Are you in the mood for frozen drinks, good vibes, and the sand at your feet? We bet you are! After all, isn’t that why you came to Anna Maria Island for vacation? This peaceful and laid-back coastal town offers pristine views of the water, relaxed atmosphere, and friendly people who are really here to make your holiday the best ever. During your time here, we recommend that you ditch the fancy restaurants that are overrated and overpriced and check out some local hidden gems. One of the top-rated spots to grab a bite to eat or a quick cocktail is Gulf Drive Cafe Anna Maria, a well-known restaurant and bar on AMI that has been at the top of locals and tourists’ lists since it opened in 1981.
About Gulf Drive Café
This restaurant is perfectly located right on the white-sand beaches, featuring unobstructed views of the turquoise water, waves from the Gulf of Mexico, and long strips of white sand beach. No matter where you sit, you will get a great view! We recommend heading here for breakfast. Florida Living even ranked this restaurant on its list of the ‘Best Breakfast in Florida’ — and we are not surprised!
Gulf Drive Cafe Menu Options
We love getting the Famous Gulf Drive Breakfast with three silver-dollar pancakes, two scrambled eggs, choice of meat, and steel-cut oatmeal. If you want a special plate, you can’t go wrong with the Smoked Salmon Benedict, Biscuits and Gravy, Coastal Seafood Quiche with scallops and shrimp, or the Classic Quiche Lorraine with Swiss cheese and cream sauce.
For children or those who want a sweet treat to start their day, try the Ultimate Belgian Waffle with your choice of strawberries, blueberries, bananas, mangos, or chocolate chips, all topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.
If you head here later in the day, we recommend going here for appetizers and cocktails. Order a plate to share with the table, like the Peel and Eat Shrimp with Old Bay Seasoning, Hummus Platter with creamy hummus and stuffed grape leaves, Coconut Shrimp With sweet apricot sauce, or the Gulf Drive wings with your choice of sauce.
You can wash down anything you order with a drink from the full-service Kokonut Hut tiki-bar with a gulf view. The Kokonut Hut is the ideal spot to sit, sip a cocktail, have a glass of wine, or enjoy an ice-cold beer with your friends.
Enjoy Your Time on Anna Maria Island
No matter what you are in the mood for, the Gulf Drive Cafe Anna Maria and Kokonut Hut have it all! This bustling and good-vibe spot is the best location for breakfast, appetizers, casual dinner, and drinks with unbeatable views! Contact SeaBreeze Vacation to book your stay on Anna Maria Island today.