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“Lot's of fun and great food.”
Review of Sunset Beach Bar

Sunset Beach Bar
Ranked #22 of 115 Restaurants in Simpson Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery
Description: Fasten your seatbelts for fun in the sun! Sunset Bar & Grill is St. Maarten's most popular beach bar and it's easy to see why. We are right on a beautiful white sandy beach, but also right at the end of the runway of Princess Juliana International Airport. Where else can you enjoy an ice cold beer as a huge KLM Jumbo Jet soars right over your head?
Huntsville, Alabama
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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“Lot's of fun and great food.”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

When you eat here you are in for a unique experience. The chicken and ribs are outstanding and you are about 300 feet from the end of the runway. So while you are enjoying a great meal you are entertained by the aircraft as they land or take off.

It's a very busy restaurant so you have to have some patience. The staff is great and will seat you as soon as space is available. Most afternoons there is live music playing in the bar area and it's a great location to people watch as well.

It's a no frills experience but the food is great and the wait staff are efficient, friendly and helpful.

  • Visited November 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Touristy - But a must see”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

Like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Opera House in Sydney, the Sunset Beach Bar is THE place to visit at least once in St Maarten.

During the day it's overrun with cruise ship folks who make the pilgrimage to watch the planes. Beers are $3 which is pretty standard for the area. Food was pretty good.

I never had an issue with service, but I was a little more aggressive in seeking someone out. Given the boom-and-bust cycle of the cruise traffic, and the fact many people "self serve" and then go sit at the tables... I can see how people waiting to be served can be overlooked.

If anyone goes there and really wants a full service meal, I'd suggest going to staff and letting them know... rather than waiting for them to come to you.

  • Visited October 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice place”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

Great place to sit and watch the planes land and take off. The food is average. It is really a place to people watch and enjoy the view. We enjoy stopping there for drinks before our flight home.

Visited November 2013
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Nokomis, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great view!”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is a great place to watch the planes come in. Food is your typical bar fried food, but it was still good. We went during off season so it wasn't crazy like their pictures are online, lol. Had a great time and got to see some big planes come and go. My husband even attempted to hang out behind one when taking off. Good times.

  • Visited October 2013
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Redmond, Washington
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“Food is okay, planes are way cool”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

You don't go here for the food. Maybe eat first, and then come for drinks and to watch the planes land and take off from the airport over Maho Bay. The plane watching is pretty awesome, but the food is not awesome.

Visited October 2013
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