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Celebrating VALENTINE’S DAY On ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Did you know that in America, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day to dine out? Valentine’s Day is the most romantic dining holiday of the year and right around the corner, so let us, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals help you prepare. Anna Maria Island is the perfect vacation destination with the best dining options, perfect whether you’re celebrating with your significant other, best friend, or family.We’ve combed through the most romantic restaurants in the area to select our favorites based on personal and guest reviews, menu, service, and ambiance.
To help you choose the perfect spot, here is a list, in alphabetical order of our favourites for romantic dining on Anna Maria Island:
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Beach Bistro – 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-6444
Take a five-star cuisine, five star attentiveness, refined but nicely understated cozy atmosphere looking right out at the Gulf of Mexico and you’ve got one over-the-top Valentine’s Day experience. Enjoy dishes like Grilled Swordfish, Roasted Maple Leaf Duckling, Rack of Lamb embellished with port wine and roasted asparagus all with some culinary flourishes that go above and beyond. For dessert try the Chocolate Truffle Terrine or Key Lime Pie, delicious!
You can savour a beautiful dinner in their dining room or outside on the beach with your toes in the sand while enjoying amazing food and a beautiful sunset.
Many consider this to be the finest dining experience in the area. Some guests have told us it is a little pricey, but they go on to tell us the food is worth every penny. If you’re looking to impress your significant other this might be the place!
Note: If you don’t make it here for Valentine’s Day, don’t worry, the Beach Bistro is romantic year round.
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Beach House – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
If all you did was sit at one of the tables and drink a glass of water, you would enjoy yourself. Fortunately, with Chef Will’s creativity the Beach House offers so much more than that. Offering delicious dishes all with an emphasis on sustainability and local ingredients, picked produce from their own farm and fresh from the Gulf seafood.
Located directly on the beach with indoor and outdoor dining and sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico. Dine with your toes in the sand, listening to live music and enjoy a relaxing evening as you watch the sunset over the Gulf.
Note: This is one of my personal favourite restaurants on Anna Maria Island.
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Blue Marlin Grill – 121 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737
Located in an original 1920s cottage on historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
The Blue Marlin is known on Anna Maria Island for their quality, fresh, local seafood and offers fine dining without that “stuffy” feeling. The restored beach cottage decor is a perfect combination of classic yet nautical and chic, a lovely atmosphere. The wall art blends well with the nautical ship lamps which provide a warm, relaxing feeling.
You will enjoy their appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts. Blue Marlin is a special place for a special meal.
Note: Reservations are a must! Parking can be a problem. It is about a five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals or you can take the Free Island Trolley or tips for service Monkey Bus.
After dinner take a romantic walk on the pier at the East end of Bridge Street.
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Bridge Street Bistro – 222 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach 941- 782-1122
The Bridge Street Bistro main dining room, is located on the 3rd floor and boasts panoramic views of the gulf with indoor and terrace seating.
Watch the sunset while enjoying expertly prepared cuisine. The entrees, including Grouper, Cedar Planked Salmon, Duck and Filet Mignon, are delicious, but the chocolate beyond reason for dessert is the ultimate indulgence.
Note: it is very easy to confuse this dining area with their sister restaurant, Island Time Bar and Grill which is downstairs.
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Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen – 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 941-238-6264
Valentine’s Dinner 2019 from 4 PM – 10 PM Three Course Prix Fixe Menu
Enjoy a romantic dinner at Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen with a Three Course Prix Fixe Menu. You will find a variety of options in all three courses that are sure to please everyone. For your second course/entree you can select, Seared Sea Scallop & BBQ Pork Belly, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Peruvian Surf & Turf or Red Snapper Ramen. 
The food and service here is good and the attmosphere is nice. They have a beautiful patio overlooking the canal that you can watch the boats come in-and-out.
For reservations call 941-238-6264 or book on OpenTable through their website.
Note: Located at Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club
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French Table – 103 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-1930
If you’re looking for romance, you can never go wrong with a nice French restaurant. And, if cozy and quaint is what you’re looking for, French Table should get your reservation. French Table is a small family business serving authentic French food and the atmosphere is incredibly pleasant. The food, especially their homemade bread, Scallops and Shrimp, Duck, Pate Carbonara Fettuccini and dessert are delicious. We have found the portions are a little smaller, but they do leave you feeling satisfied. This is definitely a place where you’ll want to take your time and enjoy this little gem.
Note: Parking is limited, but the French Table is less than a five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Highly recommend making a reservation.
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Isola Bella Italian Eatery – 5904 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 941-242-5309
Who doesn’t like Italian food? It’s always good, when you head to Isola Bella on Anna Maria Island. A small family run restaurant serving real Sicilian cuisine made with fresh ingredients, from simple and authentic recipes, with a wine list selected accordinglyThe dishes are authentically prepared and served by a wonderful Sicilian family. They even make their own pasta! You can feel the Love they pour into their foods! 
Notethis restaurant has only been open for approximately 1 Year and the food seems to taste better every time we go.
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Waterfront Restaurant  111 Bay Blvd. South, Anna Maria 941-778-1515
This beautiful, upscale restaurant is known for cuisine inspired by seasonal flavors and the finest ingredients. Whether you prefer shrimp, scallops, salmon or steak there is no end to delicious dishes served at this waterfront restaurant. And, their handcrafted cocktails are the best!
Indoor and outdoor seating is available. The indoor seating is quite charming, lending itself to a lovely romantic atmosphere. There is outdoor seating at the front of the restaurant overlooking the water as well as outdoor patio seating to the back. You will find both are cozy and casual.
Note: This is a very popular restaurant on Anna Maria Island so call now for a reservation. They might already be fully booked for Valentine’s Day, but any day is a good day to dine at the Waterfront.
One of the key ingredients to having a romantic evening out on Valentine’s Day is choosing the right restaurant. The above restaurants are all conveniently located in proximity to Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. We think you will enjoy any one of them, but to ensure that you make the right choice, please, call them ahead to make your reservations and also to make sure the menu can accommodate any special dietary needs.
Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals are honoured that you have chosen us to provide you with the most memorable vacation and hope that your Valentine’s Day dinner is one to be to remembered. ❤
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Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – Latest News from The Sandbar, Beach House & Mar Vista Restaurants

A family of three Waterfront Restaurants featuring fresh seafood, Old Florida Charm offering breathtaking views.
The Beach House Restaurant is the closest of the three, just a three minute walk south of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island Florida 34217. Families will enjoy the Beach House where their kids can play on the beach while you enjoy the sunset, a tropical drink and fresh Florida seafood. The Beach House is an award-winning location for beach weddings, receptions or any special event.
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The beachfront Sandbar Restaurant on the North end of Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from their dining room or outdoor covered deck. The Sandbar is one the most popular places on Anna Maria Island where you can dine with yours toes in the sand.
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The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub is approximately 2 miles south of us, located on the North end of Longboat Key in the heart of historic Longboat Village. Arrive by boat (Intracoastal mile marker 39) or by car to enjoy fresh Florida seafood inside the quaint dining room or on our outdoor covered deck overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay.
Some recent news from these fabulous restaurants:
  • Stone Crab Season is here — Stone Crabs are back in full force. Beach House, Sandbar and Mar Vista all have these environmentally friendly and delicious crab claws in stock most nights. Supply is of course based on the success of the local crabbing fleet, but so far, they have been able to keep up with demand.
  • There is something new on the Beach House menu. The Beach House Torpedo Sandwich, looks like a sure way to take care of your hunger. The sandwich features Bob Woods’ Sausage on a house-made hoagie roll with a side of house-made pickled relish and house-made potato chips. Sounds yummy!
  • The next time you dine at the Beach House enjoy a New Shopping Experience. The Beach House team has been working extra hours to make your shopping experience at the Beach House extra special. You will find all new items just in time for the coming holiday season. They have worked hard and have done an amazing job of making your shopping easier. Come take a look, I think you will agree!
  • Extended Savings at Mar Vista – While it has ended at the Sandbar and the Beach House, the $10 off of $30 promotion has been extended at Mar Vista through the end of November. To print your coupon, go to: //www.marvistadining.com/november
  • Now, for those of you that have been asking about Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: The Sandbar, Mar Vista and the Beach House will again be following their past tradition and all three restaurants will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. This allows their employees to spend the day celebrating with their families and enjoying a wonderful holiday. They will re-open on the Friday after Thanksgiving with normal hours of operation.
  • We are all looking for ways to make gift shopping easier and the Beach House, Sandbar and Mar Vista Restaurants offers you a simple way to get an early start on your Christmas shopping with this great offer. A great Christmas Gift Idea that everyone on your list will love and just another reason to visit any three of our favourite restaurants on Anna Maria Island. For every $100 you buy in gift cards, you get a $25 bonus gift card and the cards are good at all three locations. The Holiday Gift Card Sale Promotion ends January 7, 2019. Be sure to order by December 16 for Christmas Eve delivery. Gift cards to the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista are always available at all three restaurants, you can also buy them online at – https/:beachstore.groupersandwich.com/gift-cards E-Gift Cards are available instantly. Email, print or redeem directly on your mobile phone. Mailed Gift Cards – Available from their online store. You will be mailed a plastic gift card and shipping is free.
  • The Chiles Restaurant Group, owner of the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista restaurants gives back to the community. Ed Chile’s knows the value of investing and giving back to the community. The group recently supported the Drink Pink Campaign and sold 1,317 pink drinks in October. For every drink sold they promised to donate $1 to We Care Manatee, therefore, donating $1,300. They will also be donating $1,317 to support breast health services for local women who otherwise couldn’t afford these services. So grateful to their guests, they publicly thanked them for embracing this great fundraiser. Way to go The Chile’s Group!
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While vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals be sure to dine at one or all of these three restaurants and discover for yourself why these “Old Florida” restaurants are favorites for locals and tourists alike.
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2018 – OCTOBER IS RESTAURANT MONTH – BRADENTON, ANNA MARIA ISLAND, LONG BOAT KEY 

While spending your holiday with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 whether you are soaking up the beautiful Florida sunshine on the beach or at the pool, jet skiing, shopping or listening to live music on Bridge Street don’t miss out on these restaurant deals. These deals are available until October 31st so it’s not too late! Enjoy local dining with beautiful sunsets, handcrafted cocktails and uniques flavours while saving big. Dine at any of these great restaurants, some of the many amazing restaurants our area has to offer.
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Anna Maria Oyster Bar — 941-778-2662 — 200 Bridge Street (Historic Bridge Street Pier) Bradenton Beach
Service is good and food is amazing. Lots of options from seafood to burger to chicken there is something for everyone. The desserts are fabulous! It is directly on the bay and offers beautiful views from the outdoor seating on the pier.
Amazing Promotion —
$5 TWO FISH TACOS AND MARGARITA
• Available all day at AMOB on the Pier.
• Available from 11am-4pm at Landside, Cortez, and Ellenton.
• 21+ up only.
$5 ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES
• Available only at AMOB on the Pier from 8-11 am daily.
$5 BUD LIGHT PITCHERS
• Ice cold and available all day at all locations.
• 21+ up only.
$14.99 LOBSTER MANIA
• Available daily at AMOB on the Pier
• Available at Landside, Cortez, and Ellenton on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays while supplies last.
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Beach House Restaurant — 941-779-2222 — 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
This is one of the best places to dine on Anna Maria Island. Located right on the beach with the most amazing view, a wonderful out door sunken lounge and sandy beach dining area. Fantastic food, friendly staff and perfect location! They also have a cute lobby shop selling beachwear items at good prices.
The Sandbar 941-778-0444 — 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria
This place is a gem tucked away at the North end of Anna Maria Island. Parking is limited, but they do offer valet service. You won’t be disappointed dining right on the beach with a glorious view of the ocean. The food is always fresh and delicious, and the service is prompt and friendly. A perfect place to experience delicious dining with the magnificent Gulf of Mexico sunsets.
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub 941- 383-2391 — 760 Broadway Street, Long Boat Key
You can feel the “Old Florida charm” when dining at Mar Vista. It’s really hard to beat having dinner under the buttonwood mangroves at the water’s edge. Watching the boats pulling up to the dock makes for a perfect setting. They have a variety of menu options, but their clam chowder is outstanding and the coconut shrimp salad is delicious. A relaxing atmosphere with a gorgeous view.
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*Beach Bistro — 941-778-6444 — 6600 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Anna Maria Beach Bistro is Anna Maria Island’s premiere dining destination. It sits directly on the beautiful white sands of the Gulf of Mexico and the view from the dining room is absolutely gorgeous. It is unassuming from the outside, but the inside dining room decor is intimate and certainly fine dining. Beach Bistro is a top 20 ZAGAT restaurant in the United States with an internationally acclaimed chef that consistently prepares impeccable and perfectly presented meals. From fresh Gulf Seafood and Prime American Beef and Domestic American Lamb the Beach Bistro has earned it a reputation for the Best Food in Florida.
*Eat Here — 941-778-0411 — 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Eat Here is the little sister restaurant to the Beach Bistro. The menu offers a variety of dishes from tacos and pizza to more sophisticated fares. The presentation of each plate is very nice and the portions are generous. You will enjoy a relaxed Island atmosphere with seating inside or outside on their patio.
*The Doctor’s Office — 941-213-9926 — 5312 Holmes Blvd. unit B Holmes Beach
The Doctor’s Office is Anna Maria Island’s best new craft cocktail bar.
The Doctor’s Office like it’s name is a former physician’s office. The theming is carried through the decor such as vintage medical charts and the cocktail list have clever medicine names. The bartenders are very talented mixologists and familiar with any request you might have. On our most recent visit we enjoyed listening to a singer perform to prerecorded music. The space is small and it does get a little crowded, but it is a fun, upbeat place to go. Enjoy cocktails, local beer and bar fare every evening from 5 until mid-night.
*Mention their promotion and say “Sure is HOT” for a FREE drink!
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Wicked Cantina — 941-281-2990 — 101 7th St N, Bradenton Beach, Florida
Right across from the beach and about a two minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Enjoy a terrific view of the gulf from the outdoor deck as well as from inside and live music every night. Their home made guacamole is delicious and the margaritas are the best! This restaurant has a wonderfully casual atmosphere, complimented by a warm and friendly staff. A great place to enjoy dinner and make sure to try their key lime pie…amazing! This place is not one to miss!
While you’re there, ask about their October promotion.
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Seafood Shack — 941- 794-1235 — 4110 127th Street West, Cortez
A great casual waterfront restaurant. Good food and great location. Enjoy watching the boats pass by on the intercostal waterway. 
*The Seafood Shack in Cortez wants you to #ThinkPink, #DrinkPink this October in support of the Breast Health Services at We Care Manatee. They will donate $1 for every Boob-Berry Lemonade sold during the month of October to We Care Manatee.
The Boob-Berry Lemonade packs a little punch with Stoli vodka infused with fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, freshly squeezed lemonade and a splash of soda. The Shack donates $1 for each Boob-Berry Lemonade purchased. The Breast Health Services at We Care Manatee is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer through research. The funding aids research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and breast cancer survival.
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Call to inquire about other promotions 941.794.1235
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Waterfront Restaurant – 941-778-1515 – 111 S Bay Blvd., Anna Maria
The Waterfront Restaurant is located at the North end of Anna Maria Island in a freestanding cottage offering indoor and outdoor patio dining. The interior has recently been updated but, maintains the Old Florida feel. This is one of our favourite restaurants on Anna Maria Island. Very pleasant surroundings with a view of the bay and the food is amazing. Good menu with plenty of options – seafood, beef, chicken. Very cordial staff that are attentive to service needs.
*Come to the Waterfront Restaurant and mention the promotion of Bradenton Area CVB to receive 20% OFF your entire bill!*
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Small Town Creamery – 941-213-9107 – 5404 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island
An outstanding ice cream shop with a delicious assortment of desserts. They have indoor and outdoor seating. Friendly staff, plenty of ice cream choices and reasonable prices. They also sell fudge, wine popcicles, candy and some toys. A fun environment!
-Small Town Creamery’s October Fudge Special.  Buy 1 pound of fresh
homemade fudge and get a ½ lb free!
-Fall in Florida means it’s time to enjoy Maple Walnut and Penuchi Fudge
(Brown Sugar Fudge with a hint of maple
-Halloween Wiffer Sniffers are here!  Limited quantities available.
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Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar — 941-798-2035 — 4628 119th Street, Cortez
A waterfront restaurant right on Sarasota Bay, in Cortez Village, Florida’s oldest active fishing village. A very casual “local” atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating featuring LIVE music nine times a week. Food is fresh and service is good.
Mention this promotion for Happy Hour ALL DAY Monday through Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm. This deal includes $2 off all cocktails and house wines and $1 off all beer
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Last, but certainly not least, as part of this October promotion don’t miss your chance to give the ultimate beach vacation to your friends or family. While dining at any participating area restaurant, post a picture of yourself enjoying the food to Facebook or Instagram with #DineCoastal to win a five-night stay in the Bradenton Area complete with round trip airfare and restaurant vouchers! Good luck!!
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FILL YOUR GLASS WITH SUMMER FUN AT EAT HERE RESTAURANT 

Looking for a great place to dine on Anna Maria Island?
One of our favourite restaurants on the Island is Eat Here located at 5315 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
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Eat Here is changing things up with a new summer dining menu. Offering refreshing summer dining options with smaller portions along with a smaller price. Almost everything on their menu will have a lighter cost option. Some summertime tastes to try, Vichysoisse, chilled beet, watermelon and feta salads, along with other preparations.
The menu isn’t the only change, Eat Here is taking a page from one of it’s sister restaurants, Beach Bistro’s “Sure is Hot” attitude adjustment program. When you step into Eat Here’s cool interior and announce that it “Sure Is Hot” the first glass is on them. What a fun way to celebrate the heat of the summer.
Yes it’s hot outside, but it’s cool at Eat Here. 
You sure won’t hear anyone from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 complain about the Florida heat, we love the heat! We especially love the summertime warm temperatures of the Gulf of Mexico and the high nighttime temperatures on Anna Maria Island are nice too!
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TripAdvisor Reviews—
  1. Always Great! We love this place and they always accomodate our family of 9. We have come here for several years and the service and food are always excellent!!
  2. Delicious! Good food. Clean, fast service. Very nice waitress. We had grill cheese and pizza. Prices were reasonable
  3. Good Food-The name caught out attention and the food and service were wonderful. They have different sizes of servings and the food comes to you when it is ready but they will tell you that.
  4. Excellent! Small dining room that packs a powerful punch into a great meal! Loved the pot roast meal as well as the seafood options.
  5. Good Stuff! Found this place on YELP and decided to give it a try. We opted for outside dining since is was a nice evening. Nice menu selection and glad to report they have gluten free items! Everyone was very helpful and food was great! Would definitely go again!
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Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub

760 Broadway Street — North Longboat Key, Florida — 941-383-239
Open daily 11:30 AM — 10:30 PM 
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Mar Vista is top area restaurant we recommend you try during your stay with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals27.438199, -82.681307 – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. A sister restaurant to the Beach House Restaurant which is on Bradenton Beach, Mar Vista is located at the North end of Longboat Key, about a 5 minute drive from our condos. It is perfectly placed right on the bay side overlooking Sarasota Bay with its recently renovated 14 slip private boat dock. There is ample seating inside the rustic dining room, on the covered outdoor deck or under the canopy of ancient Buttonwood trees. You will enjoy a creative menu with a selection of fresh local seafood, farm to fork produce right from their own farm and pasture to plate land fare. As well, many of their own breads are baked on site. They offer a full bar and an extensive wine list. Terry’s favourite is the Brussel Sprouts appetizer and the Mar Vista Burger. While I usually order the crab cakes or Cobb salad, both are equally delicious!
Mar Vista was recently awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. Since 2011 when TripAdvisor began handing out this award, Mar Vista has been recognized each and every year. Once you have experience Mar Vista dining I think you will understand why.
We love the excellent food, great service and the ambiance of dining outside under the trees and are certain you will too.
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TripAdvisor Reviews June 2018
  1. Had a great dinner of fresh seafood while sitting outside.
Lauren was a wonderfull waitress!!
Great location right on the water. It was nice to take a stroll after a filling meal.
Drinks were also served quickly and were quite good.
We will definitely visit this restaurant again on our next trip.
  1. Spectacular service! Great location! Excellent food!! Lauren was the best server we have ever had in any restaurant!! took her time going over the menu, gave recommendations! talked to us! not just as our server, but as someone who was interested about our experience at the restaurant!
Thank you for hiring such a great person!
And the food!! the frog legs, and the crab stuffed pumpkin blossoms! OMG… will be back.
  1. Great meal and Service! The food was excellent and our waitress, Lauren, did a great job accommodating our group. We tried the brussel sprouts on her recommendation that the whole table enjoyed.
  2. Lauren was great! Come here all the time by boat. Great dock, great food! A longboat key staple. Nice little gift shop as well. And the tile fish risotto this evening, very tasty.
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INDOOR OR OUTDOOR DINING AT THE BLUE MARLIN IN BRADENTON BEACH

On the Gulf Coast of Florida, Bradenton Beach is home to an eclectic group of seasonal and year-round residents. Bradenton Beach is the southernmost of three small cities located on beautiful Anna Maria Island.
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Bradenton Beach has so many amazing restaurants, but this is one of our favorite spots to enjoy indoor or outdoor dining.
Blue Marlin Restaurant is located in an original 1920s cottage on historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. The Blue Marlin is known on Anna Maria Island for their quality, fresh, local seafood and offers fine dining without that “stuffy” feeling. The restored beach cottage decor is a perfect combination of classic yet nautical and chic, a lovely atmosphere. The wall art blends well with the nautical ship lamps which provide a warm, relaxing feeling. We had reservations and were seated within minutes of our arrival. I ordered the blackened fish Alfredo and it was absolutely amazing! Terry ordered pecan crusted grouper which looked fantastic and he said it tasted the same. Presentation was exceptional! If you are a dessert lover, like me, you must try the guava key lime cheesecake. Note: other key lime pies do not compare.
Our server was awesome, super friendly and helpful. For us, amazing service appears to be standard at Blue Marlin. Prices are reasonable, a little on on the upper side, but the quality, service and attentiveness are reflected in this.
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But, our favorite spot at Blue Marlin is the outside “Trap Yard” in their courtyard where on Friday and Saturday nights local musicians play great bluegrass, jazz, funk, and more. The courtyard has a fun vibe to it, with a nice covered deck where patio dining is available with a full menu service. Or, you can order from a different more casual menu from an outdoor kitchen that serves great fresh fish tacos and delicious burgers.
Either way, inside or outside you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Excellent wine list, reasonably priced beer, and fantastic food.
Open: Sunday 5 – 9 PM Monday – Saturday 5 – 10 PM
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In minutes you can walk to Blue Marlin from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 or take a free trolley ride to Bridge Street.
If driving, parking is limited, but they do have a courtesy parking shuttle that will follow you to a lot and drive you back.
Blue Marlin is such a popular spot that reservations are required on Fridays and Saturdays and strongly recommended every other day.
Tripadvisor Reviews — June 2018
  1. Great Meal, Great Atmosphere-If you’re on AMI you have to try this place! Shrimp & Grits were outstanding and their Burger is the bomb. Wait staff super attentive and no detail overlooked.
  2. We enjoyed an amazing dinner at this quaint little gem. We started with the Seafood Egg-rolls which were just plain yummy. Then, I had their Shrimp Ajillo (garlic shrimp) with a house salad and my husband had their Pecan Grouper. Both meals were spot on and the atmosphere and staff were great. So happy we found this fresh seafood spot!
  3. Great dinner. After looking at the posted menu, while kicking around on Bridger’s Street we decided to give the nearby restaurant a try. The fish preparation methods really looked good. It’s a smaller, unassuming building, but actually one with a little character and evidently historical background!Definitely a good choice, a couple of us tried the pecan crusted grouper and really enjoyed it, while on their special menu of the night there was a Thai preparation that was also fantastic! The chef also went out of the way with a special request from my 12 year old granddaughter which she liked! Our serverwas great and seemed to be Omni present whenever something was needed. While it may seem a bit pricey, the food quality and service this night seemed more than fair. Would certainly return on my next visit to the area.
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BEACH HOUSE RESTAURANT, BRADENTON BEACH, RECEIVES 2018 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 

The Beach House Restaurant has done it again! For the 7th year in a row, The Beach House has been awarded the 2018 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
An honour for the Beach House Restaurant and how fortunate are we, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, to have this fine dining establishment within walking distance of our condos. For many years we have enjoyed dining at and have recommended the Beach House Restaurant to our guests.
We know that TripAdvisor is one of the most powerful traveler review sites on the web and many people use it on a regular basis. As an example, anyone who is considering dining at a local restaurant with waterfront views goes to TripAdvisor in order to read reviews from actual customer and then chooses the restaurant based on the heavy influence of these reviews. So for The Beach House to receive this award for seven consecutive years is quite impressive to say the least.
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What exactly is the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award? Here is a brief summary of how it works —
Each year since 2011, TripAdvisor gives Certificate of Excellence awards to hotels, B&Bs/Inns and speciality lodging as well as restaurants and attractions that show continued excellence in hospitality. The Certificate of Excellence is an achievement automatically given to qualifying businesses on TripAdvisor, and there is never any purchase required to qualify. There is no application process for the Certificate of Excellence, and the achievement is earned over time. It is presented to approximately 10% of total businesses on TripAdvisor that have consistently achieved great reviews over the past year. Recipients of the award are announced once a year in or around late May. To qualify a business must maintain at least a 4/5 overall TripAdvisor rating, must have a minimum of reviews and be listed on TripAdvisor for a full 12 month qualifying period between April 2 and March 31. Certificate of Excellence recipients are determined by ratings and reviews on TripAdvisor. A business cannot pay for a Certificate of Excellence nor is there any influence from a commercial relationship with TripAdvisor.
We are delighted that The Beach House has once again received this fine award.
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This is what we tell our guests…The Beach House is located minutes from your accommodations, right on the beach. It is a first-rate dining establishment, offering an abundance of seating both inside or outside on the covered deck. We always choose outdoor seating with a table in the sand where we can watch the sunset. I prefer a little privacy when dining and the tables are far enough apart not to be crowded. The prices are reasonable and the service has always been outstanding. The Beach House offers an extensive menu, excellent food and combine that with the spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico equals a perfect dining experience.
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CELEBRATING FATHER’S DAY ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND 

— JUNE 17, 2018 —
“Dad”- Biological, step-Dad, Father-in-law, special father figure or role model. How are you planning to honour your “Dad” this year? Plan to treat good old Dad to A Father’s Day meal? Here is a deal that is sure to please everyone, including Dad.
Print this offer, bring it in or show it from your phone and dad’s lunch or dinner entree will be half price.
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Valid on Father’s Day, June 17th, 2018 only, at any one of these three waterfront restaurants…
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Beach House Restaurant — 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
This location is just a few minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and is directly on the beach. Here you will find waterfront dining with a laid-back casual atmosphere featuring air-conditioned indoor seating as well as climate friendly outdoor seating. Serving superb, fresh seafood as well as other fabulous entrees the Beach House is a great choice when dining on Bradenton Beach. If you are planning dinner at this beautiful gulf-front restaurant you will have the perfect spot to watch a beautiful Anna Maria Island sunset. The beach House can accommodate large groups, but call ahead to check if advanced seating or reservations are available.
Mar-Vista Restaurant — 760 Broadway Street, Longboat Key
The MarVista is located on the northern part of Longboat Key about a 7 minute drive south of your Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals condo. The structure was originally built in 1912 and is considered one of the twelve oldest surviving structures on Longboat Key. This restaurant has recently underwent some renovations with a new kitchen and dining room. You will find seating in the quaint dining room or on the outdoor covered deck under the Buttonwood tress overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay. There is sometimes a wait for a table, but they have a beautiful dock to walk out on with your drinks. If you coming by boat, Mar Vista has a private dock with 14 slips.
Enjoy lunch or dinner with a fresh Florida seafood meal or choose other delicious menu items. We have always found the food to be great and the service excellent.
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Sandbar Restaurant — 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria
Inside and outside dining, literally yards from the water. Enjoy being seated around a table with your feet in the sand while your food is being prepared creatively and with a wait staff that’s friendly and prompt. Sound inviting? If you are looking for a truly locally sourced dining experience we recommend the Sandbar restaurant. Goods grown in their own farm, serving fish fresh from the docks at Cortez and they make their own breads. Their menu features picked and plated produce, locally grown clams and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Have Brunch on the Beach and start Dad’s day off right with live Jazz music!
To every “Dad”, Happy Father’s Day from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals!
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Sushi Restaurant on Anna Maria Island

Island Ocean Star — 902 S Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL
When visiting with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals Island – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217 Ocean Star restaurant is a must for sushi. This popular family-owned sushi house features traditional rolls and Japanese fare in a relaxed atmosphere. This sushi and Japanese cuisine restaurant is situated in a lovely marina with a modern Japanese decor.  First of all the view can’t be beat. This restaurant is located at the Galati Yacht Basin overlooking the Gulf with a view of boats and water as far as your eyes can see.There is indoor and outdoor seating and a cool top deck you can check out after dinner for a great view. Wether you dine inside or outside you will have a view of the beautiful boats and gorgeous yachts.
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The Island Ocean Star offers habachi, full bar and plenty of seating. Our first visit we sat at the hibachi table, otherwise we would have requested outdoor seating. I had sushi and it was unique, very fresh, well prepared and delicious! The rest of the family had hibachi and they were very pleased. The portions were reasonable and the chef was skilled and entertaining.
Our next visit we sat outside on the patio and the views from their deck overlooking Bimini Bay on Anna Maria Island are beyond gorgeous. You have a 270 degree view and we were lucky enough to get a sunset, with lots of pelicans hanging out AND a glimpse of some playful dolphins. Our appetizers were just as delicious as the first visit — definitely get the gyoza! The sushi was great….visually stunning, quickly delivered, fresh and creative. The lobster roll, the crispy spicy tuna and the shrimp roll were all very good. Great friendly service and wonderful food we will go be back.
I advise making reservations, especially during peak season as it gets very busy.
If you or your party does not feel like dining out, you can order sushi online for pickup.
You can travel there by car or boat. — If you enjoy sushi, you must go there, you will love it!
Check out Island Ocean Star new mobile-friendly site! Now you can call, get directions, and stay in touch all with a couple taps of your finger.
Open…SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday 4 – 10 pm
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Google Reviews:
  1. Excellent all around! The Ocean Star salad is the best I’ve ever had in my entire existence! I went back home to Ft. Lauderdale and dreamt about it for 30 days until I could travel to Anna Maria and endulge in all of it’s goodness once again. Our waitress was excellent and friendly. The Manager was also very warm and inviting. Will I go back? Well duh …ofcourse I will! 😉
  2. I ordered a carry out order of sushi options for a party we had last weekend. I had never eaten here before but had heard good things about it. I was surprised at how amazing the sushi was. Everyone at the party kept commenting about how great it was and asking where it came from. They all commented that they wanted to go out to eat at Island Ocean Star. Thank you!!!!
  3. Ocean Star has a nice atmosphere. It is a waterfront locale with beautiful boats in the marina in which it is located. The food is very good, but a little pricey. I thought that the service was good and courteous.
  4. Amazing food! Wait staff always does a wonderful job! We eat here often.
  5. Fresh and delicious sushi. Very nice atmosphere with gorgeous water views and outdoor dining on Bimini Bay. Highly recommend!
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SEVEN NIGHTS – OUR SEVEN FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

From the beautiful white sand beaches with crystal-blue water and picturesque sunsets, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 offers the truly perfect place to spend your next vacation. And, with so many delicious fresh seafood and waterfront restaurants in the area here are our seven top notables to make your stay on Anna Maria Island a well-fed one.

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Beach House Restaurant – 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach – 941-779-2222
This location is just minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and is directly on the beach. Here you will find waterfront dining with a laid-back casual atmosphere featuring air-conditioned indoor seating as well as climate friendly outdoor seating. Serving superb, fresh seafood as well as other fabulous entrees the Beach House is a great choice when dining on Bradenton Beach. Have dinner at this beautiful gulf-front restaurant and enjoy the beautiful Anna Maria Island sunsets.

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Bridge Street Bistro – 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach – 941-782-1122
Located on historic Bridge Street right in the heart of all the activity on Anna Maria Island. The atmosphere here is relaxed yet refined and the attire is resort casual. This is an out of sight spot that could be missed because it is on the third floor above Island Time Bar and Grill. They do have an elevator, for those who don’t desire to climb stairs.
Their food is consistently good and the staff gives you a personal touch service. We often order steak or Cedar planked salmon and and have not been disappointed.
They offer indoor and outdoor dining. The outdoor terrace with tables overlooking the Gulf of Mexico offers a fabulous view of the amazing sunsets.
A quiet atmosphere with a well appointed menu at reasonable prices Bridge Street Bistro continues to exceed our expectations at every visit.

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Bridge Tender Inn – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach – 941-778-4849
Located very close to the Bradenton Beach Pier you will find this very nice Waterside restaurant. Enjoy dining as you watch the many boats go by all while listening to live music. They offer indoor seating, covered patio seating as well as dockside bar seating. Food is always great!
Lunch – Dinner – Happy hour food – Late-night food

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Eat Here – 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-0411
Caual upscale restaurant. Menu is somewhat limited but they have many unique choices and their specials change often. They always offer some good vegetarian options. Outdoor and indoor searing. The restaurant is small so it is a good idea to call ahead to make a reservation. If you love eating good food together with great service you must try this recommended restaurant!

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Island Creperie – 127 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach – 941-778-1011
Island Creperie is a small, charming cafe. We have eaten breakfast here countless times and each time enjoyed their delicious selection of crepes. Their extensive dinner menu offers a nice variety of entrees with their nice selection of affordably priced wine.
Previously open for breakfast and lunch this restaurant recently opened for dinner, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
This French Bistro with quaint decor and nice atmosphere serves some of the best food on Anna Maria Island.

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Waterfront Restaurant – 111 S Bay Blvd, Anna Maria – 941-778-1515
The Waterfront offers a peaceful setting with higher than average menu offerings making it a favourite for locals and tourists. Having frequented the restaurant on many occasions we have always found the food to be great and the service terrific. The fresh local seafood is wonderful including their crab cakes, grouper, fried shrimp and corn chowder – – all excellent!
Call ahead to make reservations for the inside dining, but the outside patios are on a first-come basis and there is usually a wait. The outdoor patios are well ventilated with ceiling fans and a constant sea breeze, which makes it the perfect place to dine.
For those expecting a water view this restaurant is across the road from the water and the vegetation blocks a direct view. If a view is important, this might be an issue, otherwise I highly recommend it.
This all-around winner is open every day of the week –
Sunday to Thursday 11:30 am to 9:00 pm – Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 10:00 pm

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Wicked Cantina – 101 7th St N, Bradenton Beach 941-281-2990
Beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, live entertainment, great food and an awesome atmosphere. This restaurant is about a two minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and is a family favourite.
A perfect spot to enjoy the sunset and listen to live music. If you are looking for some great Mexican food you will not be disappointed. Their food is made from scratch daily in their kitchen. They serve complimentary chips & salsa and are known for some of the best Margaritas on the Island! Their fresh made guacamole, quesadillas and delicious bacon wrapped Jalapeño Stuffed Shrimp. Portions are very large and reasonably priced. Dine inside or on their outdoor patio and take-out is offered as well. Always great live nightly entertainment. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Open everyday 7:30 am – 10:00 pm

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