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WACO Kitchen - Lakeland, Lakeland, FL

WACO Kitchen - Lakeland

4.5
4.5
110 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Dear valued guests,
Waco kitchen is currently undergoing a transfer of legal ownership. During this transition, we have been advised to suspend alcohol sales until receiving confirmation that all requirements have been fulfilled.
We understand that this may impact your decision to dine with us and we apologize for any inconvenience that may arise.
We are continuing to offer our complete food and non-alcoholic menu but unfortunately, we cannot serve wine, beer, or spirits.
We look forward to a quick resolution and are excited to provide our full list of offerings as soon as possible.

Home of the WACO Taco - Expect a brilliant fusion of American & European cuisine freshly prepared by internationally-trained chefs each and every time you choose WACO Kitchen.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, European
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (863) 583-4004
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress

What 110 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

110 Reviews
  1. GreatEveningOutIndoor

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Here'I recently had the pleasure of dining at the Waco Kitchen and was absolutely blown away by their short ribs paired with sweet potato scallop. The ribs were cooked to perfection—tender, flavorful, and falling off the bone. The sweet potato scallop was a delightful companion, with its creamy texture and a hint of sweetness that complemented the savory ribs beautifully. This dish is a standout and a must-try for anyone visiting. Highly recommended for an exceptional dining experience!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time catching the air show over dinner. Great service. Food was delicious.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    FANTASTIC place to eat. Food and service and ambiance were all phenomenal. And WOW what comfortable booths. Some of the most comfortable I have ever sat in and so appreciated. Love it!

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  4. Mydock

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great out of the way place to eat. We’ve eaten here many times and have always had a good experience.

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  5. IndyMom13

    Indiana

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed Waco. The food and service were great. We were a bit disappointed that they had a full bar but weren’t serving drinks. We found that very odd.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful flight to Lakeland airport in my Beechcraft Bonanza. Excellent food and atmosphere. I will return!

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  7. LynneW

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a perfect place for our family to meet for lunch with a 2 year old. Sitting on the patio with a view of the planes was very entertaining. Service and food were fantastic! We will definitely be returning!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisitely served charcuterie. Excellent swordfish. Lovely atmosphere with an awesome view of the Lakeland airport flight line. Excellent service and very yummy desserts.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. JonathanS

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fresh food, excellent service and swank atmosphere.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. Rick

    Jacksonville

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Will be 5 star when they get liquor service Foods very good great service

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  11. SteveP

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We did not get to the food part since we had trouble with the drink order. First thing started with "they can't serve alcohol due to a problem with their liquor license. We thought, ok well we will just get water and sodas and Starr with an appetizer. The server brought the drinks and left with our appetizer order and the water and the Pepsi both tasted very bad (assumed it was the ice). We asked our server about the issue and if others had mentioned it as well and she said that others had mentioned it as well. Why in the world did she not mention that when we ordered. At that point we decided to terminate the engagement and went to another "trusted" location for our meal. A shame since it is a nice looking place.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Fun to watch the planes come in and out. Reservations recommended.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. Andy

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They are unable to serve alcoholic beverages for some reason. Otherwise, was great.

    2 people found this helpful

  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. The server was great! Great experience every time I go there.

    1 person found this helpful

  15. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were told the bar was closed because the new CEO was in the process of obtaining the liquor license. That was a little disappointing but we understood. The waiter was very nice and attentive. The food was ok. We order the truffle fries which came out cold and weren’t as good as the last time I was there. We had the burgers and they were just ok. The Brussels sprouts were very good. We love the setting. The ambiance is wonderful and being able to taxi your plane right up to the restaurant is a bonus.

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  16. JohnF

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We brought a team member here for her birthday and it was fantastic experience across the board. Hostess and server were both attentive and helpful, the food came out in a timely manner and it was delicious.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. TamraG

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Give advanced notice that alcohol isn’t being served. We enjoy dining with you on a regular basis and the food and service are both very good. Due to change in ownership, I understand your liquor license is on hold for several weeks but please communicate that ahead of time. This particular evening was an anniversary celebration and a glass of wine would have been nice. We will see you again.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. MikeM

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is above average$$$ Could not serve alcohol. Something about the state license? The Bar was still stocked, and a bartender was our waiter.

    1 person found this helpful

  19. DavidB

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In celebration our my parents-in-law's 60th Wedding Anniversary, my wife and I decided to take them to Waco. The table location was just right since both of them have a bit of a hard time getting around. Mom uses a cane; Dad uses a walker. The drinks were great. We smelled mildew in the water, though and was rectified with bottled water which worked fine. My steak was just right. But, Dad's was tough. Probably had something to do with his choice of temperature (rare). Mine was Medium-Well. Food was plentiful and the ambiance was superb. We will certainly return for another celebration, or just to have a liesurely dinner.

    2 people found this helpful

  20. ChristinaJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful. Enjoyed everything. Will definitely be back

    1 person found this helpful

  21. VeronicaM

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a pleasure eating here for our first time! Our waitress Amand was amazing

    1 person found this helpful

  22. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal, our server was excellent and the view was great! Can’t wait to go back!

    1 person found this helpful

  23. MaryP

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I had maui maui and the fish had no taste; no seasoning; disappointing for a nice restaurant. I also asked for butter; they said they gave me the last one for the evening at 7pm. They have no yellow mustard, cocktail sauce, horseradish or Worcestershire sauce. Waco is nice and the people are friendly but I do think they need to make some upgrades as suggested above in addition to improving their bread service to more quality breads and butters.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, and exceptional service from Mark.

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  25. AdamJ

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The pretzel and cheese was gross. The tap water and soda tasted really bad. Taco was OK. Service was OK. We will avoid this place in the future

    1 person found this helpful

  26. Steve

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and the service was very good. We will go back for another meal.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It is an intimate place with a modern look. We enjoyed the outdoor seating as it allowed us to watch the planes land and take off. The food was very enjoyable while prices are moderate. They were a little weird about how long you hold onto a menu, however. If I want to keep the drink menu to get additional drinks for my date I should be able to. I promise I’m not going to steal it. That aside if you’re looking for a romantic date night this would be a great restaurant to choose! We will return for sure.

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  28. Fabulouso

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never had a bad meal here. Food is always delicious! Recommend the creme brulee.

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  29. Meme

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I were looking for a new place to eat to celebrate our anniversary. Many other restaurants were closed on a Monday night. We came across Waco Kitchen and thought we would give it a try. The idea of being able to watch airplanes take off and land sounded appealing. We were very impressed! The food was good, the service was great, and for a while we were the only ones in the dining area. There were not many airplanes to see, but the view was unique. We were also able to see the kitchen area and watch the chefs. If you go, ask for Jack. He did a fantastic job! We will be returning in the future.

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  30. Rick

    Jacksonville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. Food was very good. Definitely be back soon

    1 person found this helpful

  31. RFCarmel

    Indiana

    150 reviews

    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the outdoor setting, overlooking the runways. Food very delicious and service by “Mel” was superb! We will definitely return !

    1 person found this helpful

  32. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best kept secrets in Lakeland Florida. I first came to this restaurant on a recommendation in April 2023. I had such a great experience. I returned in October. The restaurant being located in the regional airport terminal provides great ambience as the sunsets are beautiful, and during the evening you can view the runway lights and planes, leaving and departing. The food is top-notch and the pairings are excellent. Kudos to the chef. The staff are warm and friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Will definitely be returning again.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. JaimeR

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice and clean restaurant. Food was delicious! Service was great!

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  34. MichaelM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and priced well. Mara (our server) was the Bomb!

    1 person found this helpful

  35. BenF

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to dine here. This is one of Lakelands best kept secrets!

    1 person found this helpful

  36. Natalie

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waco is one of the best restaurants in all of Lakeland. Extremely high food quality and it’s pretty cool to watch the Amazon planes take off while you eat. Do not be fooled, this place is amazing.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A hidden gem in Lakeland! Seeing the planes land and take off while enjoying our meal was a unique experience. The food was great, had the charcuterie board, ribeye, tacos, and tiramisu! Our server Peyton was great, came to check on us frequently and was very friendly. Will definitely be back!

    1 person found this helpful

  38. TammyP

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Don’t let the location deter you. This is a great restaurant that just happens to be located at an airport terminal. Food is creative and delicious. Excellent service. If we pass through the area again, we would definitely return to this restaurant.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. Andy

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As alway our server was great, we had Bree serving us and she was wonderful.

    1 person found this helpful

  40. NealWard1

    Tampa

    70 reviews

    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Waco is a gem in the restaurant scene in Lakeland. The dining room is well designed with great views of the landing strip at Lakeland Linder airport. Waco offers both indoor and outdoor seating on the second floor of the airport building. Chef is very creative and brings out some very tasty specials, two of which we had last night for dinner. We enjoyed the appetizer special of croquettas which were filled with just the right amount of heat and cheese with a very pleasant aioli dipping sauce. Our main course special was a seafood curry. It had plenty of salmon, shrimp and other fish. The curry was just the right amount of heat. We also had an amazing spinach salad which was enough for two people to eat. The serving staff is welcoming and engaging. If you've not been I would encourage you to go

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

WACO Kitchen - Lakeland is rated 4.5 stars by 110 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 2 times today
Google Map for WACO Kitchen - Lakeland

3900 Don Emerson Dr, Lakeland, FL 33811-1263

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Lakeland
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
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