Top 10 Places to Find Fish Tacos on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – Fish Tacos have become a very popular cuisine in Florida with Anna Maria Island being no exception. Said to have originated from the Baja region of Mexico, Fish Tacos typically consist of a battered and fried white fish. The fish is then wrapped in a flour tortilla with a variety of traditional and non traditional toppings.

Anna Maria Island Fish Tacos

When searching for the best fish taco on Anna Maria Island there is no shortage of options. We have put together a list of 10 places to find fish or seafood tacos to keep your tummy happy. While perusing our list click on any of the restaurant names to read more about their offerings and location.

1.The Waterfront Restaurant

Located along the bay side of Anna Maria with a gorgeous view, The Waterfront offers Grouper Tacos on their appetizer menu. These tacos offer premium black Gulf Grouper seasoned and seared in a flour tortilla with pico de gallo, jicama slaw and cheddar jack cheese.

Grouper Tacos
The Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria offers great Grouper Tacos! Photo Credit: Facebook User Dorothy Coleman 11/13/2013.

 

 

2.Eat Here

Offering two types of Taco’s on the menu, Eat Here has a Shrimp/Lobster combo Taco served with garlic butter, aioli, fruit salsa, and slaw. The second taco changes daily by the chef’s choice with options including the fresh fish catch of the day, steak or pork.

Eat Here Fish Tacos
Eat Here Fish Tacos are delicious@

3.Island Gourmet Grill

Served in a flour tortilla with jack cheese, lettuce and pico de gallo, Island Gourmet Grill offers local caught fish tacos on the Great Beginnings section of the menu.

Island Gourmet Grill
Island Gourmet Grill in Holmes Beach on Marina Drive.

4.Beach House and 5.Sandbar Restaurant

Our number five on the list is actually two restaurants under the same ownership offering delicious fish tacos with gulf waterfront views. Sandbar, located in the city of Anna Maria, offers blackened Grouper Medallions over slaw with corn and flour tortillas, served with rice. The Beach house, in Bradenton Beach, offers fish tacos fried or blackened with slaw, pico de gallo, and a sweet and spicy sauce, served with chips.

Beach House Fish Tacos
Fish Tacos at the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.

6.AMI Beach Cafe

Located at one of Anna Maria Island’s most popular beaches, AMI Beach Cafe is directly on Manatee public beach offering all types of concessions, drinks, music and beach atmosphere. AMI Beach Cafe offers both shrimp and fish tacos, and is a great place to catch the sunset.

AMI Beach Cafe
Fish Tacos at AMI Beach Cafe. Photo Credit: Facebook User Heather Wilson 9/21/2013.

7.Bridge Tender Inn

A locals hangout, the Bridge Tender Inn offers a gorgeous view of Sarasota Bay located at the end of Bridge Street. Sit inside or dine outdoors while enjoying their jerked spice Mahi tacos topped with lettuce and chipotle ranch dressing, served with black bean soup.

 

Bridge Tender Inn Fish Tacos
Bridge Tender Inn Fish Tacos look amazing!

8.Island Time Bar and Grill

Located on the corner of Bridge Street with open air seating, Island Time Bar and Grill has a unique scallop taco. It comes lightly blackened with lettuce, tomato, cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream and coleslaw.

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Island Time Grill and Bar Fish Tacos.

 

9.Gulf Drive Cafe

On the direct gulf front of Bradenton Beach, Gulf Drive Cafe offers three Mahi Tacos blackened with cheddar cheese and pico de gallo in a flour tortilla. These are also served with salsa, sour cream and Spanish rice on the side.

 

Gulf Drive Cafe
Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki Bar on Bradenton Beach.

10.Wicked Cantina

Inspired by Austin style Tex-Mex, Wicked Cantina offers several tacos on the menu. These include beer battered grouper, breaded shrimp and breaded lobster options. Each of these options are topped with slaw, pickled onions, cilantro and chipotle aioli served in a flour tortilla. All tacos come with refried beans and Mexican rice.

Wicked Cantina Fish Tacos
Fish Tacos at Wicked Cantina.

While visiting Anna Maria Island try these locations and see for yourself who has the best fish taco in town!

 

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Anna Maria Island dining at Eat Here Restaurant

Holmes Beach – If you are looking for a casual and delicious Anna Maria Island dining experience head over to Eat Here Restaurant!

Eat Here Restauarnt

Offering fresh gulf coast cookery, hand crafted beer and wine, and outstanding service in a laid back atmosphere, Eat Here is a more casual answer to local’s favorite fine dining eatery the Beach Bistro.

seafood stew eat here Restaurant
The Gulf Coast Seafood Stew offers fresh shrimp, clams, mussels and fish in a fabulous zuppa broth.

Having spent decades providing Anna Maria Island with the fine dining of the Beach Bistro, owners Sean Murphy and Susan Timmins wanted to give the island a chef-driven casual dining experience. Focusing more on the quality of food and a neighborhood friendly atmosphere rather than strict courses, Eat Here began.

The Menus

The menu at Eat Here offers a twist on many of the Beach Bistro favorites with the addition of many lighter options. Designed for sharing, many Eat Here menu items are great for a family style dining experience.

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Fresh Mahi topped with fruit salsa served with the sweet corn casserole.

Everything at Eat Here is delicious; with so many options it’s hard to choose! The Dinner menu is broken down into several sections including soups/salads, tacos, wood fired pizzas, beginings smaller or sharing, blue plate specials/grasslands, and sides. The Serendipitous salad is fabulous with an amazing champagne vinaigrette. If you love fries the Poutine is a must! Eat Here has an amazing selection of fresh line caught domestic fish. The nightly fish selection changes depending on what type of fish come in that day. Try the not mama’s pot roast smothered in gravy if you’re not a seafood fan. You have to order a side of corn casserole; the best you’ve ever had!

Eat Here focuses on quality hand crafted beer and wines sourced from family/small operations.

Try out Eat Here today, or for additional dining options head over to the Island Real Estate local scene page for suggestions.

Eat Here restaurant does not accept reservations.

5315 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach
(941) 778-0411
Eat Here
Open nightly from 5:30-10pm

Restaurants open for Christmas and New Year 2014

Anna Maria Island – While the holidays may bring everybody together, it doesn’t mean you want to cook for everybody, so Here is our list of Restaurants open Christmas on and around Anna Maria Island. The list shows openings for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Restaurants open Christmas and New Years

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Choose causal or a more fine dining atmosphere while visiting Anna Maria Island during the holidays. Some of the restaurants open can be found on Anna Maria Island, and some are in Longboat Key, Bradenton and St. Armands Circle near Sarasota. From the graph above you’ll notice most places are closed on Christmas Day, so you’ll want to make reservations ahead of time.

Enjoy the holidays on Anna Maria Island!

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving 2014 Restaurants Open

Anna Maria Island – Visiting during Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving 2014, but don’t feel like cooking a big meal? Here is the list of restaurants that will be open so you can take it easy.

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving 2014 Restaurants

The list below is mostly Anna Maria Island restaurants, but Longboat Key, Bradenton, Sarasota and Saint Armands Circle as well. You’ll find a great selection of places to dine with both fine dining and casual options.

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Thanksgiving 2014 Restaurants, what’s open

It’s a good idea to make reservations at the restaurant of your choice to ensure you have a place to gather.

Have a happy holiday, and enjoy a tropical Thanksgiving on Anna Maria Island!

Gluten Free Dining on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – In the ever changing list of fad diets, Gluten-Free has proven itself a steadfast member in the restaurant community. Whether you enjoy a healthy life style choice or are coping with Celiac Disease, the Gluten Free menu is becoming more and more popular in today’s dining circuit.

Anna Maria Island is no stranger to the trend and has a variety of restaurants that offer Gluten Free menus. Some advantages to this lifestyle is that the many people who convert note that they feel radically better physically and emotionally after their body cycles out any gluten. While only about 1% of the population are true Celiac disease sufferers, many more have a gluten sensitivity which causes cramps, fatigue,  stomach pains from eating excessive amounts of food containing gluten.  Many people have no symptoms but feel much “lighter” and energetic after cutting out the ingredient. Something to be careful of however, is many people go Gluten-Free to lose weight assuming it is a healthier choice-unfortunately this can be a myth as many pre-packaged gluten free products can be very high in calories and saturated fats! I like to stay somewhere in the gray area – I’m not anti-gluten but I am gluten-sensible!

Thanks to the increasing recognition of gluten caused discomfort, island eateries have a high demand for gluten free menu options; check out our list below for Island Real Estate’s favorites:

 

100 Spring Ave | Anna Maria, FL   | (941).778.0444

5315 Gulf Dr | Holmes Beach | (941).778.0411

212C Pine Ave  | Anna Maria, FL  | (941).254.7941

9807 Gulf Dr  | Anna Maria, FL  | (941).778.3170  

875 North Shore Dr | Anna Maria FL | (941).778.1885

1701 Gulf Dr N | Bradenton Beach FL | (941).527.0123

3007 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach | Bradenton Beach FL | (941).778.6614

314 Pine Ave | Anna Maria, FL | (941).896.9754

111 S Bay Blvd | Anna Maria, FL | (941).778.1515

Best Desserts on our sweet little island!

Anna Maria Island – You can buy a t-shirt that says “Life is sweeter on vacation” and I totally agree, but vacation is the best time to relax your regular diet a little and enjoy a treat after a delicious island meal. Anna Maria Island has some of the best dessert offerings around and here are a few of my personal favorites that I hope you can try.

Eat Here: Sean Murphy was mixing salty and sweet before it was trendy! The “pot de crème” is what I always order – a delicious thick decadent chocolate pudding served in a cute little glass jar with a sprinkling of sea salt on top. The combination of creamy, sweet and salty is just perfect. Kind of reminds me of the salt from the gulf.

Blue Marlin on Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria IslandBlue Marlin: Bring a friend so you can each order one of my favorites and taste – best of both worlds! The tropical bread pudding puts a fruity spin on a southern classic. The pineapple and orange sauce is amazing all on its own. Blue Marlin also makes a Guinness Chocolate cake with real Guinness stout beer in the mix! The chocolate is rich and the cake perfectly moist yet the hint of stout at the end of a bite is what makes this cake so different. Of course you should wash it down with a cold Guinness instead of milk!

Island Gourmet: They make a “grown up” s’mores sundae that I hate to admit you should share. I’m all about having my own dessert, yet this one is just too much for one person unless you made it your full meal (which is a good idea, actually!). They take the most delicious warm brownie ever made and on top goes delicious vanilla bean ice cream which has been rolled in graham crackers. The s’mores part kicks in with a marshmallow topping that is toasted to be just like a campfire treat. Caramel and chocolate sauce is drizzled on top and of course more graham crackers. Begin the sugar coma!

Sign of the Mermaid: Basically my suggestion for a delicious dessert here is to walk in, order ANYTHING on the dessert menu or in the pastry case and dig in. You’re welcome

Happy Hour Anna Maria Island – Bottoms up Island Style!

After a long day in the sun there’s nothing more refreshing than sitting down at and enjoying the taste of Happy Hour Anna Maria Island. What could make it even better is getting more beverage for your buck! The happy hours on the Island are easy to find and hard to choose between; whether you like live entertainment, beach views, outdoor or indoor dining there is a venue for everyone. Browse this listing of our favorite drink specials from one tip of the island to the other and then pick yours!

Happy Hour Anna Maria Island

Take a stroll down the historical Bridge Street of Bradenton Beach and unwind with the cities extensive options for casual drinks and eats. Island Time, located at the beginning of Bridge Street, has a warm and friendly atmosphere that goes great with their fantastic menu and happy hour prices. From 3pm – 5pm you can enjoy $5.00 Stoli Martinis, $4.00 Manhattans, $4.00 Well Drinks, $4.00 House wines, $3.00 Domestic bottle beer and 1/2 price appetizers. The outdoor seating at Island Time is ideal for people watching.

If your around Coquina Beach and want to peer at the pelicans while you place your order, the Gulf Drive Café or Beach House restaurant are excellent choices for waterfront dining. At the Gulf Drive Café you can sip your drink and stick your feet in the sand with their Tiki Bar and happy hour that offers $2 domestic beers and $4 well drinks every day from 2pm – 5:30pm. The newly renovated Beach House restaurant and bar offers ambiance and a great happy hour with $4 Pina Coladas and $2 well drinks.

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If you find yourself in the laid back neighborhood of Holmes Beach make sure to find a tropical flavored drink and a menu at one of the many restaurants nestled into the local community. Hurricane Hanks is a favorite sports bar among the locals. Customers can catch a game on their flat screen TV’s and enjoy their happy hour at this island version of a sports pub every day from 11:30am to 7:00pm with reduced pricing for Miller Light and Bud Light at $1.50 and well drinks for $4.25. Eat Here offers a relaxing dining experience that caught on quickly and now has 3 locations, the original being the Anna Maria Island bistro. Going along with their simple dining theme they offer a 3-4-5 happy hour nightly from 5-6:30pm – $3 select draft beers, 4$ well cocktails and 5$ house wines.

Soak in the sun and coastal charm in the city of Anna Maria. At the Waterfront restaurant you can enjoy savory eats and a sunset view. Their happy hour is every day from 4:30 pm– 6:30 pm offering $1 off premium brand wells, $1 all house craft cocktails, $3 select draft beer and wine by the glass.. Take in the ambiance of the bay while sipping on their bay cooler cocktail or enjoy the cool indoor seating with a spicy jalapeno margarita.

Frozen Drinks on Ann Maria Island

So no matter where on the Island you find yourself after a day of soaking in the sunshine there is an option to rejuvenate and refresh that is sure to satisfy everyone. When in doubt just follow to Seabreeze to the nearest restaurant-it’s sure to be delicious!

Anna Maria Island Restaurants’ Christmas and New Years hours 2013

Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you have to cook. Anna Maria Island has plenty of options for your consumption pleasures. Here’s our list of restaurants that are open and closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day and Eve.

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Restaurant Phone Number Christmas Eve Christmas Day New Years Eve New Years Day
Beach Bistro 941-778-6444 5:30-10PM Closed 5-10PM Closed
Eat Here 941-778-0411 5-10PM Closed 5-10PM Closed
Sign of the Mermaid 941-778-9399 5-9PM Closed 5-11PM 5-9PM
The Waterfront 941-778-1515 11:30-9PM Closed 11:30-10PM 11:30-10PM
The Sandbar 941-778-0444 12-9PM Closed 11AM-9PM 11AM-9PM
The Beachhouse 941-779-2222 12-10PM Closed 11AM-9PM 11AM-9PM
Bridge Street Bistro 941-782-1122 1-9PM Closed 1-9PM Closed
The Feast 941-778-5092 Closed Closed 12-9PM 12-9PM
Bridge Tender Inn 941-778-4849 12-9PM Closed 4-10PM 4-10PM
Havana Cabana 941-254-4999 7AM-9PM 7AM-9PM 7AM-9PM 7AM-9PM
Hurricane Hanks 941-778-5788 11AM-2:30AM Closed 11AM-2:30AM 11AM-2:30AM
Ocean Star Sushi 941-778-1236 5-10PM Closed 5-10PM Closed
AMI City Pier 941-779-1667 11AM-7PM Closed 12-9PM 12-9PM
Rod and Reel Pier 941-778-1885 Closed Closed Closed Closed
Gulf Drive Café 941-778-1919 6AM-4PM Closed 7AM-9PM 7AM-9PM
Oma’s Pizza 941-778-0771 12-9PM Closed 11AM-12PM 11AM-12PM
Banana Cabana 941-779-1930 4-9PM 4-9PM 12PM-2AM Closed
Old Hamburg 941-778-1320 Closed 4-8PM Closed 4-8PM
Lobastah’s 941-779-1000 4-10PM Closed 4-10PM 4-10PM
Moore’s Stone Crab 941-383-1748 11:30AM-8PM Closed 12-9PM 12-9PM
Café on the Beach 941-778-0784 7AM-5PM Closed 7AM-6PM 7AM-?
Harry’s Continential Kitchen 941-383-0777 9AM-9PM Closed 9AM-9PM 9AM-9PM
Euphemia Hay 941-383-3633 4-9PM 3-9PM 5-10:30PM 6-10PM
The Chart House 941-383-5593 5-9PM 11AM-9PM 5-9PM 5-9PM
Mar Vista 941-383-2391 12-8PM Closed 11AM-9PM 11AM-9PM
The Columbia 941-388-3987 11AM-8PM 12-10PM 11AM-9PM 11AM-10PM
Crab and Fin 941-388-3964 11:30AM-10PM Closed 11:30AM-10:30PM 11:30AM-?
Cha Cha Coconuts 941-388-3300 11AM-6PM 5PM-12AM 11AM-12AM 11AM-12AM
Tommy Bahamas 941-388-2888 11AM-10PM Closed 11AM-5PM 11AM-11PM
Bonefish Grill 941-795-8020 4-9PM Closed 4-11PM 4-10PM
Carabbas 941-755-7712 3-10PM Closed 3-11PM 12-9PM
Outback Steakhouse 941-792-1898 Closed Closed 4-11PM 4-11PM

Anna Maria Island's Restaurants' Thanksgiving Hours 2013!

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If you don’t have any plans to cook at home on Thanksgiving, fear not! Anna Maria Island has plenty of restaurants that will be open for the holiday. Read the table below for a list of which business are open and which ones are closed.

Restaurant Phone Number Thanksgiving
Beach Bistro 941-778-6444 Closed
Eat Here 941-778-0411 Closed
Sign of the Mermaid 941-778-9399 Closed
The Waterfront 941-778-1515 Closed
The Sandbar 941-778-0444 12:30-9PM
The Beachhouse 941-779-2222 12-9PM
Bridge Street Bistro 941-782-1122 1-9PM
The Feast 941-778-5092 Closed
Bridge Tender Inn 941-778-4849 12-9PM
Havana Cabana 941-254-4999 7AM-9PM
Hurricane Hanks 941-778-5788 11AM-2:30AM
Ocean Star Sushi 941-778-1236 5-10PM
AMI City Pier 941-779-1667 Closed
Rod and Reel Pier 941-778-1885 Closed
Gulf Drive Café 941-778-1919 8AM-6PM
Oma’s Pizza 941-778-0771 Closed
Banana Cabana 941-779-1930 Closed
Old Hamburg 941-778-1320 Closed
Lobastah’s 941-779-1000 Closed
Café on the Beach 941-778-0784 7:30AM-5PM
Moore’s Stone Crab 941-383-1748 11:30AM-8PM
Harry’s Continental Kitchen 941-383-0777 2-8PM
Euphemia Hay 941-383-3633 2-9PM
The Chart House 941-383-5593 5-9PM
Mar Vista 941-383-2391 12-9PM
The Columbia 941-388-3987 11AM-10PM
Crab and Fin 941-388-3964 Closed
Cha Cha Coconuts 941-388-3300 11AM-6PM
Bonefish Grill 941-795-8020 Closed
Carabbas 941-755-7712 Closed
Outback Steakhouse 941-792-1898 Closed

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from the Island Real Estate family to yours!