Bradenton Beach – The Bridge Tender Inn is a fabulous restaurant and full service bar situated directly on the intercoastal side of Anna Maria Island on Beautiful Sarasota Bay. Located on Historic Bridge Street just south of the sight of the first bridge that connected the Island to the mainland, the Bridge Tender Inn has an old Florida small town casual feel.
The Bridge Tender Inn offers more formal indoor seating and an open air seating area nestled into Mangroves just across the street at the base of the Bradenton Beach pier. A locals favorite, Bridge Tender Inn serves fresh seafood including tuna, shrimp, grouper and scallops to name a few. 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 area often has live music, and is a fun place to dine with entertainment and endless Bradenton Beach character. The restaurant bar offers a limited menu which serves a lighter fare than the formal restaurant menu. The bar area outdoor seating has the island’s most beautiful views the intercoastal has to offer.
The name Bridge Tender Inn is of important significance. Anna Maria Island’s first bridge to the island with motor vehicles is the current sight of Bradenton Beach pier. 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.
For great food with an amazing view head over to the Bridge Tender Inn and enjoy a slice of old Florida charm. Open daily from 11:30am- 12pm
Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar
155 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217