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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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5 Places To Grab A Great Breakfast In Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Good Morning Anna Maria Island!  Rise and Shine! You are finally here and your long anticipated vacation is beginning. Time for a yummy breakfast, but not sure where to go for the best Island breakfast? Does the sound of Creme brûlée French toast awaken your taste buds? How about a bowl of fresh fruit salad, Island style?

We’ve got you covered with 5 places to grab a great breakfast in Anna Maria Island.
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Take an early morning walk along the beach then stop for breakfast only minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. And, if you like eating literally at the beach’s edge, this place is for you. There is indoor or outdoor dining options, both with a welcoming Island atmosphere no matter where you choose to sit and eat. The restaurant is usually busy, but with the beautiful view you really don’t mind the wait.
The Cafe is well known for their Belgian waffles, but they have just about everything under the breakfast sun as well. Try their homemade oatmeal or French toast – you can’t go wrong! Their seafood quiche is also quite delicious!
Good food, good price, prompt and friendly service with a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico.
Location: 900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Hours: Breakfast served from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
Island Creperie – Bradenton Beach
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A taste of Paris on Bradenton Beach. This pretty eatery is a little gem tucked away on Bridge Street and an easy walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. With the many charming shops and eateries on Bridge Street you might miss it and that would be a shame. This place is a great take on a French breakfast!
The owner of the Creperie is French, which is evident with the restaurant’s fantastic French flare and culture’s care for the best fresh ingredients.
An extensive menu with so many delicious crepes choices on the menu it’s difficult to choose, but I am sure that you could not go wrong with any of them. My favourite is the Nutella fruit crepe which features pears and a berry compote which is divine! Another item to try is the gourmet croissant which is loaded with eggs, cheese and bacon – you can also have it with sausage or ham.
I love the cozy environment, charming decor and friendly staff.
What more can I say to entice you? — Absolutely adorable! Excellent table service! Delicious crepes & coffee! Enjoy!
Location: 127 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Hours: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday)
Ginny’s and Jane E’s Cafe and Coastal Store – Anna Maria
I Love coming here! I love the large number of menu choices, homemade food and eclectic dining room. You will immediately notice the quirkinesses of this place, with various trinkets and souvenirs adorning throughout with a mix of different tables and chairs. I love that the board of gluten free options posted is big and obvious. When you arrive you place your order and they bring you your food. There are some really good, healthy food choices that will energize you for exploring the rest of your day. If you like cinnamon rolls, you won’t be disappointed, they are huge and flavorful. The Creme brûlée French toast is amazing and the gluten-free pancakes with blueberries are tasty and filling. I also love their selection of various coffees.
Weekends and holidays can be very busy, which is a testimony to not only the popularity of this iconic place, but also the quality and variety. Don’t be put off by the line-up as they are quickly attended to and then will build again.
The staff is excellent and super friendly as well.
After your delicious breakfast it’s a must to shop in their gift shop where you will find a unique collection of prints, jewelry and different island stuff.
Location: 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Hours: open every day 7:00 am to 4 pm
Peach’s – Holmes Beach
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You can certainly set yourself up for the day with American breakfasts and Peachs is no exception. Delicious food, friendly service and a diverse menu makes this a great place to start your day. Their menu options are plentiful including fresh squeezed orange juice! They offer plenty of healthy and indulgent menu items that are freshly made. Some of my personal favourites are: French toast, Egg Benedict, Siesta omelette, and their very fluffy pancakes.
I must say, their fruit is always fresh and their muffins are amazing. My last visit I ordered the parfait and it was huge and worth every bite.
I appreciate when restaurants are amenable to special orders and Peach’s is always willing to accommodate any of our special requests.
Good service, great food, Peaches is definitely one of the Island’s best for breakfast.
Location: 3240 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Hours: 6:00 am to 2:30 pm Daily
Website: peachs.net
Cortez Cafe
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This little gem is located in a small strip plaza in the historic Cortez Fishing Village which dates back to the late 1890s. It is a long-established, unpretentious family business offering good quality food with great value. There is always a wait during the busy season, but their food and service is consistently great no matter how busy they are. The café is always full of locals and you always get a warm welcome.
Serving the standard breakfast fare of eggs, omelettes, pancakes, bacon, sausage and hash browns are spot on and, importantly, served hot. If you like Eggs Benedict I can promise they are excellent here!
This is a really great breakfast place with large portions, delicious and very satisfying food. Service is attentive and friendly.
Location: 12108 Cortez Road West, Cortez, Florida 34215
Hours: Open daily 6:30 to 2 pm
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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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GULF DRIVE CAFE & KOKONUT HUT

Located directly on the sugar white sand of Bradenton Beach, the Gulf Drive Café has been a part of Anna Maria Island’s unique history since 1981. With spectacular views of the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico just steps away from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, this family-friendly eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The Café restaurant, bar and event space covers 450 square feet of waterfront serving fresh Florida seafood, cocktails and other specialties. The Gulf Drive Café offers great food and reasonably priced drink prices with lots of indoor and outdoor seating.
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The expansion of Gulf Drive Café in 2010 with a full-service bar, The Kokonut Hut, is an ideal place to enjoy a cocktail with a warm Gulf breeze blowing and gorgeous beach views. Enjoy cocktails while listening to live entertainment in a relaxed beach atmosphere.
Gulf Drive Café/The Kokonut Hut is one of Anna Maria Island’s most appealing sites for wedding celebrations. The rustic reception space is perfectly suited for groups of 50-175 people. The staff are happy to create and arrange the perfect backdrop for your wedding or special event. Its amenities are perfect for small or large gatherings, such as special events and wedding receptions.
Excellent food, service, and wow, what a view! This coupled with your Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals accommodations makes for a perfect vacation!
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On June 13, 2018 @ 6:00 PM come join in the fun at the 2nd Annual Anna Maria Island Bar Clash — Battle of the Bartenders
Hosted by: The Kokonut Hut
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BEACH HOUSE RESTAURANT — HAPPY HOUR TIME HAS BEEN EXTENDED

The Beach House Restaurant — Great food, beautiful unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico and all around awesome atmosphere where you can eat with your toes in the sand! Located at 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, just a few minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. The Beach House Restaurant opened in 1993 and recently underwent a major remodel, wow, what a huge improvement! Since the completion of the renovations there is indoor or outdoor seating available year round in any type of weather. With the installation of transparent vinyl curtains and overhead heaters and misters, rain or wind is no longer an issue. Also, a new, state-of-the-art rotating overhead awning system rotates 180 degrees to allow for total sunlight or closes to allow for complete cover and shade. When entering the restaurant you are led through the gift shop with lots of Florida items. We always stop and take a look, inevitably purchasing a memory to take home with us. You pass through the indoor dining area which leads to the outdoor seating. Our preference is to be seated outdoors – we never want to miss the million dollar view of the Gulf, but indoor seating is comfortable and tastefully done.

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The Beach House known for its fresh local gulf-to-table seafood and farm-to-fork produce has an extensive moderately priced menu. On our most recent visit we ordered calamari as an appetizer, which is amazing and our entrees included the seafood trio and short rib taco which were also amazing. The home made rolls with pina colada butter are delicious! They have a good selection of craft beer and some tasty tropical drinks. No dessert for us, but the party beside us ordered The Beach Castle and Key Lime Pie and said they were both excellent, so maybe next time.

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If all of this isn’t enough, now there is one more reason to make the Beach House your favourite place to dine while visiting with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Celebrating summer a little early, the Beach House has extended their Happy Hour time. Happy Hour is now available from 11:30 pm – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday!
Enjoy delicious Margarita’s, Strawberry Daquiri’s, Miami Vice and Pina Colada’s all 2 for 1. Welcome cocktails, drafts and house wines are also 2 for 1.

This will definitely be a place you will want to return…not just for Happy Hour. This is a perfect place for lunch or dinner. Also a great place to catch a stunning Florida sunset.

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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.
*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Anna Maria Condo Rentals.