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Light's Bake Shop

American, Cafe, Diner
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211 W 2nd St, Elmira, NY 14901-2711
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This used to be a great place to grab a cake, cookies or half moons but that it not the case anymore. The quality has gone down. I used to have to go there when we went to see my husbands family but that is no longer the case. Cookies are stale and sometimes hard. The jelly in the donuts... More 

Thank Nancy R
Buffalo, New York
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

I have fond memories of half moons from this bakery and my visit today didn't disappoint in that respect. Moist and very chocolate. YUM. Unfortunately I also had breakfast. The coffee was fine but the western omelet was tasteless. Even the rye toast was under flavored. The waitstaff was pleasant and welcoming. My recommendation is to stick with coffee and... More 

Thank Chris14223
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Lights has been around and a fixture in Elmira for a long time. There's a definite sense of community. It's a bakery and a diner/cafe. They have an extensive menu but I always think about Lights for breakfast. I recently had Lights homemade Texas Cinnamon French Toast. It was amazing! I also love their rice pudding. You can order off... More 

Thank Dr. Bob D
Horseheads, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

Great place for breakfast. Fast service and they have all the breakfast food groups. Good atmosphere with many regulars there.

Thank Edward L
Corning, New York
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88 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

I heard a lot about this place. I stopped in to get some baked goods for a work party. The cookies were very pretty, the customer service decent but the actual baked goods tasted just OK. Maybe I was expecting too much based on other people's opinions. Didn't try the food, though, but the diner area was pretty full.

Thank Jessica C
Elmira, New York
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016

Not sure I have ever had anything but breakfast here, at any time of day. Fast and friendly service. Coffee flows and they will make your bacon as crispy as you like. Added bonus- you can grab a cake or pie on your way out.

Thank mbullett
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I walked in today, and there was an elderly woman cashing out. She asked for an apple dumpling to go. The women working were rude and hostile toward her. Then her card wouldn't swipe. They were nasty. A patron paid for the woman, and the women working acted a little nicer. Same woman working came to our... More 

Thank melissa1679
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

The only thing they got going for them is the half moons!!!! It's too expensive and they need to do a better job cooking...

Thank Kathleen T
Horseheads, New York
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2015

My wife works here. The place is terrible. The price is way too high. 3.50 for a single cookie, 3.75 per cup cake. The owner refuses to turn the air conditioner on. Some of their menu items they don't ever have, such as chips. The food is old, not fresh. The worst thing. They are told to pick up dropped... More 

Thank metulburr
Elmira, New York
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

The food was edible, but not exactly prepared the way I would have liked. Home fries weren't cooked through and they were cold. The omelet was good, as was the pancake I ordered. The bacon, though we ordered it "extra crispy" was fatty and also not cooked very well. The waitress was nice, but also forgot part of our order.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 211 W 2nd St, Elmira, NY 14901-2711
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Elmira
  • Phone Number: 607-732-5600

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?