If you are coming to vacation on Anna Maria Island you are probably not staying long enough to enjoy all the different and unique restaurants that the island has to offer. Duncan Real Estate has put together some great local options. You can choose from simple pizza places to upscale French dining.
4528 119th Street West
Located at the heart of Cortez commercial fish village, this old fashioned rustic wood dockside Floribbean seafood restaurant is a favorite outdoor covered deck dining spot. Enjoy stone crab claws, stuffed blue crab, shrimp baskets, grouper dinners, salmon, scallop dinners, steamer pot of crab and clams etc., fresh made sushi, seared tuna, fish sandwiches, chicken wings, hush puppies, fried mushrooms and mozzarella sticks, fries, slaw, salads, key lime pie, all the Floridian favorites, or just stop in for a crusty ‘salt life’ Floridian bar scene. Boat dockage available. Outside seating only, live entertainment on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. Lunch & Dinner.
4110 127th St W
Located on N. Longboat Key Village, this historical family owned restaurant was established in 1967 by the Moore and the Hicks family. Drive to enjoy your special view of the intracoastal waterway and distant view of Sarasota as the boats cruise by or dock to dine. Get your bib on and divulge in a large plate of fabulous local stone crab when in season. Each day, from October 15 to May 15, their privately owned boats work the traps to bring in fresh crabs for the restaurant. The claws are carefully removed and the live crabs returned to the waters to regenerate new ones. A good day’s catch will run between 2,000 and 4,000 pounds of claws. The restaurant also has a variety menu of seafood, steak, chicken, pastas, & chowders. Wine/beer/full bar for your pleasure. Lunch and Dinner only. If you are lucky, perhaps a view the local island peacocks in the North area of Longboat Key Village.
12306 46th Avenue West
Cortez, Fl. 34215
Located in the heart of rustic Cortez Village, the Star Fish Company is found amongst one of the few remaining working waterfronts left in Florida. A ‘salt life’ view from Star’s dock is simply charming with a flavor of old Florida. It includes mangrove islands, Jewfish Key, Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach. Add to that the local commercial fishing fleet and you’ve got one of the most scenic places found on Florida’s Gulf coast. Star Fish Company strives to serve simple Florida seafood prepared in the simplest of ways. There is a seafood market along with the Star Fish dockside restaurant. All fish entrees or sandwiches are simply prepared as fried, grilled, blackened or sauteed. Sides are kept simple too, cole slaw, cheese grits and french fries. Of course, don’t forget the mouth-watering hush puppies! Boat docking available. Choice of wine or beer.
4628 119th St. W.
The fishing village of Cortez is a little jewel, a throwback to another time when life was less complicated, and when Florida could be translated into sun, fun, seafood and friends. If you haven’t experienced the Swordfish Grill, you’re missing out on a mellow, laid-back and delicious time of dining on the waterfront and letting time pass slowly, in a relaxing, picturesque and enjoyable way. Dockside dining on deck with view of historic Cortez Bay for the ‘salt life’ feel you may be looking for. Menu of fresh local Floridian dishes like Firecracker Shrimp, Grouper Gratinee, Shrimp Nachos, or Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Gulf Ceviche, Bahamian conch Fritters, and Ahi Tuna, Oysters, Swordfish Char-grilled Oysters, Oysters Rockefeller, Jalapeno Bacon Oysters, Garlic Parmesan Oysters, Steamed Clams, Clams Casino, or Peel-and-eat Shrimp, and many delicious salads. Enjoy at raw bar, or enjoy outside deck dining with view of historical Cortez amongst the mangroves and fish shacks. Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating with live entertainment. Boat Dockage available. Wine/beer/full bar with your favorite specialty drinks.
12507 Cortez Road West
Located next to Cortez Bridge on Cortez side, this is a quaint little place with a great outdoor bar and seating. Take on the views of the bay and the boats passing while sipping your favorite drink. The restaurant itself is painted in pastel yellow and pale aquamarine and its inside is lined with funky accents like wooden fish and miniature anchors. A topless mermaid hangs from the ceiling. A typical happy ‘salt-life’ environment! Watch the guys on the marina docks filet a large grouper fresh for the Tide Table customers to enjoy, while the pelicans scoop up the trimmings.
Boat docking is available at Mile Marker 48. Great food with emphasis on local fresh caught seafood, shellfish, blackened mahi tacos, shrimp po-boy, sandwiches, chowder, ciders, beer, and wine.
LIVE MUSIC & NITE ENTERTAINMENT
4628 119th St W.
Dockside dining with a view of boats, birds, and the bayou of historic Cortez Bay. The menu is all fresh local Floridian seafood, wings, raw bar, burgers, and salads. Indoor/outdoor seating, live entertainment. Wine, beer, and specialty drinks.
BAKERY & ICE CREAM
TYLER’S ICE CREAM (Cortez)
11904 Cortez Road West
Located in Historical Cortez Village, Tyler’s homemade Ice Cream has been a local favorite for the last 25 years. Stop in and try some old fashion gourmet ice cream to satisfy those indulgent taste buds. You won’t be disappointed! Homemade ice cream since 1984 with over 300 creative flavors to select from! Ice cream parties – will travel. Gourmet ice cream delivered to your home.