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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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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 offers the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be well taken care of.
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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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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be well taken care of.
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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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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be well taken care of.

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CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND — May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, a day to celebrate all the moms and women that influence our lives. A Mom can be biological, mother-in-law, adopted, foster or step-mom. It could also be a grandmother, aunt, close relative, a neighbour or co-worker. Each year we celebrate important women in our lives on Mother’s Day.
So what are you doing this year to show Mom how much you love and appreciate her?
If you are one of the lucky ones to be celebrating Mom’s Day as guests of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, what are your plans for Mom? You might choose to serve Mom a home cooked meal from your fully equipped kitchen or make a delicious meal on the outdoor grill downstairs of your condo. If you decide to dine out, we think Mom would love lunch or dinner at any of the following three waterfront restaurants offering special Mother’s Day celebrations.
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The Beach House Restaurant – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
The closest of the three to Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, approximately a 3 minute walk south on Gulf Drive. Located directly on the beach this newly renovated restaurant offers indoor or outdoor dining. It might be hard for Mom to choose between the well appointed dining room, dining on the outdoor covered deck or toes in the sand seating, but those are the choices here. No matter where Mom decides to sit we know everyone will enjoy the terrific view of the Gulf of Mexico. On Mother’s Day, starting at 11:30 am the Beach House will be serving chef inspired dishes from the dinner menu.
 
The Sandbar – 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 941-778-0444
Approximately 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals located at the northern part of the Island right on the beach. Listen to the waves along the shore and watch children play in the sand while waiting for your table. Wear your sandals or flip-flops and get the true sand between your toes experience of eating outdoors on Anna Maria Island. The Sandbar also has a very nice bar inside along with a more formal dining room. Known for their delicious seafood and farm to fork produce you can’t go wrong with the Sandbar. If dining in the evening stay and walk out to the beach and watch the gorgeous sunset.
The Sandbar will serve their Brunch menu from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm with the live jazz music provided by the Al Hixon Jazz Band.
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Open: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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 overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay.
The atmosphere is the best- lighted trees next to the inter-coastal waterway is a beautiful spot. There is sometimes a wait for a table, but they have a beautiful dock to walk out on with your drinks. Enjoy a fresh Florida seafood meal or choose other delicious menu items. We have always found the food to be great the service excellent.
On Mother’s Day Mar Vista will be offering lunch and dinner menus at regular times (listed above) with fresh from the farm produce and gulf to table seafood expertly prepared by Chef Erik.
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All moms should have a special day, with a common celebration: showing mom how much you love her!
To: All Mothers
Our best wishes for a very special Mother’s Day!
From: The Whyte Family — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals
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HARRY’S GRILL – GREAT FOOD & MUSIC ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND FLORIDA

9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island, FL — 941-567-5999

Over the years many guests have asked us for restaurants recommendations. We have an extensive list of recommended restaurants and Harry’s Grill is definitely one to add.

Just a short ride on the free trolley from – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217.

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We have been on Anna Maria Island for the last 2 months and have dined out often. Last evening we wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t been before and decided on Harry’s. So glad we did!

We had the option to eat inside or on their outdoor patio. Seeing as we are heading back to the cold north soon we like to spend as much time outdoors as possible so that was an easy decision for us. When we arrived around 7:00 pmthere weren’t a lot of people, but it did fill up quickly. The patio is to the side of the restaurant so you can watch people walking the Main Street. It was a beautifully warm evening and was nice to see so many people out and about. The outdoor ambiance is casual — palm trees with twinkle lights, string lights and patio heaters adorn the area. Speakers were pumping out relaxing vacation tunes. The inside is small but features a large bar and several tables.

We happened to pick their Karaoke night which was also fun. We were not aware Tuesday evening from 6:30-9:00 is Karaoke Ladies Night. There was a list of good singers and a singing group from Bradenton that were particularly good. A couple of the girls working at Harry’s took to the microphone and were amazingly good. It was a lot of fun and very entertaining listening to such unknown talent.

Our server, was friendly and efficient. She advised us of the various toppings, sauces, sides very pleasantly. She also explained that because the menu items are made to order sometimes wait times can be long especially when the place is busy. We were one of about 5 tables seated so there was not a long wait time for us.

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Our food was delicious. The menu offers a varied selection and we both ordered cheeseburgers. I can easily see why Harry’s was voted best Burger on Anna Maria Island. My usual dining companion/husband ordered fries for his side and said they were very good, thick and spiced. I opted to substitute fries for the house salad with a small up-charge and the salad was good and much larger than I expected.

There was a large selection of beer on tap and they have great craft beers from Bradenton and Sarasota.

Overall, I would say the food, drinks, service and prices rate a 4.5/5 stars.

We found Harry’s to be a casual, fun place to visit.

We will definitely return.

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TripAdvisor Reviews

1. We stop here every time we visit Anna Maria. We opted for a very late lunch/early dinner. We had to wait 15 minutes to get a menu, which was the only thing negative about our meal. I’m sure that was because of change of shifts Our food was delicious and the server was very attentive to our needs. New to us this year was live music. We thoroughly enjoyed this music with our meal.

 

2. Went on a Monday. Live entertainment. Wow! Had to go back the next Monday just to see the same entertainment. George Worthmore, look him up! He’s amazing!

Food, delicious. Big portions. Try the fried green tomatoes!
There’s outdoor seating so you can bring your dog.
Our waitress was great! Go there, you will love Harry’s!

3. We stop here every time we visit Anna Maria. We opted for a very late lunch/early dinner. We had to wait 15 minutes to get a menu, which was the only thing negative about our meal. I’m sure that was because of change of shifts Our food was delicious and the server was very attentive to our needs. New to us this year was live music. We thoroughly enjoyed this music with our meal.
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SEVEN NIGHTS, SEVEN RESTAURANTS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

For our guests at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, the following list of seven restaurants are all on Bradenton Beach and a 10 minute or less walk from your condo. You can ride the Free Island Trolley that stops on Gulf Drive right out front of your Condo or call Island Monkey, which offers no charge, tip only service 941-565-6542. We do not advise driving as parking is very limited along Gulf Drive and the Bridge Street area.
 
Beach House Restaurant — Gulf Drive Bradenton Beach – 941-779-2222
This location just minutes from your condo and is directly on the beach. Waterfront dining with a laid-back casual atmosphere featuring indoor seating as well as climate friendly outdoor seating. Great, fresh seafood as well as other fabulous entrees. Have dinner at this beautiful oceanfront restaurant while enjoying the beautiful Anna Maria Island sunsets.
Blue Marlin — 121 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737
As you walk along Bridge Street you can’t miss Blue Marlin’s vibrant blue color of this historic 1920s cottage. The inside feel is one of a charming seafood house in coastal Maine. The black and white room displays black & white photos of locals and their fish catches. The atmosphere is intimate with antique ship lanterns, fish mounts and oars scattered throughout.
Blue Marlin’s main focus is the fresh fish from nearby Cortez caught daily, it also offers a variety of dishes including steaks, chicken and other landside features. The fish dishes include grouper, snapper, cobia and hogfish prepared many different ways. A must is one of their daily specials and house made dessert specials.
On Friday and Saturday nights there is live entertainment, with a different weekly band playing in the courtyard.

As I mentioned earlier, parking is very limited on historic Bridge Street. If you do drive and cannot find a spot to park just pull to the front door of the restaurant drop off your party and follow their golf cart driver to their off site parking. The golf cart driver will then shuttle you from your car to the restaurant.                                                                                                                                     Reservations strongly recommended all nights.

Bridge Street Bistro — 111 Gulf Drive South 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 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.
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 great!
Lunch – Dinner – Happy hour food – Late-night food – Comfort food
Island Time Bar & Grill — 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach – 941-782-1122
Located on the Bridge Street/Gulf Drive circle on Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. The bar is on the ground level below the fine dining restaurant, Bridge Street Bistro.
This open-air bar with a patio features cocktails, seafood & upmarket bar fare in a laid-back setting.Known for the area’s best live entertainment and a relaxed tropical setting their menu is an eclectic combination of American dishes paired with the freshest seafood.​ The outdoor patio offers a view of the Gulf of Mexico. As well, you will enjoy – Live performances · Lunch – Dinner – Happy hour drinks – Great bar food.
Oma’s Pizza — 201 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach – 941-788-0771
A great assortment of Italian entrees, calzones, all served in a casual environment.
All pizzas are hand made to order. Two crust styles, the hand tossed and an inch thick Sicilian. Their pizza is the best!
Lunch – Dinner
Eat in, take-out and delivery available
 
Wicked Cantina — 101 7th Street North , Bradenton Beach 941-281-2990
This restaurant is about a two minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and is a favourite of mine.
A great spot to enjoy the sunset and listen to live music.
Modern laid back atmosphere and if you enjoy 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! Portions are very large and reasonably priced.
Dining inside or on their outdoor patio with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. Live nightly entertainment.
Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Happy hour MondaySaturday 12-6 pm and All Day Sunday
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LOOKING FOR A CULINARY AND HISTORICAL TOUR?

Book a WALKING & HISTORICAL TOUR OF BRADENTON, FLORIDA with Taste Dining & Travel.
Located just a twenty minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217.
Tuesday or Thursdays enjoy a walking tour of downtown Bradenton and see some of its historic neighbourhoods. Combined with visits to some popular and unique restaurants makes for a fantastic day!
Here’s what you can expect… The walking tour is 1.5 miles so dress appropriately, rain or shine and wear comfortable shoes. You will receive food from each restaurant, included in price.  Price also includes non-alcoholic beverages. A beer is provided at Motorworks. Gluten and vegan dietary restrictions are not available.
Tour #1 on Thursday @ 1:00 pm sharp. Explore The Village of the Arts which is a charming mix of art, galleries, specialty shops and restaurants in houses built from 1920 to 1930. Full of interesting and uniques finds in these early 20th century bungalows add an interesting touch to this quaint community. You will enjoy cuisine sampling’s at Arts & Eats Restaurant, Ortygia and Sugar Cubed.
Meet at the Motorworks Brewing-1014 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL in the beer garden. Cost is $45 which includes brewery tour and a craft beer.
Tour #2 on Tuesday @ 1:00 pm sharp. Explore Old Main Street, a rivertown with an energizing history. See the classic buildings that have endured for more than a century, a 1926 shopping arcade and Carnegie Library. At The Fish and Sage Biscuit Cafe sample some of the chef’s specialties.
Meet at the South Florida Museum at 201 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL for a tour which is a $19 value and finish with desserts served by Sugar Cubed artisan bakery.
Cost is $55
Reservations are a must for all tours and must be paid prior to your tour. Call Taste Dining & Travel 941-366-7950 or visit their website www.tasteweb.net
 
TripAdvisor Reviews
1. During our tour, we visited several studios/galleries and three local, privately owned restaurants — all stops were fantastic! We enjoyed food samples from Arts and Eats, as well as Ortygia and Sugar Cubed. Each sampling was unique and outstanding! Our tour concluded at Motorworks Brewery with a beer (included in the tour price) and a behind-the-scenes brewery tour. Neal Finelli, with Taste Magazine, put together an amazing tour and provided a memorable afternoon. Looking forward to joining another tour in the near future!

2. Tour #1 is the Artistic Foodie Tour offered on Thursdays. A group of 8 of our friends just completed this wonderful outing. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides escorted us on a scenic walking tour of the Village of the Arts, introduced us to local shop owners and included plenty of photo ops. The outstanding food and beverages were generous in amount, creatively presented, well-balanced in flavor, and the chefs were very attentive and engaging. This Foodie tour is a true value, well worth the price of admission!

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FAVOURITE 5 BARS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

All of these bars are a five minute walk or approximately 10 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.

As well, you can ride the Free Island Trolley to all of them.

All of these bars are a five minute walk or approximately 10 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

As well, you can ride the Free Island Trolley to all of them.

1.  Doctors Office – 5313 Holmes Blvd. Holmes Beach, FL 
The bar is intimate and dark with interesting decor and black and white movies playing in the back room.
*Reviews – 1. The bar is a MUST when visiting Anna Maria Island. Our bartender Sherry was awesome! Super friendly and gave great drink recommendations! The menu is super fun and witty, you can tell a lot of thought when into creating this unique atmosphere. My friends and I ordered a ton of small plates, everything was great. Hard to pick a favorite but I really enjoyed the pimento cheese spread and the tacos! After several drinks we thought it would be fun to order the Fire and Ice beverage. It’s served on fire in a giant bowl….it was awesome!

10/10 would visit again, I wish I was there right now!

2. You must stop here when on Anna Maria Island. It is tiny, intimate place with superb service and top-notch drinks. Stopped in on a Friday night and it was busy. After waiting awhile the four of us were able to get a seat at the bar.

Sherry, our bartender, was friendly, accommodating and was able to point us in the right directions regarding drink choices and menu selections. She was the BEST!
We ordered almost all the small plates that the Doctors Office offers and my favorite was the beer cheese and the charcuterie (get the lavender goat cheese!)
If you’re looking for a place with a great selection of well mixed drinks…look no further!
3. A must place to visit when on Anna Maria Island. Excellent, delicious and creative cocktails. Bartenders are skilled and very knowledgeable. Beer and wines also on menu as well as creative small bites.
2. Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S. Bradenton Beach, FL 
Laid back setting with an open-air bar; lots of seating inside and an outdoor patio. Happy hour, late night food, live entertainment. Dancing!
*Reviews – 1. Great, convenient place on Bridge Street. Met Jay on my first day there, who allowed me to hang out with my luggage until my apartment was ready. Went back everyday during my vacation and found that all of the staff were just as friendly as he was. Shout out to Stephanie, Hailey (good luck on your new position there; I’m sure you’ll do fine!), and the girl with the cool earrings. Sorry, I forgot your name. 😉 Food was excellent both downstairs in the laidback area as well as the upstairs, little more dressy restaurant. Great job, Island Time! You’ve earned a patron for life!
2. Had some great live music pretty reasonable beers and Cocktails nice sitting along the ocean just across the street fun place for all ages of adults.
3. Nice laid back place just off the gulf. Listening to some great music and relaxing. C’mon down
3Bridge Tender Inn– 135 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach, FL 
Large restaurant on Bridge Street close to the Bradenton Beach Pier. with lots of bar seating inside and at the dockside bar. You will find great food, drinks and live music.
*Reviews– 1. One of the best places on Anna Maria Island. The staff are always friendly and helpful. The dockside bar offers a great view of beautiful Sarasota Bay and the Bradenton Beach Pier.
2. From the moment you step in to the moment you exit, you are treated with love. Had not visited the “Dock Side” of Ana Maria yet and was pleasantly surprised to walk in whilst wearing my twinkling New York style cap and shimmering top which caught the attention of the lovely owner. Cocktails are fine and appetizers big. Had order 2 thinking it would not be enough to satisfy my hunger. Ended up taking a doggie bag. Great atmosphere, live music, and attention. Thank you!
3. Great outside or inside seating. The outside bar is a great place to hang out. They usually have some form of entertainment. One of our favorites. The mix of locals, visitors, boaters always makes for a fun time. The duck with raspberry sauce is terrific and the sashimi is always a great starter.

4. Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, FL 
Located in the heart of Anna Maria Island is offers the most traditional Anna Maria Island experience. It is a sports bar by reputation, there is much more here than what meets the eye. You will hear some of the best stories from the locals while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of the Island.
*Reviews –  1. Good, solid pizza bar. Waitresses and bartenders were friendly and attentive. Pizza was delicious, even though a bit pricey. High energy level on Saturday evenings.
2. Wonderful service. Food was awesome. Cheesesteak was great, Mac and cheese great. Pizza is good too. Had a grilled shrimp app that was tasty. Best place on the island to find your sporting event on tv. Plenty of space and parking. Will definitely come back.
3. Solid local bar & grill. The atmosphere is very laid back, with slightly older patrons. Good, fast service. Sunday ticket for NFLgames, $3 yuengling or buds. Great wings & olive tapenade, hummus, sampler. Kids menu available.
5. The Ugly Grouper – 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 
A fun place on Anna Maria Island. Great food and drinks.
*Reviews – 1. Great place for a cocktail and live music in the food is okay. The bartenders were all friendly can be crowded but it it is fun. There is a wonderful sculpture that is displayed there was made for this restaurant it’s worth a look anyway. Like I said the music is good I’ve heard some wonderful Bluegrass here you just have to check the schedule the cocktails are good you have to get here sometimes too early to get a seat the food is okay but it’s just a fun kind of Island Experience. I would recommend it for a night out when you’re on the island. There are also games for kids and adults to play like corn hole and Jenga while you’re checking out the atmosphere
2. Great place to hang out. Music is always great. Especially Tony and his toys. Grouper tacos and fries awesome and great bartenders especially Bee. Love this place!
3. Found this little gem while searching for a place to eat! The food was delicious and seemed really fresh. At the time, there was live music to enjoy by the outdoor seating. The wait staff helped one another out and made sure to meet all expectations by guest. Our server, Jeremy, was busy at the time but made sure to take great care of us. Definitely will return again. A great place to hangout, take scenic pictures, and play outdoor games.
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THE ROD & REEL PIER

In recent years Anna Maria Island has become a traveler’s paradise. It is known for its Old Florida charm and The Rod & Reel Pier is one of the most renowned Anna Maria Island Restaurants. As you take your first step on the pier planks you can feel the history and see the true beauty of the Island that surrounds you. With spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria’s beautiful beaches and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge all that is left is enjoying a great meal in a most relaxing atmosphere.

Enjoy a free trolley ride from Anna Maria Island condo rental – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217 all the way to the north end of the island to the restaurant every local refers to as the best restaurant on Anna Maria Island “The Rod & Reel Restaurant”

The Rod and Reel Pier is a one of Anna Maria Islands hidden treasure dining experiences. It is located on the North end of the Island in the City of Anna Maria on one of the oldest fishing piers in the United States. Built in 1947, it serves hundreds of thousands of visitors each year serving traditional fare, local favorites and famous fish specials.  The Rod & Reel Pier was recently renovated and is a two story building directly out on the Gulf of Mexico. Experience the appeal of not just dining near the water, but over the water where the pier extends into the Gulf. The views are phenomenal with indoor and outdoor seating. Dining on the quaint covered outside deck will give you a true Old Florida experience. Downstairs there is a casual unique bar serving beer and wine.

An Island favourite to many locals and tourists, there is often a wait to be seated so go early and catch a view of dolphin, Manatee or stingray. Or, enjoy watching people fish off the dock, they are always pulling something out of the water.

The Rod & Reel is best known for its casual dining for the whole family serving freshly cooked American fare. It offers a great selection, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The unique location and stunning view is matched by its menu, which features a diverse selection of traditional Southern favourites, such as crab cakes, jalapeño poppers, and onion rings. Other American classics (or versions of them), like the Grouper Reuben, steak and cheese sandwich, and the Pier Burger are also available. The main courses are local seafood, seafood, and more seafood – making perfect sense for a restaurant that’s essentially in the ocean. You can get a little bit of everything with the Seafood Combo, which includes Grouper, shrimp, and scallops either grilled, blackened, or fried. All seafood on the menu carries current market prices.

To top your wonderful dining experience, you can rent a fishing pole for a small fee, and fish right off the dock and walkways. If the sun is still high when you finish dinner, you might want to stick around for another unforgettable experience. Stay and enjoy the unobstructed view of the sun setting over the Gulf Mexico. If you are lucky you might even see the Green Flash.

Not sure what a Green Flash is?  I’ll save that for another blog.

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