The Freckled Fin Irish Pub in Holmes Beach

An Irish pub is always a fun environment to be in, and The Freckled Fin in Holmes Beach is definitely a fun place to be. With live music every week, a full bar, and good food, it makes sense that this is quite a popular family friendly place for visitors and locals. 

The Freckled Fin Irish Pub is tucked back on Holmes Blvd, next to Vinny’s Italian Kitchen, and is open Sunday – Thursday from 11am – 11pm. The party continues into the early morning hours on Fridays and Saturdays, where they close at 2AM.  Live music can be enjoyed Wednesday through Saturday evenings as well! 

The menu at the Freckled Fin is actually quite impressive for a pub, and has a lot to choose from. They have pub favs such as wings, burgers and salads. Some specific items on the menu include their Gulf Mahi Tacos, Cali Avocado Melt, and Steak on a Stick.  Irish specialties are not to be missed such as Shepard’s Pie, Irish Dip sandwich (with house made corned beef!), Fish and Chips and a Dubliner Chicken sandwich. 

They also have a full beer and wine list, as well cocktails and specialty shots (Pickle Backs for everyone!).  

No matter if it’s a laid-back lunch with a beer, or a late night full of fun and shots, The Freckled Fin Irish Pub is the perfect place for both. 

Freckled Fin Irish Pub
5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 251-3930

 

Anna Maria Island Pizza Places

If you’re looking for great pizza on Anna Maria Island, then this is the post for you. Keep reading to learn more about the Island pizza places:

Best Pizza On Anna Maria Island

Solos: If you’re craving pizza, but everyone else you’re with is not, Solos is the place you need to stop by. Located on Holmes Beach, Solos is a conveniently located and economical place to get not only pizza, but also burgers, subs, wings, and salads. Of course we suggest the pizza because of the various amounts of toppings you can get! Make sure to stop by!
3244 E Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-8118

Oma’s: Oma’s is the perfect place to get a pizza from if it’s late at night (open till 12AM). Their pizza is always fresh and delicious and it’ll have you eating way after you should have called it quits. So definitely stop by and enjoy Oma’s friendly environment, and their yummy pizza and calzones.
201 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
941-778-0771

The Feast Restaurant: The Feast is one of my top restaurants in general on the island. They have amazing food in good sized portions (plan for leftovers), though their pizza is absolutely fantastic. Trust me, once you just look at the pizza you will be impressed. It is the perfect balance of sauces, cheeses, and toppings. Compliments to the chef!
5406 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-5092

Pizza Social: The Pizza Social on Pine Ave is the newest (as of 2020) pizza place on Anna Maria Island. They specialize in handcrafted pizzas and fresh salads; the prefect combo! While they have an array of specialty pizzas and salads on their menu, you can also opt to Build Your Own pizza or salad as well.  
308 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 251-4070

Island Grill: Island Grill is one of the best restaurants on AMI and is great for everyone, because not only do they have a great selection of pizza, but also tons of other amazing dishes on the menu. All the pizzas are thin crust, handmade, and delicious. 
5910 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
 (941) 778-0333

Solo’s Pizza, a longtime island favorite

Pizza is always a fun dinner – some people even enjoy cold pizza for breakfast! Pizza on vacation is an easy choice and Solo’s Pizza in Holmes Beach is worth checking out. Offering both dine in and delivery, Solo’s is open at 4pm everyday with closing times varying due to season “or weather” according to their website.

While they offer mostly traditional pizzeria fare there are also wings, subs and burgers. Solo’s makes their pizza as a thin crispy crusted pie yet their calzones are deliciously chewy. They have both meat and veggie options (not vegan) and if you’re really hungry you can order the “Super Deluxe” which includes both!

Solo’s Pizza also offers the NFL Sunday Ticket football package with several TV’s so you can watch your favorite team with a cold beer or glass of wine.

3224 East Bay Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941-778-8118

Pizza Social – Handcrafted Pizzas & Fresh Salads on Pine Avenue

There’s a new pizza place on Pine Ave in Anna Maria City. Say hello to the Pizza Social! This casual pizza joint is open from 11am – 9pm everyday of the week, and is located just a few doors down from the Shiny Fish Emporium.

Pizza Social offers great hand-crafted pizzas as well as fresh salads. The pizzas come in two sizes, 10″ and 14″. Some of the pizzas on the menu here include their BBQ Pizza, Taco Pizza, the Community Garden Pizza, and the Beach Please Pizza. You can even opt for their cauliflower crust which is gluten free. And if none of their specialty pizzas interest you don’t worry, you can order the Build Your Own Pizza! You pick the meats and toppings you want and they’ll make it happen!

Same goes for their salads. If you don’t fancy one of the salads they have on the menu (like their Sumner House, California, or Caesar Salad) then you can do a Build Your Own small or large salad and have it your way.

Next time you find yourself on Pine Ave, stop by Pizza Social and try the island newest pizza place.

Pizza Social
308 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 251-4070

North Shore Cafe – a New Great Addition to Pine Avenue

There’s a new little café on Pine Ave in Anna Maria City that you must visit! The North Shore Café specializes in coffee, teas, smoothies, and more! Its a great spot to get something on the healthier side for breakfast and lunch.

Need a caffeine fix? They’ve got you covered with one of their Cold Brews, Cappuccinos, or Macchiatos. If you prefer tea over coffee then you’re going to love their specialty teas, like the London Fog (earl grey tea with vanilla, rock  sugar, & steamed milk). They even have Matcha Lattes!  Moving on to menu items that will fill you up, they have a great selection of delicious smoothies, acai bowls, as well as pastries & bagels, avocado toast, and lunch sandwiches. My favorites are the Jacaranda Smoothie, the Acai Hemp Protein Bowl, and the Caprese Sandwich. 

Stop by the North Shore Café any day of the week (besides Tuesdays when they’re closed to restock and recharge) for drinks or a bite to eat. You’re on island time, so you better enjoy every second of it! 

North Shore Cafe
304 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 900-2671

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub – Delicious Seafood & Old Florida Vibes

Open for lunch & dinner, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub is a popular establishment on Longboat Key that offers dockside dining, fantastic seafood dishes, and tasty cocktails. Mar Vista is owned by Ed Chiles and is part of the Chiles Restaurant Group along with the Sandbar Restaurant and the Beach House Restaurant.

Mar Vista is located in a beach house from the early 1900’s, which gives it a wonderful “Old Florida” vibe. Here, you can choose to dine on their private beach under the trees or on the large covered patio.

When it comes to their cuisine, Mar Vista uses as much locally sourced ingredients as they can. speaking of cuisine, lets get into the menu here. If you like seafood, you’ll love Mar Vista. with dishes like their Parmesan Crusted Flounder, Miso Glazed Grouper Collars, and Baja Fish Tacos. Of course not everyone is a fan of things that swim, so its a good thing they also have menu items like their Fried Chicken Sandwich, Mar Vista Pub Steak (served after 4PM), and Kung Pao Avocado. And don’t forget to finish the meal with one of their desserts that are made fresh in their bakery.

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub
760 Broadway St, Longboat Key, FL 34228
(941) 383-2391

The BEST Little Coffee Haus in Holmes Beach

There might not be a Starbucks on Anna Maria Island, but that surely doesn’t mean you’re out of luck when it comes to grabbing a quick cup of Joe. Just head over to the Island Coffee Haus in Holmes Beach. This cute little coffee shop offers coffee, tea, pastries, and more!

Island Coffee Haus opened its doors for the first time back in 2012, and is open for business every day from 8am – 4pm.  They also offer free WIFI.

On the menu here for beverages there are coffees, teas, smoothies, and fresh pressed green juice. And if you want a bite to eat to go with your drink, they offer pastries along with breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, and bagels. While you wait for the friendly staff to prepare your drink or snack, check out the merchandise they sell! Great locally made art, jewelry, signs, and more. 

Island Coffee Haus (Located in the same space as Scott’s Deli)
5350 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 896-4870

For the Best Sandwiches on Anna Maria Island, Head Over to Scott’s Deli

Scott’s Deli in Holmes Beach is the place you want to order from for the best sandwich on all of Anna Maria Island. While Publix is known for their delicious subs, Scott’s takes the cake. They have breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and will also deliver to anywhere on the Island, including the beach!

Everything at Scott’s Deli is fresh and homemade, and ingredients are locally sourced when they can be.

The menu here of course consists of great sandwiches including breakfast sandwiches, hot & cold sandwiches, and even the option to create your own sandwich with whatever bread/ meat, cheese, toppings & sauces you could want! A few of the sandwiches on the menu here include their Maple Leaf (breakfast menu), Italian, The Desoto, NY Pastrami, and many more.
Scott’s Deli also serves hot dogs (NY Hot Dog, Chicago Dog) and salads (Pasta Salad, Southwest Salad). Both of which you can also choose to create your own.

Have an event coming up and are a fan of Scott’s Deli’s delicious food? Have them cater!
Unfortunately, Scott’s is not open for dinner time (bummer). But they are open at 8am everyday, and close at 4pm Monday – Saturday (2pm on Sundays).


Scott’s Deli
5350 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217 – (Shares location with Island Coffee Haus)
(941) 778-3000

Peach’s Restaurant in Holmes Beach – Laid Back, Homestyle Breakfast Food

For a good homestyle breakfast, that won’t break the bank, check out Peach’s off East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach. They are open early (6am), and close after lunch (2:30pm). There is nothing fancy about Peach’s, which is why so many people like it. It’s a nice laid back spot with friendly staff.

Peach’s Restaurant is actually a small chain restaurant, with 6 locations, all in the local area. Everything on the menu is served all day. So if you want a burger at 8am, go for it! Pancakes for lunch? No problem.
Speaking about the menu, here’s what you can expect. They have all the classic breakfast items, like omelets, benedicts, pancakes, waffles, etc. Then they have dishes like Biscuits & Gravy, a Breakfast Burrito, and Chicken Fried Steak n Eggs. There are quite a few things to choose from.

For the lunch portion of the menu there are fresh salads, sandwiches, and wraps. A few examples of dishes on the lunch menu include their Tuna Melt, Rueben, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, and the Southwest Salad.

Peach’s Restaurant
3240 E Bay Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 779-0738

Isola Bella Italian Eatery – Enjoy an Authentic Italian Dinner in Holmes Beach

Enjoy the taste of authentic Italian cuisine in Holmes Beach at Isola Bella Italian Eatery. This restaurant is open for dinner (5pm – 9pm), and closed on Sundays.

They serve old family recipes using only the freshest ingredients that are mostly imported from Italy, or come from local farms. The cheese is imported, the pasta is made fresh, and the meats are top-shelf. This ensures the best quality of food, and trust me, the food here is fantastic.

The menu contains many classic Italian dishes and desserts. For appetizers, they have dishes such as Bruschetta, Eggplant Eza Bella, and Caprese Salad. As for the main courses, the menu includes Gnocchi al Pesto, Ravioli alla Vodka as well as your choice of veal or chicken Parmigiana, Piccata, and Marsala. Yum, yum, yum!

And to wrap up the meal, try on of their desserts, like the Tiramisù or lemon Sorbetto.

Isola Bella Italian Eatery
5904 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 242-5309