About this Vendor
The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café
Our waterfront venue is one of Anna Maria Island’s most appealing sites for wedding celebrations. The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café overlooks sugar white sands, the Gulf of Mexico’s turquoise waters and a multi-colored horizon during sunset. Our team of skilled coordinators will work with you on creating your perfect tropical dream wedding. For your ceremony, the Gulf waves and setting sun provide a picturesque backdrop when saying, “I Do.” Only steps away is our Sunset Tiki Hut, a reception space perfectly suited for groups up to 175 people. Smaller groups of fewer than twenty people may also choose to have the reception at our smaller Seaside Tiki Hut. Here you can enjoy your dinner at our custom 20-foot wood banquet table and dine alfresco with your toes in the sand.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Waterfront, Beach, Restaurant
Bar + Drinks, Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Wedding Planning, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
Stefanie was AMAZING! We had a very simple wedding with just 3 guests. She went above and beyond to make sure every detail was perfect and responded to any questions we had right away. There was no stress and that’s all we truly wanted. The elegant white linens and starfish hanging from the arch were perfect along with the sand ceremony she helped give some great ideas on! I highly recommend whether it’s a simple ceremony like ours or a wedding party of 200 you’ll be in great hands! Thanks for all Stefanie and everyone at Gulf Drive Cafe!
My husband and I had always dreamed of a beach wedding. I always had a vision of my dream beach wedding in my mind and The Sunset by Gulf Drive Cafe exceeded my expectations. From the beginning they were very helpful with every aspect of the planning. A few months before our wedding the coordinator we had been working with moved on to another job and I was very anxious at first. But then after Stefanie stepped in, I was put at ease. She worked really hard to make sure everything about our day was perfect. All my ideas and decorations were put up and taken down by the staff and it looked amazing. From the moment I stepped into the sand to walk down the aisle, Stefanies attention to every last detail was evident. She made sure we had everything we needed and more! I would recommend this venue to anyone. We had guests tell us it was the best wedding they’d ever been to, including their own. Thank you for making mine and Richards dream beach wedding a reality.
I would highly recommend the Gulf Dr Cafe for wedding ceremony/receptions. We had a great time for our Wedding on the 21st of October. Laura and her team were great to work with and they were very accommodating to our needs. I planned this wedding from out of state and we were still able to plan out all the details we wanted for the night of. Laura was also very helpful by giving suggestions for the event based on previous weddings she had seen at the venue. Talking with Laura definitely put me at ease to know I was in good hands with someone who is very experienced in events as these. As for the night of, Laura had guided us through the whole thing making sure we didn't miss any events in our schedule. It was very easy to follow her lead and enjoy the night. This was such a special day for my husband and I and we can't thank Laura and her team enough for all they did to make our wedding a night to remember.
I had my wedding and reception here! The staff were all very friendly, especially Stephanie! She made sure that everything went off without a hitch and that my husband and I were having a great time. The views were great and everything was so beautiful.
We had the best wedding!! Stephanie and staff were phenomenal, very professional and always available when we had questions. The location was breathtaking. Very highly recommended
Wow. Incredible experience!!! The staff was so friendly and hard working. All of our guests were raving about the food and service!!! We did our rehearsal dinner here and I highly recommend it for those wanting to show their loved ones the beautiful beaches of Bradenton!
Our son and daughter-in-law had a beach wedding planned for December, on a very small budget. When their original plans fell apart 3-4 weeks before the wedding we contacted Gulf Drive Cafe and they were able to work with us on very short notice. The cost was over our original budget but it came with a wedding coordinator, Stephanie who took care of all the details that we didn't have the time to handle. When the weather forecast kept getting worse each day leading up to the wedding Stephanie and Gulf Drive Cafe were wonderful, they came up with a great solution to move our guests inside for dinner. And on the day of the wedding when the weather still wasn't cooperating for a beach ceremony they were able to move the ceremony inside too. Stephanie was great to work with. She got back to us within minutes of every phone call with answers to our questions and requests. She also emailed us immediately after conversation and kept us informed of the costs the entire time. You can't control mother nature but Gulf Drive Cafe did everything in their power to make it a memorable evening for the Bride and Groom and all their guests. We highly recommend using them!
Gulf Drive Cafe is an amazing wedding venue! My husband and I got married here on November 4th, 2017 and it was absolutely gorgeous. We looked at a lot of different venues and this one was by far the best. The tikki hut looked amazing with our decorations and the ocean as our backdrop was magnificent. We received so many compliments from our guests saying it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever attended. The staff was amazing and so friendly....And then there is Laura. Oh my goodness she is the BEST coordinator EVER. She not only saved us money, but was able to pull off a very difficult wedding! We had an Indian/American fusion wedding. Laura was able to coordinate with our vendors which is very difficult, because there were a ton! When some of our vendors went over time and showed up late she was able to build in time into our schedule and save us about an hour! She was so incredibly accommodating I could not believe it! I truly believe this is her passion and calling. Her job is not an easy one! She is so warm-hearted and truly wants to best for her customers. What an amazing venue and staff!!!!
Our wedding at the Gulf Drive Café was perfection. From the location to the wedding planner, Laura, we could not have asked for a more perfect day. Laura was, by far, the best thing about the wedding planning experience. She was thoughtful and thorough and really easy to work with. She thought of things that I would not have thought of myself. She really understood what we were looking for and made everything about our wedding day perfect. We also enjoyed the food, location and service. The beach was clean and set up beautifully for our ceremony and the tiki pavilion was perfect for the size of our wedding. The menu choices we made were enjoyed by all of our guests. Thank you Gulf Drive Café for our perfect wedding day!!
We could not have asked for more! Laura is incredible. I was able to plan 95% of my wedding over the phone with her and everything went off without a hitch. I would recommend getting married here to anyone interested in a stress-free destination wedding.
Our reception at the Gulf Drive Cafe was gorgeous! Everything, the whole organization, and the event by itself like the Decoration, the Menue, the Cocktails and the friendly crew was perfect for us. A special thanks to Laura, who helped us in every way to make everything possible. You were always there for us! You did such a great job by managing everything! To have our reception at the Gulf Drive Cafe was the best decision! Thank you a lot and I can warmly recommend the Gulf Drive Cafe for a reception to everyone!
Laura is a rock star and the location is gorgeous! I looked everywhere around Florida and just kept coming back to this venue - it was exactly what I was looking for. Laura was so helpful and patiently answered my millions of questions beforehand. This was a destination wedding for me so I was a little nervous, but everything came together perfectly. Reading another review, yes, there was a service charge added to the total, but that's not uncommon at all. Laura was willing to make as many adjustments to the contract as we wanted and everything was very clearly laid out before we signed - there was nothing hidden or unexpected that popped up at the end. Back to Laura - wow. I had plenty of friends and family ready and willing to set up the reception location but needn't have bothered - we dropped everything off in the morning, gave her a general idea of what we wanted and by the time a couple of people went over to set it up it was already done and beautiful. Whether it was handing us our first cocktail as a married couple, snapping some unique shots with her phone that the photographers didn't catch, or delivering our dinner to our table so we could relax instead of going through the buffet line, she made everything so easy and effortless that I was truly able to enjoy the evening without worrying about anything at all. When we decided on a flower girl at the last minute and didn't have a handled basket, she made one by tying a little strip of burlap onto a basket for her. I never felt like I had to compromise on anything that I wanted - she made it all happen without exasperation and seemed happy to help the entire time. After the blur of the evening I tried to think back to anything that had gone wrong or anything I would have done differently and honestly could not. I am so glad that I chose this venue.
Laura was simply amazing at helping us plan an incredible wedding on a relatively short time table. Everything was perfect and she was delightful in every way. We couldn't have been more pleased with the entire process and our day was everything we had hoped!!
Our wedding coordinator Laura did a phenomenal job making sure everything was just right for our special day! She went above and beyond my expectations and left us with little to nothing to worry about! I could not be happier with how well Laura continuously communicated and helped us out with making our wedding day everything we hoped it would be. Would recommend with high regard for couples to get married at Gulf Drive Cafe!
My husband and I got married here on May 28, 2017. I cannot say enough wonderful things! Laura is beyond amazing. She took care of everything and kept in contact with us while we planned the wedding from 5 states away. She worked so hard and made sure we had everything we wanted. Even though our wedding took place on Memorial Day weekend and was probably one of the busiest times for the venue itself, she made sure everything was perfect... even bumping us up to a larger, more private space since it wasn't rented. I honestly could not think of anything to complain about, even if I tried! I highly recommend this venue, and especially Laura's coordinating services.
Our wedding turned out PERFECT. Laura was awesome and made everything easy the day of and all the days leading up to the wedding. We live in Ohio so planning a wedding in Florida could be difficult but it WAS NOT. The food was amazing and the weather and sunset was perfect as well. Could not of asked for a more perfect day!!
Laura was great! She had spectacular ideas that made our day unforgettable. The food, service and atmosphere were all top notch.
We’re so happy we chose to get married at Gulf Drive. The view and atmosphere of the beach ceremony and tiki hut reception were exactly what we were looking for, and the staff made the day unforgettable. We were able to plan most of the details over phone/email all the way from Texas without issue. I’m still amazed at the value we got for the money we spent, and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. The waitstaff was super attentive and kind, and went out of their way to make us feel special. The bartender (Randy) even came over to our breakfast table the following morning to ask us how we were feeling. The whole staff is clearly made up of good people who wanted us to have a great time. Our coordinator Laura was fantastic as well. She went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect. One of our wedding guests even mentioned that she (politely) chased a few tourists off the beach and out of camera frame during our ceremony. Laura clearly has a lot on her plate, so if you can’t get a hold of her immediately, just be sure to follow up. She alleviated any concerns we had, no matter how small or silly they may have seemed to her, and took extra good care of us the day of the wedding. We even found a little note from her on some to-go boxes filled with leftover food. This was everything we wanted and then some, and we can’t recommend this place enough.
As a wedding coordinator it was such a pleasure working with Laura Snow the event planner. She is extremely detail oriented and just an amazing person.
My Dream WeddingReviewed on 9/10/2015 Alina R
My family spend every summer on Anna Maria Island since before I was born. When I was 5 years old, I saw a wedding on the beach there, and knew that I wanted to have my own wedding there someday. 22 years later, my dream came true! During my search for wedding venues, we had a hard time on Anna Maria, because we have a very large family. I ended up with around 160 guests, and many of the other venues on the island didn't allow that many guests. We also had a band in mind that we wanted, and many of the other venues had issues with us bringing our own band that they had not approved of. When I talked to Kelli at Gulf Drive, she welcomed all of this news with excitement! Kelli was so incredibly helpful and patient with my mother and me throughout the entire process. She's understanding and helpful, and extremely generous with her time. I have nothing but kind words to say about Kelli--I feel so lucky to have had her helping me through the wedding process. The venue itself is gorgeous because it is right on my favorite beach in the world! The tiki hut is perfect for the reception, and I absolutely loved having it there. I highly recommend Kelli and Gulf Drive Cafe!
LovelyReviewed on 10/22/2014 Leigh C
Wedding site, along with reception site.
Beautiful and unique!Reviewed on 4/13/2013 Jessica B
I always wanted an outdoor wedding, and refused to have the reception in a ballroom. The tiki hut is beautiful and spacious. Just what we wanted! The communication with the staff was a bit tricky, and we ended up having some problems with the bill. However, everyone was very understanding and helpful. As for the food, it was very tasty but a bit dry... which is what we thought and also heard from some of our guests. Overall everything turned our pretty great! We are returning customers at their restaurant. The place is amazing.
relaxed and prettyReviewed on 11/05/2012 Alisha K
beautiful view! great staff
Wonderful!Reviewed on 7/11/2011 Krista K
We held our ceremony on the beach and reception in the Tiki Hut. Everything was wonderful! The food and service were both very good. It was very private even though it is close to the road. Everyone loved the location close to the beach, but not in the sand. Would highly recommend!
Meet The Coordinator
Stefanie is originally from Massachusetts where she got her start in events. She is pleased to be working on the warm beach front for weddings. When she isn't working you can find her paddle boarding with her dog on the beautiful Gulf waters. *Photos on Site by Chi Photography, Fotique, 3 Five, Light Heart Photography by Dorothy Smith, Suncoast Photography