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The Waterfront Restaurant

4.7
1365 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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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 1365 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Judy (New England)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

The brussel sprouts were soaked in grease. Could not eat them. Salad dressing and bread oil had too much vinegar and lacked district taste. Server Matt was very friendly and professional.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The Waterfront was everything we had heard and more! We dined inside and the ambiance was better than I had hoped. It was cozy without being crowded and most comfortable. I loved seeing so many of the original architectural details. The food was fresh, delicious, and beautifully presented. I will definitely return.

Hint: Reservations are for indoor dining. Outdoor dining is on a first-come-first-served basis through the hostess stand.

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Sarah (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We are never disappointed here. I love the lobster bisque. The very friendly staff and the presentation of the food.

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krashtestdummy (Nashville)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Waitresses always friendly, waitstaff terrific, and food consistent - what more can you ask?

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Absolutely delicious! We are only able to visit the island every couple of years or so and The Waterfront Cafe is always top of our list of places we MUST eat. They consistently give us the best meal during our visits. This time we had shrimp and grits and the risotto Julianne - both had fantastic flavor.

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JDandK (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My only complaint is that this restaurant advertises that it does no take reservations for outside seating. This is fine for me because I do not want to dine outside. However, every time they try to seat me outside. I do not know who control this, but I am just about ready to stop dining there.

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GEEZERS (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

One of our party had a steak that was full of gristle and hardly able to cut or eat. Where we were sitting started out being very chilly but our server turned up the heater; until the people next to us said they had been out in the sun and were hot so the heater was turned down. There was no offer to put down the vinyl curtain. We have been to Waterfront a number of times and must say this was disappointing.

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DJS1 (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We have been to the Waterfront many times, but on Valentine's Day it was even better than usual. My wife's filet was tender and cooked perfectly, and the special I had "Shrimp Over Hanger" was the best meal I have ever had at Waterfront. Perfectly prepared, and paired well with the Pinot Noir special wine of the day. Amazing!

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BruceM (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent- as usual! Sure do miss their wine tastings!

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Reservations can be made for inside seating. First come, first served for outside seating. Great menu, wonderful food, excellent service, happening place.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Very nice place. Great good. Great service.

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BobA (Tampa)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Made reservation 10 - 14 days ahead for 5. After waiting 25 minutes beyond our reservation time, we were seated outside instead of inside where our reservation was made for. Our choice to sit outside as they wouldn't give us any idea about how much longer we would have to wait. They apparently didn't have any flexibility to handle 5 people. 2's and 4's were being seated that arrived after us.

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DavidP (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great meal. Always a pleasure. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed our wedding night dinner at The Waterfront Restaurant in 2016. We've celebrated our anniversaries there each year since. We will continue to do so as long as the food continues to be delicious, the service outstanding and the ambiance cozy.

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MegS 
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We had been on a private fishing charter and heard of restaurants in Anna Maria that do “catch and cook”. Waterfront prepared our fresh Sea Trout beautifully, added sides family style and all was delicious. Chef came to our table to thank us for allowing him to prepare our catch! Wait service excellent. We loved the back patio. So quiet we could hear our conversation.

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Ohiogirl (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Received a gift card at Christmas - enjoyed our drinks and dinner. A very nice location for a quiet dinner.
We did have reservations as suggested by website.
Staff was friendly and helpful with suggestions and information regarding dinner selections.

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JJPN (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Delicious, tastebud tingling food is found at The Waterfront. Great combinations of fresh ingredients were mixed together with amazing results. We tried to eat light tonight ordering salads topped with seafood. My brussel and kale salad was amazing although overdressed. Great flavors included tender kale, shredded brussel sprouts, toasted almonds, shaved parmesan and green apple in a yummy shallot mustard vinaigrette. Topped with perfectly grilled shrimp, it made a lovely main dish and was an ample portion. Hubby had the grilled romaine salad topped with the best grouper we have had on the island. The salad had a perfect blend of tasty treats including green apple, crisp bacon and gorgonzola cheese with a beautifully balanced vinaigrette. We added mushroom risotto, so much for eating light, which we really didnt need but was wonderfully flavorful although heavy. Finished the meal with a glass of red and we were delicioulsy satisfied.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

As residents of AMI, we enjoy the Waterfront quite frequently. It never disappoints. It is one of the very few restaurants on the island that take reservations. During season, crowds are everywhere and wait time is often very long so a reservation is much appreciated.

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WalterC (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Great place. Been frequenting the restaurant every year for the 10+ years we've come to Anna Maria Island. Never anything but great.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Really good appetizers and excellent scallops and crab cakes. Robin excellent waitress and food came very fast

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants for dinner

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Karenb (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Good, not great and very over-priced. Outside dining is a small porch overlooking a road and a parking lot with shrubbery blocking the beach view.

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ElobFlow (Grand Rapids)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Our waiter, food and experience were excellent start to finish. A very wonderful place to eat but make sure and get reservations. We used Open Table and were seated immediately which was a treat.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent food selection and quality. Drinks selection was also very full.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

we enjoyed a family dinner here on our first night on AMI and we really enjoyed our experience .
I had the filet, my father on law loved his risotto with short ribs and my husband had one of the seafood specials which he said was delicious. We sat on the patio which was covered at the time because it was cool out but they have heaters so it was plenty warm enough!

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
1.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Terrible food and the service was very slow.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Our waitress was knowledgeable, had a great attitude and was fun!!! Food was awesome, location and ambience outstanding! A must visit when vacationing!

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

The Waterfront is always consistent and innovative.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a wonderful meal with three other couples who really enjoyed
the whole evening. My favorite are the Prince Edward mussels with cream garlic sauce.
The cocktails were prepared well including my Makers Mark Perfect Manhatten.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Although our salads and entrees were outstanding, the best part of the meal was the dessert. We all had the affogado: vanilla ice cream bathed in espresso and liqueur. And yes it really was as amazing as it sounds.

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