The Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar has been ‘Voted #1 Bar & Grill 4 Years in a Row’! Established in 1989, our restaurant is a favorite among locals and visitors from all over the world. The Bridge Tender Inn offers 3 service bars including our relaxing Dockside Bar on Sarasota Bay. Our Old -Style Florida restaurant serves fresh seafood, great appetizers and some of the best entrees, munchies, and sandwiches on Bradenton Beach! Dine in our spacious inside restaurant on the fresh catch of the day, sit outside at our Dockside Bar on the Bay or enjoy the view from our Patio Bar. We have an extensive drink menu including specialty drinks, beer, and wine. One of our drinks, ‘The Tender Mary’ is our version of the Bloody Mary and a favorite among customers!

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There is live music 7 nights a week and many flat screens to enjoy various venues. We are family friendly as well as dog-friendly, so bring your pooch to the Dockside Bar & order a Doggie Burger from our menu! During the football season, we tune into the games, especially the Green Bay Packers! When the Packers score there are free Jello shots for our patrons!

We are considered a local ‘hotspot’! Join the thousands of visitors and locals who have enjoyed one of the best casual dining experiences on Bradenton Beach! Docks are available, so come by sea (Mile Marker 49), by land, by foot or bike to enjoy the ambiance of this true hidden treasure! Come taste what the Bridge Tender is all about!

We are proud members of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and support Vintage Paws (for older doggies) with fundraisers during the year.

The Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar
135 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Phone – 941-778-4849
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Hours are Sunday – Thursday: 11:30 am-Midnight | Friday – Saturday: 11:30 am – 1:00 am | Closed Christmas Day

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