Lightkeepers

4.3
210 Reviews
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Indulge in modern-coastal cuisine in Key Biscayne, FL when dining at Lightkeepers. Our oceanfront restaurant and bar serves gourmet breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks in a lively setting.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 210 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
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Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmcfadden295
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every bit of Sunday brunch!!! Highly recommend.

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vipJose
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. We ate there twice during our stay. Hassan was our server one time and Carolina the next time both were super polite and nice.

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Jayy
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Kitchen staff could be heard arguing for awhile. Service was slow at first and seemed a bit unorganized possibly due dinner rush and understaffed. Food was great and service became better throughout the night.

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LeanneD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were staying at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne for the first time and decided to have dinner at Lightkeepers. We ate outside which is by the resort pool but the noise level was fine. The service was great as was the food. We would recommend this place and we'd visit again.

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MiamiDiner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

$19 for a kids’ grilled cheese and fries is absurd, as is $15 for a plain chocolate brownie and two small scoops of vanilla ice cream (no chocolate sauce or whipped cream) also from the kids’ menu. Clearly, you are paying for the ambience, location, and the ability to say you ate dinner at the Ritz. The adult food was good but also overpriced. As we were driving home, we laughed to think of how many grilled cheese sandwiches we could make for the price of the one our child ate for $19 plus tax and tip.

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vipSarahT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were really looking forward to dinner at Lightkeepers! However, the subpar service, length of time it took to get our drinks, apps and small plates was not reasonable. We were seated at a small table near the front entrance near two tables full of kids. This was a birthday dinner for me, and it was highly disappointing. The food was average. Wine list was decent. Our server was gone for lengths at a time. We realized that the food, beverage and hospitality businesses are regrouping d/t COVID and are extremely short-staffed (the entire Ritz was like this as well), but it was just two of us, we did not order anything but apps and small plates and had no special requests. We are very easy diners, historically excellent tippers and are consistently told that we are a pleasure to have as customers; I say this to let those reading this know that we are not unreasonable people. But, boy, was this disappointing. Not sure if we will go back (or to this Ritz actually for quite some time---the whole place needs to get their act together). My advice to those reading this? Skip this restaurant and go to The Rusty Pelican on Virginia Key----much better in all categories AND has a killer view of the Miami skyline. I would go back to Rusty Pelican again and again and recommend to others 100%.

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vipElizabethM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Overall, would not recommend. From valet not even opening the door to bad service and plain food, not worth the trip. We ordered a $70 bottle of champagne and had to pour the entire bottle the whole time (not once did a server try). Both had burgers and both were bland and the aioli listed on the menu they didn’t have. Restaurant burger came with packets of condiments (I would expect more for the ritz). Only good thing, burrata was good but small for $18. Weirdly the cheesecake desert was huge. Bland but in size about 3”x 12”. Lots of bland and terrible service from walking in the door to calling the car to leave. Second round valet to leave... still didn’t open the car door. Disappointing and a waste of time and money.

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vipDJY1
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Maybe just a bad night regarding the food. We were guests at the hotel and just wanted a couple of appetizer's in lieu of dinner (late Lunch). Burrata was almost liquified and rock hard tomatoes - toast points really need work. Shrimp cocktail - Basically, $4.00/shrimp - it's not the price - it was the quality (these shrimp had either been thawed and re-frozen or been sitting around) - tough and mealy - I'm guessing 20 count per pound - I think of shrimp cocktail as 8 to 10 per pound...charge more and serve something substantial and with perfection - it is the Ritz Carlton, not some shrimp shack, Wine selections by the glass are extremely lacking and second tier....nice list overall, not extremely overpriced. Our server Edmund was awesome and super accommodating....Renier at the bar was awesome, and the morning staff at breakfast were very good. This place is adequate, but could be so much more with some sound leadership and polish on the product delivered. Waitstaff were good and definitely wanted to please their clientele, although there could be some better direction offered through effective leadership.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always solid & consistent high standards. Greatly enjoyed.

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vipchristic
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Vegetarian dish was a joke. 4 carrots and broccoli we the only thing on the plate. Lobster was rubbery.
The meal was pricy and the food was horrible.

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vipRDEllenG
New England
49 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pretty setting, on the ocean. Food is very good, and price for the quality of the place was very fair.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Brunch . Nice atmosphere. Great food.

CB
vipCherylB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was very good! Especially the chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream! The only thing...was the carpet inside was really dirty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, delicious dinner especially the Bronzino, and wonderful kind service.
Highly recommend the biscuits as a starter!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Bad menu, terrible execution. A clear case where quality came down in the last few years, even before the pandemic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony was amazing

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VICTORC
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

First all the chairs and cushions were stained. The entree is only the Protein, no sides included. My branzino the skin wasn’t crispy , it was soggy. The desert was a chocolate plantain cake , horrendous, it was only a chocolate cake with a little fried plantain covered with sugar on the side. For the wine, they only brings the glass full of wine, they don’t even try to give you a taste before. And remember is the Ritz, they should be better because it’s very expensive with no reason at all.

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vipPatriciaS
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved it . Second time since September and since it’s was a celebration of my grandson’s confirmation.. the place gave us a treat with macaroons snd wrote the word..Congratulations! Such a lovely & great place . I think that we keep going back to enjoy this special place on the Key Biscayne beach. Their beach drink , El Farito was delicious. The lamb entree was soft and tasty. Our shared appetizers of shrimp cocktail, octopus, biscuits were good starters. The burgers with sides of fries and brussel sprouts were good too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dinner on the patio with my family. Loved the service and the food.

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Tyler
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The food was decent, but not up to par for the price. The worst part was the service, or rather, lack there of. The drinks came late. My old fashioned was very watered down (they used crushed ice - embarrassing for a $16 drink) and not smoky at all (as advertised). After the drinks finally arrived, our waitress took our order, and that was the last time we saw her. Somebody else served the plates and the waitress never came back to ask how the food was, if we wanted more drinks, or even if we wanted to pay. We had to ask another waiter for help, just so that we could close our bill.

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ericR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its was ana amazing experience.They always provide the best personal service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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gkay
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was interesting although a little limited in selection

Wonderful spot

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ChristopherA
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The servers are no help as I had to go get my own water filled that their station. They didn’t come around until I was at their station asking them for things. I took 5 friends to do bottomless brunch yet we all only had 2 drinks each. When asking for more they said we hit our time limit (2hr limit) yet we were only sitting at the table for 30min. I had to get the manager and he was saying the same until I asked him to pull the ticket for the order to show the time. Once he saw that he came back and said sorry but by that time our food was cold and the mood the brunch was wasted. And to had on top we didn’t get some food that they charged and when asked for the correction they did nothing but say we will box it up for you. I said at the end this was the worse service and would not recommend to anyone. I paid and left as we no longer wanted to be there. For a ritz Carlton I would have expected better so shame on them to allow such to happen.

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vipStephenO
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paula was awesome and the setting is amazing.

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CristinaG
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The size of my entree shrunk by 50% since we last ate there in December.
Our waiter was overworked.

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JoseA
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had the worst time of my life here. There was a guy sneezing at the table next to me the entire night, and management refused to move us or refund us when we stated we didn't want to wait for our food. Their excuse was that the guy was a regular, but what good is a regular who infects everyone around him with COVID? The guy even sexually harassed my wife as we were leaving and his server just laughed about it. I hope the Florida Department of Health comes down on them like the wrath of an angry God.

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ThomasA
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it great brunch, great service and delicious food

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traveler56
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate here 2 nights during our stay. Both nights were great with food and service. Luisa arranged for a special order of beignets after learning of our disappointment when they were no longer on the menu.
Our first night I had the filet which was very tender. The 2nd night, I had the strip steak which was even better! My husband had the fresh fish (golden tilefish) and the chicken dish the 2nd night. Both of these were good choices too. The star of the show was the brussels sprouts - to die for!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Pretty place. Ambiance & service great. Plácido took great care of us. We were a bit underwhelmed by the food. It was ok. But, we had a very nice evening overall. It’s worth a visit if you want to go somewhere new, different, ocean front.

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Vehungc
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Service could be better. But very nice place and food

MB
vipMrBrickell
Miami
82 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a nice time celebrating a friend's bday during Sunday brunch.

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vipNaddiasFavorites
Miami
120 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Last Saturday before going for a lovely walk at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park & Light House we went for lunch on Key Biscayne, we thought that the best choice would for sure be The Ritz-Carlton with their restaurant options, we choose to have brunch at LightKeepers restaurant, we had a lovely table outside overlooking the gorgeous pool area, we tried The Keeper’s Wife (local grilled artisan country levain, poached egg, shaved asparagus, tomato jam, hollandaise, crab, avocado) and the LightKeepers Burger, both really good, we decided for the Bottomless Beverage + Bubbly Package for $ 25 each.
It was so lovely to sit there, relax, enjoy the food and drinks and the great weather, really relaxing.
Now we will have to go back and try the other two restaurants there as those looked great too, these also have plenty of outdoor seating, Cantina Beach, Mexican oceanfront restaurant and Dune Burgers on the beach, cannot wait to be back ❤️
@ritzcarltonkeybiscayne @ritzcarlton @lightkeepersmiami @keybiscayne
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vipJJDMSA
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were greeted and seated with no attention to the instructions I requested. We are celebrating my birthday and I coordinated with the hotel and restaurant prior to arrival to have champagne for a birthday welcome. Not only was the request not followed but when it came time to resolve which I had to mention three different times to check the notes on my reservation the sommelier came out to wish us a happy anniversary. The food was good yet the service and attention to detail was subpar compared to our last 4 visits.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice quick friendly service

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vipChachacha101
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the French toast with berry compote and my husband loved the American Breakfast Thank you Ritz for a beautiful day on the patio.

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vipLarryL
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Expensive but always good and what we especially appreciate during COVID times is
the tables inside and out are generously spaced between parties.

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PeterB
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful staff and cuisine. The view was outstanding. Thank you all

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APL33025
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. The outside patio area offers views of the pool and ocean.

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RickH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

The Ritz and their Lightkeepers restaurant are beautiful. The hostess was friendly and gracious. She led us to one of the best outside tables and offered an umbrella because we two of our party of four were in the sun. Then the waiter arrived. He was kind of unkept and didn't fit the bill for such an upscale sounding place at the Ritz Carlton. Our waiter seemed nice but was unfamiliar with the relatively tiny brunch menu. He didn't know the fish of the day or how it was cooked or served. I got the hamburger which had two patties and some sort of grey looking glossy cheese. I split it with my partner. It was certainly not the best, but it was OK. One friend got the crab cake and she loved it. One got the fish sandwich and enjoyed it. My partner got the chicken sandwich and split with me. The meat was dry and bland. The mixed drinks were pretty good but the local brewed beer was not my so great. The bill for four was $189 -- four entrees, two mixed drinks, and four beers. The setting was so beautiful and we all enjoyed the ocean and pool views. The waiter took a long time between visits and was always out of breath and sweaty. He just didn't seem like Ritz waiter material. The valet parking cost us $25 and the valet desk wouldn't accept credit cards, which seemed like a scheme to me. With parking, lunch, and tips the afternoon came to about $255. While the scenery was gorgeous, that's way to much for inferior food and not-so-good service, topped off with a feeling of the valet either lying or cheating. I would not go back.

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Lightkeepers is rated 4.3 stars by 210 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.