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“Great location and atmosphere”
Review of Sandbar Restaurant

Sandbar Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 23 Restaurants in Anna Maria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Reviewed April 29, 2014

I've just returned home after a meal at the sandbar.we arrived for a meal at 19.20 and were given a wait time of 90 minutes.we actually waited about 80 minutes.the place was packed which was a good sign.the location is superb with a perfect view of the sunset.there was a great atmosphere with the diners and the people waiting to be seated.our waiter was really friendly and the food was really tasty.i had the top sirloin which was cooked just how I asked for it.out of the eight of our party seven of us were pleased with our meals.the fish and chips wasn't well received by one of our party.we will be returning without doubt.the one thing we weren't happy about was the 18% gratuity added on our bill.how can that be justified really?overall we would recommend this place.

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Thank Dale S
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Terrible terrible terrible!! 4 out of 5 terrible meals. I had shrimp and grits. I really should of taken a picture... it was embarrassing! They 'cut up' or chopped? 2- 3 shrimp with water and served it around the mound of cold, tasteless grits. I have lived in the south since 89 and eaten many a grit and this was not anything I have ever had before. It was like they took the hush puppy mix and tried to make grits out of that? But didn't add anything else to it except water.....Halfway cooked it that morning and served it to me at 8pm. Mom had coconut shrimp that were undercooked and soggy. Two dinner companions had mahi and it was overcooked ...one was blackened and was like a salt lick and the other was to come with EXTRA lemon butter sauce and it had NONE. the baked potato was the best thing out of those four dishes. Hubby had salad with wasabi crusted grouper and it was very good. Service from Mike was excellent but we didn't have the energy to complain about 4 meals. Also, had the muscles and calamari as apps. Calamari was soggy and not good (like the coconut shrimp) but the muscles were above average. And the bathrooms were FILTHY!! At 8pm on a Sunday night. I have been coming to AMI and the Sandbar for 33 years .....what a shame.

Thank lisaandandyFL
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

This is a sister restaurant to Beach House. It is BUSY. We sat right on the beach again. Even better views than Beach House. Menu had a great selection. Food was great. Drinks were soothing.

1  Thank russ_r68
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

this is the most overrated overpriced restaurant on the island. the fish spread was made from canned salmon and was awful. even the drinks were terrible and wayyyy overpriced. service was so-so, had a waiter with an attitude. honestly, mcdonalds would be a better option.

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1  Thank renee b
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Food was terrible. For the price it was the worst I've had in a while. The grouper sandwich was very small and the fish and chips had a strong fish taste. Would not recommend. My wife's pasta salad was primarily mayonnaise. The draft beer was excellent as well as the wait staff.

Thank James S
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