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211 E Bay St, Lakeland, FL 33801-4905
+1 863-683-4229
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Winter Haven, Florida, United States
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Loved everything - would highly recommend for special occasions. We went for our wedding anniversary and it was the best choice. I have always wanted to try Beef Wellington so my husband found this gem right in the heart of downtown Lakeland. The staff was very pleasant and always right on top of anything we needed. The food, ohhhh the... More 

Thank Kittybaybie
Naples, Florida
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The soup of the day (a curry, carrot, and pear soup) was very tasty . My Chilean Sea Bass was done to perfection. The staff was attentive, except for the fact that we were asked if we wanted more bread, answered "yes", but never received the bread.

Thank janielyn
Florida, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our waiter / owner was extremely courteous suggesting menu items and wine. We had ample time to enjoy our selections and enjoyed both service and atmosphere. We will visit again.

Thank Anthony D
Lakeland, Florida
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85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

My spouse and I stopped in at the Bay Street Bistro early (5:30) for dinner after a wedding on Lake Morton. I ordered the special osso buco and it was excellent, my wife had the filet and felt the same way. The tomato bisque soup was different and delicious. The service was equally good, and as this was the first... More 

Thank whcowley
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288 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We did the set menu for Valentine's Day last night and the service, food, and ambience was fantastic. We had the table in the window. It was a great location. You could talk across the table and your table mates could hear you fine. We will be back on a regular night to savor the everyday menu which I'm sure... More 

1 Thank FloridaMyrtle
Lakeland, Florida
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We had a really good experience at Bay Street Bistro in Lakeland recently. We've not gone to Bay Street often in the last couple of years because the menu has seemed "dated" - it doesn't seem to change much and it seems older in style. But a visit changed my impression. For starters, the place was packed at 7:15 -... More 

1 Thank Superchief1944
Bartow, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

We have been eating at Bay Street since it opened. We eat out at only a few restaurants in the area. This is our favorite of the group. The fish is always fresh and prepared just right. We love the desserts too. The staff is always pleasant and helpful. Try the sea bass or scallops.

1 Thank bitsy3
central florida
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204 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

I try to provide you, the reader of this review, with information that you can use to help you decide on where to eat. This review is to inform you of my thoughts about the Bay Street Bistro. We've been coming here for years. Sadly, last night will be our last. The service and presentation were excellent and the venue... More 

5 Thank Travelswell4fun
Lakeland, Florida
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Long time fan of this establishment, from original owner to present day owner. Located in a historic building in downtown Lakeland it is a great retreat for lunch and enjoyable dinner destination when you want more that the usual. Service and food quality is outstanding.

Thank ProfMac863
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

The duck with confit was the best duck I've had in over a decade! Perfection! She had the sea bass which was very light and flaky, but WOW, the duck!!!

Thank gyc315

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 40
American, Italian, French, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 211 E Bay St, Lakeland, FL 33801-4905
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lakeland
  • Phone Number: +1 863-683-4229
We are located in the old Studebaker building off of E Bay Street in Lakeland, FL.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?