Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, (941) 748-8087, pier22dining.com. An expansive riverfront dining room features linen-topped tables with picture-window views of the Manatee River; additional patio and outdoor seating completes the spectrum of refined-but-relaxed dining options. Also a hot spot for Happy Hour.
Downtown executives sealing deals and celebrating successes; out-of-towners meeting relatives over their lunch breaks.
Service is on-the-ball, but this is not your in-and-out kind of lunch spot; definitely a place to take your time and enjoy the food as well as the view.
Classic seafood entrées and sandwiches in sophisticated preparations, like fish and chips, crab cakes and catch-of-the-day specials (with some land options like French dip and chicken penne pasta), as well as Asian-inspired creations like Szechuan shrimp, beef soba and an Asian calamari salad with a zingy soy ginger vinaigrette. Small plates, including tempura artichokes and seared tuna with wasabi aioli, are great for extended lunch meetings.