Going on vacation means trying the local cuisine or experiencing where the locals go for food. Anna Maria Island only has locally owned restaurants, no fast food or chains on this island. If you are looking for local character, fresh fish and food with island flare, you will love Anna Maria Island.
Below are the top 8 places to eat withing walking distance to Bridge Street on Anna Maria Island
1. Bridge Street Bistro
The atmosphere is a relaxed yet refined and the attire is resort casual. You can dine al fresco on the third-floor terrace and enjoy amazing sunsets while relaxing with tropical breezesand sounds of the surf. If you choose Bridge Street Bistro, you will enjoy expertly prepared cuisine at reasonable prices. They take reservations, so make yours today.
2. Island Donut
All I can say is OMG! Fresh, warm, made to order donuts with specialty toppings is what I am sayin’ You cannot miss this place because it will be a highlight of your stay on Anna Maria Island. It’s so fun to take the family so each can choose their own style of donut. Oh and don’t forget to grab a specialty coffee from Back Alley. The two spaces are connected at the front and the back of Island Donut. “DONUT” forget to go here.
3. Island Time Bar & Grill
Island Time Bar & Grill is located on the ground floor of the same building that you will find Bridge Street Bistro. This is “come as you are” and grab some great food. You will truly feel like “island time” when you are there. Enjoy traditional burgers and sandwiches as well as fresh seafood. Great for families, friends and couples. If you like music, contact the restaurant as they have live music most nights with local musicians.
4. Island Scoops
For those days when you are feeling parched from all the time you have spent enjoying yourself on the beach. Head right on over to Island Scoops for some specialty ice cream options. They are known for their flavorful, homemade ice cream from a local creamery. Hand dipped and made into sundaes using brownies and even donuts from Island Donuts.
5. Blue Marlin
Adam Ellis and his wife restored a cottage on that had been in their family for years. It has an intimate, coastal feel that is great for couples looking for a special experience together. Their cuisine focuses on daily fresh fish brought directly from the Cortez fishing fleet just across the Bay. They also offer a variety of landside menu items that will knock your socks off (which by the way – socks are not required anywhere on the island😊 ) Plan ahead as they are a very cozy and busy restaurant.
6. Beach House
The Beach House is set on 650 feet of pristine Gulf front beach. It is a moderately priced restaurant serving great seafood both indoors and outdoors. There food is unique and flavorful. Their deck is amazing and you can see beautiful sunsets while enjoying the locally sourced menu items.
7. Anna Maria Oyster Bar
Anna Maria Oyster Bar is more than just oysters. They have four locations, but the only one on Anna Maria itself is located on the Bridge Street Pier where you can watch boats coming and going on the Bay as well as locals fishing. The locals love this place because it’s fun and the food is good. Have dinner and take a stroll on the pier. If you are looking for a great photo op, then make it a point to get there before dark and use the clock tower on the pier as the background.
8. Wicked Cantina
Wicked Cantina offers authentic Austin style Tex Mex right here on Anna Maria Island. All of their food is handmade, in house, daily. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a modern, island environment, with outside dining as well. If you like Margaritas, look no further, as they have Happy Hour 12pm – 5pm daily and all day Sunday.
Silver Resorts offers two locations on Anna Maria Island. Bridgewalk, a Landmark Resort, and Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort.
Bridgewalk is located on the quaint, centrally located, Historic Bridge Street and it offers spacious accommodations, most with Jacuzzi tubs and large screened verandas.