The Starfish Company ~ Anna Maria Island
12306 46th Ave W
Cortez, FL 34215
Breakfast – $8.00
Lunch – $18.00
Sunday to Saturday
8:30 am - 8:00 pm
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 the 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 seafood and fish market and take home the catch of the day. From sea to table, it doesn't get any fresher than this.
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.