January 31, 2020

25 essential Bradenton restaurants worth a road trip from Tampa Bay

These restaurants may be a bit of a hike from Tampa Bay, but they're worth the trek. Right now, the Bradenton area has never had so many great culinary hot spots. So, whether you're in the mood for seafood, Tex Mex or just a new waterfront view, there are plenty of good reasons to cross the Skyway.

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Blue Marlin Seafood  
121 Historic Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
Blue Marlin opened in a blue 1920’s cottage back in Nov. 2011. The restaurant’s menu is primarily centered around grouper, snapper, cobia and hogfish dishes that are brought in by the local A. P. Bell Fish Company. Blue Marlin is open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The restaurant usually hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
Photo via Blue Marlin/Facebook

Blue Marlin Seafood

121 Historic Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
Blue Marlin opened in a blue 1920’s cottage back in Nov. 2011. The restaurant’s menu is primarily centered around grouper, snapper, cobia and hogfish dishes that are brought in by the local A. P. Bell Fish Company. Blue Marlin is open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The restaurant usually hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

Photo via Blue Marlin/Facebook
The Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar  
135 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach
Since they’re a waterfront restaurant on Anna Maria Island, The Bridge Tender’s menu focuses on seafood and comfort food. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers inside and outside seating. They also serve beer and cocktails.
Photo via The Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar/Facebook

The Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar

135 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach
Since they’re a waterfront restaurant on Anna Maria Island, The Bridge Tender’s menu focuses on seafood and comfort food. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers inside and outside seating. They also serve beer and cocktails.

Photo via The Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar/Facebook
Beach House Waterfront Restaurant  
200 Gulf Drive N, Bradenton Beach
Featuring 650 feet of Gulf-front beach, the Beach House serves a tropical, seafood-based menu for both indoor and outdoor seating. Throughout their renovations, which were completed in 2017, the restaurant focused on conservational and environmentally conscious construction. They’re also a United Nations global observatory site.
Photo via The Beach House Restaurant/Facebook

Beach House Waterfront Restaurant

200 Gulf Drive N, Bradenton Beach
Featuring 650 feet of Gulf-front beach, the Beach House serves a tropical, seafood-based menu for both indoor and outdoor seating. Throughout their renovations, which were completed in 2017, the restaurant focused on conservational and environmentally conscious construction. They’re also a United Nations global observatory site.

Photo via The Beach House Restaurant/Facebook

Caddy's Bradenton

801 Riverside Dr. E, Bradenton
Accessible from the Manatee River, visitors are able to sit by the water and munch on American food at Caddy’s Bradenton. The restaurant is pet friendly and has a sand volleyball court. They also serve local craft beer and have a liquor bar. Caddy’s Bradenton is opens daily at 11 a.m. The restaurant closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 10 p.m. all other nights.

Photo via Caddy’s at the Pointe/Facebook
3 Keys Brewing and Eatery  
2505 Manatee Ave. E, Bradenton,
3 Keys Brewing is a small batch brewery and eatery with a “weekly evolving” selection of beer and pub style food. The restaurant has bingo on Thursdays, live music on Saturdays and trivia on Sundays. Visitors are able to bring beers and ciders home with them in growlers. Seating is “community style,” meaning you might have to sit with strangers at a large table, and visitors order food at the bar. Burgers range from $11 to $14 and the beef is sourced locally from Lakewood Ranch, 10 miles away. 3 Keys Brewing is open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Photo via 3 Keys Brewing & Eatery/Facebook

3 Keys Brewing and Eatery

2505 Manatee Ave. E, Bradenton,
3 Keys Brewing is a small batch brewery and eatery with a “weekly evolving” selection of beer and pub style food. The restaurant has bingo on Thursdays, live music on Saturdays and trivia on Sundays. Visitors are able to bring beers and ciders home with them in growlers. Seating is “community style,” meaning you might have to sit with strangers at a large table, and visitors order food at the bar. Burgers range from $11 to $14 and the beef is sourced locally from Lakewood Ranch, 10 miles away. 3 Keys Brewing is open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Photo via 3 Keys Brewing & Eatery/Facebook