The Best Seafood Restaurants to Visit on Your Next Anna Maria Island Vacation

When visiting Florida, it’s easy to be overwhelmed when facing which seafood restaurant you should visit. With many Anna Maria Island restaurants offer fresh catches and local eats, it’s easy to be lured to the wrong restaurant and be disappointed by what may be your only Florida seafood experience. Worry not! Here is a list of the best seafood restaurants in Anna Maria Island so you can narrow your search and have the best feast possible.

The Sandbar

Since being purchased by Ed Chiles in 1979, The Sandbar has been turned into a staple when discussing Florida seafood. The restaurant uses the finest, freshest, and most sustainable locally produced ingredients to turn their cuisine into an otherworldly affair.

Offering everything from oysters, crab cakes, and fish tacos to New York strip, blueberry cheesecake, and chicken sandwiches, The Sandbar truly has something that will tease everyone’s taste buds! The piece de resistance is the sunset view while dining. Take a seat at one of their outdoor tables and enjoy watching as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico.

Rod and Reel Pier

Nestled on the north end of Anna Maria Island, Rod and Reel Pier is a local hidden treasure, serving traditional Florida food and outstanding seafood specials since 1947. Having undergone a recent renovation, guests can enjoy renewed dining on one of two stories over the water in the comfort of the air-conditioning. Guests can also choose to sit outside under the peaceful, covered deck to truly be immersed in the experience of dining in Florida.

When sitting down for a meal, there are a variety of delectable seafood options to choose from. Options such as the classic grouper dinner, fried clam strips, or even the seafood combo are just some of the choices that will make this one of the best dining experiences ever! Try to reserve an outdoor sunset seat to dine as you take in the beautiful sunset.

For the adult in any group, venture downstairs to the bar. Offering both beer and wine, Rod and Reel Pier is a favorite.

beer glasses clinking

The Waterfront Restaurant

Touted as Anna Maria Island’s premier waterfront dining experience, The Waterfront Restaurant offers a trip back to “Old Florida” and more laid-back time. Offering an abundance of greenery, open-air patios, and a micro-brewery, this restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy the island charm of Anna Maria Island.

The Waterfront Restaurant dedicates itself to using only the freshest and most natural flavors in their cuisine. They go so far as to dedicate an entire page of their menu to seasonal ingredients sourced by locals. Despite this intimidating affair, their menu is crafted in such a way to provide something for everyone’s taste buds regardless of how adventurous they may be.

Island Grill

Sourcing local fresh ingredients, Island Grill blends traditional and modern dishes to create a cuisine that makes for a perfect family outing on your trip to Anna Maria Island.

Remember that just because there is a menu, that doesn’t mean you have to order from the menu. Island Grill offers a hook and cook option for its patrons! Simply bring your fresh catch to the restaurant and let their culinary team concoct you a dish, complete with all the sides.

Blue Marlin Seafood

Having restored their now close to the 100-year-old family cottage, Adam Ellis opened Blue Marlin Seafood in 2011 to create an intimate dining experience. With live music on select days and a handcrafted wine list, do not miss out on one of the hidden gems on Anna Maria Island!

Blue Marlin Seafood’s cuisine focuses on freshness and sustainability. Sourcing their fish daily from local fishermen, not only is Blue Marlin Seafood some of the freshest around, but it allows them to have a variety of daily specials seldom found elsewhere on the island!

After stuffing yourself at some of the best seafood restaurants you will ever sample, it’s always nice to have somewhere to come back to and relax. Why not stay with us? Here at AMI Vacation Rentals, your dream vacation home is right around the corner. Give us a call, or visit us online, to reserve your spot and make your seafood dreams a reality!