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Bay Street Bistro

4.8
4.8
630 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.

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Booked 8 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Red Wine

    Pinot Noir

    • Macmurray Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

      • Bottle$36.00
    • Sebastopol Oaks California

      • Bottle$40.00
    • Meiomi Pinot Noir Sonoma

      • Glass$10.00
      • Bottle$40.00
    • Row Eleven Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

      • Glass$15.00
      • Bottle$50.00
    • Chamisol Pinot Noir Edna Valley

      • Bottle$60.00
    • Willowbrook Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

      • Bottle$70.00
    • J Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

      • Bottle$70.00
    • Goldeneye Pinot Noir Anderson Valley California

      • Bottle$70.00
    • Etude Pinot Noir Grace Benoist Ranch Carneros

      • Bottle$80.00

    Cabernet Sauvignon

    • Vina Robles Cabernet Paso Robles

      • Glass$10.00
      • Bottle$40.00
    • Postmark Cabernet Paso Robles

      • Bottle$50.00
    • Alexander Valley Cabernet Sonoma

      • Glass$15.00
      • Bottle$50.00
    • Escudo Rojo Origine Cabernet Chile

      • Bottle$50.00
    • Canvasback Cabernet Red Mountain Washington

      • Bottle$60.00
    • Le Pich Cabernet Napa

      • Bottle$100.00
    • AXR Cabernet Napa

      • Bottle$120.00
    • Rombauer Cabernet Napa

      • Bottle$130.00
    • Stags Leap Cabernet Napa

      • Bottle$130.00
    • Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet Napa

      • Bottle$180.00
    • Venge Silencieux Napa

      • Bottle$180.00
    • Caymus Cabernet Napa

      • Bottle$200.00

    Red Blends

    • Montsant con Blau Spain

      • Glass$10.00
      • Bottle$40.00
    • AXR Napa Valley California

      • Bottle$60.00
    • The Investor Stags Leap Napa

      • Bottle$70.00

    Merlot

    • Fenwick Springs Merlot California

      • Bottle$36.00
    • Sterling Merlot Napa Valley

      • Glass$15.00
      • Bottle$50.00
    • Stags Leap Merlot Napa Valley

      • Bottle$100.00
    • Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot Napa Valley

      • Bottle$120.00

    Other Varietals From Around The World

    • Martin Cendoya Rioja Reserva

      • Bottle$50.00
    • Rombauer Zinfandel California

      • Bottle$80.00
    • Maipe Malbec Argentina

      • Glass$10.00
      • Bottle$40.00
    • Clos 1100 Malbec Argentina

      • Bottle$40.00
    • Flechas Se Los Andes Malbec Argentina

      • Bottle$50.00
    • Rowdy Bush Petite Syrah Lodi California

      • Glass$10.00
      • Bottle$40.00
    • Stags Leap Petite Syrah California

      • Bottle$80.00
    • Cesari Sangiovese Reserva Italy

      • Bottle$36.00
    • Zeni Amarone Italy

      • Bottle$60.00
    • Cesari Amarone Italy

      • Bottle$80.00
    • Zenato Ripassa Italy

      • Bottle$50.00
    • Zenato Amarone Italy

      • Bottle$120.00
    • Barriu Vigne Sarrau Italy

      • Bottle$80.00
    • Conte Giangirolamo Italy

      • Bottle$80.00
    • Silkwood Red Duet Syrah Cabernet

      • Bottle$80.00
    • Silkwood My Way Petite Syrah 2008

      • Bottle$150.00

    White Wine

      Chardonnay

      • La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma California

        • Glass$10.00
        • Bottle$40.00
      • Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches

        • Bottle$50.00
      • Stags Leap Chardonnay California

        • Bottle$60.00
      • Silkwood Chardonnay Lodi California

        • Bottle$60.00
      • Rombauer Chardonnay Napa California

        • Bottle$70.00

      Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Grigio

      • Al Verde Pinot Grigio Italy

        • Glass$10.00
        • Bottle$36.00
      • Luigi Scarini Ca Montebello Pinot Grigio Italy

        • Bottle$36.00
      • White Haven Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand

        • Glass$10.00
        • Bottle$40.00
      • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlboro New Zealand

        • Bottle$50.00
      • Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc Napa California

        • Bottle$60.00

      Sweet Wines, Sparkling Wines & Other Varietals

      • Villa Rosa Moscato di Asti

        • Glass$10.00
        • Bottle$40.00
      • Dr Hans VonMuller Reisling Kabinett

        • Glass$10.00
        • Bottle$40.00
      • Sangue di Guida Italian Sweet Red Wine

        • Glass$10.00
        • Bottle$40.00
      • Bila-Haut Cotes Du Roussillon

        • Bottle$40.00
      • Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett

        • Bottle$60.00
      • Macon Uchizy White Burgundy

        • Bottle$40.00
      • Martin Codax Albarino Spain

        • Bottle$44.00
      • Laluca Prosecco Italy

        • Glass$10.00
        • Bottle$40.00
      • Canard-Duchene Champagne France

        • Bottle$70.00

      Last updated: April 24, 2022

      What 630 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
      • 4.6Ambience
      • 4.4Value

      NoiseModerate

      Loved For

      • Tampa / Central Florida West

        Best Overall

      • Tampa / Central Florida West

        Best Service

      • Tampa / Central Florida West

        Special Occasion

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      1. LF

        LakelandFoodie

        Tampa

        13 reviews

        5.0

        13 reviews

        Dined 4 days ago

        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.

      2. CM

        ChadM

        Tampa

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined 4 days ago

        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

      3. OT

        OpenTable Diner

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined 5 days ago

        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

      4. AH

        AnneH

        Orlando

        67 reviews

        vip
        5.0

        67 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

      5. 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

      6. MA

        MichaelA

        Tampa

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined on May 7, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Amazing! Best choice for high end dining in Lakeland

      7. JH

        JennyH

        Miami

        11 reviews

        5.0

        11 reviews

        Dined on May 7, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Mothers Day Dinner

      8. 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!

      9. SS

        SteveS

        Tampa

        5 reviews

        5.0

        5 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.

      10. JP

        JimP

        1 review

        4.0

        1 review

        Dined on May 5, 2022

        overall4food5service5ambience4

        We liked it well enough to invite friends to return

      11. 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.

      12. 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!!

      13. DR

        DennisR

        Washington DC

        8 reviews

        vip
        5.0

        8 reviews

        Dined on April 29, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        A delightful culinary experience with exceptional service

      14. SW

        StanW

        Charleston

        3 reviews

        5.0

        3 reviews

        Dined on April 29, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience4

        the food is prepared to look and taste great.best meal in town,hands down.

      15. OT

        OpenTable Diner

        Tampa

        2 reviews

        5.0

        2 reviews

        Dined on April 23, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        We had another great experience at Bay Street Bistro. The food was outstanding. My wife and I will be back again.

      16. J

        Janie

        Las Vegas

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined on April 20, 2022

        overall5food4service5ambience5

        The appetizers were to die for, especially the escargot. The Seabass and Lobster Special was delicious. Chocolate ganache was a perfect ending to a great meal.

      17. V

        Visitor

        New York Area

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined on April 19, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Excellent food, interesting, approachable wine list

      18. m

        mikem

        Tampa

        2 reviews

        5.0

        2 reviews

        Dined on April 16, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Absolutely amazing!!! The food was beyond delicious and the lemon blueberry cake was so superb I have no words,I will dream about that cake!!! A 10/10, a must try !!!

      19. JS

        JeffS

        Tampa

        2 reviews

        5.0

        2 reviews

        Dined on April 16, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        We continue to have the best experience when eating at this restaurant. I would recommend this place for all your special occasions. Food is always delicious.

      20. DS

        DavidS

        1 review

        4.0

        1 review

        Dined on April 16, 2022

        overall4food4service5ambience4

        Excellent food served in a very quaint and relaxing atmosphere. Food tastes great but a bit pricey for the value.

      21. W

        Wawa

        Tampa

        27 reviews

        4.0

        27 reviews

        Dined on April 12, 2022

        overall4food4service5ambience4

        Excellent service. Excellent wine. Excellent menu selection. Excellent sides. Excellent Cesar salad. Excellent sea bass special. Gave it four stars simply because my husband’s filet mignon was a bit salty and his salad lacked flavor. Liked the atmosphere although a bit confusing. Expected more of a French atmosphere but floor tile and art work did not work well with that theme. Glad we went. Enjoyable evening. Will be back.

      22. C

        Chefbear

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined on April 9, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience4

        This visit was the amazing Duck perfectly medium paired with a great bottle of wine. Start was the butter nut squash soup nicely prepared for more of a consome where as a thicker finished with cream had been the trend for some time. Great service so just remember to make reservations in advance.

      23. GS

        GerardS

        Tampa

        54 reviews

        vip
        5.0

        54 reviews

        Dined on April 9, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Service and Food was Top Notch! The Beef Wellington and Lamb were Delicious. A Gem in Lakeland, FL!

      24. LT

        LauraT

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined on April 8, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Bay Street Bistro has an excellent menu selection

      25. J

        Joec

        Charlotte

        12 reviews

        5.0

        12 reviews

        Dined on April 5, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Great meal and atmosphere A real find

      26. OT

        OpenTable Diner

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined on April 1, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Newly discovered and now a favorite. Upscale dining with great food and service at reasonable prices.

      27. DB

        DeaneB

        Western NC

        3 reviews

        5.0

        3 reviews

        Dined on April 1, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience4

        Back for first time in 20 years, new name but almost same menu. Great choices at reasonable prices. I have not had Beef Wellington in ages and never see it anywhere on a menu. It was wonderful and worth a few minutes extra prep wait time. We will be back soon.

      28. DD

        DiningDiva

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined on March 30, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience4

        Took my husband for his birthday. As always, the food was wonderful: roast duck for me and beef wellington for my husband. We both loved our choices. The wine choices available are very good, and we loved dessert: almond cheesecake - light, creamy, melt in your mouth. Everything is made in house. This is the third time we've been here and have never been disappointed. Definitely a "special occasion" restaurant!

      29. AK

        AnitaK

        Tampa

        3 reviews

        5.0

        3 reviews

        Dined on March 29, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience4

        Food was wonderful - a bit pricy, but very flavorful. Restaurant is a bit loud, but the seating was nice.

      30. D

        Diner

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined on March 26, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        The food was wonderful and the waitress was friendly and attentive. A little noisy so hard to have an intimate conversation, but all and all it did not disappoint.

      31. t

        troym

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined on March 26, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Wonderful dinner experience everything delicious great service definitely be back again.

      32. f

        fitnessbuff

        Baltimore

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined on March 25, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Great service, great food. A bit pricey but worth it.

      33. BW

        BarbW

        Orlando

        8 reviews

        5.0

        8 reviews

        Dined on March 23, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        This was a wonderful restaurant! Delicious food and atmosphere! Service was great, Jackie was the best server! Highly recommend!

      34. OT

        OpenTable Diner

        Chicago

        8 reviews

        5.0

        8 reviews

        Dined on March 19, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Great place

      35. A

        Ali213

        San Francisco

        2 reviews

        5.0

        2 reviews

        Dined on March 11, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Quaint French inspired bistro with amazing quality food and service. The food is very flavorful. We had the beef Wellington and the Osso Buco, delicious. This is more of a restaurant for adults celebrating a special occasion or just wanting to have a nice elegant dinner with friends. Did I mention the coffee was amazing? Staff was very attentive.

      36. OT

        OpenTable Diner

        Orlando

        3 reviews

        5.0

        3 reviews

        Dined on March 4, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        Everything was absolutely delicious! My wife and I split the stuffed portobello for an appetizer. Savory and the sauce was outstanding. I got the caprese salad and my wife got the poached pear salad. Both were very refreshing. The poached pear salad was so flavorful. For our entrees, I got the Beef Wellington! The steak was cooked a perfect medium rare and was one of the most tender pieces of meat I’ve ever eaten! The red wine reduction was out of this world. My wife got the Pork Shank Osso Bucco. The portion was huge. She could not finish it. The meat fell right off the bone. It was fork tender and the sauce was incredible! One of the best entrees she had ever had! We finished the meal off with dessert. My wife got the lemon blueberry cake and I got the peanut butter chocolate ganache. So good. We were stuffed from our meals, that we took the desserts to go! We love Bay Street Bistro. It’s our favorite “date” restaurant. Every meal that we’ve had there has been wonderful. The service is first-rate. The atmosphere is quiet and romantic. It’s great that we don’t have to drive to Tampa or Orlando to experience fine-dining and delicious food. It’s right here in Lakeland!

      37. e

        exit98

        Naples

        55 reviews

        vip
        5.0

        55 reviews

        Dined on March 2, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience4

        Great spot. We had mussels, duck and lamb. All delicious. Nice little wine list and reasonably priced.

      38. AH

        AnneH

        Orlando

        68 reviews

        vip
        5.0

        68 reviews

        Dined on March 2, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience4

        Great service. Food was wonderful.

      39. JL

        JefferyL

        Tampa

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined on March 2, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience4

        The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. However, the food was pricey, which would keep me from returning on a regular basis.

      40. l

        ludims

        Orlando

        1 review

        5.0

        1 review

        Dined on March 2, 2022

        overall5food5service5ambience5

        I have been living in Lakeland for almost 6 years and this was my first visit to this restaurant and I must say it was delightful, the food is very fresh and tasteful. I will be back!!

      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 630 OpenTable diners.

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

      Make a reservation

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      Booked 8 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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