Where to Eat in Bradenton: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Margarita Chappel

Visitors find the perfect blend of culture and fun in Bradenton. Discover Florida’s Spanish heritage at the De Soto National Memorial, go for a bike tour of the beautiful Robinson Preserve, and explore an authentic fishing village at Cortez. Be sure to visit the South Florida Museum and catch a Pittsburgh Pirates spring training game — and don’t miss vibrant downtown Bradenton, the picturesque Riverwalk, and the working artists’ community at the Village of the Arts.
Things to do in Bradenton

1. The Clam House

304 7th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221-5207 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 941-721-8774
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 216 reviews

The Clam House

Reviewed By Norman C - Fort Myers, Florida

I had Fried Combo Platter - Crunchy panko fried Haddock, sweet clam strips and five crispy straight shrimp served along side your desired - two homemade sides. The haddock (??) was a little dry. The clam strips were puny and overcooked. The shrimp was good. Would return but would not have their clam strips.

2. Arte Caffe

930 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-7352 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 46 +1 941-750-9309
Excellent
90%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 93 reviews

Arte Caffe

An Italian Caffe, Bakery, and Market... Fresh baked bread, Hand made Pasta, and Authentic homemade sauces available. All cold cuts and cheeses are imported and can be sliced to order or made into mouth-watering sandwiches. Come in for a sweet treat and a coffee, or settle in for a meal with friends and family!

Reviewed By William J - Sarasota, Florida

Located in the Village of Arts in Bradenton, Arte Cafe is a surprisingly sophisticated Italian restaurant featuring mainly home made entrees covering a wide selection of pastas, pizzas, meats, sandwiches and cheeses. They do not have a liquor license but encourage guests to bring their own wine which they serve with no corkage fee.

Very friendly and well trained staff add to the ambiance. We were seated for a weekend lunch with no problem but learned that evenings are best secured with a reservation.

3. Ortygia

1418 13th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-7239 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 9 - SGD 33 +1 941-741-8646
Excellent
79%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 447 reviews

Ortygia

At Ortygia Restaurant in our artsy 1920's vintage bungalow we offer a unique, culinary experience. Located just minutes from downtown Bradenton. We offer French/Sicilian cuisine in a small, intimate, indoor or outdoor setting. Where many venues offer an array of glitz and glitter, the attraction of Ortygia is its eclectic charm, unparalleled backdrop, the beauty of nature and an abiding sense of La Bella Vita! Add the ambiance of candles, torches, lights, music and laughter, Ortygia glows with its own brand of beauty that lures people back over and over again. Our distinctive and exceptional cuisine is just another reason so many individuals choose Ortygia to host their special events.

Reviewed By Denise E - Vancouver, Canada

Located in an old house in a residential area. You wonder if you are going to the correct place. Small. Friendly efficient service. Had the specials. Veal osso buco with penne and tuna with eggplant and roasted Brussels sprouts. Bottle of Sicilian white wine and shared a started of roasted golden beets. Total cost with tip $125. Food nicely seasoned—not over seasoned with good flavours. Tomato sauce on osso buco was very good

4. Riverhouse Reef & Grill

995 Riverside Dr, Palmetto, FL 34221-5044 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 37 +1 941-729-0616
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 826 reviews

Riverhouse Reef & Grill

A unique blend of casual and elegant. Riverhouse Reef & Grill offers a fresh approach to incredible cuisine and casual elegance. Our waterfront dining room brings the outdoors in with an interior that opens completely to the waterfront. Outside, dockside seating offers glimpses of docile Manatees, playful Dolphins and elegant yachts. Riverhouse Reef & Grill offers only the freshest of seafood, highest quality Ceritifed Angus steaks and burgers, and new twists on old favorites such as our renowned Lobster Pot Pie, Cajun Crawfish Cheeseburger and Fish Tacos, to name just a few! Our salads are made with only the freshest of produce and our soups are all unique house made creations. Reservations not required, but recommended during peak times. Inside and Outside Seating Available. Enjoy These Special Offers: $9 Lunch Menu served Mon-Sat open to 4pm Award-Winning Sunday Brunch: 11am to 2pm $2 Domestic Drafts on Mondays $9 Bottles of Wine 4pm to close Wednesdays Daily Happy Hour 3-7pm

Reviewed By flashover5 - Lowell,Ma

This restaurant sits at the end of a pier surrounded by a marina filled with big,expensive sailboats.This setting on the Manatee River is outstanding but our meals were mediocre at best.I had the blackened gulf scallops which had a seasoning unlike any blackened seafood I have ever had. The flavor was more of a southwest type seasoning which did not add anything to a seafood dish. The scallops themselves had a too firm texture that was not typical of a smooth fresh scallop.My companions both had the lobster pie and both said that the pie had too much gravy and too little lobster with a flavoring that did not compliment the dish(thyme?) None of our meals were piping hot even though we were seated inside.Our experience has us scratching our heads in puzzlement over all the positive reviews.

5. Riverside Cafe

955 Riverside Dr, Palmetto, FL 34221-5000 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Seafood, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night +1 941-729-4402
Excellent
49%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 285 reviews

Riverside Cafe

Reviewed By Armina H

Traditional pub food with a great view. Wait staff friendly and attentive. Seasonal salad tasty but chicken was dry and overcooked. Calamari was almost too greasy and lacked taste.

6. Vertoris Pizza House

6830 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207-5808 Outdoor Seating, Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 21 +1 941-751-0333
Excellent
78%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

Vertoris Pizza House

Reviewed By efm16 - Louisville, Kentucky

Ah.maz.ing!!!!! The food options, Esp for gluten free, are out of this world (vegan also). Full dessert case of awesome gluten free desserts (cupcakes bars and pies) and a FULL gluten free menu including stuffed pastas, fried food (separate fryer), bread, pizza and pasta. Food was very tasty and reasonably priced. Space inside is limited and it's in a strip mall area, but WELL worth having a meal here.

7. Sage Biscuit Cafe

6656 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210-2600 Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 941-792-3970
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 768 reviews

Sage Biscuit Cafe

Breakfast and Lunch Cafe specializing in fresh homemade foods. We cater to a wide variety of tastes and dietary needs. Unique vegan and vegetarian options are available! Our signature dishes include a variety of eggs benedicts, breakfast skillets, and our awesome sage biscuits with sausage gravy! Try one of our tasty sandwiches on our fresh baked bread!

Reviewed By Lola1958 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

When we waited almost 10 minutes for coffee, we should have realized it would be a long wait for food.
The food was okay, plenty of gravy on the sage biscuits (2) and the potatoes were crispy. Spouse had fried eggs, potatoes, sausage and a biscuit, he said it was "okay." We sat outside on a nice patio as no tables were available inside. However, we did not go here expecting to wait an hour - seriously, an hour - for breakfast with no updates or apology from the server. If you have a lot of time to spare, you may want to try it. I think there has been alot of hype for this cafe, as I don't understand the #1 rating. Service was okay, food was okay, but we don't plan to return. Breakfast was $21.00, coffee is $2.50.

8. Lucky Frog Restaurant

4625 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210-3146 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards German, Mediterranean, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 29 +1 941-795-2132
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Lucky Frog Restaurant

The German Lunch and Dinner spot is in the Publix-anchored shopping center at Cortez Road W. open Monday - Saturday. Since opening in September 2014 the Lucky Frog is part of Bradenton’s 10 Best Local Eats, voted three times as Finalist by Bradenton Heralds Peoples Choice and has 4.9 Stars from 5 on Facebook. They offer German and Mediterranean Meals (vegetarian or gluten-free possibilities available) and everything is made from scratch by the owner, Master Chef Uwe. The name comes from "The Lion and the Frog" retold by Brothers Grimm. On the menu, the dishes are named after the fairy tale. There's the Golden Palace, a Vienna-style Schnitzel with German potato salad, the Queens Heart, a Beef Meat, marinated in Red Wine and Vinegar with Red Cabbage and homemade Spaetzle, and the fresh made Potato Pancakes are the best in town. Uwe takes a great care with plating the food. "Your eye is eating first before your stomach. If it's appetizing already, then you really enjoy your meal."

Reviewed By Honestly4933 - Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota

How lucky we were to discover The Lucky Frog, tucked away in an inassuming strip mall on busy Cortez Road. 1) Deliciously prepared and presented German entrees 2) service was excellent and welcoming. 3) superb live jazz!!! What an unexpected find!!Thank you very much for your great Review. It was our pleasure to had you here in our Restaurant and We hope to see you soon again. You're very welcome

9. O'Bricks Pub and Martini Bar

427 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-7820 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 941-896-8860
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 886 reviews

O'Bricks Pub and Martini Bar

Reviewed By hledgerwood - Sarasota, Florida

Inside and curbside the food is delicious! Salads so fresh you can hear them growing! Appetizers for every taste...fish spread to the best smoked wings in the country. If you wish inside dining and a bit more staid atmosphere, choose the dining room. However, the fun is in the bar....with all the great food and drinks, too!

10. Fire & Stone

10519 Cortez Rd W, Corner of 106th St W, Bradenton, FL 34210-1504 Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 941-792-5300
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 977 reviews

Fire & Stone

We are not just ordinary pizza buffet, we are Fire & Stone. We are a proud family-owned & operated pizzeria with a genuine commitment to true family tradition. Majority of all items on the menu we serve are fresh made daily, as well as our pizza sauce, dough, dressings, dinner sauces and so on. Our Endless pizza bar includes two fresh, homemade soups, salad bar with 24 items and a complimentary ice cream sundae. Fire & Stone is working very hard on expanding it's horizons and offerings, but the real business is still PIZZA. Please enjoy one of America's staples at Fire & Stone Pizza. BET YOU CANNOT EAT JUST ONE SLICE.

Reviewed By Canad_ian1952 - Barrie, Canada

okay so almost everyone chooses the buffet. priced okay and lots of eat all you can choice. Salad Bar, Soup and Pizza and ice cream dessert all included. We ordered a pesto pizza a la carte and were disappointed. beverage prices were average. It's really all about stuff your gut with as much as you can. CASH ONLY

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