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“Better than I expected being from New England”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Red Lobster

Red Lobster
Ranked #22 of 142 Restaurants in Sebring
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Wilmington, Massachusetts
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271 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Better than I expected being from New England”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

I decided to take my brother out to dinner for his 70th birthday when I visited him in Sebring, Fl. I asked him where he wanted to go and he didn't hesitate and said Red Lobster. We visited on a Wednesday evening about 6Pm and were told the wait was about 30 minutes. It was more like 45. When we were seated we noted a fair number of empty tables. I believe that they didn't have enough help for a Wednesday evening. I ate at Red Lobster in Atlanta decades ago and was thoroughly unimpressed. I am used to Maine Lobster and got Rock lobster back then. I hadn't returned since. Well, I was a bit surprised at my experience in Sebring in February, 2013. We both ordered a drink, a bahama mama, $7.50 and a lobsterita (a frozen strawberry margarita) $8.50. The lobsterita was truly impressive! We decided to share an appetizer and ordered lobster and crab stuffed mushrooms, $8.50, which were very good. My brother ordered a Lobster Lovers’ Dream which is a Maine Lobster Tail, a rock lobster tail and lobster and shrimp linguini Alfredo, about $20. I tasted his lobster tails and found the rock lobster a bit tough (which is normal compared to a Maine lobster). I also found the Maine lobster was a bit overcooked. My brother indicated the lobster and shrimp linguini lacked very much lobster. He did indicate that the dinner was very tasty. I had the Bar Harbor Lobster Bake, about $21, which consisted of a Maine lobster tail, scallops, shrimp, mussels and linguini in garlic and white wine sauce which looked more like an Alfredo sauce. Again, my lobster tails were a bit overcooked, but the meal in general was quite tasty. What disappointed me was that 4 of the 8 mussels came out un-opened. When shell fish are cooked properly, any that don’t open should be discarded as they may have been dead or otherwise not something you should eat. I mentioned it to our waitress and she agreed that the kitchen should not have sent them out. She comp’d me my drink which I felt was more than fair. To be fair, I know how to cook Maine lobster very well. It would be a challenge for any restaurant but the best down-east restaurants to match my own lobster. I have to give it to Red Lobster, they have come a long way since I tried them decades ago. The food was much better and the service was excellent. The serving size was more than adequate and the prices were reasonable. Currently there are no Red Lobster restaurants in Massachusetts and Maine, probably because Red Lobster would find it difficult to compete against the enormous number of restaurants serving Maine lobster. But, if you want a pretty decent meal at a fair price, I think I would give Red Lobster a try. By the way, a “Bar Harbor Lobster Bake” would consist of steamed, soft shelled clams, steamed (or boiled) lobster, and corn on the cob if you had it in Bah Habah, Maine. And if it was on a beach, the steaming would be done using hot coals under seaweed in a sand pit. Ayeyup!

  • Visited February 2013
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Dade City, Florida
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Huge disapointment!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

This place is the worst managed restaurant I have ever been to. We walked in to a run down dirty lobby , we were told it would be a few minutes. That would normally be fine except that you could see the restaurant dinning room was only half full. So there was three girls at the host desk all looking busy , doing nothing, then all of sudden after the lobby had three sets of dinners waiting and four tables had left we were all seated.
I went to wash my hands . The bathroom was dirty and someone had vomited into the trash between the two sinks. I should have just left at that point , after all my appetite was gone. I could have went down the road to Cody's where we had a nice meal the night before. But, I went back to the table. The waitress was rude and in a rush , like she had to turn the table over asap. The restaurant is nearly empty remember. We get our orders in NOTHING comes out right and then she argues with us about what we ordered. It was a horrible experience!

Visited October 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great neighborhood chain restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2012

I had dinner at the bar, the bartender was very friendly. Bar area is tiny! Service was quick. Lobster was on par with what is generally served at the chain. No real surprises here.

  • Visited November 2012
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Davenport, Florida
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Red Lobster, Sebring, FL”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2012

Bad experience from the get go. One expects some delay on a busy Friday evening, but this was way outside the box. The food was reasonably well cooked. The service, just not there. Had to wait, on just the water, wait on the meal, then the waiter just sort of ignored that we were done eating for what seemed like an eternity. Had to go the front desk to get some attention, and then it was at least five minutess, or more, before the waiter came. No apology, nothing. It's like this is the way business is done, and the customer just needs to get used to the situation. Folks coming in the door, but seems very few going out, so I'm guessing others patrons had some of the same experience.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Bill W
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Halesowen, England
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Endless Shrimp”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012 via mobile

We are lucky, our Florida trip always coincides with Endless Shrimp, which I love. Always busy, food is good for a chain, cheese biscuits to die for (when warm). Good wine selection (for Florida). 5 or 6 choices of shrimp you can eat till you are stuffed. Service has always been efficient. See you next year!

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