.
Upon looking at the drink menu, I found the wine too expensive for $10 a glass (on average) for wines I can pick up at my local grocery store. Always trying to save money, I chose the house Merlot, wine from Copper Ridge Vineyards, at $7 a glass. It was not good, probably more like terrible, and should have been priced at $2 a glass.
Our service was mediocre. We were served bread shortly after arriving, but it took forever to get our drink orders. The menu, as extensive as it was, was weak on vegetarian options. There were only three vegetarian pastas offered and some expensive salads. There were plenty of chicken, steak, and seafood options available – even alligator!
Our meals were served in a timely fashion and tasted alright. I was still amazed that they could charge $16 for noodles, some oil, and a few vegetables. But hey, this is the Keys right? Still, I figured for $16 they’d serve me the best pasta and veggies ever. Not so. Both of our meals tasted fine. Nothing terrible nor fantastic.
Lazy Days does offer to cook the fish that you catch. They charge $16 per person for up to one pound of fish or two lobster tails. Details can be found here. They do appear to also be a dog friendly restaurant for diners eating on the lower level.
After dinner, we opted to skip dessert. The place was continuously filling up with people. Our waiter seemed to have disappeared for a while because it took a while to finally get our check and pay the bill. We left somewhat frustrated because considering how much our whole meal cost, we expected better.
Perhaps Lazy Days Restaurant is a favorite place for locals. And it probably is an excellent place to eat fresh seafood. However, as a vegetarian who was looking for a nice, somewhat fancy dinner out while on vacation with my spouse, I was slightly disappointed. Maybe you’ll have better luck hanging out here at lunch, eating a slice of key lime pie on the beach.