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.
Found on Manatee Avenue, Derek’s is prided on its ever-changing menu and good food. They serve wild pink shrimp pasta, blackened salmon and much more. Whether you want to have a causal luncheon or a fancy dinner, Derek’s is the perfect place to go. They do accept reservations and are open from 5am-10pm Monday-Saturday.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Bradenton Beach – The Cortez Yacht Clubs 10th annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is back this year and taking place this Saturday, December 14th.
Starting on the north end of Longboat Key near Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, the boat parade will proceed north along the Intracoastal Waterway to finish for judging at the Seafood Shack Marina. The celebrations will then continue until 10:00 pm in the Bridge Street Market lot on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Don’t fear, we have all the information you need on festivities for 4th of July Fireworks on Anna Maria Island. The Mar Vista Restaurant and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant on Longboat Key kicked off the 4th of July holiday celebration last night with great food and drinks and a fabulous firework display over the bay. If you missed it don’t worry, you still have 2 chances to catch the fireworks on Anna Maria Island. Tonight at the Beachhouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, and tomorrow at the Sandbar Restaurant in the City of Anna Maria.
The annual 4th of July Parade starts at 10 a.m on Wednesday morning. The parade begins at south end of the island in Coquina Beach and travels the entire length of Anna Maria Island to Bay Front Park.