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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Grove Roots Brewing Co.

kids playing outside Grove Roots Brewing Company in WInter Haven, FL

Grove Roots Brewing Co. produce artisanal ales inspired by the local Florida culture and influenced…

Address: 302 3rd St SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-291-0700

info@groveroots.com

Rooftop 360 at Streamsong

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Rooftop 360 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

Brew Hub

Tasting room and bar at Brew Hub in Lakeland, FL

Brew Hub is a craft beer brewing and packaging facility in Lakeland. The tasting room…

Address: 3900 S Frontage Rd
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: 863-698-7600

info@brewhub.com

Balmoral Bar and Grill

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The Balmoral Bar and Grill is a relaxed pool and lakeside restaurant situated within Balmoral…

Address: 124 Kenny Blvd
Haines City, Florida 33844

Phone: 8635883097

events@feltrimresorts.com

Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub

Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub

Molly McHugh's Irish Pub is open daily from Noon - 2:00 a.m. The Pub in…

Address: 111 S Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-686-6231

Lakeland Loft

Lakeland Loft

Lakeland Loft is a jazz, blues and cigar bar in downtown.

Address: 108 S Tennessee Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-210-5327

info@lakelandloft.com

Union Taproom

tap wall at Union Tap room in Winter Haven, FL

Union Taproom in downtown Winter Haven features 40 self pour taps filled with an ever-changing…

Address: 245 W Central Ave #102
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 863-268-4921

info@uniontaproomwh.com

The Brass Tap

person holding a pint of beer at brass tap in lakeside village

The Brass Tap at Lakeside Village features 70 taps and more than 100 bottles. Visitors…

Address: 1515 Town Center Dr
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-680-9994

lakeland@thebrasstap.com

Grape Expectations

Grape Expectations

Grape Expectations Wine Bar is a local favorite, featuring 2 for 1 daily wine specials…

Address: 5535 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: 863-318-8800

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