Eat Here Anna Maria is “casual, quicker, and lighter” than its big brother, The Beach Bistro. With the same great quality, Eat Here Anna Maria serves family-style classics, and is a must-visit on your Anna Maria Island vacation.
About Eat Here
A relatively new addition to the AMI restaurant scene, Eat Here opened in late 2012 in a strip mall, further identifying itself as casual, accessible, and affordable.
Eat Here marks New Orleans-trained chef and owner Sean Murphy’s split from purely fine dining. The result? A casual diner serving up flavorful essentials, without the extras – what Murphy calls “bistro-lite.” The restaurant is a budget-friendly neighborhood joint the whole family can enjoy any night of the week.
The dining atmosphere is unpretentious and basic, with a strong focus on the food. Clipboard menus, mismatched cutlery, kitchen towels for napkins, and reclaimed furniture complements the simple dishes. Service is quick and friendly, and the walls are covered in resident artists’ paintings – you’re sure to feel at home in this eatery.
The name of the restaurant is a peculiar point of contention. Not all customers love the directness of the establishment’s name, Eat Here. But Chef Murphy think it’s funny. In his mind, while it might not be everyone’s first choice in a restaurant name, it’s definitely something people will remember.
Since the chefs at Eat Here are trained a Beach Bistro it’s only fair that the expectations be high. Fresh line-caught seafood, local meats and farm products, and fresh, local produce should be expected, served up in simple classics. The menu is both varied and eclectic, with something for everyone – traditional American dishes for those who know what they love, and new twists on classics for the more adventurous palates.
Some of their menu items are more affordable takes on Beach Bistro favorites. For example, Beach Bistro offers lamb, while Eat Here serves a to-die-for pot roast and meatloaf, along with other comfort foods. Other menu highlights include a constantly changing wild catch of the day, French onion soup (which claims to be better than any Frenchman’s), great salads, mahi fish tacos, wood-fired pizzas, a variety of beef dishes, and lots of little plates for trying new things and sharing.
Desserts include a diner favorite, the root beer float, along with Key Lime cheesecake, apple crisp, crème brulee, and chocolate budino, a decadent Italian chocolate pudding. Free trade coffee from Papua New Guinea is available for a sweet post-meal drink.
Their beer list is perhaps the most impressive on the island. This catalogue-like menu serves up a variety of beers – local, domestic, and international. There are more than 10 brews from Florida alone, and many more craft offerings from around the country.
For wine drinkers, a shorter, but equally good list of great wines from around the world is offered. Specialty wine-based cocktails are also available, with options like a lavender sparkler and mango jalapeño spritzer among the more original creations. Eat Here does not serve liquor, so traditional bar drinks are not available.
Location and Hours of Operation
Eat Here is open for dinner every day of the week from 5 to 10 p.m., accepting both reservations and walk-ins. Call the Eat Here team at (941) 778-0411 after 3 p.m. to book a table. For those keen for a night in, you can order online for pick-up.
Eat Here is located at 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, in the heart of Anna Maria Island.