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2018 – OCTOBER IS RESTAURANT MONTH – BRADENTON, ANNA MARIA ISLAND, LONG BOAT KEY 

While spending your holiday with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 whether you are soaking up the beautiful Florida sunshine on the beach or at the pool, jet skiing, shopping or listening to live music on Bridge Street don’t miss out on these restaurant deals. These deals are available until October 31st so it’s not too late! Enjoy local dining with beautiful sunsets, handcrafted cocktails and uniques flavours while saving big. Dine at any of these great restaurants, some of the many amazing restaurants our area has to offer.
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Anna Maria Oyster Bar — 941-778-2662 — 200 Bridge Street (Historic Bridge Street Pier) Bradenton Beach
Service is good and food is amazing. Lots of options from seafood to burger to chicken there is something for everyone. The desserts are fabulous! It is directly on the bay and offers beautiful views from the outdoor seating on the pier.
Amazing Promotion —
$5 TWO FISH TACOS AND MARGARITA
• Available all day at AMOB on the Pier.
• Available from 11am-4pm at Landside, Cortez, and Ellenton.
• 21+ up only.
$5 ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES
• Available only at AMOB on the Pier from 8-11 am daily.
$5 BUD LIGHT PITCHERS
• Ice cold and available all day at all locations.
• 21+ up only.
$14.99 LOBSTER MANIA
• Available daily at AMOB on the Pier
• Available at Landside, Cortez, and Ellenton on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays while supplies last.
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Beach House Restaurant — 941-779-2222 — 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
This is one of the best places to dine on Anna Maria Island. Located right on the beach with the most amazing view, a wonderful out door sunken lounge and sandy beach dining area. Fantastic food, friendly staff and perfect location! They also have a cute lobby shop selling beachwear items at good prices.
The Sandbar 941-778-0444 — 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria
This place is a gem tucked away at the North end of Anna Maria Island. Parking is limited, but they do offer valet service. You won’t be disappointed dining right on the beach with a glorious view of the ocean. The food is always fresh and delicious, and the service is prompt and friendly. A perfect place to experience delicious dining with the magnificent Gulf of Mexico sunsets.
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub 941- 383-2391 — 760 Broadway Street, Long Boat Key
You can feel the “Old Florida charm” when dining at Mar Vista. It’s really hard to beat having dinner under the buttonwood mangroves at the water’s edge. Watching the boats pulling up to the dock makes for a perfect setting. They have a variety of menu options, but their clam chowder is outstanding and the coconut shrimp salad is delicious. A relaxing atmosphere with a gorgeous view.
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*Beach Bistro — 941-778-6444 — 6600 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Anna Maria Beach Bistro is Anna Maria Island’s premiere dining destination. It sits directly on the beautiful white sands of the Gulf of Mexico and the view from the dining room is absolutely gorgeous. It is unassuming from the outside, but the inside dining room decor is intimate and certainly fine dining. Beach Bistro is a top 20 ZAGAT restaurant in the United States with an internationally acclaimed chef that consistently prepares impeccable and perfectly presented meals. From fresh Gulf Seafood and Prime American Beef and Domestic American Lamb the Beach Bistro has earned it a reputation for the Best Food in Florida.
*Eat Here — 941-778-0411 — 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Eat Here is the little sister restaurant to the Beach Bistro. The menu offers a variety of dishes from tacos and pizza to more sophisticated fares. The presentation of each plate is very nice and the portions are generous. You will enjoy a relaxed Island atmosphere with seating inside or outside on their patio.
*The Doctor’s Office — 941-213-9926 — 5312 Holmes Blvd. unit B Holmes Beach
The Doctor’s Office is Anna Maria Island’s best new craft cocktail bar.
The Doctor’s Office like it’s name is a former physician’s office. The theming is carried through the decor such as vintage medical charts and the cocktail list have clever medicine names. The bartenders are very talented mixologists and familiar with any request you might have. On our most recent visit we enjoyed listening to a singer perform to prerecorded music. The space is small and it does get a little crowded, but it is a fun, upbeat place to go. Enjoy cocktails, local beer and bar fare every evening from 5 until mid-night.
*Mention their promotion and say “Sure is HOT” for a FREE drink!
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Wicked Cantina — 941-281-2990 — 101 7th St N, Bradenton Beach, Florida
Right across from the beach and about a two minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Enjoy a terrific view of the gulf from the outdoor deck as well as from inside and live music every night. Their home made guacamole is delicious and the margaritas are the best! This restaurant has a wonderfully casual atmosphere, complimented by a warm and friendly staff. A great place to enjoy dinner and make sure to try their key lime pie…amazing! This place is not one to miss!
While you’re there, ask about their October promotion.
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Seafood Shack — 941- 794-1235 — 4110 127th Street West, Cortez
A great casual waterfront restaurant. Good food and great location. Enjoy watching the boats pass by on the intercostal waterway. 
*The Seafood Shack in Cortez wants you to #ThinkPink, #DrinkPink this October in support of the Breast Health Services at We Care Manatee. They will donate $1 for every Boob-Berry Lemonade sold during the month of October to We Care Manatee.
The Boob-Berry Lemonade packs a little punch with Stoli vodka infused with fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, freshly squeezed lemonade and a splash of soda. The Shack donates $1 for each Boob-Berry Lemonade purchased. The Breast Health Services at We Care Manatee is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer through research. The funding aids research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and breast cancer survival.
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Call to inquire about other promotions 941.794.1235
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Waterfront Restaurant – 941-778-1515 – 111 S Bay Blvd., Anna Maria
The Waterfront Restaurant is located at the North end of Anna Maria Island in a freestanding cottage offering indoor and outdoor patio dining. The interior has recently been updated but, maintains the Old Florida feel. This is one of our favourite restaurants on Anna Maria Island. Very pleasant surroundings with a view of the bay and the food is amazing. Good menu with plenty of options – seafood, beef, chicken. Very cordial staff that are attentive to service needs.
*Come to the Waterfront Restaurant and mention the promotion of Bradenton Area CVB to receive 20% OFF your entire bill!*
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Small Town Creamery – 941-213-9107 – 5404 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island
An outstanding ice cream shop with a delicious assortment of desserts. They have indoor and outdoor seating. Friendly staff, plenty of ice cream choices and reasonable prices. They also sell fudge, wine popcicles, candy and some toys. A fun environment!
-Small Town Creamery’s October Fudge Special.  Buy 1 pound of fresh
homemade fudge and get a ½ lb free!
-Fall in Florida means it’s time to enjoy Maple Walnut and Penuchi Fudge
(Brown Sugar Fudge with a hint of maple
-Halloween Wiffer Sniffers are here!  Limited quantities available.
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Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar — 941-798-2035 — 4628 119th Street, Cortez
A waterfront restaurant right on Sarasota Bay, in Cortez Village, Florida’s oldest active fishing village. A very casual “local” atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating featuring LIVE music nine times a week. Food is fresh and service is good.
Mention this promotion for Happy Hour ALL DAY Monday through Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm. This deal includes $2 off all cocktails and house wines and $1 off all beer
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Last, but certainly not least, as part of this October promotion don’t miss your chance to give the ultimate beach vacation to your friends or family. While dining at any participating area restaurant, post a picture of yourself enjoying the food to Facebook or Instagram with #DineCoastal to win a five-night stay in the Bradenton Area complete with round trip airfare and restaurant vouchers! Good luck!!
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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 to assist our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced.
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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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*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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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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COOKING CLASSES – ANNA MARIA ISLAND – June 7 to August 2, 2018

A cooking class while on vacation is a really great way to connect with the local community. At any of the following hands on cooking classes you will receive an authentic and top quality cooking experience. Learn new techniques and maybe a trick or two to take home and try in your own kitchen. These classes are perfect for guests of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 not looking for a full culinary vacation. Sign up now and join fellow foodies to make your trip unlike any other.
The Studio is located at the North end of Anna Maria Island. Approximately a ten minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals or you can hop on the Free Island Trolley.
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**Cooking Classes are back at the Studio at Gulf and Pine! Learn new recipes and culinary techniques from the Master Chefs of the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista Restaurants. These hands on cooking lessons will feature a variety of locally sourced ingredients showcasing fresh, summer flavors and sustainable menu items. In the relaxed and beautiful setting of the Studio art gallery you will enjoy learning how to make dishes that will be sure to impress your guests at your next dinner party or special occasion. Join Sandbar Executive Chef Rich Demarse, Beach House Executive Chef Will Manson, Mar Vista Executive Chef Erik Walker and Sous Chef Toffer Jacobs for fun, interactive, chef-led cooking classes on a variety of topics – each class features a unique culinary theme. Classes will be held Thursdays, June 7th – August 2nd, 11:00am -2:00ish. Class fee is $99 per person per class (includes tax and gratuity, an apron, recipes, cooking lesson, lunch, plus a few surprises). Sign up for all nine and only pay for 8. Class size is limited to 16 so hurry to reserve your spot today. To make your purchase and reserve your seat at the table or for more information contact Caryn Hodge at 941-713-3105 or chodge@chilesgroup.comor book directly at www.studioatgulfandpine.com/culinaryart Seating is limited and the classes fill up quickly so book your spot today.
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The Studio at Gulf and Pine is located at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, FL. Free parking.
Series Schedule
• June 7 – Stocks and Sauces with Chef Rich Demarse. Chef Rich will teach you the basics and some tricks of the trade of making a stock along with some delicious, versatile sauces.
• June 14 – Sushi! It’s all about the roll! Chef Rich Demarse will show you some innovative ways to make this ancient style of cuisine.
• June 21 – Eggs, Eggs, Eggs! with Chef Erik Walker will surprise you with all the ways you can use eggs in delicious ways you can create one of a kind dishes using farm fresh eggs.
• June 28 – The Summer Grill with Chef Erik Walker. Re-discover a summer pastime, grilling! We will discuss grilling techniques for different proteins, which charcoals use, as well as gas vs. charcoal grilling.
• July 5 – Fish and Poultry with Chef Erik Walker. Learn everything you need to know about fileting and deboning fish and poultry, while discovering new and exciting ways to incorporate these proteins into your recipe repertoire.
• July 12 – Comfort Food Favorites with Chef Will Manson. There’s no place like home! Chef Will shows you how to put some new twists on some old classics.
• July 19 – Ala Minute with Sous Chef Toffer Jacob. Discover French style cooking using local ingredients from the farm to the sea.
• July 26 – Let’s Party! with Chef Will Manson. Learn how to be the hostess with the mostest. Give a dinner party and actually be able to enjoy it with your guests. Our friendly mixologist will be mixing fun cocktails too!
• Aug 2 – Vegan Dinner with Chef Rich Demarse. More veggies please! Discover new ways to make farm fresh vegetables interesting and delicious.
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**source-June News for the Sandbar, Beach House & Mar Vista Restaurants 6/1/2018
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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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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.
*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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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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ROD & REEL PIER — ANNA MARIA ISLAND RESTAURANT 

The Rod & Reel Pier
Address: 875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Phone: 941-778-1885
Hours: Mon – Sun 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

At the north end of the Island about a ten minute drive on the free trolley from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 you will find one our favourite restaurants, the Rod & Reel Pier. One of our top three favourites, it is a definite must try when you visit beautiful Anna Maria Island. This is not a fancy pier restaurant, but an Island favourite for locals and tourists and a perfect place to start your day with breakfast, enjoy a mid-day lunch meal or a relaxing sunset dinner. The restaurant is located at the end of the Rod and Reel Pier offering casual dining, serving great food at a reasonable price. The Rod & Reel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a great selection on every menu. Seating is available inside or on the covered outside deck. They don’t take reservations so there is often a wait for a table. Our wait time isn’t usually to long and to pass the time we go downstairs to their unique bar that serves beer and wine. The staff are all very down-to-earth and make you feel at home. The menu is fairly simple, and while the menu dishes are really good, I have found their fresh seafood specials are often better. They have several specials on the blackboard and you’re given the options of having your fish fried, grilled or blackened. Our last visit the blackened Mahi dinner I ordered was the best I have ever tasted. I enjoy the Fish and Chips as well. I always like to end the meal with their delicious key lime pie.
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But, it isn’t only the food we go for, the spectacular views of the clear turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge keep us coming back. I saw my one and only Green Flash while dining at the Rod & Reel, so for me it’s also the thought of seeing my next green flash. An unforgettable experience for me, one I hope everyone will get to experience.
After your meal you can watch folks fishing from the pier and enjoy the warm bay breezes. Talk to some of the locals, most enjoy sharing their stories of life on Anna Maria Island. For a small fee rent a pole and fish right off the Rod & Reel dock or walkways. With any luck you just might catch your next meal.
One more piece of beauty on Anna Maria Island awaits you in the relaxing atmosphere at the Rod & Reel Pier.
TripAdvisor Reviews April 2018
1. I love this place. Tiny little restaurant on fishing pier ot north end of island. It has spectacular views of the sunset and Sunshine Parkway Bridge to St Pete. Although they don’t have many tables, they turn over fast. Service is friendly and fast. Reasonable prices especially on beer. It’s the only place I have been able to find amberjack. Several daily fresh catch specials, grouper, ahi, tuna and steak. I always look forward to going back and have never been disappointed

2. Great location! Very informal service and set up but the staff are lovely and it is as much a locals place as it is for tourists. Head up early to watch the sunrise, you may see dolphins and can watch the fisherman at work. Great view whilst in the restaurant too. Definitely worth a trip.

3. The seafood dishes were excellent very fresh. My fried oyster platter was amazing! They don’t take reservations so you need to get there early or be prepared to wait quite a bit. They do have a bar you can order drinks while you’re waiting and have a pretty good view of the sunset. It’s not very big but it’s right over the water which was perfect for our family of six. We enjoyed watching people fish from the pier as we were waiting. We wished we had room for their key lime pie but we were stuffed!

4. As informal as it gets but great food and service, best views ! Walk up but if there is a wait, grab a brew and sit out with the fishermen and watch for manatees and dolphins

5. If you like your fish.. this is one of the best places to eat in Anna Maria. The range is huge and how you have it cooked .. blackened, chipotle .. it’s a bit more restricted for non fish eaters but burgers and sandwiches are on the menu. Busy place so will need to go put name down and then watch the world go around in the pier. My boys loved it.

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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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