Both Sharky's and Fins at Sharky's sit smack dab on the Gulf in the Shark's Tooth Capital of the World, it also boasts amazing sunsets, gorgeous views, and the best seafood around! You don’t want to miss the delicious tropical frozen drinks, the grouper sandwiches, or the live music, all while sitting or dancing right on the Gulf of Mexico! That's right, waterfront dining in Venice, Florida.
Just one visit to Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins at Sharky’s or Snook Haven and you’ll understand why all three restaurants have become Venice-area landmarks – Smack Dab on the Water. At Sharky’s on the Pier, enjoy a delectable meal in a restaurant with unparalleled ambiance and Gulf views. Soak in the sunshine and dine in relaxed style while you sip a refreshingly cool drink.
As you appreciate a striking sunset, the sounds of live music make for an unforgettable tropical experience. Visit the upper deck and take in the panoramic views of Venice. Step off the dining deck and let your feet meet the sand of one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. Search for fossilized sharks’ teeth, play volleyball on the sand courts, or fish from the public Venice Fishing Pier, where no license is required. You can also purchase bait and tackle at Papa’s Bait Shop, along with souvenirs and clothing.
Officially opened on February 12, 1987, at the site of what was once an outdated beach concession, Sharky’s has become a destination restaurant. “The original idea was to create a fun family dining experience on one of Florida’s most beautiful spots in Venice,” explains owner Mike Pachota. “We’ve done that, and now we’re moving forward with an expansion of the restaurant, offering more options for everyone.” An abundance of fresh seafood choices, all cooked to perfection in a variety of ways, are a signature attraction. The extensive options also encompass mouthwatering steak and chicken entrees, with the outstanding blend of flavors attributed to creators and executive chefs. Other selections include daily specials, appetizers, salads, luncheon favorites, and tempting desserts like Key Lime pie and cheesecakes.
With the 2010 and 2012 local Iron Chef Award winners as well as the 2011 local Iron Bartender award winner, Sharky’s is known for exceeding expectations in drinks and dining. And, despite stiff competition from bars in St. Pete and Key West, Sharky’s was voted Florida’s #1 Beach Bar for 2013. Mike and Justin Pachota are committed to delivering the best possible dining experience for their customers. Sharky’s has grown from a restaurant that originally accommodated 78 seats to an establishment with a wide range of dining options. Nowadays, visitors may select from an indoor dining room, a covered, enclosed patio surrounded by windows, or a huge, wraparound deck with shaded or sunny tables complemented by a full, tropical tiki bar. As the popularity of Sharky’s grew, the owners decided to expand, with the final phase and restaurant opening Fall 2013.
Located right next door to Sharky’s, Fins at Sharky’s opened their doors December 8, 2013, adding 182 seats for dining and bringing a fresh new take to a renowned brand – still boasting the most incredible Gulf views on the Florida west coast. Fins at Sharky’s menu goes well beyond what customers expect from a beach bar. “We are dedicated to presenting menu items that embrace our proximity to the Gulf, while speaking to a more serious food and wine customer. We are integrating the best of Sharky’s, enhanced with inspiration from other sources, to create a unique dining experience,” says co-owner, Justin Pachota. Fins at Sharky's features an inventive, ever-changing menu inspired by an array of global cuisines and seasonal South Florida ingredients. Fins proudly serves their guests fresh Gulf seafood, sushi, and premium cuts of steak and pork. With an inviting design and coastal-inspired décor, the dining space seats over 180 guests in comfortable booths, at custom tables and chairs, or on the outdoor terrace. A Private Events room is also available for 20-50 people by special reservation.
The Pachota family also owns Snook Haven, Smack Dab on the River, offering all the history and natural beauty for anyone seeking authentic riverside dining! Off the beaten path on the banks of Myakka River in a natural cove, Snook Haven provides a true old Florida dining experience, with indoor and outdoor seating. Snook Haven’s menu features barbecue meats smoked daily in-house, including chicken, pulled pork, shrimp, fresh and smoked fish, and even vegetarian options! The Sharky’s family has a rich history of involvement in the local community, actively sponsoring and participating several local charities, such as the Ride the Beaches LIVESTRONG® fundraising event, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, SERTOMA, Rotary, and the Suncoast Blood Bank just to name a few. Sharky’s also participates in the Venice Christmas and boat parades. Sharky’s has both won and hosted the Venice MainStreet Iron Chef competition held annually at the Venice Yacht Club. Owner Mike Pachota is also one of the founders of the famous Shark’s Tooth Festival. Visit Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins at Sharky’s and Snook Haven today for an experience to remember!