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Bridge Tender Inn

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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 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Bartlett, Illinois
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I went here for lunch on a windy, chilly day. We wanted to sit near the water but it was just too cold. So we sat in the main part, but outside. Much better. The service was very attentive. The cocktails were great. The food was very good. I had a grilled chicken sandwich which was very... More 

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

We appreciate your visiting the Bridge Tender! It is great to hear you enjoyed your grilled chicken sandwich, that your husband enjoyed his salad with tuna and that you both enjoyed your cocktails! It is also pleasing to know our waitstaff was attentive! It is relaxing to sit at our Dockside Bar, however, the weather lately has been too cool... More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was ok the food was alright, it came out fast. You could sit outdoors near the ocean. We saw many locals eating here, so it must be good

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

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender! We are glad you enjoyed your menu choices, and the ambiance of Sarasota Bay at our Dockside Bar. You are entirely correct that we have many local loyal customers who visit regularly and enjoy our food and cocktails. We appreciate your writing this review! Hope to see you again in the future! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We purposely chose Bridge Tender Inn for lunch based on a nearby shopkeeper's recommendation for a great juicy cheeseburger. She did not mislead us. Our server, Jimmy, was exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable about Bradenton Beach as well as the menu items. The ice tea was excellent as it was made with filtered water. We had a wonderful view of the... More 

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

Thank you so much for visiting the Bridge Tender! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our great cheeseburger and our ice tea! Many say our burger is the best around the beach! Jimmy is, indeed, a wonderful server with a vast knowledge about Bradenton Beach. It is also great to know you enjoyed the ambiance of our Dockside... More 

Bradenton, Florida
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220 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We're locals and always enjoy hanging out at the Bridge Tender either just for drinks on the water or lunch or dinner. Very hard to go wrong here, really one of our very favorite places. Also liked that they closed early on Christmas Eve so their employees could enjoy time with their families and friends.

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

Thank you for your continued patronage of the Bridge Tender! It's great hearing from locals who enjoy our restaurant for cocktails and meals, whether lunch or dinner. We are glad to know we are one of your favorite places! Thank you for noticing our policy of closing early on Christmas Eve, for we are a family restaurant. We appreciate you... More 

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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Carole although a Gator fan was great fun and full of local knowledge. She should run for fourth mayor on this little piece of paradise. The grouper bites we lrector3@embarqmail.com amazing, black bean soup wow. The outside bar on the beach was stunning. Vote Carole!

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

We appreciate your visiting the Bridge Tender! Carole is an exceptional server who is quite acquainted with our area! We are sure she gave you excellent information about our island! It is great to hear how much you enjoyed our Black Bean Soup and our Grouper Bites! We are also glad you enjoyed the ambiance of our Dockside Bar on... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the conversation and people we met. The drinks were great too. Really enjoyed ourselves here. We just decided to stop.

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Thank lcotton1969
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping by the Bridge Tender! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed talking with our folks and meeting our great clientele! We are glad you had fun and also enjoyed our cocktails! Thank you for taking the time to write this review! We hope you visit with us again soon! More 

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76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you enjoy sitting outdoors by the water to eat, you will like this place. We had the fish tacos with pineapple salsa and grilled ham and cheese with bacon. Both were very good. $3 Landshark. Excellent service. Ample parking. Down on Bridge Street where there are many quaint little shops.

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

We appreciate your visiting the Bridge Tender! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere of our Dockside Bar while having your meal! It is especially gratifying to know that you enjoyed your menu choices of Fish Tacos and our Grilled Ham and Cheese with Bacon. A big 'thank you' from our waitstaff for noticing their efficiency! Bridge Street... More 

Waynesville, North Carolina
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at the Bridge Tender Inn twice during our stay at Anna Maria Island. This restaurant has an excellent view of the waterfront. The first time we chose a table near the docks under the trees. We ordered a hamburger and fried oysters. The hamburger was good, the oysters were expensive for the number in the basket. They were... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender while staying on Anna Maria Island! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed our restaurant twice; once at our Dockside Bar; and another visit to our Patio Bar! It is great to know you liked our burger, our coconut shrimp, buffalo chicken fingers and cocktails! Our on-site manager been happy to assist you... More 

New York
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76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

The location is the best; sit outside if at all possible. The bar and wait staff are very attentive. The food is standard pub food. There is great conversation with the other patrons.

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

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar! We are glad to hear you enjoyed our Dockside Bar on Sarasota Bay! We also have seating in our inside dining room and patio bar if the weather is inclement. It is great to know our wait staff was attentive and that you enjoyed fraternizing with our other patrons!... More 

Huntingdon
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60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

Choose indoor or outdoor seating while enjoying delicious food and a fantastic view of the waterfront. Outside is pet friendly and very casual with friendly servers and cold drinks. Inside is old Florida atmosphere with Green Bay Packers decor...lol. Overall a very fun experience with great food and cold drinks.

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

Thank you for dining at the Bridge Tender! It is gratifying to hear that you enjoyed our delicious food, cold cocktails and the ambiance of Sarasota Bay. We are delighted that you noticed our 'Old Florida' style restaurant! Our owner is from Wisconsin and a huge Packer fan, thus, the memorabilia. Game days are fun with free Jello shots when... 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, Late Night
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
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
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
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?