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“unique restaurant in historic home” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chef T's Garden Grill

Chef T's Garden Grill
1525 East Gary Road, Lakeland, FL
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Ranked #34 of 384 Restaurants in Lakeland
Cuisines: Continental
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Lakeland, Florida
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19 restaurant reviews
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“unique restaurant in historic home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

This is a unique restaurant set in a historic home in Lakeland. Chef T's has an elegant atmosphere with candle-lit tables, period furnishings and intimate dining . Our server was polite and occasionally chef Terry greets you personally. Definitely make reservations, as it's very small (yet quaint). They are no longer open for lunch, only for dinner. This is a special occasion restaurant for us, the prices are around 20bucks an entree but easy to spend a lot more if you add wine, appetizers, desert. We go a few times a year. Love, love this romantic place.

Visited December 2011
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English first
Tampa, Florida, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Truly unique dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

Chef T's Garden Grill is located about 10 minutes from the downtown area in Lakeland. It is certainly a local spot in Lakeland that not many people know about it! They offer a menu that is constantly changing based on what is fresh and in season at that time. It is very intimate and is always a great experience!!!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
“One of the few nice places in Lakeland. We like it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

My wife and I have been to Chef T's about four times now. It's one of only a handful of nice places in Lakeland and we like it. It's in the old Chiles house on Gary road right next door to the MidFlorida Credit Union. The average menu entree price is $22. We've been with friends before and they liked it too.

On our last visit we both had the seafood bisque soup which was excellent. I had the veal saltimbocca which I give a B+ and my wife had the mango fish ("C"). Several glasses of wine makes every meal better. :)

Sam is the best server and Terry, the owner and chef, came to our table to inquire about our night. We like the best, so when I say it's good you can believe me.

I am comparing it to many of the five star places we've been, so that's why it doesn't get an A+ all the way around. But NO restaurant in Lakeland gets an A+ all the way around. It's Lakeland, Florida! Not New York City.

We like it here and will continue to go regularly. I always recommend Chef T's to anyone asking for a recommendation for fine dining in the area because it is one of the best.

Try to make a reservation because the place is no secret anymore. You will very likely need one to get in. We tried just showing up three weekends in a row to no avail, but called toward closing this past Friday and got a table.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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