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“In Hollis Gardens Area”
Review of Garden Bistro

Garden Bistro
Ranked #14 of 475 Restaurants in Lakeland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Close to park, overlooks lake, gardens nearby. Homemade soups, cakes and pies.
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Stroll through Hollis Gardens and end up at the Garden Bistro with a hunger for very good selections of lunch fare. Soup and sandwich does it for me, along with an occasional desert. The deserts are good enough to have at every lunch, however, for my clothing budget I must take care, lol.

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Thank ProfMac863
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Thirty of our Green Thumbs Club from Solivita went to visit Hollis Gardens and ate at the Garden Bistro. What a delight; great food, great service and the best view in town. Fresh desserts and soups and a selection of sandwiches and salads that can not be beat. Everything was fresh with a nice selection of wine and beer. Go seek it out for an afternoon taste on Mirror Lake.

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

If you are going to Hollis Garden or any of the parks around Lake Mirror, it is the only place to get something to eat on property.

Thank creekfreak4
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

I frequented this restaurant before it changed hands in the last couple of years. It was good originally and is even better under the newer owners. It is a few blocks east of downtown Lakeland on Lake Mirror. Outside seating in cooler weather gives you a great view. On this visit, we shared the daily special - a bacon topped hamburger with coleslaw and Russian dressing - one of the best burgers we've eaten. The side we chose was well made potato salad. To finish, we had their chocolate, double mint cake - delicious. Dessert prices are cut to $2.50 per serving on Tuesdays. Menu is mostly soup, salads and sandwiches - the usual suspects, but all with one or more nice flavor additions. The bread they use for the sandwiches ups the ante. Prices are maybe a dollar or two higher than the chain casual food fare, but the payback is in the quality and creativity of the food. Service is friendly and efficient. Open only for lunch, I think, 11 am to 3 pm. This is a unique and well thought out small independent restaurant - give it a try.

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Thank James R
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

We stopped in Lakeland to check out the area. We visited the Chamber of Commerce, where the Garden Bistro was highly recommended for lunch. We had our little dog with us so needed an outdoor dining spot. I had a turkey sandwich, which was served on a fresh ciabatte-type bread, with apple slices - very good. My husband had a club sandwich which was excellent, too. Both were service with our choice of potato salad, which tasted home-made and was very tasty. Cakes are made by the owner, so we just had to try German Chocolate and Carrot Cake - both were excellent. It was a hot day, but this lovely outdoor patio overlooking Lake Mirror was shaded and had a pleasant breeze - a beautiful spot.

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Thank AnitaS484
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