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“Avoid Sunday brunch (except for omelettes and waffles)” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Royal Restaurant

Royal Restaurant
734 North Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-1616
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Ranked #90 of 639 restaurants in Alexandria
Cuisines: Diner
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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“Avoid Sunday brunch (except for omelettes and waffles)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

How long does it take to make pans upon pans of French toast, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage, and fruit salad to sit out to be ready for a 7am open? I don't know - but certainly not at 7am. Who knows how long in advance the pre-prepared buffet was made, but the most of the baked items were soggy or close to inedible. Omelets and waffles, however, were made fresh on site at a table in front of you. There did seem to be a bit of a language barrier because I ended up with the same ingredients that my husband asked for. Service was great to start with, but petered off when it got a little busier. Considering the quality of the food, it felt like a rip-off. With tip, the tab for 2 of us came to $42.

I'd go two stars but even with the wrong ingredients, the omelet was good. This place might be perfectly fine if you could get food prepared freshly, just for you. On Sunday morning though, the only choice is the buffet. Precious little else resembles a diner nearby. Most other breakfast places are of the coffee house variety. The coffee and tea were good and plentiful, but sadly not enough to make this a winning score.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Hampshire, UK
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11 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“No frills but lovely, well priced food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

As out of towners we were really impressed by the quality of the food here. The setting is not glamorous but its clean and tidy and we were well attended by the staff.
We weren't expecting much and just wanted a quick bite to eat as we were tired from travelling all day.
We had parmasan chicken and spaghetti and meatballs and spaghetti and made use of the well-stocked salad bar. We returned another day and had a larger salad each and the spinach and artichoke dip, served with lots of warm pitta triangles and the hot wings. All of which were scrummy.
Would definitely recommend this place for tasty and cheap eats.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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No. VA
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“Nice Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

The Royal is an Alexandria institution. It's well known for good food, and good service. It isn't fancy, but you can count on a good meal, for a decent price. Breakfast is especially good! The portions are large, so order accordingly. Their pancakes are light and fluffy, the bacon is meaty and crispy. I'd highly recommend it!

Visited August 2013
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Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
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“Decent breakfast buffet”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Sunday morning, a few blocks from the Crowne Plaza hotel in the north end. The Royal was quite busy. Only the breakfast buffet was available. There was an omelette/waffle station which made to order. The rest of the buffet included the typical breakfast staples: bacon, sausage, potatoes in several forms, pancakes. The meats in general were slightly under-cooked, but definitely edible. If you like your bacon crispy, this isn't the time.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
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“Comfort Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

This is not the place for a fancy evening out. It's a diner, plain and simple, with typical diner fare. However the food was good, the service fast and friendly and the menu expansive. Plenty of free parking which is a plus. I ordered the Chicken Alfredo which came with a trip to the salad bar and the portion was good sized (half of it went home in a doggie bag) and tasty. Prices are very reasonable so a good place for a family meal out.

Visited July 2013
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