In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with famed Chef Bill Hunt, the new head chef at the even more famous Smokin’ Tuna Saloon.

We talk about big changes happening at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon when it comes to their menu and how his Boston work ethic mixed with his trust in the people that work for him, creates a recipe for success.

The Smokin’ Tuna Saloon

Key West’s premier bustling, open-air hangout featuring 2 bars, and live music on the courtyard stage; and is the musical residence of local musician superstar, Caffeine Carl and The Buzz.

The restaurant and bar features delicious local seafood, tasty drinks, and world-famous t-shirts! Enjoy incredible food from the amazing Chef Bill seven days a week!


  • BAR: 11am – 2am
  • RESTAURANT: 11:30am – 11pm daily
  • MERCANTILE: 10am – 10pm
  • HAPPY HOUR: 3pm – 5pm

Address & Phone

4 Charles Street, Key West, FL 33040 – Call (305) 517-6350

Website & Social

Website: https://smokintunasaloon.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smokintuna

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smokintunasaloon

To read the full transcript, go here: https://backyardspodcast.com/chef-bill-hunt-smokin-tuna-key-west

6 comments on “The Smokin’ Tuna’s Menu Gets a Five Star Overhaul With Celebrity Chef B

  1. Charlie Bauer Oct 5, 2019

    Great interview w Chef Bill. He loves what he does and it shows.

  2. Carol Surprise Oct 6, 2019

    I love listening to Chef Bill! He is an excellent head chef 👨🏻‍🍳 with quite a creative palate in mind of fresh , local cuisine. His skills started way back during the 70’s in Boston . He has earned his credibility from well known chefs that encouraged him to continue his passion. He has been married to a lovely wife named Nadine that’s always been by his side promoting him. He is a humble guy with a big heart. Make sure you come visit his restaurant down in Key West. Thank you for allowing this message. Carol Surprise

    • Carol,

      He is definitely inspirational. We talked for about an hour after the interview ended and I learned so much more!

  3. Bryant Oct 6, 2019

    Great interview, I have been doing business with Chef B for many years & what a pleasure he is. It’s very simple like he says, get him the best & have a great attitude & it goes far with him. Thank you for your partnership Chef Bill Hunt!!

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