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“Worth the wait- go expecting it and enjoy the view”
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, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, 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.
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Worth the wait- go expecting it and enjoy the view”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

2 of my loveliest family dinners out ever we're spent at this place during our recent holiday. We did have a variable wait as there are no reservations but there is little hardship with a bar and fabulous white sand beach. In poor weather the wait may be less appealing but I expect it is also much less busy. Seating is inside and out which I think is much better. Great service, good food if a bit unoriginal. Watching the sunset as we ate was beautiful. Lovely evening out and pretty good value.

  • Visited April 2014
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Hurley, Wisconsin
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“Outstanding Food and Service”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

I am not sure sure that I have ever gave a eatery a perfect score but this place deserves it. Our waiter was totally outstanding and even though the place was packed, he was back at our table at least six times to see if we needed anything. He is the reason for the perfect score but the food was awesome as well. We were served our wonderful seafood meal right on the beach, with our feet in the sand. I have been all over the Caribbean and never had a meal in the sand... Bottom line, the food and service was outstanding!!!

  • Visited April 2014
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Anna Maria Island, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Long wait.....seating at there convence!”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

Got there at 7...... should of told us to get there at 945 to eat..rude staff....waiter awsome( john)...food over cooked! Tourist attraction that stinks!!! Never go back!

  • Visited April 2014
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Anna Maria, Florida
2 reviews
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“Must do when on AMI.”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

The SandBar is a great place to go for good food and the most spectacular ambience.
The restaurant is located on the north end of the island, directly on the beach. Seating on the outside deck is casual, or elegant, depending on your mood. The place to go for sunset. Just have to arrive early, grab a cocktail, sit out, waiting for you table. Even if you don't get seated til after sunset, you are still there, taking it all in. Food is good, and I highly recommend the Island Salad.. It has mango, blue cheese crumbles, pecans and a nice fruity vinaigrette. Calamari is the best anywhere. Tender, with just the right amount of breading. Seating inside is all newly renovated, but why do you want to be inside, when you can sit on the deck, or even get a table right on the sand.
I live here, so this is not just a tourist view of the restaurant, but someone who goes there often. Friends and family make it their choice when they come to visit.

  • Visited February 2014
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Main Line, Pa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“View vs. Food”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is my fourth time at this restaurant. I feel like it is never ending battle of view vs. food. The view is wonderful! Eating outside, at sunset on the beach is really quite a wonderful experience. I love the beach, I love sunset. These are good things. However, this food is mediocre at best. We've tried lots of combinations of appetizers, sandwiches and entrees over the years and it's still pretty mediocre fare. But we keep coming back for the view and the opportunity to sit outside on the beach at sunset. This year we were seated right by the bar station for the waitstaff. If you happen to be seated at this table, ask to be moved. You will have waiters/ waitreesses brushing past you for the entire meal. If you are there for sunset, you will also have a lot of people standing right behind your table. That's kind of awkward. I am not sure how much longer the view will win the battle for my family. But the view gets 5 stars. Food gets 1.

  • Visited April 2014
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