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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "This is a great restaurant with wonderful ambiance and fantastic food. Great place for foodies!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We love this place! Everything is good. Lobster bisque great, bread and dip awesome! Crab cakes excellent !"
    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
  • "We had a reservation for 10 & were seated immediately. The food, drinks, service & atmosphere was great. The snapper special with the fruit chutney was absolutely mouth watering. We also had crab cakes, fish tacos, grouper & steak bites around the table & everyone happily cleaned their plates. The mules come in copper mugs too! Loved this place & hope to return again someday."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "From Maryland to Anna Maria Island is quite a change of scenery! Awesome experience with energetic crowd! Good food, good service, good atmosphere! Good times had by all! Wish I could visit once a month! Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The seafood tasted very fresh and was well prepared. The servings were very small and the service was mediocre. The potatoes were dense and dry. For the price the meal should have been a bit more substantial. I mean really...three stalks of very thin asparagus is hardly a veggie and no extra bread was ever offered. Would think twice about returning"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I have eaten at The Waterfront before and as always the food was excellent, the wait staff superb. When in Anna Maria, I would recommend The Waterfront to anyone. One of my favorite things to do after dinner is to take a walk on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier, which is across the street. You can't go wrong when dining at The Waterfront!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "You might experience a long wait on a beautiful weekend ONLY IF you didn't use Open Table, as this is a popular restaurant with a water view. Fortunately for us (Open Table users) we were seated in a private alcove at the reservation time and enjoyed an phenomenal meal."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The food was good considering the options on Anna Maria. The service was some of the worst I've ever had and the management was dismissive "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Have known AMI for years but The Waterfront is new to us. Our Son (a college Senior) gave a thumbs up. We will be back."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My wife and I were touring up the gulf coast on our motorcycle and decided to stop for lunch. It was so good we came back for dinner the same night. Menu was really good and loved the Grouper tacos. Excellent beer selection and wine too. The servers were outstanding. Definitely will come back when in the area. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We ate with family 54 to 78yrs and everyone appreciated the excellent food, good service and atmosphere. The fish was better than any of us had eaten in a long time (cobia and tuna were both delicious and very well-prepared) and the staff and kitchen were helpful and flexible regarding specific food requirements without any fuss. Great all round. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We appreciate the proximity of the restaurant and also the view. Lobster bisque is absolutely delicious ! My husband had Mussels and I had Ahi Tuna.The portions are reasonable. Everything was delicious ! We would have been happy to get the bread with our drink. Next time we'll ask."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants on the island. Yummy shrimp and grits. Casual, friendly and fun. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I had the Grouper Oscar and my wife had the Mac & Cheese and they were simply divine. The Grouper was perfectly cooked and very fresh. We would definitely go back and/or recommend. Wish we lived closer!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We made reservations several days in advance and secured the time we desired. We had a cozy table for four with a good view of the water. Our waitress, Ashley, was prompt and courteous. She did a great job of not rushing us but being attentive enough that our every need was met. We ordered appetizers, soups, salad, wine and entrees and everything was delicious and cooked to perfection! We are locals and will definitely revisit this wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Best meal we had on Anna Maria Island. Everyone in our group had a meal they loved that was perfectly prepared. They do a great job of preparation and presentation. Simply outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Our first trip to AMI and heard this restaurant was "award-winning". Honestly, very disappointing fish and scallops both. We had made reservations for 2 nights for dinner and cancelled the second one. The manager apologized and took the fish off the bill stating that we were given a portion of the fish that should have been taken off before serving."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Overlooking the ocean and pier. Food was outstanding! Would recommend this to anyone who loves great food and drinks."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Salads very good, as is the bread and dipping sauce. Chicken dish very dry and came with burnt broccoli, usually the food is excellent, although for the price not sure why the linen tablecloths are covered with brown paper. Take a jacket or a jumper, it can be very cold inside, the aircon is far too low. We have mentioned it a number of times but it never changes. I noted that the people in front of us asked about the temperature inside, so I don't think its just us."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Great restaurant overlooking the Historic Anna Maria Pier and Tampa Bay. Two outdoor seating areas, along with a well appointed interior. Good beer and wine list, as well as a full bar. Food is excellent! One of the few restaurants on the island that takes reservations. Can't go wrong with lunch or dinner at the Waterfront."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We were a group of 8 eating here (6 adults and 2 children at 5 & 9) and it worked fantastic. Great service and fantastic fish and steaks. We ate here 3 times in the 9 days we spent on Anna Maria and can definately recommend the Waterfront Restaurant :o) Worth mentioning - do remember to book a table up front as it is a very well visited restaurant."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We had a Saturday night booking, 7pm. We were delayed by traffic and arrived 25 minutes late and although there was a queue we were seated on arrival, this counted for a lot as this was the first day of our holiday and had spent the day travelling, thank you "Waterfront'"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our dinner at the Waterfront was a most enjoyable dining experience. The staff were helpful and not intrusive. One could enjoy their meal without a lot interruptions or you felt rushed. The meal was well paced. The Waterfront Salad and the Ceasar Salad were well prepared with very fresh ingredients. Our main entrees were all great, Shrimp & Grits, the chicken pasta special and grouper. Overall, the Waterfront is in a great location with excellent food and good service. A very nice dining experience. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This is the 3rd time I have experienced the restaurant. The 1st two times were excellent! We made reservations. We were almost 40 minutes over the reserved time. No attempt to offer any reward for our wait so I asked to see the manager. The manager finally came over and apologized and seem annoyed he even had to do that. He did not offer any good faith offerings for our inconvenience. I had to suggest maybe he pick up our appetizers or something. He reluctantly agreed. Then the waiter was fast and prompted , but he had such an arrogant attitude. I was very disappointed with this evening. I have recommended your restaurant to several people in the past. I will try again and hope it was just an off night for the staff. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The Waterfront Restaurant is an Anna Maria Island gem and is a regular stop for us each year. The food is well above average and the scenery overlooking the ocean and pier are amazing. The restaurant recognizes that kids amy be part of a vacationing group so there is a kids' menu. The menu features several staples in the seafood/salad/meat/pasta categories, but one should pay attention to the specials as they are creative and delicious. They also have wicked dessert items and our favorite is a gooey, hot brownie with raspberry ice cream. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014