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“Reliable comfort food”
Review of Coral Cafe

Coral Cafe
Ranked #38 of 427 Restaurants in Burbank
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery
burbank, ca
Level 6 Contributor
304 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Reliable comfort food”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Been a long while since we last visited this place. Like most popular family restaurants, this place was really busy Sunday morning. But the wait was fairly short. The menu seems endless, but this time we decided to give the Mexican food a shot. I enjoyed a pretty decent chilaquiles plate...the fried/simmered tortilla slices in red sauce providing good consistency. The serving, including a scrambled egg, avocado slices, beans and rice, was quite generous, as are all the dishes here. My wife tried the machaca with eggs and cleaned the plate. Hard to find worthwhile Mexican food in Burbank, so we were pleasantly surprised since Coral touts American comfort food. Wouldn't be surprised to find Mexican cooks in this kitchen. Overall,the service, good and reasonably priced food and the fact that it's open 24/7 add up to
a favorable score.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Not Very Good But Has Some Pros with the Cons”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

It's true that this place has been around since before many of us were born. Another feature is that they are always open, and will deliver 24/7. They also feature an expansive menu.

The problem is that they seem to have a lot of trouble with the cooks and staff. I have eaten at this place since I was a child. In the past it was utterly reliable but, in recent years (and after trading hands to new ownership, which seems to screw up most restaurants in Burbank), I have been truly appalled at some of the things they tried to fob off on me.

There was the "rotten salads" phase that lasted about a year, when I was repeatedly served utterly black, really rotting salad. They would try to hide this by placing a thin layer of fresher leaves over the top. It was revolting, honestly. I'm sure so many people complained that they finally gave up on being that insanely cheap.

Besides that, I've been given other insulting offerings, including enchiladas filled with largish sharp bone pieces (that was another phase that lasted a while)... sundry burnt dishes... exceedingly stale breads and buns on burgers and sandwiches (I mean, seriously like days past it)... pieces of pie congealed into plastic because, as they told me, they were obligated to give me that last lingering piece of pie before they could cut into a new pie... Lots of b.s. like that.

The more typical changes have been a drag too, such as switching over from fresh guacamole to that stuff that's pre-fab in little plastic tubs, and using cheap, unpleasant cheeses. But no matter; garbage served is sent back, and no tips are forthcoming. Just be prepared for your meal to take a long time due to reasons like this. Also their service tends to be really slow anyway; much slower than other restaurants, and they hardly ever bring everyone's meal together, either.

On good days, the food can be nice, although it will never be great or spectacular. But if you get a sense of what to order, and make it clear that you will neither accept nor tip for garbage, you stand a better chance of having a good experience.

  • Visited January 2013
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North Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Level 6 Contributor
81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Been In Burbank A Good Long Time...And There Is A Reason...”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

We always find the good places by just asking locals where they like to eat. The immediate retort was "THE CORAL CAFE" on West Burbank Blvd. Folks, their menu is FOURTEEN pages long. That much stuff in the kitchen must drive the cooks crazy. Heck, they even sell a glob of peanut butter. Never saw that before. I had the Eggs Benedict and my lady scarfed down a chicken fried steak smothered in home made gravy. We saw other orders fly out of the kitchen and they all looked great. Plus each plate was stuffed with goodies. You DO get your money's worth at the CORAL CAFE. An added bonus? Our busboy and waitress were super nice and gave us dynamite service. So if you are ever in the San Fernando Valley and hungry anytime day or night, head on over to THE CORAL CAFE. You'll discover why it has been dishing out great grub since the 60's. Oh, they also have some homemade deserts in the front display that we just had to take with us. Stop in and get a real meal in Burbank. And bring along your reading glasses to read that complete menu...OK?

  • Visited September 2013
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Los Angeles
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“It's a Family Diner”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

It's a family diner, so don't expect glitz and glamor. It's been around for many years, so the wear and tear might be apparent if one looks too closely. It's open 24 hours, which travelers might need. And they serve breakfast all 24 hours. Due to popularity, and convenience to the local neighborhood, the dinner hour can be somewhat noisy, especially weekend nights. But even on the crowded nights, the wait is rarely more than 15 minutes to be seated. There are choices of booths and tables. The food is good, but not gourmet. It's basically American with a few "international" choices. The prices are reasonable for the amount of food you get. If you're a light eater, you will have leftovers! The menu has a lot of variety, and you can order nearly anything, anytime: from breakfasts, sandwiches & wraps, hamburgers, soups, salads, full dinners and kids menu items. The dessert cooler greets you with hand made cakes, pies and other desserts. There are daily specials, which helps the budget. The wait staff are cheerful and helpful. If you're looking for fancy, and solitude, this isn't the place. If you are hungry, and like a home-style feel, this will work for you.

  • Visited July 2013
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Newhall, California
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
“Great food but beware of weekend crowds”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

My whole family enjoys this restaurant. Great prices and great food. Home-style cooking and lots of it. We always go home with doggie-bags! Desserts to die for! GREAT home-made soups! Unfortunately, our good time was not so good due to the large crowds drawn here on weekends - especially Sunday night. To enjoy this place, try weeknights or late lunch. Open 24 hours so it's great if you're out and about. Highly recommend it - MOST of the time.

  • Visited January 2013
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