About Wheat + Water Italian Kitchen

Wheat + Water Italian Kitchen meets at the crossroads of traditional Italian classics and contemporary Italian cuisine. With the finest and freshest ingredients that have been sourced from Italy, Europe and the mainland you will 'Taste the difference in every bite'.

Join us tonight on our beautiful patio, inside our dining room, or at the bar!

7303 52nd Pl E,
Bradenton, FL 34203
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 4:00 pm–6:30 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 216-3562

Website:
http://www.wheatpluswater.com/

Catering:
http://wheatpluswater.com/large-party-take-out-menu/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine

Wheat + Water Italian Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (31)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Authentic (22)
See All
Worth the Drive (21)
Good for a Date (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Healthy (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Cozy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Romantic (1)
Vegan (1)
Sort by
S
205 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Wheat & Water is our new favorite Italian eatery. Friendly service, good food and drink, not too pricy.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fun, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food was good, not great.
Service was good at early dining.
Noisy.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We loved the restaurant , however they had no record of our reservation even though we had a confirmation.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Pizza and Lasagna were both great. Very quick and friendly service.

Tags: Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food. Venue is busier, louder, and more energetic than expectations.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4

 
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Invited friends just arriving to FL. Pleasantly surprised with overall cuisine choices. Wonderful heirloom salad and great crusty bread. Very reasonable drinks and entrees met our expectations.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My wife and I were in the mood for a good pizza and decided to give this place a shot. We were not disappointed. Although the pizza was not the best I've had, it was still very good. The superb waitress made the visit even better. She was super friendly and checked on us the perfect number of times. Not overbearing or distant, just perfect. We will be back for sure!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on January 11, 2018

Food was good but they need a better exhaust system!!!!
Left restaurant with eyes stinging and clothes smelling

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Naples)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I am never disappointed. The Chicken Marsala is the best I’ve ever eaten. Had dinner with 6 friends and they all raved about their dinners. Very well priced and large portions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great authentic food and very friendly and attentive wait staff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful food and device was fantastic!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Tonight we had a wonderful dinner with friends. The food was well prepared and everyone enjoyed their dinner. Wheat and Water serves the best Italian food in Manatee County. It is a favorite restaurant of ours!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on January 6, 2018

Relaxed, cozy atmosphere with just the right level of lighting. Outside patio has heaters, but is best on a warm evening. The menu has a lot of great Italian choices. Appetizers are all delicious, especially the risotto bites. Bread is tasty and the wine list is very nice. Prices are very reasonable and the portions are a hearty size. Very nice choice for a casual night out.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We found the restaurant on Friday and loved it so much we went back on Saturday. Food is excellent and the servers were so friendly. This is now our favorite restaurant for good food at a good price.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great Italian restaurant! The food, ambiance, service and value are worth the drive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Wheat + Water is a really good local Italian eatery. Milton, our server, was personable and very efficient. They have an excellent menu with a lot of different pastas and combinations. Portions are hearty; we've split a couple of entrees already. Plus, they have a great little dessert of two small cannollis, great for sharing after a big meal.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on January 1, 2018

Outstanding food. Exceptional. Great quality and quantity. We have been there twice and have loved it both visits. Can hardly wait to go back. Very impressed with their food. Good atmosphere and friendly staff. They make you feel welcomed. A gem...

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were there on New Year's Eve. We were pleasantly surprised by the excellent service, and good food and choices. The meals prices were not changed and we had a lovely dinner out. We were there at 8 pm and did not have to wait and did not feel pressured to finish quickly. We had a lovely waitress and we could not have been happier.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My wife and I are regulars at Wheat & Water, the food is always top notch and reasonably priced. The servers are always friendly and efficient. The owners Mike & Kim are very welcoming and strive to make it a great experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Good value. Did not gouge on New Years Eve. Great local restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I've dined at W&W numerous times and have always enjoyed the food. This occasion was New Year's Eve and the restaurant was very crowded and the staff was hopping. Only problem I had was that after the soup and salad was served, before either could be eaten the main course arrived. Consequently, we only ate about half the soup and even less of the salad. Waiter should have placed the order for the entrees separately from the first dishes instead of submitting the order as one or at least been sure we were ready for the entrees. However, the waiter was not the one who brought the entrees; it was a different server which might account for the hasty service. We sent the entrees back and requested that we be allowed time to eat the first dishes. The server took them away and within 2-3 minutes a third server brought them back. We gave up at that point and had them take the unfinished soup and salads away. Being New Year's Eve and given the large crowd I can understand the communication mix-up, but a well trained staff would have dealt with this issue more appropriately. In addition, the waiter forget to bring me the wine I ordered and I cancelled that order after finishing my main course without wine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I have been to this restaurant over 20 times since opening. Had this been my first time I would never return all because of one waiter , Eric, who has now served us 2x
Had to call hostess over to refill our water and bring us bread. Once he took our order he disappeared
Food is terrific so if u go stay away from Eric. Every other server we have ever had has been great

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service1
value5

vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Wheat and Water is our favorite Italian restaurant. The food is freshly prepared and there are many creative choices from which to choose. The service is outstanding . The creative appetizers are a must to try prior to dinner. The salads and soups are outstanding and there are many choices for the main course. This restaurant is tops!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our server Milton was absolutely perfect - personable, witty, attentive. He made our visit
enjoyable and one to remember.
We will be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had made a reservation 2 weeks prior
After the seated us we asked if we could move to another table less noisy as my 87 th yr old mom had hearing aids and can’t hear well. There were 2 other tables oh 8 ( same as us) with no one at them. We asked to move to them but the owner put up a fight saying they were already reserved but not here yet.
We asked if they requested those perticular tables she said no. So we asked to move to one of them again she again put up an argument. It was for no reason as we kept asking what the difference would be???
She said she had to call the people that would be sitting there and ask them ( even though they had no idea where their table was as the reservation was made online and not a requested spot). I believe Our waitress spoke to her and asked her to accommodate us.
It was really a bizarre experience.

Thankfully our waitress was great and the food was wonderful.
The owner could use some classes in customer service.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value4

vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Milton, our server, was friendly, helpful and efficient. Our drinks were fine, dinners were great, and our little cannolis were a perfect little dessert. Their menu is extensive, and everything we've had so far has been excellent. This is fast becoming a local go-to restaurant.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wheat and Water...our most favorite restaurant in Lakewood Ranch. The service is wonderful, the food superb. Best Italian food around. Very affordable....great eats!

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wheat & water has satisfying food at a reasonable price. Recommend the pasta fagioli, a nice hearty version served with crusty bread.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Very good casual Italian spot. The grilled artichoke appetizer is fantastic. Gnocchi was nicely prepared. Good selection of wine and regional Italian options.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Second time dining here and it was as good as the first! Excellent food and service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This was my third visit to Wheat and Water. The previous two meals were good, so I returned.

We ordered an appetizer, the grilled artichokes, which was tasty. Before we had funished the appetizer, the salads were served and before we had finished those, the entrees were on the table. Fine dining it was not.

I ordered the short ribs with risotto. The ribs were satisfactory, although the portion was small. The risotto was inedible. It was drenched in a heavy cheese sauce, which was far too rich and looked and tasted like mush.

I told the waiter that the risotto was too rich (I was being kind), but he made no offer of replacing it.

The meal took less than an hour. A very disappointing experience.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service1
value1

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Best pork chop in town!!!!! Great service and value.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 15, 2017

Always enjoy our meal at Wheat +Water. Often do take out on the pizza. Good pizza.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Wheat and Water is a favorite restaurant of ours. It has the best Italian food in the Bradenton-Sarasota area! The menu has excellent choices and the service is outstanding! The food is freshly prepared and served hot. The menu has an excellent assortment of appetizers as well as main courses, salads, soups, and desserts.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 12, 2017

I love this place. The food is authentic Italian. Most everyone I know who goes here raves about it. Our server last night was the best.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 12, 2017

Delicious food! Good service. Loved it! We will definitely return.

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Been to the restaurant many times. Always excellent in food and service. Honor our reservations. Our family and friends agree.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 5, 2017

A wonderful neighborhood restaurant. The food is outstanding; the pizza is a favorite of my husband and I favor the pasta with lamb. The chicken parm is also very good. But you won't go wrong with anything on the menu. The salad is always fresh and the bread is too good causing one to eat way too much of it. The wait staff is mostly attentive with Dayna the best of the best. The owners are present and concerned with any problems.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on December 5, 2017

Enjoyed the meal very much enjoying the fresh ingredients and home made preparation. I would recommend the restaurant and we plan on going back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on December 4, 2017

One of our absolute favorites! We bring our visiting guests there often

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.