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Bridge Tender Inn

Mexican, Bar, Pub, American
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135 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217-2442
+1 9417784849
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Quick Bites, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Voted #1 Bar & Grill 3 years in a row! Established in 1989 - The Bridge...
Voted #1 Bar & Grill 3 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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  • 67
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great lunch

Went there for a spot of lunch during the week. The service was amazing it's even better than the food. Very helpful and have insights into the area. So if you are taking a break from visiting the area it's worth going here. Nice view onto the bay with a very relaxed atmosphere. Had a sandwich... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Went there for a spot of lunch during the week. The service was amazing it's even better than the food. Very helpful and have insights into the area. So if you are taking a break from visiting the area it's worth going here. Nice view onto the bay with a very relaxed atmosphere. Had a sandwich which hit the spot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This is a great place for a quic bite or drinks. Great views and service. We always enjoy going here for a drink.

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

Thank you for visiting The Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar! We are pleased that you enjoy stopping by for a quick snack and drink! It is also gratifying to know our wait staff is attentive and that you enjoy our ambiance. We appreciate your writing a review, and hope to see you again soon! More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Look it is basically bar food for tourists. We were hungry and wanted something close to where we were staying this night so we gave it a try. I had the Blackened Chicken sandwich and it was ok, but loaded with salt. The Key Lime Pie was a joke. There are better places to eat on the Island. Service was... More 

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

Actually, we have a loyal following of local customers and a menu which encompasses a full range of unique entrees. One can choose to sit at our Dockside Bar on the bay, our covered Patio Bar or our inside dining room. An on-site Manager is always available if a customer has an issue with the service or food, and we... More 

White Lake, Michigan
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This bar was very cool as it has seating on the edge of the water outside. They always had live entertainment which we thought was good. We ate both times we went and the servers were pretty good. I had the Cuban sandwich both times it was tasty and well priced. My wife had the fish tacos with mahi mahi... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar twice while in our area! We are delighted to hear that our Cuban Sandwich was your favorite, and that your wife enjoyed our Fish Tacos! It is also gratifying to know our wait staff was attentive, and that you enjoyed our ambiance. Many visit our area on Bridge Street... More 

Winthrop Harbor, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We always make our first stop in town the Bridge Tender Inn for the duck; we love it. This time it was good but the service was lacking. I understand a larger table came in to be served but our server completely forgot us until it was time to pay the bill. He's been with Bridge Tender forever so he... More 

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

It is good to hear you always make the Bridge Tender your first stop while visiting our area. We are distressed to hear you had a less than pleasant experience at our restaurant more than once. We strive to please our customers, therefore, always have an on-site manager to address all issues regarding our food or staff at the time... More 

Rainsville, Alabama
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Went here with friends because we were looking for a late dinner.. The food was okay, we all ordered sandwiches/burgers. The key lime pie was definitely the best thing I tasted.. We sat outside, and the atmosphere was fun due to an nfl game on and lots of fans watching.. This was not the most family-friendly atmosphere, but good for... More 

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

Thank you for visiting our restaurant! We are happy to hear your food was satisfactory, and that you especially enjoyed our Key Lime Pie. We are a Green Bay Packers bar since our owner is from Wisconsin! Glad to hear you enjoyed the game atmosphere of our fans during the first pre-season game. Other nights we have entertainment 7 nights... More 

Dorking, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Sat on the dockside for early dinner. Unfortunately the smell wasn't great! Hot dogs, peel your own shrimp and tacos all underwhelming and served with flat coke. Staff seemed disinterested so atmosphere was muted although a decent singer did his stuff across the road. Won't rush back.

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

It is unfortunate you had an unpleasant visit at our restaurant. Our on-site manager would have assisted you with your food issues and made sure your server was attentive. We strive to maintain good customer service and like to know when there is a problem. When at our Dockside Bar, there is sometimes a briny quality to the air from... More 

Orlando, Florida
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The seafood dishes all looked good and the clam chowder was excellent. Good selection overall or this and that, but a limited bar menu and okay beer list. It's near the pier and just off the water, so the location and atmosphere are great for drinks and an afternoon meal. The prices are reasonable, but the seafood can get up... More 

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

We are so glad that you visited our restaurant! It is gratifying to know how much you enjoyed our Clam Chowder and the ambiance of the Dockside Bar! We do strive to provide a great menu, and prices keeping with other island restaurants.Our owner is from Wisconsin, so we are a Packers Bar although all are welcome! Free Jello-O shots... More 

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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I was looking for a local haunt. The server was forgetful soul. We had to ask for drinks multiple times. The server couldn't remember jack!our order came out backwards. The food was just ok the boiled shrimp were mediocre. The best thing that I had was clam chowder. We sat out side because that's the only place to sit not... More 

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

It is unfortunate you had an unpleasant experience at our restaurant. Our on-site manager is always available for any issues you may incur with our staff or food. Actually, we have a Patio Bar, inside bar and dining room area which are available for seating . Many of our customers prefer sitting at the Dockside Bar because of the relaxing... More 

Waterbury, Connecticut
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

James was our server and he was absolutely FABULOUS! We sat outside at their tiki bar by the water and ordered their clam chowder and jerked mahi fish tacos (I believe it was called the baja fish tacos). Everything was delicious and fairly priced, but what truly made the experience so delightful was the staff and the location. I would... More 

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

Thank you for visiting our restaurant! We are pleased to hear how much you enjoyed our Clam Chowder, Baja Fish Tacos and the ambiance of our Dockside Bar! It is great to hear James was so attentive to your needs, and that our staff was 'on the ball'! We appreciate your taking the time to write and review and recommend... More 

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Restaurant Details

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 9417784849

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Bar, Pub, American

Description

Voted #1 Bar & Grill 3 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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