island offers many fine and interesting restaurants to suit even the most
finicky palate. You can dress up and dine in a 5 star restaurant or go straight
from the beach and eat in your bathing suit and flip-flops. The island is known
for it's fresh seafood which is caught locally and served at many restaurants or
can be bought at our local fish market. Local delicacies include stone crab
claws (October - May), shrimp, grouper, Mahi and tuna. Listed below are a few of
our favorite spots on the island:
100 Spring Ave. Anna Maria
(north end of the island)
This restaurant sits right on the beach and offers dining inside in the dining
room or outside on their deck. Menus differ inside and out, they feature
seafood, salads, steaks, etc. Be sure to catch the sunset from the outside deck
- they have one of the best views on the island!
The Sign of the Mermaid
9707 Gulf Drive (north end of the island)
This little house turned restaurant is very cozy and charming. They do not have
a liquor license, but they invite you to BYOB and will gladly serve your
beverage of choice to you. The menu features fresh seafood as well as steaks,
chicken and duck. We are particularly fond of their salads & appetizers.
The Beach Bistro
6600 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
If you're looking for a nice evening out, or if celebrating a special occasion,
this is the place to go. This restaurant has received many awards for it's
cuisine and service. They offer a fine wine list and entrees with a gourmet
twist. Reservations are suggested.
5808 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
We suggest you visit Duffy's at least once during your visit on the island. You
will find locals and visitors bellied up at the bar, as Peggy serves up some of
the coldest beer and tastiest burgers we've had. It is a small place with only a
few tables, but it's big on charm. If you can't get a seat right away, hang out,
it's worth the wait!
3210 East bay Drive (in the Walgreens shopping center) Holmes Beach
Our family frequents this friendly little place often. They serve breakfast and
lunch and offer a variety of bagel sandwiches, soups, salads, etc. Our favorites
are Jackie's chicken salad and the "eggel" (bacon, egg & cheese on a bagel).
200 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach
We recommend the BeachHouse for lunch, after a day on the beach! They offer
inside dining and outside dining on their deck. They sit right on the beach and
have volleyball nets just south of the restaurant. They offer some chaise
lounges on the beach in front of the restaurant as well as outside showers and
bathrooms. Their menu features fresh fish, sandwiches, salads, etc.
The Mar Vista
760 Broadway Longboat Key
Just over the bridge on Longboat Key, the Mar Vista sits on the bay. You can
access the restaurant by car or boat, and docking is available if you decide to
visit by boat. The interior of the restaurant offers "old Florida charm", make
sure you sign a dollar bill and staple it to the walls or ceiling! You can also
dine on their outside deck. We are fond of their "steamer pots", a pot filled
with steamed mussels, clams, potatoes, etc. They also offer entrees, fish,
burgers, salads, etc.
Star Fish Company
12306 46th Ave. W.
(just over the Cortez Bridge in Cortez village, back on the water)
Our favorite place to buy seafood! They offer a great selection of fresh fish,
shrimp and stone crabs (when in season). They catch most everything themselves
and it's always FRESH! They also have a small restaurant, which serves