Dine at the Top Seafood Restaurants near Anna Maria Island

Looking to dine on some seafood when on vacation in Anna Maria Island? With everything from upscale dining to casual family-style restaurants, Anna Maria Island has something for everyone. And the best part? Each of these incredible seafood restaurants is just minutes away from our Anna Maria Island beach rentals!

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The Sandbar Restaurant

The Sandbar Restaurant is a mainstay of Anna Maria Island. The Sandbar prides itself on fresh seafood and premium ingredients. Your meal starts off with premium oysters served with mignonette and cocktail sauce or the classic crab cakes that are served with a signature Piquillo pepper sauce and sweet corn relish. Looking for a main course? The Sandbar serves up such classics like their New York Strip, Stuffed Shrimp, and their fried shrimp platter that comes with hush puppies, coleslaw, and French fries. There are also a wide variety of sandwiches, including the Bali chicken sandwich and the steak burger, that have locals coming back to the restaurant at lunchtime.

For a little bit of everything that Anna Maria Island has to offer, the Sandbar Restaurant is the place to go. 

The Waterfront Restaurant

The Waterfront Restaurant is an easy-going, family-friendly dining experience that offers some amazing food. Their starters include their famous fried green tomatoes that are lightly battered and served with sour cream ranch. Looking for something less greasy? The tuna sashimi is a real crowd-pleaser that is served with a thick drizzle of soy sauce and wasabi. For the main course, there is a wide variety of classic seafood dishes. The grouper tacos are a favorite amongst locals, served with a jicama coleslaw and freshly chopped pico de gallo. There is also the Pacific smoked salmon that is cured in-house with cold applewood smoke. Also, close to our Anna Maria Island rentals making it an elevated dining experience that is fit for the whole family, The Waterfront Restaurant is an excellent time for all.

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Rod and Reel Pier

For a family-friendly meal, Rod and Reel Pier is a casual dining experience that features a lot of great local seafood dishes. With everything from crab cakes and fresh shrimps for appetizers, to a variety of groupers and fresh oysters for your main course, there is plenty of seafood for you to enjoy. Not into seafood? Not a problem! There is also a wide variety of non-seafood options ranging from jalapeño poppers to chicken breast dinners. If you have a sweet tooth, you cannot leave the Rod and Reel Pier without trying their signature Key Lime Pie. For an all-around great time, this eatery is one of the must-visit restaurants in Anna Maria Island

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The Ugly Grouper

Lastly, The Ugly Grouper is a great casual dining experience in Anna Maria Island. To start, their signature coconut shrimp is a must for all first-timers, served with their signature pina colada sauce. There are also their legendary pretzel bites that are served with their in-house honey mustard and queso sauce. For their main courses, a must-have is their baby back ribs, smoked low and slow until the meat falls off of the bone and served with their house-made barbecue sauce for mouthwatering perfection. You might also like their grouper nuggets, made with fish that’s freshly caught every day to ensure maximum quality. For fresh food in a comfortable environment, The Ugly Grouper is a great time. 

With everything from upscale dining to a more casual setting, Anna Maria Island has tons to offer culinarily. For a great time sampling fresh seafood, Anna Maria Island is a must for all foodies looking for an amazing vacation. When you’re planning your getaway, consider one of our Bradenton Beach rentals!