Located on the north end of Anna Maria Island, The Sandbar Restaurant is a coastal beach wedding venue that serves the greater Tampa region. Their covered deck sits right on the white sand beaches, creating the perfect atmosphere for a stylish celebration with nautical and tropical elements. Come host your dream beach wedding against the crashing waves and blue skies on the west coast of Florida.
Facilities and Capacity
The open-air Pavilion, which hosts up to 160 guests, sits directly on the beach. In the banquet buffet area, friends and family can enjoy a customized menu for the day. They are happy to accommodate both small and large groups.
At The Sandbar Restaurant, the team is determined to create beautiful memories for you and your guests. They are proud to be part of the celebration and will gladly assist with special requests and individual needs. Ultimately, the staff wants your experience to be unforgettable and offers a list of recommended vendors. Their wedding-related services include:
The Sandbar Restaurant specializes in fresh seafood. However, their professional chef is happy to produce a personalized menu just for the big day. Their scrumptious dishes will please every palate, and can be served as buffet, hors d’oeuvres, family style and French service. Servers, bartenders and bar services are also available. Examples of cuisine styles to choose from include:
At The Sandbar Restaurant, your bridal party can enjoy a bridal suite to prepare for the big day in. On-site parking, valet parking, wheelchair access and a shuttle are also available.
To complete your wedding experience, the restaurant venue can host various wedding-related occasions. These events include:
The Sandbar’s history dates back to 1911. Back then, the Pavilion was a meeting place for locals and tourists to relax on Anna Maria Island. Over the next several decades and a few renovations later, the establishment was passed along many owners. The current owners purchased the Sandbar in July 1979, and now offer the space for couples to showcase their love.
The Sandbar Restaurant sits at the northern end of Anna Maria Island. In the neighborhood, guests can enjoy Palmetto Avenue Beach and nautical-themed gift shops. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is 38 minutes away, while Tampa International Airport is one hour away.
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Katie · Married on 12/08/2012
The Sandbar is not only a wonderful restaurant, but they're also an amazing wedding venue! My husband and I looked at many venues before making our final decision but it was clear from the beginning that The Sandbar would be the best choice! Their food is outstanding and Patti, the wedding coordinator, made everything so simple for us. She was highly organized and made the process of planning our wedding manageable...as all brides know, the process can be rather overwhelming at times! No matter what we needed (kids meal options, custom decoration, assistance with setting up, food tasting, etc) The Sandbar provided everything we needed to make our wedding a success!
Believe me when I say you won't regret using The Sandbar for your wedding venue...you'll be pleased to know that you're in good hands with Patti and her team of experts and I'm confident that they will go above and beyond for you!
Thanks again Patti and The Sandbar for such a wonderful wedding!
Katie and Dean
Jessica Clayson · Married on 10/22/2018
The Best Wedding Ever!!!!
The Best Wedding Ever!!!!
We cannot thank Molly and her team at The Sandbar enough. Our wedding was the most perfect day and was all we could have wished for and more.
Molly helped our vision come to life for our relaxed and beautiful day.
She was great at communication, even though we live in Australia it never felt like we were organising miles apart.
On the day everything went perfectly, all the staff went above and beyond to ensure we were happy.
A special thank you must go to the chef! The food was incredible!!! so tasty, fresh - totally delicious. All our guest were amazed with the quality and the amount!
If we could do it all over again we wouldn't have changed a thing!
Thanks again Molly & Team!!
Nicole · Married on 05/11/2018
From start to finish The Sandbar was a pleasure to work with!Sent on 05/25/2018
The Sandbar Restaurant's reply:
Anna Marie Island is one of the most popular places in Florida for a beach wedding - thanks to the Sandbar!! A great staff and wonderful view makes it the perfect choice..
If you are searching for a beautiful venue, with a beautiful beach, on a beautiful island, then look no further. The Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria Island has it all. From a photographer's standpoint, it doesn't get any better. The Sandbar is located directly on the beach on the north end of Anna Maria Island. That part of our beach, with it's curving line to the north, lends itself to some truly spectacular sunsets. The food is amazing, and the staff is first class. Having your wedding here is more than an event, it's an experience that you will treasure for a llifetime.
The Sandbar is part of The Chiles Group known for their commitment to Customer Service. Excellent location for large weddings or small family weddings. Regardless if you have 5 guests or 120 guests, Patti will make sure you get special treatment. Patti has worked for The Sandbar for over 10 yrs and will make sure to see every detail of your wedding goes perfect. Patti McKee and her staff are excellent at customer service with a great personality and will go out of her way to help you with all your needs. Alek & Sally Shooting Star Photography