The Waterfront Restaurant - Anna Maria

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1884 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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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TL
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good restaurant in a lovely location, I would happily visit again.

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BM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my top restaurants for dinner. Along with a very nice atmosphere, the food is excellent and the prices are less than one would think. The staff is friendly and great at making recommendations.

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SD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. We all (6) had different Entrées and appetizers. Not one complaint everything was delish!

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GL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner! Our server, Matt, was absolutely attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. We had the jalapeno margaritas and mai tai - both outstanding. Queso fundido was sooo good. Our dinners were the ribeye and the pepper corn filet. This place is definitely an A++++!!!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a treasure place for good food, drinks and good times!!

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NK
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful family dinner!

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DE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been here for a couple of years, went twice this time, very good food and service was spot on.

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K
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grouper tacos and Gouda macaroni and cheese are incredible! Lovely atmosphere and excellent service. We visit AMI several times a year and always make sure we dine at The Waterfront!

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TF
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our third time eating here in as many years and the food is outstanding. Though, my husband had the special grouper with a tomato sauce that tasted very odd. He still liked the grouper. Outstanding service. This is the only restaurant we go to in Anna Maria.

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X
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal on the island! Our server was very knowledgeable with regards to the menu and made excellent suggestions. The calamari was the best I’ve ever had. Very tender with a great flavor. The ribeye was grilled to perfection and perfectly paired with cheesy potatoes. The chicken Parmesan was al dente and they even had a dish for my vegan daughter.

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CM
Orlando
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New favorite restaurant on AMI. Outstanding food a service. Brigget our server was fantastic!

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AA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Had the Kung Pao calamari for an appetizer and entrees of shrimp and grits and fried shrimp. Both delicious.

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OT
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ahi Tuna was one of the best I've ever had. All 5 of us got different entrees and they were all good. The Key Lime pie was delicious!

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DT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great special vacation dinner location. Every dish was flavorful and delicious. The Ahi Tuna was out of this world. Shrimp and Grits a dish that was wonderful but very rich. Scallop dish was perfect.

Cocktails were also well made - the Bulleit Rye drink was best drink I ever had.

Wait staff friendly and very informative. They were not over bearing. Only gave 4 stars as food service was a little slow. It was the end of the night so giving a break to the staff.

Highly recommend. If we ever return to the island this will be a stop.

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MG
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of five and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their selections. My Brussels kale salad was outstanding. Our baked Brie appetizer was divine. Tuna sashimi was excellent. Grouper tacos also excellent. Trout with white wine, potatoes and vegetables was delicious. Frutti Di Mare mixed seafood selection with linguini was memorable. Highly recommend!

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time on Anna Maria Island and The Waterfront Restaurant, definitely will not be our last!

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KM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Waterfront is one of the best restaurants on the island. We are residents and it is our favorite place. The calamari is a must!

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BP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the entire evening. Our waitress Noel was very pleasant and attentive and our dinner was perfectly cooked and delicious. I Highly recommend!

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JO
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent location, menu, and staff. I have been coming here for many years and it has never failed to treat me to a most enjoyable meal.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, service was slow and not very attentive. The food made up for it!

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EM
Naples
24 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good - fairly high noise level. Are inside as we needed the AC!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went for our wedding anniversary. We were seated right away in the main area which was cozy. We ordered the beet salad with goat cheese which was excellent. However, the lobster bisque was bland, and The scallops and trout were disappointing. The courses came too fast and overlapped.

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EB
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the best steak around for the value. I have one every time I visit which is once a year. Love the salads and soup also. Grouper is great. Service is wonderful. They also one of the best bartenders I have ever seen in action Rodney.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place to spend our anniversary. The service and the food were wonderful!

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SB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this restaurant: whatever the occasion it is always the perfect fit, lovely food and great location. Excellent service.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants! We look forward to our meals there each year on our Anna Maria Island vacay!

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice restraint. Very pricey for seafood even at market value. Spent 90 dollars for a light dinner.

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JM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food wasn’t cooked properly (tar tar vs medium well) and only lukewarm when first delivered. It had to be sent back to be further cooked. The server was nice but not attentive at all. She did not check on our table for long periods. I had to ask another waitperson to locate her.

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DK
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

My filet steak was over cooked. They did make another steak cooked to the correct temperature and it was great. I ordered the lobster bisque and the server forgot to ring it up. After I mentioned it to him, he brought a bisque out after a few minutes and comped it. I put in the reservation for a booth and they were able to accommodate. I also put in there that it was my girlfriends birthday not really expecting anything but the table next to us had a woman as part of a group and our same server brought her a key lime pie with a candle on top. He said he heard it was her birthday and it was on the house. He didn’t do the same thing for us. He just asked if we wanted dessert.

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JN
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab location, great location, be sure to book ahead as this restaurant gets very (very) busy!!

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OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my favorite place on AMI. We come here at least once every visit!

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RF
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about The Waterfront is outstanding, especially if you dine inside. Outside is more casual but same terrific food. I had the grilled romaine salad with blackened scallops, a repeat many times for me! My husband had the Brazilian stew...excellent with such depth of flavor. We have enjoyed many items on the menu as this is our go to place for lunch or dinner while on the island.

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C
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The decor was very

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OT
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved lunch here on Friday and came back for dinner on Saturday!

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L
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food !!!! Highly recommend !

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the tuna sashimi 3 times during the weekend. Each time it was very different. All good, 1 was great. Everything else was very good.

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London
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We went here after recommendations. Despite booking we had to wait. There was not the wow we expected given what we had heard.

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DA
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely evening starting with craft cocktails and the Salmon appetizer (must not miss this dish!)
Then went to our table and had a terrific server. The roasted Beet salad, Shrimp and Grits (non traditional), and MAHI SALSA DE LANGOSTA were all well prepared and delicious. Key Lime pie was nicely understated and satisfying. Always happy when we get to visit this gem!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to this restaurant. We made a reservation for dinner on line which I am glad we did as the place really started to get busy from around 5.45pm. The waitress was very friendly and helpful and the food itself was very good indeed. A very nice meal and in a very nice restaurant. Would highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Our table was in a less than desirable location with a very loud table of 8 next to us. Our table of 4 could not even have a conversation it was so loud. We had a nice time looking at each other. Food was excellent.

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