Bradenton FL-Pier 22 Restaurant – 941-748-8087

Located at 1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Pier 22 is a restaurant with a lot of history in Bradenton and has a great location on the Manatee River.  It is actually directly across from the Freedom Boat Club Palmetto location.  When you pull into the rear of the marina, there is clear signage to restaurant parking. The docks are easy to access and we have always been able to get a spot. 

Once docked, you will enter the restaurant through the patio area and can either sit in that area (inside or outside) or enter into the more formal, indoor area.  All of the dining areas share the same menu with lots of choices of handhelds, salads and entrees.  One of my favorites is the crab cake sandwich, but I also love their burger and the french dip sandwich.  My absolute favorite is the Shrimp Tempura with wok vegetables, which is only on the dinner menu.


There is a lot of history with Pier 22.  Erected in 1928, the pier building design was modeled after the luxurious Mediterranean villas found in France, Spain, and Italy. Over many decades, the two-story Memorial Pier served a variety of functions, both public and private. The large second floor with riverfront views was the social scene for dances and events (currently the elegant PIER 22 Ballroom) until the mid-1940s; the ground floor was once used as a warehouse for freight from steamers going in and out of Tampa. It was the first home of the South Florida Museum. Additionally, the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce resided here for 34 years along with Manatee County’s first radio station, which began broadcasting in 1946.


Pier 22 is a great place to dine and one that Andy and I frequent by car and by boat.

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