Waterfront Restaurants You Will Want to Experience on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in Florida. All the seafood restaurants here feature fresh Gulf Coast caught fish. And what’s better than having a waterfront view while you eat? When you stay in an Anna Maria Island rental, you should explore some of these fine dining experiences.

Here are the top Anna Maria Island waterfront restaurants you should visit while you’re in town!

Beach House Waterfront

Looking for an award-winning, fine-dining restaurant right on the waterfront? The Beach House Waterfront Restaurant is the place you’re looking for! They are proud members of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame and the 2019 Knot Best of Weddings Award winners! This fine-dining restaurant offers pristine Gulf-front views, all while serving fantastic seafood. This world-class location is eco-conscious and sustainable. The goal is to provide their guests with a welcoming environment that they know is helping the world. Their team has curated a fine dining menu of locally sourced meals. On their menu, you can find dishes like House-Smoked Fish-dip, Short Rib Tacos, and their Seafood Roll. Their unique and authentic dishes bring a flavorful blend to every patron who stops for lunch or dinner.

The Beach House also offers exclusive beach-themed t-shirts, sweaters, and hoodies! Rock your favorite style and your favorite restaurant in the Beach House apparel.

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Known for having a great ambiance found right on the water, the Swordfish is a must. This waterfront restaurant offers a wide variety of dining options and a drink menu that customers rave about. The Swordfish has dedicated itself to creating a restaurant with enthusiasm and experience. The Swordfish serves only the freshest foods daily! Their cast-off menu has options like crab cakes, bacon-wrapped scallops, and coconut shrimp. You can find salads and some raw fish options as well. Their entrees are all served with a side of pasta and a daily vegetable. You can choose from options like their Shrimp Scampi, Grouper dinner, or the Chef’s Choice Steak.

If you’re out on a boating trip in the Gulf, the Swordfish has waterside parking docks for you to anchor your boat! The Swordfish also offers live entertainment, so you can stop by and enjoy dinner and have musicians play live music for you every night. Check their schedule for who’s playing while you’re in town. 

The Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar

For a sports bar and waterfront dining experience, the Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar is the perfect place. As Bradenton’s favorite sports bar and grill, there’s nothing you can’t do here! Their Packer bar offers some of the best drink-and-dine experiences. Voted #1 four years in a row, The Bridge Tender is the best casual dining space on the waterfront! Their Packer bar has 18 TVs with each sports package, so you can watch every game that’s on. If you’re looking for some food, their vast menu offers many options to choose from. You can find a variety of sandwiches, soups, or their specialty BTI dinners.

The BTI doesn’t stop at food and drinks! The bar and restaurant offer different live events like Bar Poker, Bingo, and live music every day! Bridge Tender is perfect for sports fans, foodies, beachgoers, tourists, or residents. Come by car, boat, foot, or bike! They’ll have a table open for you.

Tide Tables

Found on mile marker 48 by sea, the Tide Tables is a family-first restaurant. They offer some of the freshest classic Florida cuisines. Tide Tables offers all their guests the perfect spot to kick back and relax. This waterfront restaurant lets you enjoy the beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and you can watch the wildlife as you enjoy some of their fish tacos or their fresh Mahi Mahi. All their meals are served with only the freshest ingredients. Many of their fish dishes come from the fish caught right here in the Gulf! Their bar has handpicked selections of beer and wine, and their bartenders put every ounce of creativity into each of their signature cocktails.

Whether you’re looking for a full dinner, a quick lunch, or some drinks, Tide Tables has it all for you!

Beach Bistro

This award-winning waterfront dining option is the perfect experience for enjoying dinner on the Gulf of Mexico. You can take a stroll on the beach and then stop in for a five-course tasting menu of all their classic flavors. You get the whole bistro experience! If you’re looking for vegetarian options, the Beach Bistro is the perfect place. Their team of pros pairs each item on the menu, and they use only the finest ingredients. The Bistro Shrimp are caught right in the Gulf of Mexico. Any of their fish menu options are sourced from local fishermen that they know and trust.

Plan Your Next Trip

What are you waiting for? Book your Anna Maria Island Vacation rental today! With so much to see and do you won’t want to leave the island.

Where To Stay?

After a long day of hitting the beach or sampling one of the fantastic waterfront restaurants Anna Maria Island has to offer, you need a place to stay. Come and join us at our Anna Maria Island hotel on the ocean! With spacious rooms, you and your family could lounge out and relax in your vacation rental. Each room has beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, so you can sit on your porch and watch the sunset over the water.