Bay Street Bistro

4.8
270 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
The Bay Street Bistro is an eclectic restaurant and art gallery serving French, Italian and American cuisine, as well as displaying the areas most talented artists.

The Bay Street Bistro is your destination for top quality dining in a relaxed atmosphere, located conveniently in downtown Lakeland, FL. We pride ourselves on making everything possible from scratch, using the highest quality ingredients we can find!

We are also available for private bookings, dinner parties, business meetings and catering for your next event.
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AH
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our visit. It did take a little longer but they compensated us

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PS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both courses (herb crusted lamb and chicken cordon bleu) were the best We’ve had. Tomato bisque was devine and the Caesar salad was the perfect balance of tang and heartiness. Never feel like I was waiting on drinks too. Also the bread and pesto dip was incredible.

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic, food was incredible, and the ambiance was romantic and intimate. Every member of the staff we encountered was incredibly friendly and accommodating. The food choices provided a great range of options, and the wine list had great choices. We absolutely loved it and definitely will be coming back!

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EP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted a restaurant where we left thinking “that was the best food we’ve had in a long time!” Bay Street Bistro hit the spot. It had great food, great staff, the timing of our meal was fantastic so we didn’t feel rushed, everything was cooked to perfection, and it tasted amazing. My mouth is watering to go back!

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MV
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bay Street Bistro has the best steaks in town. This is a great restaurant to go to.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even if you just go for the food, it's worth the trip. However, the service and decor were both delightful. My group of 4 truly enjoyed ourselves. My husband and I intend to make this a regular stop.

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S
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner I ever had there. The place is elegant but very comfortable. There is an amazing near life size photo of a woman at a street restaurant towards the back on the right. Finishes off the decor perfectly.

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r
Orlando
49 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and our Grouper was awesome cooked Mediterranean way

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DB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We had visited this restaurant before and were looking forward to dinner there again on our annual drive through Lakeland. Unfortunately it was a disappointing evening. The restaurant was hosting several large groups, one over 16 and one at least ten or more and it is a small place. The noise level was uncomfortably loud. One of us ordered Beef Wellington (it was a special day) and found it tough and chewy. The other diner ordered Shrimp with Cappellini and was overwhelmed by the raw garlic taste. Way too overpowering. Neither of us ate more than half of our entree. The soup and salad appetizer was fine, though, and service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Over priced and unimaginative. Would not expect any chef to offer 5 preparations of their fish entree. Just lack luster, I am a breed home cook.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sea Scallops amazing as always! Service was superb. You guys never disappoint.

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M
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic meal. Great place for every day or a special evening. Wait staff was very professional and fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a little disapointed when server told me they where out of the veal marsala. Especially upsetting since was only 7pm . Explained to me none came in delivery that day. Wife said her selection , 1/2 rack of lamb tasted as good as it looked, and my 2nd selection, the chicken cordon bleu, was excellent. Overall would have been a 5 star rating if had not been out of my original selection, the veal marsala.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem in Lakeland!

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a
Montana
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with grown children. Always great food and attentive service. Save room for desert.

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R
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time we visit we have excellent service and the specials are unique and different.
We highly recommend the restaurant and the best part we feel its better then some of
Tampa upscale spots.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular dining experience. Food was fabulous and the service was great.

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DB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place. Awesome food, staff and ambience. You can not go wrong with any of the food, it is all delishish. We have have been twice now and plan many more dinners ahead.

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RT
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Bay Street Bistro continues to be one of our favorites - great cuisine & deserts!

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RB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, James and his crew came through in every way. Excellent service, personal attention, and a great meal on a crowded New Years Eve. We have yet to ever find anything wrong with our experience at Bay Street. Highly recommend.

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B
Tampa
65 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the third time we've been here, it a good meetup place for us with family that lives in a different part of florida, it's about at the half way point. Service was lovely, and the owners are very nice.

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JD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Annual holiday dinner with friends, Bay St always delivers for any occasion.

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DM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal! Highly recommend!

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F
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance

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NM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 5th anniversary. We were made to feel special from greeting to farewell.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first word that comes to mind after dining for the first time at Bay Street Bistro is "AWESOME!" The food was superb, the wait-staff were super attentive and the ambiance was perfect for a "special occasion." I am already planning my next visit and have told several people already about my experience. Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents came up to see me. I have never been to your restaurant and chose it based on the pictures I saw on the web and the menu. We all loved it, especially my dad (who is hard to please).

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NM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Flavor, food temperature and arrival, portion size, attentiveness..... we’ll be back soon!

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t
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went for our Anniversary! it is the best place in Lakeland for those special occassions! my husband had herb crusted lamb chops that were totally awesome and I had black grouper Asian style... outrageous!

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT! Food, service and atmosphere is top notch! All four of us agreed that they have the BEST mussels we’ve ever had! Lamb chops, and veal chop were cooked to perfection.

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WE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been frequenting The Bay Street Bistro for years and have never been disappointed. Service is impeccable with food to match. Kevin is a master at preparing seafood dishes and his beef Wellington with his Cabernet reduction is a personal favorite. The desserts are all made in house as is the bread served with the homemade pesto.

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RT
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great duck, excellent escargot appetizer, wonderful deserts! We've never had a disappointing meal & love eating at Bay Street Bistro. Highly recommend this spot for dinner.

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AH
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a lovely meal, great service to begin with and good food! The waitress announced that things were running behind in the kitchen; a gracious compensation was made with an offer of bruschetta, we didn’t ask for it, it just arrived m...it was excellent. Our dinner was finally served. Overall the presentation and food quality was outstanding. Then the bomb dropped. It was 9 PM and the restaurant was closing. Our server announced the restaurant was closing and that we were free to finish conversation before we left. No desert, coffee or tea was offered. So strange and a “buzz kill” for an overall pleasant experience. Don’t make a reservation after 7 pm at this restaurant.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My lady friend and I both got the different versions of the duck, and they were both amazingly delicious.

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FC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, wine and atmosphere and even better service.

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z
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Bay Street Bistro did not disappoint. Three of us had the duckling special, one had the Chilean Sea Bass and one had roast chicken. All were delicious. Two had Caesar salad with extra anchovies...excellent. I had my usual tomato bisque, best ever. We were celebrating my 93rd Birthday and a dessert was comped. Of course we ordered the fabulous lemon blueberry cake. Also ordered an extra dessert, cheesecake. Service was impeccable. A lovely evening.

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LG
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was a very nice atmosphere in an area where you could walk to local shops. The food was good and the wine list was especially appreciated. The service was very good.

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night. Definitely worth the price tag. I ordered stuffed portobello mushrooms for an appetizer and the roast duck for dinner. Magnificent.

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NA
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a excellent meal and service at Bay Street! Don’t skip dessert- house made

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SS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Lakeland. The food is exceptional. The service is superb. And the atmosphere is cozy. Always a fine dining experience.

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