The Waterfront Restaurant - Anna Maria

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Not very attentive service. Disappointing. Overall experience for the price doesn’t compare to a couple of other restaurants on the island.

f
Salt Lake City
51 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was a reunion with very good friends! It was perfect thanks to your great service and food!!

GD
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food ,Nice menu, Good view, great Drinks, outstanding service

KS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is very attentive and food is excellent. We were provided with several dessert choices and outstanding taste. Our waitress was very personable and engaging.

DW
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every entree was excellent! My smoked ginger margarita is my new favorite.

JC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and cuisine !

IB
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance and the food and the service was great!

JB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Waterfront, food is delicious and service is the best!!

AH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I have eaten hear numerous times while visiting the island. Usually our meals were outstanding. Unfortunately this time the menu was lacking and the preparation was marginal at best. It was Monday night so maybe the main chef was off. I had the grilled shrimp $24 with a waterfront salad +$8.
The 8 shrimp on my plate were extremely dried out tasteless . That wouldn't be so bad if my salad wasn't way undersized and skimpy as well. My wife had the Scallops This dish was tasty and filling at $28 it seamed more stew like with a side of potatoes. So I guess its luck of the draw here either you get a good meal or one you wish you didn't get. Still gave 4 stars because our server was good and I have had better meals here.

AR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good experience overall. My appetizer was a bit pricey and short on crab, but the truffle fries were plentiful and good, and the sangria was very good. Prompt, courteous service.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a lovely evening. Delicious food and good service!!!

RW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a Great Experience

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Waterfront is one of our favorite restaurants that we have been coming to for 10 years. Great ambience and view over the bay. Food is excellent. They accommodated me having a cake delivered and served for my husband’s birthday.
It was a bit hectic but it was a Friday during snowbird season.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must go if you are on AMI. My parents’ favorite, the favorite of my siblings and I , and now the favorite of my children.

C
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gracious and welcoming with a delightful staff and our dinners were 5 star. Their specialty cocktails were a surprisingly unique addition well worth the treat.

KW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I am deaf in one ear and the noise level was so high I could hardly have a conversation with anyone else on our group. I probably will not return to the Waterfront for this reason.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Not impressed at all with either meal ordered. I ordered the fish of the day grilled mahi mahi and it was horribly tortured. So tough. My husband ordered the scallops dish which were pretty good but the sides rice pilaf and asparagus were pretty dry. Not the standard for Anna Maria Island at all.
Shout out to our server though. She was amazing.

RB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It’s a lovely place especially the outdoor dining aspect.

LE
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite...great food, great waiter, very nice view and ambiance.

EL
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We live near the Waterfront so go often for lunch and dinner. We really like sitting outside by the fire later in the evening when it's starting to slow down a little. My husband ordered the Vegan Meatballs because he has to follow a low cholesterol diet now, he actually loved them, a really great job guys on this dish. I ordered the shrimp with grilled asparagus and an extra vegetable. Sadly the shrimp was cold and overcooked leaving them hard. Although I had to ask for them to be remade the staff dealt with it extremely well and professional. The Manager was both helpful, friendly, professional and respectful of us, this is the way all restaurants should deal with their customers 😊because it sometimes happens that things get a little overdone when a restaurant is extremely busy.
See you next week guys.

E
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Mediocre... not sure why people love this place. Apps were better than entrees. Bisque was bland. Caesar was sad. Shrimp were overcooked. Hotter than hell in the restaurant. Seated at a bizarre trapezoid table for 6 which required chairs brought in for the patio to be moderately comfortable. I’d be willing to try it one more time as my friends love this place, but I’m not sure I get it... Server was very attentive.

SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our last night on the island, so we wanted a nice meal to end our vacation and that is exactly what we got. The food was outstanding, and every person in our group of 5 was more than happy with their meal.....it was hard to stop eating. Steak, chicken parm, and the tuna all delicious. The staff also knocked the drinks out the park, so pretty and smooth tasting. We loved the ambiance and felt very comfortable there. We’d all go back in a heartbeat!!!

d
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Already made my next reservation. Outstanding food and service. Had to wait a bit, although we had a reservation. Very noisy on a Thursday evening at 7. But, overall the best restaurant on Anna Maria Island ,we think. Worth a bit of inconvenience. Loved the shrimp and grits and the grouper tacos. We try to visit here once a week when we are in town. Good for lunch too.

TW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. The ambiance and all the staff was great and helpful. Ask fo Noel as your server.

DS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place for our special occasions. Wonderful time as always.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waterfront never disappoints!! Our waitress, Michelle,was great!!

TH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic menu, good but slow service. Everyone enjoyed their food, with the exception of the pork chop which was very much over done and dry. The flavor was nice, but it was completely inedible.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family environment, excellent food, excellent service- I’m sorry we went elsewhere on AMI!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on everything. We live on the Island. Our favorite

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it! The food and experience were great!!

KR
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so good! A must! While visiting the island! Great food!

RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best dinners we’ve ever had. Great seafood! And the key lime pie is noteworthy.

M
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service from the minute we arrived with a great ambience and a must visit venue when we visit Anna Maria.

j
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All was good except as frequent guests we have our favorite dishes. They took off the menu our favorite meal. Moqueca. A Brazilian stew. Waterfront management please put it back on your menu. Ok????????

OT
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish, excellent service and food!

s
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food1service3ambience2

Trout was tough , completely flavorless and asparagus and potatoes were poorly cooked. The 12 ounce prime rib seasoned for three days was 55-60 percent fat. This was pointed out, still paid $38 for mainly uneaten fat. Has gone downhill😞.
Better and more flavorful choices at smaller local eateries.

BC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere but noisy. The food was good except one of the dinners, trout, was over cooked and dry. We are a repeat customer from last year when the food was excellent. Lost some of their touch

LB
London
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve eaten at the Waterfront many times, it’s always a great meal!

VL
London
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had to wait a little long but ok. The food was super yummy!