Get a bite at Sharky's
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Anton and Marie Lulgjuri welcome
you to Sharky's Seagrill.
There's a shark in Bradenton Beach but don't be afraid, this one's on dry land and he's very friendly. So friendly, in fact, that he's asking you to join him for dinner, and he's on the menu.
Sharky's Seagrill has been a fixture in Bradenton Beach since 1998 when Anton and Marie Lulgjuri purchased the restaurant and renamed it Sharky's. The Lulgjuri's, originally from Croatia, brought to Bradenton Beach Chief Anton's European training and over 30 years of experience to establish a fine dining restaurant in a casual atmosphere.
If you haven't been to Sharky's recently, it's time for a visit. The Lulgjuri's have redecorated the cozy restaurant and added fine dining menu items while still keeping the casual essence that Sharky's has always been known for. Their long bar is a popular spot for daily happy hour get togethers starting at 4 p.m., and their menu has some new and exciting choices as well as summer specials.
Always known for their fresh fish and hand cut choice beef, Sharky's now offers a grilled seafood combo with lobster, scallops and more. Daily specials could include rack of lamb, bouillabaisse or sea scallops and some regular menu items are Key West grouper, fried shrimp, chicken Marsala, pork chops and several pasta dishes.
For more casual dining, you can choose from burgers or a chicken or grouper sandwich. Appetizers including ahi sashimi tuna, coconut shrimp and calamari fritti as well as a seafood chowder and some dinner salads.
The Lulgjuris have created a well priced summer menu designed for families visiting the beach and have also included a prime rib special during happy hour priced at $13.95 and happy hour appetizers priced at $5.
Don't overlook the full bar and extensive wine list at Sharky's. They have beer on tap including Guinness, Bass, Foster, Sam Adams and Yuengling, and be prepared to hold on to your hat if your order the Rum Runner Shark house special mixed by Marie Lulgjuri. In 2003 the Weekly Planet voted Sharky's The Best Of The Sun Coast Margaritas, and if you and your friends want to make a night of it, dine at Sharky's on either a Friday or Saturday night and enjoy the live entertainment.
They offer take out service and can host private parties of 30 or more. Also, Sharky's is only one of two restaurants on Anna Maria that belongs to the Open Table restaurant search engine, where you can read reviews and make reservations.
Sharky's Seagrill is a family run business, Marie and Anton Lulgjuri are at the restaurant every day, preparing meals and making sure their customers are happy. Their long time staff is always on hand to make new visitors, and returning customers feel welcomed.
If you're hankering for the taste of shark, Sharky's Seagrill is probably the only place on the Island you'll find it on the menu both both an appetizer and a main course. Even if biting into a shark isn't for you, you'll find plenty at Sharky's to satisfy the most adventurous gourmet, and it's all guaranteed not to bite back.
2519 Gulf Drive N.
Open daily 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Happy hour 4 to 6 p.m.
Annual vacation September
All major credit cards accepted