Enjoy waterfront dining at Manatee Island Bar & Grill


MENU

Appetizers, soup, salad, seafood, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, steak, chicken, pasta, ribs.

ATMOSPHERE

Fun, open-air bar and grill with a tropical vibe, it overlooks Manatee Pocket in the beautiful St. Lucie River. There are full bars and plenty of comfortable tables inside and out.

OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE

We started with an appetizer of Key West dolphin bites ($10), golden brown nuggets of white fish dusted in seasoned cornmeal and served with key lime dipping sauce. They were a tasty treat as we enjoyed the crisp, cool air outside along the water during a recent cold snap. The blackened mahi sandwich ($13.50) was a delightful spread of Cajun-seared fresh mahi on a kaiser roll with citrus butter, lettuce, tomato and bacon. For $3 more, I substituted truffle fries for the homemade potato chips and was impressed with the rich taste of the fries, which are tossed in truffle oil and aged parmesan cheese. The mahi fish tacos ($17) were equally exquisite, with spicy grilled mahi, key lime sriracha slaw and remoulade sauce tucked into a heaping flour tortilla. Served with fried plantains and rice and beans, it was a taste explosion for the senses.

REASON TO GO

Fun waterfront eatery close to home, nestled in quaint Port Salerno. Tasty food at reasonable prices, and there’s live entertainment nightly. It’s the kind of place you’d dine at in Key West if you were lucky enough to be on vacation.

SERVICE

Very good. The waitress was able to keep up with our hungry, thirsty table of four quite nicely.

NOISE LEVEL

We dined on the outside porch and were able to talk comfortably despite a band nearby. Sheets of plastic were unfurled along the perimeter to keep the cold out.

KID FRIENDLY

Children will enjoy all the noise and frivolity here, plus they can choose from such dishes as chicken fingers, mac and cheese, pizza, pasta and grilled cheese. It’s also fun to take a stroll along the river after dinner.

MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL

4817 SE Salerno Road, Port Salerno, 772-872-7176

Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; F-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

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