Is there anything better than enjoying a wonderful meal outside near the water? There are numerous restaurants in the Bradenton area with delicious bites and beautiful water views. Here are some of our local favorites:

Riviera Dunes Dockside Social Bar and Grill 
102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto; 941-304-3689;

Of course we have to start with our closest outdoor eatery, the Riviera Dunes Dockside Social Bar and Grill! Overlooking our marina, the restaurant offers ample patio seating and an outdoor bar. Enjoy live music and daily happy hour specials as well as brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 – 3PM. 

801 Riverside Drive E., Bradenton; 941-708-3777;

Caddy’s in Bradenton is a tropical paradise perfect for the whole family. Enjoy lawn games, beach volleyball courts, firepits, and live music. The menu features beachy American eats and there’s truly something for everyone. Those craving seafood can enjoy the Grouper Reuben or Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna. They also have various salads, burgers, and delicious shareable appetizers.

Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant
995 Riverside Drive, Palmetto; 941-729-0616;

This family owned restaurant opened in 2009 offers spectacular views and is located at the end of the Regatta Pointe Marina pier. There are 3 different options for enjoying a meal or drink outside. The Reef & Grill offers casual dining on the ground floor. The Snook Deck outdoor bar offers dri

nks, light bites, and live music. The Second Floor is casual fine-dining open Friday and Saturday evenings.

Woody’s River Roo
5717 18th St. E., Ellenton; 941-722-2391;

Known for being true to “old Florida style dining,” Woody’s is located on the Manatee River in Ellenton. Patrons can live music and Florida-inspired cuisine in the courtyard or at the covered open air bar. Some of the “Florida Favorite” menu items include the Fish Spread, Pressed Cuban, and Grouper Sandwich.