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Old Lighthouse

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Diner, American
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2520 W State St, Bristol, TN 37620-1816
+1 423-274-0200
07:00 - 03:00
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Passed by this place so many times. I had the fried pollack on homemade bread with shoe string fries. It was delicious. Staff was very friendly and prompt. Would definitely go again. Love MA and PA places!

Thank Pam R
Cedartown, Georgia
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I are always looking for local and unique places when on vacation. This place was perfect! Fun, unique atmosphere and workers all seem to be family. We had a hamburger and it was a "real" burger, freshly made. The service was great! Also, a previous post mentions that they were anti-gun and had a sign on the... More 

Thank haygoodjc
Roanoke, Virginia
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49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Love family-owned, independent businesses and this was no exception. Family was on site, son Gabriel waited on us and he was incredibly friendly. The decor is fun, the bread is homemade and the country ham was authentic. This was by far the best dine-in experience we had in Bristol!

Thank Corkdork73
Bristol, Virginia
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

The lighthouse diner is by far my most favorite place to go. It is family owned and they are the best the food is delicious and they keep ya coming back. They treat my baby like their own they are always welcoming as soon as u walk in the door I couldn't say enough nice things!

Thank braxtensmomma16
Bristol, Tennessee
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Quaint lil mom and pop resturant good food, nice people moderate prices! Local favorite place to enjoy a meal!

Thank everette221
Bristol, VA
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110 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

My wife and I had lunch here recently and it was obvious that the restaurant was under new management/ownership. These folks are very nice, they eat their own cooking, the service is great and the food is authentic and well-prepared. The breakfast menu is extensive but there are lots of other options as well. Very clean and highly recommended. Not... More 

Thank giorgio11
Bristol, Tennessee
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223 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This is the preferred place for breakfast for my family. The food is always Fresh, homemade and delicious! Pancakes are huge, egg dishes are good and service is always friendly.

Thank 2bemullins5
Knoxville, Tennessee
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for good local recommendations, just check TA. They didn't steer us wrong with the Old Lighthouse Diner. It was your typical 'greasy' diner, but they do breakfast all day long, and even though it was 11am, some of our group were still looking for bacon, eggs and pancakes. Part of our group got burgers, fries, the rest... More 

Thank Russ H
Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Wonderful family business run by a delightful family. I'd go there again for the atmosphere alone! I met friends there for breakfast. They have all of the usual things on their breakfast menu. One of the son's made fresh homemade bread the morning we were there.

Thank ChefCJCooksnEats
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a nice meal. He had an early lunch of country steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a couple of veggies. I had a late breakfast of eggs over easy, bacon, toast, coffee, and a slice of French toast dusted with cinnamon and confectionery sugar. Everything was great! There is a nice family running it, and... More 

Thank Hokiefour

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Diner, American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 03:00
07:00 - 03:00
07:00 - 03:00
07:00 - 03:00
07:00 - 03:00
07:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2520 W State St, Bristol, TN 37620-1816
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +1 423-274-0200
First come first serve True Diner experience, reservations for after hours of operation must be made 48 hours in advance, and it is only for parties of 20 (twenty) or more up to 55. Your party will be catered to by whatever is on our menu or your choice of a special chosen meal. Breakfast all day, from just eggs to omelets, from small hand formed burgers to 2 lb burgers, dinner platters are offered as well. Enjoy the safe and secure atmosphere with your children and seniors. Our atmosphere is filled with the beauty of listening to oldies of the 1950's all day. We begin clean around 2:30pm, open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 3pm.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?