Bay Street Bistro

4.8
428 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.
What 428 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.9
service
4.7
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AmberSuarez
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here and I'm from Lakeland. Food was exceptional and our waitress was amazing. It was an amazing date choice and me and my husband will most definitely be back. It was so easy to book a reservation and it was ready when we arrived! 5 stars in my opinion

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Super cute restaurant! Love the character of the building! Food is delicious

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JimG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We will definitely be back!

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CharleneRedhead007
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. We waited longer than we should have for water.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

New Years Eve

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pricey but all was spectacular. Unexpected surprise.

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MarkF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hard to find better in Lakeland. Easily in the top five for this market.

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ROBINH
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If looking for a great place to eat - this is the spot. Great food and great staff!!

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JosephD
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special Christmas celebration with friends! Great food, atmosphere & service.

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AlbertoM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner and service wore impeccable.Dinner and service wore impeccable.

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simsan
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bay Street is our favorite restaurant in Lakeland. Group of 4 and duck and scallop entrees were fantastic. The grouper was under cooked and the grilled salmon could have been served as sushi, way undercooked. Atypical for Bay Street. Deserts were also great. We will go back for sure but will be more specific on expectations.

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Blumarlin
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lamb was fabulous. Risotto lacked flavor. Having said that, we would definitely return. Loved the personal service and atmosphere of this little gem of a bistro.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place we booked for our 30th anniversary while visiting Lakeland. The owner himself sat and discussed the menu with us. Great service from all staff. Everything is made from scratch. Good wine selection. Quiet ambiance but this was during covid distancing practices. I had the filet mignon which was perfectly cooked. Wife had the scallops. This place actually has beef Wellington on the menu, but we are having that for Christmas so we passed. Desert was extraordinary, a chocolate ganache pie. Recommend this place for a special dining experience; we miss this kind of independent restaurant run by people who love food and drink.

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vipRichardT
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our 'go to' place for fine dining in Lakeland - excellent food & service

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great time. Noticed a little extra salt in our food is truly the only negative. Service was very friendly and attentive. Larger table was a bit noisy but nothing the restaurant could do about things like this.

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MelissaS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my 50th birthday and it did not disappoint. I tried the beef Wellington and the rest of our party got the NY strip special. Everything was so good and Lindsey took such good care of us. The food, the ambience, Lindsey - everything was a perfect delight. So thankful we have this gem in town. Oh, and the almond cheesecake was to die for.

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simsan
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service every time we dine here. It is our favorite restaurant in Lakeland and when asked for a recommendation, Bay Street Bistro is always the number 1 choice I give. There is also a respectable wine list for such a small venue. Love it here!

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Hunter
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always quiet, always terrific food, excellently prepared and with attractive presentation. Attentive service by Haley this time, though we've always had great service. Avoid the chains and visit Bay St. Bistro for a wonderful experience.

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ShevaunB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the server was very sweet. It was a lovely restaurant but not at all snooty.

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StormyKnight
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bay Street Bistro is easily the best fine dining experience in Lakeland, as well as my personal favorite place for a special occasion.

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vipDavidD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual. Service and food were impeccable.

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joelp
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was not impressed by the food. The baked brie was good but wasn't fully baked, so the cheese was not completely melted. The tomato bisque was delicious as the fresh bread. The pork Osso Bucco was big but not properly cooked, the meat closer to the bone was on the raw side. The vegetables and mashed potatoes were delicious, as well as the dessert, creme brulle

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing.... The flavors and richness of the food will leave you wanting more.. The service was great!

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SherriS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious filet! DIL had scallops that were very good. Beautiful presentation.

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RickS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The service was very slow. Our meal took over 1 hour and 30 mins to come out. We did have appetizers but there were long periods in between. For the price of the dinner I expected much more. The food taste was good but not knock your socks off good like I expected. The wait staff was attentive and not over bothersome.

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vipRichardT
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite places to dine.
We will keep returning on a routine basis.

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Jim3
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was great at Bay Street Bistro from the outstanding appetizers to the desserts. We had the Escargot and Mussels for appetizers and Steak au Poivre and Grouper for the entrees. Their wine list is very good with quite an extensive selection. Our servers were excellent from being informative, very pleasant and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a quaint place, perfect for a romantic night out. Service and food was outstanding.

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AnneR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The lamb was fantastic, one the best I’ve had. It won’t be long till I’m back again.

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SonyaK
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The small intimate restaurant delivers in service and quality of food. Everything was on point, from presentation to taste. Best meal I’ve had all year.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was superb! Soup was fabulous! Wine was wonderful! Main course was out of this world!!!! Highly recommended!!! Will definitely go back and often!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been to Bay Street Bistro twice now. It is, by far, the best dining experience in Lakeland. It is intimate and quiet, the service is quick and polite, and the food is exceptional, every time. Sure it's expensive, but it's one of the few that is worth the price. Where else in Lakeland are you going to get escargot and beef wellington? Amazing, as always. Don't miss it, especially now when local businesses all need our help!

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vipDavidD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to dine. Food, service and ambiance always consistently superb.

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JasonB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for a first date. Food was amazing and setting was beautiful. Excellent service. Very impressed and will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a great dining experience in Lakeland. Top notch service and top notch staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our go-to date night spots! We’ve never been disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!

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DonC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Beef Wellington, sides soup and authentic Caesar salad. Wait staff was very helpful.

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Tommy
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little over priced, on the food, and not a good selection of sides.

FAQs

Bay Street Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (863) 683-4229.

Bay Street Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 428 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.