Enjoy This Local Favorite: Bay Street Bistro

Enjoy the ambiance of downtown Lakeland, Florida, at the Bay Street Bistro. The restaurant offers an eclectic menu featuring fresh seafood and house specials focusing on seasonal produce and the finest ingredients. Enjoy entrees, salads, soups, and desserts made fresh from chef-selected ingredients. Bay Street Bistro, located in the historic Studebaker Building, includes an art gallery displaying works of local artists. Customer reviews rave about the excellent service, exceptional food, relaxed dining atmosphere, and extensive wine list.

The Studebaker Building was built in 1925 as a showroom for Studebaker automobiles. Since that time, it has become a local landmark housing offices, restaurants, social meeting places, and art galleries. Renovated in 1993, its brick façade, large windows, and central location make it a comfortable, attractive location for a superb meal and a congenial gathering place. Enjoy the Florida sunshine and fresh breezes in the outdoor sidewalk dining area. For a formal experience, dine indoors and take in the view of downtown Lakeland.

Enjoy sitting with friends and family, sipping your choice of wine from renowned vineyards throughout the world, including California, France, Germany, New Zealand, Italy, and Spain. The knowledgeable wine steward can help you select a glass or bottle to complement a meal or to enjoy during a relaxing evening. The Bay Street Bistro is open for dinner five days a week. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The establishment also offers private bookings.

Menu Offerings

The extensive menu includes selections from American, French, and Italian cuisines. Special vegetarian dishes present a visual delight and taste sensation. Choose from several types of preparation for wild salmon or Chilean sea bass. Careful blending of spices, herbs, oils, and vegetables renders the exquisite flavors of Mediterranean, Asian, Continental, and Indian cuisines. Desserts are handmade daily.

Meat entrees include beef Wellington, a tender rack of lamb, and a braised pork shank prepared in the osso buco tradition. If you prefer fowl, ask your server about the roast duck preparations. All entrees include soup or salad and fresh garden vegetables. Bay Street Bistro changes its menu for special occasions, such as Valentine’s Day and local festivals. Find out what is new by checking their online menu or calling the establishment.


Lakeland History

Lakeland was founded in the 1880s, named for the many lakes that create a park-like atmosphere in the town. The town flourished after it was connected to local rail lines in the late 1800s. Downtown Lakeland today reflects the economic growth of the area in the early 20th century. Hotels, office buildings, museums, public spaces, and residential housing built during this period contribute to the vibrant downtown area. A downtown revitalization project in the 1970s restored the atmosphere of the city’s early economic and cultural hub.

Today, visitors and residents enjoy the interweaving of lakes, parks, and the built environment. Mirror Lake, part of the downtown scene, was voted one of the top 10 best public spaces in the U.S. After a fun day of exploring the many things to do in Lakeland, come to Bay Street Bistro for a relaxing evening to end your day. Call for reservations or reserve online through OpenTable.