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, Red Door Lakeland 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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Born & Bread Bakehouse

Two girls ordering at Born and Bread Bakehouse during their weekend in Lakeland

Born & Bread Bakehouse is a bakery located in Lakeland, FL. They specialize in slow…

Address: 1113 S Florida Ave
Lakeland, FL 33803

Harborside

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

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

info@harborsidefl.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

Nineteen61

interior shot of Nineteen61 in downtown lakeland

Nineteen61 is a popular upscale Latin inspired restaurant in downtown Lakeland. The Restaurant is an…

Address: 215 E Main St
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-688-1961

marcos@nineteen61.com

Unfiltered Coffee

Unfiltered Coffee

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

Address: 160 Broadway Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: 813-481-1234

unfilteredbartow@gmail.com

The Proper Pie Company

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The Proper Pie Company in Haines City is a small restaurant serving fresh, handmade double…

Address: 511 US Hwy 17-92
Haines City, FL 33844

Phone: 863-438-2705

info@properpiecompany.com

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

info@ovationbistro.com

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

goodthyme863@gmail.com

Blue Palmetto Café

Blue Palmetto Café at Bok Tower.

Blue Palmetto Café serves delicious salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, fruit and specialty desserts daily. The…

Address: 1151 Tower Blvd
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-676-1355

cafe@boktower.org

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