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Bay Street Bistro, Lakeland, FL
Bay Street Bistro, Lakeland, FL
Bay Street Bistro, Lakeland, FL
Bay Street Bistro, Lakeland, FL
Bay Street Bistro, Lakeland, FL

Bay Street Bistro

4.8
4.8
861 Reviews
$50 and over
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.

NOTE: Reservations of a party of 6 or more, please call us directly at: 863-683-4229.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 861 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

861 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had one of the best meals here last night. From the wine to the dessert, every sip and every bite was impeccable! U must visit, worth every penny.

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  2. NelsonG

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went with my wife for Valentine weekend and we were not disappointed. I am not an expert, but I do have culinary training and experience. This place is special. It was one of the best dining experiences we have had. Service was great, everyone was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was outstanding! There are some touches and techniques that show mastery of a craft, only skilled individual would appreciate. Throughout our dinner there were many moments like that. For instance, the bread... perfect crust, but once cracked open exposes a fluffy warm interior. The butter, fluffy and flavorful. Not hard and salty. The mussels, giving a hint of seafood but perfectly complementing the umami in the creamy garlic sauce. Filet precisely cooked to temp still maintaining a crust.... and fluffy little creamy nuggets of lobster, without being rubbery. Asparagus, cooked through but still snappy with velvety mashed potatoes. Only thing I regret is not leaving room for dessert. Next time. "Perfection is many little things all done correctly." - Marco P. White

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  3. ScottB

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. Great flavors and presentation. The service is always spectacular. It is always a pleasure to dine there.

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  4. JeffS

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our go to special occasion place. We love the atmosphere and the food. Service is always perfect. I cannot wait until our next chance to visit.

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  5. Rick

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food Had Filet,Scampi and Duck All were excellent and great desert. Busy night but service and food were excellent. We will be back

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    There are too many things and not enough space. We were very disappointed in the experience. The food tasted good but came out cold. The cost was really high for the lack of detail. When we mentioned the cold food we were blown off and no one apologized for it. The owner was too busy with one table the entire time we were there. Must have been someone important. We have eaten there many times in the past but this may be the last.

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  7. NancyB

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I love the Bay Street Bistro. We will be back again and again

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  8. CraigM

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best restaurant in Lakeland. Always a treat to be able to experience. The filet was insane.

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  9. CarolPms

    Tampa

    152 reviews

    4.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    For a small place it is very very efficient & attentive & unlike any other place we have recently visited. Management obviously made good decisions hiring. We loved our meals -- the Beef Wellington & the filet Oscar special. Tried a glass of a new wine (to me.) It was accurately described to me. Appreciate the meal comes with a soup or salad & just enough accompaniments -- we still took home leftovers !

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  10. AdamC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for date night! My wife and I had a great time. The food was amazing, the service was impeccable, and the atmosphere was perfect.

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  11. KathyS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for our anniversary and found the service to be amazing! This restaurant lives up to its reviews in every category. We highly recommend it for any special occasion.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered the ribeye. Medium rare, It came extremely rare. I sent it back and all they tried to do was warm it up a little bit and send it back and it was extremely rare, still. Nobody from the back ever came out to talk to us. I told Our waitress, that I was done with the steak. And I did not want it. The house salad was very bland with no real flavor. I was kind of disappointed. The fact that a stick cost $75, If it was sent back, all they did was try to warm it up a little more.. I was very disappointed. I have been to a number of steakhouses around the Bay area. And if I ever had a problem, they always gave me a new stake. Freshly cooked, I'm not really sure why they did it this way. No one ever came out and talked to us, very disappointed.

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  13. KimV

    Tampa

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated my husband’s birthday here. It was a great choice! Amazing sea bass! Cooked perfectly and chef even added our favorite sauce. Wonderful service! Also loved the wine selection and homemade dessert! It’s been a while since we’ve eaten here. Not sure why. Will definitely be back soon!

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  14. WesE

    Atlanta Metro

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food, service, wine list are all way above average. There is no other that does seafood as well. The servers are attentive and friendly. We feel at home there. That is not typical of a fine dining restaurant. We take guests there without hesitation and always receive raves. Bay Street has been our go to spot for over a decade.

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  15. MariaF

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The salmon mediterranean was very fresh and plentiful. Loved the peach salad. Dessert we shared was the lemon and blueberry cake.

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  16. JohnC

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed coming back and appreciate the high standards. The food was very good and service great! Nice to see James and that he is still making his great homemade desserts.

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  17. NinaM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. The service was very prompt and helpful.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the appetizers to desserts the meal was outstanding. Fresh, flavorful and prepared to perfection. Staff was attentive, helpful and very pleasant. If there is a negative it would be the noise level is over the top. If you come early enough you can have a pleasant conversation although once the restaurant fills up it is very difficult. Our appetizers we enjoyed: baked brie and escargot (so tender and flavorful). The entrees: we had: Beef Wellington; Eggplant dish; puff pastry with seafood; filet mignon. Everyone at the table enjoyed their meals and time together.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. We had escargot as our appetizer and beef wellington, which was cooked perfectly. The server was efficient and pleasant. It's a little loud but lots of fun energy.

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  20. DebiW

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Pear salad, scallops & Chilean sea bass special were phenomenal!

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  21. JimD

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent food and service. A most pleasant evenng out.

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  22. Looloo

    E. Tennessee

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is kind of pricey but delicious: it is all cooked and seasoned very well, as far as the ambience it was a little bright at first, but when the lights were dimmed the elegance of the restaurant really showed.

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  23. LindaS

    New York City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Yes, a 5 star expensive restaurant, but it was like going to a an artsy desolate creepy town. Restaurant itself was amazing although lighting was uninviting and rather dark. Food -shrimp & cappellini was excellent and the pear salad was amazing with all the different flavors. Service was a solid 5 stars; she was informative, attentive and very friendly. Dessert was the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had in my life full of icing and chocolate chips. Minuses: annoying table near entrance across from us with a baby walking around,then watching tv at the table, then crying, walking around again with parents chasing her, going to the door. You get the picture. Parents going in and out creating a draft; loud and ridiculous. Not sure a restaurant can control these things, but it dampened the ambience and mood. Why do people take infants and toddlers out to fancy restaurants after 7pm? I have three children and would never put myself or others in that situation. Alas a mixed review. Almost a 3 star rating as the disturbance ruined the excellent dinner. But changed it to 4 since the food and waitress were top notch. Figure it out new parents. Find a babysitter. Or don’t go. Lastly, we spotted an old guy with a beard across street peering at us with a light in background and it looked like a reflection either from restaurant or building next door. Then he disappeared and returned again. We walked out and there was no reflection, no light, building across street empty and dark and the building next to restaurant dark and closed. Yes creepy neighborhood indeed.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was new and didn’t seem to have timing quite down yet; the owner and a different server had to clear plates and bring us items a few times. But the food was impeccable as always and it was a slower night, so it was a quiet and perfect atmosphere.

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  25. JohnE

    Tallahassee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time as usual always good love this place!!!

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  26. KennethL

    Mississippi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There were three of us, my wife n stepdaughter. We throughly enjoyed the rolls and charcuterie for 2. It was enough for 3. They both had different wines n loved them. My wife had pear salad(excellent), stepdaughter had Ceasar salad (good), I had house salad (disappointing,95% lettuce, little else) wife had Sea Bass special, (excellent) severed hot. Stepdaughter had menu sea bass,(good but barely warm. I had beef wellington ( it was just ok and gravy salty) I ordered broccoli which came when I had finished eating. I have never had broccoli served smothered in garlic. We brought dessert home which was the Blueberry lemon cream (great). The last time we ate here was 3 or more yrs ago. To this day it was the best meal I've ever had. Not this time.

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  27. DennisR

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always our go to restaurant for enjoyable atmosphere, incredible food, awesome service and a truly relaxing culinary experience.

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  28. AnneH

    Orlando

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    No doubt THE best dinner you will eat in Lakeland. Great service. You will want to come back again and again to work your way through the menu.

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  29. NancyB

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Bay Street Bistro every time I go there it is a great meal, wonderful service and the owner always says hello.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We had the pleasure of dining at Bay Street Bistro this evening and the food and service were incredible. We started off with their featured soups - Butternut Squash and the Lentil Soup. Both were delicious. I had the Sea Bass special and my husband had the Osso Buco while our daughter enjoyed the Beef Wellington. All were amazing. Enjoyed with some wine and ended with yummy desserts. This restaurant never disappoints! Thank you for a great evening 😊

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  31. TeresaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will go back! Best meal I’ve had since moving here 5 years ago.

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  32. NancyB

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our office Christmas party there 12-15-2023 and the food, atmosphere and service were top notch. Thank you, Bay Street Bistro, for making our holiday party special and memorable.

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  33. MeganS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is AMAZING. Every aspect from the staff, service, food, and ambiance makes this place perfect for a special night out. Wish I could find words that would describe how flavourful and delicious the food is. This quaint place is special place.

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  34. Mikro45

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, friendly service. Nice intimate dining area. Food was wonderful. Will definitely be back!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The baked brie appetizer and duck confit entree were both absolutely astounding! Our waiter could have been a bit more attentive, but the food and atmosphere made up for it. The venue is beautiful, but it’s a small space so it can get loud when busy.

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  36. Chris

    Omaha

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have eaten at Bay Street Bistro many times and have never had anything negative about any visit. Every dish has been excellent, the service is always very prompt, the ambiance is amazing. I always get the Mussels La Creme, it is by far their best appetizer. I have tried many of their entrees and have never been disappointed.

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  37. CSully

    Tampa

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem! I don't know how I didn't know about this amazing place before now. Our dinner was amazing. The beef bourguignon was like comfort food kicked up to a whole other level. Great wine list as well! Absolutely going back!

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  38. Debra

    Lake of the Ozarks

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely & quaint environment. Amazing service. Food was delicious: scallops, sea bass, scampi & coqauvin. Loved the mushrooms and pear salad. Good wine options. The deserts were outstanding: cherry almond butter cake, chocolate layer cake, & chocolate mousse. We are from Iowa, this was our second visit this year and will definitely come back.

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  39. KimberlyS

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Romantic last minute dinner decision gone right! Tucked away from the main congestion of downtown, this small french style restaurant is a must visit. Servers were very friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious. We had pear salad, tomato bisque, beef bourguignon, beef wellington, garlic potatoes, lemon blue berry cake, and creme brûlée. If I had any critique, is that I would have liked to see the puff pastry on the wellington cooked through a bit more and golden. And the lovely music complimented the ambiance well. We will definitely be returning.

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  40. LisaM

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were not happy with our experience. Very loud, service spotty but our server was very nice. Very disappointed in my shrimp pasta dish. I have not been here in a long while. I probably won’t go back anytime soon. 

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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 861 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 11 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
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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, 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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