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“On The Beach”
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, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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 June 5, 2014

Choose to eat at this restaurant because it served HushPuppies. My grandson had decided he had to have them. It was very good. Service was excellent. Would definitely eat there again.

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Thank Debra R
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

Food was really quite average and overpriced. We had appetizers and they were okay. It took about 20 minutes after finishing the appetizer for the salads to arrive. (The island salad was really the best thing I had that night.) After finishing the salads, it was 30 minutes before the main course arrived. The "tuna" was overcooked and dry. The squash vegetable looked unappealing and didn't have much tasted at all. The waiter never came back after serving any of the various parts of the meal to asked us "how it tastes", "can I get anything for you", etc. All in all, by the time we paid for the meal, it was about an hour 45 minutes. If you want to go there for the view, just have drinks and go some where else for for food.

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Thank CDG_in_CO
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Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

We visited the Sandbar on Satuday 5/31. We had just gotten into town and our vacation rental house wasn't going to be available for a few hours yet. We decided to get a late lunch here. This was our third visit to Anna Maria Island and each visit we have eaten at the Sandbar. It has been or favorite place on past visits. It was after one o'clock so we thought service should be relatively quick since lunch crowd should be finishing soon. We were seated inside right away because the outside seating was full. Once we were seated we waited more than 15 minutes before any one came by to see if we wanted drinks or water or anything. When a waitress finally did stop at or table she asked if anyone had waited on us yet. She seemed a bit annoyed. I think she was a bit stressed said it was her first week working. She was rather brusk but at the same time tried to make sure we knew that she was doing everything she could to get our orders in quickly. My husband and I got our drinks right away but the kids had to wait a bit for theirs. Then it seemed it took for ever for our food to arrive. When my husband asked to speak to the manager, he came out. He apologized for the delay. They were short handed that day and he was trying to help. Apparently while he was carrying the tray with our food there was a collision and the tray was dropped. They had to start from scratch making or food. They did apologize profusely. The manager took 50% off our bill and the waitress treated us to dessert add well. So while the service was not up to their normal standards they did apologize and try to make amends. The food was good and it seems like they have remodeled since the last time we were here. Which made the place seem light and airy.

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Thank lmoss65
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

We were disappointed by the removal of escargot as well as shrimp ana permanently from the menu. We have been going to this restaurant for over 20 years . One main reason was to enjoy these two appetizers. How disappointing! Time to find another restaurant.

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Reviewed May 30, 2014

We have been coming here for more than 20 years and it never disappoints! Several years ago they began renovating in stages and it is better than ever, with great shading outdoors so patrons can dine on the beach, but not be in the direct sunlight. Had a great lunch and hope to return later this week for another meal. We always hope to be there when there is a wedding taking place. Highly recommend!

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1  Thank susansheeh
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