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The Shake Pit

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3801 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205-1713
+1 941-748-4016
11:30 - 22:00
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Thu - Tue 11:30 - 22:00
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Bradenton, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the first place family visiting will ask to go to! A definite must have. Best shakes ever. I have been eating here for 40 years!

Thank Wendy M
Bradenton, Florida
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best homemade ice cream there is! AND even better chicken fingers! So good! Just make sure you have cash, no debit or credits!

Thank Chantelle Y
Bradenton, Florida
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Marshmallow peach shake. Try it! Love hitting up the Shake Pit any time we are in the area. Almost always a crowd. Staff is friendly and helpful.

Thank JovialT
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for a great ice cream treat that had a small town nostalgic feel, then go check out this place. Great window service, a variety of ice cream options (hard and soft serve ice cream), and they also serve burgers, fries, fried mushrooms and the such. Seating inside on the large picnic tables. We also saw many... More 

Thank Amy B
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158 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Here it is, one of the fading few real old time roadside Ice cream places. Wide variety of treats and also burgers etc. Open glass front like you just don't see anymore. Lots of parking, easy in & out. Right on Hwy 64 (Manatee Avenue), lots of traffic noise. Yeah it's pretty cool, special as an anachronism and worth a... More 

Thank David M. S
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Shake pit has been a Bradenton icon for a long time. Please take your loved ones here to enjoy a simple meal with a sweet treat to top it off!

Thank ZachB1538
London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Shake Pit has been a small business since the 1950s, but they have served some large iced cream appetites. There are MANY different iced cream dishes here, way too many to even mention. They also serve more substantial food, such as hamburgers, chips/fries, sandwiches, etc. They also have an appreciable-sized covered patio with many tables in the front now, in... More 

Thank VanVlerah
Wavre, Belgium
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 December 2016

We have been many times to The Shake Pit.the shakes are thick flavor-full and the best on the East Coast. We have amazed friends from all over the world with the Shake Pit

Thank JPBear99
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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325 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Have been visiting the Shake Pit when in Florida since 1999 and it is consistently good. You know what to expect (cash only - not an issue - it's not as if it's a high spend venue!) Burgers are excellent - fries are crinkle cut and always perfectly cooked. If you choose to sit adjacent to the kiosk there is... More 

Thank Scene-set
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

The Shake Pit is a small drive-in on Manatee Avenue, that takes you back to the hay-day of drive-ins. Ice Cream of course - cones, sundaes, and their specialty - Spooners, ice cream with your choice of sauces, candies, and cookies blended in. Like a 'Blizzard', but thicker and yummier! They also serve a wide variety of food. Our favorite... More 

Thank Tom K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3801 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205-1713
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Bradenton
  • Phone Number: +1 941-748-4016
A Bradenton Tradition since 1959. It's no wonder it's been around for 50 years- they keep doing it right. Though we are Tampa Natives, we only experienced this awesome place yesterday for the first time. What a throw back, a perfect piece of Florida History. Awesome burgers, dogs and ice cream. Outdoor and indoor dining with a great vibe! Food, especially ice cream, malts, etc are a 10+. IT will be a regular spot for us when we are in the area. You must experience this place!

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