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81701 Old Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036 | 305.664.5556
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Our Story

The History of Kaiyo Grill & Sushi

Kaiyo Grill & Sushi is located at mile marker 81.7 of Islamorada’s famed Old Highway. Formerly known as the Albury House, the classic “Conch House” dwelling was built by Ed Albury for his family after the Labor Day storm of 1935.

The house was then owned by Viola Moody Howe, a long-time resident of Islamorada Florida, from 1968 until her death in 1980. Throughout those years, Viola’s daughter, Sylvia Wells, and her grandchildren often lived with her. Viola loved roses and spending time in her garden. She was always intrigued by the mystery of what might grow from the miscellaneous seeds she threw in her compost pile.

Today, you can find a plaque on the property that reads, “Viola’s Memorial ‘Mystery’ Garden, Viola Moody Howe, 1913-1980.” Look for it when you visit this popular Islamorada restaurant!

Kaiyo Today

The homestead was later transformed into a cafe and then in March of 2003 it became our signature restaurant, Kaiyo, which morphed into its current grilled rendition in 2010. Kaiyo was the first Asian fusion/Sushi restaurant in Islamorada. Since opening, it has been a “be seen and dine well” restaurant for locals, visitors and celebrities alike.

A fun fact for history buffs, Kaiyo Grill & Sushi is #7 on the Matecumbe Historical Trust Tour.

Do you have any fun facts of your own about our Islamorada restaurant or its roots? If so, please visit our Guest Book to share them!