I know there is sometimes a debate about Latitudes and if it is "worth it" Here is the review i just did for our visit.
My lovely Girlfriend and I ventured to latitudes for my birthday dinner last week. We made a reservation for our dinner so that we could take advantage of the sunset. The day we went out it rained off and on throughout the day. She considered changing the reservation but in the end we decided to keep it instead of delaying a day.
The trip over from the Westin was nice I would have liked to have arrived earlier and and taken advantage of the bar on the island. When we arrived on Sunset Key we were greeted by the hostess as we were walking to the restaurant. We were quickly seated on the beach with a table overlooking the water. Palm trees and tiki torches were all around. There was at least 10 ft between the tables and that was more then enough to give us that more "alone" feeling. The waiter came and took our drink orders and informed us of the specials. We had the "Latitudes" Oysters Rockefeller and an appetizer. My Girl friend had sweet potato crusted grouper. I had the Tenderloin. The oysters came out a bit cooler then I would have liked but had great flavor. They were not the best I have ever had but nerveless they were very good. Her grouper was exceptional. The fish was light and flaky and the sweet potato crust topped off the grouper texture. She ate every bit. My tenderloin was also very good. There was no need for the knife that was supplied, as the fork melted through it. The roasted wild mushrooms, and Yukon puree potatoes were great. I could have done without the Swiss Chard but it was easy to leave on the plate. For desert we chose the trio of Creme Brulee and the Flight of Cakes. The brulees were Lavender Honey, Mocha and Mango. Creme brulee is one of my all time favorite deserts so I was expecting alot. I did not care for the Lavender honey or Mocha but my GF loved both of those. The mango took about 2 spoonfuls to get used to, then I eagerly ate the rest. The Flight of Cakes were small sample sizes of Strawberry Shortcake, Black Forest, Carrot and Tiramisu cakes, I loved the Strawberry Shortcake and Carrot cake while my GF preferred the Black Forest and Tiramisu.
We would have loved to sit and enjoy another glass of wine overlooking the water in this intimate setting but unfortunately I needed to be back to the "real world" and functional the next day so were went home after dinner. I know that many people think of this restaurant and "expensive" but it is no more expensive then other places of this caliber. Where it does 'step above" is the atmosphere. It is truly a special place. My Girlfriend and I will not be strangers.