Bay Street Bistro

4.8
511 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.

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
What 511 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints!

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PKmd
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service.

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OscarR
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and wonderful service. The mussels appetizer was amazing.

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vipFlabbergasted
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are never let down by the Bay Street Bistro. My wife had the scallops special, and the four scallops were HUGE. I had the bronzed salmon special with a pear and mint reduction that sounds a little bit odd, but it was excellent. We had the first pieces cut from the freshly prepared blueberry / lemon cake and it was outstanding. As always, the service was attentive, but not overbearing, and the owner always makes a point of stopping by the table to see if he can do anything for us. This an owner that remembers how to work, and pitches in wherever needed. Bay Street Bistro is definitely the best restaurant that Lakeland has ever seen.

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vipJosephL
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a great meal. Thank You.

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ColleenP
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening great food and a delightful restaurant!

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B62lakeland
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service but tables too close.

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CathyF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We’ve always loved the food and service but we’re disappointed that the waitstaff were NOT wearing masks despite the fact they advertise they wear masks. Tables seems to be placed the way they always are. We had an early seating so it was pretty empty and we were leaving as the place filled up. Otherwise we would have left. This was an exception for a special occasion to risk eating indoors as we are vaccinated, it is a small restaurant, and they said they wore masks. They can do what they want, but they shouldn’t be untruthful in their advertising

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way.

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BrianB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Native Lakelander and I remember when the building was a garage. Very nice ambiance. Beef Wellington was amazing. Wife loved hers as well, says it’s her new favorite. I think I’m misspelling her name, but Jackie was a phenomenal waitress. I wish I could afford to eat there more often!

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AudreyR
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and it was wonderful. I loved the atmosphere. It was adorable and decorated very artiste. Service was spot on. Food was delicious. I had the Grouper special which was very tasty and complemented with sauté spinach and risotto.
I will return.

If you are looking for good food, quaint French Bistro then this is the place to dine,

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vipRedmooney
Orlando
34 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bay Street Bistro never disappoints! Great food and great friends!

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Jim3
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The fresh baked rolls and bread dip before dinner and the Mussels and Escargot appetizers were outstanding, the salads were very good and the salmon special was excellent. The duck entrees had great flavor but were cooked medium to medium well when they were ordered to be medium rare. There was no pink tint at all. The black grouper was a little spongy and was not as flaky as it usually is at Bay Street Bistro. It may have been sitting too long under a heat lamp before it was served with the other entrees. Overall it was once again a very good fine dining experience.

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WesE
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s always a pleasure to eat at our hometown fine dining restaurant. The food is always right on target and you are never rushed. Bay Street Bistro has been our special occasion spot for years. My only wish is that James brings back his fabulous wine dinners.

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was outstanding! Wonderful place and very great service. Everyone needs to try Bay Street Bistro!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Food was unbelievable! Service was some of the best I’ve ever had. The value made us think they left something off the bill. I mean it wasn’t cheap but for what you get this place was underpriced.

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SusanD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Easy to reserve and lots of variety

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NevaM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever, seafood here is perfection, as are the baby vegetable sides. Creme brûlée sets the bar for everywhere else

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time eating here and we had the best time. The food arrived at the right time in that we never felt like we were rushed. We were able to enjoy each other’s company, have some great wine, and could take it all in before the next course was served. We will definitely be back again!

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Scott
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The menu has a great selection of seafood, chicken and steak as well as a good selection of wines/drinks. We will definitely go back!!

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WesE
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We are not new to Bay Street. We have come to expect excellent food prepared the was we like it and have never been disappointed. Never. Their wine list is excellent as is James’s assistance in choosing the proper wine. Chef Kevin will go to almost any length to ensure your food is as you like. It has long been our go to spot for special occasions and will continue to be so.

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AnthonyH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lindsey was a great server; the atmosphere enjoyable and the food delicious - a great place for a celebration or an amazing meal!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Highly recommend for an adult night out.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I’ve ever been there. My two sisters and my brother-in-law went we enjoyed everything food was amazing staff was even more amazing the food was worth every bit that we were charged I recommend this place highly. Highly.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and exceptional service!

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JeffE
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, wait staff was really attentive and helpful. Everything was great, looking forward to our next visit.

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Gman
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lakeland‘a hidden gem. Went this week for our 30th Anniversary dinner and was not disappointed. Server was friendly and prompt. Food was excellent, we just couldn’t finish it all! Never rushed. A tad pricey for Lakeland but well worth the experience, especially for a special occasion.

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Tracy
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fabulous! We can’t wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Bay Street Bistro to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. From the moment we walked in the door, we were greeted, seated, and welcomed by our server. The stuffed mushroom appetizer was delicious as always. My husband had beef Wellington, one of his all-time favorites. The steak was perfectly cooked and the broccoli side was deliciously flavored. I had the blue crab and wild salmon cakes served in a Parmesan bowl with risotto and vegetable medley. One of the best parts of a meal at Bay Street, though, is their dessert! We ordered the lemon blueberry cake - yum!! When you go there, be sure to get TWO desserts - one to eat there and one to take home! :)

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great the service and owner even came to ask how everything was. Food was delivered in a timely fashion and hot. Presentation, seasoning and prices were fair. Great place will defirnely be back again

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PKmd
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall excellent. Food very creative and high quality. Wine list very nice. Costly but worth it. The service while very attentive could be improved with more attention to detail. For example, replacing utensils before serving the next course, getting delivery of dishes to the diner ordering them and not stacking dishes etc, on the table when clearing after each course. These are minor faults, but this food deserves 5 star service.

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RandyM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 31st Anniversary and we enjoyed it very much. Best place in Lakeland!
Thanks for making it special.

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EricK
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sea bass, excellent everything really. Highly recommended

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RhodaG
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to try this restaurant….others we looked at had poor reviews…..this one had good sounding menu…..BOY…..were we rewarded… a great find for us.
The extensive menu has something for everyone….a little on the pricey side..but small and charming and most of all…Great food….
What a lovely spot downtown …intimate …quiet….charming…..highly recommend ..
Great food…..

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vipSteve
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our Waitress was alone, but she hustled and handled every table with speed and courtesy. Very impressed!

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John
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good!!

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AliceN
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, can’t wait to return to this favorite! The mussels and the lemon blueberry cake are a must.

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AnnH
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an awesome evening with friends. I had the osso bucco which was phenomenal the only small negative was the fish my husband ordered was a little dry but overall a great evening

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Patrick
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what I wanted for a birthday meal with my wife. Quiet, comfortable, and artistic atmosphere with cuisine and service.

Will definitely be back.

FAQs

Bay Street Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 511 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.