Anna Maria Beach Weddings, Receptions & Rehearsals
“Anna Maria’s Front Porch”
We recently went to the Waterfront Restaurant on Anna Maria Island, of course we wanted to find out if brides would like to have their beach wedding reception or rehearsal dinner there, and here’s what we found out about this restaurant / wedding venue, along with some cool pictures.
This Place Has History
We were told that the Waterfront restaurant was built in the early 1920’s and originally known as “Lorraines Cottage,” the restaurant now lies in the heart of what we call, ‘Anna Maria’s Old Town Neighborhood,’ just off Pine Avenue.
Now; while the restaurants interior clearly has that cozy thing going on, the outside ‘front porch’ is where-it’s-at.
Sitting on the restaurants front porch you’re gaze takes you across the street to the beach, then over to Anna Maria’s 100+ year old fishing pier, still further to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge & distant Saint Petersburg shoreline…
That’ll keep you’re eyes busy a while…
But Hey…Don’t get carried away with all the beautiful water views…Because, the fun stuff is goin-on up close and personal…
Down-Home Conversation & Laughter
Just a few feet away locals cruising by chat-up friends in the restaurant…some stop altogether as quick comments frequently turn into conversation & laughter.
Watch out…A ‘neighborhood local’ might actually talk to you as they walk by the restaurants front porch…And yes, you might respond back, which in turn may create a ‘conversation.’
Across the street sun bathers are doing the beach thing…
Others are just strolling along the pier enjoying the day…
And…between the good food, people watching, conversations & laughter… you’re senses have just arrived at “Fun-Overload-Bliss”…
And the only thing that you’ll really know… is that you want more.
This place is like a mecca for “people watching” and you’re so close to the action that there’s no real reason not to join into the conversation… ‘welcome aboard, join in, become part of the neighborhood.’
An Anna Maria Beach Wedding Reception & Rehearsal Dining Spot
So, is the Waterfront Restaurant a good place for a beach wedding reception or rehearsal dinner?
The answer is a resounding YES, as long as you love people, fun and laughter.
Oh Yeah, the food’s good too!
And; you can have your beach wedding ceremony at the beach across the street, how convenient is that?
…At the Waterfront Restaurant, you feel like you’re home again.
Taste The Casual Sophistication of The Waterfront Restaurant.
Relax on Anna Maria’s Front Porch…The Waterfront Restaurant.
From the Smoked Salmon Appetizer thru The Filet Madagascar…
Flavorful Dining… Home-Again Atmosphere…
From The Waterfront Restaurant
“Our cozy restaurant is a perfect setting for your special rehearsal dinner or wedding event. Known for its’ elegant food and boasting one of the best beer and wine selections on the west coast of Florida, our knowledgeable, talented staff will work hand in hand with you arranging your special event. The lavish garden courtyard offers a protected, private setting for up to 50 people to dine, and at certain times of the year the entire restaurant has been used for larger events. With a beautiful beach available across the street, you can have your celebration and be steps from your dining facility ~ old Florida charm at its’ finest, here at The Waterfront Restaurant.”
Bill Hard, Special Events Coordinator – Waterfront Restaurant
So, come to the Waterfront Restaurant for the food, stay for the people… your home again.
I could have stayed there, listening to conversations – joining in occasionally, and people watching all day long.
Don’t forget to catch lunch or dinner from the Waterfront Restaurant’s covered porch the next time you visit Florida’s Anna Maria Island.
Relax on Anna Maria’s Front Porch…Come Home to The Waterfront Restaurant
One minute you’re gazing out over the bay waters daydreaming of… then your attention is grabbed by a local who has stopped on his way-by for a chat…
“The Waterfront Restaurant is…Anna Maria’s Front Porch.”
If I owned the restaurant, I’d add a second floor deck above the porch…why not ‘Double Down’ on something great, seems like a no-brainer.
Really; the only thing that separates everybody is a horizontal wood rail – which has never been any good at stopping words, music or laughter.
Hey, When can we go back???
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