Summer, Florida and seafood, need we say more?
Fresh seafood is the first thing that comes to mind for travelers when planning a summer vacation in Bradenton, Florida.
There’s something about fried snapper, a side of fries, silent puppies, and a chilled cocktail that completes the perfect beach vibe.
Bradenton’s seafood restaurants offer an array of freshly caught blue crabs, shrimp, clams, oysters, grouper and snapper prepared in many tasty ways to please the palate of tourists and locals alike.
Here are the best restaurants to get your seafood fix in Bradenton, according to Tripadvisor reviews.
Each of these restaurants received the Tripadvisors Travelers’ Choice Award. The award is given to businesses that consistently earn excellent reviews and to restaurants that consistently demonstrate a commitment to hospitality excellence.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Cortez
This Bradenton staple opened on Anna Maria City Pier in 1995. It now has four locations in Manatee County and plans to open two new locations.
Visitors say they love “AMOB” for its fresh oysters prepared six ways, including lime tequila, Grandma Georgie’s with garlic butter and chipotle dressing, and garlic parmesan. They have more than oysters on their menu, offering other seafood dishes and non-seafood options.
Grilled bone fish
This chain restaurant has nearly 200 locations in the United States. Nonetheless, her guests at the Cortez location raved about the ambiance, wine selection, and seafood dishes.
Customers can’t seem to get enough of their “iconic” Bang Bang shrimp and signature watermelon martini.
Cortez Clam Factory
Regulars and tourists alike find this dive bar to be more than meets the eye. One guest called it a “5 star dive bar”.
Reviewers liked this restaurant because it is off the beaten path and offers “amazing” food. You’ll come for the fried clams, gulf oysters, lobster and snapper, but stay for the live band.
In addition to its Travelers Choice award, Star Fish Company is ranked #1 for quick bites in Bradenton. The company has been around since the 1920s.
Freshly caught seafood and an “authentic” dockside view of the Gulf of Mexico make Star Fish a favorite among travelers. A reviewer from the UK praised the restaurant for its fish and chips and called it old-world Florida in the flesh.
Guests also enjoyed the box of fried shrimp, hushpuppies and fries. Reviewers recommend that visitors arrive early to sit at the dock, ask for the fresh catch, and bring cash as it is cash only.
Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina
This restaurant is quaint but makes up for its size with its food, tiki bar, and panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico. Tide Tables catches fish daily from the docks and serves a variety of dishes ranging from seafood like blackened grouper and fish tacos to burgers.
A recent Tide Tables restaurant said, “These old-school tropical outdoor restaurants are great, but not all of them have great food. This place does. Pets are also welcome to dine with a guest if they are well behaved and kept on a leash.