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“A good neighborhood place” 3 of 5 stars
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Sunset Grille
2996 9TH St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704-2033
(727) 823-2382
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Ranked #375 of 737 Restaurants in St. Petersburg
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Fast Food
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night
St. Petersburg, Fla.
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109 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
“A good neighborhood place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

Note that I said good, not great, neighborhood place.

I really wish they'd be consistent with their name. The sign in front says Sunset Grille, but you'll find Sunset Grill as often as not. But maybe that kind of inconsistency is what makes it what it is. It's not bad, it's not perfect. It's just a place to get kind of good food.

The first thing you'll notice about the place is its informality. You park on gravel in back or on the side. Most of the tables are outside under a patio. A couple of tables don't get any cover at all. You've heard of a dive bar? Well, this is a dive restaurant.

The Grill(e) serves solid sandwiches. I had the blackened grouper, which came with lettuce, tomato, thinly sliced onions and fries that were just a little too big to be called shoestring, but a little too thin to be called fries. They're probably frozen, but it doesn't matter. They're good.

Back to the sandwich. Even though it was blackened, it was a little light on the seasonings. I grabbed hot sauce from another table and it took an average sandwich to a very good sandwich. I do wish the buns had been toasted. It would've given the sandwich a little crunch.

The restaurant has been around for years and deservedly so. If it were on the beach, it'd be jammed every day and every night. But's it's at a mundane corner (MLK and 30th Avenue N.)

One drawback: Because seating is outdoors, smoking is allowed. Today, there was only one smoker and he was sitting on the other side of the dining area, but that one cigarette permeated the entire space. By the time I got home, I was ready to shower to get that stench off me.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
London, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Glad we went!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

Found this Sunset "Grille" by accident,,,,we were looking for the Sunset "Grill" in Ruskin. Weren't going to go in until we drove through the back and saw the outdoor covered patio & band playing. The fresh sesame tuna steak was to DIE for and my BF was more than happy with the generous amount and quality of his turkey & mashed potatoes dinner. We're from Canada where we can't have any happy hour drinks, so VERY happy with $2.25 mixed drinks!. Everyone was friendly, server was attentive, specials were both great. Lovely to sit outside in the local scene. Can't see any sunset (or view for that matter) from this restaurant, inside needs work, very small,,,,but good time had by all.

  • Visited November 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Petersburg, florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Don't listen to the rest - it's fine”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2010

The Sunset Grille has been in my neighborhood for the whole time I have been living here - 21 years. It is a popular neighborhood bear & grille with good "bar food" and grouper sandwiches.

I take friends there all the time and they always love it. Somebody above has a grudge and it is apparent it is the same person posting all the biased reviews.

They also have acoustic, etc music on weekends

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Florida
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Don't bother; it's changed for the worst”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2010

This used to be the place for the best wings in town. Not any more. They changed the ingredients not only in the wing sauce but the blue cheese dressing wasn't blue cheese at all but cheap bottled ranch with a few chunks of cheese and a weird seasoning. All in all it was horrible. The cigarette smoke smell was overwhelming whether you sat a table outside or at the open bar. The place is in need a good cleaning to say the least. There were so many derelicts sitting around that I would not recommend taking children here any more. It is really sad when the old reliable places you've gone to for so many years go down hill. Makes you wonder why a new owner would screw up a good thing.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Gulfport
1 review
“Clean it up”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2010

Place is dirty, service is off/on ok but it needs to be cleaned. The owners need to care more about the way the place looks.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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