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Blue Desert Cafe

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12518 state road 24, Cedar Key, FL 32625
+1 352-543-9111
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Winter Springs, Florida
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98 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first choice for our New Year's Eve dinner was unfortunately not yet rebuilt for Hurricane Hermine so we searched for another venue, happens to be across the street from where we are staying. The Blue Dessert Cafe is a quaint and interesting restaurant decorated with curiosities collected from at least 21 years of collecting. The menu offers selections of... More 

Thank Paul S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Small 8 table, one chef/one waiter, located between St Rte 24 and the bayou in a very eclectic blue cracker cottage.The Blue Deserts' (BD) cooking maven, Terese, offers so many menu selections that all but the burger/fries diner will come away happy and pleased that you stopped. It's the food foremost that keeps us dedicated BD'ers. But, there is no... More 

Thank Anne L
Gainesville, Florida
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

It takes time to cook good food as a reviewer wrote. Yes it does that is why you prep ingredients before you open. Then when you get an order you cook it...a novel concept I know for the restaurant business.A steak well done might hold things up 20 minutes to ruin it. A pizza made from scratch here could take... More 

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Cedar Key, Florida
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Really good food. Each dinner individually made by the owner so you need to relax and have a glass of wine while she makes it.

Thank Lynn S
Riverview, Florida
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256 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

The sign came out Friday night that they were open and we ventured in to see what they had to offer. No one else was inside this eclectic location with mismatched tables and walls adorned with foreign currency and license plates from the US. The food would trn out to be excellent The nacho soup was top-tier. The burrito consistiging... More 

Thank scoopC5
Gainesville, Florida
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

It took 45 min to prepare a simple meal of sirloin tips (small, rubbery, encased in a taco),beans (undercooked), and rice (ok). The wine tasted cheap and bitter, garlic bread was scanty. I guess that's it for me and Blue Dessert. It was frustrating to wait so long for a dinner so bad.

Thank Barbara C
Norway, Maine
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143 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

We have gotten great food at Blue Desert Café. Both times we have chosen to get take out and were not disappointed. Both times we ordered a drink and sat outside and waited for our food. It didn't take long and our food was piping hot when they brought it out. We love the décor inside as well - its... More 

Thank Mainesilver1
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

After a long day on the rainbow river we decided to drive another hour to check out cedar key and grab a bite to eat. We drove around for a while to scope out the place but it seemed like everything was closed. We REALLY wanted to have a place to eat and watch the sunset but there really were... More 

Thank Riley R
Lake Worth, Florida, United States
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Good food with a nice menu with plenty of choices. Its a nice place to bring family or friends to. I will go back again.

Thank Barry C
Cedar Key, Florida
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

very small restaurant, with great interior. All tables were different types, with some having table cloths, some not. Walls had license plates, pictures, money etc all over. There were trivia pursuit cards on tables to play. Menu fairly limited but all made to order. Believe owner is the cook and planning to retire. Restaurant up for sale. Hope someone as... More 

Thank kvillll

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Seafood, American, Pizza
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12518 state road 24, Cedar Key, FL 32625
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Cedar Key
  • Phone Number: +1 352-543-9111

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?