Tide Tables

12507 Cortez Rd W
Cortez, 34215
Reviews:
Our best meal while on vacation. Awesome shrimp tacos.! The view is super boats and people. The service excellent. The grouper basket is the best on the island.
We stopped in after leaving the beach & decided to try it to pass some time because traffic was backed up. All the employees were very friendly & the food came out fast. My husband & I both had the shrimp po boy w/fries (& it came w/cole slaw). The shrimp were HUGE & cooked perfectly! Overall experience & meal were great! I would have given it 3 stars (not because it wasn't good but because I've had better...in New Orleans of course...lol) but my husband said it was a 4. We'll return again & again!
Best fish tacos and fresh grouper we've ever had! Casual restaurant and a great waitress! Sat outside at a table on near their Tiki Bar and watched dolphins swim by and the sunset. All made for the perfect dining experience. Thanks Tide Tables, will return for sure.

(941) 567-6206

Seafood

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Cortez Cafe

12108 Cortez Rd W
Cortez, 34201
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Cortez (the town) is now my go-to place for no-frills food done right (also see: Star Fish Co). This diner in a strip mall hit the spot for breakfast. It is full of locals who appear to eat there every day (at least according to the guy next to us, who told us he walks there every morning for breakfast, which always includes grits unless his wife is with him and forces him to get oatmeal). Anyway, it is not an attractive place but the food was good. And, like the Star Fish Co (also in Cortez), neighbors are chatty. I had the egg BLT and the grits, which was great (grits were yum), but my husband's Greek omelet was a real winner, with lots of fresh spinach and tomatoes.
Good lunch, excellent breakfast, reasonable prices. Owner was present and friendly.
OK.. so this place is your quintessential local luncheonette/Small diner.. Open for Breakfast and lunch only. This family owned restaurant cares about their customers and as a diner, you feel cared about. Great omelets, made with 4 eggs!!! All fresh ingredients. The grits are the best in town,,, and I have tried just about all the breakfast places in NW Bradenton!.. This place is a well know eatery among the fisherman in Cortez Fishing Village. Give this place a try for Breakfast at the very least.. you will be glad you did.. Just a local joint serving up good cooking with care!

(941) 792-0030

Hotels, Bed & Breakfast, American (New)

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Annie’s Bait & Tackle Restaurant

4334 127th St W
Cortez, 34215
Reviews:
Outstanding fried gator. The appetizer menu is great. Some of the fried green tomatoes and crap cakes
not even close to good. I enjoy a local dive as long as the food is fresh and reasonably priced but this place had neither. A $10 appetizer is a tiny condiment cup with a little cream cheese and even less fish poorly mixed and four packages of soda crackers. The Conch fritters were even worse with barely a hint of conch and some oily and partially burnt cornmeal. Rest was just as bad, grouper was nearly inedible. After spending $100 for 4 people went home and made a meal for everyone since we were still hungry. Please don't bother. PS notice there are no pictures of the establishment because it is downright nasty
Aw come on, does it get much better? Ocean views, cold beer, piping hot grouper sandwich, friendly waitress?

(941) 794-3580

American (Traditional)

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Cortez Cafe

12108 Cortez Rd W
Cortez, 34215
Reviews:
We are from Georgia, so we have a strong affinity for grits and sausage gravy & biscuits. We were looking for some really good 'Mom & Pop cafe' kind of food, and found it. The Hungry Man breakfast was EXACTLY what we were looking for, and the service was friendly and outstanding
Excellent pancakes, cheap price, no atmosphere In late March 2015 our party of three had breakfast at the Cortez Café. The pancakes were excellent, the Belgian waffle was very good, the hash browns were good, the eggs and sausage were OK but nothing special. The eggs benedict were not good - the sauce did not taste authentic and the ham, although fresh, was sliced too thick. The coffee was OK, not fabulous, but strong enough. The wait service was good and very quick. The atmosphere was non-existent. The Cortez Café's main virtue is that the prices are cheap ($30.00 for three, including tax and tip) and they're next to a coin laundry, so you can kill some time having a meal while doing your laundry. We would not go back.
This is one of our favorite breakfast places. The biggest problem with Cortez Cafe is that it is too many other people's favorite place!! Especially during the snow bird season you can almost plan on a short wait. There are two 6 top tables and a fair number of booths and other 4 top tables. There are about 5 seats at bar area and we've eaten there, too! There are generally four or five servers and they hustle around taking care of the crowd. The menu is varied for both breakfast and lunch with a fair assortment of traditional and Greek items for your choices. That makes since since Sam, the owner, is Greet as are a couple of the servers. If you can't find something for lunch or breakfast here you didn't try. Our regular favorite is pretty basic breakfast fare: 2 eggs (over easy), hash browns (we like them nice & buttery and kind of crispy), and either toast or a grilled biscuit. Don't expect servers in dress uniforms, or fancy china. It's a cafe!! But you can expect hot coffee, reasonable and friendly service and good food. And that's what I want when I go to one of my favorite places.

(941) 792-0030

Cafes

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Swordfish Grill

4628 119th St W
Cortez, 34215
Reviews:
Really great atmosphere at this spot. We took our catch from deep sea fishing (grouper and snapper) and they prepared it for us - fried and blackened. We ordered sides (meh) to go with our fish - charged us $13.99 PP and we brought our own fish (that's why only 4 stars). Happy that we didn't have to cook the fish and got to enjoy our meals while watching the locals dance on the outdoor patio. Firecracker shrimp appetizer was awesome!
Friendly place, nicely situated with large outdoor dock and good sized indoor with AC. We had the Crabcake sandwich and the Mahi sandwich - both ok, nothing brilliant. The fries were great. The slaw was quite bad - surprisingly - and the red sauce that came with the Mahi also disappointed. Might be worth another visit, but I'd like to see this place try harder.
I took my wife to the SwordFish Grill and we loved it ! The view out in the deck made us feel we were in Key Largo, and the live entertainment and friendly staff keeped us there for hours. Try the Oscar Grouper you won't be disappointed! A+

(941) 798-2035

Seafood, Music Venues

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The Seafood Shack Marina Bar & Grill

4110 127th St W
Cortez, 34215
Reviews:
We were hungry after the beach and stopped at the Seafood Shack for lunch. We started with a basket of hush puppies which were amazing. I had the shrimp and scallops and chose to have them sautéed instead of fried which was a mistake. They were cooked fine but they lacked taste. My husband ordered the Reuben and ate every bit and my friend loved her blackened chicken sandwich. She had it lightly blackened which made it less spicy and it was nice to have that option.
On the water in Cortez before crossing the bridge to the island. Restaurant is very casual but loud when crowded. Had the blackened grouper. Specifically asked them to add more spice. They did and even yummier. Wait staff seemed tired and understaffed. Did a good job trying to keep our table of 6 satisfied? The view over the water isn't bad and yes, it d I e's smell fishy, because you're on the water and they serve fish. Nothing remarkable but decent for seafood if out of town.
Took a little long to get our food, but worth the wait. Staff friendly. Chicken sandwich with sun dried tomato aioli was awesome! Nice atmosphere.

(941) 794-1235

Seafood

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Village Idiot Pizzeria

11904 Cortez Rd W
Cortez, 34215
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(941) 896-4857

Pizza

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Cortez Kitchen

4528 119th St W
Cortez, 34201
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(941) 798-9404

Seafood, Burgers

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Star Fish Co. Seafood Market and Restaurant

12306 46th Ave W
Cortez, 34215
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(941) 794-1243

Seafood, Seafood Markets

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