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Derek's - CLOSED

5516 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209-2535
+1 941-794-1100
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good21%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
5 Aug 2016
“F this place”
4 Aug 2016
“Priced high with small portions”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Cajun & Creole, Seafood, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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5516 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209-2535
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Made a Rez on open table which was confirmed and reminded ( for gramma's 92nd birthday). Showed up Friday night and they were closed; no note or sign--hope they are permanently out of business.

1  Thank Ben W
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Prices were high with small portions. Food was presented nicely but music continuously came on and off by itself with no one there knowing how to fix it.

Thank 58Racketman
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Started with crab macaroni and cheese which was better than it sounded. However meal was less than good--pricey too. Waitress catered to tables who ordered drinks, appetizers, etc. Too few waitresses too--ours took care of at least 10 tables at once so you can imagine...More

Thank maggiesmom2015
Reviewed 9 June 2016

What more can you say beyond EXCELLENCE ! The service second to none. The presentation of the food was exceptional. The attention to detail of MY food was perfect. The flavor JUST WOW ! WONDERFUL in every way ever time.

Thank tabernaclegal
Reviewed 26 May 2016

American menu average food not memorable in any way. Staff is friendly and pleasant. Remodeled but looks it.

Thank richard s
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Had lunch here while on vacation. Service and food were excellent. The Chef "Derek" was a former Chef for Emril Lagasse in New Orleans before striking out on his own. Highly recommend that you stop here if you are in the area

Thank fwplasticman
Reviewed 29 April 2016

Finally got to Derek's. Started out with gumbo and it was excellent. From there, I'm sorry to say the food went downhill. Both the vodoo crawfish and the shrimp pasta were bland. While we don't want "hot" food, there was very little flavor. Hard to...More

Thank joel c
Reviewed 29 April 2016

I give them points for trying! The effort and care is obvious. I don't care for bench style seating in a restaurant. Reminds me of fast food. On this particular evening my date and I enjoyed our meals but not the conversation at the next...More

Thank 516rays
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Very nice restaurant close to the beaches of AMI. nice restaurant with very good food. With restaurant after restaurant lining Tamiani Trail, Manatee Ave and Cortez, it can be difficult to decide where to eat. This is a good one and the prices are reasonable.

Thank Peter L
Reviewed 23 April 2016

We hadn't been to Derek's since it first opened and has really come along well. Decent wine list, good service, and great food.

Thank caseymorgan
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$ 25
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5516 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209-2535
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Bradenton
  • Phone Number: +1 941-794-1100
  • E-mail
Chef/owner Derek Barnes focus is on rustic, coastal cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood while offering guest a dining experience that is fresh, new, fun and casual while drawing from a rich blend of culinary styles and traditions. The menu changes often, insuring guests an exciting change on their many visits. A semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Best Chef South award, Derek worked with Emeril Lagasse in the kitchen of Emeril's in New Orleans before opening his own restaurant on the SunCoast. Derek's talent for creating unique, pleasurable dishes has earned him Florida Trend's Golden Spoon award, the "Most Innovative Chef" title in the Best of SRQ Magazine, "Best New Cuisine" Sarasota Magazine, "Best New Restaurant" Bradenton Herald and inclusion in Best Chefs America Guide and the exclusive Zagat Guide, America's Top Restaurants listing. The venue is appropriate for the power lunch crowd, casual luncheons, those special evenings, business dinners, private parties and fit for families of all ages. Derek's also offers a private media room for pharmaceutical parties, business luncheons, business dinners, small sporting events, birthday parties, anniversaries or for that intimate gathering.
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