Where to Eat
The Bradenton area and Anna Maria Island are home to award-winning bistros, cafes and restaurants. Our local restaurants have been recognized by many national magazines, including multiple times in Zagat, for their unique flavors, phenomenal locations, gulf front dining and impeccable service. From rustic beach-side Tiki Bars to elegant bistros illuminated by sunset or candlelight – meals are memories to be savored on Anna Maria Island and surrounding areas. The ambiance and views of our restaurants are as important as the foods being served. Our gulf-front or bay-side dining restaurants serve a special Anna Maria Island blend of flavor. Savor local seafood cuisine, local farm fresh dishes and local wine favored by many and admired by our worldly visitors. In addition, we boast some of the best known hamburger and barbecue eateries around. How fresh is the catch of the day? Our waters are home to grouper, red snapper, mullet and blue crab. Bay-side or gulf-side, outdoors or in, sunrise or sunset, we invite you to enjoy the secrets to island and coastal living — cool breezes, sounds of the waves crashing into the shore, star-filled skies and dining experiences like no other.
New Florida Flavor, Old Florida Feel! The Seafood Shack has been a Cortez landmark since 1971. Accessible by both land & sea with a 68-slip marina, bar & grill with outdoor waterfront patio and a 7,000 sq.ft. banquet space to hold up to 425 guests.
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant serves fresh, local seafood and fresh farm produce in a unique atmosphere on beautiful Sarasota Bay. It has a private dock and offers inside and outside dining in an Old Florida setting.
Sink your toes in the sand while you enjoy the freshest seafood the island has to offer. Dine inside or relax before an unforgettable sunset on the Gulf front deck. Award winning for casual waterfront dining and top notch special events.
Loony Dunes represents the Spirit of Florida featuring products born and made right here in the Sunshine State.
If one scoop is good then two scoops are even better! Local family business since 2007, know for its 32 flavors of homemade ice cream. We also serve a variety of casual dining choices from 9am until 10pm, at value prices.