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Sunset Sams at Gaylord Palms Resort
Sunset Sams at Gaylord Palms Resort

Sunset Sams at Gaylord Palms Resort Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gaylordpalms.com
  • Phone: (407) 586-1101
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm ; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Caribbean
  • Executive Chef: Joe Wilson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Sunset Sam’s offers an a la carte menu for groups of 50 people or less and reception style buffet menus for groups of 51 people or more.
    • Receptions from up to 600 guests
    • Menu selections available from Sunset Sam’s
    • Specialty bars (Margarita bar, Martini bar, Mojito bar), Custom entertainment
  • Private Party Contact: Restaurant Sales (407) 586-2353

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Osceola Parkway and International Drive South
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Gaylord Palms Resort offers self and valet parking.
A word from Sunset Sams at Gaylord Palms Resort
The towering mast of a 60-foot sailboat is the landmark for this “harbor of hip!” Sunset Sam’s offers New World Floridian cuisine showcased in one of the most fun and creative settings at Gaylord Palms!

Step aboard the SS Gaylord sailboat, docked in the heart of Key West’s
Southernmost Point, for an experience unlike any other.

If the atmosphere – and the island-style music – fail to seduce your senses, the sinful desserts will. Look no further – you’ve found the good life!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Ate lunch will at a conference. Food and service was great! Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Since we dine at Sunset Sam's every time we visit the Gaylord Palms resort I have to say that each meal is memorable in its own right. This visit we dined on the pan seared grouper. It was just superb, light moist and full of flavor. The resort is running a "Kids eat free" promotion so that makes it great for the whole family!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Very small menu. My husband and I went hoping for a romantic honeymoon dinner in a fun atmosphere. We each ordered a different type of fish thinking that even though we had never heard of the ingredients it must be good since we were at a nice restaurant in Florida, but neither one of us could eat it and we love all types of seafood."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Not busy but still took too long to bring food out"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Due to bad weather, we were 20 minutes early for our reservation but the restaurant was empty and there was no line at the hostess desk. Hostess was abrupt and said, "I wasn't expecting you for 20 minutes so come back at the time you scheduled your reservation." When we were seated, we were seated inside where there was only one other table with people, the rest of the room was empty! Service was slow, dinner rolls were still frozen and the kids hamburger was mushy, raw in the middle. Our server had a good attitude and 2 our of 6 people in our party really did enjoy their meal. We would not go back or recommend."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Overall our experience wasn't so bad, they accommodated us when we accidentally booked a wrong reservation time online. Server was not very good at all, forgot a lot of our orders and made very obvious fake excuses for them. The food and drinks when we finally received them were great although overpriced. Staying at the Gaylord it is one of the more fairly priced options however. Worth a try if you are at the Gaylord and looking for good seafood-like dishes."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Nice feel. Pleas ant staff. Great food. Fun place to sit on a sailboat and dine with friends. Center area is a nice stroll after dinner."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Steak wasn't the best i ever had. cooked great but to fatty. I would return to the gaylord again but would return to the steak house. My wife likes lobster, its never alone on the menu.Parking fees to steep when your customer spends over $200.00 for the evening. ED"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were three adults and two children and we were seated on the boat, as requested. It was wonderful. Food is a little pricey but all the food at Gaylord Palms, at all the restaurants, is pricey, but the portions were larger then we expected they would be. My granddaughter ordered the Mac & Cheese but did not like it, so they removed it from the bill without us having to ask."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Sunset Sams food and service was great. You get the feel of being outdoors without having to "worry" about the weather. Fast service yet you don't feel rushed. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It's Las Vegas and Disney which makes for an interesting dining experience. The food was good and the portion was large. The cost of parking is very high so get your valet stamped for a discount. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Nicely located on a 'ship' in the Gaylord Palms hotel. Beautiful view with the sun streaming through the top, although enclosed in the atrium. Service was very attentive, friendly and charming. Food was simple, yet tasty. Portions were the right size. The bread basket was really good, especially the focaccia buns. salmon was nicely done as was the salads. Overall a nice dining experience."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "My family and I love going to Sunset Sam's! The service is always friendly and it's fun to eat either on the ship or close to the water. The bacon mac and cheese is tasty! And my sister raved about the mahi-mahi. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My friends and I cannot wait to go again!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "There were 11 of us and the server was very nice and attentive. The food was okay, nothing great but waaaayyyy overpriced. We found this with all the restaurants at The Gaylord Palms. We've been to three of their hotels and found them all pretty much the same. The staff is very nice, all of them but if you have no car, and are forced to eat at only their restaurants, plan on your costs doubling. This was a convention so we didn't pick the place and expect we will end up at another one at some point. I will plan accordingly. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My chicken was not cooked through. Excellent flavor, however...."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We had lunch at Sunset Sam's and ate on the boat. Our two children loved being able to look in the water and see the fish while they were eating. We had turkey melt, fish tacos and salmon. We all enjoyed our food and the presentation. Our server was exceptionally attentive. My only complaint would be that it was a little pricey. The prices were geared to tourists and conventioneers. Being local, we appreciated the fact that they validated our parking, so we didn't have to pay for parking. It was a fun place to go, but would only come on a special occasion because of the cost."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Excellent service. Didn't expect the surprise key lime tart with candle at end of meal. (Husband's birthday). Calamari was excellent. Sat outside on the deck and were there for the fish feeding. Very relaxing for a nice lunch. Would definitely do this again."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Expensive and very small portions. Food quality and beer list very poor. Looks awesome but food does not match the place very sad as it could be the gem of this hotel"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Hate to be a debbie downer, but I went to this restaurant with my son for lunch. We ordered the calamari to share. It was decent. I had the fish tacos, which was a blackened mahi mahi, and they were just ok. My son order the shrimp linguini--the shrimp didn't look so hot, and I tasted one---awful. Rubbery and gross. He commented that the linguini was overdue and mushy. We both had two beers. Our bill was $97.00 before tip. The restaurant is located inside a nice resort hotel, but the atmosphere was less than elegant. Although I appreciate casual attire, especially on vacation, I don't feel wearing a bathing suit to lunch is appropriate as several patrons were in their suits. THUMBS DOWN. PS our waitress was nice, but very very quiet...could"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I ate at this restaurant 4 times during my four day stay. I enjoyed every meal. Food tasted fresh and well prepared. I was very pleased with eating here."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "so we say "great for outdoor dining"; however the outdoors in totally under an atrium so you feel like it's outdoors but you are totally in climate controlled exotic environment. it's a stunning and interesting place - especially for visitors. they love it. locals enjoy it too."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The food was wexcellent and the setting was great."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Blah Menu, over priced, noisy, located in an atrium hardly "sunset". I would not go back I was hostage at a conference."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Food was not good.... Dinner for Five and not one of us finished the meal..... that should tell you something.... Service was Ok and I gave a higher score than maybe deserved.... Could be a great place..... We did eat Lunch there and it was much better than dinner.... shame really...."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Our waitress was very experienced. Outstanding food, delivery, pace. Little loud."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The staff was very nice and accommodating. Our server recommended favorites and options. Dinner on the Boat was a romantic culminating event for Valentine's Day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our group of 8 enjoyed a variety of items from the menu including appetizers, entrees & drinks. Everything was delicious. Two from our party order the Mahi Mahi dinner which was superb. The service was excellent. Our table was ready upon arrival with space for our baby seat. When our 8 month old granddaughter was ready for bedtime, our waiter graciously packed our coffee to go. We had a wonderful celebration."
    Dined on 2/8/2014