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“Food and Atmosphere!”
Review of Sandbar Restaurant

Sandbar Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 23 Restaurants in Anna Maria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
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.
Bradenton Beach, FL
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“Food and Atmosphere!”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

We've eaten at the Sandbar many, many times over the last 18 years, and while the food has rarely been spectacular, it is nearly always good and the setting on the beautiful Anna Maria Beach is always worth it.

We were seated almost immediately, which is rare! I always say that during the midst of a hurricane, there would still be a half hour wait at the Sandbar! Our table was right on the sand, perfect for sunset viewing, but really difficult to slide a chair in and out!

Service was prompt and friendly. I had the island salad, reliably delicious and unusual, then the grouper with lemon and caper sauce and a baked potato. I am not particularly a seafood fan, but I do love grouper and, prepared this way, it was really good! Also, I must comment on the potato; it was a real BAKED potato, with a crispy skin, not steamed in foil! I also was lucky enough to have a double helping of perfectly done asparagus, because my husband won't eat it.

Oh, and the sunset was one of the most beautiful we have ever seen on the island! A lovely evening, even if we didn't have the winning entry in the "guess the time of sunset" contest!

  • Visited November 2013
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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Beautiful View, Fabulous Food”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

We used to eat here years ago but had stopped going there about three years ago when they were undergoing construction. We went back for lunch on two different occasions in October and it was WORTH THE WAIT! The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous - inside and out - and of course the views are not to be missed. Food - and drinks - are always first rate, and our server, Raymond, lived up to his name (as in "Everybody Loves Raymond"). Thank you for a great time!

  • Visited October 2013
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Yummy fish taco's”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

We had a wonderful lunch on the outside deck. I had the fish taco's and my husband had the fried grouper sandwich. Food was very good. The restaurant is right on the beach, so you can look out and see the waves. Our waitress was not very attentive but then again it was a busy time of day. Wonderful for lunch!!!

  • Visited November 2013
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Massachusetts
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“Great brunch with Jazz band”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

Where else can you sit with your toes in the sand, drink sangria, eat fresh grouper eggs Benedict, stare at the ocean, and hear jazz?!?!?!

  • Visited November 2013
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Poole, United Kingdom
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“Great beach restaurant for a relaxed lunch”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

We had lunch here after walking along the beautiful beach.
Views are superb. Food excellent. Service good.
Good menu, some interestingly different options. Not cheap,but good value for the quality.

  • Visited October 2013
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