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Venues in Bradenton Beach, FL,
(941) 778-1919

About Us

The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café is a waterfront-wedding venue located in Bradenton Beach, Florida. Exchange vows with your feet in the white-sand beach while gazing out onto the true blue hue of the Gulf of Mexico. The landscape of this venue creates the ultimate backdrop for any wedding event or photograph. This venue offers multiple spaces to gather family and friends for a ceremony and reception of your dreams.

Facilities and Capacity
The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café accommodates beautiful wedding events along the coast of Anna Maria Island. Large gatherings of up to 150 people are suited for the Sunset Tiki. Customize the layout of this open-air space with surrounding wood architecture. Enjoy the view of the white-sand beach and Gulf of Mexico along with access to a private beach and the Sea Star Sands equipped with seven small tiki huts. The Seaside Tiki is a space for an intimate gathering and the picture-perfect location is right on the white-sand beach. An extended wooden table within the Seaside Tiki fits 25 people.

Services Offered
This venue provides five ceremony packages along with décor packages for both ceremonies and receptions. Possible event items include altar/arches, audio equipment, centerpieces, chairs, chair covers, tables, a dance floor, décor and lighting. An event coordinator collaborates with you to ensure each part of your wedding event is planned to fit your vision. The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café provides full-service catering with multiple menu options. Host a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, elopement, ceremony or reception, each offering the following services:

  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • In-house bar
  • In-house catering
  • Outside vendors
  • Pet friendly
  • Setup
  • Wireless Internet

Michellee Gordon

5 out of 5
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  • Firstly we had the awful task of locating a venue without the opportunity to see it first hand as we are from Massachusetts. Making everything much harder than it already was. After looking at dozens of venues online we came across The Sunset by the Gulf Drive Cafe! The pictures looked incredible, such a beautiful location and such a beautiful venue. We both fell in love with the look and feel of the venue over pictures alone. We got in contact with Stefanie and WOW words aren't enough to explain how professional, nice, enthusiastic she was. She is the TRUE definition of a wedding planner. She really put our minds at rest and we knew even though we hadn’t seen the venue it was definitely the right place for us. During all the months leading up to the wedding we were in contact with Stefanie and McKenna- we obviously had so many questions and requests through not being able to be there physically, but they were there and quickly responded to all our emails and give helpful friendly a... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Michellee! Thank you so much for your kind words and sharing your experience here. You and Nate were so much fun, and speaking with you and Debbie throughout the planning process made every step of our job easy as well! I have to say the Tiki Hut looked amazing with the uplights your DJ provided as well. Congratulations again to you and Nate and I hope to see you both under the hut again!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Parking, Set Up

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Cake Cutting

    What is the maximum capacity of your venue?


    What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?


    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Banquet Hall, Beach, Restaurant, Waterfront

    What kind of settings are available?

    Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What event items are available?

    Aisle Markers, Altar/Arch, Audio Equipment, Centerpieces, Chairs, Chair Covers, Dance Floor, Decor, Drapery, Lighting, Photo booth, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Shuttle, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    February, March, April, May, October, November

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, June, July, August, September, December

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