Mangrove Mama’s has been a landmark Restaurant and Bar located on Sugarloaf Key for over 30 years. Mama’s has a reputation for serving fresh local seafood, succulent steaks, specialty drinks and delectable desserts. Whether you are stopping in for Breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch or dinner, you will leave raving for days about our delicious fare. We are always sprucing up our menu with new and exciting items, but the staples that keep the locals coming back are our Shrimp St. Jacques, Cracked Conch, Mama’s Conch Chowder, and our award winning Key Lime Pie.
We have daily specials that range from fresh Mahi Mahi sandwiches by day to Coconut Encrusted Grouper topped with a Pina Colada Rum sauce by night. This award winning restaurant is truly one of a kind with its laid back Florida Keys atmosphere. You can enjoy your dining and drinks by keeping cool inside or you may enjoy our beautiful outdoor patio lined with palm trees and live music (furry friends are always welcome outside). The next time you are looking to kick back, relax and truly enjoy a great meal, come on in to Mangrove Mama’s Restaurant. We promise that you won’t be disappointed!
We also can accommodate large parties and weddings and will cater any event of you liking.
Monday - Sunday 8 am - 10 pm.
It is impossible to talk about the history of Mangrove Mama's without talking about the history of the Florida Keys themselves. Well, the last hundred years anyway.
Bat TowerFirst called Glenn Key and later Perkey Key after Richter Perky, builder of the famous Sugarloaf Bat Tower...pineapple....Sugarloaf Key, it has been said, derives it's name from the shape of nearby Indian Mounds. Most people agree, however, that the name comes from sugarloaf pineapples that were once grown here.
Sometime between 1905 and 1912, probably in 1910, the buildings that house Mangrove Mama's were built. They were originally constructed as a rail stop and station agents residence for Flaglers overseas railroad.
What took Henry Flagler fifty million dollars of his own money and seven years to build, took only hours for the labor day hurricane of 1935 to destroy. After much haggling it was finally decided that a road and ferry system would be built roughly following the path of the former railroad.
With the highway came the need for gasoline, groceries, and a place to relax a bit during a long road trip through the Keys. Captain Eddie took care of it all for decades. Years later Terry Bell, a farmer from Tennessee, would run the place during the winter months after harvesting his crops. The place was given the name Mangrove Mamas, not by Terry but by the locals. It turns out that the Mangrove Mama, Terry's boat which sat out front, was the only thing there to identify the place.
Not much has changed here really. We're still an oasis for those traveling through, as well as a treasured watering hole for the locals. Here at Mangrove Mama's, good food, good drinks and good company never seem to go out of style. So join us under the banana trees and coconut palms and swap a couple stories of your own!