Starfish Company Restaurant – Cortez Village, FL Reviews
The Starfish Company is an institution for Anna Maria Island, Cortez and West Bradenton. Just a 5 minute drive from Anna Maria Island it is 100% outdoor seating. Most of which is under cover while some seats are out in the sun. Starfish Company is just off Cortez road or route 684 past the drawbridge heading East off Anna Maria Island. The restaurant officially resides in Cortez village and becomes one of the key hubs for the annual Commerical Cortez fishing festival which is held in February each year.
There are actually two modes of transportation that will get you to the Starfish Company Restaurant. The most obvious is by automobile. Directions can be tricky to get there but some rudimentary directions are to head East off Anna Maria island on Cortez, route 684 just past the drawbridge taking a right on 123rd Street West. Go West two blocks and you will dead end into the Starfish Company. BE CAREFUL, many website maps have Starfish Company in the wrong location. We have confirmed the map link for this post is accurate. The obvious front door is actually the raw fish market. The restaurant is to the right when facing the front of the building. You will see a few signs that lead you down a path to the back of the property. There you will find picnic tables, a few docks, and a bar area. It is in the bar area you walk up to the order window and make your order. Consider yourself lucky if the line is less than a few patrons. Normally the Starfish Company is packed with visitors and if hitting the restaurant between Christmas and early August for traditional lunch or dinner times you could wait longer than one hour to order your food. The tables are first come first serve and the restaurant only takes US cash. Free parking in the front entrance of the fresh fish market along to the sides and across the way from the restaurant. It can be a challenge to find a spot and any spot you see without a sign informing you of “no parking”, park!
If you have a boat then cruise on over to Starfish Company and tie up on their dock. It is first come, first serve docking and there is no cost to dock. Go East along the shoreline South of the Cortez Bridge. Pass by the U.S. Coast Guard Station and A.P. Bell Fish Company before coming to Starfish Company back dock.
The Starfish Company restaurant has wonderful waterfront views from the dining area where you are just a few feet from water and there is a dock you can eat on that sits out in the water. If you have a toddler or for that matter an adult that is bound to wander a bit too much then you probably want to grab a seat up by the bar area. The views that can be taken in while dining at the Starfish Company restaurant include mangrove islands, Jewfish Key, Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach. The restaurant is more of a take out dining style where you order at a window, sit down and an employee comes out with your meal boxed up yelling for your name. Don’t just go sit down as you will be waiting a while since there are no servers that come request your order. You eat the meal right out of the box. Starfish Company has a bar where you can grab any of your favorite simple beverages like soda, beer or wine.
Insider secret – During high season the lines can be more than 1 hour long. If you are ok with eating late hit the restaurant right as they close at 8 PM. Right around 8:05 PM. As long as there is a line waiting to order food they will take your order. Oh yah, if there is no breeze bring along some bug spray. Once the sun settles at the right time of year no see-ums can be pretty bothersome.What is good at Starfish Company? Of course any seafood but an old favorite for me are hush puppies. Yes, you heard it right they have hush puppies as one of their sides. About 3/4 of their menu is fried, clam strips, fish, you name it however you can get scallops, shrimp, fish, etc not fried. For children they do have hamburgers, hot dogs and yes, french fries.If you are looking for fresh fish their seafood market is a great choice for fresh Florida local seafood.
For another great seafood restaurant try the Cortez Kitchen. It is a short 5 minute drive from Anna Maria Island and just down the street from the Starfish Company restaurant. Visit here for more information on Anna Maria Island Restaurants.Starfish Company Restaurant - Cortez Village, FL,