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The Waterfront Restaurant
The Waterfront Restaurant

The Waterfront Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thewaterfrontrestaurant.net
  • Phone: (941) 778-1515
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: William Shafer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Ryan Reilly (941) 778-1515

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spring Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Waterfront Restaurant
At the Waterfront Restaurant, our regular menu is based on the finest products we can find and updated seasonally. They are prepared in classic form, with emphasis on fresh, natural flavors. Most customers will recognize favorites - picatta, au Poivre, pesto, mojo, and others.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Consistently good food, particularly the fish at reasonable prices in a busy, jolly restaurant overlooking the sea."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had a great meal here. We selected two of the daily specials - tile and monk fish - both excellent. One of us had the chicken and waffles - also very good, but should have asked for the chow chow on the side. They have a wonderful wine, beer and drink list. I tried the Paloma - it hit the spot."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service and fantastic setting."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Res. for 9 at 6:45 but seated at 7:15! Wrong rum and complained - told didn't have CaptainMorgan but did not tell us."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The Lobster Bisque is the best. The dinners were a nice size, not too big, not too small. Cooked perfectly. Food came out hot. The staff were very friendly. Would go back again and again."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Going there for 15 years and you can always count on excellent food and good service."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We dined for our parents 50th wedding anniversary. The food was great. Our waiter took great care of us. We were given a table in its own private area. The experience could not have been better!!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The food was good but beer was warm tables were not cleared after starter when main came and got the wrong bill may be they need more training. Thanks Jeanette Stewart"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The grouper melted in my mouth! Serving sizes were just right! Can't wait to come back again next year!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Our waitress was very attentive and helpful. My arugula salad was delicious and my husband enjoyed his crab salad. I also had the grouper tacos. they were note that tasty and a little greasy. The bread and dipping sauce were delicious."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We have returned to this restaurant that we found accidently many times now and each time the food has been excellent. Menu sides change seasonally which is a plus. Last year we drove down for lunch only to discover that it was closed for renovations! The owner came out and as thank you for traveling the distance that we do ( 45miles) he surprised us with a bottle of wine! We have only one regret ...wish you were closer!!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We ate at Waterfront for the first time. The service was superb and the food excellent in a great atmosphere. We definitely will go back."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We enjoyed our anniversary dinner at the waterfront completely. The service was excellent. Our waiter was friendly, cordial and attentive. The restaurant was beautiful inside. Best of all the food was fantastic! I had the shrimp and chorizo over grits and it was delicious. My wife had one of the daily specials sherried schnitzel with portobellas and the house grain. She said it was the best meal she ever tasted. We would absolutely visit this restaurant again."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Travelling from the UK. We have vacationed on Anna Maria 4 times now. And each time, we treat ourselves to a meal at The Waterfront. And for the forth time, we have had a great evning and meal. To start, we shared the Brie. Heaven on a plate. My hubby and I then had the Fillet Madagascar. The most tender, flavourful fillet steak I've ever had. Too full for a dessert, we finished off with a cappuccino. Our server, Amanda, was attentive and knowledgable. All in all, we had a lovely meal and will certainly return again one day. We only wish that the UK wasn't such a long way to travel from. See you again soon. Hopefully!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "After spending a week on AMI, The Waterfront Restaurant was absolutely our favorite restaurant. Ended up returning twice rather than try other new restaurants. The food was incredible, the service wonderful and the wood beams and architecture created a warm, inviting and beautiful environment. Did not eat outside but would have loved to return to lunch on the porch overlooking the water. The last time we ended up eating at the bar and the bartenders were very friendly and made it a fun and relaxing dinnertime. The Lobster Bisque and the Wasabi Tuna were incredible."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We went to the Waterfront because of an add we saw about the Jalapeño Margarita. So we went for happy hour and made a reservation on line for dinner (very easy). It was a rainy day so the place was empty at happy hour. The bar tender was friendly and the jalapeño margarita was phenomenal! We still had time before our reservation so asked if we could push it up. They seated us immediately where we could have a view. The food was amazing and unique. I don't know what others ate who stated the food was mediocre or average, but we had beef nachos and shrimp and grits which didn't look or taste mediocre or average. The chef put his own twist on everything we had. It was a very classy yet comfortable experience."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was fresh and delicious. We had the Grouper Oscar. It was cooked to perfection. I would highly recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I had been to Waterfront before and enjoyed both the food and the service. Last weekend we made a reservation for a birthday dinner for my husband and I. We were greeted quickly and sat within 5 minutes of arrival. Our server was a little slow on taking out drink order, but she was helping other tables. Out appetizer came quickly and was good. Our dinner arrived just as we finished our appetizer and was delivered by another server or perhaps a bussed-which was fine. I would rather have my meal served while it is hot. Our server checked back as just as the meals were dropped off, at which point we never saw her again. We both were out of wine and empty water glasses. Although we wanted dessert, we got our check from the hostess."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We often come to the Waterfront but this time we had a special experience. A party of 8 in front of us had problems with their reservation and the staff handled it with ease and seated the group in the very full restaurant. We were seated and Kelly, our server, greeted us and was efficient, helpful, funny, and attentive. We love this place and the specials didn't disappoint. Goulash and grouper were two of our selections and they were delicious."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The Waterfront was the perfect place to celebrate my birthday and anniversary!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant on our last night of vacation to this wonderful island. We absolutely loved the atmosphere and the food was amazing, with choices for everyone. We were seated in an area that had a table just for our party, across from a beautiful fish tank. It was nice and quaint for our get together, so we could talk and be heard by each other, yet still see what was going on in the restaurant around us. Our waiter was very attentive and gave suggestions. The braised beets and bow ties was a very unique dish that is a must try. The younger adults in our party had either scallops or chicken Parmesan, which were both raved about."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Good time. Great location and view, ocean breeze. Cobia was over done. A couple of the steamed muscles were ‘off’. I’d recommend they add a buttery cab to their wine list, something like a Roth. I’d go there again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very good food and excellent service. Our server was very friendly, efficient and extremely helpful with the menu"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant with wonderful ambiance and fantastic food. Great place for foodies!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a great meal!! The food was fantastic except for the steak tips kid meal which was overdone. We had requested it medium and wondered if the server got it mixed up with well done. The fried green tomatoes are out of this world! Our server was not the most attentive and we spent quite a bit of time waiting for our drinks and then waiting to order. However, we think it was just our particular server as the other servers were quite good. It also looked like our server had outside tables which makes it harder on her. I think my son finally got the right drink right before our meals came to the table."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "For our 35th Anniversary, we sat outside. It was very nice, great views. Food and atmosphere were excellent. The fans and blowers made a comfortable breeze. We enjoyed it very much. Everything was perfect."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The scenic location and combination indoor/outdoor dining is an added benefit to the excellent menu, drink selection, service, atmosphere, etc. This is our favorite place on Anna Maria Island. Nothing on the menu will disappoint, from appetizers to dessert. Large seafood and salad selection, and the appetizers are outstanding. Wine and beer selection is large and varied. Prices are all very reasonable. Unless you are looking for burgers or plain pasta, (other than homemade mac & cheese) you will not be disappointed. Book online and avoid the dinner-time lines."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We love this place! Everything is good. Lobster bisque great, bread and dip awesome! Crab cakes excellent !"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Located in an old restored bungalow right on the beach across the street from the pier -- friendly welcome, seated at a great table indoors with view of the water. The menu has many references to substitute for GF needs which is SO appreciated. We had appetizer -- fried green tomatoes --KILLER GOOD -- and salads were above average. Entrees were not the usual seafood prep fare -- I had Maine scallops with a blend of sautéed mushrooms and herbs, fresh vegetable, and basmati rice paired with quinoia. The flavors were nuanced and delicious. We had thought we wanted to order dessert -- they sounded good -- but were too full."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Nice and casual yet really good. The service was very good and the food excellent. I went for lunch and it has a great ocaean view"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Maybe they where just over booked! Claimed that they lost power however it sound like they where pretty busy. We live close by and our power was on!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We were looking for a romantic dinner to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary, and The Waterfront appeared to be just right. And, on first appearance it was...a beautiful view of Tampa Bay, plenty of near-by parking...a great looking menu. We were seated at precisely the time of our reservation at a table adjacent to the bar. The noise level seemed a bit high, but nothing outrageous. Service was great, making allowances for a full house and the fact that our server had a 15 top just prior to us. As I sank my teeth into my delicious ribeye, the screams began! US vs. Portugal. My back was to the bar and TV, so every goal I'd jump as the bar erupted with shouts, screams, and chants of U-S-A! So all I can say is the evening wasn't great."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We are visiting Anna Maria Island again for the week. Definitely the best meal we had all week!! The food was fantastic from presentation to palate. Restaurant was stunning and service excellent! Could eat dinner there every night. Seafood was fresh and the salads were perfection!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We went to dinner at the Waterfront this past Saturday. I had the Grouper Oscar and it was delicious as was the Caprese salad. The rest of my party also thought their meal was very good. I did not care for their specialty drink "Bay Cooler" and neither did my partner like her "American Mule". Prices were reasonable but would prefer it for lunch/brunch."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The Waterfront restaurant is consistently good. I live on the island and I have been going there for years. Dinner at the bar is just as enjoyable as a table outside looking out to the bay. When my son and his wife had some events to celebrate we knew exactly where we wanted to go. They live in Brandon but they love to come to the island and enjoy a special evening at the Waterfront."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Fresh Cobia with great preparation. Great dinner, great service and great wine. We will be back"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I would eat here every day of my trip if it wouldn't make me look a little strange. I consider myself a foodie, and this is the best stuff on AMI. Shrimp & grits is my favorite, but many other dishes and specials have been terrific as well. You can make reservations to sit inside, but patio is first come first served. The hostess may tell you that there will be a 2 hr wait for a table, but it usually turns out to be 30 min or so. I do wish they would work on that as theres a big difference. Put your name in, then walk out on the pier and have a beer, they will call your cell number when your table is ready."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Beautiful view, old Florida charm with excellent food and service. We actually went back the next night for dinner and have reserved for a family birthday dinner later in the month."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Hot day but very comfortable on the patio with fans and breeze. Gorgeous view of pier, and bay. Bloody Mary's were excellent. Shrimp and Grits were amazing. We will go every time we go back to Anna Maria."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were on the island for a wedding and ate at the Waterfront one evening with 4 other couples. Great food...had a ball! Will return. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014