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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Concord Coffee

2 people sitting a coffee bar, reading magazine. Drinks are on bar. At Concord Coffee in Lakeland, FL

Concord Coffee is a craft coffee shop and espresso bar located in Lakeland, focusing on…

Address: 1037 S Florida Ave #135
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-225-2283

orders@concordcoffee.com

Hillcrest Coffee

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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

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

Richard’s Fine Coffees

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Located adjacent to the Winter Haven Public Library in Winter Haven, Richard’s Coffee Shop is…

Address: 330 Avenue A NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 863-291-3082

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Mitchell’s Coffee House

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Mitchell's Coffee House serves breakfast, lunch, gourmet coffees and pastries in downtown Lakeland. The coffee…

Address: 235 N Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-680-2944

mitchellscoffeehouse@gmail.com

Divicious Deli and Coffee Shop

Divicious Deli and Coffee Shop

Divicious Deli and Coffee Shop in downtown Lakeland specializes in a combination of hot or…

Address: 128 E Main St
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-940-9779

diviciousdeli@hotmail.com

Honeycomb Bread Bakers

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Honeycomb Bread Bakers is a stone hearth bakery in downtown Winter Haven. Dine in customers…

Address: 140 6th St SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-662-5513

benjamin@honeycombbread.com

Haven Coffee Roasters

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A craft coffee roaster and full-service specialty coffee bar in Downtown Winter Haven crafting unique…

Address: 140 3rd St SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-251-9619

jon@havencoffeeroaster.com

Mister Chris Coffee Gallery & Depot

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Mister Chris’ Coffee Gallery & Depot is located inside the historic Atlantic Coast Line Train…

Address: 118 E. Wall St.
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: 863-449-1507

chris@mrchriscoffeegallery.com

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