The Winter Haven Chain of Lakes offers great lakefront living, recreation and pure Florida relaxation. While most people think of our lakes as home to some of the best fishing, skiing and boating Central Florida has to offer, one must try the lakefront restaurants to fully enjoy what the Chain of Lakes has to offer. Whether pulling up by boat or driving by car to one of these waterside gems, you will see why they are must visits on anyone’s list.
Harborside Winter Haven: Located on the SE side of Lake Shipp, Harborside offers great seafood, steaks & casual American fare. Interior is nicely finished and provides a more refined feel while still being casual and comfortable. A large granite topped bar is perfect for a pre or post-dinner drink. You will also enjoy the large screened lakeside patio and bar, the perfect spot to take in those gorgeous Florida sunsets.
Find out more by visiting their website: https://www.harborsidefl.com/ or their Yelp page for photos and reviews: https://www.yelp.com/biz/harborside-restaurant-winter-haven
Tanners Lakeside: Located on the NW side of Lake May, Tanners is described as a rustic, casual restaurant and bar providing a top-quality dining and nightlife experience in a beautiful lakefront setting. Menu includes a great selection of appetizers, fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, unique sandwiches, hand-made burgers, freshly made flatbreads and other creative dishes. Plenty of outdoor space to enjoy food, beverages and live music.
Find out more by visiting their website: http://tannerslakeside.com/ or their Yelp page for photos and reviews: https://www.yelp.com/biz/tanners-lakeside-winter-haven
Idle Zone Bar & Grill: Located on the N side of Lake May, Idle Zone is the perfect watering hole after a long day on the water. You’ll find a very relaxed atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating along with pool tables, dart boards and jukebox. Menu includes wings, sandwiches, fries and ice cold beer and wine. You will also find live music on most weekends.
Find out more by visiting their Yelp page for photos and reviews: https://www.yelp.com/biz/idle-zone-bar-and-grill-winter-haven
Other notable spots along the Chain of Lakes:
Old Man Franks (https://www.yelp.com/biz/old-man-franks-winter-haven) and Caribbean Bay (https://www.yelp.com/biz/caribbean-bay-winter-haven-2), both are more known as local hangouts where drinks are the priority and food is more of a side option.
Regardless of where you end up, you won’t be disappointed by the beauty and scenery these lakeside establishments have to offer. Sit back and enjoy the ride!