Summer, Florida and seafood, need we say more?
Fresh seafood is the first thing that comes to travelers’ minds when planning a summer vacation to Bradenton, Florida.
There’s something about fried snapper, a side of fries, hush puppies and a chilled cocktail that completes the perfect beach vibes.
Seafood restaurants in Bradenton offer an array of fresh-caught blue crab, shrimp, clams, oysters, grouper and snapper prepared in many tasty ways to please the palate of tourists and natives.
Here are the best restaurants to get your seafood fix in Bradenton, according to Tripadvisor reviewers.
Each of these restaurants has received Tripadvisors Travelers’ Choice Award. The award goes to businesses that consistently earn great reviews and 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 in six ways, including tequila lime, Grandma Georgie’s with garlic butter and chipotle seasoning, and garlic parmesan. They have more than oysters on their menu, offering other seafood dishes and non-seafood options.
This chain restaurant has close to 200 locations in the U.S. Nonetheless, its guests at the Cortez location raved about the ambiance, wine selection and seafood dishes.
Guests can’t seem to get enough of their “iconic” Bang Bang shrimp and signature watermelon martini.
Cortez Clam Factory
Regulars and tourists 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 clam, gulf oysters, lobster, and snapper but stay for the live band.
Star Fish Company
Along with its Travelers Choice award, Star Fish Company is ranked No. 1 for quick bites in Bradenton. The company has been in existence since the 1920s.
Freshly caught seafood and an “authentic” dockside view of the Gulf of Mexico makes Star Fish a favorite among travelers. A reviewer from the U.K. praised the restaurant for its fish and chips and called it olde world Florida in the flesh.
Guests also enjoyed the fried shrimp box, hushpuppies and fries. Reviewers recommend visitors get there early for dockside seating, request the fresh catch and bring cash as it is cash only.
Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina
This restaurant is a quaint one but makes up for its size with its food, tiki bar and scenic view of the Gulf of Mexico. Tide Tables catches fish daily on the docks and serves various food from seafood like blackened grouper and fish tacos to burgers.
A recent diner of Tide Tables said, ”These tropical outdoor old-school restaurants are great, but not all have great food. This place does.” Pets are also welcome to dine with a guest if their well-behaved and leashed.