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Tide Tables Restaurant Cortez Fishing Village

Tide Tables Restaurant Cortez Fishing Village offers fresh off the boat seafood, and is just a short drive over the Cortez Bridge too!

The Bell family owns AP Bell Fish and Ice Company, Starfish Market and Tide Tables. If you’ve had the pleasure of dining at Starfish Restaurant you know how good Cortez seafood really is. Starfish Market has a reputation for having some of the areas best seafood, and this also extends to Tide Tables. This great restaurant was opened in January 2014.

Tide Tables Restaurant Cortez Fishing Village

The Menu at Tide Tables is indicative of an old Florida Seafood joint, but with the addition of burgers, ribs and chicken. Find something for everyone at Tide Tables! There’s fresh grouper and snapper, fish tacos, Shrimp Po Boy and many Florida style favorites. They also serve beer and wine along with a kids menu and specialty desserts!

The View and Location

Tide Tables is located at the base of the Cortez Bridge on the in land side at 12507 Cortez Road. This is also the area called Cortez Fishing Village, and is one of the oldest working fishing villages in the country. The building is seemingly simple from the road, but this little dock side spot is beautiful!

You’ll only find outdoor seating here, but there are shaded options for hot days. Belly up to the bar, or find a spot at the picnic tables too.

Visitors rave about the great views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Anna Maria Sound and Anna Maria Island. You can come by boat too! If you are out on the boat, and are looking for a place to stop, you found the best. Located at marker 48, there is room to dock and dine here.

Tide Tables is open Monday through Sunday from 11:30am to 8pm.

There is nothing better than enjoying seafood by the waters it came from with a cold drink! For Florida fresh seafood with a beautiful view visit Tide Tables Restaurant today!

Tide Tables Restaurant Cortez Fishing Village
The View is beautiful at Tide Tables!
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Seafood Shack – Great Seafood just over the Cortez Bridge

If you’re looking for great food with a beautiful view of the Intracoastal, take a short ride over the Cortez Bridge from Anna Maria Island to the Seafood Shack.

Located on the western shoreline of the old Cortez Fishing Village on what is called Hunter’s Point, Seafood Shack has been serving up fresh off the boat seafood since 1972.

Seafood Shack
Seafood Shack Restaurant and Marina in Cortez, Florida. Photo Credit: Seafood Shack Facebook page.

Restaurant and Marina History

Shortly after the Marina was built in 1971, the Seafood Shack opened its doors. In 2014 both the marina and restaurant were taken over by a Canadian based development firm who has implemented new management, menu items, and renovations to the marina and restaurant keeping that old Florida Feel in tact.

Menu and Dining

Today Seafood Shack is as popular as ever with a menu including something for any pallet, fabulous views, and a full service bar. The menu offers great fresh seafood such as bacon wrapped scallops, fish tacos and a grouper sandwich. If you aren’t a seafood fan try out their meat like the NY Strip or the Classic Burger.

Along with fresh caught seafood, local growers such as Geraldson Community Farms provide fresh sourced produce to this fine eatery.

Enjoy daily fresh catch specials, or have the chef cook up your own catch of the day with the “Hook to Platter” special. For just $14.99 bring in your own fresh caught and cleaned fish, and the Seafood Shack chefs will prepare it to your liking.

When dining at Seafood Shack enjoy a full service bar with Happy Hour specials from 2-5pm daily.

Seafood Shack offers three different venues for banquets along with catering services. Enjoy a gorgeous wedding destination with no detail overlooked at this gorgeous waterfront restaurant.

You’ll find fun daily specials and events at this restaurant including live music, seasonal events and half off rum drinks on Rumday Mondays.

Marina and Charters

The Marina offers several first come first serve boat slips for both large and small vessels. The Marina offers fabulous amenities including shower/bathroom facility, free wireless, boat/trailer storage and nearby gas and diesel. If you aren’t arriving by boat, experience the area with one of Seafood Shacks suggested charters.

Seafood Shack
Visit Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday/Saturday 11am-10pm.
Located at 4110 127th Street W, Cortez, Fl by land, or by sea at ICW marker 49. 27’28,215 N 82’41,425 W

Vacation Rentals on Anna Maria Island

Looking for a boat friendly vacation rental home nearby Seafood Shack? Check out Island Real Estate’s list of vacation rental homes with boat access!

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Anna Maria Island vacation rental “513 Loquat” offers accommodations for 12 guests on a canal front leading out to the Intracoastal Waterway. Includes boat dock and lift! Click on the image for more information about “513 Loquat”.
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Top Ten Fishing Tips for Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island, Florida, is said to be the recreational fishing capital of the world. With 1300 miles of coastline, 7,700 lakes, 10,550 miles of rivers, and 2,276 miles of tidal coastline Florida is a natural choice for avid anglers.

Over 2 million individuals fish in Florida waters each year. And the industry generates an economic impact for the state in the range of 7 billion dollars.

Florida offers a diverse array of sports fish species along with responsible management of the population allowing state fishing to thrive.

Below is the Island Real Estate top ten list of things to know about Anna Maria Island fishing to assist you in making the most of your angling experience on island time.

1. Why Fish Anna Maria Island?

Nestled just off the Gulf coast of central Florida in Manatee county, Anna Maria Island is an amazing fishing destination for both sport, commercial or recreational fishing.

Anna Maria Island is situated near many different fishing environments from grass flats to deep sea, and even brakkish waters there are opportunities for any type of Florida fishing on and around Anna Maria Island.

Local bodies of water near Anna Maria Island include the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, Intracoastal waterways of Anna Maria sound, Palma Sola Bay and Sarasota Bay, and the Manatee River.

2. Piers

Pier fishing is a popular pass time on Anna Maria Island, and does not require any sort of fishing license as long as the pier offers a blanket license.

There are three piers to fish off of on Anna Maria Island including the Rod and Reel pier, Anna Maria city pier and the Bradenton Beach city pier. Rod and Reel and the Anna Maria city pier are located on north end and stretch out over Tampa Bay waters offering gorgeous views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

The Bradenton Beach city pier overlooks Sarasota Bay, Cortez Fishing Village, and the Bradenton Beach Anchorage where long term boats may reside.

City Pier in Anna Maria
Anna Maria City Pier is great for fishing.

3. Beaches

Anna Maria Island is a seven mile long barrier island offering plenty of powder sand beaches for casting a line. During the busy high season times of year beaches may become crowded in popular spots like the Manatee Public beach making fishing a bit difficult.

Many anglers have success fishing off the beaches especially during the summer months in areas with less individuals in the water. Fishing from the beach does require a fishing license for most, but there are a few exceptions to the rule.

You may fish off the beach if you are a:

– resident fishing with a pole or line without a line retrieval device

– resident over the age of 65

– Florida resident and a member of the U.S. Armed Forces not stationed in Florida and are here on leave for 30 days or less.

– Anyone eligible for food stamps, temporary cash assistance or medicaid. or under 16 years of age from any state may fish off of beaches.

Beach fishing
Great summer fishing on the beaches of Anna Maria Island.

4. Respect Wildlife While Fishing

Anna Maria Island is home to a gorgeous array of wildlife from mammals to birds and sea critters. When fishing it is extremely important to mind the wildlife that locals hold so dear.

Be sure to mind boating rules in Manatee zones as this sea relative of the elephant is slowly making a comeback in Florida waterways. Never feed birds fish bones or scraps when cleaning fish, and if you snag a pelican with a hook slowly reel it in, and follow the guidelines of how to remove the hooks and monofilament line.

injured pelican
Image from Key West Wildlife Center Facebook Page.

5. Charters

Anna Maria Island offers many different type of fishing charters from inshore to deep sea. There are several different companies offering charters like Anna Maria Island Inshore Fishing Charters. Find a few additional charters here.

6. Inshore Fishing

Fishing along the intracoastal waterway can be a fun and relaxing day spent between Anna Maria Island and the mainland. With fabulous mangrove environments there are many species of fish found inshore.

Anna Maria Island Inshore fishing
Anna Maria Inshore Fishing with Captain Kyle Taylor.

7. Tampa Bay Fishing

Fishing in Tampa Bay produces great catches like Tarpon. Head out into the bay, and enjoy fishing around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

8. Gulf of Mexico Fishing

If you are looking to schedule a deep sea fishing trip the Gulf of Mexico will be your best bet. Charters will take you miles off shore to find the prize catch you’ve had on your bucket list.

9. Cortez Fishing Village

One of the oldest in the country, Cortez Fishing Village offers old Florida charm, endless character and the area’s freshest seafood. In Cortez you’ll find the Florida Maritime Museum. Great charters, amazing seafood restaurants and markets too!

10. Popular Fishing Seasons

Anna Maria Island offers year round fishing with many different open seasons available. In additional to line fishing Florida Spiny Lobster Season and Stone Crab season are highly anticipated on Anna Maria Island.

Fishing on Anna Maria Island? Obey the fishing laws. Employ safe boating and angling practices. Respect the wildlife and have a great time!

For more information about Anna Maria Island fishing visit the Island Real Estate Local Scene Fishing Report page!

Looking for a boat friendly Anna Maria Island vacation rental home? Island Real Estate has got you covered! Follow the link to the Island Real Estate list of Boat Access properties here.