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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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*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 to assist our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced.
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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.
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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

For the latest up to date news, things to do, special offers, travel tips and more continue to follow our blog @ Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals/Blog

*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.