Romantic Toes in the Sand Sunset Dinner at Sun Sun Restaurant in Key West


Casa Marina Key West


As soon as I entered the Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, I felt myself being transported back in time.  Built in 1920 the hotel has a strong presence that combines an old Key West laid back atmosphere with contemporary luxury.  Stepping out into the lawn two rows of palm trees reach out to meet the peaceful blue waters of the Atlantic and you just want to keep on walking straight into the water.


dinner tables on the beach


On the beach, right next to the pier, tables are set right on the sand. Here the Sun Sun restaurant offers a romantic toes in sand dinner.  My husband and I chose a table that looked out into the sea.  It was our first night in Key West and as we sat there sipping our cocktails and played with the cool sand between our toes (yes this might be one of the few restaurants where no shoes is actually encouraged) a complete sense of relaxation took over and all the stress that was still lingering from the busy past few weeks at work just floated away with the warm ocean breeze.


ceviche with plantain chips


Our server was attentive and knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations from a menu that offered a great selection of dishes made with the freshest local seafood and locally grown produce.  My husband had the ceviche;  raw fish cooked in key lime juice with a blood orange glaze garnished with plantain chips. It was the perfect appetizer to cool of on a warm Key West night.  I started off with the braised kurobuta pork belly with spicy cider poached pears in aged balsamic. The succulent moist and tender pork with light crispy top was melt in your mouth delicious.


pork with pears


Casa Marina has the perfect location to enjoy a beautiful Key West sunrise, as the sun sets on the other side of the island, but just before dusk the tropical sky changes colors no matter where you are on the island  So as we enjoyed our appetizers we witnessed how the clouds in the sky went from light oranges and pinks to violets.



The garam masala chicken over jasmine rice, spicy and full of flavor and every single bite was tender and juicy.


The soft flavor of the mahi-mahi perfectly paired with roasted pineapple.

As the dusk set in we continued our dinner under the warm glow of candlelight while the stars started to peek from behind the clouds in the deep, dark blue sky.   I had the garam masala marinated chicken with apricot-raising chutney while my husband enjoyed the grilled mahi-mahi accompanied with roasted pineapple and red pepper emulsion.


dinner on the beach


We finished our meal by sharing a delicious key lime pie. I consider myself quite the key lime pie connoisseur and this was one of the best key lime pies I’ve had, it was pucker your mouth tart, had a great texture and just the right amount of sweetness. The fresh berries, berry sauce and whipped cream balanced the tartness perfectly.


key lime pie with berries

The key lime pie was sublime, one of the best I’ve had.


We ate at many wonderful restaurants during our stay in Key West but I have to say that the experience of dining right on the beach while you witness the day turning into night over the ocean as you enjoy a delicious candlelight dinner was by far one of the most romantic meals we’ve ever had.


couple having dinner


You can learn more about the Sun Sun restaurant by visiting the Casa Marina Resort website, you can also like the Casa Marina Facebook page to stay up to date with their latest news and offers.

This is part of a series of articles: Romantic Key West Getaway , you can read more articles in the series HERE. #KeyWestGetaway

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Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on subjects ranging from travel and food to parenting and bilingualism. She enjoys traveling, good food and is always in search of new things to do and in Southwest Florida.


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  1. Sarah Bailey

    Oh wow what a view to sit and eat while looking at – I can only think it might be a tad romantic as well 🙂 X
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      It doesn’t get more romantic than this for sure. 🙂

  2. Jenn

    Beautiful!!! Looks like part of the perfect romantic getaway!
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks. We decided it was time for a vacation without the kids, the whole trip was very romantic. 🙂

  3. Natalie

    That looks so beautiful!! i want a vacation…
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  4. Sandra (at) Coasahmom (dot) com

    Love it! Looks like a nice get-away.
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      It really was, we had a wonderful time!

  5. Brittany at The Frugal Free Gal

    This looks amazing! The food, the views, everything! I need a vacation soon!
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  6. Jen

    It looks like a great vacation! I need to get away with my hubby! Its been awhile
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  7. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy

    Looks like a great spot! I love the sunset picture and the dessert!
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  8. becca

    wow yummy
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  9. Debi@ The Spring Mount 6 Pack

    The food looks amazing and the place looks beautiful.
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  10. Jennifer Williams

    That looks amazing, I would love to go there one day.
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  11. Laurie - Steals and Deals for Kids

    I love Key West!!! What a great view!! Checking it out next time I’m there!!
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  12. Maria

    Sounds like a great trip for the two of you!!

  13. Sheila

    That is an incredible place. the photography give good image to the place
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  14. Marms @ The Wandering Miss

    Reading your post and looking at the photos makes me want to go on a vacation RIGHT NOW! 😀
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  15. Mel Cole

    I am drooling on the food pics especially the mahi-mahi dish. That’s my favorite fish 😀

  16. Healy Harpster

    Wow, what a beautiful resort! Love seafood and love walking in the sunset, too!
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  17. Catherine L.

    Looks like a great place to spend a romantic weekend! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  18. Chubskulit Rose

    Awww you look lovely in that sundress, perfect for the occasion and location!

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Thanks so much, it’s one of my husband’s favorites!! 🙂

  19. Adin Blankenship

    Oh what a lovely setting and what a lovely evening. If I remember it right, it has been four years since we were in Key West. Didn’t stay long though we were just at the beach and headed to Venice to visit my husband’s sister. It was beautiful though. What a beautiful place. Oh and the food, that looks delicious.

  20. Liisi Carr

    I love Key West. My hubby and I have been saving up for 2 Florida trips, one to Disney for our kid’s and their grandparent’s sakes, and one for us to Key West. I’ll have to put this restaurant on our list. Thanks, that pie looks so yummy!

  21. Lexie Lane

    This is really beautiful! How romantic! Sometimes parents just need something like this for sanity purposes.

  22. Ronnie

    How wonderfully romantic!! It looks like you guys enjoyed yourselves, and the food looks amazing.

  23. Tingting R.

    I live it Florida, but I have yet to Key West. Our family goes to Miami every Holiday. Maybe we should do a side trip in Key West.

  24. Shanna

    That looks absolutely beautiful and the food looks amazing!
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  25. Scott @Yolo Boat Rentals

    Ahh Key West 🙂 such an awesome place, we love going down there from Miami on our boat for a weekend, we always have a blast in Key West. Nice pictures!
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  26. Sun Life Water Sports

    Super fun it looks like, me and my friends never have the chance to make it to the Keys because we always busy working even tough we been planning to go fishing there for the past 5 years, since Key West has the best Fishing in Florida..
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