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Top 10: Best Restaurants - Anna Maria Island INSIDER'S GUIDE


It's here, our Insider's Guide list of the BEST, TOP 10, NO-FAIL restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Florida!

Top 10 Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Florida

This list will make your epic-curious island visit well.... epic! Our honest opinions about the best of the best places for foodies to eat. If you're starving and need to get some grub fast... skip to the end of this article and interact with our Top 10 Anna Maria Island Restaurant Map.

If you are staying at one of our Sirenia Vacation Rentals most of these awesome restaurants are within walking distance in Anna Maria or a short boat or golf cart ride away.

OK... I need to fess up. I lied. It's not actually the TOP 10 LIST because I needed to add a few more favourites, so it's really a TOP 12 LIST. You'll forgive me right?

If you are looking for the best pizza... check out our Pizza Smackdown article here.

If you are looking for burgers.... wait for our Burger Smackdown article coming out soon!

Grab a cup of Joe and let's start with breakfast, mosey into lunch, enjoy some dinner options and finish off with some dessert.

Bon Appetit!

Top 10 Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Florida - Best Gulf Front Breakfast

BREAKFAST

ROD 'N REEL PIER - Best Gulf Front Breakfast

875 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria

941-778-1885

Hours

Open Daily 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

The Rod 'n Reel Pier is our favourite spot to hit for breakfast on Anna Maria Island. There are a few reasons for this. First off, it's on the water and that's why people come to Anna Maria Island, Florida. Watching for dolphins, manatees, and fish while you munch on a yummy, diner-style breakfast is incredibly laid-back and that embodies the true Beach Life that our little island is all about. Secondly, it's inexpensive, which leaves money in the budget to shop at the local stores. Thirdly, it's an amazing spot for photography and one of the most well-known landmarks on the island. Bean point is a short stroll down the beach, which is a beautiful sight.

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Insider Tip: Do arrive early during the high season, the parking lot is small. Arrive with your entire party. They won't seat you unless everyone is present and ready to eat.

Top 10 Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Florida - Best Breakfast

GINNY & JANE E's - Most Funky

9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria

941-778-3170

Hours

Open Daily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Top 10 Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Florida - Most Funky

Ginny & Jane E's is one of a kind and not to be missed if you visit the island. This cool, funky, flea market slash cafe is where everyone meets in the mornings, including both locals and visitors. They have humungous danishes that are larger than your head! The coffee is good and the muffins, smoothies, and breakfast sandwiches are all delicious.

Pick up an island souvenir such as sharks teeth, island artwork, funky beach decor and even shabby chic furniture. It really is a treat to meander through this eclectic store. There's also a cool kids table with colouring books to keep the young ones busy during a wait.

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Insider Tip: Don't forget to pick up your rewards coffee card.... after you buy 10 the next one's free. Attention Caffeine Addicts.....They have FREE coffee refills throughout the day!

Top 10 Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Florida - Most Funky

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LUNCH

POPPO'S ~ Best Mexican

212 Pine Ave., Anna Maria

941-254-7941

Hours

Open Daily 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Top 10 Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Florida - Best Mexican

I love Mexican food and Poppo's Taqueria fits the bill. Freshly made pulled pork, beef and chicken fillings are the staples for their quesadillas, burritos, and tacos. The freshly made guacamole is the perfect side to their home-made crispy nacho chips. You can eat inside or out on their porch if it's not too hot. My mouth is watering now!

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Insider Tip: If you order a deep-fried corn tortilla quesadilla with beef and all the fixings, you will think you've died and gone to heaven! Attention..... the portions are generous, you get 2 tortillas or quesadillas on each plate.

Top 10 Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Florida - Best Mexican

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Scott's Deli - Best Subs

5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach

941-778-3000

Hours

Open Daily 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Top 10 Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Florida - Best Subs

The Best Sub I have ever eaten... period! I've traveled all over the world and absolutely love good food. The Roast Beef sub at Scott's Deli with homemade sauce and caramelized onions is fabulous (ask them to saute the onions first). It has the perfect combination of crunch from the shredded lettuce and juiciness from the beef and sauce. Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum!

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Insider Tip: Scott's Deli delivers right to your beach or boat dock!. Having a great

day on Anna Maria island has never been so easy. To order, give them a call and tell them where to find you - they accept cash and credit cards at the beach.

Delivery is free!

STARFISH COMPANY ~ Best Seafood by Boat

Latitude 27.468N. Longitude 82.686W.

12306 46th Ave W. Cortez, FL

941-794-1243

Hours

Open Daily 11:30 am - 8:00 pm

Top 10 Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Florida - Best Seafood

We like to swing by the Starfish Company when we are out boating, they have a few dock slips to tie up to. Located in Cortez, just south of the Cortez bridge on the east side. Cortez is one of the oldest continuously working fishing villages in the USA. The fishermen come in with their catch and it's on your plate within hours... now that's fresh! Actually, the restaurant first opened to feed the fishermen coming in from a days work, but this seafood secret is out of the bag. I love the shrimp dinner, served in old-fashioned boxes with a side of hush puppies. The shrimp is delicately deep fried, super tender and fresh. And I'm a sucker for hush puppies.

Stop by their fish market and take home the catch of the day. From sea to table, it doesn't get any fresher than this.

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Insider Tip: This spot is notoriously busy during high season where wait times can exceed 90 minutes. It is the best place to get seafood around Anna Maria Island. Get there early to avoid the line-ups. Be patient with the staff, they do their best with a small kitchen and large crowds. If the Starfish Company is too busy, you can try Tide Tables around the corner, next to the bridge which also has dock slips and great food.

Top 10 Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Florida - Best Seafood by Boat

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DINNER

VINNY & CHERYL's ITALIAN KITCHEN ~ Best Italian

314 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, FL

941-896-9754

Hours

Open Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm