Royale, which was originally a pop-up called Royale with Cheese, recently opened its permanent location in Ocean Beach. The diner and cocktail bar features popular diner items and a full bar.

I recently visited the diner during a brunch with my friend CC. The interior has a fun vibe, with interesting artwork, a jukebox and references to Pulp Fiction.

Royale with Cheese

This is their signature burger. The name is in reference to a scene from the movie Pulp Fiction.


Their version includes a 1/3 lb burger patty, bacon, gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, mustard, pickles, all served on a buttermilk bun.

I had a taste of my friend’s burger and quite enjoyed it. The burger was juicy, the cheese perfectly melted. I also quite liked the pickles which tasted fresh and housemade. They had a snappy texture and a good amount of dill and sour flavor without tasting processed or full of vinegar.

She also ordered tater tots which were fried extra crispy–just the way I like them.

Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich

Fried chicken breast, fried egg, braised collard greens, sausage gravy, all served on a massive house biscuit. This sandwich was quite something. It was very heavy and I wasn’t able to finish the whole thing, but I did really like all the elements.

The biscuit was very tender, the fried chicken breast was moist, the collard greens were a nice addition and the sausage gravy was thick and just the right amount of salty. I saved half for Mr. K and he really liked the leftovers as well.

Overall, we had a pleasant visit here. I think both of our entrees were pretty good and I’m curious to try out their other sandwiches. There aren’t too many diners in San Diego so it’s nice to see a new one join the restaurant scene.

4204 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107

4 comments on “Royale”

  1. Both of our dishes were so good, especially your chicken sandwich! I love the botanical mural with animals as well. I can’t wait to return for brunch with my girl friends. There’s more on the menu to explore!

  2. Omg that chicken sandwich looks so good! I was sad when their other location shut for a while and have been patiently waiting for them to reopen. Will be one of my spots to check out after my clean eating diet completes!

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