Stretching white sand beaches, an expanse of turquoise-blue water, and tropical vibes along the Gulf of Mexico—it’s a typical summer vacation to Anna Maria Island, where you can indulge in the best of the beach life and escape the summer heat, whether it’s by taking a dip in the ocean or sipping on a Mai Tai poolside. Beyond all the outdoor activities you can get up to, you’ll find that it’s a great season for outdoor dining, feasting on freshly caught seafood, and admiring waterfront views. If you’re interested in some of the best outdoor dining spots, we have a selection of recommendations for a variety of cuisine and tastes! Check out our list of best summer outdoor dining on Anna Maria Island below!
Rod and Reel Pier
Located at the north end of the island facing out toward Tampa Bay, this casual two-story joint is situated at the end of a pier, offering beautiful views of the striking Gulf water and sailboats drifting around the bay. Wake up early to grab breakfast and a Bloody Mary on their patio or dine out for a romantic evening and enjoy dishes like Coconut Almond Mahi to the sound of the waves splashing against the pier. They offer a daily selection of fresh fish, as well as steak and chicken dishes!
You can find Rod and Reel Pier at 875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216, or give them a call at 941-778-1885!
This restaurant can be found right on the gorgeous beach, with a large outdoor patio that also offers tables right in the sand! With generously sized umbrellas, it’s a great spot to kick back and enjoy some fresh oysters on the half shell with your choice of an afternoon cocktail. Vegetarians and even vegans will rejoice, as this spot has options for plant-based diners as well, such as their Vegan Burger. You’ll also find an assortment of delicious dishes like Chicken and Waffles and Fish Tacos. With gluten-free options, there’s something for everyone on this menu!
You can find The Sandbar at 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216, or give them a call at 941-778-0444!
Island Ocean Star
If you’re a fan of sushi, you’ll love this Japanese spot, which has a great location mid-island, right on the marina overlooking Bimini Bay. Their large building offers a spacious upper deck, where you can relax in the breeze and check out the names of the boats docked in the harbor. Offering an assortment of nigiri, sashimi, and signature rolls, they have an extensive sushi menu, but also offer a selection of gyoza, yakisoba noodle entrees, tempura entrees, teriyaki, and katsu.
You can find Island Ocean Star at 902 S Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216, or call them at 941-251-6940!
Anna Maria Island Beach Café
If you’re looking for a more casual spot on the beach, where you can dig your toes into the sand and order an ice-cold beverage, a few appetizers, and chat for a few hours, look no further than Anna Maria Island Beach Café! This adorable café also has tables in the sand, with shading umbrellas perfect for the summertime. Offering a lively assortment of colorful cocktails and even a robust morning breakfast menu, you can find a variety of American-fusion eats, such as sandwiches, salads, burgers, and tacos. Whether you’re hanging out with friends or bringing the whole family, this café is a great spot right on the shore!
You can find Anna Maria Island Beach Café at 4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217, or give them a call at 941-778-0784!
Reserve Your Summer Getaway with SeaBreeze Vacation Today!
If you’ve been thinking about booking your summer getaway to AMI, there’s never been a better time than now! We’re pleased to offer a variety of Anna Maria Island vacation homes for rent, from locations right on the shore to homes with stunning backyard pools and jacuzzies. If you’d like to learn more about reserving one of our vacation homes for your summer vacation, give our friendly team a call today—we’re waiting to hear from you!