Posted on 6/28/2024

8 Best Restaurants in Bradenton Beach, FL

Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island is the quintessential Florida beach getaway with endless sunshine, sugar sand beaches, and turquoise waters. And when you’re on vacation, trying all the best local eats is a rite of passage. Just 30 minutes north of Sarasota and an hour south of Tampa, you’ll feel like your world’s away from the hustle of life but plenty close to mainland amenities.

Whether you’re in the mood for Mexican, craving Italian, or want a bite of the best BBQ, Bradenton Beach has you covered. And, of course, seafood lovers rejoice — the island has some freshest seafood around.

Ready for a bite? Here are eight of the best dining experiences in Bradenton Beach, just minutes, or in some cases, steps, from your vacation rental — so you’re never far from fantastic food!

1. Wicked Cantina

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  • 101 7th Street North, Bradenton Beach, FL
  • $$
  • Breezy, beachside cantina with outdoor seating, live music, and the best tacos and margaritas

When you’re in the mood for Mexican food and margaritas, there’s no better spot than Wicked Cantina. This breezy beachfront spot serves up all your Mexican favorites like tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, and more. Of course, they also serve up “wicked good” margaritas in a variety of flavors.

If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, Wicked Cantina has you covered with plenty of plant-based, gluten-free dishes like roasted cauliflower tacos, portobello fajitas, and more.

Wicked Cantina is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner, or an epic Happy Hour with drink specials and live music.

2. Anna Maria Oyster Bar

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Have a special occasion? Situated on the Bradenton Beach Pier, Anna Maria Oyster Bar has been a local landmark for over 25 years. What started as a small seafood joint on the pier has since grown to several locations across the Bradenton area, gaining a loyal customer base for its fresh seafood and warm hospitality.

While the locals rave about the oysters, which are brought in fresh from the Gulf daily, the other seafood selections are certainly not to be missed either. From a fresh-caught selection of fish and peel-and-eat shrimp to conch fritters and lobster tails, you’ll find it all on the menu.

Don’t worry, landlubbers — Anna Maria Oyster Bar leaves no patron behind. There’s plenty of fresh salads, chicken, burgers, and vegetables on the menu.

3. Bridge Street Bistro

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  • 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach, FL
  • $$$
  • Upscale waterfront bistro with ocean views and a menu of surf and turf specialties

With gorgeous waterfront views and a menu of fresh seafood and steakhouse favorites, Bridge Street Bistro is a must-visit for dinner. Watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico while dining on crab cakes, filets, and lobster. Or, try the catch of the day cooked up in a variety of ways, like “Grassy Key style,” topped with a skewer of shrimp and an irresistible Key lime beurre blanc sauce.

Of course, great food needs great wine, and Bridge Street Bistro boasts an impressive wine list with award-winning wines from around the world. You’ll be sure to find a perfect pairing, whether you’re going for the surf or the turf.

While reservations are not required, they are recommended — especially if you want to snag one of the highly coveted terrace tables overlooking the ocean.

4. The Gulf Drive Cafe & Kokonut Hut

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  • 900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL
  • $$
  • Beachfront Cafe and Tiki Hut serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour specials

Serving up good food and good vibes — The Gulf Drive Cafe & Kokonut Hut is always a good time. Whether you want breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the beach, this one is a must-visit at least once during your stay.

You’ll find all your breakfast and brunch favorites like eggs, pancakes, and waffles in the morning; and for lunch or dinner, enjoy burgers, sandwiches, salads, and lots of fresh seafood. The shrimp-avocado-mango salad, grouper bites, and crab dip are all on the “must-try” list.

For happy hour, you’ll definitely want to stop over to the adjacent Kokonut Hut, where you’ll find plenty of appetizers, tropical drinks, and live music. The perfect way to end the day in this island paradise!

5. Smoqehouse

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  • 1701 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL
  • $
  • Cozy, rustic roadside barbeque shack

A local favorite, Smoqehouse is a no-frills, eat-with-your-hands spot serving up the best BBQ in Bradenton Beach. Locals rave about the brisket burger and stand in long lines at lunchtime to get their hands on one, along with the hand-cut fries, homemade coleslaw, and other BBQ specialties.

When you want a casual lunch, a quick bite after the beach, or some mouthwatering takeout to enjoy in your vacation rental — Smoqehouse is the spot!

6. Beach House Waterfront Restaurant

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  • 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL
  • $$
  • Casual beachside seafood spot serving sustainable, fresh-caught seafood and farm-to-table favorites

With gorgeous Gulf views and the freshest food, Beach House Waterfront Restaurant is the ultimate farm-to-table style restaurant in Bradenton Beach. With a commitment to sustainability, the menu changes seasonally and features a variety of fresh-caught fish and locally sourced ingredients.

Organic, heirloom vegetables from nearby farms, fresh-caught fish from the Gulf, and in-season fruits shine on the seasonal menu of creative dishes. You’ll find fresh salads, seafood dishes, sandwiches, and more.

Beach House is a great spot for lunch or dinner, but for the best views, sunset time can’t be beat!

7. Pane e Amore Italian Cafe

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  • 119 Bridge Street Unit 130, Bradenton Beach, FL
  • $$
  • Cozy, Italian deli serving up coffee, pastries, charcuterie, and Italian specialties

A hidden gem tucked away near the bayside of the island, Pane e Amore Italian Cafe serves up authentic Italian specialties whipped up by the friendly owner, Mauricio.

Pane e Amore is the perfect spot for a light meal of charcuterie, pastries, and coffee, or to indulge in a hearty plate of lasagna or an Italian sub.

Be sure to check out the dessert and pastry case—there’s always some fresh-baked goodness in there. The pistachio croissants are a can’t-miss. You’ll want to take a box of these back to your vacation rental for breakfast in the morning!

8. Island Donut Company

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  • 110 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL
  • $
  • Hip donut shop serving breakfast and lunch with lots of gluten-free options

While donuts for breakfast (or lunch) on vacation are totally acceptable, don’t let the name fool you — Island Donut Company is much more than donuts!

In addition to their famous donuts, which come in a variety of traditional and gluten-free flavors, you’ll find plenty of breakfast and lunch options, from breakfast sandwiches, waffles, and acai bowls to lunchtime favorites like club sandwiches, salads, fruit parfaits, and more.

The box meals are especially popular. They include your choice of sandwich, donut, and drink, perfect for grabbing on the way to the beach.

Take a Bite Out of Bradenton Beach

This is just the beginning of all the great restaurants to try on your Bradenton Beach vacation. The surrounding beach areas of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, and Cortez are also brimming with culinary delights at every turn.

Ready to take a bite out of Bradenton Beach? Book your stay with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Enjoy oceanfront views, private beach access, and fully furnished living spaces to spread out and unwind. And, of course, you’ll be just steps from all the best restaurants in Bradenton Beach — bon appetit!

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