Fried Chicken Sandwiches and Burgers at Royale in San Diego, CA

I recently discovered the Royale has reopened! Royale used to be called Royale with Cheese and was located inside of the Parks & Rec bar in University Heights. We went back in 2016 for Burger Week! It was hard for us to visit Royale more often back then since they were inside a 21+ bar and we usually had underage T with us. They closed for awhile to remodel and eventually moved to get their own location. Jake and I were excited to discover they are back!

Royale - San Diego, CA

Royale is in a new spot over in the Ocean Beach/Point Loma area. It’s kind of on the verge of both neighborhoods.

Royale - San Diego, CA

There’s plenty of seating in here which I liked since the last location had little to no seating. I like having a place to park my butt. This is towards the front.

Mural - Royale - San Diego, CA

Where there is a really cool mural on the wall. 

Bar - Royale - San Diego, CA

Walk towards the inside a little and you’ll find the bar. There’s more seating in the back.

Jukebox - Royale - San Diego, CA

Also a cool juke box.

Jules - Royale - San Diego, CA

This painting is above the jukebox. Jake didn’t get the reference at first. It’s not as fun when I have to explain things! 

Royale - San Diego, CA

Menu - Royale - San Diego, CA

The menu is pretty simple here. I heard they have brunch now though so OBVIOUSLY I have to come back for a revisit for brunch. 

Fried Chicken Sandwich - Royale - San Diego, CA

I was waffling a little on what I wanted to get but luckily I ended up deciding on the Fried Chicken Sandwich [$11]. I was a little worried about the jicama cilantro slaw on top since I’m not a big fan of slaw in general, but it was perfect on top of this sandwich.

Fried Chicken Sandwich - Royale - San Diego, CA

When the sandwich was brought out, our waiter/the co-owner commented that this was probably one of the biggest fried chicken sandwiches he’s seen. Just the luck of the draw, I guess. This thing was MASSIVE.

Chicken Sandwich - Royale - San Diego, CA

I only managed to eat about half of it. The chicken itself was perfectly cooked – juicy, crispy, flavorful, wonderful, a chicken sandwich made of dreams and wishes. The jicama slaw was also delightful – it paired so nicely with the chicken giving it a balance of flavor to combat the richness of the fried chicken. YUM.

Royale with Cheese - Royale - San Diego, CA

Jake ordered the classic Royale with Cheese [$11] and since it was his and not mine he got evil pickles on it. I had a pickle-less bite that I enjoyed though – juicy juicy, meaty meaty! And that lovely melted cheese – swoon! 

Tater Tots - Royale - San Diego, CA

Jake and I also shared a basket of Tater Tots [$5]. You can add fries or tots to your meal for $3, but I didn’t want to eat a ton of tots and figured a basket to share was a better deal for us. The tater tots were fresh and crispy – just the way I like them. 

All in all we had a lovely visit to Royale. The service was awesome, the location is good (though I wish they had a parking lot – we just parked on the street nearby), and the food is excellent. Give them a shot if you’re looking for a simple and tasty meal. 

4204 Voltaire Street
San Diego, CA 92107

Author: Mary

Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

5 Replies to “Fried Chicken Sandwiches and Burgers at Royale in San Diego, CA

  1. Kirbie and I enjoyed our sandwiches here. Her chicken sandwich was not as massive as yours and had a different filling. But yeah, that chicken was really tender and juicy. I loved my Royale with Cheese, pickles and all. Bert ate my leftovers. 0000 Man, the selection in the jukebox for your visit (I have pretty much all of those records, yes, records, not cd’s, ha ha). One of my favorites is “Staring at the Sea” by the Cure, which is a compilation of their singles and “The Queen is Dead” by the Smiths. During my visit there was hardly anything in it that I liked. 🙁 I’m going again soon then I’ll do my post, heh heh.

    1. I want to go for breakfast after you sent me those photos – the sandwiches look so good! Haha, I briefly had records for awhile but no longer have a record player or records. That’s awesome though, you’re so “retro”, CC! 😉

    1. Hi Lynn – Yes, happy to see they finally got their own spot in town! I don’t remember magical seasoning from before… but the tots are damn tasty, I can tell you that much!

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