Historic Bridge Street is a quaint strip of restaurants and shops on the south end of Anna Maria Island. Once the site of the first bridge connecting the island to mainland Bradenton, Bridge Street is still a special place. Check out our list of things to know about Bridge Street.
Historic Bridge Street – Bradenton Beach City Pier
At the very end of Bridge Street you’ll find the Bradenton Beach city pier. Here you’ll enjoy views of Sarasota Bay as you walk along the site of the original bridge to the island. After many updates the pier still stands today. Now you can find great fishing, a bait shop and the Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurant.
There are a variety of places to dine on Bridge Street including casual, high end and breakfast too. Enjoy The Blue Marlin, Island Creperie, and the Bridge Street Bistro to name a few. For the nightlife scene you can visit Bridge Tender Inn, Island Time Bar and Grill, or even the Drift Inn. You’ll find these places open a little later than the average island establishment.
Happenings and Events
Throughout the year you’ll find different things to do on Bridge Street. The local Merchants host several events such as Christmas on Bridge Street, pubic art shops and the occasional market.
Nearby Accommodations and Beach Rentals
There are many great Anna Maria Island Beach rentals near Bridge Street. You’ll find cottages, condos and single family homes available in Bradenton Beach.
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