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Bay Street Bistro

211 E Bay St, Lakeland, FL 33801-4905
+1 863-683-4229
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good14%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“duck” (13 reviews)
“bruschetta” (8 reviews)
“sea bass” (6 reviews)
Closes in 7 min
All hours
American, French, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
211 E Bay St, Lakeland, FL 33801-4905
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I had 2 delightful dinners here in the last 2 weeks. Both times every table was filled. This is undeniably the best restaurant in town. The food is perfect, the service impeccable and the atmosphere is unbeatable.

Thank marythomas_11
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just outrageous priced food. They think they are in NYC the way they price the menu items. You can eat for cheaper in Disney or find places in Tampa/ Orlando. Just average at best. Don't waste your money.

Thank LakelandAdvisor1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another excellent evening at the Bistro with a large group for celebrating an anniversary. The sea bass was the best. Everything came out exactly as it should. The special dessert was great. We were not rushed, and everyone expressed satisfaction with the experience. A special...More

Thank bitsy3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've eaten here several times and haven't been disappointed yet. Tonight I had the chicken cordon Bleu and it was amazing. We were with a large group, and even though the restaurant is small, the chef wasn't overwhelmed and all the food came out in...More

Thank Tim J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing food and attentive staff at this small and intimate gourmet restaurant. The salads, entrees, and desserts were excellent. There were nine of us dining together and the service was outstanding. From Chilean sea bass to the filet everything was superb. All of the desserts...More

Thank wmilner61
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Bay Street Bistro should definitely be rated higher than 34th among Lakeland dining establishments based on our experience. Celebrated our 30th Anniversary there and will definitely return. Yes, it is pricey, but the food is exceptional, the service impeccable, and the ambiance perfect for a...More

Thank HappyFLTravelers
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

My family and I went for dinner on a Friday night. There were two other parties besides us. The food was excellent. My husband and I started with warmed Brie with blueberry compote. Our son had the stuffed portabella. Then they served our soup/salad. I...More

Thank eagleteacher
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

I have been to Bay Street Bistro several times, and it has aways been a fabulous experience. The staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I usually only go with my husband, but we went last night with four friends. Everything was wonderful, everyone had a...More

Thank Jennifer D
Reviewed 13 May 2017

My wife and I recently ate at this restaurant. It was our first time in Lakeland. Everything was excellent. The scallops and beef were perfectly cooked, and the presentation was wonderful.Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. I would give this restaurant 5 stars even...More

Thank Ronald S
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Loved everything - would highly recommend for special occasions. We went for our wedding anniversary and it was the best choice. I have always wanted to try Beef Wellington so my husband found this gem right in the heart of downtown Lakeland. The staff was...More

Thank Kittybaybie
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Questions & Answers
21 October 2016|
Response from BayStreetBistro | Property representative |
We do offer several dinner menu entrees that are gluten free. However, due to the small amount of request for gluten free desserts, we do not offer any gluten free dessert options. Thank you very much for your question.
4 October 2016|
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Response from BayStreetBistro | Property representative |
We do have a patio in front of our bistro that is dog friendly. You are more than welcome to dine with us on the patio with your four legged friends, however we don't typically seat our diners outside as we are a fine dining... More
19 March 2016|
Response from BayStreetBistro | Property representative |
We are required to cork the bottle, package it in a bag and seal that bag by law before giving it to you, but yes you are allowed to take it home. Thanks for your question!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$40
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 211 E Bay St, Lakeland, FL 33801-4905
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lakeland
  • Phone Number: +1 863-683-4229
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The Bay Street Bistro is your destination for 5 star quality dining in a relaxed atmosphere, located conveniently in downtown Lakeland, FL.
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