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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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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you are looking for a great ice cream treat that had a small town nostalgic feel, then go check out this place. Great window service, a variety of ice cream options (hard and soft serve ice cream), and they also serve burgers, fries, fried mushrooms and the such. Seating inside on the large picnic tables. We also saw many... More 

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Thank Amy B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Here it is, one of the fading few real old time roadside Ice cream places. Wide variety of treats and also burgers etc. Open glass front like you just don't see anymore. Lots of parking, easy in & out. Right on Hwy 64 (Manatee Avenue), lots of traffic noise. Yeah it's pretty cool, special as an anachronism and worth a... More 

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Thank David M. S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Shake pit has been a Bradenton icon for a long time. Please take your loved ones here to enjoy a simple meal with a sweet treat to top it off!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Shake Pit has been a small business since the 1950s, but they have served some large iced cream appetites. There are MANY different iced cream dishes here, way too many to even mention. They also serve more substantial food, such as hamburgers, chips/fries, sandwiches, etc. They also have an appreciable-sized covered patio with many tables in the front now, in... More 

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Thank VanVlerah
Wavre, Belgium
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30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

We have been many times to The Shake Pit.the shakes are thick flavor-full and the best on the East Coast. We have amazed friends from all over the world with the Shake Pit

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Thank JPBear99
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 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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Thank Scene-set
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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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13 restaurant reviews
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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 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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4 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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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, Child-friendly, Kids
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?