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906 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208-1246
+1 941-757-0050
11:00 - 20:30
Closed now
All hours
Mon 11:00 - 14:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 20:30
Sat 11:30 - 20:30
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

14 years and still going strong! This is the best place in town- the food is amazing, the atmosphere inviting and modern, the music as diverse as it is incredible and the service is brilliant. The tomato blue soup is legendary. The hand-cut fries are the best I've ever had and the Burgers are only rivaled by 'A Mano' in... More 

Thank matthew c
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

I have been kind of hesitant to eat here because the exterior is not really appealing and it's on a busy street. I am so glad I got past that and went for lunch. The interior is much more upscale than I expected. What really made this a great lunch was the wonderful food. The menu is really inventive and... More 

Thank Stephen K
Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Interesting fairly new restaurant in Bradenton. Wife had the tuna taco, I had individual vegetable pizza. Both were excellent. Staff very friendly. Good full service bar and happy hour. The food is great.

Thank johnhoran47
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

On the way to community theater in Bradenton, we found Central Cafe, a lovely surprise. Place was clean, cool and charmingly designed. I had the Key Lime Cobia special with tangle (salad) which was delicious, but a bit pricey. They were nice about dressing and sauces on the side. My friend had the fish tacos which she said were good... More 

Thank deadstop000
FL, United States
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We stopped in at an odd time, 2:00 on a Saturday so we had the place almost to ourselves. The service was excellent, not always the case in the slow times at restaurants. We had bruschetta and brisket sandwich. Both were very good. Artisan bread. Tender brishet.This place is set in an old brick building. Nice welcoming atmosphere.

Thank David K
Ft. Thomas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I frequent this place and my mother always ask to come here when she's in town. Gator, Mark, Donna & the whole staff are phenomenal at this place. Always so nice and feast to great you at the door. Definitely try the Fish tacos(seared rare tuna) & the Bree/ portobello burger w/ the house fries. Awesome!!! Love... More 

Thank SteveFt_Thomas
Bradenton, FL
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

I have been going to this Cafe for the last 14 years, with friends, family and by myself. A family run restaurant that makes one so comfortable and accepted. Now to the food and service...outstanding...a must "go to" destination. Bravo👍

Thank Paula D
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

My wife and I stopped by Central Cafe for a quick lunch after a recommendation from a local vendor. We were delighted to find a nice, casual restaurant in downtown Bradenton (old city of Manatee). It had a bit of a New York Cafe and Bar feel. The food was terrific and the service was great.

Thank proakes
Terra Ceia, FL
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Great food. Salads could use a little less lettuce & more other ingredients. Service very good. Not a quiet restaurant but still nice.

Thank Thoreson
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129 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

I love the food here! Have never had a bad meal - hand cut fries are the best, bruschetta is awesome! Had the buffalo pulled pork today with the fries and it was spot on! Excellent!!

Thank Willowthewisp3

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
American, Cafe
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 906 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208-1246
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Bradenton
  • Phone Number: +1 941-757-0050
Central Cafe has been a staple of historic downtown Bradenton for over ten years. We feature fresh local ingredients, craft beers, signature cocktails, and a modern atmosphere. Our specials change nightly, so be sure to stop in and check them out.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?