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 ... More
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.
We should have left Sharkys after the hostess seemed overwhelmed by our presence. She looked flustered and confused as she constantly looked at her seating chart. With several seating options open, she suggested we wait by the door until a server was available. So, with the restaurant half full, it would still be a fifteen minute wait. It was such an odd experience. I had the feeling that the staff could not handle more than a handful of couples at a time.
Once seated, the dining experience just became odder. Our server was not familiar with the menu and would speak so close to your face it was uncomfortable. Still, we endured.
The food, which was once pretty good in the past, was under average on our visit. The filet was tasteless; it was like the cook just threw it on the grill and minutes later removed it. My dish was as also tasteless. In fact, I have tasted better marinara sauces out of jars. The sauce, once frozen, was just warmed up and placed over the tortellini. A ring of water surrounded the sauce.
Being a resident of the area, I do not see the amount of vehicles around the building I used to. I certainly know our presence will never grace that area again.