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Garden Bistro

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702 E Orange St, Lakeland, FL 33801-5030
+1 863-686-3332
11:00 - 15:00
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Sun 09:30 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
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Auburndale, FL
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a lovely lunch at the Garden Bistro. I have been there several times but it was my friends' first visit. We each had the sampler - potato salad (the best), hummus, tabouli and a cup of soup. A truly delicious choice. The desserts looked fabulous but we had to pass on those today. Emily, our server was so nice.... More 

Thank gallakb
Lithia, Florida
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I went there. Restaurant was very hot inside. We ask about seating and was told to find a seat. We finally saw some people leave a table outside that previously had a reserved on it. The reserve option was never offered to me or the people that I found out later was waiting also. Could be a... More 

Thank Bert1962
Lakeland, Florida
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374 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I came here for brunch, and loved it. I a quiet little place off the lake, with some indoor and some out door seating. During the week there only open for lunch, and Sunday they are open a little longer.

Thank Ellie W
Lakeland, Florida
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to have a ladies luncheon, or just an intimate meal for two. The food is scrumptious. And I highly recommend the chocolate pudding (YUM!!). You won't be disappointed.

Thank Laura T
Greenville, South Carolina
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food, price and view are awesome. Emily, our waitress is such an asset to this place. We are full-time RV and will always drive back here.

Thank KaroleSteve
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133 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Garden Bistro is a wonderful little cafe overlooking Mirror Lake and immediately to the east of Hollis Gardens. They serve a variety of sandwiches, soups and salads. There is a nice entirely covered patio with views out over the lake. The prices were reasonable with nice beer and wine specials. Service was attentive and service times reasonable.

Thank CletusMinneapolis
Lakeland, Florida
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Get the Beulah sandwich!!! Its Heaven !!!! As a wedding planner and having this amazing eatery downstairs

Thank SassySoireeInc
Lakeland, Florida
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134 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Lunch was great , beautiful view of Lake Mirror and next to the beautiful gardens. They are so well maintained and love to walk around there.

Thank Pauline. M
Weirton, West Virginia
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Lunch here, if you choose an outside table gives you the view of the lake as well as a bit of Hollis Gardens. The menu is small, but offers very interesting, fresh salads, sandwiches and soup, The portabello mushrroom, roasted red pepper with sprouts and a light touch of garlic mayo on a crusty roll was lucious and along with... More 

Thank Jeanne O
Pittsburgh, PA
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34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

After a walk around Mirror Lake, we stopped for lunch at this lovely spot. 2 of us had the sunny side sampler - ample servings of your choice of 4 out of 6 sides. I had hummus, the best potato salad I've had in Florida, tabouli, and 4 bean salad. All delicious. I was stuffed. Others in our group had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
09:30 - 14:30
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 702 E Orange St, Lakeland, FL 33801-5030
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lakeland
  • Phone Number: +1 863-686-3332
Close to park, overlooks lake, gardens nearby. Homemade soups, cakes and pies.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?