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.
International, American, Continental
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
12th Ave W.
$30 and under
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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: 8446277477
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
I have been eating once or twice a year ...
I have been eating once or twice a year at Arts and Eats since it opened. This most recent visit was a disappointment. A long favorite dish, the vegetarian curry, which is usually amazing was below standard. The vegetables used were easily identified as coming from a frozen bag of mixed vegetables: corn, cubed carrots, peas and beans. This greatly diminished the taste and texture of the dish. The flat bread served with the dish was tough and flavorless, clearly not prepared in house, and was not worth eating. My date's entrée was cold upon arrival. These are not cheap meals, and in the past I have been happy to spend freely. I will say that our appetizer: rustic home made garlic bread with olive oil and roasted Egyptian hazelnuts, was excellent and tasty as usual, we ate every bite. The deserts were outstanding: the carrot cake is still the best I have ever had, and Chef Jim's Persian ice cream: rosewater, pistachios and rose petals accompanied by a light crispy coconut cookie was amazing and should become part of the regular menu. Chef Jim is a creative, masterful chef combining tastes and cuisines with great success. I have enjoyed all of my previous meals immensely, which is why I am giving 4 stars not less. To be fair, this was the day before the restaurant closed for a much needed month long vacation, so not wanting to waste food is understandable. I am hoping after a good period of rest and relaxation that my next visit is more reflective of my previous experience.
Server was warm with sense of humor. Des ...
Server was warm with sense of humor. Described menu items well.
Menu selections very interesting. Food was great.
Owners (Donna and Jim) visited a bit and made it very friendly.
My guests were delighted.
Arts and Eats was a surprisingly good fi ...
Arts and Eats was a surprisingly good find. My wife had a pompano dish which she felt was superb. I had a chicken dish. The chicken was perfectly cooked and the mushroom sauce was sensational. Nice atmosphere, pleasant patrons.
It's so nice to dine at Arts and Eats be ...
It's so nice to dine at Arts and Eats because of the atmosphere. Chef Jim and Donna treat everyone like house guests. A special request for gluten-free was cheerfully accommodated. Chef Jim stopped by our table more than once. Our server, Vivian, thoughtfully checked on us, but not too much. Our dinners were divine. We were too full for desert, but the desert menu looked delicious. We always enjoy the live music. This charming cottage has provided us with a wonderful experience each time we have visited. NO wonder this place is so popular.
We had a Groupon and had never heard of ...
We had a Groupon and had never heard of this restaurant before. It was a delightful, quirky, happy place. We were made to feel so welcome and the service was excellent but unobtrusive. Best of all the food was divine. We had dates stuffed with goat cheese and pistachios and drizzled with balsamic vinegar followed by vegan curry. The curry was served with a pineapple chutney that was the best we've ever had.
Congratulations to the chef and his wife.
this restaurant is in the Village of Art ...
this restaurant is in the Village of Arts. A great area for food and art. The chef is very creative! We had the dates with goat cheese and pistachios, and ricotta balls...wonderful! The chicken with portabello sauce was "hands down the best". Carrot cake is wonderful! we definetly would go back.
Fun, funky and artsy restaurant with gre ...
Fun, funky and artsy restaurant with great and original food. Couple who runs this little establishment were very sweet and solicitous. I had the Indian vegetarian curry which was made from the freshest ingredients and was one of best I have ever had. My friend enjoyed a hearty hot sandwich and we shared a very delicious poached pear with lemon marzipan sauce. Wonderful lunch! Plan to go back many times!
Wow a hidden gem. Outside of our normal ...
Wow a hidden gem. Outside of our normal comfort zone and amazing. Ingredients I had never heard of before explained very well, the spices I feared served on the side and brilliant flavor made me a true fan!
We started with the Fried Parmigian Risotto Balls - light, creamy, seasoned perfectly and the best risotto I've had in years.
I had pan Roasted Sea Bass served Mediterranean Style with Harissa, Rice, Tahini Sauce and Broccoli. The heat was perfect. The bass had a perfect crisp skin. The entire dish just complimented each ingredient it was heavenly.
My husband had Thai Red Curry Shrimp with Ribbon Noodles and Vegetables. Great flavor. He didn't think it had much heat at first, but by the time he was ready to kick the plate clean he did! I didn't get a bite- he never came up for air.
Desserts was homemade as well. This was the best meal we've had in Florida over three months.
Our server was excellent. Truly passiona ...
Our server was excellent. Truly passionate about the food she represented and the restaurant. As a whole the restaurant plays with all of your senses, local art covers the walls, peaceful soulful music plays, bright colors, fun textures. The food..... Chef Jim is insane in the best way possible. His creations borderline on genius. The way that the flavors are juxtaposed creates such an interesting palette. The special soup today (blended veggie) was the best soup I've ever had. The Rosemary flatbread with hummus was both salty and floral sweet. The sea bass was cooked in a way I had never tried before and I loved it paired with the Mediterranean accoutrements. The star of the show was most definitely the Persian ice cream with her notes of cardamom, saffron, rose... Best ice cream ever! Can't wait to return.
Our first visit was memorable. Great fo ...
Our first visit was memorable. Great food and nice discussion with our server as well as the owner. We learned about the history of the restaurant and the background of the owners. The food was exceptional. Garlic herb bread, scallops and mashed potato combo was great. We'll be back.
Wrote review on tripadvisor. Entire sta ...
Wrote review on tripadvisor. Entire staff friendly and knowledgeable. Food entrees excellent and well appointed. House wines excellent and added bonus wonderful entertainment from a super singer/pianist. Going back this week with book club
I was coming from Clearwater and wasn't ...
I was coming from Clearwater and wasn't familiar with the area. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived. The neighborhood was really cute. The restaurant was adorable, the servers were excellent and the food was delicious. It is a very small place renovated from a frame house, so reservations would be recommended. I would highly recommend Arts & Eats.
We took a chance to try this restaurant ...
We took a chance to try this restaurant. When we arrived the parking area very shabby and much in need of attention. We ventured in and found a very eclectic atmosphere. It was easy to relax as we the delightful piano music.
Our waitress was very knowledgeable
of the menu and the food incredible! The food was artistry at its finest! We ordered veal which was perfection as was the seafood and noodles. If you miss this restaurant you will miss a very unique chef and his ability to create the unimagineable. It was definitely worth the drive!!
Arts & Eats provides an intimate setting ...
Arts & Eats provides an intimate setting with outstanding food and service. Can't say enough about this Bradenton gem nestled in the Village of the Arts where charming quirkiness is the norm and the food so outstanding we indulged in appetizers, entrees and desserts. Mellow live music on Friday night and a staff who made us feel so at home yet were seasoned professionals added to the ambiance. The owners clearly believe serving excellence to a few (the restaurant is small and quaint) is far preferable than dishing so-so plates to the masses.
We ordered the special Mediterranean Sea ...
We ordered the special Mediterranean Sea Bass, and it was stupendous, as were the sides. Dessert was also delicious. We thought the place needed a little spiffing up. However, everyone was really friendly and we had a great time. Great chef, who delivered our meals himself.
What a gem!
This is now our favorite place to go for an amazing meal in an intimate setting with terrific music. The house is cozy and beautifully decorated with interesting local art. We were there for the last jazz night of the season - the musicians were terrific! Chef Jim creates innovative and delicious dishes. It's the best food in the area. The wine selection is small but spot on! It can get a little noisy but that just adds to the extremely satisfying dining experience.
Funky, but food was uneven.
Funky scene, lots of energy. The menu is eclectic to say the least: curry and pasta, etc.
We had a reservation, and got right in, even though the place was packed on a Monday night.
Service was fine, if a little distracted. Shrimp Tempura was excellent - the pasta less so. It was undercooked, and chewy.
One problem - we had a reservation for dinner, but when we arrived, they had a mandatory cover charge for music....bummer. The place is too small for live music, and I have never honestly had a dinner reservation that included a mandatory cover charge for music in the restaurant.
Superb little restaurant in the arts village
A gem of a find. Vibrant, colorful interior with great service and better food. I highly recommend this place to anyone wanting a taste of Key West without the need to travel to the keys. I was recommended to try the restaurant, and have recommended it to my friends.
Fun and eclectic
I've been wanting to try Arts & Eats for some time so I was excited when it worked out to be around the corner from our Friday night evening plans. Turns out we finished up about an hour before our dinner reservation but we stopped in anyway and the nice woman at the front seated us right away. The place is super tiny but definitely represents the definition of "cozy" well. There were two guys singing folk music in the main room which I really enjoyed. I had a bowl of onion soup to start and for main dish had the chicken with mushroom sauce and rice and asparagus. My husband started with the appetizer special, vegan ravioli and spring rolls. He wasnt a big fan of the ravioli but I didn't expect him to like vegan anyway lol I thought they were yummy. For his main dish he had the pork tenderloin with sweet potato and another veggie which he said was delicious. All in all we enjoyed ourselves. I look forward to returning :-)
Still Our Favorite Restaurant
What a special gem! This restaurant has the best food with unique flavors and combinations. The service is great and very friendly. It was the best restaurant last year when we visited Bradenton for a Pirates game. One year later and it is sill the best restaurant in Florida! Very eclectic place - prepare for an adventure.
This was our first visit for dinner and it was wonderful! Chef Jim does a terrific job of turning out tasty creative foods. One of the specials that evening was lamb Osso bucco. It was the best I ever had, and I've had quite a few over the years! My husband chose the Pompano and loved it. We were "stuffed" so we passed on dessert, although each one we saw at other tables looked spectacular. Jim's wife Donna took care of the customers and made us feel like family. Our waitress was great! We will return soon.
The food and the jazz were both wonderfu ...
The food and the jazz were both wonderful! The atmosphere is filled with people having a great time and moving to the beat of jazz music you recognize right a away. The hostess is the wife/owner and is very gracious. We experienced a treat when the husband/owner/chef came out of the kitchen to jam with the quartet. He is as passionate playing jazz as he is with cooking delicious meals. The lamb was amazing.
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