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The Shake Pit

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3801 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205-1713
+1 941-748-4016
11:30 - 22:00
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Thu - Tue 11:30 - 22:00
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

Thank ZachB1538
London, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank VanVlerah
Wavre, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank JPBear99
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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298 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank Scene-set
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15 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank Tom K
Bradenton, Florida, United States
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14 reviews
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.

Thank Nancy S
Bradenton, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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

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!

Thank deborahj81
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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 

Thank pufffla
Bradenton, Florida
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186 reviews
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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.

Thank William G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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
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?