Permanently Closed - Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery

4.5
408 reviews
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$30 and under
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International

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
International, American, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(941) 201-6647
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jim Copening
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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.
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Private party contact
Donna Slawsky: (844) 627-7477
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Catering
We cater dinner parties and small events (up to 50 people).
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th Ave W.
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Parking details
Parking is available across the street from the restaurant. There's rarely a problem finding parking.
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Entertainment
Arts & Eats hosts local musicians Tuesday through Saturday evenings with an open mic on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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BC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers day

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SH
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sorry to say goodbye to Arts and Eats.
Congratulations to Donna and Jim on their retirement.

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B
New England
51 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a phenomenal meal at Arts and Eats and are so sorry to learn that Jim and Donna are retiring.

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GP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Happy to have found Arts and Eats.

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RJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sad arts and eats will be closing. The food and atmosphere are spectacular. My husband and I will miss going to this restaurant when we are in town.

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CD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and each time we have had amazing food. The service has been great also. Chef Jim and Donna always make you feel welcome. We always look forward to what is on the menu. The jazz is great to.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place-excellent food and great service.

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RT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

It was overpriced and the food taste was average. I could not recommend this restaurant.

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SH
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love, love, love Arts N Eats. It is our favorite place because the food is so special and because Jim and Donna make us feel so special. We will miss them and their unique fare.

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BT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food!
Sorry to hear that they are closing...

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EP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place in the Arts district. They had a great Jazz duo. Always fun and tasty. As they close their doors on Mother’s Day go while there is still time.

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TR
Naples
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So, sorry to see them closing, but glad we got the opportunity to experience Jim & donna's talents. Good luck

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MM
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food nice music and fantastic company made for a wonderful evening. Everything on the menu has lots of flavor.

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MF
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Jim and Donna made it another night to remember. Our special occasion was to celebrate their retirement and to let them know how much they are appreciated and will be missed. The food was fabulous as always and with the food sensitivities of my youngest daughter, Chef Jim designed a special dish for her; it sounded so wonderful her sister asked if she could have it too. Our server Fabian was very courteous and had impeccable timing. That evening will be a very pleasant memory for my entire family. Thanks guys and good luck!

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London
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

simply amazing, very sad to hear the owners are retiring, great loss of talented hosts. Probably our favourite Floridian retaurant

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AE
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a wonderful meal. We always enjoy what Chef Jim has to offer. The Stuffed Date appetizer and the Carrot Cake dessert are two of his signature dishes not to be missed!

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, awesome, awesome! Nowhere else have I enjoyed so many dishes that anywhere else I would never have tried. The fried cauliflower appetizer is out of this world!!!

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Cleveland
54 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had forgotten how good this is. Food was exceptional, the cauliflower appetizer was just fantastic.

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c
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

They were out of so many things on the menu- leaving our choices really limited. The menu is already small- it was even smaller.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The flavor of the food was delicious but the chicken was rubbery. The wine was great, the sides were great. Sometimes you just get a rubbery chicken. Probably not chef's fault. The waitress was super nice but overly distracted during the busy dinner rush. She came up to take our order and soon as my husband began asking a menu questions, she turned around to help another waitress and left my us with my husbands mouth hanging open. It was awkward but funny at the same time as she did it to us a few times. We just figured they were short staffed at that moment. The restaurant has a great vibe, very whimsical with that old Florida feel. I would def revisit and try another dish. The table next to us had a vegetarian curry that looked to die for. I heard they are closing in a few months due to pending retirement. Go now if you want to try.

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g
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful escape from the usual chain restaurant fare. Love the ambience, the chicken salad, date appetizer and pomegranate tea. All were excellent! So sad it is closing in a month!

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C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quaint restaurant quite unlike any other. Amusing decor, lively jazz on Mondays. Excellent soups vide Moroccan Lamb Tagine and very tasty plump crab salad. Lavender flat bread and stuffed dates excellent. Hosts and servers very accommodating and attentive. We had a really good time on our last night down South. A plus was kind attention to our Chow dog. The chef and his Wife are great characters and a pleasure to meet.

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JW
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A cozy little place with an artsy flair. Especially loved the homemade bread, the pompano entree and the chicken breast with fresh mushroom sauce. The carrot cake with mascarpone icing was the perfect ending and some of the best carrot cake we've ever had! Thank you Arts and Eats staff. We had a great dining experience!

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f
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

this is a place you want to go to before it closes. Super evening with great food and good conversation.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious and the presentation creative. We especially appreciated the clear explanations on the menu and the flexibility for plant-based dining - especially for those of us who have our own version of WFPB :-) - meaning a little fish, gee and, on occasion, certain cheeses. We will definitely be back and will share this gem with our friends.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was wonderful, as always. The disappointment was that Chef Jim is getting ready to retire in a couple of months. So, you'd better get in while you can. We will!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got a Groupon to check it out. Happy we did, loved it and returned the following day with friends!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive servers, unique ambiance, tasty well presented food

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BJ
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was adorable along with great food. The service was top notch, too.

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BC
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Good experience. The people were friendly but they were out of chicken so we did not get to order what we wanted.

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GD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sadly, A&E is closing soon, as Chef Jim is retiring. Great people work here, serving great food any way you like it. Funky decor in Bradenton's VOTA (Village of the Arts), where it fits right in. Get there before Jim leaves and talk to him about his music and what's next!!

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b
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jim makes the best soup and entrees while Donna makes sure the front of the house is totally happy with the service, food and everything else. What a team! This place is small and a bit different, but it is a wonderful, family-run restaurant that is a must visit whenever within 30 miles of Bradenton. Great staff as well.

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WH
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best creative food in the area. Do not think about it, just go. The food is worth it.
We were 3 people and we all had an entree
and small plates to share our entree. Samples from heaven. We left feeling great. With The Carrot cake to go.
A must Destination.

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CR
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was hard to decide what to order! My companion went for the lamb shank, which was fall-off-the-bone tender. I chose vegetable curry with a garnish of pineapple chutney and a side of tzaziki—the dish was spicy but not overbearing. Consuming a vegetable dish justified my ordering the carrot cake, which was everything the reviews said it was—just divine!

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KD
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great! Thank you Jim & Donna for all you do! Jim, add your Fried Chicken to the menu my friend!

We will visit as many times as we can before Memorial Day!

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DK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Met 2 friends there and the food, service and ambiance were wonderful. Very good casual entertainment with singer/guitarist. Food fresh and well prepared with a nice selection. Well definitely go back!

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B
Tampa
62 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only our second visit . Surely not our last. Felt like we were eating with family serving us + the food & service were terrific. All 4 of us had different entrees & all delicious including my wifes vegan entree.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Highly Rwcommend!!

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BR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The waiter was on weed. 11 old daughter was serving us food was cold

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SH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third occasion to dine at Arts and Eats. It was, like our first 2 visits, outstanding. The food was exceptional. The chef creates his own dishes and they are unlike anything I have ever eaten. Every meal is flavorful and creatively presented. It's a little pricey so we save our trips here for special celebrations. But it is well worth it. Atmosphere is quaint and relaxed. You will not be disappointed!

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