Anna Maria Island is now regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Found in Florida’s west coast, part of Florida’s Gulf Islands, Anna Maria encapsulates everything that makes an Island, paradise. Average temperatures of 86F/26C, beautiful beaches, clear blue skies and seas, a laid back attitude and an array of eateries and restaurants ? an eclectic mix of places to eat, with fine dining, home cooking, quirky settings and waterfront locations that will leave you breathless!
We have picked out our Top 5 Places to Eat on Anna Maria Island. Enjoy!
Your Own Anna Maria Rental Home!
Anna Maria Island is home to some of the most fantastic vacation rentals in Florida, and none are more spectacular than those on the beachfront or overlooking the waters of the many bays and canals. Anna Maria Island showcases some of the most beautiful and dramatic sunsets across the Gulf of Mexico, so a private and intimate dinner, with front row seats every night, has to be regarded as one of the best restaurant settings, if not for the views alone. But, the Island also has a selection of first-class private chefs and/or caterers that will come to your Anna Maria rental home and cook a menu of your choice for you to enjoy with any number of guests. Or, if you prefer to do it yourself, the historic Anna Maria General Store, the only independent retailer on the Island, has everything you need to cater for yourself in your Anna Maria rental home. They also have the most delicious homemade cakes and cookies and will make deliveries if you just cannot tear yourself away from that view!
The Beach Bistro
The Beach Bistro first opened its doors in 1985 and since then has continued to receive heaps of critical acclaim as one of the finest eating establishments in the world. The Beach Bistro has been recognized many times by both Zagat and Florida’s Golden Spoon Awards, as one of them? Top Restaurants in America? with food and a wine list to match. The Beach Bistro serves the best of American Food, using the very best of, mostly local, ingredients. Their Grouper dishes (the local Anna Maria Island fish) are absolute culinary feasts. In addition, to beautiful food, and service, the beautiful setting of The Beach Bistro is also award-winning. Found in Holmes Beach? directly on the beach – the Bistro enjoys magnificent views, capturing the dramatic Anna Maria Island sunsets across the Gulf every night. Enjoy beach cocktail service, and elegant beach dining at the Beach Bistro.
The Sign of the Mermaid
The Sign of the Mermaid is a fabulous quaint, family-run restaurant – an understated gem on Anna Maria Island. Its base is an old cottage built in 1912 and its surroundings and delightful d?cor and artifacts – including a teapot collection – are as unique as it’s fabulous menu, a combination of Floridian and European delights, all cooked to exquisitely high standards, but with a home-cooked twist to give you nothing short of an absolute pleasurable culinary experience.
Anna Maria residents and holidaymakers alike, declare that The Sign of The Mermaid is the place to go for breakfast, and their deserts must be sampled, but how do you choose between an Espresso Chocolate Explosion Pie, a Chocolate Truffle Peanut Butter Pie, or the Bread and Butter pudding which varies by the week, or the award-winning Gold Coast Key Lime Pie! Try them all perhaps!
Ginny & Jane’s E
When you enter Ginny & Jane Es, looking to sample their Island famous, Creme Brulee French Toast, you would be forgiven for thinking you’ve come into the wrong place. An eclectic mix of the most beautiful furniture, soft furnishings, art, and gifts, gathered from fabulous artists, locally and beyond, fills the store. But, continue through and you will find the wonderful caf? and bakery that is Ginny and Jane?s E. With a sumptuous menu, delicious home-cooked cakes and goodies, Ginny and Jane E?s invite you to sample not only their menu but their furniture and furnishings, because everything you sit on and at, is for sale! A literal take-out menu! But don’t worry, they will at least wait until you’ve finished before they wrap and pack, which they can do nationally and internationally, if you do want to take that coffee table home with you! You have to go and meet Ginny and Jane E when you are on Anna Maria Island!
The Waterfront Restaurant occupies a beautiful location on the corner of South Bay Blvd and Spring Avenue, not far from the City Pier. Its menu is fabulous, with a wide selection of delicious, fresh, mostly, locally caught seafood, and awesome burgers amongst its ample choices. But The Waterfront also combines fine food with a little bit of Anna Maria History, perfect to add another dimension to your Anna Maria holiday. Built-in 1922, The Waterfront was once a cottage; one of the original homes on the island and since becoming a commercial venture in 1970, it has held many guises, including an ice-cream parlor with an in-house piano player! A fire in 2004, meant a complete re-development for the restaurant, creating the glorious venue it is today. Some of the original features were salvaged, but a new micro-brew, wine bar and open-air patio with wonderful views across the Gulf are beautiful new additions that make The Waterfront Restaurant one of the most fabulous restaurants on Anna Maria Island.