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 Casual Dining

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Insider's Guide

Here it is our Insider's Guide to Casual Dining on Anna Maria Island. Our complete dining guide filled with honest reviews, recipes, hours of operation, contact details and map of each restaurant that we feel warrants a spot in our Casual Dining Guide. We've painstakingly taken the time to review and offer our insightful feedback on each of the restaurants below. We're constantly on the lookout for new restaurants to share and keep our Insider Guides up to date.


Please enjoy and feel free to share your dining experience on our Facebook Page, Anna Maria Island Beach Life.


Just click on the 'Read Review' button for full details, map, phone numbers, hours of operation and more. Cheers!


Lunch - Dinner

Sandbar Restaurant on the beach on Anna Maria Island
The Sandbar Restaurant

100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States


Aahhhh.... Shangri La. This restaurant is a favorite for fresh Florida fare. It's a gathering place for both islanders and visitors to watch the sunset at days end. Grab a tropical cocktail and sink your toes in the outdoor beach ‘dining room’. Guess the exact time of the sunset for a free bottle of wine. 

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Skinny's Place

3901 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217, United States


Best beach dive in Holmes Beach owned by the same family since the 50’s. The burgers are to die for, curly fries and frosty beer are the specialties here, but we love the onion rings! 

Don't be intimidated be the rustic beach shack, grab a place at the bar or chillax in a spot at the outdoor picnic tables. 

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Vinny & Cheryl's Italian Kitchen

5337 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217, United States


This is fabulous authentic  Italian food mostly available for take-out but has some small bistro tables outside. What a great way to give the chef in your group a break from cooking dinner! 

Sirenia Favorites are their home-made meatballs and definitely try the eggplant parmigiana! Not to be missed are the home-made bread and cannolis.

Chicken Fajitas and salsa
Poppo's Taqueria

212C Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States


This is the new kid on the block on historic Pine Ave in Anna Maria. They serve fresh and delicious quesadillas, burritos, tacos and more. Definitely, stop in for a quick bite at lunch at the counter inside.

The Starfish Company Restaurat Baked Goods
The Starfish Company

12306 46th Ave W, Cortez, FL 34215, United States


This is where you can find the freshest seafood to buy and eat in the area. A seafood market and outdoor waterfront restaurant located just over the bridge in Cortez in one of the oldest fishing villages in the U.S.A. The fishermen come in with their catch and you buy it or eat it the same day. This place is super busy so get there early. Read our review for the best tips on this highly coveted spot.

The Starfish Company Restaurat Baked Goods
Tide Tables Restaurant

12507 Cortez Rd W, Cortez, FL 34210, United States


The best fish tacos anywhere on or off the island! This waterfront restaurant is located just over the bridge in Cortez in one of the oldest fishing villages in the U.S.A. We love getting there by boat. Look for the sunny yellow umbrellas and grab a picnic table. They even have tie-ups for your furry friend right at your table.

My AMI French Food Restaurat Baked Goods
My AMI French Food

9906 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States


They offer one of “THE BEST” subs on the island. We love the Roast Beef Sub with Horsey Sauce.

The new owners have turned this into a French Style luncheon place. They also offer breakfast too. Delicious French sandwiches, quiche, and crepes. Dine in or take away to eat on the beach a block away.

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The City Pier Grill Restaurant

100 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States



Serving bait, drinks and food. The Anna Maria City Pier Grill offers American style breakfast and a wide variety of lunch staples set on the breath-taking Tampa Bay. 

Stroll down the pier that has been renovated but set in the same spot for over 100 years. A great spot to see what the locals are catching or try your hand at fishing too!

Hot Dog
Lazy Turtle Shack

314 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States



Permanently closed

Tortilla Bay

5318 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34216, United States



Great Tex-Mex food. We love the burritos and nachos! There is something for the whole family here. You can choose to enjoy your meals in their cozy and casual restaurant setting or take out.

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

760 Broadway St, Longboat Key, FL 34228, United States



Located on the northern end of Longboat Key in Longboat Village. Arrive by boat to this restaurant and enjoy their casual Florida fare under the canopy of trees with the fairy lights twinkling after sunset while overlooking the Bay. It's one of the most romantic settings you'll find.

The Beach House

200 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217, United States



Located a short drive from our Sirenia vacation homes in Bradenton Beach, this beachfront restaurant is one of our new fave hangouts. Since they renovated it has lots of room and is owned by the same proprietor as The Sandbar Restaurant. Here you will find a larger dining area with a family-friendly environment serving up the same great Florida seafood. Look for their “Beach Value Menu” and Happy Hour giving your great deals on their cocktails and delicious food.

Scott's Deli

5350 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217, United States




Scott's Deli has the BEST SUBS on the island, without a doubt. They serve up fast, fresh, delicious homemade sandwiches using the highest quality ingredients. What we love about this restaurant is their service. They deliver straight to the beach and even offer packed lunches for boating. Our favorite!

Harry's Grill

9303 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States


Casual beach entrees and appetizers. They are known for their famous burgers and Friday happy hours! A great place to sit in their outdoor courtyard and soak up the sun.

Check out their outdoor music during high season balmy nights and Sunday sermons on the terrace.

Rod & Reel Restaurant

875 North Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States



This would have been Hemingway’s favorite haunt, a very laid back atmosphere with indoor and outdoor dining -  known for their excellent grouper sandwiches and casual seafood dishes. We love to ride our bikes here for breakfast and watch the dolphins swim by. You can fish off the pier and listen to music while talking with locals and tourists alike. 

Hurricane Hanks

5346 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217, United States



A very colorful experience in Holmes Beach. This restaurant has a strong following that recommends many savoury pub items on the menu. They have cocktails and craft beer on tap and are open for lunch and dinner. We love their sense of humour, check out their t-shirts and hurricane specials!
Yup.... real hurricane weather specials. You gotta love Florida!
Duffy’s Tavern​

5808 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217, United States


Hamburger Heaven in Holmes Beach, boasting a world famous burger and the coldest beer in town. Served with potato chips - no fries and rivals Skinny's Place. Draft beer is served for a buck! Family owned for over 40 years ~ Cash only.


1701 Gulf Dr, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217, United States



This is a new restaurant on Anna Maria Island, that's small and easy to miss. Specializing in Bar-B-Que flavors such as pulled pork brisket, jerk chicken, smoked chicken sandwiches and more. We're excited to give this a try.


Wicked Cantina

101 7th Street North, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217, United States



A self-proclaimed Mexican grub, beer, and margarita joint. We've loved their fish tacos and 'wicked rolls' and can't wait to try their Mexican breakfasts. They also offer extended Happy Hours daily. If you prefer to eat at home, they have a Family Pack for Four which can't be beaten. 



Ginny & Jane E's Breakfast Sandwich
Ginny & Jane E’s

9807 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States



Coffee shop...and shopping!  A mix of quaint and quirky refurbished vintage items, jewelry, and coastal furnishings are for sale here as well as a delicious bakery. This is the Hub of Anna Maria, a junction where locals and tourists alike can surf the net, enjoy specialty coffees, cakes, and sandwiches. Not to be missed while you are on Anna Maria Island. 

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North Shore Cafe

304 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States


Better than Starbucks! This cool vibe cafe on the north shore of Anna Maria Island offers Avacado toast... yumm my favorite! They also specialize in artisanal teas, smoothies, fruit bowls, bagels, croissants and sandwiches.

Enjoy your snack al fresco on their great patio overlooking the water.

Banana Waffle

The Waffle Press

425 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States


Specializing in crispy but tender Leige waffles, this sweeter, smaller waffle is the perfect size. Warm doughy goodness that's caramelized on the outside with a slight crunch with a hint of sweetness. Perfect your made to order waffle by dusting it with cinnamon, cannoli cream, peanut butter, bananas, maple butter, bacon, key lime and more! Step up to the pick up window and order yours on your way to the pier.

Minnie’s Beach Cafe

5360 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217, United States



Traditional southern breakfasts and lunches served up with a smile at a great price. This is where the locals go!

Island Creperie

127 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217, United States


A cute and kitschy purple, grey and black take on a Parisian restaurant on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. You'll get a very good croissant or crepe. Hailing from Montreal, we know great food, so we were pleasantly surprised to find this little breakfast and lunch spot


Sweet Treats

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Island Scoops

103B Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217, United States


Enjoy locally homemade ice cream hand mixed and churned at Island Scoops towards the south end of the island. Fans will love the Ice Cream Club to fill you up. If you're planning a party, the party packs are an excellent choice to take the headache out of planning. Not only ice cream, Island Scoops offers shakes, sorbets, old-fashioned floats, banana splits and sundaes. A must visit when you are on the island!


Island Donut Company

110 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217, United States

Warm, fresh, made to order donuts are yours to enjoy on historic Bridge Street. Deliciously enticing, golden donuts dipped into glazes and topped with sprinkles, chipits, and other worldly delights. Open in the mornings until 1 pm. They swerve breakfast sandwiches too. Very inexpensive. A great choice for a tight budget.


Small Town Creamery

5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217, United States


A little taste of Willy Wonka in Holmes Beach. You can smell the sugar and sweetness as soon as you enter Small Town Creamery. Located in the Holmes Beach Plaza off of Marina Drive it offers the best fudge on the island. Other sweet treats like cookies, games, and cold drinks  are found in this whimsical and magical shop.


Anna Maria Island Creamery & Bakery

9801 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States


Located in the little plaza off of Gulf Drive on the north end of the island AMI Creamery and Bakery is another cute spot to hit to try out a sweet confection. Boasting homemade gelato ice cream and William Dean specialty truffles.  

Two Scoops Ice Cream

101 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States

Our kid’s favorite spot! A special treat not to be missed! Specializing in homemade ice cream, malts, and big thick milkshakes.  This shop is reminiscent of an old-fashioned candy store. Grab a treat, head across the street and meander down the 100-year-old city pier to see what the fishermen are catching.

The Donut Experiment

210C Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States

A special treat of made-to-order of what I like to call 'ridiculously fresh donuts'. Truly unique, always fresh donuts offered in 4 different icings and over 14 toppings. Open in the mornings only so get there early!

Hometown Desserts

507 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States


Hidden off the beaten track on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, behind an art gallery, you'll find Hometown Desserts. This is a great bakery to order a specialty cake for your celebration on the island.