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“Why did we wait so long?”
Review of Sandbar Restaurant

Sandbar Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 24 Restaurants in Anna Maria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 8 - USD 30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, 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 10 June 2017

Wonderful view, on the beach both inside and outside seating and an area where you can sit with your feet in the sand. When I say right on the beach, the beautiful sand and beach goers are right there along of course with the water. Food and service is great! Prices are not out of line at all. Lots of fans and shade so its not hot outside and if you prefer inside, that is available. We are so impressed that we are returning on Tuesday for our Anniversary dinner! May I recommend the grouper?

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Doug S, Owner at Sandbar Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2017

We're so honored that you chose us for your anniversary dinner. Thanks so much! We hope to see you again very soon.

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Doug Sullivan, General Manager

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Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We visited the Sandbar twice during our visit to AMI. During our first visit we were a party of 7 for lunch. We each enjoyed our entrees and the beautiful view . We were all very impressed with our waitress Maria. She was witty, efficient, personable, friendly and enhanced our lunch experience. She came back to our table and corrected that one person in the party had double tipped. We were impressed with her honesty.
On our second visit we were a group of 18. We arrived at 6:15 PM and were told that we would have an hour and a half wait. Since we were a four generation group with ages ranging from 86-8, waiting that long of a wait would have been an issue. Arty, the manager, went out of his way to come up with 3 tables of 6 and we were seated within 30 minutes. Our waitress Alexa was very personable and provided wonderful service . We enjoyed our delicious dinner as we watched the beautiful sunset over the gulf.

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Doug S, Owner at Sandbar Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thanks so much for your review! We're so glad that you had two awesome experiences with us, and we hope for many more. We look forward to serving you again.

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Doug Sullivan, General Manager

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Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Had lunch with family there this afternoon . It was not crowded but the service was slow but the attention was excellent. The view of the Gulf of Mexico is fantastic . I would eat there again, or perhaps just sit on the patio and sip and drink and watch folks on the beach .

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Doug S, Owner at Sandbar Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Thanks so much for the review! I'm sorry that the timing of your meal wasn't spot on, although I'm glad to hear your server took great care of you. We hope to see you again soon for another relaxing beach view.

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Doug Sullivan, General Manager

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Reviewed 7 June 2017

Suspect the reputation this eatery enjoys is more to do with its location, directly on the beach, rather than on the food or anything else. It's a great place (and very popular as a result) for a sundowner and for dining watching the sunset. We thought the food very average. Also, we waited 45 mins. in a small, very crowded, bar/shop area - it surprised us that bar customers were permitted to eat at the bar, while customers waiting to be seated in the restaurant had to stand around wherever there was space.
Bar staff very friendly, chatty and efficient; can't say the same for the waiters but it was very busy!
In our view, it's sister restaurant - The Waterfront - down at Bradenton Beach is a considerable cut above this on all counts - it also is on the beach and has good views.

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Doug S, Owner at Sandbar Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Thanks so much for your review! I'm glad that you enjoyed your time with us. Please know that we make every effort to serve our guests as quickly as possible, while not sacrificing quality -- we source our produce and most of our seafood locally, and employ talented chefs. Thank you for the praise of our sister restaurant on Bradenton Beach -- I believe you are referring to the Beach House. We look forward to seeing you again at either, soon!

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Doug Sullivan, General Manager

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Reviewed 7 June 2017

You can certainly enjoy the view of the ocean but the food wasn't worth stopping for. I had the shrimp and grits that was ok and my daughter had the coconut shrimp and she couldn't eat it. She said it tasted like dirt. It's served with an Asian sauce instead of a coconut sauce but she was complaining about the batter. It's too pricey for the view. I requested a straw and instead of worrying about the customer's needs, they were more concerned about the turtles and would not give me a straw.

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Doug S, Owner at Sandbar Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Thanks so much for your review. I'm so sorry that your daughter didn't enjoy her shrimp, as the coconut shrimp is a favorite -- we only source the freshest, domestic shrimp. Please also know that while we care about the environment and are aware that straws are harmful, we keep them on hand and would never refuse to give you one. It's possible that your server overlooked your request, and for that I am very sorry. We appreciate your feedback, and hope you'll give us another chance soon.

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Doug Sullivan, General Manager

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