Harborside Restaurant is a great option for waterfront dining in Central Florida, located on Winter Haven's Lake Shipp

Restaurants in Central Florida

Your taste buds have a sense of adventure, too. 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.

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Lakeside Dining

With more than 550 lakes dotting Polk County, locals and visitors alike all have their favorite lakeside dining spot. In Winter Haven, with full-length windows and a lakeside patio, Harborside Restaurant is a modern American steakhouse, seafood and oyster bar that features only the finest cuts of dry aged meat and daily delivered fresh fish. Also in Winter Haven, with its neighborhood restaurant feel and its location on the shores of Lake Ned, no place epitomizes casual lakefront dining more than Harry’s Old Place. Situated on the shores of scenic Lake Pierce in Lake Wales, Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak provides a perfect blend of entertainment, scenery and fresh seafood.

Fine Dining

If you’re headed to Winter Haven or Lakeland for a romantic weekend, or if your kids have a sophisticated palate, book a reservation at our most popular fine dining restaurants including Arabellas Ristorante and Nutwood in Winter Haven, or Nineteen61, Bay Street Bistro and Scarpa’s Italian in Lakeland. In 2017, Arabellas Ristorante was named in OpenTable’s Most Romantic Florida Restaurants list.

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, Fire Restaurant and Bistro Pizza in Winter Haven, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, and Café Zuppina in Lakeland, and Peebles Bar-B-Q in Auburndale.

Sweets & Baked Good

Cookies, cakes, pies, and CRUFFINS are just a few of the goodies you can find at the various artisanal bakeries located in Polk County. But don’t fear – if you’d rather gelato or perhaps a Turkish coffee, we’ve got you covered too. Our local favorites include Born & Bread Bakehouse (Cruffins) and The Market at Café Zuppina in Lakeland. If you’re on the east side of Polk County, go to Gourmet Goodies Bake Shop in Winter Haven or Lavender n’ Lace Tea Room in Lake Alfred.

Coffee Shops

You can visit chain coffee shops anywhere, so be sure to experience one of Polk County’s locally owned shops during your Central Florida vacation. Concord Coffee in Lakeland is a roaster and coffee shop, Hillcrest Coffee features a variety of locally roasted beans including Ethos Roasters, while Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro in Lakeland brews locally roasted Patriot Coffee. Ethos Roasters is also served at N+1 Coffee in Winter Haven.

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Red Top Pit Stop

Red Top Pit Stop

Anyone who loves hamburgers should add Red Top Pit Stop to your Things To Do…

Address: 2160 US 98 North
Lakeland, FL 33810

Phone: 863-853-9222

Hillcrest Coffee

Staff bringing coffee to customers sitting at table inside Hillcrest Coffee in Lakeland, FL

Hillcrest Coffee is a warm and inviting coffee shop in Lakeland. Inside the 1925 bungalow…

Address: 119 Hillcrest St
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: 863-398-9155

hillcrestcoffee@gmail.com

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant

Enjoy large portions of coastal and interior Mexican cuisine at Abuelos Restaurant at Lakeside Village…

Address: 3700 Lakeside Village Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-686-7500

Revival Bar

3 people sitting around a coffee table at Revival in Lakeland, FL. Shelved filled with books on side wall. Bar in background.

Revival is a homey, welcoming craft cocktail bar in downtown Lakeland. Visitors will enjoy inventive…

Address: 119 S Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-606-6090

revivallakeland@gmail.com

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

blackened tuna over rice at Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille in Lakeland, FL

Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille in downtown Lakeland features fresh seafood as well as Cajun…

Address: 101 N Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-686-2228

Winter Haven Food Tours

Downtown Winter Haven street

Visit historic locations and fun venue spaces during a 2.5-hour culinary adventure with Winter Haven…

Address:
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-288-0038

info@winterhavenfoodtours.com

Harry’s Old Place

potatoes, corn on the cob, shrimp and butter. Seafood boil bowl at Harry's Old Place in Winter Have, FL

Harry's Old Place has been serving up a large selection of fresh fish in Winter…

Address: 3751 Cypress Gardens Rd
Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: 863-324-0301

dquill12@hotmail.com

Manny’s Chophouse

Manny's Chophouse

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

Address: 35496 US-27
Haines City, FL 33844

Phone: 863-422-3910

Peebles Bar-B-Q

Man looking at racks of ribs cooking inside barbecue pit at Peebles Bar B Que in Auburndale, FL

Since 1947, Peebles Bar-B-Que in Auburndale has been mastering exceptional barbecue and part of their…

Address: 441 Dixie Hwy
Auburndale, FL 33823

Phone: 863-967-3085

Essoc11@aol.com

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