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Bridge Tender Inn

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2017 Winner
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$Market
Cajun Grouper Fingers
Fresh‎ grouper, cajun breaded, fried crisp and served with our housemade tartar sauce.
$13.95
Peel & Eat Shrimp
Large, shell on, florida bay spice boiled shrimp served chilled with lemon and cocktail sauce.
$15.95
Sesame Tuna Sashimi
Sesame seared, sliced thin tuna, served with seaweed salad, wasabi, pickled ginger and soy sauce.
$13.95
Shrimp Cargot
Large shrimp, baked on a bed of creamed spinach and artichokes, topped with provolone, served with lemon and garlic bread.
About
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.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Bar, Pub, American, Seafood
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, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday

We stopped for an appetizer and a drink. We ordered 2 beers, fried oysters, an coconut shrimp. The oysters didn't have any flavor, and my shrimp were dry. For the price we paid for eveything, we should have gone out to dinner. Love the atmosphere...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank natnpr
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the ambiance of our Dockside Bar. It is distressing to know that you found your oysters and coconut shrimp unsatisfactory. Our on-site manager would have happily rectified the issues you were...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brought our family here for late lunch. The hostess invited us to seat ourselves where we can. The only table available was full of half eaten food and dirty dishes and glasses. We moved some of the dirty dishes on the bar by the table...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank turtle2896
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

At this point we can only apologize for the attitude. This is not the norm for the Bridge Tender. It seems the restaurant was very busy, or a busser would have immediately cleared the table for your family. Receiving a "1 bubble' review usually means...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of our favorite waterfront spots. Eat inside, on the porch or under an umbrella waterside. Food is delicious. Have one of their special Bloody Marys!!!! And often there is live music to boot!! Fun, fun, funMore

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Dee G
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender! We are delighted to hear we are one of your favoriate waterfront restaurants! It is also great to hear you enjoy yummy food and our 'Tender Mary', the BTI version of the Bloody Mary! Our music is nightly...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They have wonderful food in this restaurant and a friendly staff. We come down here often and always try to eat here, but the last few times we have been unable to due to poor management. They have a large dining room with a small...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank avalonbob488
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you. Management must make the deicison on whether it is feasible to open the inside dining area, as it is based on the number of patrons on a particular evening. It is our desire to accommodate our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to go the Bridge Tender Inn for dinner with several recommendations from friends. The choices for ambiance were robust with our pick at the waters edge and it was glorious. Lights from many boats made our view of the water very inviting. The...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Lawrence G
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're happy to hear the Bridge Tender was recommended to you by friends. We appreciate your visit! It is gratifying to know you enjoyed our Fried Oysters and our Black Bean Soup, both favorites of many of our customers! We are also pleased that you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here for a drink a few times after spending the day on the beach. It had a perfect setting by the sea. The atmosphere was great, good food and beer together with friendly staff made this this a nice place to relax. You...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank colina908
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your patronage of the Bridge Tender! We ae delighted to know you enjoyed your time spent with us! It is especially great to hear you enjoyed our delicious food and beer coupled with the ambiance of our Dockside Bar. Your compliment regarding...More

Reviewed 2 November 2018

Not special, but actually not bad either. Decent live music from some talented musicians when we were there. It's not haute cuisine, but it's decent enough quality. Good atmosphere. Would recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Alan M
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2018

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar. We are glad you enjoyed the ambiance of Sarasota Bay and our talented musicians! Your recommendation is appreciated! Thank you for taking time to review our restaurant. We hope to see you again in...More

Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

We came down to catch a little of the local vibe. This place is really chill and we liked it so much we went every day we were there. Food and service were good. Outside on the water was fabulous. We will come down again.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jbuilderman
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Thank you for your daily visits to the Bridge Tender while on Anna Maria Island! We're delighted you enjoyed our yummy food and great wait staff! It's also great to know that you enjoyed the ambiance of Sarasota Bay and that you will return! We...More

Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere with a couple singing and entertaining. Would say more for the older age range with songs from Neil diamond era. Ordered steak which was a bit grisly but overall not bad. Good night and service.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank TravellersDevon
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar! We are pleased you enjoyed your time spent with us! Birigid's Cross (with Paulie & Peggy Baker) is a favorite with many of our guests! We always love hearing compliments on our wait staff!.Our...More

Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

My wife and I ate an early evening dinner outdoors at the bridge tender the third week of October. The music was classic 80s, the servers were amicable, the outdoor atmosphere was earthy - more primitive than elegant - and the view over the water...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank anamcaramn
Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

We are delighted that you visited the Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar! It is gratifying to hear you enjoyed our food, attentive wait staff, the music and the ambiance of our restaurant on Sarasota Bay! Your description of the the Bridge Tender is meticulous...More

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Libby Z
1 October 2018|
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Response from Bridgetender303 | Property representative |
Yes, we are kid friendly, and we have a special menu just for them! We find sitting outside by the Bay seems to be more fun for children as there is much to watch!
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Libby Z
1 October 2018|
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Response from Bridgetender303 | Property representative |
Yes, we are kid-friendly, and provide a special menu for your little ones! We recommend outdoor seating, as there are many fun things to see!
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Karl M
12 July 2018|
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Response from 541adellew | Reviewed this property |
I’m almost sure they do as the menu is quite extensive and we found them to be very flexible!
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