When visiting Anna Maria Island, it’s sometimes easy to get lured in by the restaurant reviews for some of the more popular options. The locals here will tell you that these tourist hotspots are not necessarily the best restaurants to eat at, especially if you’re looking to save a little money without sacrificing on quality.
Eat Like a Local on Anna Maria Island
Below are 5 top Anna Maria Island restaurants that are off the beaten path but offer some incredible opportunities to try out cuisine that the locals truly love.
1) Minnie’s Beach Café
Minnie’s Beach Café is a local restaurant that sits in an unassuming small strip mall and is a popular breakfast spot among locals for plenty of good reasons including their excellent service and very reasonable prices. Here you’ll find all of your favorite breakfast diner-style entrees, pancakes, omelets, waffles, fresh fruit, eggs benedict, fresh endless coffee, and generous portions. This restaurant is small and occasionally you’ll deal with wait times as a result, but it’s well worth it.
You’ll find Minnie’s Beach Café at 5360 Gulf Dr. in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island.
2) Sharky’s Seagrill
Sharky’s Seagrill is a favorite local restaurant for more of an upscale seafood dining experience without the exorbitant prices that you might find elsewhere. Choose from an enticing selection of traditional American seafood and meat dishes as well as gluten free menu options in a classy setting. This restaurant has been on the island since 1998 and has become a fixture as a result of its truly impressive seafood.
Sharky’s Seagrill is located at 2519 Gulf Dr. in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island.
3) Rudy’s Subs & More
Rudy’s Subs has been around Anna Maria Island for a number of years and has remained a favorite among locals for their low prices and wide range of fresh and delicious sandwiches and subs. You’ll find large portions here and great service. The restaurant is conveniently located on the trolley route right on Gulf Drive so that you can stop by for a quick meal after the beach.
Find Rudy’s Subs & More at 9906 Gulf Drive in the City of Anna Maria.
4) The French Table
The French Table is a newer French restaurant that was opened recently by a couple who moved to Anna Maria Island from France. This is the place to go for truly authentic French cuisine in a small, cozy family oriented setting. It has quickly become known among locals for its incredible French dishes that creatively incorporate local seafood with a strong emphasis on quality and attentive service.
The French Table is located at 103 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island.
Although this restaurant remains a bit of a hidden gem, it has become increasingly popular as positive word of mouth tends to find its way to tourists. The Rod and Reel Pier is located on the far northeast end of Anna Maria Island, and while dining here you will get an incredible view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Egmont Key and the local wildlife. You’ll get to enjoy some absolutely delicious fresh local seafood fare at surprisingly low prices here while getting a waterfront dining experience that would otherwise cost a lot more.
The Rod and Reel Pier is located at 875 North Shore Drive on the northern tip of Anna Maria Island.