Fine Key Biscayne restaurants abound, but there’s only one Boater’s Grill, and you’ll find it nestled inside beautiful Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Here on the restaurant’s open-air veranda, diners absorb a view of glimmering blue ocean while they savor seafood, Cuban cuisine, and classic Spanish cooking. Surprisingly, even many locals have never heard of this hidden destination, yet it’s such an idyllic spot to celebrate an anniversary or important birthday. To really arrive like the cool crowd does, come by sea. Just imagine stepping off a private yacht for lunch at secluded No Name Harbor. It’s easier than you think to arrange a luxury charter, such as with Golden Yacht Charter, to tour Biscayne Bay in pampered comfort and stop for one very memorable mid-cruise meal.
Despite the impressive vessels docked along the seawall, you don’t feel underdressed (unlike at some Key Biscayne restaurants): at Boater’s Grill, flip-flops and shorts are practically the uniform. Once you’re sitting, order something cool to sip on while you peruse the menu, like freshly squeezed lemonade or their ever-popular sangria. Ordering at least one appetizer for the table is an absolute must, whether it’s the refreshing shrimp ceviche or tostones: sliced, unripe plantains fried and salted to perfection.
As for the main courses, it can be a little difficult to make a decision, because the choices are all so tempting. The tasty Spanish paella comes with seafood served on a fragrant bed of saffron rice, while the crispy whole fried fish is freshly caught and succulent. A lobster and shrimp asopado (stew) transports you to Spain with its traditional, home-cooked flavors. Not in the mood for seafood? You won’t want for choice with land-based dishes like the simple Pasta Napolitana and flavorful Churrasco steak. Between the authentic cuisine and the gentle sea breezes, don’t be surprised if your group starts to unwind, big time. Round off this waterfront experience with a Miami-style dessert, like Cuban flan or guava cheesecake, and a cup of strong, sweet Cuban coffee.
Now, it’s time to wave goodbye to No Name Harbor. Your experienced captain navigates the waters while you and your loved ones settle in to enjoy the scenery. As the yacht gradually picks up speed, Biscayne Bay glistens under the tropical sun.