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Royal Cafe

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625 Pennsylvania Ave, Story City, IA 50248-1241
+1 515-733-9074
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Tucson, Arizona
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47 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2017

We happened in to this restaurant on an evening when they offered an all-you-can-eat Buffet Dinner. The food was better than most buffet restaurants. All food was hot. The options on the buffet was fresh and good quality. Offered a bit of leafy green lettuce in addition to the iceburg lettuce (no idea who eats iceburg lettuce any longer). I... More 

Thank 432rosef
Story City, Iowa
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 14, 2016

if you want to enjoy one of the best Norwegian dishes around, go to the Royal Cafe. Serving every Wednesday. One of the best places around to get this treat.

Thank quilterscorner54
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2016

Didn't get around to eating. We had waited such a long time without even being asked what we wanted to drink that we left and went to McDonald's.

Thank Yvonne1943
Seeley Lake, Montana
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2016

Now called Family Restaurant. Located near interstate interchange. Young man server was inexperienced with good attitude, trying hard. Hot plate Special was a very good deal

Thank RL C
Elk River, Minnesota
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2016

We had a All day brunch burger and it was so filling and very good. The burger has an egg and bacon.

Thank hennessey0714
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54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2016 via mobile

Right off the highway, this was a convenient spot to eat. Home cookin was advertised. We had the buffet, which had a nice salad spread. Otherwise hamburgers and a chicken noodle dish were very simple. For only ~$8/plate it was a decent deal. After sitting at our table we guessed we raised the average age of the diners by at... More 

Thank John P
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2015

I'm not a picky customer, I've only returned food in a restaurant maybe 5 times in 35 years, but two of those were in this diner. Both times the replacement was still inedible and I ended up giving up and not eating at all. Neither time did they offer to comp my obviously uneaten meal. I had thought maybe I... More 

Thank AuntJeanne
Maplewood, Minnesota
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171 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2015

We stopped for lunch on Sunday because The Cafe in Ames had a 50 min wait. We were pleased with our ample servings and homemade pies. If you are tired of the chain places its a nice change.

Thank Wayne R
Ankeny, Iowa
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2015

but most things were not your mother's home cookin'. 1. Difficult to find - please update web page as we sat at old location waiting for everyone to show up 'til finally noticing they'd relocated. 2. Signage very small on what had been the Happy Chef location near I-35. 3. Fried food smell overwhelming upon entering. 4. Service slow -... More 

Thank Juneiowa99
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

Worst pork tenderloin ever. It was very small and over cooked. Fries where soggy. I would recommend Mc Donald's across the street over this.

Thank Steve H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 625 Pennsylvania Ave, Story City, IA 50248-1241
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Story City
  • Phone Number: +1 515-733-9074

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?