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Anna Maria Island Top Ten Restaurants

Looking for tasty food while you’re on the Anna Maria Island? Well you’re in luck we have composed list of Anna Maria Island restaurants from fine dining, to beachfront restaurants, pizza, and where to get the best burger on the island. We have plenty of tasty restaurants to choose from on AMI but the ten restaurants below are a MUST VISIT!

1) Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach – Enjoy fine dining on the Gulf of Mexico with an excellent wine selection and amazing entrée’s.

6600 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-6444

2) Island Ocean Star in The City of Anna Maria – A unique dining experience on Anna Maria Island with award winning Sushi and a Hibachi Grill.

902 South Bay
Anna Maria, FL, 34216
(941) 251-6940

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Outdoor Dining on Anna Maria Island

There is nothing better than relaxing on Anna Maria Island and dining outdoors.  It is a fabulous way to enjoy our tropical weather and enjoy the great outdoors!  Anna Maria Island does boast some fabulous restaurants that offer dining with waterfront views.  Open air dining with a waterfront view is pretty spectacular.

Lots of choices below and hopefully we have wet your appetite enough to go visit a few.  Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Question pages for more information on Anna Maria Island.

Sandbar – 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria
Sandbar offers direct Gulf front Dining.  Plenty of parking located in Anna Maria City.

The Waterfront – 111 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
The restaurant offers views of the public pier from outdoor covered dining.

Anna Maria Public Pier – 100 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
The public pier offers mostly dining inside but has phenomenal Bay views.  Sorry 2020 pier was rebuilt.  Awaiting restaurant choice of City.

Bridgetender – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
The restaurant has a small area where outside seating is offered.  The area has views across the street to the intercoastal.

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach
Open-air setting, across the street from the Gulf and is located on a main thoroughfare with lots of people watching options.

The Beachhouse – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
Direct Gulf front with tons of seating, some covered and the ability to host very large parties.

Coquina Café – 2650 Gulf Drive South, Coquina Beach
Direct Gulf front dining with a bar and very large dining area with lots of televisions to enjoy a sporting event or two.

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Shop in Paradise At Publix Super Market On Anna Maria Island

There are lots if great restaurants on Anna Maria Island but you can’t eat out every night of the week. Lucky for you Anna Maria Island has Publix Super Market.  It is an Anna Maria Island full service Super Market with a great deli, bakery, meat department, fresh produce, fresh fruit and fresh seafood.

Publix Super Market is located at 3900 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach just south of Manatee Avenue.

It is a great place to pick up supplies for a month or just one meal. You will find an excellent selection of meat, seafood, produce, and fresh fruit. If you are in the mood for a quick lunch or snack, stop  at the deli and grab a sandwich, they will make it to your liking.

Boars Head Anna Maria Island

I order mine with Boars Head Mesquite Turkey, salami, extra sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo, you should try one!  They have fountain drinks, and refrigerated beverages, as well.  You can even pick up one or two of your favorite bottles of wine, wine coolers, cider, lager and cold beer.

Publix deli also has great prepared foods like fried chicken, potato salad and ready-made sandwiches. (you  In the bakery you will find excellent cakes, doughnuts, bagels, fresh breads, and other tasty treats.

Contact Publix Bakery and Deli Anna Maria Island

You can call ahead to 941-778-5422 to both the bakery and deli and they will have your items ready for pick up.  They can customize your cakes for birthday parties and events.  Check out some of the amazing  selections from Publix Bakery.

There is always something on special at the seafood counter, and they will even steam your pick for you, free while you are shopping.  We like to enjoy those tasty Gulf shrimp, steamed with either Old Bay Seasoning or Cajun spices.

Right next to the Seafood counter, you will find the fresh Sushi.  Sushi is rolled fresh every morning, even on the weekends.  Grab your favorite spicy or savory combo, and some chopstix, and enjoy!

The Anna Maria Island Publix has all your Super Market needs.

You can grab anything from deodorant and cotton balls, to pet food and plastic baggies.  There are coolers, and coozies, lottery tickets, and lazy day reading.  The lobby boasts beach supplies like cover ups, hats, pool toys and beach floats.  Customer Service will even blow them up for you.  There’s a Redbox Movie Rental Box too.  Grab a flyer from the rack that will give you a list of all the Buy 1 Get 1 Free specials for that week, and head inside for all your supplies.

If you are looking for the perfect restaurant, shopping, fishing, entertainment check in with one of our Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Specialist.  Make sure that you get the most out of your Anna Maria Island Vacation. We have beach house rentals all over Anna Maria Island.  Call Island Real Estate today 877-778-6066 and book your island getaway!

Publix Super Market

3900 East Bay Drive

Holmes Beach, FL  34217

941-778-5422

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A Great Bakery at Anna Maria Island’s Only Grocery Store Publix

Anna Maria Island usually runs to mom and pop locations, but never fear, we do have one location you will need to stop by during your vacation… Publix Supermarket.  It is a large store that has everything on your grocery list including items for that new recipe you want to try and the best bakery goods this side of the Mississippi.

The Bakery at the Anna Maria Publix

Well that last statement is just my opinion, but wow everything is fantastic.  Whether you need a last minute birthday cake, a unique loaf of bread for dinner or donuts for your office meeting Publix is the perfect place.  Did I mention they also make elegant wedding cakes that are all works of art not to mention delicious.  Usually you go to weddings and they have these frilly cakes that don’t taste as good as they look.  My wedding cake was a Publix original with different shaped tiers and tea lights on the corners.

My husband and I chose a red velvet cake with their famous buttercream icing.  It also had vanilla custard and strawberry filling.  We got so many complements, and there wasn’t any cake left sitting on tables at the end of the reception.  They also have a deli counter that makes sandwiches to order and fresh sushi for the more adventurous.  You can stop there on the way to the beach and get everything you would need for a picnic or just snacks for the kids.

Publix Supermarket
3900 E Bay Dr
Holmes Beach, FL 34217-1983
Main: (941) 778-5422
Fax: (941) 779-2712

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Jessie’s Island Store in Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

Jessie’s Island Store is located on the West side of Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, FL and is otherwise known as the BP gas station.  Jessie’s is a convenience store that offers all the normal convenience store items.  Milk, chips, beverages including alcoholic, candy, maps, and other items that get you through one day or evening.

Jessie’s Island Store Specialties

Obviously the store allows to kill two birds with one stone because you can pick up gasoline for your vehicle also.  Jessie’s offers very reasonable make to order sandwiches, pre-made sandwiches, pasta salads, potato salads, chicken salad, and hot pressed Cubans.

The central location  on Anna Maria Island offers easy access to pick up a quick lunch on your way to the public beach, Holmes Beach skate park, or one of the piers in Anna Maria city.  A quick picnic with the family is just what the doctor ordered!

Jessie’s Island Store

5424 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-6903

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Pine Avenue General Store in Anna Maria City on Anna Maria Island

The Pine Avenue General store is a wonderful small convenience store located in Anna Maria City right on Pine Avenue.  The store does not have auto fuel but serves normal convenience store goods.  Magazines, soda’s, medicine, milk, basic products to get you through the day or the evening.  The Pine avenue store also will make sandwiches to order and they offer limited lunch meats.

Pine Avenue General Store Foods

They also have chicken salad, cold salads, and heated sandwiches.  The Cuban pressed sandwiches are fantastic. The General Store actually has a full menu online that you can check out to see what all the options are.

One favorite for my family is to stop by the Pine Avenue store on our way up to the Bay Front park or one of the Anna Maria City piers and pick up a quick lunch for $20 and sit and eat and take in the natural wonders of the Tampa Bay.

For teenage aged children I would suggest going to the Rod and Reel pier or the public pier and have lunch just sitting on the edge of the pier or on the benches provided on the Rod and Reel pier.  If you have pre-teenage children then a good bet is to visit the playground at the Bay Front Park just a quick two blocks North once you reach the end of Pine Avenue. Some of my fondest memories often revolve around the simplest of activities. A quick relaxing picnic lunch is just what you were looking for. Remember RELAX, your on vacation!

Pine Avenue General Store

503 Pine Avenue
Anna Maria City, FL, 34216
(941) 779-9200

Note, don’t be surprised when this picture does not match the sign.  Just had a Turkey and Swiss sandwich made and the make to order sandwich was fantastic!  As of August 2015.