Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, Autograph Collection, located on Anna Maria Island, FL, has announced the opening of Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen. The boutique waterfront hotel opened its doors last month in Holmes Beach on the eastern shore of the island, and now it has officially opened the door to its signature restaurant. Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen, led by executive chef James Baselici, will have offers a menu inspired by coastal locales, bridging the heritage of the land and sea.
The casual 76-seat restaurant with an open kitchen will have rustic elements such as reclaimed wood top tables, an oyster shell chandelier and nautical influences throughout. Guests can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, wood-grilled oysters, blue crab hushpuppies, daily specials based on local catch and more. All menu selections have been considered to form a connection with similar coastal locations, including the Carolina Lowcountry, the bayous of Louisiana and the docks of Cortez.
Eliza Ann’s is open for dinner nightly from 4 to 10 p.m. with a late-night happy hour from 10 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. includes beer, wine, spirits and chef’s choice small plates, all for $5. Wine Wednesdays showcase half-off all bottles of wine during dinner. Brunch will also be offered beginning December 23, available Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4 p.m. The resort plans to introduce breakfast and lunch service beginning February 2018.
At the helm, Baselici has over 20 years of culinary experience. He was previously Chef de Cuisine at Sands Pointe Restaurant at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. A former New Jersey resident and graduate of New York’s Institute of Culinary Education, Baselici has a wealth of experience in kitchens throughout the Sarasota area and was a guest chef for the James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour and the Chef's Collaborative Trash Fish Dinner in 2014.
The Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club itself has 37 stylish guestrooms and suites with gourmet kitchens; a 50-slip marina offering a variety of water activities; 2,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space; and a swimming pool with an oversized sun deck extending into the marina.