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About Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery
Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery is located in the heart of the Village of the Arts in Bradenton, Florida. It's located in a 1920s bungalow and has distinguished itself by remaining #1 on Trip Advisor with a solid 5 star rating for the past year and a half.
Chef Jim’s food is inspired by the ethnic flavors he experienced on the streets of New York City. He is passionate about bringing international flavors to the Bradenton Sarasota area. The menu includes Thai shrimp curry, fresh fish with miso, truffle butter or Thai curry sauce, homemade garlic goat cheese ravioli with pesto, fresh fish, scallops with truffle butter, and much more. All foods are prepared in-house, including breads and desserts (this includes a carrot cake that will make you cry with joy).
Arts & Eats prides itself on bringing people together through amazing food by Chef Jim Copening, nightly music by local musicians, and service where you enter as a guest and leave as a friend.
Bradenton, FL 34205
International, American, Continental
Hours of Operation:
Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
12th Ave W.
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Arts & Eats hosts local musicians Tuesday through Saturday evenings with an open mic on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm.
We cater dinner parties and small events (up to 50 people).
Parking is available across the street from the restaurant. There's rarely a problem finding parking.
Private Party Facilities:
Our restaurant seats 35. You can host your own party or event here by reserving the entire space or just the main dining room. We're flexible with our menu and will design a menu specifically for your event, within your budget.
Private Party Contact:
Donna Slawsky: (844) 627-7477
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery Ratings and Reviews
It was our first time visiting Arts & Eats so I don't have a lot to pass on, except to say the restaurant is unique, it's colorful and somewhat pleasing to the eyes. The service and folks working there were great. A cool and interesting menu compared to most restaurants although somewhat limited. The food was good, not great but good enough. One app, two entrees, two glasses of wine, no dessert. If you order the curry meal, just understand it will be nothing similar to the traditional thai curry your use to getting at thai restaraunts, Chef Jim does his own version of curry and at least for me was a little disappointing since i absolutely love spicy curry on rice and this version to me just didn't do for me what curry usually does for me. Overall, it was a nice experience but just not sure worth the $100 price tag we paid for dinner for two.
We are very picky "foodies" who dine at high end restaurants around the country on a routine basis. This chef is the real thing and the local ingredients and homey unpretentious cooking style made for a special combination. I had the pompano, which was perfectly cooked, light and flavorful, the bokchoy was also perfectly cooked and the rice was excellent - nothing super fancy, just super good. It was as if your Mom suddenly became a trained chef - what could be better. The service was friendly, welcoming and efficient. I would like to see this restaurant remodel its interior and clean up a bit so that the ambiance would reflect the beauty and quality of the food. Overall I would dine here again for a reliably good meal at a reasonable price.
What a find we didn't know was even available. I am so glad to have seen this gem on Trip Adviser because not only the restaurant was delightful, but the entire "Village of the Arts" was engaging and fun. Check it out if you love good food and one-of-a-kind.
I was looking for a restaurant open Christmas Day and thought the menu was interesting, although limited and a little pricey. But hey, it's Christmas, and they gave up their day with family and friends to open. I ordered the chicken and my portion was small although one other person out of three had a sufficient portion of chicken. The food was good, but not beyond good. We were seated close to the music (not too loud), but did have to raise our voices to be heard. On a scale of 1 to 5, I'd give it a 3...adequate.
Very interesting place. Food was very good but very pricey. The owners and staff are extremely friendly. The seating is a little tight, but it's sort of what you would expect in this area. Overall it's a great little place to try. You won't be disappointed.
We bought a Groupon for this restaurant and wanted to try things out on the menu. We made a 5:30 reservation due to the size of the restaurant and we had never been. When we walked in everyone was pleasant and sat us quickly. There was no one else in the restaurant besides a couple tables that were getting ready to leave. When we ordered water the waitresses tone changed immediately and after we ordered basically all their appetizers she made a point of telling the entire staff that we were only getting appetizers. A gentlemen then came out making the snide remark to the entire staff who were just hanging out that we were only getting appetizers. We were there to try the restaurant out to see if we would be going back for future reservations and we made this clear to the waitress. When we told her we had a groupon she seemed even more annoyed and said “as long as you get more than $30 worth of food”. Then at the end of our 20 minute stay due to the waitress practically ripping the plates from our hands to get us out of there she stated as she handed the bill that they preferred us to use cash due to the bill only being $4. Sadly the rudeness of the entire staff at this restaurant overshadowed the fact that the food was very good. If you don’t want people to come and see if they like the restaurant then you shouldn’t advertise period and you definitely shouldn’t do Groupon. I have honestly never experienced such unprofessional staff in a restaurant and I will never go back to this place nor will I ever recommend it to anyone.
Wonderful wonderful wonderful! Owners, Donna and Jim, are very welcoming and accommodating for special needs dining. All you have to do is to contact them beforehand to work out details. I could easily eat there weekly. Oh, and Donna and her friends display their art.
Amazing freshly prepared food that did not insult the taste buds! Everyone loved their meal. We were treated like family and apparently after speaking with the Chef upon leaving...we are now family😊 We will definitely be back soon. Thank you for making our night out with friends so special💖
Been coming here whenever we're nearby, which is still an hour's drive, but worth it. Food is among the most creative and highest quality we've experienced in Florida. Only complaint is the jazz night music (Mondays) which has been morphing into a pop night the last couple of times. Not bad, but not jazz, really.
We have lunched here before and the food is always very good. My only complaint is that the male server seemed totally out of his comfort zone and quite incapable of providing a service. The owner tried to make up for his shortcomings and was extremely helpful. This would not stop me going again, I'd make sure we had a different server.
Such a wonderful place. I get to travel a lot and love to experience the local owned "mom n pop" style places. This is one I won't soon forget. In an otherwise less than ideal day, I drove 30 min to come check it out, and as soon as I parked I was already having a better day. Fun little place, the best service you could ask for, excellent food... just a total gem and a place I'm glad I got to visit.
JIm's cooking is wonderful. Multiple flavors in lamb shank. My husband had curry which he thought was great. It was very quiet the night we were there. Usually every table is full (it's a small restaurant) and they often have a jazz band. A fun place to go.
We got together with some close friends. Once again, Arts & Eats did not disappoint. The "paella", while not traditional Andalusian, was a creative masterpiece with generous portions of seafood and wonderful flavor. Wow it was delicious. Pan seared Pompano and a wonderful chicken dish rounded out our entree choices for the evening! All amazing. For appetizers don't skip the cheese stuffed dates with pistachios - extremely tasty. Ambiance and service were flawless.
This was our second visit to Arts and Eats and we couldn't wait to share this wonderful, unique dining experience with our artist friends who were visiting. We were not disappointed. The food was outstanding, service was timely and personal, and like our first time, the chef came to our table to chat and check on our meals. We are so fortunate to have such a gem of a restaurant in our area.
The food and service were hit and miss. My chicken was delicious but my husband’s fish was over cooked. My asparagus was so bitter I couldn’t eat it and since the waitress never checked on us after bringing the food, it wasn’t until we were done eating that I was able to tell her. She offered to bring me broccoli but I declined since everyone was finished with their meals. No offer to discount the meal or give me a free dessert or something. Desserts had a similar issue. Ours was delicious carrot cake but the icing was tasteless. Our friends split the fudge cake which they declared dry and old. For the service, I also gave a 3 since the only person who checked on us regularly was the young lady with the water pitcher. My husband noticed a man going around to all of the other tables but he ignored us completely. Maybe because we used a Groupon? The experience was mediocre overall although the area looks very quaint and may be worth returning to try a different place in the Village of Arts area.
Owners were on site and very nice people. My fish was burnt and the rice had a burnt taste. Bread didn't come with the meal. It was $6. It didnt have much flavor. It was a type of Egyptian bread I think he said. We could hear conversations from the kitchen. I'm not sure if someone was being trained to cook. The chicken and mushroom dish was very good. It was the lowest priced item on the menu. It was a little expensive but it appears everyone is very nice and tries hard.
Unfortunately, had a very disappointing thanksgiving dinner there. All food which was served buffet style in back yard was cold - turkey, veggies, stuffing, even the gravy. (cold gravy, my mother would croak) Overpriced, uninspired. it was depressing after reading many glowing reviews about this artsy little restaurant. we're from the NYC area and had envisioned a bountiful, fun, tasty Turkey Day celebration in a spot that might have a Village vibe - Very bummed out by the experience. Only positive: at least the staff/servers were pleasant despite the lackluster meal.
When I travel I try and find interesting and tasty local places. Doing this I am occasionally disappointed, but more often then not I find really good places. Once in a blue moon there is a place that presses every button and Arts and Eats hit every button with a sledgehammer. My navigator had me wandering residential areas and I was sure I was lost. But it was easy to get to and plenty of parking. I’ll admit to thinking this can’t be it, but I went in and was warmly greeted. It is a small place, but everything else about it is huge. It is owned and managed and manned by a couple. She greets and he cooks and wow does he cook. Everything on the menu is familiar, but all with a twist. Everything perfectly prepared and delightfully tasty. My son’s and I get together a couple times a month to try different restaurants. Arts and Eats is 70 miles away but I’ll take them next month. I’m willing to they will insist on adding it as a regular place. It’s offbeat, eccentric, and if you are anywhere close you owe it to yourself to go.
We made a reservation but it was obvious they were busy and unprepared. Within 5 minutes they sat a couple with a dog next to us and it took no less than 15 minutes to get our drink order in. My husband’s soup came out well before my appetizer so he was finished before I received mine. When our food finally came, mine was fine—his Fish was very dry and over cooked so we told the server who had one of the owners come over to apologize. She offered to remake the fish but my husband told her to forget it—he would have the lamb special instead. Something was said to the owner chef, who came out of the kitchen to tell us he was making the lamb dish for us and would be 15 minutes (food already took 45 minutes) then he gave my husband a big FAKE sarcastic smile—that’s when It got bad. My husband asked why he was yelling at him and although the owner tried to say he wasn’t, he clearly was yelling at him in the middle of this very small restaurant! This was embarrassing, uncalled for, and unacceptable so we asked for our check. The owner said there was no check for us so we got up and left. This was my husbands Birthday and the first time I we were at that restaurant. Needless to say we will never go back.
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