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
The food and the service were very good. ...
The food and the service were very good. I thought it was a little over priced. It is a very quaint location with other options in the area. I like that it is different that the "run of the mill" eating places. We will go back.
Small intimate place with limited but in ...
Small intimate place with limited but inventive menu of freshly made items. The restaurant is in a house in the Art District of Bradenton. The entire community is very artsy and there are art items for sale adorning the walls of the restaurant. Nice touch!
Our dinner at Arts and Eats was good. O ...
Our dinner at Arts and Eats was good. One of us ordered the chicken breast on the regular menu. It had a very light cream sauce and was topped with mushrooms. The chicken was perfectly cooked and tasted delicious. The other member of our party had a lamb shank from the specials list. It was very tender, and it was flavorful, but the portion was a little small.
Our appetizer was stuffed figs -- delicious! For dessert we ordered the chocolate cake from the regular menu. It was tasty, but just a little dry.
Arts and Eats has a somewhat limited menu. Some diners may have difficulty finding things to order. I had been there before and always enjoyed my meal, but sometimes struggled with the menu.
They often have live music. It's a very small place, and the music is sometimes too loud for the space.
We were the only diners; food was very b ...
We were the only diners; food was very bland - squash soup had absolutely no flavor at all; curry was said to be mildly spicy - had to add pepper just to have any flavor. Pan-roasted chicken was fair; mushroom sauce made it better. Rice side was tasteless. White Sauvignon Blanc wine was absolutely the worst - bitter; could not finish it. High-priced meal for mediocre quality. Tried it once before for dessert; was OK. Decided to give it a try for dinner and no better.
My first time dining here and was very i ...
My first time dining here and was very impressed. Excellent food, very creative menu choices, nice selection of appetizers, good wine pairings with each entree and great service. Highly recommend and will definitely return!
Charming neighbourhood restaurant, pleas ...
Charming neighbourhood restaurant, pleasant musician, cool funky decor, food quite well-prepared, owners very gracious, service attentive and professional. Prices rather steep, $28 is too much for pompano, though it was delicious. Worth a return visit, specials sounded delectable and enthusiastic.
Food was freshly prepared and served hot ...
Food was freshly prepared and served hot. Homey , casual atmosphere. Would have liked bread served with dinner or a small house salad. Food was delicious, but would have liked a little more for the price. We will dine there again.
We enjoyed our meals of fried chicken wi ...
We enjoyed our meals of fried chicken with Asian noodles and broccoli and an awesome meatless curry which was the best I've had ! The wine was good as well as the beer, but could have a bit more variety of beer.
We enjoyed the musician and his easy rock selections.
Such a cute place in a cozy little house turned restaurant in The Village of the Arts!
First Friday Art Walk and Eats! My wife ...
First Friday Art Walk and Eats! My wife and I returned to this neighborhood gem for an early dinner prior to our Art Walk, I had a very tasty lamb shank with vegetables, and my wife had a pompano special. the lamb shank was well-seasoned and perfectly cooked. The meat pulled right off the bone. My wife's pompano was extremely tasty and she ate every bit of it. Would definitely return for more.
As always a superb experience. I came fo ...
As always a superb experience. I came for the veg curry and it was as always, Historic! Hubby came for the lamb shank and it was glorious. The serving staff were attentive and smiley and lovely.The guy singing was wonderful.
Wow. Absolutely fabulous find. We starte ...
Wow. Absolutely fabulous find. We started with the Parmesan Risotto Balls which were great. I had the Asian fried chicken, loved the flavor. My husband had the tangible seafood which was amazingly fresh. We then topped it off with the best carrot cake ever. We will definitely return.
There were 3 of us for dining and all we ...
There were 3 of us for dining and all we had selected on the menu was not available even our second choice attempts were also no available in fact we did consider just finishing our drinks and leaving .
The reasons were the restaurant had been extremely busy the previous 2 nights Friday and Saturday and someone had just returned from holiday .
I have enjoyed both dinner and lunch her ...
I have enjoyed both dinner and lunch here many times. Never disappointed. Flavors, textures and inventive cuisine a specialty of the house. The chef's wife and co-owner is a gracious hostess and the staff is attentive. Both owners are restaurateurs and also have musical ability. It is an eclectic, marvelous dining experience.
The atmosphere and service are wonderful ...
The atmosphere and service are wonderful. The food is absolutely delicious. Love taking people there for their first time experience. As always, our friends liked it a lot. We have been there several times, and each time, the food has been consistently good. I recommend this restaurant to everyone I talk to who has not had the experience.
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.
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