The Gulf Drive Cafe is a casual, waterfront restaurant in Bradenton Beach, where you have the option of dining outdoors on the beach. This is one of only 3 restaurants on Anna Maria Island where you can dine with your toes in the sand. The Sandbar and The Beach House also are right on the beach.
Gulf Drive Cafe is open everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, this place is more than just a restaurant. They also have a gift shop, host private events, and have a huge outdoor, full service tiki-bar known as The Kokonut Hut. Plus, the Kokonut Hut is dog friendly!
There are 2 large parking lots, or take the free Island trolley. There is a trolley stop conveniently right across the street.
Open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner the Sign of the Mermaid Anna Maria offers a unique dining experience.
Sign of the Mermaid Anna Maria – Closed as of 2019
Sign of the Mermaid is located in the city Anna Maria on Gulf drive. The restaurant is in a quaint house renovated to accommodate dining guests. Built in 1912 this restaurant is an old home. Creaking floors, artwork, and fabulous antiques are just a few of the items that define the decor of this unusual home.
Meal at the Sign of the Mermaid Anna Maria tend to be larger. They offer seafood, pasta, chicken, lamb, steaks, wonderful appetizers, and out of this world desserts. For breakfast try out the Eggs Andrea. A delicious spin on a traditional Benedict. The dinner menu also has tons of classic favorites with a unique twist. Additionally, in season we recommend reservations, and the atmosphere accommodates children. Sign of the Mermaid has mixed reviews mostly due to the age of the restaurant and the decor. If you prefer the journey to a dining experience we would suggest Sign of the Mermaid.
Sign of the Mermaid – CLOSED
9707 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria, FL, 34216
Outdoor Dining on 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.
Do you love tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos? One place on Anna Maria Island that will satisfy your Tex-Mex craving is Tortilla Bay Southwest Grille in Holmes Beach. Tortilla Bay is located in the Island Shopping Center and is open everyday of the week from 11AM – 9PM. Not only is all the food delicious, but it’s also fairly priced. A must try is the Queso cheese dip, it’s fantastic! I could literally eat it all day, everyday.
Tortilla Bay is like a fast food restaurant without the drive thru. It’s great place to grab a bite on the run or have a quick inexpensive meal inside. Walk up to the counter, place your order and grab a seat, the waitress will bring your food out to you when it is ready.
Tortilla Bay restaurant is located on Marina drive which makes it a convenient stop with plenty of parking.
Address:5318 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217 Phone: (941) 778-3663 Hours: everyday of the week from 11AM – 9PM
Everyone needs to eat and when you are in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island you must stop at Hurricane Hanks Pub & Grub for lunch or dinner. Hurricane Hanks is in the S & S Plaza located at the intersection of Gulf Drive and Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. This island style pub has it all, salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and a full liquor bar, with bartenders who know their drink recipes.
The Samurai is a recently opened restaurant in Bradenton, Fl. All seating is inside and the restaurant has he a fairly large bar area. The Samurai Steakhouse has 8 areas where you can sit down in front of large Hibachi grills. Japanese chefs come out and put on a nice show using knives, spatula’s, food and other items to both entertain and serve great Japanese food. The Hibachi grill has choices of chicken, Shrimp, Calamari, Steak, Tuna, Salmon and Lobster. The chef comes out and first fires up the grill with a pretty good flash of flames. Then the vegetables are cut up followed by cooking up some rice and meats. It is a good show with knives clanging and flipping and the food is fantastic. They offer two sauces with your meal and I happen to really like the cream base sauce. They call this yum-yum sauce. The Hibachi grill meals come with a clear broth soup and small salad.
If a Hibachi dinner is not your style that is ok. They serve lots of sushi as well as entrees. There are over 50 choices of Sushi as well as Tempura, fried rice and noodle based dishes. They also offer some unique soups and salads. Seaweed salad, Kani salad which is Crab meat mixed with cucumber and fish eggs. You can always try one of their 15 appetizers. Calamari, Chicken Tempura, Tofu or Edamame. The Samurai also serves Hibachi lunches as well as sushi rolls.
The Japanese Steakhouse is just a fifteen minute drive from Anna Maria Island. It is very close to the Desoto mall which is a great after lunch or dinner spot to slip in some shopping. The Samurai is fairly expensive at about $20 per entree. The food is fantastic and it is entertaining. Our younger son loves it as the chefs are very interactive with the crowd. They toss vegetables in his mouth as well as make volcanoes out of onions. The Samurai has a full bar with lots of unique beer choices.
The Samurai has dine in or take out and is open for lunch and dinner. I do consider the Japanese steakhouse to be child friendly. Our son of seven likes the chicken which is around $8 for his meal and he loves the hibachi show as they cook the rice, chicken and vegetables.
3611 1st Street #110
Bradenton, FL 34208
Below find the map from Anna Maria island to the Samurai restaurant.
Chipotle is a national chain however Anna Maria Island is lucky enough to have one in Bradenton, Fl. Chipotle is the Subway of Mexican. Just on Cortez Chipotle is only a 15 minute drive from Anna Maria Island. If you are looking for an inexpensive, healthy, quick bite to eat for lunch of dinner then look no further. In the same plaza as Lowes, Dicks and Best Buy there is plenty to do before or after eating.
You walk in to Chipotle to an industrial atmosphere that is very simple but comfortable. Walk up the glass domed bar and order up your favorite burrito. They serve vegetarian, Pork, Chicken or steak. Most of the dishes are served with a soft tortilla however you can take it “naked.” They put everything in a dish and you eat it like a salad. Choose your meat then grab black beans, pinto beans, grilled onions, grilled peppers, fantastic white long rice with what appears to be Cilantro mixed in with sour cream, cheeses, and three salsas to choose from. Mild, Medium, or hot. I love the medium because it is a corn salsa and really hits the spot. Don’t forget to grab a bag of nachos with some salsa, guacamole or sour cream or what the heck, your on vacation – all three! They have a fountain drink machine or plenty of specialty soda’s to choose from. Most can eat for less than $10 and you are in and out within a half an hour.
My favorite is a Carnita – Buritto bowl. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Take a look at the picture supplied, it is most of the menu.
Olive Garden is a great economical place to eat if staying on Anna Maria Island or in Bradenton, Florida. The Bradenton
Olive Garden Restaurant has outdoor seating for the great balmy nights of the West coast of Florida. The restaurant has a bar for waiting or just to eat or have a quick cocktail or bit to eat. Typically the Olive Garden is a great place to eat for busy nights on Anna Maria Island. The restaurant is about a 20 minute drive from Anna Maria Island.
The Olive Garden is primarily Italian although they do have a few traditional dishes. Beef, Pork and Fish dishes. The restaurant often offers all you can eat bread as well as soup or salad.
The Olive Garden has great spaghetti, chicken Parmesan, heck anything Italian is good.
Olive Garden Restaurant
4420 West 14th Street
Bradenton, Fl, 34207
Want another great Italian choice just off Anna Maria Island? Try Oma’s just off Anna Maria Island on Manatee Avenue.
If you like fine dining in a casual atmosphere, visit Sharky’s Seagrill in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island where award winning, European-trained Chef Anton and his wife Marie serve up great food and good times at reasonable prices.
Sharky’s features a wide selection of Fresh Florida Seafood, Black Angus Prime Rib, Steaks and Pastas. Specialties include Seafood Gasparilla, Michigan Pork Chop, Key West Grouper and Lobster Tails. Each day Sharky’s Market Fresh Seagrill features five different varieties of fresh fish grilled to perfection. Sharky’s Pasta selections feature authentic Italian flavors in dishes such as Tortellini Gorgonzola, Rigatoni Ala Toscana, Penne Pollo Portabello, Linguini with Mussels and Fettuccine con Fruta di Mare.
Sharky’s has a full bar with Cocktails, Domestic and Imported Beers, and a selection of fine wines. Happy hour prices are in effect from 4 till 7. Sandwiches and appetizers are available at the bar until midnight daily. The restaurant is open 7 days a week, from 4pm to midnight.