Where to Eat in Palmetto: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Nicolette Lion

Palmetto is a city in Manatee County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was listed as 12,606 It is part of the Bradenton–Sarasota–Venice Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Palmetto

1. Shake Pit

3801 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205-1713 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +1 941-748-4016
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Shake Pit

Reviewed By Jennifer E - Parrish, Florida

We went to Shake Pit after helping a friend walk horses up and down the beach and it is now becoming a habit to go have shakes and food after helping out.

Every time we have visited, our food has been amazing. Prices are fair, service is quick and friendly and the shakes- ohh the shakes are AMAZING! you can even blend flavors together. Shake Pit has been around for many years in Bradenton and there is a reason why- because their food/shakes are great!

Cute covered outdoor seating and I think there may be some indoor seating as well, but we have never gone in. If you are in the area and looking for a good shake and some tasty chicken tenders, this is the place to go!

2. The Clam House

304 7th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221-5207 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 941-721-8774
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 216 reviews

The Clam House

Reviewed By Norman C - Fort Myers, Florida

I had Fried Combo Platter - Crunchy panko fried Haddock, sweet clam strips and five crispy straight shrimp served along side your desired - two homemade sides. The haddock (??) was a little dry. The clam strips were puny and overcooked. The shrimp was good. Would return but would not have their clam strips.

3. Arte Caffe

930 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-7352 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 46 +1 941-750-9309
Excellent
90%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 93 reviews

Arte Caffe

An Italian Caffe, Bakery, and Market... Fresh baked bread, Hand made Pasta, and Authentic homemade sauces available. All cold cuts and cheeses are imported and can be sliced to order or made into mouth-watering sandwiches. Come in for a sweet treat and a coffee, or settle in for a meal with friends and family!

Reviewed By William J - Sarasota, Florida

Located in the Village of Arts in Bradenton, Arte Cafe is a surprisingly sophisticated Italian restaurant featuring mainly home made entrees covering a wide selection of pastas, pizzas, meats, sandwiches and cheeses. They do not have a liquor license but encourage guests to bring their own wine which they serve with no corkage fee.

Very friendly and well trained staff add to the ambiance. We were seated for a weekend lunch with no problem but learned that evenings are best secured with a reservation.

4. Sweetberries

4500 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209-3953 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 941-750-6771
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Sweetberries

Reviewed By Jeanmarie45 - Ocean Park, Maine

Always stop here for a great grilled cheese sandwich. Gooey and yummy. All food is straight forward and just as you expect. Good place to relax and not be disappointed. Good prices and quality.

5. Ortygia

1418 13th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-7239 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 9 - SGD 33 +1 941-741-8646
Excellent
79%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 447 reviews

Ortygia

At Ortygia Restaurant in our artsy 1920's vintage bungalow we offer a unique, culinary experience. Located just minutes from downtown Bradenton. We offer French/Sicilian cuisine in a small, intimate, indoor or outdoor setting. Where many venues offer an array of glitz and glitter, the attraction of Ortygia is its eclectic charm, unparalleled backdrop, the beauty of nature and an abiding sense of La Bella Vita! Add the ambiance of candles, torches, lights, music and laughter, Ortygia glows with its own brand of beauty that lures people back over and over again. Our distinctive and exceptional cuisine is just another reason so many individuals choose Ortygia to host their special events.

Reviewed By Denise E - Vancouver, Canada

Located in an old house in a residential area. You wonder if you are going to the correct place. Small. Friendly efficient service. Had the specials. Veal osso buco with penne and tuna with eggplant and roasted Brussels sprouts. Bottle of Sicilian white wine and shared a started of roasted golden beets. Total cost with tip $125. Food nicely seasoned—not over seasoned with good flavours. Tomato sauce on osso buco was very good

6. Riverhouse Reef & Grill

995 Riverside Dr, Palmetto, FL 34221-5044 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 37 +1 941-729-0616
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 826 reviews

Riverhouse Reef & Grill

A unique blend of casual and elegant. Riverhouse Reef & Grill offers a fresh approach to incredible cuisine and casual elegance. Our waterfront dining room brings the outdoors in with an interior that opens completely to the waterfront. Outside, dockside seating offers glimpses of docile Manatees, playful Dolphins and elegant yachts. Riverhouse Reef & Grill offers only the freshest of seafood, highest quality Ceritifed Angus steaks and burgers, and new twists on old favorites such as our renowned Lobster Pot Pie, Cajun Crawfish Cheeseburger and Fish Tacos, to name just a few! Our salads are made with only the freshest of produce and our soups are all unique house made creations. Reservations not required, but recommended during peak times. Inside and Outside Seating Available. Enjoy These Special Offers: $9 Lunch Menu served Mon-Sat open to 4pm Award-Winning Sunday Brunch: 11am to 2pm $2 Domestic Drafts on Mondays $9 Bottles of Wine 4pm to close Wednesdays Daily Happy Hour 3-7pm

Reviewed By flashover5 - Lowell,Ma

This restaurant sits at the end of a pier surrounded by a marina filled with big,expensive sailboats.This setting on the Manatee River is outstanding but our meals were mediocre at best.I had the blackened gulf scallops which had a seasoning unlike any blackened seafood I have ever had. The flavor was more of a southwest type seasoning which did not add anything to a seafood dish. The scallops themselves had a too firm texture that was not typical of a smooth fresh scallop.My companions both had the lobster pie and both said that the pie had too much gravy and too little lobster with a flavoring that did not compliment the dish(thyme?) None of our meals were piping hot even though we were seated inside.Our experience has us scratching our heads in puzzlement over all the positive reviews.

7. Riverside Cafe

955 Riverside Dr, Palmetto, FL 34221-5000 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Seafood, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night +1 941-729-4402
Excellent
49%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 285 reviews

Riverside Cafe

Reviewed By Armina H

Traditional pub food with a great view. Wait staff friendly and attentive. Seasonal salad tasty but chicken was dry and overcooked. Calamari was almost too greasy and lacked taste.

8. Demi's Noodle House

1318 10th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221-4535 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Vietnamese, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 941-301-1212
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Demi's Noodle House

Reviewed By Pushrod2911 - Parrish, Florida

Ordered shrimp rolls and pork fried rice. It took 45 minutes for the shrimp roll to come to the table! Now the bad news, it was an hour and fifteen to receive the pork fried rice. No explanation of apology either, here's your meal. Not a real friendly place and a little pricey for what you get. The diet Coke was great !

9. People Italian Restaurant

336 8th Ave W, Palmetto, FL 34221-5118 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 941-981-9800
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

People Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By landv09 - NYC

You will not be disappointed if you choose to eat at this authentic Italian restaurant. The food is simply outstanding! It is not a big restaurant, but it has indoor and outdoor seating. We went on a Friday night and it was very busy, so reservations are recommended. The parking lot is small, so we were told it was ok to park in the bank parking lot across the street if we couldn't find a parking spot.

10. Sea Hut

5611 US Highway 19, Palmetto, FL 34221-9125 (Formerly Lee's Crab Trap) Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 941-722-6255
Excellent
42%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 356 reviews

Sea Hut

Reviewed By Norman C - Fort Myers, Florida

I had FRIED OYSTERS - Select oysters lightly breaded and fried, served with tartar sauce as an appetizer and they were delicious, They were sweet and tender. For an entrée, I had WHOLE BELLY CLAMS - A hard-to-find gourmet delicacy, our whole belly clams are lightly dusted in seasoned flour or breaded and then fried golden brown served with tartar sauce. They were on the tough side and were just barely warm when they reached the table. For sides i had mac and cheese and baby carrots. The mac and cheese was okay. The carrots tasted good but were way overcooked.

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