The Bridge Tender Inn is often forgotten as a restaurant on Anna Maria Island. The Bridge Tender Inn is located at the entrance of the Bridge Street pier. The Bridge Tender really has two restaurants in one.
The formal restaurant is on the North side of the building in close proximity to the sign shown to the left. They serve lots of fresh seafood and as of late have tuna, shrimp, scallops and lots more. If you have already had your fill of seafood on your Anna Maria Island vacation don’t worry. The Bridge Tender restaurant has duck, pasta, steak, ribs, a vegetarian dish and much more.
For a more relaxed atmosphere visit the bar style dining area. The bar restaurant often has singing entertainment. The bar restaurant offers a limited menu which serves a lighter fare of the formal restaurant menu. The bar area also has outdoor seating where you can take in all the water has to offer. Sit outside and gaze at the inter coastal bay side of the island. On most days the Bridge Tender Bar area opens up the garage like bays to allow the inside to become part of the outside. ch Pier Bird
The name Bridge Tender is of important significance. Anna Maria Island’s first access to the island with motor vehicles was the Bradenton Beach pier. Currently the pier of course does not connect Bradenton, Fl to Anna Maria Island however the pier did used to connect the island to the mainland. The men who operated the bridge were called Bridge Tenders. For more information on how the bridge operated and the significance of the Bridge Tenders be sure to visit our Anna Maria Island Informational page.
The Bridge Tender Inn has outdoor seating with waterfront views, musical entertainment, a bar with plenty of munchies and they serve lunches and dinners.