Beach House Restaurant – Outdoor dining and great Florida seafood

The Beach House restaurant is located in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island  just past the street light after the Cortez Bridge heading south.

The BeachHouse has great Florida seafood and breathtaking views
The Beach House has great Florida seafood and breathtaking views

Experience great waterfront dining on the Gulf of Mexico with breathtaking views and fresh Florida seafood. It is the perfect place for family dining with plenty of room for all the kids to play on the beach while you sip on a tropical drink and enjoy great food while listening to live entertainment by local artists. You can choose, if you like, to have your meal inside the dining room or on the waterfront deck. There is even a covered Gulf front area, which makes it perfect rain or shine.

Beside the regular lunch and dinner menus, Beach House offers a happy hour menu at the bar including delicious libations and small plates.  In addition to fresh local seafood you can find farm fresh produce on the menu. The Grouper sandwich is a popular menu item, but be sure to check out any seasonal offerings like the stuffed squash blossoms from Gamble creek farms.

 

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Bradenton Beach Sunsets

The Beach House is a wonderful spot to enjoy a gulf sunset after a long day at the beach. If you like to take a look at some spectacular sunset pictures visit our Anna Maria Island  blog and get in the mood for a nice dinner at The Beach House.

It is also a great place to have a wedding. The Beach House is an award-winning location for beach weddings, receptions or any special event. Maybe if you are in luck you’ll witness one of the happy couples exchange their vows.

You can even do a little shopping in their gift and souvenir shop located at the entrance area of the restaurant.

The Beach House hours:
Open 7 days a week
11:30am-10:00pm every day during Daylight Savings Time
11:30am-9pm Sun-Thurs, 11:30am-10:00pm Fri and Sat during Standard time.

The Beach House Restaurant
200 Gulf Dr
Bradenton Beach, Fl 34217
Phone (941) 779-2222

 

 

Bridge Tender Inn restaurant in Bradenton Beach, FL

Bridge Tender Inn Restaurant
Bridge Tender Inn Restaurant

Bradenton Beach – The Bridge Tender Inn is a fabulous restaurant and full service bar situated directly on the intercoastal side of Anna Maria Island on Beautiful Sarasota Bay. Located on Historic Bridge Street just south of the sight of the first bridge that connected the Island to the mainland, the Bridge Tender Inn has an old Florida small town casual feel.

The Bridge Tender Inn offers more formal indoor seating and an open air seating area nestled into Mangroves just across the street at the base of the Bradenton Beach pier.  A locals favorite, Bridge Tender Inn serves fresh seafood including tuna, shrimp, grouper and scallops to name a few.  If you have already had your fill of seafood on your Anna Maria Island vacation don’t worry.  The Bridge Tender restaurant has duck, pasta, steak, ribs, a vegetarian dish and much more.

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Outdoor Tiki Bar situated directly on Sarasota Bay.
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A Great Blue Heron enjoys a spot on the Pier.

For a more relaxed atmosphere visit the bar style dining area.  The bar area often has live music, and is a fun place to dine with entertainment and endless Bradenton Beach character.  The restaurant bar offers a limited menu which serves a lighter fare than the formal restaurant menu.  The bar area outdoor seating has the island’s most beautiful views the intercoastal has to offer.

The name Bridge Tender Inn is of important significance.  Anna Maria Island’s first bridge to the island with motor vehicles is the current sight of Bradenton Beach pier. The men who operated the bridge were called Bridge Tenders.  For more information on how the bridge operated and the significance of the Bridge Tenders be sure to visit our Anna Maria Island Informational page.

For great food with an amazing view head over to the Bridge Tender Inn and enjoy a slice of old Florida charm. Open daily from 11:30am- 12pm

Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar
155 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-4849

Rotten Ralph’s in Bradenton Beach – CLOSED – Now Anna Maria Oyster Bar

Rotten Ralph’s located in Bradenton Beach, FLRotten Ralph’s now has two locations on Anna Maria Island.  Their first location is in Anna Maria City and their second location is found at the end of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, Fl.  The two locations are extremely different.  The Anna Maria location is more like a marina’s afterthought so if you are a boater this location is perfect.  Before or after your meal you can walk the marina and dream a Rotten Ralph’s offers outdoor seating right on the waterlittle about owning one of the several million dollar yachts.  The newer location on bridge street is a bit of new “old Florida” and frankly the first time we visited the new location in Bradenton Beach we were pleasantly surprised.   After your meal walk the pier and people watch on the several swings provided or watch the fishing or boats pass you by.  It’s a perfect opportunity for your family to relax together and have a little fun while sharing the experiences that Anna Maria Island has to offer.

Rotten Ralph’s is well known for the all you can eat fish fry Rotten Ralph’s logoas well as various other fried seafood’s.   If you love a good fish fry then visit Rotten Ralph’s.  Their clam strips are some of the largest clam strips I have ever seen.  Their clam chowder is fairly good also.

New England Style Clam Chowder at Rotten Ralph’s

Web Site
Anna Maria city location
901 S. Bay Blvd
Anna Maria City, Florida, 34216
(941) 778-3953
Lunch & Dinner served 7 days per week

Bradenton Beach Location
200 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-1604
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner  served 7 days per week

For more information on great vacation rentals with an office located on Anna Maria Island be sure to go to http://www.islandreal.com/

 

Oma’s Restaurant Bradenton Beach – Pizza and Italian Classics

Oma’s restaurant Bradenton Beach is run by the Mannino family, and has been on Anna Maria Island since 1982. The owners origin is from Sicily so you may find the tomato sauce a little sweet. They serve beer and wine as well as normal beverages. Their claim to fame is pizza so give it a try if you have the time. Patience is the key at Oma’s as the meals and service can take a bit longer than usual.

They serve the normal Italian meals; ziti, chicken parmesan, spaghetti, meatballs, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. In the past few years their prices have become average for the island. However a pizza can be very economical for a larger family. If you are in the mood for Italian this is one of the better choices on Anna Maria Island. See their web site below where they offer their menu without prices.

Additionally, Oma’s does deliver on the island. This is great for a lazy lunch or dinner in your beach rental.

If you decide to dine in, there is also a lovely patio area. You can almost make out a sunset from the patio, and definitely enjoy gulf breezes. Oma’s has many booth seats indoors for a comfortable and relaxing spot to eat.

Oma Pizza and Italian Restaurant
201 Gulf Drive North
Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-0771
(941) 778-0772

Anna Maria Island Three cities – Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach.

Anna Maria Island three cities; Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Anna Maria City all offer a unique vacation. Anna Maria Island is approximately 7 miles long and 8 blocks wide.  There are three access points to the island all requiring you to pass over drawbridges. Typically the bridges open twice per hour and require only a five minute wait. Traveling South to North the access points to Anna Maria Island are Longboat Key (Gulf Drive),  Cortez Bridge (State Road 684), and Manatee Avenue Bridge (State Road 64). The entire island is in Manatee County and we have two zip codes of 34216 and 34217.

Anna Maria Island three cities’ beaches

ALL the Gulf of Mexico beaches on Anna Maria Island are open to the public.  Some prefer one cities’ beach over another, however, the difference between beaches are the amount of visitors on each. The softness of the sand, number of seashells, color of the sand, etc are similar if not the same for all gulf beaches.

There are public access points all along the island. We always suggest you ask how far the closest beach access is compared to where you are staying. In addition, if you have congestion expectations for the beach you visit, be sure to ask the vacation rental office for area suggestions on where to reserve. Try to get a definition in number of blocks, number of homes you have to walk past, or does it require a bicycle ride? It’s safe to say that you can bicycle to the Gulf of Mexico beach from anywhere on the island without much difficulty.

No high rises in Anna Maria Island three cities

Anna Maria Island’s uniqueness revolves around its gorgeous white powdery beaches and zoning guidelines for both commercial and residential properties.  No drive thru’s are allowed on the island.  The maximum height for all buildings on the island is 37 feet.  There are two buildings on the island taller than the 37 foot moratorium built prior. Zoning has ensured that no enormous buildings enter the island’s skyline. The miscellaneous zoning laws as well as the current City boards will ensure that Anna Maria Island continues to be considered “old Florida”. A quiet place families come to enjoy. The beach and a simpler life we all aspire to attain full time in our lives is here!

Shopping in Anna Maria Island three cities

There are gift shops, pharmacy shops, restaurants, deli’s, hardware, lumber, and one large grocery store all located on the Anna Maria Island.  Everything is within a short 5-10 minute drive. If you don’t want to leave the island during your stay we have plenty of choices to satisfy your needs.  There are many accommodations on the island including Hotels, Bed and Breakfast’s, and of course vacation rentals.   If a Vacation Rental does not fit your needs we strongly recommend the Harrington House which is a Bed and Breakfast right on the Gulf of Mexico. The Bed and Breakfast receives rave reviews and we promise you won’t be disappointed.  http://www.harringtonhouse.com/

Tourist Seasons on Anna Maria Island

High season is Feb 1st to end of April.  Mid-Season is June 1st to Middle August.  Outside of holiday’s, last minute stays can be found outside of the high season.  See the below city descriptions to view specifics of each city within Anna Maria Island.

BRADENTON BEACH:

Bradenton Beach is the most Southern city on the island, and is the most congested of all three cities.  Gulf Drive runs North/South and offers the only access from Longboat Key or Cortez Road (Route 684).  So, two of the three access points on the island must travel on Gulf Drive which is one of the reasons Bradenton Beach is a bit busier.

In addition, Bradenton Beach has the highest density of condominiums on the island and has a bit higher population per square mile. Of course everything is relative. It’s like asking a person from New York City what is busy and then asking a person from Honeoye Falls, New York what is busy.  Relatively speaking, their definitions are correct but it’s difficult to define “busy.”  The best way to explain it is if you stay on Gulf Drive you will hear some road noise. I have never had anyone complain that Bradenton Beach was too busy if they stayed off Gulf Drive.  In fact, complaints of guests that stay on Gulf drive are few and far between.  Many visitors choose Bradenton Beach because the rental rates can be a little less expensive and gift shops, restaurants and other shops are generally within a walk away.

HOLMES BEACH:

Holmes Beach is in the middle of the island and is extremely popular due to the large public beach at the end of Manatee Avenue (Route 64).  The middle city starts around 29th street and ends at Peppertree, about 55 blocks.  This area is considered quieter than Bradenton Beach and has many gift shops, restaurants, and the only major grocery store on the island.  Holmes Beach is considered quieter for several reasons.  Firstly, Holmes Beach has a mixture of condominium complexes and homes.  The mixture is about 30% condominiums and 70% homes.  Secondly, most of Holmes Beach allows for several routes that allow access North and South.  This provides for a lot less traffic congestion.  Holmes Beach has the widest section of the island and allows most of the East side of the island to view the Tampa Bay as well as the Skyway Bridge.

Key Royale is a more exclusive area of Anna Maria Island three cities.  All properties on Key Royale have varying degrees of water views, either canal or Tampa Bay views.  In addition, the area offers the only golfing on the island with a 9 hole par 3 Golf Course.   It is a private golf course and requires some significant networking to find a member to allow you to be their guest.  Don’t worry, there are plenty of public golf courses nearby.  For shopping, East Bay Drive offers the newest plaza’s on the island and the ¼ mile stretch gives you access to several restaurants, gift shops, pharmacy, grocery store, hardware store, etc

ANNA MARIA CITY:

Anna Maria Island three citiesAnna Maria City is the most Northern area of the island.  It is very popular for those that desire extreme quiet. Anna Maria City starts at Peppertree up to the most Northern tip of the island.  Anna Maria city also has shops and restaurants.  The city is populated with homes rather than condos so the population density is much less as compared to Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach.  Walking or bicycling in Anna Maria City is fantastic as there is very little traffic and home watching is spectacular.  Anna Maria City has two piers that you must visit while on vacation.  Grab an ice cream at  Two Scoops and walk the public pier at the end of pine and take in the million dollar view of Tampa Bay.

Enjoy Anna Maria Island three cities, and visit each one when vacationing at an Anna Maria Island beach rental!

Anna Maria Island Three Cities
Starfish is a fantastic 3 bedroom Holmes Beach rental accommodating 6 guests. This home is located in the central portion of Anna Maria Island, so it’s close to everything! Click on the image above to reserve Starfish!