Lightfoot Restaurant
Lightfoot Restaurant

Lightfoot Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lightfootrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7037712233
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Daily at 11:30am Cafe Menu-Open to Close Dinner Menu-5:30pm Daily Sunday Brunch, Outdoor Patio Weather Permitting Daily Lunch and Dinner Special Menus Valentines Eve, Easter, Mother's Day, New Year's Eve
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Executive Chef: Ingrid Gustavson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: On premise only.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Restaurant is available for a complete facility buy out.
  • Private Party Contact: Carrie 7037712233x12
  • Entertainment: Live Music Friday and Saturday nights if a private party is not booked in the Piano Bar. Please call for a schedule.
  • Special Events: Special Grand Buffets served Easter and Mother's Day. Special menu served on New Year's Eve and Valentine's Eve.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking available and Public parking garage. Garage is free in the evening and weekends. We can also validate for a free hour during the week.
A word from Lightfoot Restaurant
Lightfoot Restaurant was named in honor of Loudon County hero and American Statesman Francis Lightfoot Lee, who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Lightfoot offers local color steeped in history, imaginative cuisine that tastes as exquisite as it looks, and an ambiance that is captivating and uniquely elegant. Lightfoot serves Lunch and Dinner Daily. Fine Dining in the dining room and casual dining in our bar area. We also offer three private rooms for Corporate Functions, Weddings, and Private Parties. Please refer to our website www.lightfootrestaurant.com for the latest menus as well as our banquet package. Fine Dining - Signature Events
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Lightfoot Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
166 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (103)romantic (71)fit for foodies (69)neighborhood gem (69)great for lunch (42)good for groups (39)great for brunch (32)notable wine list (30)great for outdoor dining (28)vibrant bar scene (12)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (6)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Phil
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Even though we put in the Open Table Reservation that we were celebrating our 46th Anniversary and wanted a more private seating, we arrived on time and had to wait for a table about 15 to 20 minutes. They didn't have a table reserved for us, and it was not more private as requested. Also, there was never an acknowledgement that it was our anniversary. Other than that, it was a great dining experience. First time there. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 26th anniversary at Lightfoot. The service was great, food delicious and atmosphere romantic. We enjoyed it very much!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hokie01VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our waiter (Fred?) was awesome. However the people at the hostess stand we're very rude and not helpful.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    ReviewsbyD
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had an outstanding experience at Lightfoot. The staff was very courteous and genuine upon our arrival. We enjoyed drinks a bar, then seated shortly after for a outstanding meal. Everything was delicious. The wait staff very helpful and friendly. We will certainly return soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • scrumptious
    Equity
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Our meal was delicious! Everyone in our party had one of the specials of the evening. Portions were generous and, in particular, the lobster bisque was outstanding. We were not rushed by our outstanding waitress. Lovely evening with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More show than go
    EricVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Our meal was a disappointment. The oysters on the fried oyster salad were of questionable freshness. The food was generally too rich. While the lobster bisque was very good with a lot of lobster chunks, I was shocked to see the $16.50 entry on my bill. That is the most expensive bowl of soup I have ever had, and I have eaten all over the world.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovelydining
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food was delicious and service very good. The wait staff overhead us talking about a celebration and on the ordered dessert there was a candle - this was not arranged so demonstrated customer Awareness! The cute part was they thought it was a birthday but it was a retirement !! Made it even nicer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice evening on patio
    NovaEater
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    the weather, food and service made for an enjoyable pre-concert experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was delicious, service was good and an overall great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    FoodLover9
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Excellent experience -- great atmosphere, outstanding service, and magnificent starters and entrees! Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique decor
    Paul
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I really enjoyed this restaurant. I mainly wanted to try it because of the architecture of an old bank. The food was excellent, the service was very good, and the prices about want you would expect. Music was playing, but it was at a level that conversation was easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Dining Experience
    5mightyGoldens
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is the second time I have had the pleasure of dining at Lightfoot with both occasions a luncheon and I highly recommend the experience. I have dined with friends on one occasion and family on the second and both visits to Lightfoot were fabulous with the second experience as wonderful as the first. The menu has many interesting entrees to temp anyone from adults to children. Great selection and lunch is reasonably priced which is unexpected given the look and feel of the restaurant I would expect prices to be much higher. Thank you Lightfoot for a marvelous dining experience on both of my visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Adequate
    dddtravel
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Having eaten here before several years ago, I was looking forward to returning. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. The Ham Biscuits were heavy and doughy, the Friend Green Tomatoes were very ordinary, and the Steak Salad contained greens that were wilted and bitter, indicating that they were near the end of their shelf life. Too many other good restaurants in the area, so despite the fabulous ambiance in this historic bank, I won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    DiRichM
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our visit to Lightfoot was excellent, ambience, service, quiet enough to talk, and food/drink was awesome! Soup, appetizer, entrees, and dessert was superb! Drinks were great as well! We look forward to returning! We are telling everyone to go to Lightfoot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    GPeck
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Overall exceeded expectations. This was our first visit. Everyone enjoyed their food and the wine list is extensive. Lovely ambiance and a nice variety of menu items and specials. Service was very good and we are planning to return. Our party enjoyed the Pork Shank, Crab Cakes and NY Strip.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Sunday Brunch
    10isluvr
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We visited Lightfoot to celebrate my mother's birthday for brunch on Sunday. We ordered off the special brunch menu and everything was fantastic. We ordered appetizers (peking duck quesadilla, crab dip, crap, soup), main dishes (big bowl of grits, shrimp po boy, chesapeake eggs benedict and gyro) and we also enjoyed dessert. Everything was wonderful and we had plenty of time to visit. Service was very attentive. The atmosphere was relaxed and quiet which was helpful since my parents have hearing issues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative menu; food disappointing
    Rex13826
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I had the featured rock fish over andouille sausage and black bean rice. The fish was over cooked and it was evident that the rock fish was frozen (not fresh) at some point. The andouille sausage was not made in the tradition method and the black beans and rice were over cooked. As a $32 menu item, the dish was disappointing. My appetizer, the Maryland crab bisque was good. Service was attentive and efficient.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Genreview
    Genreview
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great food. Waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu items. Very impressive. Bar Tender equally good. believe his name was Art. One item I found a little strange was I could not order a glass of Merlot. Had to be a bottle. I would come again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for special occasions
    pslivesfortoday
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food, service, and atmosphere were great. They were able to get all the details right for my wife's birthday.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my first and dnot my last
    annak12
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    What can I say the manu is always changing, so no matter how many time you come back there are always wonderful new dishes to try. Services is friendly and prompt. Love this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great decor, service; food was good
    RoadNotTaken
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went for my parents' anniversary. Very enjoyable visit. Food was tasty (FYI - tomato soup is a bit spicy). Server did an excellent job. Love the bank-vault touches and other decor. Everything about the interior was great except for the booths - it was very hard to get in and out around the corner of the booth.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Debs
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A great place to share delicious food with friends and family. The special atmosphere and food is one to remember and will have you looking forward to your next event at Lightfoot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was a great find and within walking to the small theatre we were visiting. Food, service and surroundings all very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great dinner out with friends
    Beth
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I always love going to Lightfoot - it is a beautiful building with delicious food. However, I do have some concerns - I wish they would update their menu - it seems like the same entrees all year long. I love seafood options when I dine. At Lightfoot, there are typically only 2 choices on the menu (Shrimp & grits & Salmon). I ordered a special (Swordfish), but it is definitely not my fave fish by far. Two of us had the Lobster Bisque, which was very good - but, quite pricey at $16.50/bowl. Our bill for 4 of us (including 2 mixed drinks & a bottle of wine) was $289. The meal was good, the wine was good, the service was good, but the prices at Lightfoot seem to keep creeping higher.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Heavy-handed Lightfoot
    BrunchloverVA
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was pleased to enter this handsome restaurant (with a reservation) at noon and find a light crowd: I hadn't seen my friend in years, and I couldn't wait to catch up. We were seated in a quiet corner, but I didn't notice the very large table next to us, which filled as we started lunch and became successively noisy, spoiling our dining experience. My fried clams were the largest I've ever seen: They looked like onion rings and were lukewarm, as were the oily, limp fries. The sauces accompanying the clams were delicious, though, and my friend's small salad was dressed perfectly. Service was extremely attentive. I would go back, keeping an eye out for large tables and ordering more carefully.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lightfoot - Always a great visit
    DCVol
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Timeless surroundings, quietly efficient and prompt service, well-prepared meal, birthday celebration for a friend - perfect Sunday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous Restaurant
    imnva
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The building is absolutely beautiful! It was formerly a bank. The woodwork and moldings are fabulous. The food was delicious, with ample amounts. The service was great - there when you needed them. Overall, a fabulous meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yummy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    THe specials are delicious. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgable. Wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    BenT
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I was looking for someplace local that was little more on the fine dining scale for our wedding anniversary. After some searching I found Lightfoot and reviewing their menu I decided to make the reservation. I must say we were not at all disappointed, the ambiance was quite nice, the wait staff friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Then there was the food, absolutely amazing, one of the best steaks we have had anywhere. Truly an amazing experience and we will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy Dinner Date
    lightfootdiner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Lightfoot is a high quality dining establishment. The atmosphere just exudes a fine dining experience ambiance. The food we got was amazing, both steaks. One filet mignon, and one New York strip. Both cooked excellently and served in a reasonable time. If the outdoor patio out back is open, I highly recommend it if there is comfortable weather. Nice and relaxing out there. The inside is great as well with lots of lavish seating and a well-stocked bar also. Been here many times, great experience every time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunshine
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Reserved a table for 6 for a lunch hour birthday celebration. The food, the service and the ambience on the back patio were excellent except that we found a short hair in one salad and a long hair in another. Our server reported this and we were given a free birthday dessert. Other than for hair in the food, it was a perfect experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, okay service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The menu was excellent and the specials were great. We had the lobster bisque which was excellent and the coffee braised chicken. It was a fabulous experience with the exception of the waiter who was trash talking other staff members to another waiter right next to our table. We would have preferred more discretion from the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service
    NeverAgain
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Horrible service. My friend ordered her burger well done. The waiter advised that if she wanted it very well done he could just put a piece of charcoal between a bun and serve it to her and pointed out that ChickFila was down the street (not sure what he meant as they do not serve burgers) and she did understand the cow was dead. At first I thought he was kidding but no smile no expression at all. After that we waited about a hour for our meal during which he never bothered to check on refilling our drinks or to see if there was anything else we needed. I will never eat at the restaurant again. I also did mention this to the person who sat us to which he just looked at me and shook his head.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost perfect
    kss1113
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, great place, great server BUT they didn't act on the reservation request to do something special for ny son and his wife's 5 year anniversary. That was very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salty risotto sank the ship
    Tiggywinkle
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We went here to celebrate a birthday and for the most part enjoyed everything. Except for the salty risotto, which couldn't be replaced because the quotient for the evening had already been cooked. (!!!!) Ended up with an entree that wasn't what I wanted and no reduction on the bill. Which wasn't necessary, of course, but would've been a nice gesture. Service was lovely, though, and everyone else's meals were spot on. I'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Lightfoot was a delight in all respects. And since Open Table requires a review of at least 50 characters in length, I'll say it again: Lightfoot was a delight in all respects.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you dine out long enough...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    you'll eventually get a long black hair in your food. I've been dining,recommending this place for yrs Dear friend treated me to lunch. About 10 min into meal, found sizable hair mixed in my lobster salad.I quietly looked for server, showed her. Plate remove, apologies made, asked what I wanted to order. I had lost my appetite, didn't want anything. I nibbled some of my friend's salad. Manager apologized. Sent complimentary order of fries, which I didn't want. Brought dessert menu, asked multiple times what they could bring me. We always have a small sundae for dessert, so ordered 2. On way home, asked her, and yes, she was charged for both.SERIOUSLY? Was floored. So stupid on their part. Lost TWO loyal customers over price of a sundae.
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  • Enjoyable Evening
    birthdaydinner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at Lightfoot. Service was fabulous (wish I could remember the gentleman's name). He was efficient, knowledgeable, and responsive. The food was delicious. Came out hot and tasted delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great experience
    Itsfiveoclocksomewhere
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We visit on special occasions. It was as good as always. Well informed server, very clean restaurant, excellent food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service, a bit loud
    Jerseyrrt
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great food and excellent service. All the courses wre served with great presentation, were creative and most importantly tasted great. Service was freindly, professional and very attentive. An energetic bar scene and poor acoustics make for a rather noisy ambience. Difficult to sustain conversation without raising your voice to be heard over the din. Great for a lively evening out. If you are looking for a quiet dinning experince, this may not be the best choice on a busy evening. Look forward to next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.