Sunset Grille & Raw Bar
Sunset Grille & Raw Bar
Imagine a quintessential island moment. From a lounge chair on the sand, you look out over clear blue-green water. The sun begins to set over the ocean, as a fisherman lazily casts his line. A waitress stops with a tray of refreshing drinks and fresh fish appetizers. Live music wafts from a giant tiki hut. Kids swim in the pool. Friends clink a toast to another day in paradise.
That isn’t imagination, that is just another unforgettable evening at the Sunset Grille. Besides expansive views of the Seven Mile Bridge, ocean and western sky, the Sunset Grille is beloved as one of Marathon’s most social, relaxing and entertaining restaurants and watering holes.
An extensive menu ranges from local seafood and a raw bar, to steaks, burgers, sushi and salads. One of the Keys’ largest oceanfront swimming pools makes up the back porch, and just slightly inland, locals and tourists mingle at tiki bar areas. Every day brings happy hour from 3 to 6, and every evening live music from 6 to 9.
Sunday Funday garners a weekly celebration, with the longest running pool and beach party in the Keys. From 1 to 6 p.m., revelers and relaxers enjoy a DJ, cornhole tournament, dancing, menu specials and weekly themes like barbecue, oyster roasts and Reggae sunsplash parties. Sports addicts can also catch their NFL Sunday Ticket on the big-screen TVs.
Mmmm. The atmosphere is delightful, but don’t let it distract from the main event — food.
Breakfast (8 to 11 a.m. daily): Bacon, eggs and cafe con leche are just the start. For something creative, there’s the Florida Keys Benedict, with shrimp and crab. On the spicy side, the South of the Border Wrap fuses eggs, cheddar and chorizo. Vegetarian options abound, including a Greek omelette and a vegetarian wrap. On the sweeter side, banana foster french toast and pancakes await. Or, start a vacation day off right with the bloody Mary and mimosa bar.
Lunch & Dinner: Start with blackened dolphin bites, conch fritters and baked brie wrapped in puff pastry topped with roasted apples. Dive into a curry chicken or seared ahi salad. Sample the raw and steam bar’s oysters, stone crab claws and clams. Finish it off with a burger (beef or veggie), mojo pork barbecue, Florida lobster tacos or the signature 7 Mile Hogfish Sandwich, fried with sautéed onions and mushrooms, chipotle aioli and smoked Gouda on Cuban bread. Dinner brings delightful menu additions including baby back ribs, grilled lobster tail, Caribbean seafood paella and lump blue crab mac and cheese.
Sushi: It’s hard to choose moderation with 75 sushi items. Besides traditional and local sashimi, Sunset Grille’s concocted a proliferation of signature rolls, like the Atlantis with fried Mahi, cream cheese, avocado and onion straw, and the Paradise Roll with cooked shrimp, pineapple, mango, cream cheese and sweet chili sauce. Mix it up with a round of edamame, miso soup and seaweed salad and crab rangoon.
Desserts & Drinks: Specialty drinks are another of the Sunset Grille’s forte. Most come in specialty take-home cups ranging from logo glasses to volcanos and sharks, with flavors from traditional mojitos to Caribbean Cool-Aid and the Fishbone Famous Titanic rum bowl. For dessert, homemade Key lime pie and bourbon pecan pie top the list, along with chocolate banana martinis and Caribbean coffee with rum and more.
Just be forewarned — with so many good meals to choose from, and so much lounging and socializing to be done, a quick trip to Sunset Grille might just turn into an all-day and night event.
7 Knights Key Blvd., foot of Seven Mile Bridge, Marathon, FL 33050