Pier Restaurants

Anna Maria City Pier Grill

Directly across from the Waterfront Restaurant is the Anna Maria City Pier Grill, located at the end of a pier and home to some of the best lobster bisque this side of New Orleans. While soup might not be top of your list when at the beach, we highly recommend you give this one a try.

While at the pier, the kids can cast a line while Mom and Dad enjoy a cold brew, and a spectacular view of the nearby Sunshine Skyway bridge, which spans Tampa Bay and connects St. Petersburg with Terra Ceia. At 29,040 ft., it’s the world’s longest bridge with a cable-stayed main span, and is truly a sight to see. Dolphins can also be spotted frolicking around the pylons, which is fun to watch and well worth the stop.

Rod & Reel Pier Restaurant

Just north of the City Pier Restaurant, you’ll find what locals call the best restaurant on Anna Maria Island: Situated at the end of a 100-foot pier and jetting out into the water is the Rod & Reel Restaurant.

While walking across the pier, you’ll encounter locals and tourists alike, young and old casting their lines into the water and more than happy to strike up a conversation. The restaurant has a cozy bar downstairs, and both indoor and outdoor tables to give you the feeling of sitting in the middle of Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, enjoying some of the best food on Anna Maria Island.

What is so appealing about dining on Anna Maria Island is that a car is not necessary. If it’s too far to walk, you can take the free trolley to any restaurant on Anna Maria Island. Best of all, the trolley stops right in front of our condo.

Notable Mention

A few other popular restaurants in the City of Anna Maria are:

  • Ginny and Jane E’s Cafe
  • Slim’s Place
  • The Donut Experiment