By NICOL JENKINS
Courtesy of Atlantic Avenue Magazine
Once you step inside the 1902 home overlooking enchanting gardens, serene waterfalls and romantic gazebos, you are taken back in time as you dine on exquisite cuisine in a one-of-a-kind setting.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Atlantic Avenue sits a hidden gem called the Sundy House. Passersby are drawn to tbe charming restaurant and inn, which was the original home of the first Mayor of Del· ray Beach, John Sundy. The Victorian style home has also served as the City’s first church, bank and schoolhouse, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rooted in much history and home to winding botanical gardens, a naturalized pond and exotic plants, Sundy House has become a well-known location for breathtaking weddings, bridal showers and engagements. But many may not know that the Sundy House is more than just a place for special occasions.
Whether enjoying a romantic dinner with your significant other, a birthday brunch with friends, or a unique night on the town experience, Sundy House offers the perfect setting for any occasion.
Because of its romantic atmosphere, “Sundy House has many proposals, then the couple gets married here and they even come back to celebrate their anniversary,·
according to Ivan Pavlic, Restaurant Manager at Sundy House.
But what makes it so popular for tl1ose special moments also makes it a great night out for dinner where you can have a conversation with loved ones and friends without interruptions from loud music or traffic noise. “We offer more than just a place for special occasions. We are just one block away from the Avenue and here you can enjoy dinner in a quiet and relaxed setting and then continue your night on the Ave,” added Ivan.
Locals and visitors to Delray Beach can be wined and dined from Tuesday through Sunday for a unique dinner experience. Sundy House, which offers a Saturday a la carte Brunch and a Sunday Buffet Brunch, has also been hailed as Top 3 in Florida and Top 100 in U.S. for their Brunch menu by Open Table, among well known The Breakers and Miami Biltmore Hotel.
Just as the atmosphere is enchanting so is the cuisine. Described as an American style with an international flair. the menu offers a little bit of everything to please your palate. From Achiote Grilled Pork Chop and Sundy House Cioppino to Crispy Octopus and Watermelon Carpaccio salad, the menu always has the freshest dishes. Executive Chef Travis Culver is always surprising diners with his unique culinary creations.
The Brunch menu is also one-of-a-kind. Saturday Brunch has a mix of breakfast favorites, Warm Cider Donuts, Banana & Chocolate Pancakes, Nutella French Toast and Chicken and
Waffles, to lunch items such as Swinton Cobb Salad, Sundy Burger and The Reuben. Sunday Brunch is a sprawling Buffet with King Crab Legs, Eggs Benedict, Honey Truffle Fried
Chicken, Fresh Oysters, Prime Rib, Smoked Salmon, an Omelet Station and even an Ice Cream Sundae Bar for dessert All this delicious food and complimentary Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, Bellinis and Champagne.
The experience is truly a memorable one. On any given night, you could be seated in one of 3 indoor dining rooms, enjoy the outdoor garden experience with twinkling lights and torches, or the Atrium Bar offering Happy Hour and eclectic cocktails including the Thaitian limeade, Mango Chipotle Margarita and Shaken Raspberry Pina Colada, along with a bar menu. Many may not be aware that your dinner party can also reserve seating in one of their Gazebos surrounded by the tranquil gardens and waterfalls. The Gazebos offer comfortable seating for a party of two up to a birthday party of 12. You could even make an entire night of it and stay at the Inn at one of their 11 cottages for a relaxing staycation.
If you want to check out what everyone has been talking about, don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend one of their special event nights. On the last Thursday of every month, Sundy House hosts Havana Nights, where Sundy House transforms into a Cuban themed night out complete with flavored mojitos, a Cuban style roasted pig, Cuban sandwiches, sweet plantains, flan, Cuban live music and dancing, a stroll in the gardens and a Cuban cigar roller. The next Havana Night will take place on Thursday, September 29th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Diners may even get glimpse of a bride and groom exchanging their vows in the garden or a proposal by the waterfall. Sundy House is home to many romantic evenings and has helped couples tie the knot in a special setting. Diners and wedding guests can get lost in the Taru Gardens, an acre of lush, tropical beauty with more than 500 varieties of foliage from around the world.
History, unique dishes and romance keep visitors and diners coming back. “Sundy House is 114 years old and is the perfect combination for a wedding ceremony or special event with the cottages and restaurant and gardens, you have everything on the property. It’s really about the experience,” said Tom Rasmussen, Events Director. “And it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to dine at Sundy House!”