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Bridge Tender Inn

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$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, American, Seafood
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135 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217-2442
+1 941-778-4849
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11:30 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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Florida
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed today NEW

If I had to rate location/staff/pet friendliness I would give this restaurant a 5 star rating. It was great location, we were able to bring our dog, and the staff was super friendly. Also there was parking that was monitored by someone so it made it easy to have a place to park given the parking challenges on and near... More 

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Thank Alessandra C
Jacksonville, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is just ok but honestly we go for the view and drinks. We also really enjoy the live music they have. They always have very talented music entertainment. The Terri Gets Crackin Drink is my fave!

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Thank mariahdaugherty
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender! We are glad you enjoy the relaxing ambiance of our restaurant. It is also great to hear that the 'Terri Gets Crackin' drink is your favorite, and that you enjoy our live music. We hope you can find something on our varied menu that you love! Thank you so much for your continued... More 

Sylvania, Ohio
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is such a fun place to visit. They have a TV in the tree on the Bay, so you can watch your favorite ballgame. The drinks are very good with a wide variety. The food is excellent. The service is outstanding. Our waiter was so very interesting (James #1). He is superb!!

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Thank Nancy121243
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for being our guest at the Bridge Tender! It is extremely gratifying to hear that you enjoyed our delicious menu items and the variety of our cocktails! James (#1) is indeed a fantastic server. We always love hearing positive comments about our great waitstaff! Many of our customers as yourself sit outside at our Dockside Bar and watch... More 

Winston Salem, North Carolina
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a bar ! Plenty of fun if you like to drink in the afternoon. Music is good . Food is not good.

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Thank aokrier
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this review

The Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar has been "Voted The #1 Bar and Grill 4 years in a row". Entertainment is live 7 nights a week and twice over the weekend. There are 3 seating areas available, one being waterfront on Sarasota Bay. Our menu is varied, and we strive to provide great food for the price. If a... More 

Michigan
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here on the 1st night of our vacation. Food is always good, a bit cramped but on vacation who caers.

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Thank JD1984
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this review

We are delighted you visited the Bridge Tender, and that you chose our restaurant to dine the first night of your vacation this year! It is gratifying to hear you enjoy our menu items! During season we are, indeed, a favorite spot for many visitors. Thank you for taking your time to write this review! We look forward to serving... More 

Brick, New Jersey
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat outside right on the bay near the outside bar. Very casual, laid back vibe with a one man band playing across the street. Blackened mahi fish tacos were yummy and the black bean soup was really good! Margarita and Rum Runner were very good also and reasonably priced. A cool little place to come to right off the... More 

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Thank DANNEW
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping by the Bridge Tender for lunch! We are pleased to know that you enjoyed the ambiance of our Dockside Bar while listening to our entertainment. It is especially great to hear that you found our Blackened Mahi Fish Tacos and our Black Bean Soup delicious! Rum Rummers and Margaritas are two of our cocktails considered favorites... More 

Summersville, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

It never fails, every time I go I am surprised at how good this soup is. Aside from the soup, the live entertainment every night is at great draw as well as the location. A bit challenging to drive to due to traffic in March, but surprised to always find parking thanks to their handy "parking guy" who is always... More 

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Thank Holly W
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your patronage of the Bridge Tender! We are pleased to hear how much you enjoy our Black Bean Soup! It is an authentic recipe and favorite of many of our guests! We are also glad to hear that you enjoy our nightly entertainers and the ambiance of our restaurant. Thank you for acknowledging Tom, our parking attendant!... More 

Adrian, Michigan
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great drinks. Waited forever for appetizers (an hour). And Stone Crab Steve was the musician and he was screaming his songs. Not nice!

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Thank Keri J
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping by the Bridge Tender for drinks and appetizers. We are glad you enjoyed your cocktails. Our wait times during 'season' are sometimes longer than one would expect, however, we regret you had to wait. We have three areas available, and we are always happy to accommodate our customers if other seating is requested. Your comments regarding... More 

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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a super fun place right on the water with a good menu. The menu has a good selection, I ended up getting the steak sandwich which is really good and I would recommend. Definitely go here if your looking for a place with a good atmosphere!

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Thank Travis M
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your steak sandwich and the ambiance of Sarasota Bay! Our varied menu includes items to please any taste. Your recommendation is very much appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We hope to see you again in... More 

Kalamazoo, MI
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309 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went base on TA reviews. Food was ok. Service was good. A bit pricey but normal for AMI. Nice menu variety.

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Thank JSKazoo
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender. It is gratifying to hear that our wait staff was attentive and that you appreciate the varied items on our menu. It is also good to hear you noticed our pricing to be competitive with other restaurants on Anna Maria Island. We strive to provide our guests with delicious food and great service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, American, Seafood
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 00:00
Monday
11:30 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 00:00
Thursday
11:30 - 00:00
Friday
11:30 - 00:00
Saturday
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217-2442
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Anna Maria Island  >  Bradenton Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 941-778-4849
Description
Voted #1 Bar & Grill 4 years in a row! Established in 1989 - The Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar is a favorite among locals and visitors from all over the world. Serving fresh seafood, great appetizers, and some of the best entrees, munchies and sandwiches around! The Bridge Tender Inn offers 3 full service bars on the water and live entertainment daily. There are docks available so come by land, by sea or by foot to experience a true hidden Treasure.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?