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.
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Lunch - Dinner
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
The City Pier Restaurant
100 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216, United States
NOTE: The City Pier is closed for construction. Check back in 2019. Alternatively, there is Rod n Reel Pier.
Open for lunch and dinner, this restaurant is a real treat for eating “al fresco” Florida style. Great views, friendly service and casual dining are served up daily.
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 restaurant has lots of room and is owned by the same proprietors 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
3324 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217, United States
A sweet pink and turquoise confectionary reminiscent of days gone by. They bake fresh and tempting cupcakes daily. Signature Butter Cream and Cream Cheese frostings are made on the premises with their cupcakes using good old-fashioned ingredients. A great family run place to order tea and a cupcake or place an order for your special occasion.
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!
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.
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.