Holmes Beach is home to many of Anna Maria Island’s great restaurants, including Hurricane Hanks, serving some of the best seafood and Caesar salad in the area. Right across the street from Hurricane Hanks is the Lobster Restaurant, offering over 50 different kinds of martini’s – do you prefer shaken or stirred? – and one of the area’s most unique settings with multiple environments. Fins Bar in the Courtyard offers alfresco dining, while the main restaurant will seduce you with unique wood architecture and accents, as well as polished travertine stone floors.
A short walk from the Martini Bistro, you’ll happen upon the newly opened Eat Here Restaurant, owned by the legendary Sean Murphy, recipient of the highest Zagat ratings for food and service in the state of Florida and currently the eight-time recipient of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award. Murphy is also the twelve-time recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Without a doubt, the biggest food rivalry on Anna Maria Island is the ongoing burger rivalry between Skinny’s Place, located directly across from the Manatee Public Beach, and Duffy’s, located just a little further north. The truth is they are both wickedly good burgers – thick, juicy and unforgettable. (Do yourself a favor: try both!)
The most acclaimed restaurant on Anna Maria Island is, of course, Beach Bistro. For more than 26 years, Beach Bistro has been Anna Maria Island’s most romantic fine-dining destination. Located waterfront on the Gulf of Mexico, the restaurant’s scenic backdrop and spectacular sunsets make it the perfect place to celebrate special occasions or simply relax after a long day.