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“Wow, the view is terrific!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sandbar Restaurant

Sandbar Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 23 Restaurants in Anna Maria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: Bar, American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Sandbar Restaurant, located on the north end of Anna Maria Island, has for decades been a favorite for locals. Dine with your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand on our waterfront deck or enjoy our inside dining room. We offer gulf to table, farm to fork, and pasture to plate sustainable menu items. Our menus reflect our commitment to serving our guests the best in local and sustainable seafood, produce, and land fare. The Sandbar is the most popular place on Anna Maria Island for beach weddings and sunset receptions. The award winning venue is perfect for intimate gatherings to elaborate affairs, especially weddings.
Sun City Center, Florida
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Wow, the view is terrific!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

Sunset dinner outdoors, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and the view was perfect. Dinner and menu were great. Casual dress as some tables on a deck and some in the sand. 2 weddings on the beach took place and the evening with friends was picture perfect.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Moncton,NB
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Overrated a major disappointment!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Four of us went to the Sandbar to watch the sunset on March 13, 2013 and enjoy a nice seafood dinner. Well the sunset was all it was made out to be, but the meal was less than stellar. Two of us had the Calamari as an appetizer and one had the French Onion Soup both were terrible. The Calamari was tasteless with a heavy batter and the Soup had no flavour. For the main course two of us had the seafood platter one had the fish and chips and one the blackened grouper. Of the four meals only the grouper was tolerable the other three were completely awful. The fish and chips were made with a tasteless white fish and was over cooked. The seafood platter had that same awful whitefish, with a crab cake that was mostly filler (not much crab), scallops that were bad (how do you screw up scallops) and shrimp that was marginal.

Overall as a seafood restaurant and waiting for 1-1/2 hours for a table it was way overrated, I wouldn't send anyone there, and I wouldn't waste my time or money eating there again. I understand the food use to be rather good here once upon a time, well that time has passed unfortunately.

The only plus was the sunset was spectacular but hey that I could enjoy from the beach without the bad dining experience.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Excellent Scallops! Sunset to die for!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Loved the wonderful steak and scallops [you can big shrimp instead of scallops], mango salad. View is wonderful with sitting inside [too cold for outside that day]. We stayed for the glorious sunset! Don't miss it!

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“I loved this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

We ate here and timed dinner to eat on the deck and watch the sunset. There is a 90 minute wait for a table but it sure was worth it. The restaurant is right on the beach and the place is mobbed. The food here is absolutely outstanding. The curried scallop appetizer and mussels were both great The blackened ahi tuna was fantastic as was the grouper. The fish was very French and well prepared the key lime pie is. Also memorable. We timed the sunset perfectly for being such a busy place the service was excellent This is a not to be missed experience

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The thing I look forward to most about Florida :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

I love the Sandbar, great food, service and atmosphere! it is the place that I love the beset in Florida.....

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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