Where to Eat in Cortez: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Alice Mieles

Cortez, a census-designated place (CDP) in Manatee County, Florida, United States, is a small Gulf coast commercial fishing village that was founded by settlers from North Carolina in the 1880s. The population was 4,491 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Bradenton–Sarasota–Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Cortez

1. Lazy Lobster of Longboat

5350 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Suite 102, Longboat Key, FL 34228-2069 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 14 - SGD 50 +1 941-383-0440
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lazy Lobster of Longboat

OUR MISSION Our mission is to be the neighborhood choice for our guests and their families; proudly providing a casual atmosphere that consistently exceeds your expectations. Great food, high energy and honest friendly people are the keys to our success. We’re a fun place to go where you can get anything you want and it will ALWAYS BE GREAT!

Reviewed By Lukerlou - Edgartown, Massachusetts

Went to this place while on vacation, they specialize in Maine lobster, which is odd in Florida. On the night we were there, they were having issues with their supplier, so lobsters were $93! We did not have any. Food was good, shrimp, scallops,grouper, etc. nothing above average. It is super crowded and very noisy.

2. Tyler's Homemade Ice Cream

11904 Cortez Rd W, Cortez, FL 34215 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available American +1 941-896-4857
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 227 reviews

Tyler's Homemade Ice Cream

Reviewed By Nicole M

My kids earned a trip to an ice cream spot of their choice while we were on vacation...they decided to try this place and we loved it. Several flavors, including a new ones we hadn't seen before as well as the classics. If we get back to the area again someday, we'll definitely be returning to Tyler's.

3. Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina

12507 Cortez Road West, Cortez, FL 34215 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 33 +1 941-567-6206
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 888 reviews

Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina

We are a quaint little Restaurant and Marina on the ICW at Marker 48. We cut our fresh fish daily on the docks and have a variety from seafood to burgers... Ceasar salads to chicken bites for the little ones on our Menu. Our view is beautiful and the Dolphins visit at least once a day. We have a Tiki Bar out side and plenty of seating at Picnic tables also. Our inside dining has a bar that overlooks the water as well, with seating at tables too. We welcome well behaved leashed pets outside.

Reviewed By lynnandrich - Wisconsin

Maybe it was an off day...chicken Florentine soup was very good, not salty and truly flavorful; the Arnold Palmer was refilled before it was empty. But...$4.50 for a 12 oz beer? Four shrimp on a po' boy with maybe 1 tablespoon of remoulade; it was really a tomato, onion and lettuce sandwich... Five shrimp on grilled shrimp plate for $14? Hello, aren't we in fresh shrimp country? He liked it and the baked beans were good, but the sauce seemed to be either missing or forgotten on our cole slaws though I had a bunch of potato chips. Love the outside eating, Michael, our server, was great and appropriately attentive, but I'm afraid we won't be rushing back. Felt like it has turned into a clip joint. Sorry, I really loved this place.

4. Star Fish Company Dockside Restaurant

12306 46th Ave W, W Cortez, Cortez, FL 34215 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 5 - SGD 18 +1 941-794-1243
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Star Fish Company Dockside Restaurant

We are open 11:30am-8:00 pm Tue-Sat 11:30am-3:00pm Sun & Mon. Thank you need Restaurant times updated.

Reviewed By Megan D - Traverse City,

Wow! So impressed with this restaurant! Great prices. I don’t eat seafood but my family loved it. The chicken tenders were some of the best I have ever had! Hush puppies were great too! Staff was very friendly, atmosphere was great. Went for lunch around 2, there was a line but it moves fairly quickly. Capt. Kathe’s Key Lime Pie is delicious!

5. Harry's Continental Kitchens

525 Saint Judes Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1809 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 4 - SGD 66 +1 941-383-0777
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 589 reviews

Harry's Continental Kitchens

Get ready to eat like a Longboat King at Harry's! Harry's has a take out deli and a sit down restaurant located in the heart of Longboat Key, Florida. Our gourmet cuisine is created by Harry Christensen, our award-winning chef who's been a fine dining staple of Sarasota for over 38 years! We are minutes from St. Armand's Circle, Lido Key, Bradenton Beach, and Anna Maria Island. Please feel free to review the deli, the restaurant, or both places.

Reviewed By PboroBill - Pittsboro, North Carolina

Wife and I went here with my parents. We had a good meal. Reserved a table and were promptly seated. Varied food selection which is nice. Everybody ordered something different. I had the seafood cobb salad which was loaded with good cold seafood over a...MoreThank you for the review! Stone Crab is very pricey, more so this year due to a low harvest from Irma. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food and hope you give Harry's another try on your next visit!

6. Cortez Cafe

12108 Cortez Rd W, Cortez, FL 34201 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 941-792-0030
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 282 reviews

Cortez Cafe

Reviewed By 815sue - Clifton Park, New York

Maybe I shouldn’t submit a review.... this gem of a place might become too popular!! Cortez Cafe has been around for many years and serves a great breakfast. The waitresses know the locals by first name and it’s like a family. They treat the new...MoreThank you! Wonderful review, we appreciate it! Debi & Sam Varelis

7. Blue Dolphin Cafe

5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Ste 101, Longboat Key, FL 34228-2070 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 941-383-3787
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 456 reviews

Blue Dolphin Cafe

Reviewed By Drew S

Our favorite breakfast spot on LBK features a waffle and french toast selection that makes it a must visit brunch for my family when we visit LBK. Try the fruit covered waffles or raspberry french toast. The bagel and lox combo was generous, but make sure the bagel is freshly toasted. They do serve the whole table and the bagel was cold and a bit soggy when it got to me.

8. Swordfish Grill

4628 119th Street West, Cortez, Cortez, FL 34215 Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Grill, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 16 - SGD 31 +1 941-798-2035
Excellent
60%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 951 reviews

Swordfish Grill

Reviewed By ascentg2016 - Toronto, Canada

The restaurant is part of the marina, not so easy to find parking outdoor area small The food is okay, definitely take the fish, very good service, the local beer is excellent. Very nice atmosphere, old style restaurant

9. 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.

10. Village Idiot Pizzeria

11904 Cortez Rd W, Ste A, Cortez, FL 34215 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol Pizza, Street Food, Italian, American Dinner +1 941-896-4857
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Village Idiot Pizzeria

A funky little wood fired pizza joint featuring crafted meats, Chef owned and operated. Menu posted daily on our Facebook page

Reviewed By RickyB2003 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Top local pizza joint in out-off-the-way location on road between Bradenton Beach and Bradenton, but well worth digging it out. Tiny place with a few tables and a big takeaway business serving large, tasty and very unusual pizzas.

Some interesting Baja taco starters, but realised pizza size was going to be an issue so held off starters. It was for the better. Pizzas were huge, cooked beautifully in their wood oven with nice amount of charring.

Large number of white pizzas, with really unusual flavours. Cuban with pulled pork, pickles, mustard and cheese was actually very good. The red pizza had tomato topping and variety of meats and mushroom, and was also good.

Decor is basic, staff friendly and only thing knocking them down a star is price, which is at the top end ($15-17 per pizza

Best bet would have been to have a taco starter and share a main pizza. This does not take away from what is a very good pizza.

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