Bradenton Beach Eats and Treats

September 6, 2019 By Tammy DeLosh

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Anna Maria Island has been a secret getaway for years. The word is out and this Island gem has been getting noticed. Famed for its family-owned and operated specialty restaurants, you may have a hard time deciding where to go. Let us break it down to the area you are staying in. Bradenton Beach is dubbed the lively side of the Island, offering more live music and options for later hours. This is a perfect family spot, with opportunities for adults to have some time for date night.

For those of you who like great seafood, beach views, unique menus and of course great ice cream, this is the guide for you..

The most obvious places are on the Beach and on Bridge Street. Sometimes there are hidden treasures on side streets and back Alleys. Here is our list to make your search easy. Starting at the northernmost part of Bradenton Beach to the south of the island, in order.

Sharky’s SeaGrill~ you can’t miss it with the large shark projecting out from the wall. Serving, Mako Shark, Lobster, and Prime Rib as featured meals they also have a kids menu, wine, and full bar with small plate menu. 2519 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217. 

The SmoqeHouse! Easy in and out with to go and catering options. This walk-in diner is a fast-casual eatery featuring handcrafted sandwiches, salads, soups, and whatever else he might feel like making that day. Think food truck but less mobile! 1701 Gulf Drive Bradenton Beach, FL 34217 Phone: (941) 242-5340.

The Gulf Drive Cafe and Kokonut Hut~Tropical cocktails, casual grill fare & live music in a breezy tiki bar overlooking the beach. Great Breakfast with Beachfront seating. 900 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217 open until 1 am

Wicked Cantina~ All food is hand made in-house daily! We specialize in delicious, … We have the Happiest Happy Hour in Town. From 12-6 Daily and All Day Sunday. Tacos, burgers and Mexican food with a twist. Serving Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with great Margarita’s and Specialty Beer. Open deck facing the beach is perfect for sunset dinner. 101 7th St N, Bradenton Beach, Florida 34217

The Beach House~  Upscale seafood and specialty menu, with patio and seating open air or under the pergola, right off the beach. Indoor seating has an elegant charm and is a highly sought after wedding venue or special occasion. Happy Hour from 12: to 5 pm daily with small meals and App. specials.  but stay until sunset. It is worth the experience. 200 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Oma’s Pizza and Italian~ All of our pizzas are hand made to order. Two crust styles, the hand-tossed, and inch-thick Sicilian. Full Sicilian style Italian menu and wine list. An Island favorite for years.  Indoor and Patio seating. 201 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217.

French Table  ~Affordable and classic French cuisine, including a full wine list and desserts. French Table is a little French restaurant located in Bradenton Beach, across from the beach, and owned by Marieke and Christophe, from the South West of France. It has a cozy French atmosphere. Best to make reservations or call ahead.  Closed Sunday. 103 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 34217

Moose Lodge ~Private organization for members only. Beachfront and recently remodeled, if you are a member, Enjoy the perks. Located where the Roundabout meets the beach, at Bridge street. Guest review(Awesome place! A beautiful view, a white sand beach, and a nice menu. Burgers, some vegetarian options, fish, wings, salads, etc.Craft and regular beer on tap.  110 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Island Time ~Located right on the Bridge Street circle on Anna Maria Island. The bar is located on the ground level below our fine dining restaurant, Bridge Street Bistro. We offer colorful scenery and exciting dishes to match. Live music and Sports on several large TV screens. Open-air indoor seating and Patio. 111 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Bridge Street Bistro~Outstanding menu includes appetizer sampler platters, lobster bisque, seafood chowder, and specialty salads. For entrees, try one of our hand-cut Filet Mignon or Ribeye steaks or four fresh fish options daily as well as a delicious Scallops Oscar or enjoy a cold water Lobster dinner. Homemade desserts are the perfect finish to a great meal.111 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Daiquiri Deck~ The world famous Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar has four locations in Florida: Siesta Key Village, South Siesta Key, St. Armands Circle, and the Island of Venice, with a 5th restaurant COMING SOON in early 2020 to Anna Maria Island/Bradenton Beach! The casual atmosphere and an unparalleled selection of taste-tempting Frozen Daiquiris will bring you in, but the Regular and Raw Bar menu, which includes mouthwatering selections for seafood lovers and land lovers alike served by the friendliest wait staff around, will keep you coming back for more. Music and shenanigans, with a long list of regular events. 107 Bridge Street, next to Fish Hole Miniature Golf.

Blue Marlin_ ~One of the island favorites for seafood, you should have reservations. Indoor is a Nautical theme with upscale dining, but the have a Trapyard patio seating with a more casual feel.  This outdoor space offers our full-service dining experience, or more casual dining with our signature “Street Food,” ordered at our outdoor kitchen and delivered to your table.  Weekends feature live music, and in our opinion, there’s no better place to spend an evening on Anna Maria Island.121 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Island Creperie~ French bistro featuring an array of sweet & savory crêpes, sandwiches & salads in upbeat 127 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar~Open air seating in the Bar restaurant with Lively entertainment or inside for a more intimate dinner plus Sports TV’s .( Spoiler alert, the owners are Green Bay Packer Fans). The dockside bar is great for a casual cocktail/ dinner can be served there also, & occasional live music.  Lots of fun, very busy,  serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. expect to wait in season. Relax you are on Island time.135 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217 open til Midnight.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier~aka. AMOB. With water view, this is a lovely place to relax. At Anna Maria Oyster Bar, we’re more than just oysters!  Serving award-winning seafood and more at a great value in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. You’ll love the Calamari, coconut shrimp and Ahi Tuna. Scheduled entertainment and specials with valet parking service. Call ahead to get picked up in a golf cart if you parked a few blocks away. 200 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217 Closes at 10 pm. You are welcome to come by boat. There are docking cleats.


Small meals and desserts:

941 Deli~ Offering a variety of breakfast and lunch items, including picnic orders, beer, wine, and deli items by the pound, also fresh fruit, and snacks to take out. 119  Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217. PHONE ORDERS 941-251-6628

Back Alley Treasures~Our coffee shop serves espresso creations either hot or cold, great fresh-brewed coffee, island smoothies, frozen lemonade, as well as craft beer and fabulous wine. We also offer a limited pastry selection for breakfast or a light snack. 108 Historic Bridge Street, AMI

Island Scoops: Every tub of Big Olaf Ice Cream is hand mixed with the finest ingredients and then churned in batch freezers by local Amish Craftsmen. Cute gift area with tables and seating inside.103B Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach FL 34217

Coquina Beach Cafe~ is open for breakfast and all day with amazing fresh cooked meals and treats, including the morning coffee. If you take a stroll through the shaded trails, Leffis Key or the beachline, you will not regret stopping for a meal or cocktail at the Beach cafe. It is the last trolley stop before Longboat Key. Enjoy live music at dinner time and sunset while still having your beach attire on. Make it simple and relaxing.

Joe’s Eats and Sweets~ 219 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

If you are shopping or out all day and just need a little something, the Circle K has sandwiches, single-serving wine, chips, and deli type options with hot dogs and slushies for daytime and kids.

All of these restaurants are easy to get to by bike, trolley, or walking distance from our Bradenton Beach rental homes. Book your next visit at

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