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The Shake Pit

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3801 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205-1713
+1 941-748-4016
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11:30 - 22:00
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Thu - Tue 11:30 - 22:00
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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265 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been visiting the Shake Pit when in Florida since 1999 and it is consistently good. You know what to expect (cash only - not an issue - it's not as if it's a high spend venue!) Burgers are excellent - fries are crinkle cut and always perfectly cooked. If you choose to sit adjacent to the kiosk there is... More 

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Florida
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The Shake Pit is a small drive-in on Manatee Avenue, that takes you back to the hay-day of drive-ins. Ice Cream of course - cones, sundaes, and their specialty - Spooners, ice cream with your choice of sauces, candies, and cookies blended in. Like a 'Blizzard', but thicker and yummier! They also serve a wide variety of food. Our favorite... More 

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Thank Tom K
Bradenton, Florida, United States
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Excellent shakes, malts and burgers! Food made to order and always with courteous and prompt service.

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Thank Nancy S
Bradenton, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This is one of our all time favorite places. They have the BEST burgers, fries, ice cream and shakes. You can't go wrong going here. Friendly staff and awesome food

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Thank Anita E
Bradenton, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The absolute best shakes anyplace! Our favorites are the hot fudge, coke & peanut butter shakes! Burgers are good too!

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Thank deborahj81
bradenton
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

A local piece of history The shake pit has been around forever!!! They are a local ice cream and food stop located on manatee avenue in Bradenton . They have soft serve hard ice cream and they make the thickest milkshakes I have ever had!!! Now for the food deep fried hot dogs grilled buns fresh made burgers and fries... More 

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Thank pufffla
Bradenton, Florida
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187 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is a great local spot for drive up customers. There is no curb service, but excellent window service for their fine ice cream and some seating for good burgers and dogs. Wonderful place for a quick stop with family and friends or to meet up with someone. Old fashioned, but very good.

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Thank William G
Bradenton, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Good food and shakes. Take out preferred for fastest service. Short staffed for indoor seating. Great chili &fries too

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Thank Willingham2014
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

The Shake Pit is like an old time drive in (Cash Only). Burgers, Hot Dogs, Fries, Onion Rings, Milk Shakes, Ice Cream and much more. It's definitely worth a stop. Dining is mostly outdoors under an awning. The food is good and reasonably priced. The service is friendly and fast.

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Thank Ken W
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I've been driving past this place on my way to AMI on every vacation for 18 years. Finally I stopped and boy am I glad! Sat inside at the small counter and ordered a shake and a malt. My malt was delicious, perfectly sized (small) and super thick for eating with a spoon (ask if you want to drink it... More 

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Thank Lisa W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Fast food
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3801 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205-1713
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Bradenton
  • Phone Number: +1 941-748-4016
Description
A Bradenton Tradition since 1959. It's no wonder it's been around for 50 years- they keep doing it right. Though we are Tampa Natives, we only experienced this awesome place yesterday for the first time. What a throw back, a perfect piece of Florida History. Awesome burgers, dogs and ice cream. Outdoor and indoor dining with a great vibe! Food, especially ice cream, malts, etc are a 10+. IT will be a regular spot for us when we are in the area. You must experience this place!

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