Excellent Food and Great Service
Excellent Food and Great Service at reasonable prices. It's a Favorite!!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
. Why it took so long for us to enjoy this wonderful restaurant, I do not know! We made reservations and when we arrived were seated promptly. Our server was attentive and never in the way on a very busy night. The food spectacular from the bread and dipping sauce to the oyster appetizer followed by a well prepared seafood platter. We enjoyed a fine wine from a well thought out wine list. The dining room was packed but did not feel crowded. There is not one aspect of our dining expience I would change. And, we will return!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We go to this restaurant frequently..the food is good, although not always perfect, service is usually good and the view is great.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Server was very nice and the gift group photo was very nice. The chef need more training, didn't put a show for my guests and food was good as always.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful fathers day experience! Everyone loved their meals, especially the crab Caesar salad. This is a great place for a special occassion or a romantic night out. Overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have traveled the entire
I have traveled the entire U.S. and would have to rate the Waterfront as some of the best food I have ever encountered during my travels. I must commend the chef because the food is prepared to a tee!
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Anna Maria Gem
Hands down the best food and service on the island. Everything was prepared perfect and there is something for everyone on this menu.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, great location
Good food, great location and energetic spot. Our waiter was a little rushed and short, but got the job done.
If I were ever back on the island, I would go back again.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Last dinner of family vacation
We had gone to the Waterfront back before it had burned down and was rebuilt. It was quaint, really a small cottage that was fun to be eating in someone's living room. Today it still has that cottage feel with enough room, both inside and out, that you don't feel crammed in to the place. The food was excellent. Our son ordered the ribeye, which we questioned...after having had seafood almost exclusively the past 2 weeks; it was AWESOME! Shrimp & Grits were also very good, as well as the Grouper picatta. This was the very first restaurant we ever visited on Anna Maria Island some 14 years ago. We've had a special connection to the Waterfront ever since. Keep up the great work!.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I has the grouper Oscar which is in the menu, not a special. I eat grouper everywhere where available and this by far was the best I have had in years! Perfectly cooked and seasoned. The dish came with the grain of the day which was a black quinoa. This was also fantastic. Obviously a creative chef in the kitchen.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent restaurant experience
Great wines and tap beer choices. Everyone's appetizers, salads and dinners were great. Notables: fried green tomatoes, crab salad, and Grouper Oscar.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Key West style ambiance, just off the beach. Service was attentive, food excellent (I had the crab cakes, which were made with large chunks of crab meat with just a bit of binder and a slightly smokey flavor; excellent!), and their margaritas are smooth as silk..
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent all around
Food was delicious, service was exceptional, environment was relaxing and romantic. We will return again and again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Time, But Not The Last
Have never been here before, but thoroughly enjoyed it. It was casual on the beach with a little upscale dining. We sat outside, which is the whole experience.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truffled Gouda macaroni and cheese
The truffled Gouda macaroni and cheese was to die for! Great salad selection & if you eat fish you're definitely in luck. I never thought I'd find food of this caliber in Bradenton/Sarasota, Fl.... Ever
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Innovative & casual
Fun place. Sat with friends for 2 1/2 hours. Food creative and delicious. Good beer and wine list. Server attentive and helpful with real suggestions.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Waterfront - AMI's gem!
While on vacation, we love to find restaurants unique to the area. After a few looks through TripAdvisor reviews, we came upon The Waterfront on Anna Maria Island. Small and quaint, with a view of the bay and Sunshine Skyway Bridge, this restaurant packs a big punch! Fresh seafood, wonderful selections, beautiful presentation, homemade desserts and attentive staff/managers made dining here such a pleasure that we visited 2 days later - this time for lunch. Reservations are for inside only; the deck/patio are first-come, first-served. We were able to sit outside both times without more than a 10 min. wait. If you are visiting AMI, this place is a must-stop for lunch or dinner - or both!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was absolutely delicious
The food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was perfect!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My only criticism would be
My only criticism would be that the service was a little inattentive, but as it was busy, we forgave that.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorites! Came
One of our favorites! Came years ago for the outstanding selection of beers and found the food to be awesome also. Been coming ever since. The high tops by the fish tank is our spot, unless dining with friends.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food - okay service
This restaurant was recommended by a reliable source - they did not steer us wrong. Made reservations - highly recommended; greeted by a very friendly hostess who checked us in, as we were twenty minutes early for our reservation. The food was very good, from the fresh green salads, shrimp and grits (very filling) to the scallops saltimbocca - Curious Traveler Shandy also excellent. Our server was not as attentive as we would have liked - she failed to refill our bread basket or asked or offered to get us another beer, although we noticed other bread baskets being replenished. She was not horrible or rude, just not at the level we would have expected for a restaurant of this caliber.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Completely enjoyed our dining experience. Server Kelly was excellent, as was the food. Will return for our next special occasion.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great wait staff and menu
Great wait staff and menu selection. Try the black grouper entrée.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food & service
Our servers (ate here twice in a 3-day stay) were both helpful & personable.
The shrimp & grits was recommended, & everyone at the table agreed it was wonderful.
It's a very comfortable place.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Indoor & Outdoor Dining
We have been to the Waterfront Restaurant every time we have been to Anna Maria Island. We always have had great food and great service when we go there.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visited The Waterfront whilst on holiday at Anna Marie Island and have to say the food was fantastic, the best meal we had eaten during the whole of our stay. We was a party of eight and only booked a few hours before and there was no problems at all with fitting us in. We had four children with us and they was brilliantly accommodated with things to do which even the adults enjoyed playing with!! Would go back within a heartbeat just hope that we get the opportunity to visit the beautiful island again.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a highlight of any
Always a highlight of any trip to Anna Maria. This trip our table of four ordered four different entrees and each was excellent. We all agreed the shrimp and grits were in the top three best we've ever had, and we've tried them all over the country. The last time we visited, the shrimp and grits were a special of the daily so we were glad to see they made it on the regular menu, by popular demand no doubt. The grilled romaine salad also was stellar. With an extensive beer and wine menu featuring Dead Guy on draft and excellent service and food, (we haven't found anything on the menu we wouldn't order again) The Waterfront is worth a drive from Tampa anytime!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went here for my birthday
Went here for my birthday and was very impressed with the food, service and atmosphere!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the price!!
We usually splurge on one meal while on vacation. This was our splurge and it was totally worth it!! The food was absolutely delicious and elegantly presented. The restaurant was beautiful and romantic. We made reservations for indoor because we were afraid it was going to rain but still had a lovely view of the gulf. Our server was attentive and kind. Will eat here again for sure!! There was a lot of oohing and Mmmm heard from our table!!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy in Anna Maria
My Mom had the lamb shank which was very tasty and generous. The lamb came with pasta and we substituted mashed Brussels sprouts, they were very accommodating. I had an arugula salad with haas avocado and balsamic vinegrette ,very fresh and generous.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our 6th trip in the past year to The Waterfront - 3 of those trips, including this one, were out-of-the-way excursions while headed to different destinations on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Whether you are staying on Anna Maria Island... Or vacationing on Longboat Key... Or even passing through Bradenton ... You need to make a stop here. Food is always great, prices are reasonable, and view is spectacular. We bring 3 kids and the kids meals are outstanding... And the reataurant is definitely kid-friendly.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant could have
The restaurant could have a great view if vehicles did not park on the street in front of the bay. However, I do not know where else they would park. Dinner was great as far as food and this restaurant is definately a special occasion place.
Our reservations were for 6:45 pm on Sunday, Sept. 1st. We were given another table in the same location. What was puzzling was the hostess was not aware our table would not be available until we arrived. Then there was the scramble.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Waterfront in AMI - A Gem
Beautiful presentation of delicious food. Numerous selections of appetizers and entrees.
Service attentive. Dining room a bit noisy, but it was the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
Overall, it was an excellent dining experience.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a very good meal here.
Had a very good meal here. Fresh and cooked perfectly. Excellent dining experience.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined on Saturday night which was busy and our service wasn't as attentive as the previous time we dined. That said we had a lovely meal and enjoyed it. Oddly the bread and dipping oil arrived between appetizer and main course and we couldn't track our server down when our side dish didn't arrive. We would return tho as the food is lovely!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good place to go
This was my first visit to this restaurant and the view of the water was fabulous. The service was excellent and taste of food was very good. The reason I lowered my rating of the food was that all of the main entrees came out luke warm. Believe some of the meals were completed before the rest of the table and wherever they kept it waiting was not keeping anything warm until served.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my new favorite restaurant. Perfect Mojito! The crabcakes were 90% lumps of pure crabmeat. The pumpkin cheesecake was to die for. The Cesar salad was perfection. Sitting outside across from the pier overlooking the bay. It was perfect! Tops my list.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A pleasant surprise
We were visiting friends in Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, and having trouble finding a restaurant where we could get reservations on a Saturday night. I used Open Table and discovered the Waterfront. While the picture on Trip Advisor was not flattering, we decided to try it. They took us early, we had wonderful food, and excellent service. The bar scene was hopping, but not distracting to our location. Many others were enjoying outside seating. The chef modified a recipe for my lactose intolerance and it was delicious! I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent and a terrific break from the chain restaurant sameness. This is definitely worth a visit!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would definitely recommend
Lovely restaurant beautifully decorated. Food was delicious. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wines. Our only criticism was inside was very loud. There was a baseball playoffs game on and the bar was very loud. We also had a very loud diner next to us which took away from the romantic atmosphere of the restaurant. Overall would definitely recommend though.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten at most places on the island and surprised ourselves with this restaurant. Not much to look at .cute,beachy look. Food was terrific the waiter was wonderful.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Waterfront Restaurant is a lovely spot in beautiful Anna Maria Island. The menu is quite extensive and the service is excellent. The chicken special I ordered was flavorful ,but was rather cold,served with a heavy mashed potato thought the side could have been lighter. The soups are excellent as well as the special salads. Had the beet salad it was great. Again, the service was great and with the reservation, we were seated immediately. Fish option looked much better.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than beach bistro
By far the best restaurant on the island. Hands down. If you want great food, atmosphere and a good wine list, don't miss Waterside,
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and nice presentation, but I found my shrimp and grits dish had a very heavy, oily base - it was a bit too much. I could only eat half of the dish, and was eating around the sauce. The rest I warmed up the next day and ditched the sauce. My husband loved the seafood pasta plate. The bread and dipping oil was incredibly good! I would probably return. With the view, I'd make sure to take the wait and sit outside next time :)
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waitress was kind and
Our waitress was kind and informative. The food choice I made was outstanding. The dessert was fantastic. Overall, the best dining experience of the week of vacation, and we went to several other establishments.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Since I live here year round, I am always happy to bring guest that visit to your establishment, even more so, since you've now started serving cocktails with liquor.
A gem for us - a great experience for guests
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Grouper Tacos Ever
I was dining alone and was treated with warm hospitality and excellent service and received a requested outside table. The menu is complex and beautifully prepared and presented. I chose a simple fish (grouper) taco entre, which proved to be the best one I've had -- moist and portioned generously. Topped off with a delicious grilled banana nut cake dessert, it was a lovely meal in a pretty setting.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had gone to celebrate my wife's promotion. As we were shown to our table, the young lady congratulated my wife on her promotion. My wife did not realize I had put that we were celebrating that evening in the Open Table reservation. The food was excellent! The waitress came back several times to make sure our waters were full and that everything was ok. As we were leaving, the hostess congratulated my wife and thanked her for coming to her restaurant. The employees made the night a little more special with all the attention. We will be returning.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
FAB FAB FAB
We were celebrating our friend's birthday, and we were warmly greeted. The waitress Bree was exceptionally friendly and very knowledgeable about the wines, beers, and food available. Our 3 starters (baked brie, calamari and fried green tomatoes) were fantastic, and so were all our main courses. Bree brought our friend a complimentary key lime pie with a candle in, and we all had a taste, delicious...... All in all a fantastic evening, would definitely recommend, and would definitely go again.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great meal and went back for lunch
Good food for our evening meal and we went back for lunch a couple of days later and had another great meal. Well worth a visit by locals and tourists like ourselves.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM