The Rod & Reel Pier is my wife's and my favourite restaurant worldwide. We've stayed in Anna Maria Island 5 times and always make several visits. Somehow they manage to combine a buzzing environment with the tranquility of the sea lapping at the pier, great reasonably priced freshly prepared food, cheap beer, friendly service from real carriers and a view to die for. You must try the onion rings, blackened garlic prawns, blackened chicken and fresh grilled tuna. It's very popular and you can't book, so you often have to wait for a table [at busy times for at least an hour]. If you don't have the patience to wait, then you've missed the point. Whilst waiting, you can hire a fishing rod, or watch the pelicans, other seabirds, starfish, dolphins and manatees [if you are lucky as we were on April 8th]. Oh and there's also a webcam trained on the pier, so you can make your family and friends at home jealous with this amazing place. A meal for 6 with shared starters, mains, shared puddings and drinks cost us around $140
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