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The Waterfront Restaurant
The Waterfront Restaurant

The Waterfront Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thewaterfrontrestaurant.net
  • Email: info@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
  • "Food was excellent and the portion ample. Presentation was nice. Shawn was our waiter and he did an excellent job taking care of us before during and after our meal. This what's in complete contrast to our previous experience. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Went for our 29th anniversary and it was very good. Good service, good food and good wine. Thank you Waterfront for a great dining experience for our anniversary."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We always make a point to come in for a least a couple meals while we are on the island. The lobster bisque makes you close your eyes and sigh. It's creamy and so delicious! Had the shrimp and grits both meals at The Waterfront - past a bite around the table and everyone ordered it the next time we came in! They were packed Friday night but managed to get our group of eight in within an hour - very accommodating for big groups. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Our third year coming back to the island and to the Waterfront. (Twice in 4 days in fact). For the first time we made a reservation. We didn't read all the way down to notice that reservations are for indoors only. At first we were disappointed as there was a 90 minute wait for outdoor dining but we ended up loving the indoor experience as well. Food was fantastic as always, Chicken Saltimbocca with a side of brussel sprout hash for me, Grouper tacos for my husband. Both were excellent. I am following a Paleo diet and this was relatively easy here. Also, on our previous visits they served beer and wine only (great wine selection)but have now added a very good assortment of hard liquor as well. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We had a pleasant evening meal. So glad we booked as it was very busy. Service was very friendly but a little bit slow. Water was brought quickly to the table but then we wIted for wine and bread. Starters and main meals also fairly slow as was table clearing and bill. Would have been nice to offer a kids menu as our 12 year old was not keen on the main meals. Food was very good and reasonably priced. Overall a good restaurant."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Had terrific first meal here earlier in the week with friends. This time soured by rude arrogant hostess but rescued by nicer waitress and gm who moved us from table facing a wall next to the toilets. Upon asking if another table available the hostess barked 'what's up with it'. She hadn't cracked a smile since we arrived at the front door. Dear manager, perhaps realising your hostess isn't a welcoming door presence might be a bell ringer. Food good and server Matt also good. Any complaints seem to relate to table policies and hostesses so there is def an issue. Unfortunately by the time you've been spoken to like dirt the night already has a wart which can't be fully removed by better service and food. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We made a reservation (only taken for inside dining) and were seated as soon as we arrived. There was standing room only waiting for a patio table. Server was very prompt, friendly and efficient. I do think that our server was stretched a little thin, as she had multiple tables inside and on the patio, and at least one table of 8 people. The dinner entrees were very good, but not great. The fried green tomato appetizer was great. One other minor issue; the house martini is served with an olive encased in a nice cube in what seemed a smaller than usual martini glass. Nice effect, but I would guess there is less than an ounce of gin in the glass. For $8.00, not a good value."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "It is one of our favorites. Look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Very delicious and well prepared food. Staff is always friendly and helpful. This is my favorite restaurant on Anna Maria."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This place is a nice alternative in between expensive places. like the Beach Bistro and burger shacks. After a few days on Anna Maria you can get tired of grouper sandwiches and burgers. Homey atmosphere, good variety on the menu (things other than seafood), nice selection of craft beers and a reasonable wine list."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Expected more, stuffed in a corner inside the restaurant, even with tables empty outside, seared tuna well done, no pink at all, mains were poor had better food from publix, cost nearly $100 for 1 kids meal, 1 appetiser and 2 mains, won't be rushing back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Busy Friday night at the Waterfront...celebrating a birthday, it was a wonderful meal, excellent waiter, Matt and all in all a great time. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great place for us to celebrate our wedding anniversary; just the two of us. Table was excellent; as was the food and service. We both had the grouper. It was prepared perfectly and the presentation was very nice. We'll definitely return. Reservations are a must, especially in the winter season."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I would recommend this restaurant because they have earned my patronage from decades of great food. However, based on my most recent visit I would qualify my recommendation to say 'they had an off night with the food." The service is always good and whether you sit inside or outside, the ambiance is welcome."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Nice spot on the tip of Anna Maria. The food was very good and the menu had choices for us all. You can be pretty casual and that is expected. We all enjoyed our dinner- as mentioned the menu had lots to choose from. Our server was very friendly and overall the service was good. We would go back when in the area."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Wonderful & Romantic, yet still a home town hot spot for the local folks. Great food 2 after all that's why we go right."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We were very impressed with the service and the selection on the menu. Our waitress was friendly and very helpful. We consider the meals fairly priced. We enjoyed a laid back, unhurried dining experience. This was our second time here and we would come back. Thanks."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We eat here every year we come to AMI. The waterfront has never failed to deliver on service, food and ambience. We always enjoy a drink at the bar before dining. The bar is well stocked with a good range of draught beers and the atmosphere is very convivial. I would consider any trip to AMI as incomplete without dining at the Waterfront."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "What makes The Waterfront Restaurant stand-out above the rest on Anna Maria Island is the inspired menu, wine list and beer list. The presentation and flavors of appetizers and meals show a lot of culinary imagination in the kitchen. Meals are consistently superb. Especially the "Daily Grains"...what a unique departure from potatoes and a great idea."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Service was a little slow but not the fault of waitress, she was delightful."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We have been to the Waterfront many times. While many of the menu items are good, we find the best meals are the daily specials--that's where they really shine."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I know very nice does not sound exciting, but The Waterfront is a very comfortable place to go. The food is excellent. It offers seating inside and outside and the service is top notch. Go and experience The Waterfront and you will see what I mean."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "First time here. Wonderful Maine scallops and fried green tomatoes. Wow! We loved it! On the island overlooking the gulf. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Another great meal at the Waterfront..love that they take reservations...not a lot of restaurants on Anna Maria do...Good fish dinner, nice wine, great waiter (Nick) we will be back..thanks."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had 8 people in our party. Our waitress was very friendly and efficient. She was very helpful with the menu and also was great at serving and also cognizant of refills. A good time was had by all."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were on vacation and had lunch at The Waterfront Restaurant; it was fabulous. The front dining area overlooks the water - lovely and relaxing; the food was delicious, the service was efficient thanks to a very friendly server! We decided to return for dinner a few days later with friends. The four of us raved about every aspect of the dinner...the shrimp and grits was a memorable meal. Our friend who loves pasta claimed that his dish was "outstanding". We four come from New England and are able to get fresh seafood anytime; we thought that the pasta with seafood was some of the best we had ever tasted...al dente pasta and fresh seafood cooked perfectly. Dining at The Waterfront Restaurant was one of the highlights of our vacation!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We celebrated my birthday at The Waterfront Restaurant in March. We had a party of 9 and were seated on the patio. The service was perfect and the menu had a great many choices. All guests were pleased with the food. The staff was very accommodating and helpful with the celebration."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I have been to the Waterfront several times and always enjoy it. The tables are not jammed together so you are not sitting cheek by jowl with other people. The service was excellent and the waiter was very accommodating to my husband who suffers from an eating disorder and can only swallow certain foods. All in all a very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Great place and very consistent. Really like the fish tacos."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten here on our yearly trips to Anna Maria island. The seafood is always well done and the salads are fresh. During season it is a very busy and popular place so make reservations when possible get a seat outside with a view of the water. They don't take reservations for outside, but can be worth the wait. Since it is so popular in season, it can be a bit loud, but not over bearing. I really enjoyed the scallops and the stacked cap reuse salad."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening at the Waterfront and our out of towners thought it was the perfect spot for dining outside on a balmy evening. Food was delicious."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "This was our second visit to the Waterfront restaurant this month. Perhaps it was an "off night". The services was extremely rushed and the food was just average. Our main course came within 2 mins of finishing our soup - not acceptable. My wife had a green bean in her Lobster bisque. Our server explained "Oh it happens since the beans are near where the soup is prepped". Are you kidding me? What kind of explanation is that. My Grouper was over cooked and the portion was twice what I would normally eat. Last time we ate here, I said this was the best value restaurant on the island. I was mistaken. The Waterfront is a great venue but needs a tune up on most fronts."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Perfect place to end you vacation. Great food and atmosphere. Great service."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Great option for vacationers and locals on Anna Maria Island on the gulf coast of Florida. Great location near the water, lovely front porch for outside dining and a beautiful fireplace perfect for a chilly evening. Looked like a good lunch place. Food and beverage options were very good."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "All four of us had very good meals. Our waiter, even though he was hobbled by an injured foot, was right on top of things and very knowledgable. Very nice inside and made you glad you were there. Outside seating offers a great view of the water and the Anna Maria Pier and Restaurant. But it is on a first come-first serve basis. Would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We have been coming to Anna Maria for years and have been to the Waterfront restaurant on several occasions. Despite having more than enough business, the owners and staff work very hard to make each meal special. The quality of service and food remains at a very high standard while keeping prices reasonable. In my opinion, the Waterfront is clearly the best value on the island for fine dining. We will return! Great value and being able to book online through Open Table is a bonus."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Great food & great service. One of our favorite restaurants with a wonderful outdoor dining area."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Our first visit was at lunch and it was absolutely fabulous.....2nd and 3rd visits were in this order, great and good. We live in a worl that expects a home run all the time......I don't, so will return again for lunch for sure and if time allows dinner also."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Lovely setting although we were dsiappointed we reserved over 1 week in advance requesting outside seating and waterview, but were told upon arrival that was an additional 30 minute delay to be seated. Night was a bit cool so outside tables were never filled. It's OK though because the quality of the food served and the service was very, very good. One rib eye entree, one grouper entree, one paella entre and all three of us commmented on the excellent quality of our meals. The Waterfront can get very crowded but tonight was was a much lighter crowd than we anticipated so service was top notch."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "There are many good local restaurants from which to choose but the Waterfront is a must. Great food, service, and the bay view is perfect!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014