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8 Must-Visit Waterfront Restaurants in Bradenton

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Is there anything better than dining at a waterfront restaurant during a gorgeous Florida fall?! Bradenton is located directly on the Manatee River and has some of the best restaurants in the Tampa Bay area! Enjoy the 75 degree weather and light breeze with some amazing views, delicious dinner, and a cocktail in hand!

Here are some of the best waterfront restaurants in Bradenton that you need to check out next time you’re on that side of the Skyway: 

Seated right on the Gulf Coast, Beach House is the perfect place for some delicious dinner and stunning sunset views. Their menu is filled with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Try the Gamble Farm House Salad, with veggies and lettuce from the owners’ very own farm!

Another positive – You can feel good about eating at Beach House, as they have committed to being a completely eco-conscious restaurant! Check out some of their in-house initiatives that are directly helping our Tampa Bay community and the planet right here!

Sun-Mon | 11:30AM – 10PM

📍200 Gulf Drive North
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Take a stroll down the Bradenton Riverwalk and pop into Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille! The Riverwalk is a 1.5 mile park running along the Manatee River, filled with shops, playgrounds and delicious restaurants – like Mattison’s! 

Mattison’s has three locations throughout Manatee County, but their Riverwalk building is definitely the most scenic! Although the location is a casual vibe, the lunch/dinner menu is more upscale, featuring steaks, pasta dishes and fresh seafood. The Newbedford Sea Scallops and Grouper Piccata are some local favorites! 

Mattison’s also has live music and events nearly every night of the week, check out their events calendar to see what’s happening this month! 

Mon–Thurs | 11AM-9PM
Fri–Sat | 11AM-10PM
Sun | 11AM–8PM

📍101 Riverfront Blvd Ste 120, Bradenton, FL 34205

Pier 22 is a local landmark and a household name throughout Bradenton. Sarasota Magazine named Pier 22 the Best Bradenton Restaurant in their 2021 contest, and one step inside will tell you why! This is one of the more upscale spots in Bradenton – You can dine inside the chic restaurant, under a covered patio, or right on the water dockside. 

The extensive menu has Florida favorites like Grouper, as well as sandwiches, salads and flatbreads. Pier 22 now offers weekend brunch, and they serve fresh-rolled sushi every day starting at 3pm!

What’s better than a great view and a great drink?! A great view, and a great drink with a great price! Pier 22 has a 4-hour long happy hour daily, from 3 – 7pm!

Mon-Fri | 11:30AM-10PM
Sat | 8AM-10:30PM
Sun | 8AM-10PM

📍 1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Looking for something a little more laid back? Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina is the perfect place! Tide Tables is a unique spot in historic Cortez Village, because it’s located on an authentic working waterfront! This is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy a sunset. 

The Fish Tacos are their specialty and come HIGHLY recommended! Other menu highlights include the Grouper Bites, Shrimp Po’ Boy, or one of their Seafood Mainsail Baskets! 

Thurs-Tues | 11:30AM-8pm

Wed | Closed

📍12507 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210

Caddy’s is a favorite all throughout Tampa Bay, and their Bradenton location does not disappoint! This is your classic beach party bar, with boat docks, tiki huts, and an outdoor stage! Caddy’s Bradenton is more than just a restaurant… you can spend an entire day there playing lawn games like corn hole and connect four, or even a game of vollyball! 

There are a ton of events at Caddy’s like trivia night, NFL football and of course, live music! Stop by for a ‘Sunset Session’ at 6pm Saturdays and Sundays! 

Sun-Thurs | 11AM-9PM
Sat-Sun | 11AM-11PM

📍801 Riverside Dr E, Bradenton, FL 34208, USA


Floridays calls themselves a dining experience ‘straight out of a vintage postcard’, and they’re right! You’ll feel a cool, retro Florida vibe immediately when you come into the restaurant, where you’re greeted with nautical flags, buoys, and palm trees around every corner. There’s a massive tiki bar out back overlooking Anna Maria island, where you can catch Florida’s famed sunsets. 

Keep it casual with a Tarpon Springs Greek Salad or a Floridays Burger, or have a more formal dinner and try the 10oz Pineapple Sirloin!

Sun-Thurs | 11AM-10PM
Fri-Sat | 11AM-11PM

📍12332 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209


This is by far one of Oak and Stone’s coolest locations! Seated on the eighth story of the SpringHill Suites, this rooftop bar offers panoramic views of the Manatee River and Bradenton waterfront. 

Enjoy your sunset view with a drink in hand! Oak and Stone is known for their self-serve beer wall of more than 20 brews, including some local favorites! If you aren’t a beer connoisseur, no worries. There are also specialty cocktails, like the Lavendar Lemonade made with Absolut Citron and Fresh Lemon, Lavender Simple Syrup.

Their menu has upscale bar bites and burgers, but Oak and Stone is best known for their pizzas! Build your own to make a meal unique to your taste buds, and make sure you don’t forget to order a crust dip! 

Sun-Thurs | 11:30AM-11PM
Fri-Sat | 11:30AM-12AM

📍102 Old Main St, Bradenton, FL 34205


The Linger Lodge Restaurant is a true taste of Florida scenery. Linger Lodge is located on the Northern bank of the Braden River, and you’re sure to see wildlife like alligators, turtles, and snakes while dining here! You’ll even see some inside, as the entire interior is filled with taxidermied critters! 

This unique little spot is a classic Florida diner, and the menu is as interesting as the décor! Order the Alligator Bites and River Otter cocktail while you sit on the waterfront patio! 

Mon-Fri | 9AM-6PM
Sat | 10AM-6PM
Sun | Closed

📍7205 85th Street Court East
Bradenton, FL 34202


Whether you’re looking to kick back with your flip flops in the sand at a casual spot, or enjoy some fresh Florida seafood on the water at a finer establishment, there’s a waterfront restaurant in Bradenton for you! 

Which one will you watch the next sunset at? Tag us @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook!

Morgan Lash

Morgan Lash

Morgan Lash has lived in the Tampa Bay area for 4 years. She's a frequent contributor on News Channel 8, and a former host with 970 WFLA and US 103.5. In her free time, she likes heading to the beach, hitting up happy hour, and taking her dog around downtown St. Pete!

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