Where to Eat

Beach House Restaurant
Watch the sun set on the deck before listening to the nightly live music at one of Anna Maria’s most popular beachfront restaurants. An impressively varied lunch and dinner menu, with naturally a heavy emphasis on seafood, and plenty of sand for the kids to play in make this a great choice for families. beachhouse-restaurant.com

Melinda’s Cafe
Located in Holmes Beach, expect plenty of fresh produce and food from sandwiches, salads and an all-day breakfast menu, to tamales, quesadillas and burritos. melindascafe.com

The Sun House Restaurant and Bar
Sample a unique atmosphere and excellent food as you watch the sun go down over the Gulf of Mexico. This daily spectacle is marked with a special ceremony and a complimentary ‘Green Flash’ shooter for diners. The menu is distinctly Floribbean in flavor, blending Florida seafood with the colourful fruit and vibrancy of the Caribbean. thesunhouserestaurant.com

Sharkey’s Sea Grill
Offering great food for reasonable prices in a relaxed atmosphere, Sharkey’s is a big favorite with the locals. And it’s not hard to see why, with five different fish each day and specials including Seafood gasparilla, Michigan pork chops, Key West grouper and lobster tails. sharkysseagrill.com

Mad Pastry Cafe
Not really a restaurant, almost a diner, but way more than just a coffee shop, the Mad Pastry Cafe is a pretty unique experience on Anna Maria Island. With a mouth-watering array of cakes, pies and pastries all freshly made you might never want to eat a brownie again. mattanddoms.com

The Sandbar Restaurant
Another favourite with the locals, this time at the northern tip of the island, the Sandbar also enjoys a perfect position for watching sunsets over dinner and plays host to over 150 weddings per year. With special deck and early bird menus to complement a wide choice for lunch and dinner you are sure to find something to your taste here. sandbar-restaurant.com/

Rotten Ralph’s
Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Rotten Ralph’s offers simple, hearty food to locals and tourists alike. Enjoys the views from their open-air deck or through the huge windows surrounding the restaurant. http://www.rottenralphs.com

Ooh la la Bistro
Looking for something a bit different? Then give Ooh la la Bistro a try. The menu certainly has a distinctly French twist, featuring such continental specialities as veal Francaise and bouillabaisse. With a wide and interesting choice offered for lunch and brunch, no wonder they say here, It’s not just French, not just gourmet, not just dining … it’s Ooh la la! oohlalabistro.com

Anna Maria Cafe
Part bakery, part garden furniture store, and with an internet cafe tacked on for good measure, there are many reasons to stop by Anna Maria Cafe. Jane E and her staff will whip you up a coffee and a wide choice of frittatas, quiches, muffins, scones, bagels and sandwiches. annamariacafe.com/

Beach Bistro
With more awards than you could shake a Golden Spoon at, Beach Bistro offers a truly fine dining experience in a wonderful setting. With a wine list featuring over 300 entries and food rated consistently highly by Zagat Guide, take your tastebuds on a holiday they will never forget. http://www.beachbistro.com/

WHERE TO EAT in surrounding areas

Miller’s Dutch Kitch’n – Bradenton
‘Just downright good eat’n is promised at this traditional eatery, founded by Ervin and Erma Miller who left Amish country in Holmes County, Ohio, in 1981 to start a new life on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Favorite specials for each day of the week include cabbage rolls on a Monday, Dutch casserole on Tuesdays, and baked turkey and dressing every Thursday. millersdutchkitchen.com

MarVista Restaurant – Longboat Key
Housed in one of the oldest buildings on Longboat Key, this old-style Florida restaurant dates back to 1912. With views over Sarasota Bay from the deck not surprisingly there is a heavy emphasis on seafood, with steamer pots a specialty. marvista-restaurant.com

Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Cortez
Located just five minutes from Anna Maria Island, the Oyster Bar is one of three in the Bradenton area. An island atmosphere awaits, especially once you visit the restaurant’s very own tiki bar and sample the seafood delights on offer with daily specials including All-you-can-eat fish ‘n chips, live Maine lobster and Alaskan King crab legs. oysterbar.net