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Bay Street Bistro

4.8
4.8
658 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (863) 683-4229

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Smith

  • Catering

    We are available to cater your next event no matter how big or small. You can choose items from our existing menu or create your own custom menu with our chef Kevin Smith. Please contact us to find out more.

  • Private party facilities

    We are available for private bookings, dinner parties and business meetings. Please contact us to find out more.

  • Private party contact

    James Rawlins: (863) 683-4229

  • Neighborhood

    Lakeland

  • Cross street

    N. Kentucky Ave.

  • Parking details

    Free parking is available after 5pm in the parking lot on the ride side of our building. Private lot signs are posted in the parking area, however there is free public parking in the lot after 5pm every day.

  • Public transit

    We are located within a short walk from the main bus station for our local public transit system Citrus Connection, on South Florida Avenue.

  • Entertainment

    We support and display various works from the areas most talented artists in our dining room.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 658 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Best Service

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Romantic

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  1. C

    Cranston

    Fort Lauderdale

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome in every way!
  2. BE

    BobE

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Anniversary and the staff was superb and very attentive! Our fav place to come!
  3. RT

    RichardT

    Orlando

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bay Street Bistro is one of my wife's and my 'go to' dining spots. Great food ' attentive service are hallmarks for this establishment.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fantastic dinner with the wife. The food and service was superb! This a definite hidden gem in Lakeland.
  5. A

    Athena

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Beef Wellington was everything we hoped it would be....Absolute Perfection!!! Will definitely be back!
  6. J

    John

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food and service. It's a fun place to go.
  7. NM

    NevaM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    His scallops and my sea bass with lobster were perfectly prepared. Chef Kevin’s mashed potatoes are worth the trip alone! Our server, Macy, kept our our Prosecco glasses filled and was attentive throughout our meal. Bay Street Bistro is our favorite restaurant in Lakeland!
  8. NS

    NancyS

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bay Street Bistro never disappoints! Everyone at the table enjoyed their meal. The service was attentive and not disruptive. We will be back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great wait staff fun evening.
  10. JB

    JohnB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got there 15 minutes early and the restaurant had mo problem accommodating us. The server Darien was excellent and very friendly. We started with the mussels and they were tasty. Our main meals came timely and everything was prepared perfectly. My wife had pan seared scallops on risotto with asparagus and I had the beef wellington and both were delicious. Great night for an anniversary.
  11. DM

    DionM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time experience at Bay Street Bistro. Phenomenal experience as it made a very special evening for my sister‘s birthday. The food was delicious. They are generous with portions and there was no resistance when we wanted to split an entrée. This is the caliber of restaurant you would drive to Orlando or Tampa to experience. We are blessed to have such a special restaurant in Lakeland. Thank Bay Street Bistro for a wonderful experience !
  12. JD

    JosephD

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service. Our favorite place in Lakeland!
  13. WE

    WesE

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife had the sea bass with braised spinach while I enjoyed the bronzed sea bass with peach compote. We complemented t those fantastic dishes with a bottle of Rombauer Chardonnay. In our opinion no one prepares seafood better than Chef Kevin.
  14. WE

    WesE

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bay Street Bistro has been my go to spot for over 10 years. Birthdays, anniversaries or just a night out. Kevin never disappoints with his cooking or presentations. James is always there with a wine recommendation and the wait staff is well schooled in serving and pampering.
  15. E

    Eating2nite

    Tampa

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time all was excellent start to finish
  16. CG

    ChrisG

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I had high hopes after seeing the menu, but the food just didn't deliver. The baked bree needed an acid, I think. My herb crusted lamb was great, but the sides were just ok. For the price, I expected much better.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the food to the service was exceptional. The courses were seamless and the featured items were inventive and delicious. We will definitely be back!
  18. v

    vincemtx

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite Special Place - We have visited the Bay Street Bistro several times, often for special occasions, sometime to entertain visiting guests or just to get out for a nice meal.... The restaurant never disappoints.... The food and wine selection is great and the food is always exceptional... Service is good, our hostess was Skyler who was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave us time to enjoy our meal.. A very pleasant experience, we'll be back..
  19. R

    Redmooney

    Orlando

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food!
  20. FR

    FRANKP

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really cute small restaurant on the North side of downtown. The interior is very welcoming and warm while the staff is very friendly and helpful.
  21. W

    Wawa

    Tampa

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly enjoyable evening. It was fantastic, as always. Ordered the sea bass special with lobster. Fish was cooked perfectly and delicious. Jackie was our waitress. So happy to find that out as she was our waitress last time and she is probably one of the best waitresses there is. Will be sure to always request her when making the reservation.
  22. B

    Bspin

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    The caprese salad and sea bass were decent. The risotto and veggies were just okay and had no flavor. It was overpriced for what we ordered. The service was good. Probably wouldn’t return. It was so loud I couldn’t hear my dining companion speak.
  23. JC

    JamesC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food prepared for each order. Owner always on the spot. Apps, Salads, Entrees, and Desserts are top notch. Probably our 8-10 visit. We live out of state but always eat here when visiting.
  24. CS

    CourtneyS

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and food was delicious. Chicken cordon blue was great! My husband enjoyed the ossu buco. Cute little bistro. Definitely will be back.
  25. LT

    LauraT

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As all ways the service was superior and the food was delightful. I had the Osso Bocco. I will definitely order again. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience
  26. AF

    AngeloF

    Miami

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Right on Bay street is this nice small place with very good food and wine !
  27. SD

    SusanD

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our daughter and son in law live in Lakeland and have dined at Bay Street Bistro numerous times. They highly recommended it for our date night. What an amazing fun delicious experience. The atmosphere is pretty and romantic. Our waitress was polite attentive and so friendly. Okay and out dinner. The menu offers unique things you do not often have an opportunity to have. Everything we ordered was absolutely fantastic. The food was prepared to perfection and the portions were abundant. Stuffed portobello that was unique snd sinfully good. Caesar salad great tomato bisque the best I’ve ever had. Beef Wellington was beyond description and my husband had duck medallions that he loved. The sauces on both entrees were so so tasty. There are so many other things we want to try, Bay Street Bistro is now my first choice for date nights. Thank you so much
  28. LF

    LakelandFoodie

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love it here. The chef is talented and consistent. Wait staff are always well informed of the specials which tend to be really creative and quite delicious. Desserts are wonderful. Respectable wine list. A solid experience every time.
  29. CM

    ChadM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. We will definitely be back. There are many dishes I want to try.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service was absolutely amazing and exceeded our expectations. We will be back for more!
  31. AH

    AnneH

    Orlando

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This is a little known gem in downtown Lakeland. Great food and service. It may seem pricey at first, but a big piece of sea bass with risotto and vegetables and bread and a good sized Caesar salad, price was reasonable. Well worth it. A n d very good
  32. m

    mikem

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best restaurant in Lakeland!!!The food is amazing and freshest ingredients, the desserts are the best I’ve ever had. 10/10 easily
  33. MA

    MichaelA

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Best choice for high end dining in Lakeland
  34. JH

    JennyH

    Miami

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mothers Day Dinner
  35. CP

    CarolP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant. Always a hit for us. Food is amazing and desserts are to die for!
  36. SS

    SteveS

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the three best restaurants in Lakeland, if not the best. Started with the stuffed portobello mushroom. It mixed Parmesan cheese with a mild Italian sausage, delightful. The filet mignon was perfectly cooked and the red wine reduction sauce added a savory element to the juicy and tender prime filet. This is always the best steak in town. The two sides, mixed vegetables and Parmesan risotto were the perfect compliment to a very fine meal.
  37. JP

    JimP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We liked it well enough to invite friends to return
  38. CH

    CHRISTOPHERL

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Girlfriend selected this fine restaurant for her birthday dinner. Did not disappoint. The food brought to our table went beyond our flavor expectations. I even stopped by the kitchen to thank the chef in person for such a wonderful meal. Our service professional, Skyler, was attentive and very pleasant. She made the meal even better with her amazing personality. My only issue was their need to place tables within four feet of the large entrance door. As folks entered, the wind rush from the street hit those of us sitting at one of these two two-seat tables. If there were any unpleasant odors outside, we were subjected to them. I understand their need to accommodate as many hungry patrons as possible in such a small area. Maybe allow a space expert to look at your seating area to help you maximize your patronage. Other than this minor inconvenience, this night was perfect.
  39. J

    Jeff

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a great dinner and plan on coming back soon! Food & staff were awesome!!
  40. DR

    DennisR

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delightful culinary experience with exceptional service

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Bay Street Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 658 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Bay Street Bistro

211 E Bay St, Lakeland, FL 33801

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Kentucky Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Lakeland

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Free parking is available after 5pm in the parking lot on the ride side of our building. Private lot signs are posted in the parking area, however there is free public parking in the lot after 5pm every day.

  • Public transit

    We are located within a short walk from the main bus station for our local public transit system Citrus Connection, on South Florida Avenue.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Smith

  • Entertainment

    We support and display various works from the areas most talented artists in our dining room.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (863) 683-4229

  • Catering

    We are available to cater your next event no matter how big or small. You can choose items from our existing menu or create your own custom menu with our chef Kevin Smith. Please contact us to find out more.

  • Private party facilities

    We are available for private bookings, dinner parties and business meetings. Please contact us to find out more.

  • Private party contact

    James Rawlins: (863) 683-4229

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