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9 Best Restaurants in Lakeland That You’ll Love

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If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Lakeland to grab a bite, look no further. No matter you’re craving, we’ve got a place that is sure to satisfy you! If you are looking for a quick meal or for a fine dining restaurant, we have assembled all of the best. Keep scrolling for the must-visit restaurants in Lakeland!

Our UNATION team had the best time exploring Lakeland, check it out!

We know you're hungry, so let's get to sharing the best restaurants in Lakeland!

Lakeland is known for its quaint shops and restaurants, and Cob & Pen is a perfect example of this vibe.  From the outside, the place looks like a small antique home, but you’ll step into an eclectic and refined restaurant. Decorated with twinkly lights and industrial high top tables, this is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day.

Pro-tip: start your meal off with an order of the Ultimate Fries – they change weekly and are never a disappointment!

Monday–Thursday | 4PM–11PM
Friday | 3PM–12AM
Saturday | 11AM–12AM
Sunday | 11AM–11PM

📍 1221 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33803

For authentic Italian flavors, make your way to the Pizza Palace! 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

The Joinery is a modern food hall and craft brewery located in the commercial area of Lakeland.  With beautiful interior design, this gives you the feel of a clean and modern industrial farmhouse. 

This is a great place to meet up with friends to chat or study while getting some food!  With numerous different vendors to choose from, there is a choice for everyone and you can even mix and match your choices! 

Monday–Thursday | 11AM–9PM
Friday–Saturday | 11AM–11PM
Saturday | 11AM–8PM

📍 640 E Main St Lakeland, FL 33801

📷 Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille

This New Orleans-inspired restaurant, Harry’s, has an amazing atmosphere, with ambient lighting and wooden features. This is a great example of how restaurants in Lakeland go above and beyond with their attention to detail. 

Their menu features so many decadent signature dishes that you won’t find anywhere else.  To eat like a king. We recommend getting the Cajun Egg Rolls as a starter for the table, and then finishing up with Crab Crusted Redfish Royale! 

Pro-tip: check out their early dinner menu if you are looking for a deal.

Sunday–Thursday | 11:30AM–9PM
Friday–Saturday | 11:30AM–10PM

📍 101 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Fresh sushi? Or tempura? New Moon Sushi offers it all. This Japanese restaurant in Lakeland  goes far beyond offering sushi, this spot also creates authentic Japanese meals that are irresistible.

We recommend the sweet and salty Agedashi Fried Tofu and Tempura Udon–a decadent savory soup served with light and crispy fried tempura shrimp. 

Pro-Tip: sit near the sushi bar to watch their sushi chefs craft your meal!

Monday–Thursday | 11:30AM–2:30PM | 5PM–9:30PM
Friday | 5PM–9PM
Saturday | 5PM–9:30PM
Sunday | 5PM–9PM

📍 4231 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33813

Nineteen61 serves upscale Latin American cuisine with a modern twist. Serving super fresh food, this is a great place for a romantic date night or fun afternoon catching up with friends. If you are new to Latin style dishes, then you can’t go wrong with empanadas and ceviche as a starter. 

As an entree, definitely go with the pan con bistec as well–a complete steak dinner with shoestring potatoes and yummy Cuban bread.

Monday-Wednesday | 11:30AM-9PM 
Thursday-Saturday | 11:30PM-10PM
Sunday | 10AM-2:30 | 4PM-8PM

📍 215 E Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801

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

Saigon Bistro is a fast-casual Vietnamese spot in the Lakeside Village area of Lakeland. This small shop packs a punch with their filled menu and authentic Vietnamese food like pho soup or rice noodle bowls. 

If you’re looking to venture away from pho and try some other Vietnamese specialties, we recommend ordering the Grilled Chicken Rice Plate. Marinated perfectly, served with a fried egg, and fresh cucumbers, this dish seems simple but the flavor is amazing.

It also doubles as a boba shop, so if you’re looking for the best-iced taro boba in Lakeland this is the place for you!

Monday| 11AM-9PM 
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday-Saturday | 11AM–9PM
Sunday | 11AM–8PM

📍 1554 Town Center Dr W, Lakeland, FL 33803

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

Best Restaurants in Lakeland & More!

Now that you know where to enjoy the best restaurants in Lakeland, make sure to follow us @StuffToDoInTampaBay on  Facebook and Instagram  for the latest events and hot spots in Tampa Bay!

Jacky Saunders

Jacky Saunders

Jacky is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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