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Central Florida Restaurants

Superb eats are a specialty in Florida’s Sweetest Spot. So what’ll it be? Napkin-obliterating BBQ? Classic high-end steakhouse fare? From upscale elegance to down-home grub, Central Florida’s food scene is sure to please everyone from the culinary curious to the chicken-fingers-only crowd. Try something delicious at these restaurants in Central Florida.

Local Favorites

From kid-friendly restaurants and barbecue restaurants recognized by Garden & Gun Magazine, to Gastropubs and TripAdvisor’s #1 restaurant in Lakeland, here are a few of our local favorites: Andy’s Drive-in Restaurant & Igloo, Harborside and Arabellas Ristorante in Winter Haven, Nineteen61, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, Red Door Lakeland and Café Zuppina in Lakeland, and Peebles Bar-B-Q in Auburndale.

Sweets & Coffee

Cookies, cakes, pies, and CRUFFINS are just a few of the goodies you can find at the various artisan bakeries located in Polk County. Our local favorites include Born & Bread Bakehouse (Cruffins) and The Market at Café Zuppina in Lakeland.  Coffee lovers need to visit Concord Coffee, Hillcrest Coffee and Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro in Lakeland, and N+1 Coffee in Winter Haven.

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Restaurant Location

SOTTOTERRA™ at Streamsong Resort

couple having dinner at SOTTOTERRA at Streamsong Resort.

SottoTerra combines the romance of Italy with impeccable cuisine to create a one-of-a-kind feast. Reservations…

Address: 1000 Streamsong Dr.
Bowling Green, FL 33834

Phone: 888-294-6324

The Poor Porker

2 couples eating beignets at The Poor Porker in Lakeland, FL

Beignets and tacos and beer, oh my! A mix of food trucks, shabby chic and…

Address: 801 E Main St
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-712-3740

Manny’s Original Chophouse

Manny's Original Chophouse sign

Manny's Original Chophouse is a locally owned, small chain of restaurants serving steaks, pork chops,…

Address: 210 FL-60
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-678-0370

Cob & Pen

adults gathered around table at Cob & Pen in Lakeland, FL drinking beer and sharing small bite plates of deviled eggs, dip, french fries and wings

Cob & Pen in Lakeland is a local favorite featuring craft beer, boutique wine and…

Address: 1221 S Florida Ave
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-937-8126

Unfiltered Coffee

Two cups of coffee on wooden table. One with chocolate drizzle and one with caramel drizzle.

Unfiltered in downtown Bartow is a coffee shop, bookstore, retail store and venue for workshops…

Address: 160 Broadway Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: 813-481-1234

Ovation Bistro & Bar

hamburger with beef, pork rib and onion rings at Ovations

Ovation Bistro & Bar in Davenport serves barbecue, steaks, seafood and more. Popular dishes include…

Address: 42605 US-27
Davenport, FL 33837

Phone: 863-354-6967

Fragmentary Blue at Streamsong Resort

Terrace seating area during sunset at Fragmentary Blue at Streamsong Resort

Fragmentary Blue™ atop The Lodge at Streamsong Resort offers small bite plates and handcrafted cocktails.

Address: 1000 Streamsong Dr.
Bowling Green, FL 33834

Phone: 888-294-6322

Good Thyme LKLD

Food on white table. Vegan power bowl with two eggs, a chicken biscuit and Kombucha from Good Thyme LKLD. Two lattes from Concord Coffee.

Good Thyme LKLD has something for everyone. Popular items include the Fried Chicken Biscuit, Power…

Address: 1037 Dixieland Mall Ln
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-603-8296

Harborside

Harborside Restaurant

Harborside is a seafood and steak restaurant located on Winter Haven's Chain of Lakes.

Address: 2435 7th St SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-293-7070

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