Anna Maria Island Area Restaurant Information

Here is all the Anna Maria Island Area Restaurant Information you’ll need for you next visit! The island has it all when it comes time for food. From beach café’s to Fine Dining, American, Mexican, Italian, Caribbean cuisine, and so much more. Take a look below and find the best place for your next breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just drinks and a snack.Anna Maria Island area Restaurant Information

If you don’t have your own transportation take the Anna Maria Island Trolley it’s free! It will take you almost anywhere on Anna Maria Island too!

Fine Dining Anna Maria Island Restaurants

Anna Maria Island has several fine dining restaurants. The Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach is a nationally recognized as award winning. They offer an unforgettable dining experience with romantic Gulf of Mexico views. The Waterfront Restaurant is on the Bay side of Anna Maria City with dining outside too. Visit Sign of the Mermaid for large portions and their  award winning Key Lime Pie.  Eat Here is in central Holmes Beach, and is also the sister restaurant to Beach Bistro.

Gulf Front Restaurants with outdoor Dining on Anna Maria Island

The SandBar is a great Anna Maria Island restaurant and offers fabulous American and Seafood Cuisine. The Beach House Restaurant is affiliated with the SandBar and has similar cuisine with outdoor sand in your toes dining in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Try the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner. Harrington House offers Breakfast as well as tea parties and don’t forget the Gulf Drive Cafe in Bradenton Beach.  Oma’s Restaurant offers outdoor dining in Bradenton Beach and offers Italian Cuisine.

American Cuisine Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Fl

The City Pier  is always a locals favorite. This is a beautiful spot at the very end of Pine Avenue. Hurricane Hank’s has affordable everything and serves great food in Holmes Beach. Mr. Bones offers fabulous barbecue with some unique twists. Seafood more your speed, when in Rome so to speak or more like Maine?  Try Lobstahs which has a formal dining, casual as well as outdoor dining. Also try Island Gourmet Grill for American dishes, seafood, Italian and more.

Seeking a good breakfast? Rod and Reel or Peach’s are good breakfast Anna Maria Island Restaurants. One of the best Anna Maria beach burger restaurants is just across from the Manatee public beach – Skinny’s. Skinny’s has outdoor seating as well. Anyone who has been to Anna Maria Island knows that Duffy’s serves a mean hamburger as well in Holmes Beach. Try Slim’s Place for an American style dinner and live music.  Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant has been around for a long time but this past season the last location CLOSED.  Right next door is the Bridge Tender Inn Restaurant which offers outdoor waterfront dining as well as formal dining. Another great Bradenton Beach restaurant on Anna Maria Island is Sharky’s.

Anna Maria Island Mexican, Italian, German and other Cuisine Restaurants

If you’re looking for Anna Maria Island Restaurants that serve Mexican cuisine Tortilla Bay  is 100% Tex-Mex and is a walk up diner type restaurant.  So if you are searching for a inexpensive lunch or dinner Tortilla Bay is the perfect stop. If you are in the mood for German food then look no further. Try the Old Hamburg restaurant in Holmes Beach, Fl on Anna Maria Island.Jamaican Breeze moved off the Island and offers a Jamaican flair and great dishes. Wicked Cantina is a new Tex-Mex source of food on Anna Maria Island.  Another Mexican based newbee is Poppo’s located in Anna Maria City on Pine Avenue.  Sorry, Banana Cabana is now closed.

Take out Anna Maria Island Restaurants

Try Subway. Don’t forget the Pine Avenue store that has fabulous Sandwiches, pasta salads, and other quick take out lunches or snacks. The Pine Avenue store is located in Anna Maria City so it’s a perfect stop for a lunch at the Bay Front Park for a impromptu picnic. The Tortilla Bay Restaurant is a take out or dine in Tex-Mex restaurant located in Holmes Beach. Rudy’s in Anna Maria City is a great choice for Philly steak sandwiches.

There is a small Chinese restaurant on the Anna Maria Island, China 1. For a great burger with onion rings or french fries try Skinny’s. You can order on the telephone and pick it up. A fine dining restaurant that delivers is The Feast in Holmes Beach. The restaurant caters as well. If you are in the mood for fresh fish try the Fresh Fish Market. They sell a great selection of fish and offer small dishes like soups and freshly prepared salads. Island Gourmet offers both take out and delivery if you are looking for something better than your average chain store pizza. They also offer more upscale selections such as seafood, salads and pasta too.

Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach breakfast restaurants

There are quite a few great breakfast restaurants choices on Anna Maria Island. This category of dining can be one of the toughest to narrow down because most locals know the mainstream breakfast spots but there are a few hidden away gems that this blog will be sure to introduce. Minnie’s Cafe is located in Holmes Beach and serves a great homestyle breakfast. Peach’s which specializes in Breakfast is located in Holmes Beach and provides basic breakfasts as well as some fancy stuff too. Rod and Reel Pier Restaurant serves a fantastic breakfast as well and the views of the bay are phenomenal.  Want fresh donuts? Look no futher the Donut Experiment is the perfect choice in Anna Maria City.  For more details on Breakfast around Anna Maria Island, check out another breakfast post.

Treats and Ice Cream on Anna Maria Island, Florida

Tyler’s ice cream is just off the island on Cortez. Two Scoops is located in Anna Maria, and so is Dip’s, Joe’s Eats and Sweets is in Bradenton Beach. For a desert experience to remember, try the Euphemia Haye Restaurant which has unique pies, cheesecakes, and too many deserts to remember. Just off the island is Cold Stone Creamery which serves gourmet ice cream hand mixed with your choice of mixings. If your taste buds are screaming for a milk shake then the Shake Pit is a great bet however it is just off Anna Maria Island.  Another fabulous find is Sweet berries which serves fantastic frozen custard.  Visit our top 5 ice cream suggestions when visiting Anna Maria Island.

Off Anna Maria Island Dining and Restaurants

There are fantastic restaurants just off Anna Maria Island. A few are chain restaurants like Outback, Bone Fish, Olive Garden, Applebee’s and Carraba’s. If you are still looking for the Anna Maria Island “feel,” try Cortez Kitchen or Starfish Company as well as Anna Maria Oyster Bar.  Atlanta Bread Company, Sweet Berries Frozen Custard Eatery, and Marina’s Restaurant are all conveniently located on Manatee Avenue. Always a favorite with the kids is of course Chuck E. Cheese. For a quick Mexican take out try Chipotle in Bradenton.  If you feel like venturing out into Sarasota try the very well known Columbia Restaurant.   Another great choices for Sarasota is Yoder’s which is an Amish based restaurant.  Yoder’s is well known for their pies.

Live Entertainment Taverns, Bars, and Restaurants

There are plenty of dining establishments on Anna Maria Island with live entertainment like SandBar, BeachHouse, Bridge Tender Inn, D.Coy Ducks and just off the island Ace’s Lounge to name a few. Tune in later for more information.  Want more choices?  Our Anna Maria nightlife post lists bars, live music, billiards and more.  Check out our nightlife blog for more information.

 

 

 

Top 5 Anna Maria Island Wedding Venues

When planning your big day there are many options for Anna Maria Island wedding venues. Have your perfect dream destination ceremony and reception with toes in the sand.

Top 5 Anna Maria Island Wedding Venues

While there are tons of places throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties for weddings, this list offers some of the most popular on both Anna Maria Island and the mainland. All five locations can accommodate both a ceremony and reception.

Harrington House Beach Front Bed & Breakfast – Holmes Beach

Anna Maria Island Wedding Venues Harrington House
The Harrington House Gazebo is a lovely spot for a beach destination wedding.

The Harrington House is a wonderful spot for a more intimate wedding experience. This quaint B&B was built in 1925 of Coquina-block shell walls and pecky cypress floors. It’s old Florida charm and direct beach front location make it an amazing destination wedding venue.

You’ll find three unique wedding packages offering an all inclusive experience for up to 24 guests. Enjoy a ceremony on a private section of beach, or in the beach front gazebo.

The Harrington House is also a lovely spot for a honeymoon and can accommodate guests over the age of 12 in their many lovely suites.

The Sandbar Restaurant – Anna Maria

The Sandbar Restaurant Anna Maria Island Wedding Venues
Enjoy a toes in the sand ceremony followed by a memorable reception under the Sandbar wedding pavilion

The Sandbar offers one of the most popular Anna Maria Island wedding venues in the area. Their event coordinator and staff will assist you in every aspect of your ceremony and reception, and they have a top of the line selection of vendors.

Their beach front pavilion can hold well over 100 guests for a magical event rain or shine! Choose from a large selection of services, menu items, decor and more from this award winning venue.

The Beach House Restaurant – Bradenton Beach

The Beach House Anna Maria Island Wedding Venues
Let the Beach House Restaurant take care of all your wedding day needs!

The Beach House is the sister restaurant of The Sandbar, so you know you can expect the same great service!

They offer a separate wedding area from the main facility. As of Spring 2017 The Beach House added a new bridal suite where the bride to be can prepare to walk down the isle.

Expect all the same great options from this beach front venue that you’ll find at the Sandbar.

Gulf Drive Tiki Bar – Bradenton Beach

Gulf Drive Tiki Bar Anna Maria Island wedding venues
Exchange your vows under the Tiki Hut at Gulf Drive Cafe!

Enjoy a fun Tiki style wedding at Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki bar. There are four different spots on site to choose from for your event accommodating groups of 20 to 175 guests.

You’ll find a variety of individual packages for both the ceremony and reception. This location is super fun with the largest Tiki hut on the island and gulf views.

Peruse their helpful list of wedding vendors covering every aspect of the day from bridal services to florists, steel drum musicians and more. You can have the quintessential beach wedding at Gulf Drive Tiki Bar!

The Seafood Shack – Cortez Village

Anna Maria Island Wedding Venues Seafood Shack and Neptune Room
The staff at Seafood Shack will make your wedding day perfect!

The Seafood Shack restaurant is where new Florida flavors meet that charming old Florida feel. Here you’ll find a professional staff dedicated to making your wedding perfect.

There are three unique spaces at this facility with two banquet rooms, and a Marina Pavilion all overlooking the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. They can accommodate groups of up to 425 guests, so this is truly the spot for those large weddings.

Every detail of your special day will be taken care of when you let The Seafood Shack host your wedding!

Anna Maria Island Honeymoon beach rentals

When planning your perfect wedding destination plan your honeymoon too! Book a luxury gulf front Anna Maria Island beach rental with Island Real Estate!

Anna Maria Island honeymoon and wedding
Plan a romantic Anna Maria Island Honeymoon!

5 Restaurants that will Transform your Anna Maria Island Vacation

Here are 5 restaurants that will transform your Anna Maria Island vacation! While the beautiful beaches, friendly people and luxury family beach rentals are plenty to rave about, the island has a few eateries that truly affect the way travelers feel about AMI.

5 Restaurants that will Transform your Anna Maria Island Vacation

Restaurants that will Transform your Anna Maria Island Vacation

There is one thing people all over the world have in common. Eating. Everyone requires nourishment. However, food isn’t just a requirement, it’s often an emotional experience that started before you were even born.

Many of us can think back on meals that effect us on an emotional level. Like that casserole your mother made every Sunday when you were a kid. The way your husband makes that secret barbecue sauce recipe before firing up the grill. Or even that special meal you had during your travels in Florida.

These Anna Maria Island restaurants are the exact place to go for that meal you’ll think of years from now. These are flavors and feelings you’ll take home and tell all your friends about. Not only are these restaurants full of fantastic menu items, but they offer a glimpse into the island life. Each has a culture all of it’s own, but still connects with those unique local island vibes.

Rod & Reel Pier – Seafood with a view.

Rod & Reel Pier
Rod & Reel Pier in the city of Anna Maria.

The Rod & Reel Pier has been serving up traditional Florida fare since 1947. Wonder up to the bay side of north Anna Maria, and you’ll find what looks like an old house on a small old fishing pier. There’s always people fishing and lounging outside enjoying the gorgeous views of Tampa bay, Egmont Key and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. This is a nice place to relax. The crowd is a mix of locals and tourists and everything is low key.

The menu at Rod & Reel is indicative of a typically simple and casual Florida eatery. Find basics like chicken wings, peel and eat shrimp and a Grouper sandwich. Each day you’ll find a different selection of fresh fish grilled, blackened or fried served with mango chutney or garlic butter.

This is the spot for a no frills meal with cold beers. Service moves at its own pace. The staff might be friendly, or they might be salty. Either way just relax and go with the flow. There is a bar downstairs and a dining room up top. Locals tend to prefer the bar seating. The beer selection is limited and mostly domestic, but this spot isn’t about fancy brews. Its about the experience of eating on beautiful blue waters, enjoying warm weather, doing a little lazy Florida fishing, and relaxing island style.

The Sandbar – Sunsets and Tourists

The Sandbar Restaurant in the city of Anna Maria.
The Sandbar Restaurant in the city of Anna Maria.

 

The Sandbar is the quintessential island dining experience. Toes in the sand dining room, sun burnt to a crisp tourists, fruity frozen cocktails and sunsets so pretty you just can’t even believe your eyes. This type of restaurant experience is why you decided on a Florida vacation!

The menu is more eclectic than one might expect from a touristy destination. A little bit of everything from southern home cooking to high-end seafood. Find things like shrimp and grits, sliders, fish tacos and even caviar too! The Seafood tower is a great option for tasting a variety of seafood including lobster tail, seasonal crab, shrimp, oysters, clams and smoked fish dip. Along with a lovely menu, The Sandbar offers a full service bar and a fantastic wine menu.

When you are looking for that fun beach bar vibe with a family friendly atmosphere, good food and accommodating service head over to The Sandbar in Anna Maria. There’s nothing like sitting in a crowd of happy vacationers all relaxing and watching the sunset while enjoying a great meal on the gulf.

Bridge Tender Inn – Salty characters and local culture.

Bridge Tender Inn
Bridge Tender Inn Bradenton Beach

The Bridge Tender Inn is where you’ll find a salty good time with funky local characters and some pretty decent food too. Finding those places that the locals frequent are what really makes a vacation feel authentic. Yes the touristy places are super fun. However, you have to find the local hangouts to really get a feel for an area, and this is one of them!

The Bridge Tender is nestled along north Sarasota Bay at the end of Historic Bridge Street. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating with a bar on the water and one inside too. There is nothing up-tight about this restaurant. Everyone is laid back and having a good time. The no frills staff are eager to please and have fun too, but not without a little of that salt life attitude only Floridians have.

The menu has something for everyone. Find crab cakes, burgers, Grouper and sandwiches. A lot of pub grub type of items, but with some nicer selections like roast duck and steaks.

The Bridge Tender Inn is extremely family friendly, but is open late to accommodate those looking for night life. From time to time you’ll find live music, and during Football season you’ll find a lot of Packers fans watching the games.

Grab a rum and coke and a crab cake and sit back with a view of the bay and the Anchorage. The Anchorage is the area in North Sarasota Bay where many year round residents anchor their various house boats. For many the Anchorage is not only home, but a way of life. If you hang out at the Bridge Tender long enough you’re sure to meet an Anchorage character.

Beach Bistro – Fancy fine dining and beach views.

The Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach.
The Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach.

The Beach Bistro is an award winning gulf front restaurant that will leave you amazed. Nestled in Resort 66 in Holmes Beach, the Bistro has been providing the island with fine dining since 1985. You won’t find anything else like it on Anna Maria Island and the locals will agree!

Here the menu offers only the finest ingredients. Find items like fresh caught seafood Bouillabaisse,  foie gras, steaks and lobster too. Everything is of the highest quality as owner Sean Murphy’s primary goal has always been the pursuit of perfection. Along with an award winning menu, you’ll find an outstanding wine selection and a lovely full service bar.

Not a large restaurant the dining room offers an intimate setting great for celebrations, romantic evenings and special occasions of all sorts. Service at the Beach Bistro is above average in every way. You’ll truly feel taken care of as your server and support staff guide you through an amazing dining experience. Because the Beach Bistro has been serving the island for decades, you’ll always find locals enjoying their evenings here. It’s not uncommon for Sean Murphy to stop by your table as he loves meeting his guests in person.

Anna Maria Island has such a laid back feel that even this fine dining establishment still feels warm and welcoming. This dining experience is truly one of a kind.

Star Fish Company Restaurant and Market – The “real” old Florida.

Star Fish Restaurant in Cortez Fishing Village.
Star Fish Restaurant in Cortez Fishing Village.

Located in one of the countries oldest fishing villages, Starfish Market is an absolute must when visiting Anna Maria Island. The Cortez Fishing Village is located just over the Cortez bridge from the island. Everyday boats hull in fresh caught fish and seafood to feed Florida and beyond.

As you make your way from the main road through the village you’ll find quaint old cottages, tons of boats and a quiet neighborhood setting. Generations of families have been fishing from the shores in this community and it’s apparent as you look around. Many of the fishermen working for the Starfish fleet live in the village. You’ll feel like you have been transported back in time while in Cortez.

Star Fish offers both a restaurant and market. All restaurant seating is outdoors along the water where the fishing boats are kept. You’ll literally watch the days catch coming to dock while dining here.

The Menu is simple, fresh and classic old Florida Seafood. Find Gulf Shrimp, Grouper, Smoked Mullet and clams. Seasonal favorites include Stone Crab claws and Spiny Lobster. The side dishes are nothing but southern with cole slaw, hush puppies and grits. Order at the bar, find a table and the staff will call your name when the order is ready. Food is served in crisp white paper boxes. Bring cash!

Dining at Star Fish is something special. Sitting on North Sarasota Bay eating local seafood, watching the salt beaten boats come in, and Pelicans looking for a handout. This is the essence of what Florida once was, and continues to live on at Starfish.

These are the restaurants that will transform your Anna Maria Island Vacation in ways you never thought!

From mingling with locals, to enjoying a sunset with a group of strangers, to an intimate fine dining experience. Enjoy the true authentic flavor of the island life on your next Anna Maria Island getaway!

 

 

 

The Ugly Grouper

The Ugly Grouper is a local Anna Maria spot where you can find fun for all ages.  They have a great menu that serves homemade salsa and chips to an array of other delicious items.

The Ugly Grouper

If you are looking for local seafood that is fresh and tasty look no further.  They serve the grouper sandwich, grouper nuggets, and grouper tacos too! They also have a cheeseburger, and a black bean burger, for those who prefer a seafood alternative.

The Ugly Grouper

Drinks and a full service bar!

If you are in the mood for a nice wine with your meal, they have a variety of wines, either by glass or bottle.  If you are looking for something a little more unique they also have some fun frozen cocktails! Enjoy the classic Strawberry Daiquiri, Pina Colada or you also have the non-alcoholic options as well!

For those who like a nice mixed drink you could try one of their many cocktails. Offerings include the Ugly Grouper Tea, or stick with the famous Long Island Ice Tea!

Kid Selections

Also find a great selection for your kids from classic items such as a grilled cheese and corndog to fish and chips, or shrimp. Something cool that the Ugly Grouper throws in is a frozen drink for all kids meals! They have many to choose from like an All American to a more tropical feel of an Orange Mango!

If you are feeling brave you can top off your meal with a Ugly Sundae, a bowl of soft serve piled on top of a brownie, covered in chocolate, caramel, sprinkles and a cherry!

Night Life and Live Music

The Ugly Grouper does host nightly live entertainment. You can find many local bands jamming from night to night. They do have open mic nights, where you can show off your skill with family or friends!  Cut loose on the dance floor, while enjoying the band!

They also have a corn hole league, that hosts weekly tournaments. They do have child friendly games such as ring toss, and ring on a string!  You can make many memories at the Ugly Grouper!

The Ugly Grouper is a family friendly environment that can provide a place to get together and have some fun.  They have a great menu, and games for the young and old alike!  This is a place where you can come and enjoy a night with the family, or a night with friends!

Find The Ugly Grouper in Holmes Beach on Marina Drive.

Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida – Bring Island Flavor Home

Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida is nothing like you’ve ever had. Sourced directly from the water around AMI, this is one product you must bring home from vacation!

Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida
This souvenir is a must!

Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida

Sea Salt Florida is a new local company to the Manatee and Sarasota area. Owner and Salt Master Tim Norwood develops only the highest quality sea salt. While he has big plans for the future of this specialty item, the entire process is a labor of love that started off small.

How did Sea Salt Florida get started?

Tim Norwood and his wife always thought they would open a winery. However, after moving to Florida that idea changed to salt. Florida isn’t known for having the best wines, but it does have plenty of salt water!

Like wine making, salt making is an intense process requiring a great deal of knowledge. At times the outcome can be unpredictably amazing, but always requires a creative mind and dedication to hard work. Essentially, Sea Salt Florida became Tim Norwoods Winery.

At 55 years old Tim spent the majority of his career as an engineer with a degree in architecture. Tim has made up tons of innovative ideas working for large companies, but saved one of his ideas just for himself.

He spent a great deal of time developing his craft. After two years of working a full time job during the day while experimenting with salt production all night, Tim became a Salt Master. He has learned everything about producing only the highest quality sea salt. Tim focused on ancient thousand year old techniques of production and believes his to be the best in the United States.

Sea Salt Florida
Sea Salt is a serious business for the Norwood family!

How do you make Sea Salt?

If you are wondering exactly how Sea Salt is made, keep guessing. Tim Norwood keeps this secret closely guarded. With that said, he will gladly tell you the body of water where the salt comes from. In fact, Tim is proud to harvest salt water from Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Venice and Treasure Island.

He mentions Anna Maria Island is his favorite harvest, but that may be due to his fondness of the area. Tim elaborates that the Siesta Key harvest has the most unique flavor of his products, and the Anna Maria Island salt is his most popular seller.

Tim is currently looking to relocate his production to mainland Bradenton where he has been looking at potential facility sites. Once Tim gets his new facility running successfully he just might consider giving tours. Until he knows his company is completely secure, he’s not giving away ANY of his salty secrets.

The goal for Sea Salt Florida is to produce 12,000 pounds of salt a year to supply local and international markets. Tim Norwood is creating a company that is really something special. The type of operation that he can leave to his grandchildren while also bringing permanent jobs to Manatee county.

A truly tasty souvenir.

When you first taste Sea Salt Florida’s Anna Maria Island harvest you will instantly feel like you’re back on the beach. This salt really does taste like the gulf waters of Anna Maria Island. Once you try Tim’s salt you’ll never view store bought products the same. Tim points out, “Sea Salt Florida won’t get your bags checked at the airport like a bottle of wine will”! When leaving Anna Maria Island, you MUST bring home some local salt to go with your new tan.

Where to buy Sea Salt Florida

The secret of Sea Salt Florida is its amazing mineral content. That is where the flavor is. Sea Salt Florida contains as many as 80 different minerals. Iodine is NEVER included. “This is the type of salt people are supposed to eat” mentions Tim, “This is a healthier natural product”.

Sea Salt Florida can be found at a ton of different local retail shops, or on the website.

On Anna Maria Island you can buy Sea Salt Florida at the following:

The Olive Oil Outpost and Anna Maria Historic Society Museum in the city of Anna Maria.
Island Fresh Market and Looney Dunes in Holmes Beach.
Cortez Fish Market, Cortez Maritime Museum and The Sea Hagg in Cortez Fishing Village.
Sarasota Farmers Market in downtown Sarasota.

Tim doesn’t like for his vendor to compete, so you’ll find different products at different locations. Not only does Sea Salt Florida have different harvests, but Tim also offers flavored salts and scrubs.

If you head over to Looney Dunes you’ll find Tim’s salts for sale next to the flavors of wine that the salt has been infused with!

Find a variety of scrubs at the Sea Hagg. Salt Scrubs are not the biggest seller in Tim’s inventory, but he believes his are far superior than other beauty products on the market.

Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida
Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida

Sea Salt Florida is about community.

Tim has really enjoyed the community aspects of selling salt. He regularly gets thank you letters from buyers. Tim explains, “Giving salt is an ancient form of friendship”.

Local restaurant have begun to approach Tim because his salt is the best. He has even started designing flavors to match Florida seafood like his Lemon Zest flavor created for local fish mongers.

A popular salt on the market is Italian Black Truffle. In Florida we don’t have truffles or a really reliable source to bring them in fresh. Tim had the bright idea of creating a Portabello infused salt because we grow them in Florida and it makes a great substitute for Truffle salt.

Salt really has an interesting history, and its special to continue those traditions. Tim also mentions, “Sea Salt Florida isn’t a political issue because it brings everyone together that is looking for healthier living. Coming together is something people need right now.”

If you run out of salt, just send Tim an email and he’ll gladly send you more. This is the best way to order salt online as Sea Salt Florida doesn’t have a fancy online store set up yet.

Visit local vendors, or head over to SeaSaltFlorida.com for a complete list of flavors as there are many!

Bring Island flavor home with Anna Maria Island Sea Salt Florida!

National Burrito Day Anna Maria Island

There are many options for celebrating National Burrito Day on Anna Maria Island! Check out our list of places to go.

National Burrito Day
National Burrito Day is in full swing at Wicked Cantina!

National Burrito Day Anna Maria Island

Start your day with a Breakfast Burrito!

Find them at Sign of The Mermaid, Peaches and Anna Maria Oyster Bar! Each one is slightly different, but all are amazing.

Poppo’s Taqueria

Poppo’s offers a great selection of build your burritos, quesadillas, tacos and burrito bowls. They use hormone free meats and organic produce when available. All their sodas are free of high fructose corn syrup and they also serve local craft beers and Kombucha! You’ll love their fresh pressed flour tortillas! Find them on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.

Tortilla Bay

Tortilla Bay offers great Tex-Mex for lunch and dinner. Find all the classics from Taco salad, wraps, fish tacos, burritos and more. The queso dip is an absolute must! They also serve beer, wine and soft drinks. Find them in Holmes Beach on the corner of Marina and Gulf Drive.

Wicked Cantina

Wicked Cantina has an extensive menu boasting authentic Austin style Tex-Mex. Find something for everyone on the menu with Fajitas, tacos, seafood, burritos and even burgers too! Not only do they have amazing food, but the island’s best selection of hand crafted Margaritas. Sit on their outdoor deck and enjoy gulf views, and live music. Find them on Gulf Drive

Today the staff at Island Real Estate settled on Poppo’s for lunch. We HIGHLY recommend any of these options for a great Burrito. Check out our Facebook page after 12:30pm today for pictures of our lunch!

National Crab Meat Day Anna Maria Island

There is no better place to celebrate National Crab Meat Day than on Anna Maria Island! While Stone Crab Season runs October 15 to May 15 on the Florida Gulf Coast, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy this tasty seafood!

National Crab Meat Day
Celebrating National Crab Meat Day on Anna Maria Island.

National Crab Meat Day on Anna Maria Island

When looking for local crab meat, we highly recommend Starfish Market in the old Cortez Fishing Village. This is the best spot to find fresh off the boat seafood! You can literally see the fishing boats right from the docks of this restaurant. It really doesn’t get fresher. Just be sure to bring cash only.

Many local seafood restaurants offer crab selections. While on Anna Maria Island also check out The Waterfront Restaurant, The Sandbar and the Rod & Reel Pier for tasty crab options. If you are on Longboat Key we suggest The Lazy Lobster!

Where to Watch Super Bowl Anna Maria Island

This is our list of where to watch the Super Bowl Anna Maria Island style! While the Patriots and Falcons go head to head in Houston, you can catch all the action in Tropical Paradise!

Super Bowl Anna Maria Island Style!

Just about everyone will be watching the big across Anna Maria Island! Head over to your usual hangout or try a new one this year!

Super Bowl Anna Maria Island
What’s better than enjoying the Super Bowl on Anna Maria Island?

Island Time Bar and Grill

Island Time will be offering a Super Bowl Tailgate Party all day! Enjoy 12 flat screens and a 10 foot megatron television along with live music from 3-6. During half time they’ll also be giving away an ultimate Budweiser package. Drink specials will include $4 Bloody Mary’s and $12 buckets of Bud and Bud Light. Find Island Time at the corner of Gulf Drive and Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.

Slim’s Place

Head over to Slim’s Place early to claim your seat for the big game. All day specials and game time giveaways too! Find Slim’s at the corner of Gulf Drive and Palmetto Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.

Drift Inn

Catch the game at Drift Inn at 120 Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. While not mandatory, football fans can bring a covered dish to share and keep your belly full as you enjoy adult libations.

Freckled Fin Restaurant and Public House

Seats will fill up fast so show up early for pregame festivities at the Freckled Fin. The game will showing inside, and on a 10 foot big screen on the patio. Watch the sunset while you enjoy the game! Freckled Fin is at the corner of Gulf Drive and Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.

The Ugly Grouper

Enjoy great special while you watch the game at The Ugly Grouper at 5704 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. From 5-10pm there will be beer buckets $12.50 domestic and $16 import. On the menu find $10 pulled pork sliders, $8 Wing baskets and $5 chips and salsa. Enjoy live music with Tim Connolly from 1-5pm and Chris Warner from 6-9pm. All this while football is playing on 10 big screens.

Harry’s Grill and Bistro

Harry’s will have 16 ounce Bud lights and bar food on special while the big game goes on. Come on down and bring your friends too! Find Harry’s at 9903 Gulf Drive in the city of Anna Maria.

Place your bet and save on your next Anna Maria Island vacation! 

Follow the link here to make your bet on who will win the big game. Those who guess correctly will receive a Promo Code from IslandReal.com for your next Anna Maria Island beach rental! Bets must be made Before kick-off!

Anna Maria Island Valentines Day – Beach Romance

An Anna Maria Island Valentines Day is a great way to celebrate a day of love. While Valentines is a special day, Anna Maria Island is romantic any day of the year. Nothing says I love you more than bringing your special someone for a trip to Anna Maria Island.

Anna Maria Island Valentines Day

Here is a list of fun and romantic ideas for an island style Valentines Day.

Anna Maria Island Valentines Day
red heart on sandy sea beach – love relax concept

Breakfast at Sign of the Mermaid

Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast from Sign of the Mermaid in Anna Maria. This great restaurant is housed in a 1913 cottage, and offers a charming menu selection.

Romantic Beach Playlist

Here is a great “Romance by the Beach” playlist to enjoy while laying on the beach!

Visit Island Art Galleries

You’ll find a great local art scene on Anna Maria Island with many galleries in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach. Finding a special piece of art is a great Valentines gift that will also remind you of your trip to the island.

Romantic Vacation Rentals

Turn your trip to Anna Maria Island into the vacation of a lifetime with one of these fantastic beach rentals! What’s more romantic than a Florida beach vacation?

Couples Beach Massage

Enjoy a couples beach massage with Sea-Renity beach spa. There is nothing more romantic than getting pampered while on the beach.

Nature Walk at Perico Preserve

Perico Preserve is just a short trip over the Manatee Bridge on the northern side of Manatee Avenue. While there are tons of great nature walks in the county, Perico Preserve is one of the newest. Here you’ll find a diverse shell trail with tons of beautiful wildlife to see.

Private Boat Excursion

While Anna Maria Island has tons of boat charters, paying a little extra for your own private tour is worth it. Among others, Coastline Excursions offers private tours around Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key. They also offer great snorkeling excursions to try out.

Sunset

The sun will be setting on Anna Maria Island at about 6:22pm on February 14th. When you visit Anna Maria Island sunset is a must!

Manatee Players Theater

The Manatee Players will be showing the romantic musical “Bridges of Madison County”. This would make a great date spot!  You’ll find the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Downtown Bradenton. When you are done with the show stop by Downtown’s Old Main Street for a great selection of pubs, bars and restaurants.

 

 

Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants

Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants are a great departure from everyday meals. While everyone loves a good burger, fries and the traditional “American” fare, why not try something different on your vacation?

Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants

Anna Maria Island has more seafood and traditional American restaurants than you could try in just one vacation. However, there are a handful of eateries with international roots. This comes as no surprise since the island sees guests from all around the world.

Here are six restaurants to try if you are looking for something beyond the usual, yet still delicious.

French Cuisine at Island Creperie and French Table

Anna Maria Island has two French Restaurants to try! Visit Island Creperie for an out of this world French breakfast or French Table for a traditional south of France dinner.

The Island Creperie is open for breakfast and lunch until 2pm. You’ll find a extensive variety of crepes, french bread and Mimosas too. Find Island Creperie on Bridge Street in the purple store front.

The French table has a small menu of delicious cuisine focusing on fresh produce and baked bread.  They offer both seafood, duck and beef options. You’ll find them at 103 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.

Anna Maria Island French Restaurant
Duck and Sausage Cassoulet at French Table.

Indian Cuisine at The Island Spice

If you have a craving for Indian food The Island Spice is sure to please. They offer all the traditional Indian favorites Americans have grown to love. You’ll find Curry, Tikka Masala, Dosas, Vindaloo and more. Visit them at 3608 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.

Japanese Cuisine at Island Ocean Star

Island Ocean Star has some of the best Sushi you will find in Manatee County. They offer a few Hibachi tables, a fully stocked bar and outdoor waterfront seating too. Find everything you would expect on the extensive menus. Island Ocean Star is in the Galatti Marina 902 South Bay Boulevard in the City of Anna Maria.

Anna Maria Island Sushi
A boat load of Sushi at Island Ocean Star.

German Cuisine at the Old Hamburg Schnitzel Haus

If you are looking for hearty comfort food, the Schnitzel Haus is for you. Here you’ll find great service, German beer and a relaxed cozy atmosphere. They offer both German and Austrian cuisine that is a mix of the traditional with new trends from back home. The Schnitzel Haus is in Holmes Beach at 3246 East Bay Drive.

Italian Cuisine at Vinny and Cheryl’s Italian Kitchen

While Vinny and Cheryl’s doesn’t offer a large dining room with the traditional restaurant service, they do offer authentic Italian Classics. Some of the best fresh baked Italian breads, rustic pizzas, family size meals and specialty items can be found at Vinny and Cheryl’s. Find Vinny and Cheryl on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.

Anna Maria Island Ethnic Restaurants
Fresh Baked Goods Daily

The Perfect Anna Maria Island Spa Day

While visiting paradise you must treat yourself to a Perfect Anna Maria Island Spa Day! There’s many options for the pampered treatment on island time, and no better way to relax beach side.

The Perfect Anna Maria Island Spa Day

Making time for yourself can be easy during a vacation, so live it up and indulge while you can! Follow this list for the perfect spa day on Anna Maria Island.

Breakfast first at The Island Creperie

Start your day off right with a big breakfast! You’ll need energy for a full day of pampering. Head over to the Island Creperie for Mimosas and a fancy French breakfast. While they have the islands best crepes, the menu here offers a fantastic selection in a cozy atmosphere. Find the Island Creperie on Bridge Street in the purple storefront.

Anna Maria Island Spa Day
Enjoy a big French Breakfast at the Island Creperie.

Sea Renity Beach Spa and Eco-Boutique for massages and shopping.

After filling up on crepes head down the street for a little shopping and a massage from Sea Renity. Pick up some really cute stuff while enjoying retail therapy in the boutique. You’ll find clothes, jewelry, gifts and more. Sea Renity not only offers several massage and skin care packages, but they have beach massages available too.

Anna Maria Island Spa Day
Enjoy massages and retail therapy at Sea Renity.

Beach Session

After your are fully relaxed from your massage throw on your swim wear and spend an hour at the beach! Just long enough to get some Vitamin D, but not too long. You wouldn’t want to get sunburned or too tired on your day of indulgence.

Lunch at Sign of the Mermaid

You’ll be ready for something to eat after your beach session. Head up to the Sign of the Mermaid for lunch. Here you’ll find great salads, soups and sandwiches perfect for a day of pampering.

Anna Maria Spa Day
Sign of the Mermaid in the city of Anna Maria.

Acqua Aveda Salon and Spa for Manicures and more shopping.

After you recharge with lunch, hop on the free trolley and ride into Holmes Beach to visit Acqua Aveda. Here you’ll find a full service salon and a high end boutique area as well. This is the perfect place to polish yourself up with a mani-pedi, facial and make up service. Not only does Acqua Aveda have great nail and skin services, but they offer great make up lessons. Get all glammed up before dinner time! You might even find a cute new top or dress in the boutique to wear out for the evening.

Anna Maria Island Spa Day at Acqua Aveda
Head to Acqua Aveda for Mani Pedis, Skin care and make up!

Relax at your beach rental

Before going out for the evening take a break at your Anna Maria Island beach rental. A long hard day of relaxing and pampering requires a little down time too. Take a short nap, pick out your evening wear, take a selfie for your friends back home, have a glass of wine and just chill out for a bit.

Anna Maria beach rentals
Relax at a fantastic beach rental like Le Paradis in the city of Anna Maria. Click on the image to learn more about this beautiful Anna Maria vacation rental.

Dinner and Cocktails

After your afternoon chill session, get ready for a fun night out island style. Go to the Waterfront Restaurant to get the night started. Here you’ll enjoy one of the island’s best craft cocktail bars along with outstanding menu selections. Fill up on seafood with views of Tampa Bay.

Anna Maria Island Spa Day
Start your evening with craft cocktails and dinner at the Waterfront

Sunset and Nightlife

Once you’ve enjoyed your fill of the Waterfront, hop on the free trolley and head to the Gulf side of the island for sunset and nightlife fun. Have a seat at Gulf Drive Cafe’s massive Tiki deck, enjoy a frozen drink and watch the sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico. The perfect ending to an Anna Maria Island Spa Day!