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About Hallback's Bar & Grill

Hallback's is a family owned establishment that offers American flare mixed with a touch of southern staples. We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service. The restaurant offers amazing airplane runway views, infused with great food. We’re a family who enjoys preparing amazing dishes, and look forward to meeting and serving your family soon. We hope you enjoy your experience at Hallback’s and we look forward to building relationships and serving your family for many years to come. Eat well!

3900 Don Emerson Dr.
2nd Floor
Lakeland, FL 33811
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, Barbecue, American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 8:00am - 6:00pm; Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Friday: 11:00am - 12:00am; Saturday: 8:00am - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Drane Field Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(863) 937-8900

Website:
http://www.hallbacksbarandgrill.com/

Catering:
Hallback’s Catering is proud to offer our catering and event services at many of the best special event venues in the Lakeland/Tampa Bay area

Private Party Facilities:
Ask us about renting out the restaurant or airport terminal for your special event. We can cater all needs.

Private Party Contact:
Catering & Event Director: (678) 994-7700

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Hallback's Bar & Grill Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (66)
Special Occasion (53)
Scenic View (50)
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Great for Lunch (41)
Great for Brunch (39)
Hot Spot (39)
Late-night Find (31)
Romantic (27)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Kid-friendly (24)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Fun (15)
Live Music (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Casual (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
People Watching (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Outstanding Value (7)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Authentic (3)
Business Meals (3)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

This place has great food and service. The band was very good. Our waitress was very friendly and very attentive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, People Watching
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Booked on Opentable and then received a call advising that the restaurant actually closes at 6:00pm. Disappointing considering we booked for 6pm.

1 person found this review helpful.
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

I absolutely loved the atmosphere. Great mixture of people. The amount of food for the price was great and was seasoned and cooked perfect. I will be returning with more of my friends. Awesome place.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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food5
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service5
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 3, 2017

I have been there only once before. This visit was a friends gathering. When i made the reservation online, there was nothing stating that all my party needed to arrive within an hour or i would have to be seated elsewhere. I sat there for a while before my waitress approached me foe a drink or food order. Our server was not very nice and didn't inform us of gratuity added automatically, thus she received a double tip on top. Our table setup was a little uncomfortable. We had the hard folding chairs. Drinks were a little strong. Music and dj was on point. Food was tasty. Overall it was ok. Good for small gatherings.

Tags: Casual, Live Music, Fun
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food4
ambience3
service2
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Great fall off the bone ribs, very tender. Wasn't asked if we wanted any dessert even after we asked about key lime pie. It was on the menu
but we were told they didn't have any and the check was placed on the table. Hostess very nice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music
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food5
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 29, 2017

I had my birthday lunch here, we had a great time ,the food was good, great people, great jazz music, I will do this again.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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service5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 28, 2017

This was the worst experience. We frequently go to this place and have had great time but this time the food was cold service was bad orders were coming out wrong portions were small. Here's some examples coffee was cold soup was cold crab cakes cold. Small ribs dry chicken shrimp dinner had six shrimp and a handful of fries. This was a first time for some of my friends and family. My husband and I talked this place up and it was a disappointment. We will never go back. Spoke with manager that night and she could care less about the situation.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 30, 2016

The atmosphere is just so awesome! The owner & family are wonderful & very friendly people and they make you feel like you are a part of a big happy family!. I come from Tampa to enjoy the good food and dancing! I have invited a few of my friends and they are inviting their friends and everyone loves the atmosphere. Kudos to the Hallbach Family! You make us proud. Keep up the good work.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Live Music, People Watching, Healthy
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Every one in our group had a blast. The food was excellent and they danced the night away with ole school music and line dancing. We will be back to Hallsback.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Casual, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Orlando)·Dined on December 2, 2016

I always enjoy going to Hallbacks, i have had several reservations for a lot of friends, co-workers and acquaintances. Everyone enjoy this dining/partying experience. Thanks,ChaCha

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Scenic View, People Watching, Romantic, Live Music, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2016

It started out horrible I had reservations for my husband's birthday and they stated I was not on the reservation list. The food was okay and entertainment was great the service was excellent

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food2
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service5
value2

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2016

It was a birthday celebration and dancing...a LOT of fun!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Authentic, Casual, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Fun, Tapas, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Outstanding Value, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Healthy
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food4
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service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 12, 2016

Food was great! Service was horrible! Staff has poor attitudes and act like they are doing you a favor.

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food4
ambience2
service1
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 30, 2016

No one was in restaurant when we arrived.
Did not go over specials.
Menus were dirty
ask about drink selection server did not offer drink menu. I walked over to bar and retrieved drink menu

I ordered tea and sever never offered to refill during our one hour plus stay
Appetizer was edible but Sysco or GFS.
Wife had pulled pork sandwich and I had 1lb brisket
Sandwich was cold.
Brisket was thickly sliced and covered in an overly sweet bbq sauce.
Very disappointed, We spent close to 70 dollars and would have been better off staying home
I do not give poor reviews lightly and always try to find something positive about everywhere I go.

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food1
ambience2
service1
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Great place for 35 and over. Will return again. DJ played all school which was great. Danced for the first time in years.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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service5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 16, 2016

I always have a great time at Hallbacks.. atmosphere is awesome ..bring all your friends who love to have fun

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Cozy, Romantic
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food5
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value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 9, 2016

We didn't receive correct order but was fixed. Disappointed in pulled pork sandwich. Wasn't very good.

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food1
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service2
value2

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 28, 2016

I've always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. I shared the experience with several friends they now go without me with their family and friends. Great place!!! I will definitely keep going back.

Tags: Live Music, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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food4
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service4
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Went late Saturday afternoon. Seated at window, with view of airport, not much going on there. Restaurant was mostly empty, but service was very slow and not very friendly, either. Think a smile would be nice, blond haired waitress! Seated, given a menu, drink order delivered, waitress disappeared for a goodwhile. When she finally returned to take order, however, two of us wanted pulled pork, one of their specialties. Now, she tells us they 'ran out' of that. Not good planning on late Saturday afternoon, me thinks. Anyway, we need to rethink, so she disappears and we have to summon her to reorder. Two of us had ribs, hubby thinks so-so, fatty, dry. I have burger, okay, just not what I wanted. Mac and cheese not bad but 5 bucks for small portion. Won't be back, particularly for service issues.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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food3
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 17, 2016

We have been there a couple of times before and enjoyed the brisket and I was so hungry for this again I wanted to share with all my friends this mouth watering experience. You didn't let me down it was as wonderful and when we first went there and can't wait to share this wonderful taste sensation with others again. They all said it was worth the drive from Wesley Chapel. This time we got to meet Mr. Hallback. Great job!!
Thanks again!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Overall it was a good experience. I was a little disappointed about the entertainment. Their website advertises live music on Fridays, but they only had a DJ that night. The server said that one has to call for live music availability, that's not advertised as such on their website. They were hospitable and accommodating though.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (Miami)·Dined on July 24, 2016

This was my third trip to Hallback's and I'm always pleased with the food, service and value. I've recommended this restaurant to friends and family.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 25, 2016

I will not book through OPEN TABLE again, as restaurant did not have the reservation!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 19, 2016

Wonderful selection of home-made tasty soul food. The prime rib was great, the oxtail and chittlins tasty. Desert choices were a little bit limited, but this was a buffet type meal.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 27, 2016

The food was great and at a good price

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 15, 2016

Excellent food and service great music. I to go at least once a month

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 13, 2016

Love the food, music, dancing, the overall atmosphere. Very warm welcoming family owned restaurant. Thank you for making our friends birthday special. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family business.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Atmosphere was astonishing! They hired a funk, R&B band and they also did a great job.

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food4
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 10, 2016

The food is excellent but there is no brunch. Breakfast buffet 7-11 and dinner 12ish until 2. Live music is always awesome.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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food3
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 8, 2016

We always enjoy Hallback's with the dinning and dancing and the food is very good

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 27, 2016

We enjoyed brunch on Easter Sunday at Hallback's. Food was very tasty, $10 bottomless bloody mary's and entertainment. It was crowded, but they handled seating and service well. Everyone was pleasant and happy to see us!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Let me begin by stating that I have frequented Hallback's Bar and Grill several times and always had an enjoyable time. When we were seated on Friday, we were given a Valentine's Day Menu which included a three course meal. We had three different entrees to choose from. I asked the gentlemen who seated us for the regular menu and he stated that was all that was being offered tonight. My party and I looked around and other patrons had items from the regular menu. I am not sure why we were told one thing which clearly was untrue. My friends have vowed not to return to Hallback's.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 12, 2016

I had fun as usual great place For The Nightlife of having fun. Bands always great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 5, 2016

Hallbacks is a great place to go for food and entertainment. The entertainment is only on Fri and Sat nights. Everyone has a great time whether there is live entertainment or a dj. Fun place for dancing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 15, 2016

Had the trio platter of ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Wondered where this was prepared. So no pit for cooking. Service was real slow even those restaurant was two thirds empty.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2015

The food and atmosphere were excellent. Our second year having Christmas dinner and they didn't disappoint. They even made accommodations for a friends daughter who came but was limited on food choices due to recent oral surgery. They went above and beyond!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 29, 2015

The buffet needed some additional meat items; however, the dessert offerings were plentiful. The buffet is directed more towards children than to adults.

I suggest that one should check the bill vs the costs stated in the menu. I was told that their pricing was in transition!..Meaning that there was a discrepancy which needed to be corrected before I paid our bill.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 17, 2015

My girl friends and I had a great time Saturday night dining and dancing at Hallbacks. Great music, food, and fun!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 10, 2015

Food and service was excellent. Band was wonderful and played lots of great dance music. Everybody was having a great time. We will be back next weekend too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 27, 2015

Since the day that I went with my family to Hallback's, the restaurant has been a gem that I love to tell people about. I had no idea that Lakeland was holding such an amazing place with chefs who know how to cook better than somebody's grandmother. I recommend Hallback's to everyone I come in contact with. The restaurant is great for family outings, large group get-togethers, food with a friend, and it's also a great date spot.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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