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Everyone’s invited: Restaurants for large groups in Lakeland, FL

For those days when everyone needs to be at the table

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Toast to your whole crew at one of these group-friendly restaurants.

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It happens every year — someone’s birthday, graduation, or special occasion rolls around and you’re left to decide one very important thing: Where will everyone eat?

While party sizes and amenities may differ, use this list of 16 Lakeland restaurants for large groups as a starting point for your next celebration.

Cob & Pen boasts two private rooms, a patio, a lawn, and a main hall and bar.

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Private rooms

  • Cob & Pen | The Lounge and The Vintage Dining Room offer cozy atmospheres for your next group gathering.
  • Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill | Rent The Wakeman Room for exposed brick, views of Munn Park, private bathrooms, and other amenities.
  • The Terrace Grille | The Lake Mirror Room overlooks Lake Mirror and accommodates 13-32 people.
  • Nineteen61 | The Banquet61 hall and rooftop patio are perfect for your next large-scale family function, work party, or gathering.
  • Frescos Southern Kitchen & Bar | Contact the Frescos team for details on renting the Board Room, Banquet Room, or Speakeasy.

Looking for more rentable venues? Check out our list for more details.

A mini golf sign is lit up in the darkening sky.

What says family gathering like a round of putt-putt after dinner?

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  • The Back Nine | Play simulated sports and enjoy American fare with your group at one of two Lakeland locations.
  • Ax-Caliber | Bullseye. Order from the breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late-night menus at this ax and virtual gun range.
  • Family Fun Center | Enjoy different gameplay and dinner options, including one that’s two slices of pizza and a medium soft drink for $3.99 per person.
Two hands holding pints of beer at Swan Brewing

There’s a brew for you at Swan Brewing.

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Outdoor spaces

  • The Yard on Mass | This indoor-outdoor venue is great for groups of all sizes — for more privacy, book a private event.
  • Swan Brewing | Let the Swan Brewing team know your group is coming here — accommodations may be limited on Friday and Saturday evenings.
  • Mojo Federal Swine & Spirits | Call the team at Mojo to ask about hosting your group on their outdoor patio.
  • Patio 850 | Celebrate your special occasion under the stars.
  • The Joinery | This food hall on Lake Mirror offers two outdoor patios with room for groups, plus large tables inside. Seating is first come, first serve, unless you reserve a private area.
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Grillsmith in Lakeside Village

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On the swankier side

  • Bay Street Bistro | This quaint downtown spot is known for its superb menu and ambiance — call the team to inquire about renting it out for your group.
  • Grillsmith | Treat your troupe to a meal in Lakeside Village — indoor and outdoor seating is available.
  • Red Door | Nestled in a Lake Morton bungalow, Red Door offers indoor and outdoor seating with views of Lake Morton.
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