While everybody loves what they know, it’s always fun to get out of the kitchen and try something new while on vacation. Anna Maria is a great place to experiment with new kinds of food, with many options right at the front door of Anna Maria Island vacation rentals.
Enjoy fresh seafood, excellent cuts of meat, flavorful tacos, and super subs during your time on Anna Maria Island – there’s something for everyone.
Here is a list of the 10 best restaurants on Anna Maria Island:
The Waterfront Restaurant
Location: 111 S. Bay Blvd.
AMI’s Waterfront Restaurant is a casual-fine dining restaurant that works to create innovation dishes with natural flavors. Its menu consists of seafood entrees and both international American classics crafted with care and ingenuity. Enjoy scenic patio dining with a water view in two separate patio areas, accommodations for large groups indoor and out, and a versatile rotating menu that will have you craving more.
The Waterfront Restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. with an additional hour to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Sandbar Restaurant
Location: 100 Spring Ave.
Dip your toes in the sand while enjoying some delicious food at The Sandbar Restaurant. The Sandbar is located right on the beach and specializes in succulent steak and fresh seafood. Because of its picture-perfect location and proximity to the beach, The Sandbar is an island hot spot for weddings and other private parties and cultural events.
You can find the doors to the Sandbar Restaurant open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Interestingly, the Sandbar opens an extra hour early at 10 a.m. on Sundays to accommodate big breakfast and brunch crowds.
Rod and Reel Pier
Location: 875 N. Shore Dr.
For an Old Florida-style meal, walk down the pier at the north end of AMI for deep-fried seafood and a chill spot to watch the sky light up with color as the sun goes down. The eatery is also special for its jaw-dropping water views and its placement right at the end of the pier. The downstairs area is a casual bar atmosphere while the top patio gives you sensational views from a nice and high perspective.
It’s one of the best spots on the island to get a remarkable water/sunset view and an inexpensive local seafood meal, including mahi-mahi and Mexican-styled grouper. It is open every day 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., without fail.
Location: 6600 Gulf Dr.
The Beach Bistro is a fine dining staple on the island. It has delicious American and seafood and is located right along the beach. Order a table and have a cocktail on the beach while you wait.
The Beach Bistro slants upscale, and the main courses represent the pinnacle of Florida seafood dining in a romantic atmosphere.
eat here Anna Maria
Location: 5315 Gulf Dr.
eat here intended to be less expensive and less formal fine-dining than its nearby competitors, and was launched by the owners of award-winning Beach Bistro as a sister restaurant. It whips up slightly more casual versions of some Beach Bistro’s best-loved dishes.
It is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., similar to its older sibling restaurant, the Beach Bistro.
Location: 212C Pine Ave.
It’s no surprise that Poppo’s Taqueria is often busy. As one of the only authentic Mexican restaurants in the area, Poppo’s makes a mean taco, quesadilla, burrito or bowl and has locations all over the region. Think of it as a big step up from Chipotle.
This authentic eatery is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week.
Anna Maria Island Beach Café
Location: 4000 Gulf Dr.
Anna Maria Island Beach Café is a perfect little place to stop in for a quick bite before heading back to the beach. This relaxed spot serves up American food on a small outdoor patio. They also have ice cream and tropical cocktails, as well as the local legendary pancakes.
You won’t want to miss this local favorite from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Beach House Restaurant
Location: 200 Gulf Dr. N.
The Beach House is another casual waterfront restaurant with fantastic reviews. Their mission is to serve tasty and elegant food, while being stewards of the environment. Try their wild boar or stuffed grouper, and you’ll know why they made this list.
This highly-acclaimed eatery is open from 11:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
Ginny & Jane E’s Cafe
Location: 9807 Gulf Dr.
For something totally different, try Ginny & Jane E’s, a casual restaurant filled with collectables and oddities and a long history as a local favorite on the island. A flea market-turned-restaurant, this spot serves up smoothies, muffins, coffee, and breakfast sandwiches.
You’ll encounter a funky energy at this casual cafe, open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 5337 Gulf Dr.
For your next picnic on the beach, pick up a sub at Scott’s, who makes the best – and biggest – sandwiches. Grab your beach chair, umbrella, and enjoy a sub under the rays of the Florida Sunshine.
Scott’s Deli brings it back to the basics. You can find the location open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
These are just a few of the most rewarding local restaurants. There are so many places to eat hidden away throughout the island, you’re sure to be impressed at the variety no matter how long you plan on staying here.