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“Poor service, but great food”

Gecko's Grill & Pub
Ranked #43 of 509 Restaurants in Bradenton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Whether out on your own, with your family or joining a group of friends, Gecko's Grill & Pub is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of a favorite neighborhood grill and sports bar.Serving lunch, dinner and a complete late night menu, Gecko's features gourmet pub food, nightly chef's specials and a full bar featuring 2-4-1 Happy Hour drinks ALL day.Locally owned and operated since 1992, Gecko's truly is Sarasota and Bradenton's very own Cheers.
Guilford, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Poor service, but great food”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

I would have loved to give this restaurant five stars and would have based on food alone, but the service was awful. We were visiting our parents in Bradenton and they were excited to take us here for dinner. We had been to the one in Sarasota before and loved it. When we arrived, it was busy and no one was at the hostess station, so we decided to eat in the bar area. We went in and there were a couple of empty tables, so we sat down. We were greated by the waiter in an angry tone telling us we had no right to seat ourselves. Our parents always eat in the bar and they said it is always first come, first serve. When they explained that to the waiter, he rudely told us to get up from the table and wait in line. All four of us got up and went to the hostess area where the manager said we cut the line. We asked where the line was since we didn't see one. Then they immediately sat us back at the exact same table we were just at. Our parents, who are seniors, were humiliated but did not want to make a scene. We all enjoyed our meals very much, but I seriously had a hard time even giving them three stars based on how rudely we were treated. Our parents and their friends eat here at least once a week, but after this incident, I'm sure they will be finding another place to frequent.

  • Visited April 2013
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Riviera Beach, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good food!”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

It is a very nice place. Their food is very good. The servers and staff are very friendly. You get a good size meal for your $$$.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Elisa R
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Remsen, NY
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“My stay at the Country Inn & Suites at Bradenton, FL”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Gecko's Grill & Pub was recommended by Tom the AGM/Director of Sales at the Country Inn & Suites.The 3 of us went there for a meal and we were not disappointed. Excellent food delivered hot! Which explains the 20-minute wait to be seated.

Visited March 2013
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Thank rog1965
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mid Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“loud with decent food”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Somewhat dark inside and a bit noisy. Burgers are good. Nachos are average. Waitress was helpful. If you want conversation at night, it's not too good. Probably would return

Visited March 2013
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Thank ccmkeri
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Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Spring Training”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

The food and the drinks are consistently good and priced well but the friendly atmosphere starts with the hostesses and continues with the servers and the bartenders and makes this a must stop for us when in Bradenton.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Morgan H
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