Bacon Wrapped Scallops – Riverhouse Reef & Grill

Like seafood?  Like bacon?  Then you’re going to flip for this match made in the near heaven waterfront atmosphere of Riverhouse Reef & Grill – Bacon Wrapped Scallops.

Riverhouse Reef & Grill’s delicious Bacon Wrapped Scallops are made up of fresh scallops smothered in a blanket of hickory bacon!

Our kitchen bakes and flash fries these savory morsels and tops it all off with a brown sugar glaze and our zesty tropical salsa. 

Come out to Riverhouse Reef & Grill to try our Bacon Wrapped Scallops and enjoy the sights, sounds and relaxation found on the Manatee River!

Regatta Pointe Marina Welcomes First-Time Live Aboard Boaters

Regatta Pointe Marina is pleased to be home to a thriving live aboard boating community, including many first-time live aboard boaters.

Many serious boaters dream of a life on the water, and Regatta Pointe Marina’s amenities and friendly staff are happy to help make that dream come true. Our boating community enjoys resort-style amenities, including comfortable boaters’ lounges, on-site laundry, pristine showers, an on-site fitness center, free internet access, and much more.  Not to mention, Regatta Pointe Marina is home to a day spa, salon and two restaurants, including’s #1 rated restaurant in Palmetto, FL, Riverhouse Reef & Grill. 


Regatta Pointe Marina at Fort Myers Boat Show

Come see the Regatta Pointe Marina Booth at The 42 Annual Fort Myers Boat Show on Nov. 13-16, 2014.  Our staff will be on hand with information on dockage and boating in the Bradenton / Tampa Bay region. 

The Fort Myers Boat show is among the largest in west Florida, and will feature a wide range of boats, marine products and services.  The show includes seminars on fishing, boat safety, kayaking and more. The Boat Show is located in downtown Fort Myers. The main entrance is at the corner of Bay Street and Dean Street. The show is spread out through the Harborside Event Center, along Edwards Drive and Centennial Park to The Fort Myers Yacht Basin.

Regatta Pointe Marina is the premier marina in Manatee County, with direct access to the Manatee River, Tampa Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and other beautiful waterways. With boat slips starting at only $8, premier resort amenities, on-site dining, a salon, day spa, ship store and great customer service, Regatta Pointe Marina is the 2013 & 2014 Bradeton Herald People’s Choice award winner “Best Marina.” 


Cabo Fish Bites – Riverhouse Reef & Grill Appetizer

 Cabo Fish Bites are year-round favorite appetizer of patrons at Riverhouse Reef & Grill.

Get a taste of the sea with these fresh crispy bites of whitefish.  Each one is hand prepared in our chef’s special spiced batter and deep fried to perfection. The Cabo Fish Bites are served piled high on a leafy bead of Romaine Lettuce with a side of tangy Cilantro Lime Aoli for dipping.

Cabo Fish Bites are the ideal way to start a meal on the waterfront at Riverhouse Reef & Grill.  The Riverhouse is located on the main pier at Regatta Pointe Marina overlooking the Manatee River.  Riverhouse Reef & Grill is the 2014 winner of the Bradenton Herald People’s Choice Award “Best Waterfront Restaurant” and No. 1 rated restaurant in Palmetto, Fl based on the reviews made on


The Venue & Weather was Perfect for a Beautiful Florida Wedding…

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My husband and I got engaged on Anna Maria Island and knew we wanted to head back down that way to exchange vows. After much searching, we happened upon the River House through a Sarasota wedding website and decided to give the place a look. Our day was jam packed with venue appointments and we knew that they had a restaurant downstairs from the venue, so we figured we would stop in for lunch before the appointment so we could see if we liked the food. Wow is all I have to say. The food was phenomenal and we enjoyed every last bite. Luckily, there was a wedding taking place the next day, so Carrie, the banquet manager, told us we could view the space already set up. From the moment we walked upstairs to view the space, we both fell in love. We instantly booked the River House for our ceremony and reception.

Carrie was amazing to deal with every step of the way. She was extremely responsive to us and kept in touch with us regularly during our 8 month wedding planning process. She kept our entire event on schedule and really went above and beyond to make us happy. She helped put us in touch with the hotel where our guests stayed and even recommended a water shuttle that our guests were able to take across the river from the hotel to the venue. Carrie even let us into the space the day before to set everything up just as we wanted it. This really helped keep everything on track for the day of the wedding.

On the day of the wedding, the venue and the weather was perfect for a beautiful Florida wedding. My husband and I are both from the Northeast and only recently relocated to Florida. Most of our guests had to travel to come to our wedding and gave rave reviews on how beautiful the venue was and how delicious the food was. They were really all blown away. The photos that we took are absolutely gorgeous, especially the ones on the pier at sunset. 

We come back often to eat at the restaurant and revisit the magic of our wedding day!

Living Aboard Your Boat Full Time


Have you ever dreamed of waking up in the morning to the smell of the ocean, to the sound of waves, to the peaceful serenity of nature and sailing into the sunset? This could be an option that many people would want, but would not know where to start.

Many have given up inner city living in order to live on a boat. The way this is done is by obtaining a live aboard slip at Regatta Pointe Marina or a similar marina. There are a limited number of slips issued to boat owners, and this is to ascertain that others do not overstay their sleep over aboard their boats. It is known that the privileges are so in demand.

Staff that work at the marina may also come and clean out a slip holders waste from their holding tanks, once or twice per week. Wireless internet is offered as well. You will find showering facilities, restaurants on site, and a pool. There are convenient stores even clubs where you can get to know other boat owners, like Regatta Pointe Yacht Club.

What do I have to compromise to live aboard?

There is less breathing space than in a house or flat, and a lot of boaters get rid of their dishwashers, bathtubs and so forth.

Boat maintenance?

This is considered to be costly. You will notice that those talented professionals that repair boats are in high command in certain areas. They do charge a reasonable fee, despite their experience.

The up side…

Living aboard is so cost effective should you have an older vessel and you are able to do the little touch up jobs on your own. A boat of this caliber would cost a bit, but at the end of it all, maintenance costs would charge you nothing.

Those living on their vessels are found to be friendly and this is where you could find the best neighbors. It is amazing what nature does to one. Regatta Pointe Marina and other live aboard marinas have special activities for boaters. One thing that is good about this type of living is that they always look after each other. Should you be out and a stranger is on your deck, the neighbors know who belongs on your boat and who does not. It is like having your own personalized alarm system.

The upside that is so admired by many passers by is that when you live aboard you may possibly untie your boat and be on your way. This may sound so surreal and it most likely is to some, but for the experience many would want to give this a try, even on a short term basis.

If you are looking for an easy and cost effective way to get around when you’re ashore, then read more about an electric folding bike. You can stow them away without much trouble and you’ll always have a way to go see the sights.

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Riverhouse Reef & Grill to host 6th Annual Chowdown for Charity

Riverhouse Reef & Grill is set to host the 6th annual Chowdown For Charity on Thursday, Oct 30 from 6-8:30 pm in the Riverfront Banquet space overlooking the Manatee River. 

Brief Description:

The Chowdown For Charity challenges many of the region’s best chefs in a competition to win the coveted “Best Of” Chowdown Trophy.  The event is presented by The Manatee Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) to raise funds in support of culinary programs in Manatee County Schools.  General admission tickets are $50.  

Purchase by calling 941-545-3620 or CLICK HERE to order online.

Full Description:

Come rub elbows with the community’s exceptional chefs, sample their finest restaurant fare, and be tantalized by the dishes prepared by the area’s top restaurants.  Manatee’s best restaurants will show down to compete in the area most exciting culinary competition of the year.  Participating restaurants will present their best dish to the judges and will be judged on appearance, creativity and taste in order to be qualified for the coveted “Best in Show” award. Most tastefully –attendees will be able to sample these delectable dishes!!! Simply YUM!!!

Even more exciting and impressive is the student culinary competition held as a party of this event. Sweet heaven!!! Guests will be treated to mouthwatering desserts prepared by the culinary students from Manatee Technical Institute, Manatee High School, Southeast High School and the Hospitality Program at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Most importantly, this event raises much needed funds to help support and continue culinary education in Manatee County schools. These programs cultivate students into job-ready and employable candidates while providing vital life and job skills. In addition, a percent of the funds raised will be donated to the Food Bank of Manatee, which provides much needed food assistance to those needing help in our community.

Tickets are available by calling 941-545-3620 or CLICK HERE to order online.

The 6th Annual Turkey Run Regatta on the Manatee River

The 6th annual Turkey Run Regatta, hosted by Regatta Pointe Yacht Club, has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.  All event meetings and ceremonies will be held a Regatta Pointe Marina.

The race will be held on the Manatee River in a reverse handicap format.  Call the Regatta Pointe Marina ship store for details (941-729-6021).  

Notice of Race/Entry Form and additional details to follow:

2014 Turkey Run Notice of Race & Entry Form

Where—All races on the Manatee River.
Event hosted at Regatta Pointe Marina (1005 Riverside Dr., Palmetto, FL 34221); staged by
Regatta Pointe Yacht Club
When—Race held Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Expected Classes—Multi-Hull, Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker and Cruiser
Entry Fee—Early registration is $45 if received by Nov. 14; late registration is $55
Schedule (At Regatta Pointe Marina)
Friday, Nov. 21
1800-1900 – Check-in/On-site Registration
1930 – Skippers Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 22
1030 – Warning Signal for Race
1700 – Awards Ceremony & Party
Dockage—Free for entries. Boat ramp located next to main dock

Palmetto’s Award Winning Waterfront Dining

No waterfront dining restaurant in Palmetto has earned as many awards in recent years as Riverhouse Reef & Grill.

Riverhouse Reef & Grill, located on the heart of the Manatee River between Bradenton and Palmetto, serves the freshest seafood and steak dishes with a casually elegant ambiance.  In addition to great food, such as perfectly grilled mahi mahi, king crab, and 100% pure angus steak, guests at Riverhouse Reef & Grill enjoy a 270-degree view overlooking the Manatee River.

In the last couple of years, Riverhouse Reef & Grill has won awards for Best Sunday Brunch, Most Romantic Restaurant, Best Waterfront Restaurant, and Best Overall Restaurant from the Bradenton Herald, and is the No. 1 restaurant on for Palmetto, FL. 


“Awesome dining with a view!” 5 of 5 stars – Riverhouse review on Trip Advisor

Riverhouse Reef & Grill is locally owned and waterfront on the Manatee River, which runs between Bradenton and Palmetto, FL.  The Riverhouse is ranked #1 out 56 restaurants in Palmetto by the users of  Click here to read more than 200 reviews. 

 Here is one recent 5-star review

“Awesome dining with a view!”


Reviewed September 28, 2014

The menu is as awesome as the riverside seating! We love to sit outside along the river, with the boat marina right next door. You get the best of both worlds, fine dining with great service and watch the boaters go by.
There is also indoor fine seating with A/C if you prefer.
The food is excellent, good portions and at a fair price. Stop by it’s just over the ‘green bridge’ from Bradenton.