Island Eats on Anna Maria

You will not find many chain eateries on Anna Maria Island, but you will find many local owned restaurants. Whether you are looking for a flip flop beach bar, or a black tie bistro you are sure to find cuisine for everyone!  There are way too many to list, but here's a start.

Anna Maria Island Eats


Sand Bar Restaurant

Beachfront dining at it's finest, and one of many perfect spots to watch our fabulous sunsets! Situated on the beach along the waters of the Gulf of Mexico; the Sand Bar is a famous location for weddings. 

Rod and Reel Pier

The Rod and Reel Pier is a landmark for all to experience. Grab a bite to eat, watch visitors fish,  and enjoy the views of Tampa Bay. They offer fishing for all (fees apply) and serve breakfast lunch and dinner.

Sign of the Mermaid

Located on the North end of Anna Maria Island; the Sign of the Mermaid is known for fresh seafood, steaks and homemade desserts in a fine dining setting. 

The Waterfront Restaurant

The Waterfront menu is based on the finest products and are updated seasonally. They are prepared in classic form, with emphasis on fresh, natural flavors like picatta, au Poivre, pesto, mojo, and others. 

Island Ocean Star

Island Ocean Star is located on the North end of the island by Galati's Marina. Enjoy dinner overlooking Bimini Bay with water views. They offer a Full Bar, a sit down Sushi Bar, and Hibachi Table

Slim's Place

Slim’s Place is a casual style sports bar and restaurant with a copper topped bar that definitely makes a statement! There are plenty of televisions to watch your favorite sporting event, and you are surely to see every Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and Sixers games on when televised. Located on Gulf Drive; head on over for some great food, and cold drinks! 

Holmes beach Island eats


Eat Here!

Eat Here was built to give patrons the chance to enjoy Bistro-style flavors with a casual dining environment and an "every day" price point. A Bistro dinner is very elegant special occasion  with linens, roses and some of the world's best flavors. It is a neighborhood-friendly place where the whole family can enjoy a meal together - Eat Here’s focus is on plates for tasting and sharing.

Scott's Deli

Scott’s Deli and The Island Coffee Haus have joined together and are located at 5350 Gulf Dr. Scott's offers a great selection of sandwiches and all ingredients are locally sourced when possible and always fresh! They deliver on Anna Maria Island North of Cortez Road and will even deliver to you on the Beach! Give him a call!

Duffy's Tavern

Duffy's Tavern is a family-owned and operated burger joint and has been for over 40 years by the former Holmes Beach mayor Pat Geyer. Her five daughters (Polli, Peggi, Penni, Patti and Pam) continue to offer beach-goers an island attitude in a laid back surrounding. Stop by and see why they are known for their "world famous burger and the coldest beer in town".

Hurricane Hanks

Hurricane Hanks has a casual atmosphere that is friendly and welcoming. The kitchen is open late for all those who prefer to linger longer on the beautiful beaches, and the bar remains open even longer. Their menu features patron’s favorites plus a few new additions. Stop by and enjoy!

Island Grill & Bar

Providing an exquisite menu that features true American cuisine in a hip environment, Island Grill & Bar creates palate teasing dishes that all guests will enjoy!  Al Fresco dining is also available along with a full bar.  Bring your fresh catch and let the chef create a fabulous dinner with all of the trimmings.   

Freckled Fin Irish Pub

The Freckled Fin is a lively Irish Pub with an island flair; and offers pub grub food, 12 Irish and craft beers on tap, along with foreign and domestic beer, wine, and liquor. The new owners invite you to come in and enjoy some local late night live music on the indoor stage; that is backed by a wall painted to resemble Ireland’s flag. 

Bradenton Beach Island eats


The Beach House

The Beach House has 650 feet of pristine Gulf front beach and features a climate friendly outdoor deck with beautiful oceanfront views and amazing sunsets! They serve local farm-to-fork produce and locally sourced tide-to-table seafood for the freshest, Authentic Florida meal." With an on-site bakery; Head Baker Teddy Louloudes creates nearly all of the amazing baked breads (known as “Ted Bread”)  and delicious desserts like key lime pie, tarts, cheesecakes, muffins and more. 

Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki Bar

The Gulf Drive Café sits on 2 acres of gorgeous beachfront property along the Gulf of Mexico with sunsets you don’t want to miss! This tropical family-friendly eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and has been a staple on Anna Maria Island for locals and tourists alike since 1981. The Kokonut Hut Tiki Bar is a great place to enjoy your favorite tropical drink and has event space for the perfect Beach Wedding! They also feature a gift shop that sells t-shirts, Tervis tumblers, and a variety of local souvenirs


At the Smoquehouse everything is made from scratch; from the hand-painted wall art, to the Smoqehouse Cubano sandwich, to the dark mahogany wood furnishings. They serve a variety of smoked foods with a create twist. They do in-house smoking to their cheeses, fruits for vinaigrette's, and they even smoke their vegetarian sandwich. Smoqehouse is not necessarily barbecue. It’s barbecue fusion.”

Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin is a 1920's cottage on Bridge Street where the first bridge to Anna Maria Island was located. They prepare the best seafood the Gulf Coast waters have to offer with daily fresh fish brought in directly from the Cortez fishing fleet. The décor is deliberately understated as not to take away from the tasty food, but once inside you will feel like you’re in a seafood house in coastal Maine.  “The Trap Yard”, offers live music on the weekends, and also a great covered deck.

The Bridge Tender Inn

The Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar offers fresh seafood, great appetizers, and some of the best munchies and sandwiches around! They have 3 full service bars and have live entertainment daily. Stop by the Tiki Bar and enjoy the outdoor dining with views of the bay.  There are docks available; so come by land, or come by sea! 

Bridge Street Bistro & Island Time Bar

The Bridge Street Bistro offers spectacular views of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated and the attire is resort casual. Dine al fresco on the third floor terrace and enjoy the amazing sunsets while listening to the sounds of the surf. They offer colorful scenery with exciting dishes to match, and they have a large selection of fine wines from around the world. Island Time is located on the ground level below the Bistro with a well-balanced blend of traditional burgers and sandwiches. Live music nightly from 7 pm-10 pm featuring some of the island’s best entertainers.

Cortez Fishing Village - you can't get fish any fresher!


The Village of Cortez is one of the last small working coastal fishing villages in Florida; located right off Anna Maria Island across the Cortez Bridge. Founded in the 1880's by settlers from North Carolina with fishing being it’s primarily industry for decades. This village retains that Old Florida spirit throughout the streets with locals building and refurbishing boats in their front yards; along with towering crab traps stacked and ready for the next fishing expedition. Cortez still has the same charm with a few modern amenities;  modest beach bungalows, and cottages dating back to the 1920's. The residents of Cortez are proud of their history and preserve the legacy of this area, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cortez Cafe

Cortez Café is a daytime cafe serving breakfast and lunch in a casual setting. Tucked away in a small strip mall, almost invisible from Cortez Road nestled between a Barber Shop and a local Fish Market. It’s not unusual to see fishermen in white boots sitting next to sunburned tourists telling stories over a hearty breakfast and a bottomless cup of coffee. Cortez Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week 6:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Star Fish & Company

Local fisheries like Star Fish Company still sell fresh grouper and shrimp to local restaurants; they have a retail store to sell to the public, and serve the freshest seafood around the picnic tables overlooking the bay. Nothing like a bucket of beers and a fresh grouper sandwich!  

Tide Tables

Tide Tables welcomes you by land or by sea for fresh classic Florida cuisine and awesome views of the Intracoastal Waterway! Enjoy delicious local seafood and definitely try their famous fish tacos, delicious Mahi, or get adventurous with the gumbo.  Tide Tables has an incredible array of local and craft brews on tap to suit everyone’s taste, and nothing goes better with salty air than a nice cold mug!

Swordfish Grill & Tiki

Swordfish Grill and Tiki is hidden in the mystique of the Cortez Fishing along Sarasota Bay.  They offer inside and outside dining, live music, and various daily specials. Inside, you’ll find Flippin' Mullet Sports Bar (it was Mullet that made the fishing village in Florida so famous) with 10 TVs - 10 beers on tap, including their very own Bale Runner Brown Ale brewed exclusively for the Swordfish Grill by a local brewery. Come enjoy the fun where they like to cheer on our local sports teams!  

The Cortez Kitchen

The Cortez Kitchen is a casual eatery with outdoor seating and awesome waterfront views of the boat docks in the Historic Village of Cortez. Sit back and drink some beer; feast on a fresh grouper sandwich, an order of blackened scallops or some fried alligator tail.  A great all around “old Florida” bar setting with Serious Seafood - Casual Style! Local artists perform on stage 6:00 – 10:00pm (Fri – Sat) and 3:00 – 7:00pm (Sun)