May 21, 2024


The Food community

10 of our favorite beachfront restaurants from all across Florida

11 min read

While we love spending time relaxing on our famous Florida beaches, we’re even bigger fans of beachfront dining in the Sunshine State. Because, really, there’s nothing better than pairing that toes-in-the-sand experience with a good meal and a few boat drinks.

For us Floridians, the beachfront restaurant options are basically innumerable. So we decided to share our list of the best, ranging from fine dining to flip-flops casual.

These are places with amazing waterfront views where you will find iconic Florida foods like grouper, Key lime pie and oysters from the Gulf – or perhaps just a great cheeseburger or a plate of superior chicken wings.

Presented in alphabetical order, the list is culled from USA TODAY Network contributors in coastal communities across Florida, with restaurants hugging both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. – Wade Tatangelo, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Beach Bistro

6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; 941-778-6444;

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island’s Beach Bistro is one of the most celebrated restaurants in the state. Offering fine dining centered around Floridian cuisine that you can enjoy while dressed in your favorite smart casual attire, the bistro places guests right on the sands of Holmes Beach or indoors with its impressive new air filtration system.