Sleep Inn & Suites Riverfront
5605 18TH Street E.
Ellenton, FL 34222
Phone: (941) 721-4933
Fax: (941) 721-4934
Bars & Cafes
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The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub is a celebrated restaurant site in Florida's Longboat Key vicinity. It was built in 1920 and occupies great historic importance. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and encompasses a land cover of 1.1 acres (0.45 hectares). The site is also known as the Ruffus P. Jordan House and operates successfully as a food joint. It provides for great Florida seafood with a fine ambiance.
A brightly colored-mansion with a huge shark sculpture swimming out of the outer wall greets you outside Sharky's and sets the tone for what you're about to experience here. Established in 1998, the delightful eatery has been a staple in Bradenton Beach for some excellent seafood served up in an atmosphere that spells fun. The restaurant interiors, dominated by wooden hues with whites for contrast are pleasing to the eye. Ambient lighting choices give the place, a comfortable vibe. Head out to the outdoor terrace on the first level for an airier experience. Choose from a fantastic menu of specialties crafted using the freshest locally caught seafood. Begin with the diverse selection of small plates and salads to fire up your appetite and proceed to the superb choice of entrees. From New York Sirloin Strip and Chicken Marsala to Key West Grouper and Orange Glazed Salmon, the selection has something for everyone. Don't pass up the opportunity to enjoy a post meal drink at the beautiful wooden bar. Live music adds a fun vibe on weekends. Check website for more.
The cafe is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. All of the food is homemade, they serve breakfast all day, and have Wi-Fi. They are also a full service caterer from private parties to weddings to corporate events. They specialize in creating custom menus at an affordable price.
Serving traditional home style cooked breakfasts and lunches daily, this charming cafe offers an extensive menu of "feel good" cuisine with real mashed potatoes and gravy being a specialty.
Blue Rooster celebrates Southern joie de vivre in the heart of Sarasota. This rustic-chic restaurant serves up delicious Southern American comfort food with signature cocktails and spirits. Savor Crazy Cajun Shrimp, Blue Rooster's Famous Fried Chicken and Creole Pappardelle Pasta on their community tables and enjoy the live entertainment. The best of its kind in town, their eclectic schedule features Gospel nights, country music gigs and more by local talent and touring acts.
Highly acclaimed The Bijou Cafe is a well known name in the culinary circles of Sarasota. The French restaurant is a must visit for its food, wine and the cozy environment it offers. Dining here one can also pick up a lot of information about the goings-on in the area. Bijou's Famous Pepper Steak, as the name suggests is a popular dish and worth tasting for its unbeatable flavor and spices. Other outstanding dishes include the Chicken Paillard, Mushroom Ravioli and Bijou's Famous Pommes Gratin Dauphinois. The service is top-notch and welcoming enough to make the diner want to return again and again.
The brick-fronted entrance to Sarasota Vineyard, hidden between the colorful facades of other eateries on either sides, is easy to miss if not for the black canopy, boldly advertising its presence. Step inside, and the exposed brick-wall theme follows, now blending beautifully with the woodwork on the interiors and thoughtful lighting accentuating it. The eclectic wine bar and restaurant, established in 2008 delights with its selection of close to a 100 wines, and a revolutionary self-serve wine dispensing system that lets patrons enjoy practically any selection from their list by the glass. The wine menu throws up some great choices and should excite everybody from casual drinkers to wine lovers. The delectable food menu is built around wines and has varied European influences. From cheese and charcuterie platters to hearty bistro-style plates, the menu offers quite a lot. Regular live music is a delight in the evenings. Check website for more.
Delicious breakfast dishes are served all day at this coffee house and ice cream shop that offers an array of gourmet coffee drinks, specialty sandwiches, and wonderful ice cream on their menu. They are open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The aptly named Waterfront Restaurant boasts of a beautiful location by the beach and enthralls with a fine array of fresh seafood specialties on its menu. Locally caught seafood is the obvious specialty with a changing array of preparations available based on the day's catch. Apart from this, the menu has a good selection of familiar looking favorites like Lobster Ravioli and Chesapeake Crab Cakes as well as other delights like Wasabi Tuna and Flounder Picatta. Steaks and meat preparations also have a good presence on the menu. The bar offers a great choice of worldly wines and micro-brewed beers. The restaurant interiors feature rich wood paneling and flowing natural elements for a warm and comfortable vibe. The outdoor patio with breathtaking views of the Tampa Bay is highly recommended.
With sweeping views of the Sarasota Bay, The Old Salty Dog is a popular bar and restaurant that serves American cuisine. Enjoying a loyal patronage of locals, it is a busy place with diners crowding the tables, enjoying the delicious burgers and hot dogs. Feast on the Admiral's Platter that contains fried shrimp, oysters and fish and chips, and wash it down with the chilled beer. The City Island Po'Boy is another fond favorite of diners. Try to get a seat at the patio and bring your pet along to enjoy the fresh breeze.
Situated across South Packinghouse Drive, the J.R's Old Packinghouse Cafe is a local cafe. Earlier in 1920s, it was a packing house for celery and now it has been completely transformed into a swanky dining establishment. It serves excellent short eats like sandwiches and tasty meals complete with desserts; and you need not worry about your kids as it has a special menu for children. Apart from good food and great atmosphere, this cafe is known for its live music concerts that features local artists and at times even enthusiastic diners who try their hands at singing. For more details, call ahead.