The Ultimate Foodies Guide to Anna Maria Island

Here is the ultimate foodies guide to Anna Maria Island! While the area has tons of fantastic spots to eat, this list highlights some real treats. From high-end to toes in the sand casual, you’ll find something delicious with our handy guide.

Foodies Guide to Anna Maria Island

This list isn’t just another selection of places for you to visit, but rather some specific menu suggestions designed to allow you to taste your way across the island.

Bacon at The Doctor’s Office

The Doctor’s Office is one of Anna Maria Island’s newest spots. Here you’ll find hand crafted cocktails and a fantastic small plates menu. The maple bacon is absolutely delicious. Thick cut and both sweet and smokey. Don’t plan on splitting a piece either! In addition to the maple bacon EVERYTHING on the menu is amazing. A fun and sophisticated watering hole in Holmes Beach, You NEED a trip to the Doctor!

Shrimp and Grits at Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin is the spot to go for Southern style seafood. You’ll find tons of those comfort foods that Floridians love like hush puppies, grits, corn bread and mac and cheese. One thing they are know for is Shrimp and Grits. Shrimp is dusted in Cajun seasoning and placed over cheesy grits with bacon crumbles and scallions. Delicious!

Blue Marlin
Blue Marlin Shrimp and grits.

Burritos at Poppo’s

Poppo’s Taqueria has amazing food, and the burritos are no exception. While the burrito and burrito bowls are super popular, we also suggest trying the Poppo’s Tacos.

Build your own burrito or burrito bowl! Any toppings you pick will be amazing as Poppo’s offers organic produce and meats! Be sure to grab a local craft beer or Kombucha too!

Seasonal Seafood at Starfish Co. Market

Starfish Market offers seafood so fresh you can literally watch it coming off the boat! Everything here is good, but we recommend the seasonal specialties like Stone Crab, Spiny Lobster and Smoked Mullet. Bring Cash!

 

Local Seasonal Seafood at Starfish Co Market
Stone Crab Season is from Oct. 15 to May 15 in Florida!

Bread from Vinny and Cheryl’s

If you love authentic homemade Italian breads as much as we do, then stop by Vinny and Cheryl’s! Offering a wide variety of specialties beyond bread, this is the spot for Italian on the island. They don’t offer dine-in services, but you can pick up an entire meal to take to the beach!

Bouillabaisse at The Beach Bistro

The Beach Bistro is an award winning find dining experience with amazing gulf views. While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, the Bouillabaisse here is a true classic which the chefs have been perfecting for decades. Homemade broth, fresh to order Nova Scotia Lobster, fresh fish, calamari and more!

The Beach Bistro
Bouillabaisse at the Beach Bistro is out of this world!

Specialty Cheese at Olive Oil Outpost

Once you pick up some bread from Vinny and Cheryl’s wander down the street to Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost for some cheese to go with! They have a fantastic little shop with specialty items. This is a definite must stop for foodies.

Fish Tacos and Grouper at Tide Tables

Tide Tables is the sister restaurant of the famous Starfish Market, so you know you’re in for great seafood! When you ask locals and vacationers what is their favorite menu item at Tide Tables, they’ll likely tell you everything. However, the most popular suggestions are always the Grouper and Fish Tacos! The Grouper comes fried, grilled or blackened… the traditional Florida options. The Fish Tacos are blackened Mahi with slaw, cheddar-jack and sesame ginger sauce on flour tortillas.

Tide Tables
Tide Tables for casual and tasty seafood.

Key lime Donut from The Donut Experiment

The Donut Experiment is a must stop! Donut are freshly fried and you pick exactly what you’d like from a large selection of toppings. Kids and adults both love eating here, and their coffee/espresso drinks are some of the best on the island. While they offer endless flavor combinations we suggest the Key Lime house special. Vanilla icing dusted with graham cracker and drizzled with lime syrup. Just the right amount of sweet, sour and salty to make your entire palate happy.

Crab Cakes at The Waterfront

It is EXTREMELY difficult to pick just one thing at The Waterfront. Everything is exceptional. The chefs here offer a unique spin on many of the classics. They always seem to give you familiar items that are just elevated to a higher level.

Many folks will tell you to try the crab cakes. They are Maryland style lump Blue Crab seared in an iron skillet and served with creole Mustard. For lunch you’ll find the Crab Cake Sandwich served on a Kaiser roll with lettuce and tomato. For Dinner you’ll find the Crab Cake with the potato of the day. Both are excellent.

The Waterfront
Crab Cakes The Waterfront

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the best of the best with the ultimate foodies guide to Anna Maria Island. We’re confident that you won’t be disappointed as all of these items have been tested by the Island Real Estate foodies!

Before you get to tasting your way around Anna Maria Island, be sure to book your accommodations with Island Real Estate! From gulf front luxury to laid back beach cottages, we have the perfect beach rental for your group!

Anna Maria Island National Margarita Day

There is no better place to celebrate National Margarita Day than Anna Maria Island! During your visit to the island you have to sip on fruity drinks with toes in the sand and sun kissed skin.

Anna Maria Island National Margarita Day

You can celebrate National Margarita Day at just about any place that serves tequila. On the island, you’ll find no shortage of full service bars and restaurants.

The Waterfront Restaurant offers a great smoked Margarita with ginger! This would be great for those looking for something out of the ordinary.

Wicked Cantina offers a great selection of Margaritas. You’ll find an entire section of the menu dedicated to this citrus and tequila based cocktail. What’s better than authentic Austin Tex-Mex and a hand made Margarita?

The Beach House Restaurant is a great place for a Margarita on the beach! They even have Patron specially bottled just for them!

National Margarita Day
Head over to the Beach House for an out of this world Margarita!

While visiting Anna Maria Island you must celebrate National Margarita Day! Check out our suggestions, or try your hand at making your own!

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.

Fish Tacos
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!

 

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals

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Bradenton Beach Vacation Rental
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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.

Santa on Anna Maria Island

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!

Roguetoberfest at the Waterfront – Beer Tasting

Waterfront Restaurant - RoguetoberfestDo you like beer? Do you want to meet some locals on Anna Maria Island? Why not come out to Roguetoberfest! Sponsored by Rogue Brewing Company, Roguetoberfest at the Waterfront is the biggest and most popular beer tasting of the year on Anna Maria. This event only costs $15 at the door, and trust me; its worth it! Included in the cover are door prizes, a raffle ticket, and a free commemorative t-shirt. There will also be live music, featuring the local bluegrass band, Sycamore Shade!

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