10 Best Anna Maria Island Restaurants for Fresh Seafood

If you are traveling to Anna Maria Island, chances are you are a seafood lover. With everything from oysters, scallops, lobster and other types of large-scale fish, there are plenty of seafood options for your travels. Here, we outline the top ten seafood restaurants for you and your travel crew to try out, all just minutes from our Anna Maria hotel accommodations.

The Sandbar Restaurant

meal from the sandbar

The Sandbar Restaurant is an excellent option when visiting Anna Maria Island. Run by the Chiles family, the restaurant has a long history of being advocates for natural Florida resources. They ethically source their local ingredients and make sure not to overfish. For dinner, The Sandbar offers some classic dishes like their stuffed half Maine lobster, served with farm-fresh vegetables and parsley potatoes.

Waterfront Restaurant

The Waterfront Restaurant is constantly updating its menu to keep up with seasonal ingredients. Highlights include the Frutti Di Mare which consists of Key West Pink Shrimp, scallops, mussels, and clams in garlic sauce served with your choice of linguine or gluten-free pasta. There is also their famous Scallops Trovalo, a jumbo sea scallop pan-seared served with wild mushrooms, roasted garlic, and savory herbs. 

Rod and Reel Pier

Oyster bucket from Rod and Reel Restaurant

Rod and Reel Pier serves traditional fare, local favorites, and famous fish specials that have regulars and visitors alike coming to visit. With an assortment of seafood combos of grouper, shrimp, scallops and fried oysters, there are plenty of options for the seafood lover. It’s also just steps from the most popular Anna Maria hotel accommodations.

Beach House Restaurant

The Beach House Restaurant is home to some of the best seafood towers and oyster options in the area. Their seafood towers consist of fresh clams, mussels, season crabs, oysters, and domestic shrimp with a dip that will satisfy any seafood craving. They also serve their classic seafood gumbo which has regulars coming back all the time.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier

various dishes from anna maria island oyster bar

The Anna Maria Oyster Bar overlooks the Intracoastal waterway on Anna Maria Island. Now back after a short absence, locals and visitors can once again taste their famous coconut shrimp and chipotle oysters. If you are looking for a local staple located among the Anna Maria Island hotels on the beach, the Anna Maria Oyster Bar is a must-stop. 

Blue Marlin Seafood Restaurant

The Blue Marlin Seafood Restaurant is a great place to go for refined seafood dishes. With their prawn and monk curry to their soy dipped and wakame seaweed Sole fillet, The Blue Marlin Restaurant is putting many twists on classic seafood dishes. Come enjoy delectable coastal cuisine with a comforting atmosphere and fun live music. 

The Feast Restaurant

Meal from the Feast on Anna Maria Island

The Feast Restaurant offers a seasonal menu featuring fresh local ingredients. Currently being served, the crab stuffed shrimp and the spear-caught hogfish are local favorites that keep people coming back. There is also a plethora of dessert options to satisfy your sweet tooth after your meal. 

Bridge Street Bistro

The Bridge Street Bistro is a classic seafood restaurant on Anna Maria Island. With classics such as ahi tuna, black bean cakes, oysters on the half shell and baked oysters, they have all of the classic seafood comfort foods that you are looking for. If that’s not enough, their surf and turf meal is their number one item that keeps customers coming back for more.  

The Ugly Grouper

the ugly grouper grouper nuggets

The Ugly Grouper is a great place to go for live music and good eats. With everything from fettuccini shrimp to fish and chips, they have all the classic seafood comfort foods for you to eat while watching many great local music acts. 

Beach Bistro

Last, but certainly not least, the Beach Bistro is a great fine dining restaurant. With a variety of seafood bouillabaisses to various takes on grouper, there are plenty of things on this fantastic menu for you to choose from, perfect for a date night with your sweetheart.

Anna Maria Island is a great place to dine on the best seafood in Florida. From the classics of fried shrimps and clams to the more sophisticated dishes of bouillabaisse and seafood towers, there is something for every seafood lover to dine on. Best of all, they’re all conveniently located near Anna Maria Beach Resort!

Plan Your Visit

Anna Maria Island is an amazing vacation destination that has so many things to see and do with the whole family. Check out our Anna Maria Beach Resort rental homes and plan your trip now!