By Lynda Arco Stephenson, staff writer
Spend a glorious day on the beach in St. Augustine Beach. You feel like a VIP—a very hungry VIP. Fantastic! It’s the perfect time to be treated like one at the famous Sunset Grille. Come satisfy your hunger, with the Ultimate Fish Sandwich, awarding winning chowder, or Sunset Datil Wings. Staff members, who understand you’re a VIP, will make sure you don’t forget it! Owners Pete Darios and Mike Rosa, are the dynamic duo who migrated here from New York more than 28 years ago with big dreams, determination, and Pete’s bartending and bar ownership experience. They took over a dive bar called The Sandpiper (formerly an old Phillip’s 66 gas station) and transformed it into one of St. Augustine’s favorite beachside restaurants of both locals and vacationers.
On March 12, 1990, a star was born—The Sunset Grille. Now, five stars and multiple awards later, the most award–winning restaurant on St. Augustine Beach is celebrating 28 years of providing guests with fabulous food in a sparkling, Key West-style atmosphere. The Sunset Grille’s spectacular location at 421 A1A Boulevard is right in the heart of things on the beach, and only minutes from the Bridge of Lions or from the bridge on Highway 312.
Pete and Mike’s vision for The Sunset Grille resulted in it becoming part of the fabric of the community. They achieved this with creativity and perseverance, and an emphasis on treating their employees as family. Nina, who serves as front-of-the-house manager but is known as “The Sunset Grille Princess”, has been part of the family for 23 years. The numerous philanthropic endeavors, along with outstanding, award-winning participation in many local culinary events such as The Great Chowder Debate, The Taste of St. Augustine, The Taste of The Beach and The Datil Pepper Festival continue to add to The Sunset Grille’s top ratings and popularity.
Pete and Mike continue to expand their vision with passion and dedication to serve amazing, and consistently appetizing recipes. For 20 years, PT has been part of the Sunset Grille family as the Kitchen Manager. He is an integral part of the team that creates and offers new menus of American favorites every year. You’ll see either Pete or Mike at the restaurant every day, and staff members who make sure every customer is welcomed and satisfied. Noteworthy favorites, and daily specials with exceptional touches—such as their unique shrimp and grits, award-winning lobster ravioli, coconut crusted shrimp, Ahi tuna or seared scallops—will bring you back again and again.
Check out the other remarkable menu items on the fun and active website of Sunset Grille. The appetizers, fresh seafood, award-winning chowder, (Minorcan Clam, New England, or the Combo style, not to mention chowder fries,) ribs, burgers, incredible sandwiches and the great kids’ menu will be recommended over and over as the Top Choice for an outstanding meal. Be sure to purchase some of the homemade, and packaged hot sauce while online or at the restaurant.
Any time of year, (other than the three weeks in January when Sunset Grille closes for a complete pressure wash of the kitchen and everything in it) during the Winter Holidays, Spring Break, Summer Vacation or Biketoberfest, Sunset Grille offers plenty of seating—250 of them, to be precise. Watch the big screen TVs or listen to music. Be sure to bring your kids, parents or grandparents, and out of town guests for a dining experience that will be enjoyed and remembered.
Warm and friendly, vibrant inside and out, on the deck upstairs or out front, at the bar or in a cozy booth or table, watching the sunset or the moonrise, your taste buds will be delighted from morning till late night at The Sunset Grille.
Sunset Grille is open daily for lunch and dinner.
“COME SATISFY YOUR HUNGER
WITH THE ULTIMATE FISH SANDWICH, AWARD- WINNING CHOWDER
OR SUNSET DATIL WINGS.”
“PETE AND MIKE'S VISION FOR THE SUNSET GRILLE RESULTED IN IT BECOMING PART OF THE FABRIC OF THE COMMUNITY.”
421 A1A Beach Blvd.