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“Great pancakes” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Astronomical Pancake and Waffle House

Astronomical Pancake and Waffle House
5437 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188-2062
757-253-6565
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Ranked #93 of 303 Restaurants in Williamsburg
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
New Jersey
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Great pancakes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Before heading home, we decided on a quick breakfast. This place is beautifully decorated, with padded rattan chairs, flags abound and wide, sunny windows. There is a waiting area within the restaurant for people to wait for a table.The menu is large, with pancakes that have every topping you could ever ask for. I ordered the plain astronomical pancakes and a scrambled egg. Well, they had to be 10" wide, they served you 2 of them. They were light and tasty. Unable to finish, I have attached the pictures- and I have a large appetite.
My friend had scrambled eggs with potatoes and she said they were tasty and not greasy.
Coffee was good. Waitress was so happy and helpful. She seemed happy to be at work!
Only disappointment was,, for such a nice, decorative place, the bathrooms were awful.
Get here early, because by 10:15am the parking lot was packed.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Clayton
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“Best Pancake House!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Yesterday I visited Astronomical Pancake House. Talk about huge pancakes? They were the biggest pancakes I've ever seen!! My kids loved them! While we were in there we waited about 15-20 minutes for a table, no biggie, were on vacation why rush? People were being so impatient and so rude. If you don't have time to wait, why come to a packed restaurant? The food was so worth the wait. I've never enjoyed breakfast so much! Definitely my favorite place, we will be back!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Athens, Georgia, United States
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Interesting Adventure”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Had to wait about 30 minutes on a Saturday morning. One of dozens of pancake places in Williamsburg. I had the bacon pancake. Two huge pancakes. Very tasty!

Visited June 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“No Longer Astronomical”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We had a group of 11 (7 adults, 4 kids)...so we expected to wait for a table. Surprisingly, we were seated within 20 minutes. That's where the pleasant surprises ended. It took our server almost 15 minutes to take our food order. After 30 minutes of waiting, I went to ask the manager about our food. He said he would check on it. Fifteen minutes later, the omelets and waffle came out, a few minutes later the pancakes, and lastly the kids chocolate chip pancakes...over 50 minutes after we ordered. And after all that waiting, the food wasn't that great.
We have been coming to The Astronomical Pancake House for 5 years on our annual vacation in Williamsburg. We had a similar visit last year, but I thought it was a fluke.
We will definitely NOT be returning next year!!

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Graham, North Carolina
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“The only thing Astronomical are the prices...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We recently spent 4 great days in Williamsburg... We had our 2 oldest grandsons with us and they wanted pancakes and waffles... They are used to the resturants in Myrtle Beach... We went in and were seated... After the sticker shock of a $7.95 plain waffle... $4.95 for a kids meal 5 silver dollar pancakes, we figured out how to order... It seems the waitress was more interested in socializing with the cute guy at another table... She finally got our order and took forever to get our drinks... When our food got there we realized that there was only 1 set of silverware on our table... she was nowhere to be found so I swiped silverware off of other tables... Our coffee cups and drinks were empty by the time the food came and we were almost done with breakfast before we got refills... We then waited forever to get our ticket so we could pay... The food was decent, but honestly not worth the money... The waffle tasted the same as if we had stayed in a Hampton Inn and made our own... The overlight eggs were overdone... and noone really seemed to care if the waited on us or not... We went to a competitor the next day and enjoyed it way more and got out for half of the money... Like Chris O says... save your money and go somewhere else... Or at least don't expect what you get at other pancake and waffle houses...

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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