It sits on the water’s edge, and each night patrons compete for the free bottle of champagne given to the diner who guesses the time of sunset. 100 Spring Ave.; 941-778-0444 or sandbar.groupersandwich.com
Rod and Reel Pier
Enjoy a fresh seafood-omelet breakfast and a glimpse of a dolphin or manatee out the window. 875 N Shore Dr., 941-778-1885
Ginny’s and Jane E’s
Located in the “Old Florida” area of Anna Maria Island, Ginny’s & Jane E’s doubles as a bakery café and island coastal store. 9807 Gulf Drive; 941-778-3170 or ginnysandjanees.com
For a dinner splurge, Beach Bistro offers a fine-dining option where flip-flops are still welcome. 6600 Gulf Drive; 941-778-6444 or beachbistro.com.