We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

cafe zuppina

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
4417 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813-2119
863-644-5144
Website
Saturday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

301 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 299: English reviews
Lakeland, Florida
Level Contributor
19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just had the most delicious brisket with brussels sprouts that are by far the best I have ever eaten! The carrot salad, rice, eggplant, asparagus all combine to make this the plate I dream about when thinking of Turkish food! It cannot be equaled; it is the finest! Birna and her husband are the most gracious hosts and you feel... More 

Helpful?
Thank Susan2264_34373
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very small restaurant but very big food. The Moussaka I ordered was wonderful & the accompanying vegetables remarkable. The broiled brussel sprouts were vey tasty and the carrot side dish very unique. Add to that the fluffy rice accompaniment & the lunch was marvelous. But the Pot au Creme was a chocolate delight! Will enjoy your visit!

Helpful?
Thank NanaMartin530
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is tiny, but the food packs a big punch! The feta rolls and house-made humus was great starters to my Romanian brisket meal. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! The vegetable plate my mom got was awesome as well. Definitely suggest the Turkish coffee if you are into a strong brew!

Helpful?
Thank DanaKehrley
Lakeland, Florida
Level Contributor
16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe Zuppina is a delightful Turkish home cooking restaurant in Polk County. The food quality of Cafe Zuppina is good and it has no competition really for its culture and style in Polk County. If you have ever been to a more metro area or overseas this food would be considered average or good but for our area it is... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank eotho27
Bartow
Level Contributor
11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was our first visit to the Turkish cafe. It's quite small (8 tables) and can be a little noisy but the service and food was very good. I had the Romanian beef brisket which was very flavorful. We all loved the Brussel sprout vegetable medley. It was beyond our expectations, even for sprout haters. The shredded carrot salad was... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Paula C
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm pretty sure only about 30 people can for in this restaurant at one time but please try to go. The food is wonderful and I felt more like I was in Turkey or Greece in someone's home. The food was so good and light! A great change from the usual.

Helpful?
Thank Kamara Michelle C
Level Contributor
24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not a lamb eater, but tried a chicken dish that was absolutely delicious. The rice was cooked to perfection, the vegetables were just right. I could not resist dessert and a tiny cup of their specialty coffee. The restaurant is small and easy to pass by in the busy street, but it is definitely worth a u turn. I... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank cristinab719
Lakeland, Florida
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It may be small, but it's mighty. Cafe Zuppina has a wonderfully diverse menu with lamb, salmon, hummus and vegatable platters seasoned uniquely. The owner is the cook and usually comes out to say hello to the diners. Make reservations though, because it is so small, seating is limited and it fills up quickly.

Helpful?
Thank briepeterson
Lakeland, Florida
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Café Zuppina is hidden treasure for dining in Lakeland. Lunch or dinner is memorable experience. In looking at the menu most people would thin it is Greek restaurant. However, the proprietor will proudly proclaim that it a Turkish restaurant. My favorite item on the menu is the Brussel spouts. Yes Brussel spouts! Don't take my word for it you must... More 

Helpful?
Thank jluffman2016
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and service that made us feel like family. My daughter and I ordered the vegetable plate and lamb meatballs and it was AMAZING ! We could have shared the veggie plate alone. So many different flavors and textures on one plate. We ended our meal with Turkish coffee and baklava and needed a LONG walk after! Small, family... More 

Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor Member

Travelers who viewed cafe zuppina also viewed

 
Lakeland, Central Florida
Lakeland, Central Florida
 
Lakeland, Central Florida
Lakeland, Central Florida
 

Been to cafe zuppina? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Middle Eastern, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4417 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813-2119
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lakeland
  • Phone Number: 863-644-5144

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of cafe zuppina and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Washington DC, District of Columbia
St. Pete Beach, Florida
over a year ago
Merritt Island, Florida

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from cafe zuppina staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?