The Waterfront Restaurant
The Waterfront Restaurant

The Waterfront Restaurant

  • 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
The Waterfront Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (80)scenic view (75)special occasion (56)neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (49)romantic (49)great for lunch (41)good for groups (32)notable wine list (23)great for brunch (20)kid-friendly (20)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (9)Show More
  • Always a great pick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We eat here at least twice a month if not more. As always the food is delicious. I had the ahi tuna appetizer and the grilled romaine which is to die for. I also recommend the grouper Oscar and for the beef lovers they have a filet madagasgar which is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Best on the island. Best in the City. Best in the state. The Waterfront.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • well done
    vetters
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very nice staff was friendly had a laugh or two with a well done meal. Well managed as everyone did their part without missing a beat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food, and service is as good as any restaurant we've been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They got IT
    Ftthomasguy
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    From the view to the fresh cocktails to the wonderfully inventive & delicious dishes. You really can't beat this place on the island. We can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    Laurie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We eat at the Waterfront often - lunch and dinner. Be sure to visit when you are on Anna Maria Island. My favorite is the arugula salad accompanied with lightly seared tuna; grilled shrimp; or salmon. Bona appetite Be sure to say hello to one of or favorite bartenders - Rodney ;)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scuppers
    Scuppers
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Lived up to reviews. Very enjoyable dinner. Excellent martini and if you like sipping rum the 12 year De Cana exceeds expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Flyguy66
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Wonderful food, especially if you are looking for new tastes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for a group
    Joyh
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had eight people for dinner and were seated at a large round table with plenty of space. Our server, Natalia, was excellent. The menu is very diverse. My food was a little salty but otherwise delicious. I would highly recommend the Waterfront on Anna Maria Island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    ndeat
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food is always fabulous and is presented in a very appealing format. View of Tampa Bay is a plus.. Service is always great. I always bring visitors here because of the great food and the great view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem!
    Localdiner
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Rave reviews for luncheon menu.....especially the BLT on croissant. The thick applewood bacon is generous... Awesome. Favorite dinner menu item is the Grouper Taco"s with an honorable mention to Scallop Caesar Salad!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Blah food
    lala
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Crab caesar salad was not tasty. Mussels were bland, no flavor!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waterfront AMI
    timali
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Lovely setting with friendly and efficient staff. Very welcoming to us and our 7 year old who had a great Kid's menu from which she chose Steak Bites - which were fabulously tasty and tender. Very accomodating also when we asked for a non-menu item as her starter. Starters generally were good but large (cup of the soups is plenty). Even salads huge. Main coures of various fish were excellent. Great environment for a relxed dinner and surprisingly good value (not cheap but well worth the price).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • shell
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was great but the online menu has not been updated. The service was on the slow side as we waited for our server to take our order and waited for our check. The server was very nice but slow. The place was great and will come back again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • General Comments
    Phillipsfood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was wonderful but wish we had dined outdoors as the noise level from 2 large parties inside made it all but impossible to hold a conversation. Perhaps some soft music would tone down the din. We felt like we were watching "The View" where all the women talk at once! And some small children did not add any ambience. I'd rate Waterfront as a fine dining restaraunt sans the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant with good views
    Lorelei19
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    There's a really nice outside seating area with views of the water, and the menu is large but everything seems good. Lots of options and everything we got was really yummy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • David
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Consistently good food, particularly the fish at reasonable prices in a busy, jolly restaurant overlooking the sea.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great Waterfront evening!
    happylocal
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We are year round residents in the Anna Maria Island area. Waterfront Restaurant is one of our favorites. The food is always good, the parking is convenient, the service is friendly, and the location on the water is very scenic & relaxing. In addition, thanks you Waterfront for accepting reservations. Other restaurants on the Island do not take reservations. It is not ideal to take guests to a restaurant only to find that a wait of an hour is the norm. We took out of state guests last weekend, and she told us the scallops were the best she has ever had! How nice is that to take visitors to a restaurant & have such a positive response. We were happy, and Waterfront should be happy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    PickyEater
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful location
    sandlands
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great food, excellent service and fantastic setting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Good!
    unhappycamper
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Doesn't disappoint
    epicurejudy
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Going there for 15 years and you can always count on excellent food and good service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding all the way around!
    Kelly
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Foodlovers2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was amazing!
    Rocky
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The grouper melted in my mouth! Serving sizes were just right! Can't wait to come back again next year!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will return!
    uuuu2
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Waterfront
    Eddie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Excellent Dining Experience
    ABun
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for two
    Becky
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was fresh and delicious. We had the Grouper Oscar. It was cooked to perfection. I would highly recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor service spoiled dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, great service
    LastMinuteLucy
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining
    Megan0713
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The Waterfront was the perfect place to celebrate my birthday and anniversary!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    luvannamaria
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Minor chances for improvement
    Mark
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BigSwede
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Very good food and excellent service. Our server was very friendly, efficient and extremely helpful with the menu
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.