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No matter who you are and what has brought you to the Sunshine State, sooner or later you'll need to eat. We've put together a few recommendations on places to sit down and dine at, as well as a few places to order take-out from

Manny’s Chop House (Winter Haven)

When it comes to experiencing American dining at its best, then you should look no further than Manny’s Chop House. We highly recommend the steaks as not only are they cooked to your specification, but the cuts are superb.


There is something else that makes Manny’s an exceptional place to dine and that is the salad and rolls. These meal time staples are given their own Manny’s twist and for those who have had them before, just the thought of them is enough to make you hungry. The rolls come fresh and hot out of the oven and are served with the most delicious cinnamon butter. The salad is tossed at the table for you and mixed with Manny’s house dressing.


The walls are covered with licence plates from around the world and as you walk through the doors of Manny’s Chop House in Winter Haven, you are greeted by the Duke himself mounted on one of his many fine steeds. There is also Happy Hour held between 4 and 7 where cocktails and beers are 2 for 1.


Though there is a Manny’s Chop House almost opposite Southern Dunes, we recommend Manny’s in Winter Haven as it is much quieter so you don’t have to wait too long for a table.


Sakura’s Japanese Steak House

Open for lunch and dinner, Sakura’s offers a wide ranging menu with specials galore, but the best thing about eating at this establishing is the hibachi cooking. You are seated around a large, flat cooking surface and the extremely talented chefs prepare your meal before your very eyes. As you are often sharing a serving station, it is best to mention any allergies you have at the start so that the chefs can cook your meal without fear of any allergic reactions.

Not only is the experience of hibachi dining a form of entertainment in itself, but the food is excellent. It may be a little pricy for those who are dining with large families, but it not an experience that should be missed.


Carrabba’s Italian Grill (Winter Haven)

Carrabba’s is a chain of Italian restaurants that not only offers a good range of Italian fare but a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere to dine in. As this restaurant gets very busy, it is best to phone ahead for a table. The screens above the bar show a wide range of sports and if you are pressed for time, you can always choose to dine at the bar instead of waiting for a table. Unlike a lot of other restaurants, Carrabba’s offers you the option of order a variety of sautéed vegetables as sides to accompany your meal.  


Arabellas Ristorante (Winter Haven)

If you are looking for a fine dining experience that is off the tourist track then you will not want to miss out on dining at Arabellas. Found in the heart of downtown Winter Haven, Arabellas offers a menu with some of the best examples of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. There is bar that you can stop in at if you simply wish to just have a drink and it is open for lunch and dinner service.


The Celebration Town Tavern 

If you are looking for a more relaxed dining experience, then you can visit the Celebration Town Tavern, found in, you’ve guessed it, Celebration. The tavern is a family friendly place to eat and offers a very varied menu which includes gluten free meal options, a dedicated kids menu, Boston favourites, fruit from the North Atlantic Ocean and a range of pasta based meals. Open for lunch and dinner, the Celebration Town Tavern has indoor and outdoor dining options, as well as the option of sitting at the bar for a few drinks.


Ovation Bistro and Bar (Davenport)

The Ovation Bistro and Bar at Davenport is a smokehouse that boast a passion for food and drink. As a family owned and operated business, they smoke their own meats on site and offer some of the finest ribs and smoked meats that you will find anywhere in Florida. The dining atmosphere is casual and it has been voted as the best smokehouse in Central Florida as well as the best restaurant in Davenport. They have also recently opened a new restaurant in Winter Haven.


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