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“Average Chain Food” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Red Lobster

Red Lobster
Ranked #41 of 444 Restaurants in Lakeland
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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134 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Average Chain Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

Look, there are a lot of people who love Red Lobster, but as a native New Englander I find their seafood exceptionally average. Their fresh fish and live lobster are good without a doubt, but I find their regular menu seafood to be average, probably frozen. The shrimp they use for their entrees are very small, and lack flavor. Their cheddar bay biscuits are fabulous and a reason we go on rare occasion. You won't find a cleaner restaurant with better servers, but for the price I'd expect better quality seafood.

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Tampa, Florida
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175 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 316 helpful votes
“Overpriced”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The food is just ok...but the pricing is so expensive for an average chain such as this.
I don't understand why the prices are so high.
Service is also just ok.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Laurieanne M
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Lakeland, Florida
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49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A chain restaurant that disappoints”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

We go here occasionally. Occasionally we have a good meal. But - not this time. 1) We need to get someone's attention to get any service at all. 2) the food is served before the wine 3) the salmon is very overdone -- to their credit - they acknowledged my complaint about the salmon - but their solution is to wait -- 7-8 minutes - for another piece of salmon. How does that work -- everyone is done with their dinner - and you eat alone?? -- I just can not depend on this place. If you want fish in Lakeland -- go the Harry's!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Auburndale, Florida
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168 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Quality/Value still good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

Celebrating 13th Anniversary and wife wanted Seafood. We had seen the TV ad for the Lobster/Shrimp pot pie and wanted to try it. Arrived and seated after about a 10 minute wait. Restaurant seemed understaffed throughout the evening. Did not feel or appear like there was enough waitstaff nor bus help. Waitress was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu.Food was good but waitress should remove some of the placards and drink lists from the table so that there is room for the ,multiple dishes that they serve.I also noticed a lot of tray stands left standing in aisles that wait staff and guests had to navigate and walk around ( why they didn't remove when done placing dishes I don't know). Pot pie was indeed quite tasty and overall the experience was pleasant, nothing noted that would prevent me from returning.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Kurt B
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Lakeland, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Good seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Numerous seafood choices prepared in various ways; fried, broiled, baked. Also items other that seafood available. My wife likes to try different things and enjoys the many choices.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Richard F
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