You’ve booked your trip to Anna Maria Island and the itinerary planning is well underway… Now, just to decide where to eat? Well, we would love to give you some help! With the unprecedented times and re-scheduling of vacations from last year, your usual favorite spots may be a little busier than usual. And because vacation is never as long as you’d like it to be, why spend your nights waiting in long lines to get into a late dinner? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite local restaurants near Anna Maria Island that accept reservations so you can have a stress-free meal with minimal or no wait!
12012 Cortez Rd W, Cortez, FL 34210
This cozy new restaurant is already rated #1 in the Cortez area on TripAdvisor and offers eclectic plates, specialty cocktails, and an extensive draft beer list. Everything is made in-house and they’re proud to offer no fried food- everything is fresh and made-to-order. To sweeten the deal: Slicker’s Eatery opens for lunch at noon, has Happy Hour from open until 5 on weekdays, and serves great food and drinks all the way until midnight daily. They are always conveniently accepting reservations on their website.
5406 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
The Feast is a casual fine dining restaurant located in the city of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island, Florida. They specialize in fresh seafood, steaks, salads, innovative pastas, and much more. They offer hand-tossed gourmet pizza with a variety of fresh ingredients. They also offer a wide variety of wines from around the world available by the bottle or glass, and a large selection of craft beers! Their website says “For Reservations Call (941)778-5092”. The website has more information.
Isola Bella Italian
5904 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Isola Bella prides themselves on serving authentic Italian cuisine. The old Family recipes and the deep knowledge of our tradition will offer you a genuine Italian dining experience. They only use Italian extra virgin olive oil, with freshly made pasta, their varieties of cheese are all imported, their vegetables are organic, their cuts of meat are all top-shelf, and their wine list is mostly a tribute to Italian local producers. You can make reservations through OpenTable!
800 Broadway St, Longboat Key, FL 34228
Shore restaurant is an expression of a mid-century, al-fresco coastal eatery. Creative recipes are their specialty, all served in their open air dining space. From your first sip of their signature cocktail to your last bite of their Key West shrimp and Scallop Risotto, the entire Shore experience is nothing short of a beach day makeover, with laughter, cool vibes, and delicious eats. You can make a reservation through Resy on their website.
201 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228
If you’re looking for something a little fancier for a nice dinner out or celebrating, make a reservation at Chart House. Located on gorgeous Longboat Key, Chart House is practically a vacation spot in and of itself. This tropical retreat is just west of Sarasota on Gulf of Mexico Drive, and within driving distance of beautiful outdoor destinations such as South Lido County Park and Bay Island Park and near boat rentals, bike tracks and more. Reserve a table on their website!
The Chateau Anna Maria
5325 Marina Dr Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Located at the Waterline Marina Resort on AMI, The Chateau brings you their interpretation of the American gusto to French-inspired dishes. They invite you to explore your palette and indulge in their fresh ingredients, attention to detail, cleanliness, and atmosphere. Whether joining them for your afternoon pleasures, or dinner with friends or escaping for a date night, an exquisite experience awaits you. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
If you’re looking for a date night, we suggest Beach Bistro. The Bistro’s Story is the story of 35 years here on AMI. They aim to pair the very best of America’s food bounty with the area’s strongest team of pros that the outcomes will be exceptional. The Beach Bistro uses only the best of American Ranchlands Domestic Lamb, Prime American Beef and Maple Leaf Farms Duckling. The Bistro’s Shrimp are truly Gulf of Mexico Shrimp, and our Fresh, Line-Caught Fish are sourced directly from people they know. To make a reservation, call (941) 778-6444.
Bridge Street Bistro
111 Gulf Dr S Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
The Bridge Street Bistro on Bradenton Beach, just to the north of Longboat Key, off the coast of Sarasota and Bradenton offers spectacular views of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico. The atmosphere is relaxed yet refined and the attire is resort casual. Dine al fresco on the third floor terrace and enjoy the amazing sunsets while relaxing with tropical breezes and sounds of the surf. Enjoy expertly prepared cuisine at reasonable prices. Reservations are available on OpenTable.
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