Pier 22 in Bradenton, Florida is a fabulous restaurant on the scenic Manatee River. This beautiful historic building was built-in 1928. It has changed venues many times from a freight warehouse to The Chamber of Commerce and even a museum.
In 1974 the Miller Family purchased the building and decided to save the building instead of tearing it down. It was transformed into a beautiful waterfront restaurant surrounded by the Twin Dolphin Marina, on the Bradenton Pier, which has existed since the 1800’s.
On my recent visit to Florida I had to revisit an old favorite of mine, the Pier 22. It was even more picturesque than I remembered. Large open dining areas inside and comfortable outside covered and uncovered patio seating. Upstairs is a ballroom for special events.
We were seated on the back patio area so we could watch the boats go by and the pelicans dive for their lunch. Perfect day in Florida, sunny and breezy. We started with an appetizer of grouper fish dip and flat bread. That alone could have been my meal, but I did opt for the fish & chips also. Both were excellent. My niece had the soft shell crab sandwich, my nephew the alligator sandwich, and the kids hamburger and pizza.
The menu has an extensive variety including sushi, steak, lamb and pasta dishes, especially if you want to try something a little more unusual. This is Florida and good seafood is important. Pier 22 did not disappoint. The margaritas were perfect!
It’s so nice after all the years that the quality dining, service, and atmosphere has been maintained at Pier 22. The restaurant has a subtle elegance while maintaining that laid back Florida feel that I love. This would be a perfect spot to meet up with friends for a drink after work and relax on the patio or reserve one of the larger rooms for a special occasion. Cheers to many years to come for Pier 22!
****A big THANK YOU to my niece Elizabeth for this special treat to Pier 22!
The Pier Restaurant is located @ 1200 1st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205 PH: 941.748.8087