Breakfast/lunch

What better way to start the day than breakfast at sunrise… right on the beach! Café on the Beach at Manatee Beach offers all you can eat pancakes and sausages while Gulf Drive Café on the shore of Bradenton Beach offering bountiful breakfasts inside or on the covered patio.

Other breakfast/lunch establishments include the Island Creperie in Bradeton Beach, Joe’s Eats and Sweets or Melinda’s on Gulf Drive, Paradise Café in Holmes Beach and the Village Café @ Rosedale on Coquina Beach.

Dinner

At the north end of Anna Maria is the legendary family friendly, reasonably priced Sandbar Restaurant; where indoor/outdoor beachside seating is perfect for sunset watching.

With picturesque views and good casual eats, the Rod and Reel is a great local favorite.

Housed in a 1913 cottage is the Sign of the Mermaid offering fresh local ingredients and fabulous homemade desserts. The Waterfront Café is another excellent choice with delightful selections and patio seating for a glimpse of the bay.

Beach Bistro is probably one to reserve for “special” occasions and arriving before sunset is highly recommended as you’ll be dining right on the sands of Holmes Beach. Just be prepared for a price tag that reflects their Culinary Awards.

Anna Maria Island Restaurants

City of Anna Maria

Anna Maria Donuts – 210C Pine Avenue – (941) 896-3172

Poppo’s Taqueria – 212C Pine Avenue – (941) 896-3172

Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive – (941) 567-4056

Harry’s Grill – 9903 Gulf Drive – (941) 567-5999

City Pier Restaurant – 100 South Bay Blvd. – (941) 779-1667

Village Cafe @ Rosendale – 503 Pine Avenue – (941) 896-8890

The Sandbar on the Beach – 100 Spring Avenue – (941) 778-0444

Rod n Reel Pier Restaurant – 875 North Shore Drive – (941) 778-1885

Waterfront Restaurant – 111 South Bay Blvd. – (941) 778-1515

Ginny’s & Jane E’s – 9807 Gulf Drive – (941) 778-7370

Rudy’s Subs & More – 9906 Gulf Drive – (941) 896-7844

Two Scoops Ice Cream – 101 South Bay Blvd. – (941) 779-2422

Sign of the Mermaid – 9707 Gulf Drive – (941) 778-9399

Vinny & Cheryl’s Italian Kitchen – 314 Pine Avenue – (941) 896-9754

 

Holmes Beach

Anna Maria Beach Cafe – 4000 Gulf Drive – (941) 778-0784

Hurricane Hanks – 5346 Gulf Drive – (941) 778-5788

Skinny’s Place – 3901 Gulf Drive – (941) 778-7769

Beach Bistro on the Beach – 6600 Gulf Drive – (941) 778-6444

Lobstah’s – 5337 Gulf Drive – (941) 779-1000

Island Gourmet Pizza & Wine – 5612 Marina Drive – (941) 778-0333

Mr. Bones BBQ – 3007 Gulf Drive – (941) 778-6614

Tortilla Bay Southwest Grille – 5318 Marina Drive – (941) 778-3663

The Feast – 5406 Marina Drive – (941) 778-5092

Island Ocean Star Sushi – 3608 East Bay Drive – (941) 251-6940

Peaches Breakfast/Lunch – 3240 East Bay Drive – (941) 779-0738

Eat Here – 5315 Gulf Drive – (941) 778-0411

D Coy Ducks Bar & Grille – 5410 Marina Drive – (941) 778-5888

Minnie’s Beach Cafe – 5360 Gulf Drive – (941) 778-4140

Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus – 3216 East Bay Drive – (941) 778-1320

Sharky’s SeaGrill – 2519 Gulf Drive – (941) 779-9151

Maria’s Family Place – 5904 Marina Drive – (941) 254-4999

 

Bradenton Beach

Beachhouse Waterfront Restaurant – 200 Gulf Drive – (941) 779-2222

Blue Marlin Seafood Restaurant – 121 Bridge Street – (941) 896-9737

Bridge Street Bistro – 111 Gulf Drive – (941) 782-1122

Bridge Tender Inn – 135 Bridge Street – (941) 778-4849

Cast & Cage Restaurant – 200 Bridge Street – (941) 779-2278

Island Cream Ice Cream – 103B Gulf Drive – (941) 779-2244

Gulf Drive Cafe – 900 Gulf Drive – (941) 778-1919

Island Creperie – 127 Bridge Street – (941) 778-1011

Island Spice Indian Cuisine – 1701 Gulf Drive – (941) 527-0123

Joe’s Eats & Sweets – 219 Gulf Drive – (941) 778-0007

Oma’z Pizza & Italian Restaurant – 201 N. Gulf Drive – (941) 778-0771

 

Off Island

Other dining options off island include Lazy Lobster and Euphemia Haye on Longboat Key and the Cortez Fish Market, Old Brick’s, Pier 22 and Mattison’s City Grille in Bradenton.

St. Armand’s Circle

Plan to spend an evening at St. Armand’s Circle on Lido Key.  It’s fun safe and shops stay open for that after a good meal…stroll.  Enjoy a cocktail and listen to piano tunes at Crab and Fins patio lounge.  An established landmark for years, the Crab and Fin and Cafe L’Europe excel in food, service and ambiance.  The Columbia with comfortable outdoor seating offers excellent Spanish cuisine as does Le Colonne’s northern Italian offerings. Shore, located one flight up, offers southern comfort muchies and great views of St. Armands Circle.

Sarasota is also at your disposal… offering a picturesque drive down Longboat Key and across the Ringling Bridge. This is where you can eat greet and enjoy the Action Downtown. Marina Jacks features a huge open air bar, covered patio dining and dance area while jazz and contemporary tunes can be found at the inside piano lounge.

O’Leary’s Tiki Bar at the southern end of Centennial Park, shares the same parking as Marina Jack’s. The comfort food and friendly staff attracts a crowd at sunset with live Reggae and beach music. This is also a great place to bring your four legged bud.

Also docked at Centennial Park is Le Barge, a giant houseboat with full bar and dance floor on the top deck and cocktail tables inside. Entertainment is usually a solo guitar player/singer performing island style music and Jimmy Buffett tunes. Le Barge sails several times a day around Sarasota Bay and offers great views of waterfront mansions and spectacular sunsets.

Downtown Main, Sarasota

Main Street has plenty of action with eateries, bars and nightlife.  Places like Mattison’s City Grille and The Blue Rooster offer great food and live entertainment while The Social Eatery and Award winning Bijou Cafe continue the trend on …. First Street.  Other good eating downtown establishments are Mediterraneo, Selva Grill, Caragiulo’s, Barnacle Bill’s, Cafe Epicure, Patrick’s and C’est La Vie.

Looking for water views?

Marina Jack’s is right on Sarasota’s bay front with a spectacular second floor view.  The Ritz Carlton features a less expansive setting at Jack Dusty’s patio lounge. Don’t forget to sip and smooze at the Westin Hotel’s Rooftop Bar.