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12 Restaurants in Lakeland Worth the Drive from Tampa or St. Pete

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Calling all foodies! 🙋‍♀️ If you love good food as much as we do, take a trip to taste these delicious restaurants in Lakeland. From savory delights to sweet treats, these restaurants offer an array of food fit for everyone! Plus, each place provides a unique dining experience. Trust us, they are worth the drive from Tampa or St. Pete! 😉 

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Cob And Pen Restaurants In Lakeland 12 Restaurants In Lakeland Worth The Drive From Tampa Or St. Pete 2022

Drink, dine, and unwind in an old Tudor-style cottage with Cob & Pen! Whether you’re soaking in the sun out on their lawn playing cornhole or at the bar sipping their craft beers, Cob & Pen will make sure you leave well-fed and relaxed!

For a light meal, Cob & Pen serves snacks ranging from buffalo cauliflower to colorful cheeseboards. Dig into a heartier meal with one of their main dishes like their Smoked Cheesesteak, Farro, and Wild Mushroom Risotto, among various other options. To top it all off, Cob & Pen offers fun events throughout the week and weekend brunch!

Monday | 4:00pm–11:00pm
Tuesday | 4:00pm–11:00pm
Wednesday | 4:00pm–11:00pm
Thursday | 4:00pm–11:00pm
Friday | 3:00pm–12:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–12:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–11:00pm

📍 1221 S. Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803

Nineteen 61 Restaurants In Lakeland 12 Restaurants In Lakeland Worth The Drive From Tampa Or St. Pete 2022

Craving cultural cuisine? Check out Nineteen 61! This Lakeland restaurant combines Spanish-style cooking with Latin American and Southern fare. When they first moved into town, Nineteen 61 highlighted the importance of food quality and craftsmanship. So, you can ensure that whatever you order from here will be crafted with top ingredients and care!

At Nineteen 61, relish an assortment of dishes, varying from wok-cooked platters to smokey wood-fired grilled meats. Pair your meal with one of their popular coffees, traditional Mexican sodas, wines, or imported beers. Then, end your Nineteen 61 dining experience on a sweet note with a crème brûlée, cheesecake, Tres Leches, or dessert wine!  

Monday | 11:30am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:30am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:30am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:30am–10:00pm
Friday | 11:30am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:30am–10:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–2:30pm &  4:00pm–8:00pm

📍 215 E. Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801

Red Door Restaurants In Lakeland 12 Restaurants In Lakeland Worth The Drive From Tampa Or St. Pete 2022

Fine dine with Red Door, one of Central Florida’s premier destination restaurants in Lakeland for fine American dining! Feast on gourmet dishes like roasted bone marrow, grilled octopus, and mushroom toast while admiring the renovated historic building that Red Door calls it home.

Each season they switch menus, serving seasonal dishes made with fresh finds. Red Door opens its doors to all and creates a dining atmosphere that serves creative fine food in a casual community-oriented atmosphere.

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Thursday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Friday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 733 E. Palmetto St, Lakeland, FL 33801

The Poor Porker Restaurants In Lakeland 12 Restaurants In Lakeland Worth The Drive From Tampa Or St. Pete 2022

Celebrate the weekend with beignets and beer in a cozy retro environment at the Poor Porker! Satisfy your sweet tooth with their sugar-coated beignets, take on a tasty mystery with their secret recipe special, and refresh with an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.

Poor Porker’s retro space offers comfy indoor seating, a spacious outdoor area, and a bar! They’re only open on the weekends, but for those in Tampa or St. Pete, it makes for a good excuse to rally your friends for a weekend adventure in Lakeland!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | Closed
Thursday | Closed
Friday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–3:00pm

📍 801 E. Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801

Bars In Lakeland 1 12 Restaurants In Lakeland Worth The Drive From Tampa Or St. Pete 2022

Revive your soul with healing cocktails from Revival! Although this hot spot isn’t a traditional restaurant, we had to include it on this list of must-try restaurants in Lakeland because it’s worth the drive from Tampa and St. Pete.

From classic cocktails to seasonal libations, Revival serves a diverse collection of gourmet handcrafted drinks. Each reviving concoction includes the finest sourced ingredients and spirits. You can also collaborate with the bartenders to mix and garnish your dream drink!

Pro tip: they host a fantastic happy hour with great deals! Enjoy their happy hours on the weekdays from 1PM – 7PM and late-night happy hours on Monday – Thursday from 12AM – 2AM.

Monday | 1:00pm–2:00am
Tuesday | 1:00pm–2:00am
Wednesday | 1:00pm–2:00am
Thursday | 1:00pm–2:00am
Friday | 12:00pm–2:00am
Saturday | 12:00pm–2:00am
Sunday | Closed

📍 119 S. Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Ax Caliber Restaurants In Lakeland 12 Restaurants In Lakeland Worth The Drive From Tampa Or St. Pete 2022

When axe throwing meets restaurant, a legend gets created! Like King Arthur’s legendary sword, Ax-Caliber offers a legendary experience for all to love. After throwing a couple of heavy axes, dig into one of Ax-Caliber’s many yummy dishes that range from waffles to flatbreads and tacos.

To drink, Ax-Caliber serves coffeehouse classics, beer, and an array of non-alcoholic refreshments. Adding onto their unique experience, from 10AM – 2PM, they serve brunch!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–7:00pm

📍 204 E. Orange St, Suite 102, Lakeland, FL 33801

Born And Bread Bakehouse Restaurants In Lakeland 12 Restaurants In Lakeland Worth The Drive From Tampa Or St. Pete 2022

Bakeries count as restaurants…right? Born and Bread Bakehouse serves yummy hand-crafted baked goods! Their menu includes a mix of sweet and savory, offering bread, sandwiches, cookies, cakes, pies, and lots more to explore.

This popular food spot also serves fancy brews like vegan toasted coconut-caramel cold brews and Horchata. A must-visit on Saturday mornings from Tampa or St. Pete for sure!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 5:00pm–8:00pm
Thursday | Closed
Friday | Closed
Saturday | 8:00am–1:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 1113 Florida Ave. S, Lakeland, FL 33803

Restaurants In Lakeland 1 12 Restaurants In Lakeland Worth The Drive From Tampa Or St. Pete 2022

If you love Armature Works, then you’ll love the Joinery! This food hall houses various restaurants serving an array of food options. They offer everything ranging from ramen and poke bowls to plant-based platters and ice cream.

The Joinery also offers a full bar, serving cocktails, flights, wine, and more. Explore all our top spots to eat in the Joinery by checking out our blog on Our Favorite Spots at the Joinery!

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 1:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 1:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 1:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm

📍 640 E. Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801

Mojo Federal Bbq Restaurants In Lakeland 12 Restaurants In Lakeland Worth The Drive From Tampa Or St. Pete 2022

Get your mojo back with a smoky sensational BBQ feast in Lakeland! MOJO Federal BBQ serves Texas BBQ platters alongside Southern delights and various libations. MOJO brings on the sauce with BBQ smoked pulled pork shoulders, beef briskets, pit-smoked chicken, and Texas links, among many more meat selections.

Savor Southern classics like buttermilk fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and a Lousiana catfish platter. Plus, they serve sandwiches and comfort food sides to pair with your meal!

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

📍 130 S. Tennessee Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Palace Pizza Resaurants In Lakeland 1 12 Restaurants In Lakeland Worth The Drive From Tampa Or St. Pete 2022

For authentic Italian flavors, make your way to the Pizza Palace in Lakeland! From gourmet pizzas to chicken piccata, the Pizza Palace reigns with its diverse selection of Italian cuisine! .

Build your own pizza adorned with Pizza Palace’s variety of toppings! Spice your creation with banana peppers, Italian sausage, and pesto hot peppers. Go green with garlic spinach, broccoli, artichoke ricotta, and green olives. Or create a meat lover’s delight by topping your slices with steak, pepperoni, bacon, and salami. Pizza Palace offers plenty of creative variations! Plus, they offer gluten-free, Sicilian, and Neapolitan crust.

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–9:30pm
Saturday | 11:00am–9:30pm
Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm

📍 114 S. Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Texas Cattle Co Restaurants In Lakeland 12 Restaurants In Lakeland Worth The Drive From Tampa Or St. Pete 2022

Stake out some of the juiciest steaks in Lakeland with Texas Cattle Co.! Texas Cattle provides an upscale restaurant made for steak fanatics, serving premium flame-broiled steaks cooked on a natural wood-burning fire.

Start your dining experience with flavorful appetizers like escargot, Florida gator, and cajun fried mushrooms. Devour a filet mignon, Texas tips, pork chops, or a ribeye for the main event. Then, end things on a sweet note with key lime pie, cake, and chocolate peanut butter pie for dessert!

Monday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Tuesday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Thursday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Friday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | 4:00pm–9:00pm

📍 735 E. Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801

Scarpas Italian Restaurant Restaurants In Lakeland 12 Restaurants In Lakeland Worth The Drive From Tampa Or St. Pete 2022

Retire for the day with a delicious Italian dinner from Scarpa’s Italian Restaurant! Scarpa’s combines Italian classics with the rich Floridian seafood culture. On top of finding seafood selections, their menu also offers veal, chicken, salad, and pasta dishes.

On the side, drink some wine from their long list of wines imported from a range of locations! They also serve dessert wines for an extra coat of sweetness to your dining experience.

Monday | 5:00pm–9:00pm
Tuesday | 5:00pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | 5:00pm–9:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm–9:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | 5:00pm–9:00pm

📍 1831 E. Edgewood Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803

Restaurants in Lakeland & More!

If you’re in search of a reason to make the drive to Lakeland, these must-try restaurants in Lakeland are it! They serve delicious dishes and a variety of tastes worth exploring. Lakeland also offers a lot more to explore, so head to our Neighborhood Page for more.

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Serafina Besecker

Serafina Besecker

Serafina is a blogger and author for UNATION's Stuff to Do City Guides. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, download the UNATION app, follow us on social, and subscribe to our weekly email!

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