Cortez Stone Crab Festival

The Cortez Stone Crab Festival is back in it’s fifth year of tasty fresh seafood and family fun. Join in this claw cracking good time November 5th and 6th in the old Fishing Village of Cortez.

Cortez Stone Crab Festival

Hosted by Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar, the Stone Crab Festival is the best time to enjoy this local delicacy. Find the festivities in the fishing village at 4628, 119th Street West. The event starts at 9am and ends at 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to Stone Crabs, there will be live music, kids activities, arts and crafts vendors, and a beer tent. There will also be a large tent for shade, and you may bring your own folding chairs.

Parking will be available at 116th Street at the F.I.S.H. Preserve with shuttles going back and forth through both days.

Live music will be happening on three different stages around the event.

Cortez Stone Crab Festival
Cortez Stone Crab Festival Music Line up 2016.

For Stone Crab claws that are so fresh they never travel by land, head over to the Cortez Stone Crab Festival!

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!

Dock and Dine when visiting Anna Maria Island – Top 15 Restaurants to Visit by Boat!

Restaurants Anna Maria – Boating is a hugely popular recreational activity in Florida, and Anna Maria Island is no exception to this rule. With the island situated on the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay there are plenty of fun spots on the water to explore. If you get hungry during your boating excursion many waterfront restaurants offer boat parking so you can dock and dine.

Below is a list of the top 15 restaurants to visit by boat in Anna Maria Island, Cortez Fishing Village, Longboat Key and Bradenton. Click on the links to learn more about these great dock and dine destinations.

Anna Maria Island – Bradenton Beach

1. Bridge Tender Inn – Located in Bradenton Beach just south of the City Pier, the Bridge Tender Inn is located right on Sarasota Bay for beautiful views of the Intracoastal and Cortez Fishing Village. The Bridge Tender Inn offers both indoor and outdoor dining along with a full service bar. Enjoy live music, delicious food and great views from this old Florida style locals favorite hangout. Pull your boat up to the dingy dock right out front, or you could even step right out of a kayak into the outdoor dining area! Coordinates: 27°27’55.2″N 82°41’48.0″W

Restaurants Anna Maria
Dock your boat here at the Bridge Tender Inn!

2. Anna Maria Oyster Bar (AMOB) – AMOB is located at the base of the Bradenton Beach City Pier south of the Cortez Bridge. The pier offers a public day dock for anyone looking to visit both the pier and Bridge Street. Day dock space can sometimes be crowded with boats, but is convenient for those looking to dock and dine or sight see on Bradenton Beach. Find great views, delicious fresh seafood, a full service bar and friendly service at AMOB. Bonus stops: after you park your boat, you can walk down Bridge Street to many restaurants including The Bridge Tender Inn, Island Creperie, The Blue Marlin, Island Time Bar and Grill, Freckled Fin, The Bridge Street Bistro, or the Beach House Restaurant right on the gulf. Coordinates: 27°27’59.1″N 82°41’39.9″W

Bridge Street Pier
Access Anna Maria Oyster Bar and all of Bridge Street when you dock at the Bradenton Beach City Pier.

Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria

3. Anna Maria City Pier – located on the north end of Anna Maria Island, the city pier overlooks Tampa Bay and the Skyway Bridge. The Pier offers a little of something for everyone to eat, and also offers a jewelry shop to peruse. Toward the end of the pier, near the restauarnt, there is a spot for boats to dock and dine. Coordinates: 27°32’04.2″N 82°43’49.7″W

Anna Maria City Pier
Dock and Dine at the Anna Maria City Pier.

4. Rod and Reel Pier – A favorite spot of Anna Maria locals for a cold beer and fresh seafood, the Rod and Reel Pier has great food serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’ll enjoy gorgeous views of Tampa Bay and the northern end of the island. Come by boat, and take a load off at this great old Florida restaurant perfect for a dock and dine excursion. Coordinates: 27°32’18.2″N 82°44’21.5″W

Rod and Reel in Anna Maria
Rod and Reel Pier is a fun dining destination by boat!

5. Ocean Star – Ocean Star is an excellent Japanese restaurant in the city of Anna Maria offering both sushi and hibachi grills. Located at the Galati Marina, Ocean Star has both indoor seating and covered patio seating looking over the Marina and Bimini Bay. To get to Ocean Star by boat you’ll have to enter into Bimini Bay from Tampa Bay. Coordinates: 27°31’35.0″N 82°43’15.4″W

Ocean Star in Anna Maria
Ocean Star offers great sushi and Japanese food on Bimini Bay.

Cortez Fishing Village – Intracoastal

6. Tide Tables – One of the newest restaurants to Cortez Fishing Village, Tide Tables is operated by the same owners as the infamous Starfish market and restaurant. Tide Tables is located at the base of the mainland side of the Cortez Bridge at Intracoastal Waterway Marker 48. Enjoy fresh seafood and amazing views at Tide Tables when you dock and dine at this great spot! Coordinates: 27°28’09.0″N 82°41’21.0″W

Tide Tables
Tide Tables Restaurant in Cortez Fishing Village. Photo Credit: Tide Tables Facebook page.

7. Seafood Shack – The Seafood Shack has been an iconic restaurant to the coastline of Cortez since the 1970’s. Seafood Shack offers both indoor and outdoor dock side seating in addition to their great banquet space. The Seafood Shack offers temporary dock space or slips for overnight stays. In the past few years the Seafood Shack has made a great deal of updates both to the restaurant and Marina. The Seafood Shack is located on the northern side of the Cortez Bridge at ICW marker 49. Coordinates: 27°28’13.5″N 82°41’23.7″W

Seafood shack
Seafood Shack in Cortez. Photo Credit: Seafood Shack facebook.

Cortez Fishing Village – South Shore

8. Starfish Market and Restaurant – One of the most popular eateries in Cortez Fishing Village, Starfish offers a glimpse into the world of the local fisherpeople who bring Florida fresh seafood to our tables. Starfish has outdoor seating only with the dining area right on the docks used by fishing boats. When you dock and dine tie up to any free spot you can find and don’t forget to bring cash as cards are not accepted. To get to Starfish you’ll have to head east along the southern shoreline past the Coast Guard station and the large building labeled A.P Bell. Coordinates: 27°27’57.2″N 82°41’07.2″W

Starfish market in cortez, fl.
Dock and Dine at Starfish restaurant in Cortez.

9. Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar – heading farther along the southern shore of Cortez Fishing Village you’ll find both Swordfish Grill and our #10 stop Cortez Kitchen. Swordfish has been in business since 2011 and offers great views of Sarasota Bay, live music everyday, cold drinks and fresh off the boat seafood. Swordfish offers plenty of dock and dine spaces for those coming by boat! Coordinates: 27°27’56.8″N 82°40’54.3″W

Swordfish grill
Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar offers gorgeous views! Photo Credit: Swordfish Website.

10. Cortez Kitchen – Just like Starfish and Swordfish Grill, Cortez kitchen offers great fresh seafood with beautiful views of Sarasota Bay. Enjoy covered outdoor seating weathered fishing boats, and live music! Coordinates: 27°27’57.5″N 82°40’53.1″W

Cortez Kitchen
Cortez Kitchen offers dock and dine! Photo Credit: Cortez Kitchen Facebook Page.

Longboat Key

11. Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub – Owned by the Chiles group, Mar Vista is the Longboat key sister restaurant to the Beach House and Sandbar on Anna Maria Island. Just as the Beach House and Sandbar, Mar Vista offers fresh food with great service. Enjoy great bay side views along with several spaces for those looking to dock and dine. Mar Vista is located on the northern bay side of Longboat Key. Coordinates: 27°26’17.0″N 82°40’54.7″W

Mar Vista
Dock and Dine at Mar Vista on Longboat Key.

12. Dry Dock Grill – Located on the southern end of Longboat Key in the Boathouse Marina, Dry Dock Grill is just a short drive north of St. Armands Circle. To get to Dry Dock by boat you’ll have to leave Sarasota Bay heading south past quick point and into Zwick’s channel near marker 6. Dry Dock offers three wet slips for those coming to dock and dine. Coordinates: 27°20’20.5″N 82°35’24.0″W

Dry Dock
Dry Dock on Longboat Key. Photo Credit: Dry Dock Facebook.

Bradenton

13. Pier 22 – Located on the Manatee River in downtown Bradenton, the Pier 22 restaurant offers a casual upscale dining experience with an extensive menu. Pier 22 offers dining indoors, covered outdoor dining or outdoor dining right along the riverfront. Pier 22 offers a 180 foot courtesy dock perfect for boaters looking to stop along the river for a convenient dock and dine. The Marina offers a great place for overnight or extended stays. To get to Pier 22 you’ll exit lower Tampa Bay at marker #2 into the Manatee River. Follow the river about six miles to marker 22. Coordinates: 27°30’02.2″N 82°34’24.9″W

Pier 22
Pier 22 on the Downtown Bradenton riverfront offers day docks!

14. Riverhouse Reef and Grill – Across the river from Pier 22 you’ll find Riverhouse Reef and Grill in Palmetto. Located in one of the most luxurious marinas on the west coast of Florida, Riverhouse Reef and Grill offers plenty of space for boats to dock and dine. Coordinates: 27°30’42.2″N 82°34’32.5″W

Riverhouse
Riverhouse Reef and Grill on the Palmetto River front.

15. YachtSea Grille – heading further down the Manatee River you’ll find the public day docks at the Bradenton Riverwalk. Park your boat enjoy the beautiful riverfront, and experience a great meal. Head east from the day docks to find YachtSea Grille for great food and service in downtown Bradenton. YachtSea is just west of the Desoto Bridge and nearby to the downtown skate park. YachtSea is not directly on the riverfront, but is just across the street from the water.  Coordinates: 27°29’58.0″N 82°33’49.7″W

YachtSea Grill
Dock at the Bradeanton Riverfront park day dock and enjoy a bite at Yachtsea Grill.

There are tons of great places to explore for a fun dock and dine experience around Anna Maria Island.

Anna Maria Island Accommodations and Vacation Rentals

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Anna Maria Island vacation rental
Paradise Pointe is a gorgeous Canal Front home perfect for those vacationing with a boat! Click on the image above to learn more about Paradise Pointe!

 

Support Beach clean-up efforts with new local non-profit organization Heart the Sea.

Anna Maria Island – Heart the Sea, a new local non-profit organization invites all to help clean the beach on February 28th at 4PM starting under Longboat Pass at the Southern tip of Coquina Beach located at 2650 Gulf Drive in the City of Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. Beach cleaners are encouraged to bring a bucket, no plastic bags, and wear closed toed shoes. Gloves and a few extra buckets will be available. Afterwards, Cleaners are invited to Heart the Sea Sponsor Swordfish Grill; cleaners who bring their cleaning glove to Swordfish Grill will be rewarded with one free drink. Swordfish Grill is located at 4628 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215.

Jeff Higgins the Marketing Director at Swordfish Grill says, “We stand by Heart the Sea because just like us, they believe in making sure this natural habitat where we all live and we all love, stays that way for future generations to enjoy”

To stay up to date on Beach Clean ups follow Heart the Sea on Facebook or Twitter Contact Jenny Stonehouse at 941-702-4SEA.

 Heart the Sea Beach Clean-UpHeart The Sea exists for the protection of the Ocean and it’s inhabitants by raising awareness for waterway and beach health. Our vision is for the change of human habits for the benefit of the ocean and it’s animals.

Beach clean-ups are where tourists and locals alike can share a love for the ocean. To be intentional about picking up litter has changed people; Newbies to Heart the Sea beach clean-ups, even children, cannot help themselves from picking up litter whenever they see it after attending one of the clean-ups. All litter eventually ends up in the ocean unless intercepted, and many volunteers are surprised to collect about 5-10 lb of trash per bucket.

Founder of Heart the Sea Jenny Stonehouse elaborates on Heart the Sea and beach clean ups, “About a year ago, I met Hank the Heron on the 77th street beach access with fishing line around his ankle. Hank was wobbling begging the nearby fisherman for food. I called the AMI Wildlife Rescue who came out to try and catch Hank. The volunteer was unsuccessful as Hank did not want to be caught! In my conversation with AMI Wildlife Rescue I discovered that they had been trying to catch Hank for a while. Sadly, Hank did his best to fly down the beach only to be pummeled by another territorial Heron. Heart The Sea was born in my heart on that day. Because fishing line and other harmful items are found and discarded each month, Heart the Sea beach clean-ups are important to the health of our Beaches. Supporting Heart the Sea’s cause means increasing efforts to clean the beach and educating tourists and locals in reducing trash on our beach. We meet, we clean-up, and we go have a drink.”

For several months now Jenny and a small group of Volunteers have been meeting in various parts of Anna Maria Island for clean-ups. Recently, Jenny submitted Heart the Sea’s articles of incorporation to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization making Heart the Sea a truly impactful facilitator of clean beaches. In Celebration of Heart the Sea’s new beginning, Jenny will be set up at The Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach February 22nd from 10am-3pm. Jenny will not only be passing out information and recruiting volunteers, but as an artist, Jenny will be selling her artwork with 50% of the proceeds going directly to Heart the Sea.

Super Bowl 2015 on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island –  Plan on watching the Super Bowl 2015? To help you out we’ve put together a list of some of the places on Anna Maria Island where you can enjoy the game, and a snack, and a drink. Have fun, be safe and enjoy the game.

Hurricane Hanks – 5346 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-5788

Watch the game in HD. NFL Wings and other game food.

Lobstahs – 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-779-1000

ESPN Sunday Package

Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 941-567-4056

Superbowl Party all day. ESPN Sunday Package.

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 941-782-1122

10 ft TV to watch the game on. Tailgate party until 5:00pm. Drink and food specials all day long.

Below is a list of some other places that regularly do something special for Super Bowl Sunday

Barefoot Tiki Bar – 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-4402

Bridge Tender Inn – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, 941-778-4849

Clancy’s – 6218 Cortez Road. W., Bradenton, 941-794-2489

Gulf Drive Café – 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, 941-778-1919

Swordfish Grill – 4628 119th Street W., Cortez, 941-798-2035

 

Where are you going to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday?

It’s almost time for one of America’s greatest traditions, Super Bowl Sunday. Thanks to the Anna Maria Island Sun we have a list of places that are going above and beyond to make this Sunday a special event.

Super Bowl Sunday

Barefoot Tiki Bar – 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-4402

Drink specials: $2 drafts.

Food: Barefoot style buffet, bring a dish; Nicole supplies the pizza.

Entertainment: James Blaine 1 to 2 p.m.; Mumbo Jumbo 2 to 6 p.m.

Prizes: quarterly giveaways.

 

Bridge Tender Inn – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, 941-778-4849

Drink Specials: Happy hour all day, $2.50 Bud and Bud Light bottles

Food: Full menu and free halftime buffet.

Entertainment: Swamp Donkie, 2 to 5 p.m.

Prizes: Raffle – giving away one trip to Mexico and five trips to Las Vegas. Winners announced at halftime. Proceeds go to Cat Depot, Sarasota.

 

Clancy’s – 6218 Cortez Road. W., Bradenton, 941-794-2489

Drink Specials: $10 domestic buckets (6), free Jello shots pregame and halftime.

Food: Pig roast and full menu.

Entertainment Jack Tamburine Band, 1 to 5 p.m.

Prizes: Square game giveaways.

 

Gulf Drive Café – 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, 941-778-1919

Food and drink special: $69.95 buffet, all you can eat through halftime; all you can drink domestic drafts, house wine and well liquor all game long. Full menu also offered.

Entertainment: Natural Vibes, 1 to 5 p.m.

Reservations required for buffet, recommended for regular dining.

 

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 941-782-1122

Drink Specials: $4 Smirnoff Bloody Mary’s; $5 Ketel One and Crown Royal; $12 buckets (5) of Bud and Bud Light.

Food: 65-cent wings and full menu.

Entertainment: Doug Bidwell & Larry Stokes, 2 to 5 p.m.

Prizes: Budweiser giveaways.

 

Lobstahs – 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-779-1000

“Come watch the Super Bowl with us.” Call or drop by for additional details.

 

Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 941-567-4056

Drink specials: $4 rum runners; $4 homemade Sangria & $9.50 domestic pitchers

 

Swordfish Grill – 4628 119th Street W., Cortez, 941-798-2035

Drink specials: $5 Blue Huckleberry Lemonade, $5 Orange Crush, $1 Jello shots and Sunday happy hour.

Food: Mile-High Bronco Burger, Seattle Sushi Platter, full menu and other specials.

Entertainment: Reid Frost 12 to 3 p.m. and The Wheedles, 5 to 8 p.m.