Jason’s Top Ten Restaurants On Anna Maria Island…

From beach café’s to fine dining Anna Maria Island has it all! I took the Free Anna Maria Island Trolley around the island in search of my top ten favorite restaurants.  I found that I like almost every restaurant on Anna Maria Island, and here are my top ten…

#1 The beach bistro is fine dining right on the beach with exquisite everything, located in Holmes Beach.  The Beach Bistro offers both indoor and outdoor dining, try the oil slick martini…

#2 The Sign of the Mermaid is a fantastic Restaurant with a very homey feel, they also have award winning key lime pie or as I say the best key lime pie in the world.

#3The Sandbar Restaurant located in Anna Maria come in from the beach grab a cold drink and relax, or sit down with your family and have a great meal right on the beach, The Sandbar offers both indoor and outdoor dining.

#4 Hurricane Hanks Pub & Grub located in the S&S plaza in Holmes Beach has a full liquor bar and a variety of sandwiches and dinner entree’s to choose from.   They always have a sports game on and a staff ready to meet your needs.

#5 Mr Bones located on gulf drive in Holmes Beach has by far the best BBQ on Anna Maria Island and in my opinion the best baby back ribs in the country.

#6 Rotten Ralph’s was closed however the Feast is fantastic and you wont go wrong visiting the central Holmes Beach restaurant.

#7 Anna Maria City Pier located at the very north end of the island has breath taking views of Tampa Bay and the Skyway Bridge.  They have a full bar and plenty of food choices the city pier has a very relaxed atmosphere and you can go fishing while you are there.

#8 The waterfront Restaurant located across the street from the Anna Maria City Pier has great food, elegant micro brew and wine in a relaxed tropical atmosphere.

#9 The Bridgetender Inn and Dockside Bar located on Historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as the bar room with live music and beautiful views of the Sarasota Bay.

#10 Sharky’s Seagrill located on gulf drive in Bradenton Beach is fine dining in a casual atmosphere best known for tasty steaks and fresh seafood.

And the bonus tip is, after you have had dinner at any of our tasty Anna Maria Island Restaurants head down to Joe’s Eats and Sweets on Gulf Drive just south of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach and grab a treat, try the Blue Moon Ice Cream it’s my favorite.

Want an Anna Maria Island vacation rental a walk away from many restaurants?  Visit our many posts on walking distance restaurants.

4 thoughts on “Jason’s Top Ten Restaurants On Anna Maria Island…”

  1. My wife and I are thinking about staying on Anna Maria island for a few days in April or May (2014).

    We have not made reservations yet but considering Bungalow Beach Resort since is is advertised as a romantic spot. Any thoughts about it ? Even in May the gulf view rooms are $300/night….seemed a bit pricey but will look at some of the competition. Any suggestions welcome !

    I saw your restaurant review and wonder if there are places to grab lunch right near the beach if we could walk from the Bungalow Beach resort at lunch time to have a drink and a mice lunch.

    Not concerned about dinner as I would go by car or trolley to the Beach Bistro and others.

    Are the BBR folks misleading when they say lunch places are within walking distance ? If they are not on the beach it would be too bad but understandable

    1. Bungalow is a nice resort. You may find a vacation rental to be a bit more reasonable because you can cook inside. Down in Bradenton Beach there are a ton of lunch places a walk away. The closest is likely Gulf Drive Cafe followed by Beach House which are both very popular. I dont think BBR folks are misleading regarding lots of stuff to walk to. Bradenton Beach offers a lot of great restaurants to walk to right from the beach. I hope this helps and if you would like to try a vacation rental give us a call. See the vacation rentals page or give us a call. Thank you!

  2. Hi, I’m coming over in Dec with my family, we are looking for somewhere to have Christmas Dinner, do you know where will be open. We are staying on Gulf Drive N but will have a car to travel if the bus is not running on christmas day.

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