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Light's Bake Shop

American, Cafe, Diner
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211 W 2nd St, Elmira, NY 14901-2711
+1 607-732-5600
06:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 06:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 06:00 - 20:00
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15 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

I've eaten there 3 times this week for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Breakfast was decent...fries eggs, ham & toast. Lunch-Unfortunately, the food has no taste. The 'Big Burger' wasn't even good...how do you mess up a Berger? The signature apple dumpling with caramel was just OK. The caramel was thin, not warm & there wasn't enough to even taste. Dinner-fried... More 

Thank OilerATC
Nashville, TN
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150 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Have not been to Lights Bakery in a number of years since moving to a different state, but when we are in New York State we always drive to Elmira for cookies, cakes, breads, brownies, and to sit down in the diner portion of the bakery for a cup of coffee and a goodie. Everything is home made and so... More 

Thank Irmi E
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This used to be a great place to grab a cake, cookies or half moons but that it not the case anymore. The quality has gone down. I used to have to go there when we went to see my husbands family but that is no longer the case. Cookies are stale and sometimes hard. The jelly in the donuts... More 

Thank Nancy R
Buffalo, New York
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I have fond memories of half moons from this bakery and my visit today didn't disappoint in that respect. Moist and very chocolate. YUM. Unfortunately I also had breakfast. The coffee was fine but the western omelet was tasteless. Even the rye toast was under flavored. The waitstaff was pleasant and welcoming. My recommendation is to stick with coffee and... More 

Thank Chris14223
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61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Lights has been around and a fixture in Elmira for a long time. There's a definite sense of community. It's a bakery and a diner/cafe. They have an extensive menu but I always think about Lights for breakfast. I recently had Lights homemade Texas Cinnamon French Toast. It was amazing! I also love their rice pudding. You can order off... More 

Thank Dr. Bob D
Horseheads, New York
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Great place for breakfast. Fast service and they have all the breakfast food groups. Good atmosphere with many regulars there.

Thank Edward L
Corning, New York
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51 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

I heard a lot about this place. I stopped in to get some baked goods for a work party. The cookies were very pretty, the customer service decent but the actual baked goods tasted just OK. Maybe I was expecting too much based on other people's opinions. Didn't try the food, though, but the diner area was pretty full.

Thank Jessica C
Elmira, New York
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68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Not sure I have ever had anything but breakfast here, at any time of day. Fast and friendly service. Coffee flows and they will make your bacon as crispy as you like. Added bonus- you can grab a cake or pie on your way out.

Thank mbullett
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

My husband and I walked in today, and there was an elderly woman cashing out. She asked for an apple dumpling to go. The women working were rude and hostile toward her. Then her card wouldn't swipe. They were nasty. A patron paid for the woman, and the women working acted a little nicer. Same woman working came to our... More 

Thank melissa1679
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

The only thing they got going for them is the half moons!!!! It's too expensive and they need to do a better job cooking...

Thank Kathleen T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 211 W 2nd St, Elmira, NY 14901-2711
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Elmira
  • Phone Number: +1 607-732-5600

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?