There are so many fantastic Anna Maria restaurants, with every type of food and atmosphere you could possibly want, for anything from an intimate romantic meal, family lunch, to celebration: fine dining with exquisite wines in settings offering breathtaking views, to relaxed surf style, with real southern style boiled peanuts and deliciously thirst quenching cold beer!
Because we have lived on the island since 2005, and our colleagues at Sato Real Estate who look after all our guests are based on the island, we have given you our own personal views of each of the restaurants that we have been lucky enough to dine at. Just click on the logo’s above for detail of each. And many of the owners and staff are really good friends of ours, so we know that the service will always been fantastic. And, if you visit them too, we would love it if you could add your own comments on our pages, so that future visitors can benefit from reviews too!
Some of our own favourites include The Waterfront Restaurant, which is literally a stones throw from Tampa Bay beach, where you can look out to the City Pier while you dine. Their crab cakes and fish tacos are amazing.
There is also the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach, where you can either dine in the restaurant looking out across the Gulf, or, as we prefer to do, sitting at the bar. Here, the fabulous bartender will help you choose the perfect wine to accompany a fantastic menu of food and it’s a great way to chat to other diners; a really wonderful and social evening. And we really love the valet parking – even for bicycles!, which is how we always travel up there.
And no trip to Anna Maria would be complete without a visit to the Sandbar restaurant, where you literally can kick off your sandals, and dig your feet into the sand while you eat, and watch the sunset over the Gulf.
It’s always good to remember, that in the height of the season, these places can get pretty busy, so it’s not a bad idea to book up.
Breakfast and lunch choices are just as plentiful. The Relish Café with our great friend Rhonda is the best way to start the day. Newly opened, the coffee is just amazing and menu is delicious, with gourmet to go options, which are perfect for picking up to take to the beach. The Relish Café really is the heart of the island, and you will find lots of locals here early mornings for their coffee.
We hope you enjoy our Anna Maria Island restaurants too!
Mike & Lizzie