Anna Maria Island is known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere, but it also offers some fantastic dining options. Whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood, beachfront dining, or gourmet cuisine, you'll find something to satisfy your cravings. Here are some recommendations for where to eat out on or near Anna Maria Island:
1. The Sandbar Restaurant
Website: The Sandbar Restaurant
Situated right on the pristine beaches of Anna Maria Island, The Sandbar Restaurant provides a delightful setting for beachfront dining and a menu that includes options for both adults and kids. It's a must-visit for a relaxed, toes-in-the-sand experience. A perfect spot to watch the sunset with a margarita or a pina colada in hand.
2. Tide Tables
Website: Tide Tables - Cortez
Just a short drive from Anna Maria Island in Cortez, Tide Tables is a hidden gem for seafood lovers. This waterfront eatery offers a casual atmosphere with stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Fresh, local seafood takes center stage on their menu, making it a favorite among locals.
3. The Waterfront Restaurant
Website: The Waterfront Restaurant
For an upscale dining experience with a view of the Gulf of Mexico, The Waterfront Restaurant is the perfect choice. Their menu is dedicated to fresh, locally sourced seafood, and the outdoor patio provides a picturesque setting to enjoy ocean breezes and live music on select evenings.
4. Beach Bistro
Website: Beach Bistro
Beach Bistro is a fine dining gem on Anna Maria Island. Known for its exquisite cuisine, this establishment offers an elegant dining experience. It's a wonderful choice for a special occasion.
5. Ocean Star
Website: Ocean Star
If you're in the mood for Asian cuisine, Ocean Star on Holmes Beach is the place to be. They serve delicious sushi, sashimi, and a variety of Asian-inspired dishes in a casual setting.
6. The Chateau (inside Waterline Marina Resort on AMI)
Website: The Chateau at Waterline
Nestled inside the Waterline Marina Resort on Anna Maria Island, The Chateau offers a modern, waterfront dining experience. The menu is diverse, featuring seafood, steaks, and more. The view of the marina adds to the ambiance.
7. Harry's Grill
Website: Harry's Grill
Harry's Grill is a local favorite for casual dining with a diverse menu. Enjoy burgers, seafood, and sandwiches in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Voted "AMI’S Favorite Burger" since 2017.
8. Swordfish Grill
Website: Swordfish Grill
Located in the historic fishing village of Cortez, the Swordfish Grill offers a laid-back, waterside dining experience. Their menu includes a variety of seafood options, and live music creates a festive atmosphere.
9. Ginny and Jane E's Cafe & Coastal Store
Website: Ginny and Jane E's
This eclectic cafe and coastal store is a go-to spot for breakfast and lunch. Kids will love the homemade pastries and sandwiches, while parents can enjoy their coffee and unique gifts in the coastal store. It’s family-run and you’ll no doubt make a friend or two while you’re there.
10. The Shore on Longboat Key
Website: The Shore Restaurant & Bar
If you're willing to explore a bit further, The Shore on the north-end of Longboat Key is a waterfront restaurant offering a diverse menu with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
11. Mademoiselle Paris
Website: Mademoiselle Paris
For a taste of France on Anna Maria Island, Mademoiselle Paris is a charming patisserie offering delectable pastries, sandwiches, and coffee. It's a delightful stop for those with a sweet tooth.
12. Salt Bar and Table
Website: Salt Bar and Table
Located in the heart of Anna Maria Island, Salt Bar and Table offers a modern and upscale dining experience with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu features a variety of seafood and land-based dishes.
13. Rod & Reel Pier
Website: Rod & Reel Pier
Tucked away on the north end of Anna Maria, it is a "Little Bit of Old Florida" serving traditional fare, local favorites and famous fish specials since 1947. The Rod & Reel Pier is a two story, newly renovated restaurant, directly out on the Gulf of Mexico.
14. Starfish Company
Website: Starfish Company
Nestled in the historic fishing village of Cortez, the Starfish Fishing Company dockside restaurant offers a charming ambiance and a menu that highlights the freshest catches from the Gulf. Choose a picnic table on the dock and enjoy simple Florida seafood prepared in the simplest ways.
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