About Fins

Although placed next door to its popular, longstanding sister-restaurant—Sharky’s on the Pier—it’s difficult to miss Fins, even if you try. The look: coastal contemporary, put into motion by Sweet Sparkman and Tandem Construction. The features: ovate shaped; clear, polished windows and railings; and two fins atop its highest peak.

Talking fare: both food and drinks progressive in their offerings. A seasonal, daily changing menu that embraces local and fresh ingredients guides every plate. And when we say local, we mean it. Venice Olive Oil Company, Bentley’s Ice Cream, Tampa Farmer’s Market, and Sutter’s natural dairy products are a few of our fixes. 

What we are known for is our steaks and sushi. With hand picked cattle, and all natural Meyer’s meat, we’re proud to serve the area as a premier steakhouse. What we’re equally passionate about though, is our Josper oven: a smoker/grill hybrid that uses fruitwood to smoke and grill meats and vegetables at temperatures ranging from 850°-1000°. (Nod to the juiciest foods you’ll ever taste.) For our sushi, expect it to be made with only local ingredients and freshly caught fish. And we promise you the rolls are ever evolving, based on today’s availability. (Parents be warned—our kids’ menu was made for the young foodie—their spread will offer tastings such as an intro to the California roll, or melded flavors like a steak, pineapple and tomato skewer.) 

Our draft list offers a complete selection of Florida craft brews including locals like JDub’s, Darwin’s and Motorworks. Or, try a cocktail infused with unforeseen additives like spicy vanilla, lavender or blueberry. 

Fins was established on December 13 of 2013.

Reservations are encouraged.  


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Mike Pachota, President of Venice Pier Group

Mike Pachota, President of Venice Pier Group, was born and raised in a small suburb outside Detroit, Michigan. After several successful business ventures in Michigan, Mike and his family – wife Donna and two sons, Justin & Nick – headed south to Venice, Florida and opened of “Patches”, their first restaurant. In 1986, he won the bid to convert the site of an old, dilapidated beach concession into a restaurant, located at the base of the Venice Fishing Pier. Sharky’s on the Pier opened on February 10th, 1987 with only 78 seats. Today Sharky’s has evolved into what is now a Venice landmark, with a wide range of dining options. As the popularity of Sharky’s grew, Mike & son Justin opened Fins at Sharky’s, a polished casual steak/seafood/sushi restaurant located adjacent to Sharky’s in December of 2013. Completing the waterfront dining trifecta, Mike added historic Snook Haven smokehouse, located Smack Dab on the Myakka River, in February of 2013. When not working, Mike loves to golf and is a huge Michigan State fan – go Spartans! 

Justin Pachota, Vice President of Venice Pier Group

Justin Pachota is the Vice President of Venice Pier Group, which runs Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins and Snook Haven. Growing up in the restaurant industry, it was a natural fit for Justin to earn a degree in hospitality management from the University of Central Florida. When he’s not working, Justin enjoys spending time with his family – wife, Cheri, 12-year-old son Jeremiah and 7-year-old daughter, Ryela. Justin also coaches his son’s baseball team. 

Marc Alton, Executive Chef

Marc Alton, Executive Chef of Fins at Sharky’s, started his career in the food service industry at the early age of 14, working for his dad in the family bakery, where he learned everything from making bread to frying donuts. After graduating from Sarasota High School, Alton completed a two year apprenticeship at La Chambre, a French restaurant where he learned the ropes around the kitchen and became well educated in French cuisine. Alton continued his journey through the food service industry over the next 10 years, working his way up from Sous Chef to Executive Chef at three different restaurants in Sarasota, all which offered new experiences and challenges, allowing Alton to grow and develop into the critically acclaimed chef he is today. 

Alton started working at Sharky’s on the Pier over 23 years ago as the Kitchen Manager and quickly elevated to become Executive Chef. At Sharky’s, Alton helped secure the 2010 and 2012 local Iron Chef Award winners, a huge accomplishment. Alton helped Sharky’s grow from a restaurant that originally accommodated 78 seats to an establishment with a wide range of dining options. As the popularity of Sharky’s grew, the owners decided to expand, with the final phase and restaurant opening Fall 2013 – Fins at Sharky’s, where Alton became the Executive Chef.

Located right next door to Sharky’s, Fins at Sharky’s opened their doors December 13th, 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,” Alton states.

In Alton’s spare time, he enjoys traveling, where he says he “eats his way through” countries such as Germany, Austria, Italy and France just to name a few. Alton is also the founder of Sharky’s Ride the Beaches LIVESTRONG fundraising event, which has raised over $175,000 for charity in the last 13 years.

Scott Thomas, General Manager

Fins at Sharky's

1600 Harbor Drive South
Venice FL 34285
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Summer Hours

Lunch Thu - Sun 12:00 - 2:30 PM
Dinner Daily 4:00 - 10:00 PM
Fins Frenzy Daily 4:00 - 6:00 PM
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