On the hunt for a fun, family-friendly AND socially distant outing? Come on out to Sharky’s on the Pier, located smack dab on the Gulf of Mexico in Venice, FL. We’ve got plenty of outdoor seating featuring a beautiful beachy breeze, great eats, tropical cocktails, famous frozen drinks and TONS of outdoor activities to keep you and your family entertained.
Our outdoor deck is large, covered and spacious – perfect for lunch, dinner or anytime in between! All of our tables are spaced adequately, and barriers have been installed between booths to further protect you. Don’t forget to explore our Upper Deck to for your daily dose of Vitamin Sea! Upstairs, you’ll soak in panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico while you sip your favorite beverage in the sunshine.
Our employees are required to wear masks. Masks aren’t required to be worn by guests, but we highly encourage you to do so – especially when walking through common areas of the restaurant.
Listen to fantastic local live entertainment from a safe distance! Live music typically plays Thursday through Sunday evenings at Sharky’s, weather-permitting. Our entertainment stage is outdoors and allows generous space between the nearest table. For the health safety and comfort of our guests, employees and musicians, all social distancing measures are being enforced. Just sit back, relax and enjoy toe-tappin’ tunes while you catch a sunset!
Check out our December Live Entertainment Calendar HERE.
Social distancing is easy on the beach! The restaurant sits right on a gorgeous expanse of Brohard Beach, which makes Sharky’s the perfect choice for your next family day trip destination.
Wendel’s Beach Shop (Sharky’s Retail Store) has everything you need for all the fun in the sun. Rent umbrellas, beach chairs, boogie boards, paddle boards and so much more. Did you forget sunscreen or a beach towel, or are looking for stylish Sharky's apparel and souvenirs? No worries – you can find what you need here!
Venice Fishing Pier
The iconic Venice Fishing Pier is a must-experience locale on the Suncoast. The 720-foot structure allows for plenty of social distance-friendly activity, like fishing, strolling or just soaking in the Gulf views. Located on the Pier, Papa’s Bait Shop has everything you need to cast a line – rental rods, live bait for purchase, snacks to keep you going and so much more. The shop is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather-permitting.
When dining at Sharky’s, no experience is complete without a pre- or post-meal stroll in the sunshine along the recently refurbished Pier. Walk all the way to the end and look back for a stunning view of the Venice coastline! If you’re here for dinner, make sure to stick around for a spectacular sunset with the Pier silhouetted in the seascape – it’ll be truly unforgettable.
Shark’s Tooth Hunting
Did you know that Venice, FL is known as the Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World? This is because immeasurable amounts of shark’s teeth wash up on our gorgeous Gulf shores! Venice’s beaches sit atop a sloping shelf of coastal land mass, and the fossil layer below is up to 35 feet deep. Waves rolling ashore and storms gradually erode the layer and push shark’s teeth up onto the beach - especially where the waves break. You can rent a Florida Snow Shovel from Papa’s Bait Shop to sift through the sand for shark’s tooth treasure. Your best bet is low tide! Celebrate your day’s collection while you escape the sun with a bite to eat and a tropical cocktail at Sharky’s.
We hope you and your family are staying happy, healthy and safe this holiday season. We’re open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Check out our menu HERE!
We highly recommend making reservations to minimize wait time and maximize social distance. If you'd like to enjoy your Sharky's meal in the comfort of your own home, we also offer takeout and curbside pickup services! Just call the restaurant at 941-488-1456 to make your reservation or place your order. We’re looking forward to seeing you out at Sharky’s for a fun, safe and socially distant good time!
You can't miss the iconic Venice Fishing Pier when you dine at Sharky's on the Pier. Why? The Venice, FL waterfront dining destination is located right at its base! You can take a sunny stroll and bask in the gorgeous Gulf breeze, bait a hook and cast a line or soak in a spectacular sunset with the Pier silhouetted against a colorful sky. Whichever you choose, the Venice Fishing Pier is a must-experience Southwest Florida locale.
Besides during inclement weather, the Venice Fishing Pier is open 24/7. The massive structure is a whopping 720 feet long, 22 feet wide and 20 feet high. First constructed in 1966 for just over $133,000, it was destroyed in July of 1981's "No Name Storm." The Pier was rebuilt in 1984, and its restoration - which included raising the Pier to 20 feet to avoid most storm surges - was finished in 2004, a $1.75 million investment.
When Hurricane Irma roared across the Suncoast in September of 2017, the Venice Fishing Pier was again heavily damaged by the Category 2 storm's strong winds. Its latest renovation occurred in the fall of 2019, which repaired Irma's destruction, upgraded materials, installed lights under handrails and built fish-cleaning stations and benches.
The Venice Fishing Pier is lit up all night long for after-hours fisherman. The light poles are sea turtle-friendly and include shields. This allows the Pier to stay bright from May through October, which is sea turtle nesting season.
Fisherman flock to the Pier for some of the best fishing on the Gulf Coast. Better yet - it's free to fish! No fishing license is required, as the City of Venice foots the bill to take care of everyone who wants to fish. You can land grouper, snapper and redfish year-round. Other seasonal finds include cobia, kingfish, amberjack, Spanish mackerel and tarpon. Shark fishing has been banned at the Venice Fishing Pier since November of 2019.
If you don't have your own fishing rod or need to stock up on bait, Papa's Bait Shop has everything you need for a fantastic day on the Pier. Operated by Sharky's, the shop is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather-permitting. Rent a rod for $15 per day, purchase live or frozen bait, fuel up on snacks to stay sharp or snag some of your favorite Sharky's apparel.
Not in the mood to fish? You can also rent a Florida Snow Shovel at Papa's Bait Shop and sift through the sand to hunt for shark's tooth treasure. After all, Venice is the Shark's Tooth Capital of the World! Make sure to stop by Sharky's for a bite to eat, tropical cocktails and live entertainment for the full ex-PIER-ience.
Sharky’s on the Pier specializes in local seafood and homemade desserts along with tropical drinks and fantastic frozens served at the Tiki bar overlooking the Venice Fishing Pier. This fun, family-friendly and festive atmosphere offers some of the best Gulf and sunset views on the Southwest Florida coastline. Sharky’s is located at 1600 Harbor Drive S., Venice, FL 941-488-1456, www.SharkysOnThePier.com.
Say hello to Sharky’s newest famous frozen drink addition, the Brohard Beach Sunset!
Sip on this truly tropical half-and-half blend of our classic Pina Colada and fruity Mango Bango while you soak in a spectacular sunset on our Upper Deck at Sharky's. Sounds like the perfect way to spend the evening!
Visit Florida's three-time Best Beach Bar and try one out today.
Please read the following important message from Venice Pier Group Owner and President Justin Pachota.
As Florida’s restaurant capacity restrictions relax in light of Gov. DeSantis' Phase Three reopening plan announced Friday, September 25th, we wanted to keep all of you updated on how we will continue to adhere to our elevated safety and sanitation standards. We remain committed to the health, safety and comfort of our employees, guests and community, and we will continue to work hard every day to maintain your confidence that Sharky’s, Fins and Snook Haven are safe places to work and dine.
We thank each of you for your support and patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. Please stay safe and healthy! We’re greatly looking forward to seeing you in our restaurants soon.
Venice Pier Group restaurants reaffirm their promise to uphold the highest health, safety and sanitation standards.
Venice Pier Group, which operates waterfront dining destinations Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins at Sharky’s and Snook Haven in Venice, Fla., has been awarded the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) Seal of Commitment, a respected health, safety and sanitation honor.
The Seal of Commitment is the FRLA’s highest designation for hospitality safety and sanitation standards. Bearing this seal is Sharky’s, Fins and Snook Haven’s pledge to their employees, guests and community that each restaurant meets and exceeds the FRLA’s designated health, safety and sanitation standards. Less than 70 restaurants in the state of Florida have received this recognition, and the Venice Pier Group restaurants are the first to receive this honor in Venice.
Venice Pier Group’s goal in achieving this seal is to ensure that, upon walking through each restaurant’s doors, guests have the utmost confidence that the establishment is safe, sanitized, and that its employees are well-trained to uphold these standards in a post-COVID-19 atmosphere.
“We have always believed safety and sanitation within Venice Pier Group to be a top priority and have held our standards well above the requirements of the industry,” said Justin Pachota, President of Venice Pier Group. “This is just another way for the public to know that where they are eating has been certified as the highest level of cleanliness.”
The FRLA Seal of Commitment achievement comes on the heels of the Venice Pier Group restaurants being recognized as the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in the Hospitality and Tourism category.
To qualify for the Seal of Commitment, Sharky’s, Fins and Snook Haven each underwent a thorough site inspection and had to meet designated restaurant health, safety and sanitation standards. Additionally, Venice Pier Group had to meet specific employee certification criteria, meaning that each employee holds a current food handler certificate and all managers have a current food manager certificate. Furthermore, all 265 Venice Pier Group employees attended and completed an FRLA COVID-19 Safety and Sanitation Course.
“The training provided not only focuses on the importance of safety and sanitation but also on how to create a great experience for our guests while managing those priorities,” Pachota said. “It reminds all of us our every action towards each individual can impact the guest and each other.”
The Seal of Commitment reaffirms the elevated health and safety initiatives Venice Pier Group set in place since reopening for dine-in services in May. The group’s standard operating procedures are of the highest level of safety and sanitation and include the following measures: screening employees and performing temperature checks daily, requiring all employees to wear face masks, highly encouraging guests to wear face masks while moving about the restaurant, providing single-use menus and digital access to menus via QR code, sanitizing common-touch surfaces between guests and nightly using hospital-grade disinfectant, sanitizing and replacing all condiments, salt & pepper shakers and other tableside accessories between guests, and adhering to all social distancing guidelines by spacing indoor and outdoor tables at least six feet apart, limiting bar seating capacity and installing barriers between booths.
Sharky’s on the Pier, located at 1600 Harbor Drive South, is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Live entertainment plays at Sharky’s on Thursday through Sunday evenings, weather-permitting. Fins at Sharky’s, located at 1600 Harbor Drive South, is open daily from 12 to 10 p.m. and hosts a daily happy hour, Fins Frenzy, from 4 to 6 p.m. Snook Haven, located at 5000 E. Venice Avenue, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Canoe and kayak rentals are available Wednesday through Sunday at Snook Haven from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.