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“A MUST eat experience during every trip to Bradenton!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Central Cafe

Central Cafe
Ranked #55 of 497 Restaurants in Bradenton
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Central Cafe has been a staple of historic downtown Bradenton for over ten years. We feature fresh local ingredients, craft beers, signature cocktails, and a modern atmosphere. Our specials change nightly, so be sure to stop in and check them out.
Detroit, Michigan
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A MUST eat experience during every trip to Bradenton!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is one of our favorite places to eat when visiting family in Bradenton. I LOVE their tomato blue soup. Everything on their menu is great, salads, pizza, burgers, fries. The service has always been impeccable.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank bluefrogs32
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English first
Houston, Texas
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65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“We'll come back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stumbled on this after an unplanned Dr.'s appointment in Bradenton while on vacation. Showing up at 11:30, we beat the lunch crowd, which seems to show up around 12:30. But this was the day before Thanksgiving so that might not accurately reflect normal business. The atmosphere was neat and the food couldn't be beat! When the waiter learned we had never been before he immediately got us a taste of the Tomato Blue Soup (it's delicious!) and told us that everything comes in fresh each morning. He seemed energized by the restaurant's credo. We sat outside on the arbor-covered patio, but the interior is also a generous, airy space.

I ordered the Tomato Blue Soup and my husband had the Mediterranean salad. We shared the home cut fries. The soup was flavorful and creamy, served with a healthy sprig of parsley and a tasty crostini. The salad was bountiful with goodies, delicious fresh lettuces, and a delightfully flavored mustard vinegrette. The fries were served with malt vinegar. They were a little on the salty side but were still flavorful.

Even though we try to not to repeat restaurants while on vacation (to get the broadest selection of local tastes), we would absolutely come back here. I recommend it most highly!

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Thank Martha G
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Bradenton, Florida
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

I love this place! We eat there at least a couple of times a month! My favorite is the tomato blue soup, its delicious. We tried something new yesterday though, the Bruschetta! It was delicious!!!! It was beautifully displayed when they brought it and tasted just as good! The staff there is always friendly and smiling! If you haven't been your missing out.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Kcarberry
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Sarasota, Florida
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Crazy amazing good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012 via mobile

Everything about this place is great! Music was just what I like, I tried everyone's food on our table and I have no complaints! Love the brick walls inside and the decor is like no other in Bradenton! Definitely going to go back for a glass of wine, since today we went for an early lunch. The waitress told me the wine is made from the owners brother out in Cali, how cool is that?
Go check it out!

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3 Thank ToryDavis
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Palma Sola, Florida
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104 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem in Old Bradenton”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2011

This is a favorite lunch place of mine. High quality food - great service- in an interesting old restored building. What more could you want?

  • Visited December 2011
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3 Thank Tanker1007
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