Open for lunch & dinner, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub is a popular establishment on Longboat Key that offers dockside dining, fantastic seafood dishes, and tasty cocktails. Mar Vista is owned by Ed Chiles and is part of the Chiles Restaurant Group along with the Sandbar Restaurant and the Beach House Restaurant.
Mar Vista is located in a beach house from the early 1900’s, which gives it a wonderful “Old Florida” vibe. Here, you can choose to dine on their private beach under the trees or on the large covered patio.
When it comes to their cuisine, Mar Vista uses as much locally sourced ingredients as they can. speaking of cuisine, lets get into the menu here. If you like seafood, you’ll love Mar Vista. with dishes like their Parmesan Crusted Flounder, Miso Glazed Grouper Collars, and Baja Fish Tacos. Of course not everyone is a fan of things that swim, so its a good thing they also have menu items like their Fried Chicken Sandwich, Mar Vista Pub Steak (served after 4PM), and Kung Pao Avocado. And don’t forget to finish the meal with one of their desserts that are made fresh in their bakery.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for tyler’s ice cream
Homemade ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, and more! Tyler’s Ice Cream has been around for over 3 decades, and their quality of ice cream shows that they know what they’re doing. The vision was to provide the yummiest and freshest ice cream available ANYWHERE. Though I haven’t traveled the world and tried every ice cream out there, I would not be surprised if Tyler’s Ice Cream truly was the best. In my opinion they are!
The business is family owned and operated by Rob and Laura Alderson, who took over the business for the original owners, Larry and Geri Tyler. Since the ice cream shop was founded in 1984, 300 different flavors have been produced throughout the years. Luckily, Tyler’s has expanded to three locations, so now more people are able to enjoy their yummy treats and sweets. There’s one in Bradenton on Manatee Ave, a second location in Cortez Village, and the third is on Longboat Key.
So what more do we need to say? Delicious ice cream made fresh daily by great people! Stop in for a scoop, or two, at Tyler’s Gourmet Ice Cream!
Address: . Cortez: 11904 Cortez Rd W, Cortez, FL 34215
. Longboat Key: 5350 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228
Phone: . Cortez: 941-794-5333
. Longboat Key: 941-383-6935
Hours: . All three locations are open every day of the week Monday – Thursday is open 1PM – 9PM Friday & Saturday is open 12PM – 10PM Sunday is open 12PM – 9PM
Anna Maria Island is a great place to take a family walk, bike ride, or just enjoy the breath taking views of the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t let the name fool you, the Coquina Bike path is not for just bikes but includes patrons strolling down the Gulf Waters. The Coquina bike path is paved and stretches between Coquina beach and Cortez Beach. Located in Bradenton Beach just south of Bridge Street, you will find Cortez Beach.
This beach offers free parking and lots of it! As you move further south into Coquina Beach, you will find public restrooms, picnic tables, beach showers, and lifeguards on duty. Coquina beach also has a café that serves burgers and hot dogs right on the beach.
One of my favorite things to do is take a nice, easy bike ride through Coquina Beach. I start at the south end of the island under the Long Boat Key Bridge and head north towards Cortez Beach along the paved path. Take the time to enjoy island wildlife as you are greeted by squirrels, native birds like the Blue Heron, and if you are lucky, you may see dolphins or manatees enjoying their Florida lifestyle.
If you can’t bring your own bicycle, there are lots of places to rent them on Anna Maria Island. Most folks love Bradenton Beach because there are plenty of accommodation choices as well as dining and shopping within a stroll away.
Anna Maria- If you’re looking for exceptional seafood, you’re at the right place! With water surrounding almost all of Anna Maria, it’s no doubt our restaurants have access to the best seafood. All within 20 minutes of the island, here are four restaurants that you’re sure to love!
1. The Ugly Grouper Bar & Grill
Located on the island, The Ugly Grouper is right across the street from our Marina Drive office. They serve delicious food such as grouper sandwiches and mahi fish tacos along with meals for people who don’t care as much for seafood. Also, all of their fish is fresh off the coast of Anna Maria, so you’re sure to get fresh fish. The Ugly Grouper has a history here on Anna Maria Island, as it was previously The Barefoot Tiki Bar and even before that a gas station! Take a look at the menu here.
2. Cortez Kitchen
Located in the Historic Cortez Fishing Village, Cortez Kitchen serves fresh seafood in an laid back atmosphere. This waterfront restaurant also features live music on the weekends! A few of their delicious dishes include; steamed clams, peel & eat shrimp, buffalo grouper sandwich, etc.
3. Mar Vista
Mar Vista resides in Longboat Key and is casual place to get great seafood. Some of their best dishes are a Grouper sandwich and Scallops Mar Vista. Another cool aspect of Mar Vista is its history on Longboat Key. It was one of the first structures built by Rufus Jordan in 1912 and has withstood hurricanes and erosion. Still in the original building, Mar Vista is an extremely interesting place to visit that has tasty food!
4. Starfish Company Market
If you’re wanting to cook your own or buy already cooked seafood Starfish Company is the perfect place to go. Located off Cortez, they sell locally caught seafood such as fish, scallops, and shrimp. Starfish Co. was started in the 1920’s and sits on one of the few remaining working waterfronts. With an absolutely gorgeous view, Starfish Co. is a must visit when vacationing here on Anna Maria.