LAZY DAYS SOUTH: A TASTY ‘HOME’ ON MARATHON’S WATERFRONT - A plate of food with broccoli - Vegetarian cuisine
t’s the way the food is prepared – Lazy Days Style - that makes it special. NELE KIRT/Keys Weekly

At Lazy Days South, guests can arrive on foot, by car, or by boat. Located in the Marathon Marina and Boatyard, the restaurant has several slips of its own to offer diners. After tying up the boat, the voyagers can “anchor” on the breezy deck of the restaurant overseeing the vast views of the ocean and the new Isla Bella Beach Resort across the water. There’s indoor seating, as well, chilled by the A/C.

During happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., the appetizers are very reasonable. Try the mozzarella sticks or calamari, but especially the fried oysters. Quite a few locals come for that delicious appetizer, and they pair it with $2 discount on cocktails, or half off all beers and house wines.

This family-owned restaurant takes pride in its seafood dishes. But it’s the style in which the food is prepared that makes it special. Lazy Days’ signature chicken or fish is encrusted with Japanese breadcrumbs (panko), topped with diced tomatoes and scallions, Key Lime butter sauce and fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Fishermen are welcome to bring in their own catch, and Lazy Days will fix it and serve it.

Owner Bernardo Ornelas’s niece, Lupita Ornelas, manages the restaurant: “We have an extensive menu,” she said. “And for those who are not interested in seafood, we have steaks and several vegetarian dishes. Homemade soup du jour includes cream of broccoli, veggie minestrone or Mexican tortilla, to name a few.” 

New to the menu is the gyro wrap, and no visit would be complete without a slice of homemade Key Lime pie, baked right there, in the restaurant kitchen.

Lazy Days South is coming up on it’s 10th anniversary — man years of good food, friendly servers, uninterrupted views of countless sunsets and great customers.  

725 11th St. Ocean, Marathon
Open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (or 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). Happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.
Reservations recommended

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