Lightkeepers

4.5
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144 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Offering modern-coastal fare with a distinctly local undercurrent, Lightkeepers is an oceanfront restaurant and bar that brings Key Biscayne island history to life. The Light Keeper pays homage to the stalwart “Guardian of the Light,” who watched over ships along the Florida Coast. A lively locale with a unique design inspired by the Cape Florida Lighthouse, we invite you to share in the story of ‘The Light Keeper’ while enjoying the bounty of the Florida coast. Far from exclusive, our lamp burns bright for all who need a place to rest, recharge, or revel.
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4.5
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4.7
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4.6
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SK
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The server was so super slow. It took 20+ minutes just to get a drink and he never checked in on us. I couldn’t even flag him down. I ended up spending way less than I would have because of everything, we even forwent dessert just because I was going to lose it if I had to wait longer. All in all, we were there about 2 1/2 hours for 2 courses and 1 drink. Absolutely insane and a total waste of money. It’s sad to think I had been looking to this for a while and was excited to take my wife on Valentine’s Day. This was not the service I expect from a Ritz; it was more in line with Days Inn. Completely disappointing.

CS
Portland
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent - got the Friday night special of all you can eat "raw seafood". It was fantastic! Our waiter had 12 years experience and it showed. He recommended a bottle of wine from Italy at a $50 discount that was outstanding. And the atmosphere . . . a moonlit night a few hundred feet from the beach, outdoor seating with mild temperatures in Key Biscayne - it was a very memorable evening for my wife and me.

J
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a reservation in advance, thought that be a good place to grab a bite. The service was unbelievable and recommendations made to the table were unreal. The scallops that I had, words can't describe how good they were. 100% would recommend people taking the time to have a nice out and grabbing a bite here

CB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Scallops, Ravioli and Empanadas were quite tasty. Nice blend and layering of flavors. Crispy Brussel Sprouts not as crispy as advertised, but flavor brought an Asian spice and flare to the meal. Service was attentive and cordial. Steak ordered rare, served medium to medium well, even so, converted decent flavors of garlic and paprika. Dessert cake a touch dry but the grey salt caramel ice cream saved the day.

FA
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A good option in Key Biscayne at the Ritz Carlton. Always friendly and very good service. Food is also very good & menu has good options. Wine list is also very complete.

L
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service & the cocktails were outstanding! Highly recommend.

v
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday Brunch and the food and service were very good.

MC
Orlando
27 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant experience was one of the top ones that we've ever had! What a hidden gem and a surprise for us, as we celebrated my wife's birthday. The food was absolutely spectacular. We got the Prince Edwards Island mussels (divine!), the biscuits that had honey butter & bacon essence (amazing!), and the fried red snapper (unbelievably large & tasty) for two...and they gave us the BEST key lime cheesecake that we've ever had. This was an incredibly special culinary delight. On top of this all, the service was impeccable and the price was amazingly affordable given the quality of food. Thank you, Ritz Carlton and Lightkeepers staff. AMAZING!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was amazing!

j
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall a very nice brunch. Excellent selections. A few minor hiccups.
Reservations made on open table for 12:00. It doesn't open until 1230.
Kobe beef burgers were raw and cold.
Not sure if that's Intentional.
Unlimited mimosa's. Huge desert room.

RG
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Danielle was AMAZING!! He is an asset to the restaurant.

DJ
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Nothing special about the ambience. Most of the food was quite good but the rack of lamb was burnt on the outside such that the flavor profile was mostly charcoal. On the plus side, the service was excellent.

BW
Minneapolis
143 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Main course, steak, was significantly under cooked. They were clearly not ready at the reception for their dinner guests to arrive. It was a crowded mess. Restaurant ambience is loud. Staff kept dropping, breaking things.

WC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Steve our waiter was fantastic everything else was very poor.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Conference

m
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Pricey. Limited menu. Great service. Only fine dining in the ritz.

CW
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our experience at Lightkeepers - food and service. Especially good this visit ere the crab cake and whole spring chicken dinner

NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, delicious food and amazing service made our anniversary dinner a special evening.

GF
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful location for a celebratory brunch and/or lunch. Food was fresh and very good. They accommodated special requests, and were clear in their understanding of a food allergy. They were lovely to my mother, who was celebrating her birthday, and gave her a beautiful, abundant, very tasty desert .

There was a DJ playing music very loudly, which didn't go with the elegant afternoon, ocean view ambiance. Would have been better for late evening. There was another location on the property that leant itself to afternoon/late afternoon cocktails with a DJ.

The seat cushions on the chairs were stained and there was mildew on the back pillow on one of the chairs--not appetizing or acceptable anywhere, and particularly in that location with those prices and level of service. They need to stay on top of the critical details to get the highest marks.

P
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food. Two of the dishes were not as expected. Meat was overcooked.
The outdoor space is wonderful with ocean view

KP
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here several times during our stay at the Ritz and it was outstanding every time. Our server, Diego, was stellar and really elevated the experience. I would highly recommend!

KS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lamas was an Amazing server. Would go back just just for his service alone.

SM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Boris was a delight! He had great recommendations and was well versed on the menu and preparation of each dish. The recommendations included the crab cake, Branzino and the flank steak. He put a special touch on a key lime dessert!

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was wonderful, our server was fantastic and friendly, the food was delicious, we had a great evening.

N
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, delicious, creative food, excellent service and dancing to live music in lobby. Sublime....

T
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Limited menu and good, but not extraordinary.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steve was an amazing server. Made a great night even better!

MR
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

🎉It was a delightful experience at the LightKeepers.
The Miami Spice menu was divine.
We Congratulate Chef Allyson Cummings for her Haute Cusine and Mr. Daniele our server for his Excellent Service.
It was definitely a Fabulous
Ritz Experience for us.🎉

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

OT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was just okay. Hotel is fabulous but would not eat here again on a return visit. Nothing too bad about it but nothing great either.

F
Miami
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience

D
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for my birthday the food was delicious and the special desert was awesome!! Thank you everyone for making my dinner amazing

BD
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service!!! Amazing food and sommelier was very helpful and knowledgeable. We had great time!

OT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Placido,our server, made all the difference for our experience. The meal was great, including craft cocktails from the Rum Bar, and hand selected wines for each entree. We loved the way Placido treated our kids, and “my last”. Five Stars. Bravo.

K
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Miami Spice menu is excellent.

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w
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lightkeepers is a hidden gem. The setting is unassuming but comfortable. The service is impeccable, somm Jorge is a world class expert, stemware is tops, in short, a winner.
Now to food: their seafood selection is incredible- winners are the oysters, King crabs and scallops. Meet is top grade as well, and the lamb chops are delectable.

MS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Miami Spice Menu was fantastic. We sat outside and it was beautiful. The server was attentive and friendly. And the live music in the hotel lobby is always a plus!

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place to dine out

GA
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and meal were all excellent! Shrimp cocktail was one of the best we’ve ever had-water was attentive and very attentive-wonderful dining experience!

B
Miami
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was wonderful except our waitress was inattentive as the evening went on. She brought a drink to my wife - after we had to ask for another, that was literally half full. Then we had to flag her down to get our check after waiting way too long.