Some of the Bradenton/Sarasota area’s top chefs and entrepreneurs have selected Anna Maria Island for their restaurant locations because of its popularity among locals and tourists and breathtaking beach scenery.
The Beach Bistro
Location: 6600 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL
Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week
Phone: (941) 778-6444
The Beach Bistro located in Holmes Beach is known for offering one of the most luxurious dining options on the island.
As the proving ground for some of the region’s most talented chefs, the Beach Bistro features innovative and modern takes on traditional seafood, with an epicurean culinary experience that is catered specifically to your preferences.
You’ll also get to dine with some exceptional views of the beach and gulf that few other restaurants on the island can offer.
Location: 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL
Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., 7 days a week
Phone: (941) 778-0411
This more casual sister of the Beach Bistro offers similar cuisine in a more laid back atmosphere, where you won’t have to make reservations ahead of time to enjoy a mouth-watering seafood dinner.
The skilled chefs here incorporate global cuisine influences, combining the locally sourced ingredients of Anna Maria Island with the latest culinary trends.
Location: 103 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, FL
Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Closed Sunday and Monday
Phone: (941) 779-1930
Expertly prepared delectable French Provençal cuisine in a small, intimate and semi-formal setting is what you will find at the French Table Restaurant.
Started by an experienced restauranteur couple who fell in love with Anna Maria Island, this is one of the few restaurants in the area where you can get an authentic Southern French meal. Their genuine passion for cuisine and the island shows in every entrée.
Island Ocean Star
Location: 902 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, FL
Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sun-Thurs, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends
The Island Ocean Star is a top tier Japanese restaurant located on a Bimini Bay marina on the north end of the island with extraordinary views of the bay along with an array of gorgeous luxury yachts.
Here you’ll find an authentic Japanese menu including sushi, sashimi and standard Hibachi grill fare. The extensive Japanese menu here caters to all tastes.
Sign of the Mermaid
Location: 9707 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, FL
Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (breakfast and lunch), 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (dinner)
Sign of the Mermaid offers a bit of a deviation from an upscale restaurant with its quirky interior, but it’s mentioned here because it’s a hidden Anna Maria Island gem.
Don’t be fooled by its modest exterior appearance or mermaid décor; it’s a first-rate dining experience and among the best that you can find on the island.
Every seafood item on the menu is sure to please your palate and prepared with the same care and attention to detail you would expect at any top tier restaurant.
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