Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island is the quintessential way to hang out in beautiful tropical climate! There’s nothing better than when going out to grab a bite to eat or drinks, having the warm island breeze surrounding you. Some of the wonderful restaurants I’ve listed below have beautiful water views of either the crystal clear Gulf or Bay, or an open-air setting directly across the street from the beach.
The fresh air of AMI always makes your food taste that much better and your drinks that much tastier, bringing you relaxing vibes that will be sure to lift your spirit. I have suggested different places from smaller and more quant spots, to casual any-time spots, to romantic night spots.
The Havana Cabana Grill is a Cuban restaurant situated on the Marina Drive, Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island. The restaurant has a large selection of dishes available for people eating in and ordering out. The food served is a mixture between Greek, Italian and Cuban traditional dishes and there are a variety of others. There are dinner specials available and for the adventurous spirits out there the catch of the day will offer a delicious fresh meal. Be sure to ask what it is!! There is a relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant and one immediately feels at home and welcome.
On my visit to the Havana Cabana I had an authentic Cuban sandwich and my aunt had the Sopa del Dia, both of which were extremely good. I would recommend any of the sandwiches that are made with Cuban bread. There is so much to choose from and I will definitely be going back. The restaurant is owned and managed by John Droukas who is also the chef, you can be sure one of the better chefs on the island. The best way in testing the theory is by testing the food. We were served by a kind lady by the name of Michelle Ruiz del Vizo who was very knowledgeable of the state of Florida and its cultural heritage. We learnt from her the meaning behind the term ‘cracker’, used to describe people who are born in Florida. The term derived from the crack of the whip above herds of cattle that were being herded by the first Floridian residents, early pioneers of the region. She is a proud Cuban cracker.
Hey kids! You’ve made your way back to Kids Corner, the #1 island blog written by kids, for kids. I’m here to talk about one of the best Asian food places on the island, Ocean Star. Not only does it have awesome food, but the atmosphere is very realistic and entertaining. Read on if you want to learn more.
Ocean Star is this great sushi and Japanese food restaurant located at the Galati Marina. It has the most yummiest sushi and dumplings you’ve ever tasted. And no matter what you like there’s something on the menu to amuse everyone.
So let’s start with the food. Honestly, I would have to say that sushi is their specialty. My favorite has to be the Hawaiian Role-Tuna and Cream Cheese tempura with eel sauce-soooo good! I mean, the other items I have tried on the menu were fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but I think the thing they spend more time perfecting their sushi than anything else. But if you’re not exactly the sushi type, Ocean Star has plenty of other options for you. They make a variety of tempura dishes (fried veggies and fish – finger food that satisfies even people like my brother). They also serve many different types of rice, dumplings, soups, noodles, and even steak, to satisfy your hunger. So feel free to eat up and enjoy!
Next, the atmosphere. As soon as you walk in the door, it’s as if you’ve entered a whole different world. In short, it’s very different than your everyday mealtime. You can eat at a table, in a booth, at the bar, or in a canopied-in booth with strips of seating area all around the table. To add to the realistic Japanese ambiance, the lights are dim and the chefs are constantly preparing food right in front of you, which adds to the awesome mood.
So, to conclude, Ocean Star is a fun, awesome restaurant that serves great food, has a fantabulous atmosphere, and is a great place to eat whether you have a special event or are just looking for a cool place to eat for dinner or lunch. Well, i gotta go. See ya l8tr. Byeeeee!!!!!!!!
Looking for tasty food while you’re on the Anna Maria Island? Well you’re in luck we have composed list of island restaurants from fine dining, to beachfront restaurants, pizza, and where to get the best burger on the island. We have plenty of tasty restaurants to choose from on AMI but the ten restaurants below are a MUST VISIT!
1) Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach – Enjoy fine dining on the Gulf of Mexico with an excellent wine selection and amazing entrée’s.
6600 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
2) Sign of the Mermaid in The City of Anna Maria – A unique dining experience on Anna Maria Island with award winning key lime pie.
Anna Maria Island and Manatee County are alive with outdoor activities this spring. Concerts, festivals, and celebrations for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at some of the upcoming events for the rest of May and the beginning of June.
The Anna Maria City Pier is celebrating its 100th birthday this weekend; you will not want to miss this event and the surprises that are in store for your entertainment! If you would like more information on other events in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Anna Maria Island, contact Island Real Estate today (941)-778-6066.
Friday May 13th 5:30pm
Friday Nights with music by Mike Sales AMI Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach
Music by Mike Sales and Scott Blum will host a drum circle beginning 30 minutes before sunset.
Native Plant Tour Robinson Preserve Enjoy a guided native plant tour at Robinson Preserve call for more details (941)-722-4524.
Wednesday May 18th 11:30am – 1:30pm
Manatee County Courthouse downtown Bradenton
Courthouse Concert featuring Henry Lawrence, please bring a non-perishable food donation.
Friday May 20th
Unveiling of the Privateers Ice-cream
Tyler’s Ice Cream
Join in on the fun at Tyler’s as they unveil there new Ice Cream!
Saturday May 21st 7pm – 11pm
Music In The Plaza Parking plaza of Fist Bank downtown Bradenton.
Experience an outdoor evening with libations, food, dancing, demonstrations, and live music from Have Gun Will Travel.
Saturday, June 4th 4pm – 7pm
Museum Night at Art Center Manatee- Artifacts! South Florida Museum, downtown Bradenton
This month’s museum night will be held across the street at ArtCenter Manatee.
Saturday June 4th & Sunday 5th 9am – 4pm
Wildlife Inc. Blood Drive St. Bernard’s Church in Holmes Beach
A private donor will contribute $100.00 to Wildlife Inc. for each person who donates a pint of blood in the name of Wildlife, Inc. You can provide much needed blood and help us to fulfill our mission at the same time.
This spring downtown Bradenton & riverfront community will be alive with events that showcase music. Shop, dine, and celebrate Bradenton’s unique mix of arts, culture, and heritage downtown along the riverfront this spring.
Take a look at the Music Slam event list for April and May below. If you would like more information on this spring’s Music Slam or any other events in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Anna Maria Island, contact Island Real Estate.
Saturday, April 16th 1-2:30pm
History & All That Jazz
Palmetto Historical Park & Manatee County Agricultural Museum.
Enjoy a free Jazz Ensemble, and guided tours of the park’s historical buildings.
Thursday, April 21st 6-10pm
Get Down Downtown
Old Main Street Downtown Bradenton.
Head downtown, and hang out with your friends, eat some food, and grab a drink while listing to live music in the streets of Bradenton.
Wednesday, April 27th 2:30-7:30pm
Musical & Fashion Show
Desoto Historical Society Bradenton Municipal Auditorium.
You do not want to miss the 2011 De Soto Heritage Musical Festival which will feature skilled dance routines.
Saturday, April 30th 6 & 7:30pm
Classics at Ortygia Ristorante
The Village of The Arts.
World renowned tenor Joe Spinella will sing in the Ortygia Courtyard, and Chef Gaetano Cannata will delight you with classic food and wine.
Wednesday’s, May 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
Courthouse Square Concerts
Free live concerts in May at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Bradenton featuring Henry Lawrence, Michael Mac, & a Jazz Ensemble.
Thursday, May 5th – Sunday May 22nd
Signin’ In The Rain,
The Manatee Players
This musical is a return to the old fashioned showbiz glamour and big dance numbers.
Friday, May 6th 6-9:30pm
Musical Chairs Art Walk
The Village of the Arts
Art and Music everything from bluegrass to an interactive musical sculpture.
Saturday, May 7th 3-7pm
Rock ‘n’ Art
Art Center Manatee
Rock N Roll concert and cool art activities; don’t miss the family fun featuring local bands and artists.
Saturday, May 7th 4-8pm
Sing into Spring!
South Florida Museum
Sing along with your favorite musical kids flick and put on your own Karaoke show. Food will be available at normal price.
Every Saturday In May 9am-2pm
Old Main Street Bradenton
Fresh produce and live music in the streets of downtown Bradenton.
Saturday May 14th 11:30am – 2pm
ArtCenter Manatee Courtyard by Marriott
Luncheon & Fashion Show, with fashions from Irene’s in Holmes Beach.
Thursday, May 19th 6-10pm
Get Down Downtown
Old Main Street Downtown Bradenton.
Head downtown and hang out with your friends, eat some food, and grab a drink while listing to live music in the streets of Bradenton.
Friday, May 20th Sunset
Reels at Rossi free film
Rossi Park Bradenton
Don’t miss this family musical with heart, and food will be available for purchase.
Saturday, May 21st 7-11pm
Party on The Plaza Manatee Young Professionals and Realize Bradenton
First Bank 1301 6th Avenue West Bradenton
Join your friend’s downtown Bradenton for live music, drinks, and delicious appetizers under the stars.
Saturday, May 28th 8-9pm
Sonic Art With Paul Ramshaw
Palmetto Art Center
Paul Ramshaw’s electro-acoustic compositions are created from micro-samples of live orchestral and operatic vocal sources.