Anna Maria Island Vacation, Dining at Thanksgiving 2018.

October 3, 2018 By Tammy DeLosh

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Thanksgiving is a time to reflect, the blessings we receive. If you are lucky enough to be Island bound for the Holidays, we have a few suggestions for Dinner. Whether you are looking for dining casual on the beach or the finest gourmet food, these restaurants, have sacrificed their Holiday to make yours special.  Find your perfect fit and call soon for reservations.

For easy going casual days Anna Maria has:

The Bridge Tender~  Enjoy the Sport pub and all day Football with music and friendly waitstaff, or dine indoor to the Marina view and American fare. They may not have the traditional Thanksgiving meal, but they are working the day to care for their Guests. On Bridge street at the entrance to the Pier at 135 Bridge Street. Bradenton Beach. FL

Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe~ offering casual beachfront breakfast and lunch. Famous for their all-you -can-eat Pancake breakfast, 7:30 to 11:30 am and again for the Meal you have been waiting for, from noon to 5 pm  ($17.99 per person for a full Thanksgiving spread.) Picnic and patio,on the beach side cafe, is perfect for those who prefer laid back holidays. Manatee and Gulf Dr. directly on the beach. 4000  Gulf Dr. Holmes Beach FL.

The Sign of the Mermaid~ An Island favorite for daily menu. They are open but not with a Traditional Thanksgiving meal. Kid friendly options with some added specials just for Thanksgiving, and their award winning Pies, are worth the stop.  Open November 23rd from 5 pm to 9 pm, Our regular menu. Please make your reservations now for  dinner.  Trolley stop 34 at 9707 Gulf Dr. Anna Maria Island FL.

Gulf Drive Café & Tiki Hut ~900 Gulf Dr Bradenton Beach 941-778-1919. 7 am-7 pm

Roser Mem’l Community Church~ from 11 am to 7 pm enjoy traditional Thanksgiving menu and $17.95 per person with a beach front 512 Pine Ave Anna Maria. 941-778-0414 2 pm Thanksgiving Dinner.

Harry’s Grill~  Great food, great drinks, and good family fun.  We have regular live entertainment and an outdoor patio that’s friendly to all our furry friends. 9903 Gulf Dr Anna Maria. 941-567-5999 4 pm-10 pm.

Island Time Grill and Bridge Street Bistro ~111 Gulf Dr S. Bradenton Beach 941-782-1122 11:30 am til close

Mr. Bones BBQ ~ Meat-eaters, of course, are drawn to Mr. Bones for our world famous BBQ ribs, pulled pork, and BBQ chicken.  All 5 sauces, all are made in house and we even bottle and sell our original BBQ sauces and hand-mixed dry rub in the restaurant. 3007 Gulf Dr Holmes Beach. 941-778-6614 11 am-9 pm. (We do not offer reservations. You may call ahead, preferably 30 minutes before you arrive, and your name will be placed on the list.)


Travel East on Manatee Ave to Downtown Bradenton, and fall in love with some of the best dining at:

Pier 22~ This exquisite venue makes Holidays special. From Prime Rib to sushi and everything in between. Something for everyone and Turkey too. Open from 11 am to 10 pm. to accommodate the growing popularity.  Relax to the Marina view over the Manatee River in Downtown Bradenton at  1200 First Ave West, Bradenton FL 34205   Reservations required.

Longboat Key offers exquisite cuisine at:

Harry’s Continental Kitchen~ This Longboat Key, favorite, is serving traditional fixings with Harry’s Special Touch. Check out the delicious options when you reserve your Thanksgiving feast. Open from noon to 8 pm. at 525 St. Judes Drive
Longboat Key, FL 34228.

The Chart House~ Reservations only, Enjoy an Upscale, waterfront, fine dining experience, the ambiance alone is spectacular. Wait till you taste what the chef has meticulously prepared.  Offering a traditional Thanksgiving fixings, with gourmet style, with a spectacular view of the Sarasota Bay. 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228.

Lazy Lobster~ Join the Lazy Lobster & All Faiths Food Bank in collecting much needed food items for those in need this Holiday Season. 5350 Gulf of Mexico Dr Longboat Key, 941-383-0440 Noon – 8pm

Sarasota / Siesta Key area:

Cafe Gabbiano~Rustic-elegant eatery with patio seating offers upscale Italian favorites & a lengthy wine list. Give thanks with us on Thursday, We will be open from 2-8 pm with a special menu featuring all of your Thanksgiving favorites! Please call (941) 349-1423 to make a reservation today!
Columbia~ is hosting it’s 111th consecutive Thanksgiving Dinner. Serving traditional Turkey dinner or  the  Regular  Dinner Menu, with Mediterranean and Cuban specialties. Also Available. Savor the  “Warm crusty Cuban bread slathered with butter, the garlicky goodness of “1905” Salad and Spanish bean soup flavored with chewy bits of chorizo,  Reservations are requested. Located at  411 St. Armands Circle. Sarasota, FL 34236.

Indian Rocks / Clearwater:

Columbia Restaurant: The same Spanish menu as in Sarasota but closer to Clearwater at 1241 Gulf Boulevard Clearwater, FL 33767 . Phone 727.596.8400 Opening at 11:30 with dinner menu and special Thanksgiving options.

The Aqua Prime Seafood and Steak House~ Offering Thanksgiving dinner or their extraordinary, traditional menu from 11am to 10pm at 213 Gulf Boulevard Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785. Phone:727-330-7724.( Due to small fire, check to see if they have reopened )

The Salt Rock Grill: Overlooking the Intercoastal, this upscale eatery offers nothing but the finest cuisine. Make your reservations soon as they are booking fast at 727-593-7625. (They may open outside seating for small tables.) Opening at 11 am.19325 Gulf Blvd
Indian Shores, Florida 33785

If you should forgo the dining options for traditional cooking, you will find Publix has everything you need. The Dollar Tree has a multitude of lower priced options ie, spices, foil pans, cooking  and clean up supplies.

May you all find love and happiness wherever you go. Happy Thanksgiving for your friends at Beach Rentals. Mobi. If you are considering a future holiday on the Island or further North,from  Indian Rocks to Clearwater, feel free to contact us with any and all questions on finding the right home for you. Ask about off season discounts, when you contact our reservationist toll free at 844-206-6624.

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