Beach Bistro – Fine Dining Anna Maria Island

sunset view at the Beach BistroThe Beach Bistro is a fantastic restaurant that offers a dining experience to remember. Several courses are served, or you can order how you like.    Reservations are strongly recommended, but you can also try to grab a seat at the bar.  The bar has a little more limited menu and provides some “lighter fare” options.  If you are looking for a romantic spot with limited gulf views and price is no option then we strongly recommend the Beach Bistro.  Average meal prices are well over $35, so be sure you are comfortable with their prices.

Younger children are welcome, but are not recommended if you plan on having a long dining experience.  Parking can be a bit of a challenge but if you can find a “legal” spot go for it otherwise be sure to use their valet parking.  One additional note, the seating for two is normally fairly intimate so be prepared to get to know your neighboring diners.

We’ve provided some information below to help you contact them or find them once you’re on the island!

Beach Bistro

The Bistro is located in Holmes Beach, FL
Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5 stars – based on 377 reviews

6600 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Phone Number: (941) 778-6444
Website: www.beachbistro.com
Menu: Browse our Menu and Wine List
Hours: .

Cuisine: Gulf Coast Seafood, American

Price Range: $$$
Takes Reservations: Yes

Beach Bistro, Direct Gulf Front fine Dining in Holmes Beach, FL

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The Beach Bistro is located at the end of 66th.

Beach Warning Flags – Swim Safely on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – While relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island you may notice beach warning flags. A notice of swimming conditions, You’ll see them flying from the lifeguard stands at Manatee Beach in Holmes Beach and Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. These are color coded flags to warn you about different conditions that you as a beachgoer should be aware of.

What the beach warning flags mean

Double Red – No swimming allowed

Red – Swim with extreme caution due to strong currents or rough surf

Yellow – Swim with caution due to strong currents or rough surf

Green – Swimming allowed, calm conditions

Purple – Presence of marine pests such as jellyfish, sharks, stingrays or red tide

In 2005 the Florida Legislature introduced the uniform beach flag system. Florida’s beach flag program uses four colors accompanied by interpretive signs along the beach to explain swimming conditions. All public beaches in Florida with lifeguards must use the state flag system. With a quick glance at the lifeguard stand beachgoers are informed about the existing water conditions. Life guards will monitor conditions changing the flags throughout the day in order to keep patrons informed. Follow the link for swimming conditions prior to your beach visit.

Just in time for the summer season 2014 additional beach flags will be posted at two fire stations in MANATEE COUNTY. One fire stations is on the island: Fire Station No. 1 at 6001 Marina Drive on Holmes Beach next to the Island Real Estate office and the second fire station is on the way approaching the island via Cortez Road: 10350 Cortez Road, Bradenton.

Lifeguards will communicate with firefighters to change the flags as necessary.

So, just check today’s beach flag color, apply sunscreen and enjoy your day on the beautiful beaches on Anna Maria Island. You might also like to check out what the Island Real Estate team brings along in their beach bags or take a live look at the beach via the Island Real Estate beach cam.

 

May student at the Artists’ Guild Gallery in Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach – During the month of May, the watercolor mirror image titled “Reflections” by Bayshore High School student Erin Kenney will be displayed at the Artists’ Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. Erin is a senior AP art student who plans to work after graduation as a tattoo artist and attend college later. She was selected to be part of Art and Soul in 2013-14 and also Art Slam as well as The River Walk Art Festival. Her art teacher is Claire Hickman.

Pictured left to right, Claire Hickman, Erin Kenney and Guild Education Chairperson Karen Ellsworth at the Artists' Guild Gallery
Pictured left to right, Claire Hickman, Erin Kenney and Guild Education Chairperson Karen Ellsworth Artists’ Guild Gallery

Respect our feathered friends while relaxing at the beach

Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island birds and wildlife are very important to locals, and the success of our environment. Bird nesting season is here and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC for short, is asking beachgoers to watch out for and avoid disturbing nesting shore birds. With nests built out of sand, respecting local wildlife is especially important during high traffic times like Spring Break. A lot of these birds face conservation challenges and taking into consideration a few do’s and don’t can go a long way towards helping preserve our local ecosystem.

Anna Maria Island birds and wildlife

Rules for beachgoer’s

Keep your distance, whether on the beach or paddling watercraft along the shore. If birds become agitated or leave their nests, you are too close. A general rule is to stay at least 300 feet from a nest. Birds calling out loudly and dive-bombing are giving signals for you to back off.

Never intentionally force birds to fly or run. They use up energy they need for nesting, and eggs and chicks may be left vulnerable to the sun’s heat or predators. Teach children not to chase shorebirds and kindly ask fellow beach-goes to do the same.

Respect posted areas. Avoid posted nesting sites and use designated walkways when possible.

Do not take pets to the beach.

Keep the beach clean and do not fee wildlife. Food scraps attract predators such as raccoons and crows, which can prey on shorebird chicks. Litter on beaches can entangle birds and other wildlife.

Rules for wildlife photographers

Remain beyond the posted area, with no part of you or your camera equipment extending beyond the string or signs.

Restrict photography to no more than 10 minutes. Too much time photographing near the nest may stress birds.

Don’t “push” birds around the beach. Stay far enough away so the birds do not change their behavior in response to your presence. They need to feed and rest without disturbance.

If you see someone disturbing nesting birds report their behavior to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC(3922), #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone or by texting Tip@#MyFWC.com.

Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer feeding it’s babies during nesting season on Anna Maria Island.

April Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island

Holmes Beach – During April, the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is featuring the work of Southeast High School student Zoe Hawkins-Smyk and art teacher Barbara Kenney. Zoe’s acrylic floral painting, is called “O’Keefe Orchid”. She has previously exhibited at the Sarasota Airport. Zoe will be attending college next fall but is undecided on her career path. She studied the Chinese language for three years in the International Baccalaureate program in high school.

Barbara Kenney’s watercolor painting is titled “Spring Trio”. She has been an art teacher at Southeast HS for over thirty years and is the sponsor of the Art Club and Chairperson for the Visual & Performing Arts.

The paintings will be displayed all month at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

Nancy Hossbach of the Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island, Zoe Hawkins-Smyk and art teacher Barbara Kenney
Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island

Respect Dolphins Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphins may be one of our nicest finned friends, but they are still wild animals protected under law by the Marina Mammal Protection Act. Here are some do’s and don’ts for interacting with them.

atlantic bottle nose dolphin anna maria island
Anna Maria Island Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphins

Do’s

Stay at least 50 yards away from dolphins when viewing from a vessel or watercraft.

Limit time spent observing marine mammals to 30 minutes or less.

Avoid making loud or sudden noises near these aquatic mammals.

Move away slowly if a dolphin’s behavior indicates the animal is stressed or disturbed.

Look before you book! Book wild dolphin viewing tours with businesses that responsibly view dolphins in the wild and help cetacean conservation.

Put your vessel’s engine in neutral if in the close vicinity of dolphins.

Dont’s

Pursue, swim with, pet or touch wild dolphins, even if they approach you.

Encircle or entrap dolphins with vessels.

Operate or maneuver vessels in a manner that may cause dolphins to change their current behaviors. Specifically, do not direct a vessel or accelerate toward dolphins with the intent of creating a wake.

Separate mother and calf pairs.

Drive watercraft through or over groups of dolphins.

If you see a dolphin in distress call Mote Marine’s Stranding Investigations Program at 941-988-0212.

 

 

Kids art workshop at the Anna Maria Island Art League

Holmes Beach – The Anna Maria Island Art League is hosting a three day kids art workshop called “Exploring Creativity’, taught by Marie Garafano. The class will be taking place from Monday, March 30th through Wednesday, April 1st from 1:30-3:30pm.

During the class children will elarn how to paint with watercolors as well as experiment with colalge to create expressive pictures. Marie Garafano is a watercolor painter and former illustrator/designer who also illustrated the children’s book “Ginger Goes on a Diet”.

The cost for the class is $50 per child and supplies will be provided. Classes are limited to 10 people and children should dress comfortably in clothes they are okay getting paint on.

For more information or to register for the class, call 941-778-2099 or visit the gallery itself  in Holmes Beach at 5312 Holmes Boulevard, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-2pm.

2015 City Fest in Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach – It’s that time of year again, City Fest is coming back to Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island!

On Friday, March 27th from 5-10pm and Saturday, March 28th from 10am-10pm, this 2-day event will be taking place at the Holmes beach City Hall Field.

Continuous band music will be provided by a host of live entertainers on stage in addition to a Food Court with local island restaurants and vendors, the LaPensee Classic Car Show on Saturday featuring vintage cars, AMI Fitness Kids Zone, Island Fine Arts, Jewelry & Crafts, Wine, Beer , Rum Runners, Margaritas and more!

Island CityFest is being held at the Holmes Beach City Hall “Field” 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach (next to City Hall). For Vendor or Sponsor Information see attachments or call 941-778-1541.

Band Line-Up Friday March 27th:

Scott Pritchard – MC

5:30-7:30pm Koko Ray & the Keepers

8:00-10:00pm – Billy Rice Band

Band Line-Up Saturday March 28th:

Mike Sales – MC all day

11:00-12:00 noon – Cant Turn Left

12:30-2:30pm – Mike Sales & the Restless Natives

3:00-5:00pm – soulRcoaster

5:30-7:30pm – Shotgun Justice

8:00pm-10:00pm – Scott’s Garage

2015 City Fest in Holmes Beach
city fest 2015

Gene Aubry, Conversations with an Architect

Holmes Beach- Gene Aubry, will have a conversation about “chapters” in his career as an architect for the program for the Artists’ Guild meeting on Monday, March 2nd at the Church of the Annunciation, 45th Street and 2nd Avenue. Social hour begins at 6:30 PM and the program at 7 PM.

After leaving Houston and the 5th largest architectural firm in the US with 250 architects working under him, Gene came to Anna Maria in 1985. He subsequently designed the Sarasota Library and the Naples Philharmonic Hall, among other buildings.  Come and hear stories about working with the famous architect Phillip Johnson, John and Dominique de Menil, Houston art patrons, and Mark Rothko to complete the Rothko Chapel at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. “I only do what I enjoy:  being an architect has been fun….I enjoy is drawing directly what I see (which resulted in a book of Galveston Historic Buildings)… and playing guitar evenings at the Beach Bistro”.

This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Call the Guild Gallery at 941-778-6694 or see the web site: amiartistsguildgallery.com. We are also on facebook.com/ArtistsGuildofAMI.

Gene Aubrey, Architect

Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island March Artist: Cheryl Jorgensen

Holmes Beach – The Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is pleased to present watercolorist and teacher Cheryl Jorgensen as the featured artist for the month of March.There will be a reception for her at the Guild Gallery Friday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The Gallery is located at 5414 Marina Drive in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach.

Cheryl was born in Trinidad, then moved to Denmark, and finally to Florida. She began painting in oils but changed to watercolors, feeling that the flow and spontaneity of this medium, as well as the vibrant colors, best allowed her self expression. She has now been living and teaching in the area for ten years, and currently holds classes at the Crosspointe Fellowship on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.

For more information call the Gallery at 941-778-6694 or see the web site at www.AMIArtistsGuildGallery.com.

Masks, Watercolor by Cheryl Jorgensen at the Artists' Guild