The Waterfront Restaurant - Anna Maria

4.6
1545 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Continental, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–4:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(941) 778-1515
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Justin Hibberts
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Private party contact
Ryan Reilly: (941) 778-1515
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spring Ave
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1545 People Are Saying
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4.4
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OT
5.0Dined 6 hours ago

Great food and service. A great night out with our family. Thanks!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great meal fantastic food and service.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Delicious!
We were probably the loudest in the restaurant cause we were laughing so much at family stories. Had an awe time and Olivia was delightful!
Congrats to Olivia !!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great food, good cocktails. Quite old fashioned interior, but pleasant. Service good.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Wonderful food and service! Best in town...

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TW
4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

The food was delicious and this is a very popular restaurant so make sure you use Open Table to make your reservation. When we arrived there was a very long line of people waiting and we sailed right in to our prepared table. We will definitely come back to this wonderful spot.

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J
2.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Terrible service (Tuesday night). Hour plus to get entrees. Server disappeared; served by busboy? Burger very undercooked. However, nice location.

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B
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Loved everything about the place and the people weee very very nice!

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JS
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner and they gifted my sister with a slice of incredible Key Lime pie as it was her birthday. Seafood was fresh and local. Mushroom risotto is a not-to-be-missed! A bit pricey but well worth the splurge.

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EV
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The food was very good--nicely plated! We celebrated our 46th anniversary at the Waterfront while vacationing on Anna Maria. Thank you Waterfront for the complementary dessert for our anniversary.

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CH
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Had some fabulous seafood in terrific surroundings. Staff extremely friendly and knowledgeable about their food. A great evening. Will definately return on next visit to AMI. The calamari came highly recommended by a friend and did not disappoint. Excellent!!!

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CG
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Have been here many times - one of our favorite restaurants on Anna Maria Beach !

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ML
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We come to AMI 1x per year and ALWAYS eat here. Good cocktails, delicious menu, good staff. Best place on the Island by FAR!

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GM
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Best meal of the week in Anna Maria . Went there with a party of six. All the entrees were excellent. Filets were superb, as was the apricot pork tenderloin, crab cakes and kale salad topped with salmon.

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CS
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria never disappoints. The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is lovely. It is a little more expensive that most restaurants in that area, but we think it’s worth every penny. And, we love that they take reservations!

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RD
3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Food was fair - a tad bland. Made a great dirty gin martini. Terrific service.

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EB
2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The service was terrible. One of the worst experiences I’ve had. My steak was awesome but my boyfriend’s fish dish was not. We waited forever for our drinks and even longer to get water. If I could sum it all up in one word: SLOW

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AV
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Food and service were both fantastic. We made reservations for our anniversary dinner and the staff were friendly and on time. Even though they were busy, we didn’t feel rushed. We had a cheese plate with elk sausage and crusty bread. It was wonderful. We hope to visit this place on future trips.

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DJ
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We love the Waterfront for their unique menu, great location and friendly staff

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k
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The Waterfront Restaurant never disappoints. Always excellent, high quality food. Service is always attentive. Highly recommend to others.

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L
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Best steak of my life! The service and food were perfect, and who can beat sitting across from the pier! Definitely a place I’ll visit again.

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S
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Family get together!

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S
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We chose the Waterfront for our Wedding Anniversary. We are from Manchester. U.k. we have travelled to Anna Maria many times over the last 20yrs. The Waterfront is our "Go to place" for a fine meal.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Uncomfortably hot inside the restaurant.

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ID
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

This was our second time to eat at The Waterfront Restaurant, it was that good last year and we wanted to go again this year! I think it is the best restaurant on the island! The lobster bisque and Grouper tacos were spot on! We both ordered a Jalapeno Martini... it was fantastic. My husband ordered the Grouper Oscar and I had the Wasabi tuna. Both were quite delicious and filling! By far this is the best restaurant that we have eaten at on Anna Maria Island! Highly, Highly recommend!!!

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OT
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Cute place with very good food

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C
3.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Very rude waitress. We seemed to be an inconvenience.

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CS
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Food was excellent I live on AMI and have been to waterfront many times and this was one of the best meals I have had

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MW
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

LUCY WAS A GEM!!!! My husband and i have been to this restaurant before food is good, bit pricier but totally expected due to location, however our waitress Lucy was just perfection! Polite, funny, sweet gem of a person! Waterfront should use her as the model for all staff! Thanks again Lucy it was wonderful!

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T
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Again we really enjoyed our visit to the Waterfront. The food was excellent as was the wine. Only negative was the service which could have been better.

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OD
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Table was ready on time, server was pleasant and efficient, food was fairly priced for a resort island, plentiful, and promptly served. Parking was no problem. A great experience for our 33rd anniversary.

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JH
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

There were 10 in party with a reservation @ 8:30. We couldn't meet our time and pushed our time back 30 minutes. very accommodating. Food was fantastic. Everyone ordered a different dinner and there were no complaints.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

This is one off my families favorite restaurants on the island! You must order the maple bacon brussel sprouts... everything on the menu is amazing!

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R
2.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Usually come here on vacation and anniversary, as we live about 90 minutes away. Love the place but rated experience poor this time due to reservation issues and complete lack of concern on behalf of hostess and staff -or mgmt?- to assist our party with a seemingly simple and reasonable seating request. The hostess was rude. Totally unacceptable. The fact that servers do not have sections makes trouble for everyone, and the owner or MGMT should change it!

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KL
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Regarding Service score, our waitress was great.....5 star. However, the bartender, while efficient, was obviously disturbed about something and was displaying a negative attitude toward all. Not sure why we couldn't have our drinks added to the meal tab, but his way of telling us that we had to cash out at the bar, was said like we were dim-witted for not knowing that.
He is part of the service crew and should be held to the same high level of service as the serving crew (including being pleasant...) and not think that just because he makes great drinks, exempts him from being polite & personable.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Birthday it was awesome

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OT
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great dinner and really good service. I’d recommend a reservation for later in the week. Several folks were waiting for seats and our reservation saved us 30 minutes of waiting.

I’d recommend the fried green tomatoes and my wife really enjoyed the sangria. It’s an annual trip for us and probably our favorite restaurant on the island.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

My wife and I always enjoy dining at The Waterfront. Even though we live in Ohio, she tags me in their daily special posts. Dining on the front porch is my favorite. Visiting The Waterfront over the last five years, I’ve consistently had great meals and service. I recommend the “Island Cooler” cocktail, crab Caesar salad, Grouper Oscar, and Key Lime pie.

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TG
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We have been there twice now and the food has been wonderful, the atmosphere is great and they have a quaint bar. Could use more seating in bar area as the wait can be long if you don't have a reservation and the bar is adorable, just small and many people are standing there trying to get a drink before dinner. But highly recommend this place. Very nice ambiance and food is outstanding.

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KC
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

My husband has celiac and we were very impressed with all of the gluten free options! Everything we had was delicious!! Although the waiter did not have a good wine knowledge and only suggested the most expensive ones when asked.

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