Blue Marlin

favorite Anna Maria Island restaurants is Blue Marlin. Located on Bridge Street right in the thick of it around Bradenton Beach, Blue Marlin features some of the best food I have had on the island in the last few years. Primarily a seafood restaurant, it also has quality non-fish dishes.

The smoked fish dip, garlic shrimp and scallop appetizers are all worth getting before your entree. For the main course, the grouper is always a star. There is a daily specials menu, which I recommend checking out. I recently had a potato crusted red snapper with a beurre blanc that I had to get three cups of it was so good.

Outside the specials, the Cortez Boil is great, but a lot of food. The grouper Fulford is top notch. The drink selection is good as well. If they have Duke’s brown ale, I highly recommend it.

I would be sure to make reservations as the place fills quickly. There aren’t a huge number of seats. They have a cool outside alley that features live music and a separate outside bar.

A number of Anna Maria Island restaurants feature local seafood, but for my money Blue Marlin tops the list.