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The Best Places to Eat on Anna Maria Island & Nearby

Your Foodie Guide

In between laid-back living on the water, Anna Maria Island and nearby areas offer plenty of opportunities to indulge your taste buds. Whether you're craving a hearty breakfast to start your day, the freshest seafood catch or simply looking for a cozy spot to unwind with a cocktail, this foodie guide has you covered. Join us as we embark on a delectable journey through the best dining spots on Anna Maria Island and nearby areas.

Breakfast on Anna Maria Island

When you’re on vacation, it’s important to start your morning the right way — with a healthy breakfast to keep you fueled up for hours of fun. Discover our top picks for breakfast on Anna Maria Island.  

Complimentary Breakfast Buffet for Hotel Guests

Guests at Compass Hotel Anna Maria Sound enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet. Sunrise at Compass features all of your breakfast cravings, like oatmeal, fresh fruit, pastries and more. 

Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe

Begin your day with tasty bites and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe. Try the all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs benedict or biscuits and gravy, all within earshot of the soothing sounds of waves crashing on the beach. 

Breakfast is served Monday through Friday, from 8AM to 11AM, and Saturday and Sunday, from 8AM to noon. 

Rod & Reel Pier

For a truly authentic island experience, visit Rod & Reel Pier. Enjoy your breakfast with a side of water views and savor mouthwatering dishes like crab cake benedict or shrimp and grits.

Breakfast is served from 8AM to 11AM. 

Northshore Cafe

For quick bites and to get your caffeine fix, head to Northshore Cafe, where a cozy atmosphere, a full coffee menu and several breakfast favorites await. Pair your latte with avocado toast or a pastry. 

Northshore Cafe also offers sandwiches for lunch and smoothies. The cafe is open weekdays, except Tuesday, from 8AM to 2PM, and on weekends from 8AM to 3PM. 

Seafood on Anna Maria Island

If you’re a fan of fresh-caught seafood, you’ve come to the right place. Anna Maria Island is home to no shortage of restaurants serving up authentic coastal flavors in true island-inspired settings.

Floridays Woodfire Grill & Bar

Experience the best of bayside dining at Floridays Woodfire Grill & Bar, located here, at Compass Hotel Anna Maria Sound. Feast on expertly grilled seafood dishes infused with bold flavors and accompanied by creative cocktails, all served in a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere right on the water.

Sandbar Restaurant

Enjoy toes-in-the-sand dining at Sandbar Restaurant, right on the beach. Sample ceviche or oysters from the raw bar or try stuffed shrimp or grouper collars. Be sure to participate in the daily Sunset Celebration, where the person who guesses the exact time the sun will set wins a bottle of bubbles! 

Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier

For seafood lovers, Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier is a must-visit restaurant. Delight in a full spread of freshly shucked oysters, succulent crab legs and perfectly grilled fish while enjoying panoramic views of the water.

The Waterfront Restaurant

Indulge in something a little more upscale at The Waterfront Restaurant, where fresh seafood takes center stage. From innovative seasonal creations to classic coastal favorites, every dish is crafted with precision and served in a setting reminiscent of Old Florida.

Bars on Anna Maria Island

Island living is all about sunsets over the water, relaxed days on the sand and good drinks with good company. Nothing pairs with paradise quite like a frosty lager or a craft cocktail — especially at these top bars on Anna Maria Island. 

Compass Bar & Chill

Unwind in style at Compass Bar & Chill, where handcrafted cocktails and stunning sunset views create the perfect opportunity to have one of those “Is this really my life?” moments. Sip on signature drinks while mingling with locals and fellow travelers alike, and don’t forget to try signature bites & shareables. 

The Doctor’s Office

Step into The Doctor’s Office for a unique bar experience featuring three different settings to drink and dine. Sit at The Bar, head outside to The Doctor’s Garden or unwind in The Dining Room. This quirky establishment offers a diverse selection of craft beers, inventive cocktails and a buzzing atmosphere that's perfect for unwinding after a day of island exploration.

The Ugly Grouper

An island favorite, The Ugly Grouper offers daily live music, a lengthy drink menu and mouthwatering bites in a 100% outdoor setting. Be sure to try the Coastal Colada or the Mermaid Mojito alongside the House Grouper Cakes. 

From sunrise to sunset, Anna Maria Island and its surrounding areas offer a culinary adventure that's sure to satisfy any craving. Whether you're indulging in a leisurely breakfast by the beach, savoring the day’s catch or toasting to another beautiful day in paradise at a local bar, the flavors of Anna Maria Island are sure to leave a lasting impression.


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