Waterfront Dining on Anna Maria Island

January 9, 2016 By Tammy DeLosh

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Capturing the ambiance, while enjoying a meal, is what makes our Island special. From ice cream to fine dining, there is no typical fast food here. As an added bonus, many of our favorite restaurants, have waterfront views as well as beach seating. If you like to sink your toes in the sand or dine in flip flops, you are going to love these locally owned coastal eateries. For those who want a romantic flair, dress up for an evening at the Bistro’s complete with sunsets and toasting beverages.

For a more casual experience. From Grouper to Calamari, Hot dogs to Mahi-Mahi, the menus offer something for the whole family. The marina and bay activity is part of the attraction. Dolphin may be gliding by as fishermen cast their bait. The sea birds are as entertaining as they are beautiful. Enjoy the sunrise to a cup of coffee, or sunset to cocktails and music.

Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant is one of the Islands most popular attractions. Casual dining with a large variety of seafood dishes as well as Vegetarian, or burgers. Enjoy live music, and cocktails on the bay. Take the Free Trolley or walk to the Corner of Pine and Bay.

The Rod and Reel Pier. Located on the North side of Anna Maria Island, the view ranges from Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. The Rod and Reel is popular for their Grouper and other fresh Seafood. With a full breakfast menu, it is a popular place to catch the sunrise.

The Historical Bridge Street  City Pier This Bradenton Beach Pier is at the end of Bridge Street, tucked alongside of Shopping and Marina. “The Anna Maria Oyster Bar” is serving dinner and cocktails along the water. Enjoy the view of the lovely pier as well as marina view. Boaters welcome.


The Beach Bistro~ Enjoy Coastal Cuisine, at it’s finest. Their Grouper sandwich was declared, by the Tampa Tribune, as being in the 10 best memorable dishes.  With an extensive wine list and Bar menu, you don’t have to break the bank to eat like royalty. Preview the weather on their live cam and see what a wonderful location, this is for your family gathering or beach wedding.

The Sandbar~Award winning, beachfront seafood restaurant, with deck service, full bar and fine dining options. Also a great place to plan a beach wedding, or celebrate a special occasion. The sunset view is in popular demand. Reserve your table or enjoy the lovely gift shop or cocktail lounge while you  wait.

Gulf Drive Cafe~Casual beachfront dining, sports bar, dancing and festive tropical cocktails to celebrate fantastic sunsets. The breakfast by the bay is my personal favorite. The menu features a variety of amazing choices,

beach bistro sand bar gulf dr

The Beach Bistro~Holmes Beach          The Sandbar~Anna Maria         Gulf Drive Cafe~Bradenton Beach

Bridge Street Bistro~ This elegant bistro sits on the second floor, above the Island Time Bar and grill. With the balcony seating , overlooking the Gulf beaches, you’ll enjoy happy hour and dining to the magnificent sunsets and beach view. The casual resort dress code allows comfort and luxury. If you are in the mood for Steaks, then look no further. The extensive menu ranges from Lobster bisque to Filet Mignon, or enjoy sushi and other tasty seafood specialties.

The Beach House~ A sister to The Sandbar and Mar Vista, you are sure to love the award winning menu items as well as the delightful wait staff. Perfect for families, the Beach House has plenty of room for kids to play on our newly renourished beach while you enjoy the sunset, a tropical drink and fresh Florida seafood.

The Bridge Tender~Relax and enjoy  this Lively American bar & eatery. Choose from indoor seating at the bar/restaurant and dining room or the Dockside bar along the marina. This local hot spot, joins locals and visitors with it’s laid back, casual ambiance.  Come and listen to live music, have refreshments and make new friends

PicMonkey CollageThe Bridge Street Bistro                 The Beach House                           The Bridge Tender

The Ocean Star~ Bayside dining next to Gallati’s Marina, Specializing in Sushi and Hibachi dishes, and Fresh seafood Entree’s with a Japanese flair. Enjoy leisurely dining overlooking the Bimini Bay, sunsets. 902 South Bay Blvd. Anna Maria  FL 941-251-6940

Wherever you choose to dine, you will find that you won’t have far to travel from your Anna Maria Vacation Rental home. Walk ride a bike, take the Free Trolley, just enjoy the soothing sounds of Beach breezes and Island Charm.


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