THE PLACE YachtSea Grille, 101 Riverfront Drive, Suite 120, Bradenton, (941) 896-9660, yachtseagrille.com.
An airy and spacious, semi-climate-controlled porch adjoins a newly expanded interior dining room with a heavy hardwood bar and a bright, clean nautical theme.
THE PEOPLE Khaki-clad professionals from nearby office buildings (including the one that houses the restaurant); young families taking a break from Riverwalk.
TIME FACTOR Considering the size of the menu, food comes out at an efficient clip. But with all those choices, you’ll probably want to start with apps and stick around for dessert.
THE FOOD Heavy emphasis on the “Grille” part of the name, with entrées, sandwiches, pasta, fish and burgers all getting their own sections of the menu. Countless culinary influences are evident in the appetizers, which range from Honduran-style ceviche with naan bread ($11) to Polynesian pork shanks ($9-$15) to smoked fish spread ($10). There are also superb fish tacos ($15), award-winning lobster mac ’n cheese ($16), steaks, salads, seafood and more. The meaty clam chowder is always worth a cup ($4), and be sure to check the creative soup du jour. ■