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Riverside Cafe

955 Riverside Dr, Palmetto, FL 34221-5000
+1 941-729-4402
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
955 Riverside Dr, Palmetto, FL 34221-5000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We should have known better. They had crab cakes on the menu, and we asked the waitress how they were. She told us they were made on site with only enough filler to hold the crab meat together. She said they were mostly crab meat...More

1  Thank Charlene M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The four of us got there ate 9:00 o'clock that's when they open , I asked the woman that was setting tables out on the deck were is everybody? Answer we are not open I'm running late , you can sit inside! We did not...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 5 days ago

Good food, great service. Could use more fans for outside setting. Enjoyed our experience there. Food was good for the one I had.

Thank Connie P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This venue is part of a marina community. Nearby is the Riverhouse Reef & Grill which is also part of the marina. We checked it out as we are thinking of getting a boat and mooring there. The Happy hour is a great bargain. Did...More

Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been going to this place for several years. Very difficult place to beat, both for price, taste and service. They make you feel right at home. And if you are lucky, the owner even visits with you. The place overlooks a Boat Marina...More

Thank B3758FIfrankb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have lunch here once a week for several years and never disappointed. Corn chowder on Thurs is wonderful. Prime rib sandwich fantastic. Best shrimp cocktail for the price you will find. Greek salad and specialities excellent. In the evening sit out on the outdoor...More

Thank craigxt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of our fav restaurants for Sunday brunch. We live on the Manatee River and travel to the restaurant by boat just 5 minutes from the house; if boating weather is not so good we easily travel by car. The service is right...More

Thank Jim G
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We had simple sandwiches and a burger plus drinks for our lunch with old friends up from Punta Gorda. Service was efficient and smooth. Food was good. Great place to go, but extremely busy on the specialty fish night - we couldn't get in so...More

Thank Injipoint
Reviewed 14 April 2017

There were four adults in our group and everyone's meal was fantastic. The shrimp was the best we have had since arriving in Florida four months ago. The basa and all the other entrees were prepared wonderfully. Our service from Naomi was the best. We...More

Thank Janine S
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Love coming to Riverside for lunch or dinner. During the winter time with many visitors in the area, you may have to wait but off season you can get in and have a relaxing meal watching the water and looking at the boats in the...More

Thank Donald T
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Russ K
is this related to the restaurant in Dillsboro North Carolina
25 November 2016|
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Response from artsifartsy51 | Reviewed this property |
I seriously doubt it. I have been to both. The one in Palmetto is very old Florida. Pull your boat up and eat. Greek themed. More popular with locals than tourist. And reasonable prices. I don't recall that when I was... More
Do you have a gluten free menu?
5 April 2016|
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Response from Sligolass2015 | Reviewed this property |
Well they have Greek salads & grilled fish which have nothing to do with gluten.
Can I have my dog on the patio?
28 March 2016|
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Response from Julie H | Reviewed this property |
I looked at the Bring Fido site and it stated: Riverside Cafe Palmetto, FL, US Riverside Cafe menu items consist of breakfast favorites, burgers, mediterranean fare, sandwiches, seafood, and pasta. Dogs are welcome on their... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
07:30 - 20:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 955 Riverside Dr, Palmetto, FL 34221-5000
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Palmetto
  • Phone Number: +1 941-729-4402
  • E-mail