When you come to an Island Beach town, you can’t help but notice the harbor fishing boats, bringing in the daily catch. Anna Maria Island, pride’s itself on the regional seafood served here. If you ask the locals where they eat, you’ll find, several of the main road, laid back, meet your neighbor kind of Pubs. Starting with three marina side local favorites, in the heart of the Cortez fishing community.
Tide Table, sets on the Bay just over the Cortez Bridge. Stroll across the Drawbridge, ride your bike, or even boat over and tie up to the Marina. Have a Cocktail at the outdoor TIKI while you wait for a table. Savor fresh fish like, Grouper and Red Snapper right off the boats, serving up the same day. Our Guests rave about the Grouper sandwich or Fish Tacos.
SwordFish Grill and TIKI. Overlooking Sarasota Bay, they have commercial fishing boats set sail every day for the freshest of Fillets to be served. They have an extensive menu and also include live music and special events you can participate or enjoy as spectator. Come and eat, stay and listen to music at sunset, then step up to the dance floor.
Starfish Market and Restaurant ~ offering fresh fish for sale as well as fried fish to eat now. They have a bar for beverages and Dockside seating, as first come first serve. Get to know the locals as you dine community style. Cash only.
Just over the Cortez Bridge onto Anna Maria, heading south you’ll find several upscale and casual, Bradenton Beach has it’s share of Piers and marina’s delivering their daily catches to serve up mouth watering selections. Some of the best meals you will eat all walking distance from each other.
Blue Marlin~ located in an original 1920’s cottage on historic Bridge Street. The Nautical ship-lamps provide cozy lighting at our intimate beer & wine bar. The outdoor seating allows you to kick your shoes off and dance in the sand to live music on the weekends, and a great covered deck. Primarily seafood, there are other options. Not a beach view but definitely inviting and delectable.
Beach House ~ Right on the beach, indoor or out, you can even dine under the stars after a beach sunset. The deck is adorn with umbrellas by day and tiny lights twinkling overhead at night. Offering a variety Island favorites that will delight your tastebuds. Also offering Happy Hour specials and snacks to make the outdoor experience more budget friendly. Walk right up from a day at the beach and have a seat. You won’t regret it. Scout it out for future beach weddings or special occasions. Also the Sand Bar and Mar Vista, as part of the Chiles Group. Besides great seafood, it’s all about that view, from every location.
Bridge Street Bistro~ On the corner of Bridge and Gulf drive, with upscale dining, offering chef specialties and well as Island favorites. Water views and 4 star service, and food worth bragging about. We love the Lobster Bisque, but with so many options, you may need to study the menu a while.
Further North heading through Holmes Beach you can find many other talented chefs.
Eat Here~The fish served here is all American caught so you know if wasn’t shipped in. The casual feel and mismatched silver let you know that even though they repurpose gently used kitchen tools they never scrip on taste and freshness. Update food styles for the hipster crowd and all who love the freshest organic options.
Beach Bistro~Upscale dining for the discriminating taste buds. Every bite will leave you wanting more. Indulge in the fine dining experience or take to the sun deck with Gulf view for a lighter menu options with equal excellence. This award winning establishment offers something for everyone. The Chef offers custom specials to tantalize your taste buds.
Cortez Commercial fishing community and local fishing Captains, keep our seafood restaurants stocked with daily catches. Check here for waterfront dining options with beautiful views as well as some options to come by boat.
Seafood Photo taken from Bradenton Gulf Islands
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