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The Donut Experiment

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210C Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island, FL 34216
+1 941-896-3172
07:00 - 13:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Not only is this fun to watch it's delicious. I love to take my kids and let them pick whatever they want, the only thing on the island we do more than once when we visit. It too good to not and I don't really care for donuts.

1 Thank Missy K
New York City, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

If the idea of filling out paperwork and waiting in line for a deep fried donut that's been hand-dipped and sugar and other standard add-ons (like sprinkles) or non-standard (like sugar-soaked bacon bits) — and then eating it in a shabby shop or on picnic tables overlooking the parking lot is your idea of fun...well, then this is the place... More 

Thank Rosemary-NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We love the donut shop! The donuts are excellent especially when they are warm! You get to pick the sauce on the top along with toppings!

1 Thank Ashley B
Northern VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

I am NOT a donut fan, especially Cake donuts. I tasted one with coconut and it was fabulous! Warm, light and flavorful. We went before 9am and it was really getting busy. The order process should be streamlined. The girl at the cashier stand seemed very annoyed being there. She looked as if we were imposing on her by ordering,... More 

Thank sidney11
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Stayed on the island for a night for Christmas. We have been to the donut experience before and waited a long time so we got to the shop right at 7 when they opened this time. If you get there after 9:30 expect to be wait, but it is totally worth it! Would love to see one open in Orlando!

2 Thank DaisyMay2007
Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing value for hot and fresh custom donuts! The topping list and glazes were all wonderful. Maple and bacon was a family favorite.

1 Thank Cjmonroe
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

The donuts are fantastic. No doubt about that. However, if you go at the wrong time, the wait is a bit outrageous. Our wait was 50 minutes, thus a 4 and not 5. Highly recommend finding the right time to go.

1 Thank Seth B
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Freshest donuts we've ever had. Kids had so much fun designing their own flavored and watching them be made. Be prepared for a long wait/line -took us 45 min to get our dozen. Would go back!

1 Thank BreannMarie
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Great fresh donuts with good toppings. The wait and service are hugely lacking. We waited 40 minutes! They don't yell when your order.. is ready or act like they even care about serving you. It's a great concept but truly isn't sustainable. They have limited space and lack of any assembly line. It's great to get a hot donut but... More 

Thank Norahsings
Aspen, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Waited forty five minutes but worth it! Made to order hot donuts! Delicious and a unique experience. You are going to have figure out how to deal with the crowds. The wait was a bit too long!!

Thank Meg D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 210C Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island, FL 34216
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Anna Maria Island  >  Anna Maria
  • Phone Number: +1 941-896-3172
Welcome to The Donut Experiment, where every donut is your creation! We start with a delicious, fresh-made cake donut and then you pick from our huge selection of icings and toppings. Yours can be as simple as plain or glazed or as crazy as key lime, maple bacon or Sriracha. Stop by today and begin your own experiment. We also serve premium, local roasted coffee and espresso drinks.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?