Cortez Fishing Village Seafood Restaurants

There’s no shortage of Cortez Fishing Village seafood restaurants to try out while visiting the area. This is one of the oldest working fishing villages in the United States. So therefore, the large selection of seafood restaurants is no surprise.

7 Cortez Fishing Village Seafood Restaurants

Here is the list of all the seafood restaurants in Cortez. Try one, or try them all!

Starfish Company

Starfish Company might be the most popular choice among locals. This is both a restaurant and market serving fresh off the boat seafood. Starfish Company began in the 1920’s, and is now owned by the Bell family of A.P. Bell Fish Company. You’ll find simply prepared old Florida style seafood dishes. The menu here really allows the seafood to speak for itself. Starfish is cash only! Order at the counter, and wait at one of the dockside tables looking over Sarasota Bay. You’ll also enjoy views of the docked fishing boats for an authentic seafood restaurant experience.
12306 46th Ave W
Cortez Fl, 34215
(941) 794-1243

Cortez Fishing Village Seafood Restaurants
Starfish Restaurant

Tide Tables

This is the sister restaurant to Starfish. Here you’ll find the same great quality seafood and a similarly charming atmosphere. The menu at Tide Tables is a bit more modern, and has a different selection of offerings than Starfish. Enjoy views of the Intracoastal Waterway along with outdoor dining.
12507 Cortez Rd W
Cortez, Florida
(941) 567-6206

Swordfish Grill

Another great option for fresh seafood, you’ll love Swordfish Grill. In addition to seafood, you’ll find chicken, ribs and a little something for everyone. The restaurant is casual, but the menu does also have some nicer items. Swordfish offers dock side dining, live music and a full service bar. You can come by car or dock your boat too!
4628 119th St W.
Cortez, FL 34215
(941) 798-2035

Cortez Kitchen

Right next door to Swordfish Grill you’ll find Cortez Kitchen. The menu here has old fashioned Florida favorites with shrimp, scallops, grouper and mahi. Find southern favorites like grits, hush puppies and fried okra. This is a laid back restaurant that offers outdoor dining on the water in addition to live music.
(941) 798-9404
4528 119th Street W,
Cortez, FL 34215

Seafood Shack

The Seafood Shack has been operating since the 1970’s, but in the past few years has upgraded their facility and menu. Not only is the Seafood Shack a great restaurant, but they offer a nice marina too. Seafood Shack has fish, scallops, salads and also an option to bring in your own fresh catch. Enjoy indoor or outdoor dining, boat docks, catering and banquet facilities. You could even host a wedding here.
4110 127th St W
Cortez, FL 34215
(941) 794-1235

Cortez village seafood restaurants
Seafood Shack

O’Shucks

Further inland you’ll come upon O’Shucks. Here you’ll find a raw oyster bar along with many local seafood favorites such as smoked mullet. In addition to raw oysters they have Rockefeller and fried options. O’Shucks has a nice selection of beers and some outdoor seating is also available.
12012 Cortez Rd W
Cortez, Florida
(941) 792-4822

Anna Maria Oyster Bar

On the far inland edge of Cortez Village you’ll find the always popular Anna Maria Oyster Bar. They have a large menu with just about anything you could want. The prices here are very reasonable. Enjoy quality service and a consistent quality of food every time you dine. Anna Maria Oyster Bar also offers early bird specials.
6696 Cortez Road,
Bradenton, FL 34210
(941) 792-0077

For a fantastic Florida dining experience try out one of these great Cortez Fishing Village Seafood Restaurants!

Best 4 seafood restaurants around Anna Maria Island

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!

Seafood Restaurants

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.

The Ugly Grouper seafood restauraunt
Stop in for a bite at the Ugly Grouper! Photo courtesy of www.bradenton.com

2. Derek’s

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.

Derek's seafood
Photo Courtesy of www.dereks-bradenton.com

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!

Mar Vista seafood
Enjoy yummy food along with a historic atmosphere at Mar Vista! Photo from www.tripadvisor.com

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.

Seafood at Starfish Company
Come visit Starfish Company for delicious food and a great view!

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.

eat here mahi
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

Freckled Fin Restaurant Public House

Bradenton Beach – Located at 101 Bridge Street, The Freckled Fin Restaurant and Public House offers fresh American fare, gourmet pizza and fine spirits. Open 11am-11pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am-1am Friday and Saturday. 941-251-3930

The Freckled Fin
Freckled Fin Restaurant and Public House on Bradenton Beach.

Freckled Fin Restaurant

Whether you grab a seat on the outside patio, inside or at the bar, you’re sure to enjoy the Freckled Fin! Offering traditional and modern American fare find something to please any palate. The Starters menu includes shareable nibbles including Ahi Tuna, the tater tot basket, and crab cakes to name a few. On the main menu offerings include fresh salads, a grouper sandwich, burgers, wraps Clam Strips, and Coconut shrimp. The pizza menu offers all the traditional toppings with specialty pizzas like the Gyro, Hawaiian or Shrimp Pesto pizzas. If you are looking for a late night hang out Freckled Fin has a fun late menu including breakfast and lighter fare. The Freckled Fin has a full service bar, and offers a kids menu. Dine in, carry out or have Freckled Fin delivered. Find live entertainment on weekends!

Freckled Fin Restaurant
Great Libations at The Freckled Fin.

If you are looking for something to keep your entire group satisfied head over to the Freckled Fin!

Need more choices on places to eat?  Visit our Anna Maria Island restaurant information page where we have tons of restaurants listed.

 

Wicked Cantina Anna Maria Island

Bradenton Beach – Wicked Cantina Anna Maria Island offers the freshest Austin style Tex-Mex and American classics in a fun atmosphere.

Wicked Cantina Anna Maria Island

Wicked Cantina Opened their doors in December of 2014. Owners and former Austin residents Janice and Mike Dolan previously fell in love with Anna Maria Island on a trip. After the decision to make the Bradenton area their permanent home, Janice and Mike decided they wanted to bring a piece of Austin to the island, and that’s how Wicked Cantina got started.

The Menu

Everything at Wicked Cantina is prepared fresh daily too! They offer a large selection of Tex-Mex, American classics and seafood. Fresh made sauces, and slow roasted meats give Wicked Cantina a unique and delicious flavor. The Menu offers appetizers like the fried guacamole bites. Also find soups and salads, Angus burgers with fries and Seafood dishes. Tex-Mex classics include Enchiladas, Burritos, Quesadillas, Fajitas and Tacos. Feed the entire family at home with the Family Package Tacos to go.

Wicked Cantina Tacos
Wicked Cantina Austin Style Tex-Mex.

Wicked Cantina offers amazing hand crafted beverages like Bahama Mamas, Pina Colladas and fabulous Margaritas.

Wicked Cantina Anna Maria Island
Hand Crafted Cocktails from the full service bar.

Inside Wicked Cantina enjoy a vintage Austin cantina atmosphere with distressed wood and funky sophistication. The patio is a relaxing place to enjoy sunset and the hand crafted Wicked Cantina margaritas too!

Check out the Wicked Cantina Facebook or Twitter page for updates on live music.

head over to Wicked Cantina for a delicious Austin style meal. They’re open daily for lunch and also dinner from 11am-10pm.

Wicked Cantina
101 7th St. N
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Want some more choices for Tex – Mex?  Tortilla Bay in Holmes Beach is a popular choice as well as Poppos on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria City.

Island Gourmet Grill

Holmes Beach – Offering fresh seafood, pizza, fabulous lunch options, fine wine, craft beers and the classic Italian favorites Island Gourmet Grill has a little of something for everyone.

Fresh Seafood
Fresh Seafood at Island Gourmet Grill

Offering a bar, lounge area, indoor and outdoor seating, Island Gourmet is a fun place to relax and dine in a hip atmosphere. Take a seat at the bar and enjoy a glass of wine and oysters on the half shell while watching the open pizza kitchen chefs tossing the best pizzas. Even better, if you don’t feel like dining out, have a pizza delivered to you anywhere on Anna Maria Island.

The dining room at Island Gourmet Grill is casual and comfortable perfect for a quick lunch or a fine dining experience.

The lunch fare is truly American style cuisine with salads, quesadillas, flat breads, wraps, chicken wings, personal pizzas, sandwiches and the always popular fish tacos.

The dinner menu is chef crafted and loaded with seafood and Italian options. Enjoy delicious selections such as the shrimp scampi with pappardelli pasta, Veal Milanese, or the Filet Mignon topped with onion straws. Don’t forget to try out the fabulous desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Tiramisu.

Island Gourmet Grill offers nightly specials.
Mondays buy one get one pizza free.
Taco Tuesday with $1 tacos.
Wednesdays buy two entrees and get a free bottle of wine.
Thursdays enjoy New Orleans style fish and chips.

Happy Hour is offered daily from 12-6pm with $5 glasses of wine and $2 bottles of beer. The wine menu at Island Gourmet Grill is extensive with almost any popular varietal.

Island Gourmet Grill Catering menu is full of fun options for any event including Hors D’ Oeuvres, Platters, Bruschetta, Carving Stations, Desserts and Cakes.

 

Lounge
Outdoor lounge area at Island Gourmet Grill

For a relaxing delicious meal head over to Island Gourmet!

Hours: Lunch Monday – Friday 11:30am; Dinner Monday – Saturday 5pm

Reservations not necessary. Call 941-778-0333.

For information about Island Gourmet Grill visit our Area Map Restaurant Listings.

2015 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Cortez – The 33rd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, February 14th-15th from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Art, music and seafood will bring scores of people to the historic Cortez fishing village and you won’t want to miss it!

cortez commercial village festival

Admission – $3.00 for Adults – Children 12 under free

To find Cortez Village on a map, locate Bradenton which is about 50 miles south of Tampa. Find State Road 684, known locally as Cortez Road or 44th Avenue, and go west to the beaches.

Remote Parking for the Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Every year there is a something new at the Festival. Festival goers will want to note that there is a remote parking area in west Bradenton. You can avoid the traffic and enjoy the bus ride with your friends to the Festival ($2.50 round trip). The new parking site is located at G. T. Bray Park (5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton, 34209). Just turn east off of 59th St. onto 33rd Ave. W. You can’t miss it.

As in past years, this same shuttle service is being provided from the remote parking area located at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. Island folks can take the free trolley to the parking site.

Also, the parking area just east of the village off of Cortez Road has been expanded again this year. But get there early or later in the day as this parking area tends to fill up quickly. Parking spots open up later in the day.

Another option is to park in the western part of town. Many folks manage small parking areas throughout the village with some charging a fee depending on how close they are to the village.

The Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is organized entirely by a volunteer committee of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (F.I.S.H.), a Florida not-for-profit corporation.

Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island – Dine and Drink El Fresco!

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.

Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island

Sandbar – 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria

Direct Gulf front

Sandbar

The Waterfront – 111 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
Bay views

Waterfront

Anna Maria Pier – 100 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
Out in the middle of the Tampa Bay

Pier

Bridgetender – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
Direct bay front

Bridgetender

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach
Open-air setting, across the street from the Gulf

Island time

The Beachhouse – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
Direct Gulf front

Beachhouse

Coquina Café – 2650 Gulf Drive South, Coquina Beach
Direct Gulf front

Outdoor Dining Anna Maria Island

2014 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Cortez – Just over the bridge from Anna Maria Island is the little town of Cortez. A fishing village to this day, it’s home to the Coast Guard, Starfish Food Co. and more. Once a year in February, this tiny piece of Florida history is home to the Cortez Fishing Festival.

Featuring great live music, nautical arts and crafts, children’s activities, environmental exhibits, more seafood than imaginable and, of course, beer, the Cortez Fishing Festival is an event unlike few others in Manatee County. Admission is $3 at the door , children 12 and under are free.

2014 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival in Cortez Florida

Music Schedule

Saturday February 15th

10:00 – 10:20 am:  Shanty Singers
10:45 – 12:00 pm: Passerine
12:00 – 12:15 pm: Awards and Introductions
12:30 – 2:00 pm: Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones
2:30 –  4:00 pm: Eric von Hahmann
4:30 –  6:00 pm: Razing Cane

 

Sunday February 16th

10:30  – 12:00 am: Soupy Davis and his Band
12:30  –  2:00  pm: Eric von Hahmann
2:30  –  4:00 pm:   Soul R Coaster
4:30 –  6:00 pm:   Shotgun Justice

Parking and Directions

The Cortez Fishing Village is just over the Desoto Bridge in Bradenton Beaach. Head over and veer to the right. You can’t miss it. There is a remote parking area in west Bradenton. You can avoid the traffic and enjoy the bus ride with your friends to the Festival ($2.50 round trip). The new parking site is located at G. T. Bray Park (5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton, 34209).  Just turn east off of 59th St. onto 33rd Ave. W. This same shuttle service is being provided from the remote parking area located at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. Island folks can take the free trolley to the parking site. You might even be able to find a parking spot in the surrounding neighborhoods, but they property owners may charge a price.

The Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is organized entirely by a volunteer committee of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (F.I.S.H.), a Florida not-for-profit corporation.

Ocean Star Review. . . For Kids!!! :)

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 hcontact_oceanstarlogoas 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!!!!!!!!