Bistro 217 was established in 2004 to established restaurateurs. Hands-on partner Anne Hardee says she gave the new business its unusual name because it was their second restaurant, and because it is located on U.S. 17, the main north/south thoroughfare skirting the Hammock Coast.
Anne has more than 20 years’ restaurant ownership experience, and she “wanted to create a unique, eclectic atmosphere.” It’s nice to see plans work out so well.
You enter Bistro 217 at the courtyard, where wrought iron tables are ringed by painted brick walls and sheltered by sturdy reinforced canvas overlaid with shiplap. There is a newly renovated courtyard bar where locals and vacationers gather for libations and savory cuisine. The space can be enclosed and climate controlled or opened to allow balmy beach breezes. Air plants and succulents add to the inviting atmosphere and diffused natural light provides a Zen-like aura.
Inside the restaurant are banquettes and booths, a well-defined bar area and nifty little nooks for business meals or pleasurable privacy. Bistro 217 continues to strive to deliver great atmosphere, superior service and delicious, eclectic food.