Bay Street Bistro

4.9
535 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 535 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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Food
4.9
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
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MarkK
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Everything was spot on, really enjoyed the evening. We started with mussels then Wife had the scallops, I had scallops,shrimp and blue crab we had a delightful red wine “row eleven” our server was always on cue.

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vipPeteB
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here with friends. There were 2 orders of the scampi, an order of scallops and the grouper with asian sauce. All of our meals were very good. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was very nice. This will be a regular stop for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a delightful dinner. We enjoyed the evening with our family.

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Brittany
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Lakeland! The mussels are to die for, the desserts are wonderful, and the service is out of this world!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and fabulous service. Neat historic space and jazz music playing made a nice ambiance. Enjoyed it immensely and will definitely return!

DH
DianaH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent meal! I had the tomato bisque and beef Wellington. My husband had a salad and the filet mignon. We shared bruschetta. The bruschetta was good with a thick, well -aged balsamic vinegar. The Wellington was perfectly cooked and seasoned- flaky pastry, flavorful duxelles and tender beef.It was much bigger than I anticipated as well. I wasn’t able to finish so I got to enjoy the other half the next day. The fillet was delicious and tender. The tomato bisque was delicious as well. The server and staff were prompt and professional. Great date night!

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atticus
Montana
21 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a favorite spot! Great service and great food and intimate atmosphere. Look forward to coming back.

JB
JimB
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was outstanding especially the escargo. Service not so much.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

They had a big party in the middle of the restaurant that took away from the ambience. We were seated in the back in a brightly lit area without a candle.

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Brew
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding dinner! Will be returning! Excellent food and an amazing dessert.

JD
JosephD
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Lakeland. Always good.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was Avery pleasant experience. It’s great to have an upscale restaurant in the area. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely fantastic…. Very consistent every time we have dinner with friends. The portions are perfect.

LJ
LJ2021
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious it was our first time at Bay Street bistro!
We will be back and our server autumn was great.

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LynnN
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good service. Food was excellent.
The venue is quaint and good for a romantic dinner

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michaelh
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food,service,ambiance. The only exception is the owner must upgrade the wine department.If you call yourself French then add a few Bordeaux Superiors,or Cabs.Also put some of the better like the Amaron we had in a wine refrigerator .Maybe all in at least 60 degrees.For an 80.00 you may want to do.Also train staff on wines and prices.

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Terry
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I’m from Lakeland and this is my favorite restaurant. I am never disappointed. This time I brought family from N J and they can’t stop talking about it. They are planning their next meal when they return.
Thank you for a perfect night.

C
Cenflnative
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food and very professional service with a charm, that larger restaurants can not compete with

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Annie
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing they have a good selection of everything along with dinner specials. The staff was friendly and the service was very good. Great place for a romantic dinner or a night out with the girls.

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vipdannlin
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Charming gem in downtown Lakeland. Great menu,,good value and excellent service. Nice to find a restaurant where you can hear while dining, even with a large group close by.

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vipKimV
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We love Bay Street, unfortunately this visit both our Sea Bass was undercooked. Mine drastically so as it was tough and cold in the middle. I totally understand it it difficult to cook such a thick piece of fish, so I sent it back to be cooked more thoroughly. It turned out delicious, but my husband was finished with his before I got to eat mine.

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vipNatalie
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for hosting us! We have been in Lakeland for several years and finally tried this gem and it did not disappoint. The wine selection was great and the menu was so delicious. I enjoyed the Beef Wellington and my husband loved the Sea Bass special - bronzed with cumin and curry. The flavors were incredible and the service was top notch.

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KariA
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and excellent service, would definitely recommend this restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great ambience great ownership super service Service

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food never disappoints!

PK
vipPKmd
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service.

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OscarR
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal and wonderful service. The mussels appetizer was amazing.

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vipFlabbergasted
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We are never let down by the Bay Street Bistro. My wife had the scallops special, and the four scallops were HUGE. I had the bronzed salmon special with a pear and mint reduction that sounds a little bit odd, but it was excellent. We had the first pieces cut from the freshly prepared blueberry / lemon cake and it was outstanding. As always, the service was attentive, but not overbearing, and the owner always makes a point of stopping by the table to see if he can do anything for us. This an owner that remembers how to work, and pitches in wherever needed. Bay Street Bistro is definitely the best restaurant that Lakeland has ever seen.

JL
vipJosephL
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We had a great meal. Thank You.

CP
ColleenP
Denver
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening great food and a delightful restaurant!

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B62lakeland
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service but tables too close.

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CathyF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

We’ve always loved the food and service but we’re disappointed that the waitstaff were NOT wearing masks despite the fact they advertise they wear masks. Tables seems to be placed the way they always are. We had an early seating so it was pretty empty and we were leaving as the place filled up. Otherwise we would have left. This was an exception for a special occasion to risk eating indoors as we are vaccinated, it is a small restaurant, and they said they wore masks. They can do what they want, but they shouldn’t be untruthful in their advertising

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent in every way.

BB
BrianB
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Native Lakelander and I remember when the building was a garage. Very nice ambiance. Beef Wellington was amazing. Wife loved hers as well, says it’s her new favorite. I think I’m misspelling her name, but Jackie was a phenomenal waitress. I wish I could afford to eat there more often!

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AudreyR
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time dining here and it was wonderful. I loved the atmosphere. It was adorable and decorated very artiste. Service was spot on. Food was delicious. I had the Grouper special which was very tasty and complemented with sauté spinach and risotto.
I will return.

If you are looking for good food, quaint French Bistro then this is the place to dine,

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vipRedmooney
Orlando
35 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bay Street Bistro never disappoints! Great food and great friends!

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Jim3
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The fresh baked rolls and bread dip before dinner and the Mussels and Escargot appetizers were outstanding, the salads were very good and the salmon special was excellent. The duck entrees had great flavor but were cooked medium to medium well when they were ordered to be medium rare. There was no pink tint at all. The black grouper was a little spongy and was not as flaky as it usually is at Bay Street Bistro. It may have been sitting too long under a heat lamp before it was served with the other entrees. Overall it was once again a very good fine dining experience.

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WesE
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It’s always a pleasure to eat at our hometown fine dining restaurant. The food is always right on target and you are never rushed. Bay Street Bistro has been our special occasion spot for years. My only wish is that James brings back his fabulous wine dinners.

JG
JamesG
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was outstanding! Wonderful place and very great service. Everyone needs to try Bay Street Bistro!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic! Food was unbelievable! Service was some of the best I’ve ever had. The value made us think they left something off the bill. I mean it wasn’t cheap but for what you get this place was underpriced.

FAQs

Bay Street Bistro is rated 4.9 stars by 535 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.