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81219 OVERSEAS HIGHWAY, ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA | 305-664-2006

The Making of a Landmark

After the devastating Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 destroyed Flagler’s Overseas Railroad, work began on the Overseas Highway to Key West, which gave way to the first motoring tourists in the early 1940’s as well as new cafes, inns and restaurants in Islamorada.

In 1947 Sid and Roxie Siderious purchased a roadside establishment and transformed it into the Green Turtle Inn. The “Turtle” became known for great food and a comfortable night’s rest. True to its name, the restaurant served fare featuring sea turtles, a popular delicacy harvested from local waters and served in turtle steaks, soups and chowders.

Word of its great food traveled fast and the restaurant gained popularity as revelers flocked to the Turtle. After dinner, guests often cleared the tables from the floor, ushering in music, dancing and a celebration of the Keys’ lifestyle that ran long into the night. Later, the restaurant was owned by local restaurateur and acclaimed entertainer Henry Rosenthal.

The Turtle of Today

Today, after another metamorphosis following Hurricane Wilma, guests can still experience Islamorada’s most authentic Florida Keys cooking at the Green Turtle Inn. The original roadside cafe and inn is still casual, but more sophisticated. The Turtle is one of the few Islamorada restaurants open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is still host to inspired fare including our famous Turtle chowder, fresh salads, steaks and seafood. The full menu is composed of modern Keys classics and Southern staples all prepared and served to the highest standards.

The Turtle personifies the casual and laid back comfort of the islands. The welcoming interior is infused with tranquil colors and warm woods with nostalgic Green Turtle memorabilia adorning the walls.