We ate at Sunset Grille twice this weekend while boating and fishing out of Holiday Harbor Marina.
The place has immediate charm, nestled on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway and overlooking a small island. The first thing I noticed as we docked was the outdoor eating areas surrounded by clean white handrails. While there is indoor seating, the outdoor eating areas are obviously preferred. The Grille was well maintained and clean. The feel of the restaurant is what I would call "beachy-casual".
We had the same waitress for lunch the first day and dinner the second and my 12 y/o noticed "she's got a lot of pep". She was prompt, friendly and gave good service both days.
The menu is straightforward and basic. Fried, grilled, or blacked seafood in platters or po-boys. Then sandwiches chicken tenders, and a few other items. The sides are your basic fires, slaw, onion rings, and such.
For lunch I went with the 1/2 lb Sunset burger that came with lettuce & tomato, pickle slice and fries. They only sell that burger and then you can upgrade it ala cart with cheeses, bacon, etc for additional chargers. The toppings were fresh and the burger hefty but the beef didn't have a lot of flavor. A little salt on the patty rectified that. The fries were crispy and hot. My son also got the burger and loved his. Father in law got the philly cheese and while he liked it, thought it was light on the steak.
For dinner, my son asked if we could go back to the Sunset Grille. I got the blackened chicken sandwich, which was my favorite thing I ate all weekend. Highly seasoned and perfectly cooked, it was as good as if I made it myself. My father in law got the grouper rueben and enjoyed it. My son repeated the Sunset Burger.
As we finished eating, the sun was just setting over Orange Beach and silhouetting the island, showing us the brilliant namesake of the Grille.
I had noticed a few reviews online saying the food was "overpriced". From what I saw the prices were in line with any casual restaurant chain which have no where near the charm and view. This place is exactly perfect as they are..."beachy casual".
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