Three of the Best Anna Maria Island Restaurants

Anna Maria Island is never short on incredible places to dine. For the total experience, visit these three popular Anna Maria Island restaurants which truly exemplify amazing dining on the island, each with a unique atmosphere and their own take on the freshest, local seafood.

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The Sandbar Restaurant

On the northern tip of Anna Maria Island is the local favorite and award-winning Sandbar Restaurant. The restaurant has succeeded in luring both locals and international tourists to fill its upscale dining rooms for a taste of the freshest Florida seafood.

The menu here is filled to the brim with excellently prepared dishes that are sure to please, from starters such as the signature smoked fish dip, fried green tomatoes & crab (a unique specialty), calamari, coconut shrimp, crab & caviar, and pickled shrimp, to delectable entrees such as the locally sourced fish tacos, a variety of fish and seafood sandwiches, seafood tower, salads, stuffed shrimp, grilled cobia and more.

They aren’t just focused on seafood however, there are plentiful land fare options for those who prefer it, including wagyu beef sliders, Angus beef short ribs, gourmet burgers, pork cheeks, steak and even chicken and waffles.

The dining room treats you to a spectacular sunset ocean view while you enjoy a tropical cocktail. Alternatively, for an even better waterfront dining experience, you can spend a peaceful time on the deck on the white sand beach overseeing the Gulf of Mexico.

If you are looking for the perfect beach wedding destination, The Sandbar will also make your day more than memorable. They host business meetings, family get-togethers and a plethora of other fun functions.

The Beach House Restaurant

Scenic beauty defines many restaurants on Anna Maria Island, but the Beach House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach comes with more than just a magnificent view. Being a waterfront dining restaurant, the Beach House guarantees a splendid view of the calm blue waters and the beach. It lies on 650-feet of pristine Gulf front beach and serves its delicacies in an upscale modern setting.

The restaurant has world-class chefs without exaggeration. So, when it comes to the food, there are few rivals in Anna Maria Island. The menu features creative takes on the locally sourced produce, seafood and meat, from fish dips, to seafood bruschetta, calamari, short rib tacos and peel and eat shrimp to round out starters.

Entrees feature a variety of “Beach Buns” or sandwiches made from local seafood, crab, and veggies. Also on the menu is a perfectly made Cuban sandwich, free-range chicken sandwich, and signature burgers.

Other main entrees include fried local seafood, a seafood gumbo, fish platters, crab cakes, and a variety of soups and salads. Rounding out the menu are “Sharable Sides” such as creamed spinach, roasted asparagus, brussels sprouts, fried green tomatoes and Mexican corn.

Founded by Ed Chiles, he believes in treating customers to the best experience possible while maintaining quality and professionalism. Their staff is polite and social, which guarantees that you will enjoy a warm welcome and a memorable experience.

Anna Maria Island Beach Café

Located right on Manatee Public Beach, Anna Maria Island Beach Café is a popular stop that you’ll often find busy for good reason. The restaurant, which has won the hearts of many locals and tourists, is hugely popular for its ALL-U-CAN-EAT Pancakes & Sausage, and extensive breakfast and lunch menu.

After taking a break from the beach, sit on the gulf front patio with your meal and a view of the clear water. The café has a friendly staff serving up a wide variety of tasty delicacies such as salads, fresh omelets, cheeseburgers, wraps, chili fries, a huge variety of sides, and tasty fish platters.

This restaurant is a family favorite for the low prices, kids menu, proximity to the beach and the casual atmosphere. The kids will love playing in the soft white sands of the beach while the adults relax and take in the beauty of the views and enjoy the live entertainment.

Don’t forget to stop over at the Anna Maria Beach Café’s Bamboo Beach Bar and enjoy live entertainment and a taste of their signature drinks, wine or beer.

This is just a small sampling of some of the best restaurants on Anna Maria Island, so many more await! Don’t hesitate to call us for help with planning your trip here or any questions about Florida Gulf Coast vacation rentals.