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“A gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lightsey's

Lightsey's
Ranked #1 of 83 Restaurants in Okeechobee
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: If it swims, crawls or hops we probably serve it.
West Palm Beach, Florida
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012 via mobile

Loved this restaurant. It has a very unique menu. The Gator tenderloin is amazing. The crab chowder is awesome. I will be going back to try some other items on the menu. There is an airboat tour operator just down the street. Next time I'll make a day of it.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Patricia M
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English first
Arcadia, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“OLd FLorida eating at its best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

BEST Old Florida food you will find! Service was excellent! Food was great with plenty to take home for the next day! I had the Special Shrimp 8 ways! YUM! Came with huge salad. Hubby had the fried Seafood Platter.. with Shrimp, Scallops, Cat fish, frogs legs, gator. cooter, oysters ...etc! Only complaint is as smokers it would have been nice to have been seated in the shade in one of the screened in areas. It was HOT. Excellent margaritas too!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tracy K
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Palatka, Florida
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“My First of Many More Visits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

My son,wife and I enjoyed everything about our Sunday lunch.my wife had catfish,my son had gator and crawfish,I had shrimp and catfish.We saved the peach cobbler and ice cream for last.All of the food was great.The service was perfect and the prices are average.We will be back for the seafood buf. Thanks ,we enjoyed our visit to Okeechobee and Lightsey's

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mikefrompalatka
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Jensen Beach, Florida
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Excellent from start to finish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

My wife and I stopped in after a long motorcycle ride through the country. We stopped in it was early evening around 5:00, I had the Swamp Combo and the wife had the catfish and finisned up with peach cobbler(crisp), the Sweet Tea and Margaritas were as amazing as the food. I would recommend the Collard Greens. The service was friendly and fast. The food was delivered hot and fast. If you are in the area and don't drop in your missing out. We will be back with friends to try out the Sunday seafood buffet.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank craig c
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New Hampshire
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A mixed bag”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2012

Nine of us road up from Naples during the week for lunch. We were seated promptly at 2 different tables (5 and 4) and our orders were taken promptly. We had the gater as an appetizer and it was very good. After the other 5 members in our party had finished eating and wanted to get going we asked about our order. Ten minutes later we had to ask again. Finally we were told there was no more Grouper so we'd have to order something else.

We switched to Pompano (2) and crab salads (2). The Pompano arrived 15 minutes later and was so so. The salads the same. The waitress was OK buta male individual - maybe cook or owner came out to literally yell at us for complaining about the delay. That has never happened to me in a restaurant and won't happen to me again at this one because we'll never go back.

In the past we've found the food to be generally good but over priced, but a unique place to eat - which is it's charm. It's too bad their old Florida charm isn't backed by old Florida hospitality.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DJfromNH
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clh1256, Owner at Lightsey's, responded to this review, March 26, 2012
This is managements response to the customer's concern about Lightsey's.

If a request for the timing of meals (tables) are made, we are always happy to accommodate. We would have gladly waited to place both orders together. As you can see by the "gator" comment, this party chose to enjoy one of our award winning appetizers to start their experience. The other half (table) of this party chose to order meals quickly and this order was placed into kitchen accordingly. Both parties meals came out within the 22 minute window of time that we allow for lunches.

We process whole fish hourly and during the busiest of times could run short as demand increases. We pride ourselves on high quality selections and typically will have at least 5-8 selections of fish available for our customers. Once a fish has been depleted we offer the remaining options/selections and rapidly advise our service staff of the situation. Many times we are selling fish so quickly that running low may occur after your meal order has been placed.... our apologies. This particular customer advised our server (and manager) that the Pompano replacement was outstanding (along with entire meal) before receiving their bill.

Although the restaurant was full at this time, only three other tables in the restaurant had this same situation occur as well. They all raved about the replacement fish as well. Two neighboring parties were concerned about the comments from this table as were we. We (management) approached this table four separate times in an effort to assist and satisfy their experience. This party was handled in a professional demeanor, no voices raised.

Once the first comment was made, we initiated a 25% discount based on their concerns about us running out of grouper in the middle of our rush. However, this did not appear to satisfy the party, advising us that if the entire meal was not compensated they would write a negative review about Lightsey's.

We appreciate all comments posted about Lightsey's restaurant and do always seek the highest quality dining experience for our customers. We will do our best to improve your experience always...
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