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The Lunch Bell

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694 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 873-1839
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good for lunch

Great for lunch but sometimes crowded so get there early or later not around noon. Any of the lunch choices are great and allot like home cooking.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Larry W
Yorktown, Virginia
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Yorktown, Virginia
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for lunch but sometimes crowded so get there early or later not around noon. Any of the lunch choices are great and allot like home cooking.

Thank Larry W
Ashland, Oregon
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189 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice atmosphere, tasty food, friendly, but very slow service. Seems like a little management could go a long way here. Inefficiency is everywhere. But, were in no hurry so we will be back.

Thank Tapetseb22
Smithfield, Virginia
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A while back my Mother and I visited for lunch. It was a good lunch as far as the food goes. My elderly Mother is ill and likes to get out to eat as much as she can. It's one of her only remaining pleasures in life so I take her out quite often. As a rule I do not... More 

Thank Valvolt
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Family owned and operated, this place has consistently good food, pleasant, friendly service, clean rest rooms. I often get the BBQ plate. The lettuce is always fresh. The desserts are home made. I eat there every time I am in NN.

Thank Jeanbqueenbee
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Very poor service. Under staffed and miss managed. The greeter/cashier has permanent "resting b1tch face" and she's Very unfriendly. We were here for lunch and it seemed like it was amateur hour. Didn't get all our food and had to keep asking for everything including refills. Will never come here again.

1 Thank Vladik S
Newport News, Virginia
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204 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We first time we went here everything was very good, this time is was not so good. We got in after the lunch rush, there were less than 10 patrons. My wife ordered salad and I had the prime rib sandwich. After biting into my sandwich I found that almost half the meat was fat, so I cut it off... More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This is a nice place for homestyle breakfast or lunch. The lobster salad roll is delicious as the other sandwiches. They are served with a large mound of potato salad. The 2 egg breakfast is also wonderful. The diner is very close to the Paragon movie theater for a quick inexpensive meal either before or after a show.

Thank hartpndg
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Food was good for a quick lunch. Menu is limited. A lot of regulars attend this spot for lunch. Staff was accommodating.

Thank Angela B
WIlson NC
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109 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

There's a reason they have been in business so long....the food is great! We got breakfast/brunch buffet, and we could not find anything we didn't like! Pancakes are served hot and fresh to the table while other items are on buffet, The biscuits and gravy were fabulous, as were the grits! Waitress was very kind, just took a while to... More 

Thank kmfleet
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We stopped in on a Saturday morning and were seated right away. Everyone seemed comfortable as they read the morning newspaper and conversed with the many servers. It must be a favorite for locals. I had to try the pumpkin pancakes and I'm so glad I did! They were dense and moist and delicious! Can't wait to return for more.

Thank Jordanpbj

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 694 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Newport News
  • Phone Number: (757) 873-1839

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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