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Royal James Cafe

117 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 28516-2138
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good32%
  • Average19%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“burgers” (20 reviews)
“juke box” (5 reviews)
“dive bar” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Bar, Pub
117 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 28516-2138
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

This is a decent place with a few pool tables and few tables. The menu is very limited and they only take cash. Staff is very friendly. I would not take my kids there in the evening, but during the day is ok.

Thank Angela G
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I love shooting pool here in the off-season! Nice place to get fairly priced beers that's open year-round. Over the past probably two years though but James has really changed. It seems the entire employee staff is turned over, And the clientele...More

Thank Thumper747
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

The Royal James has been in Beaufort forever it seems, in fact I came here as a teenager when it was called "Vick's," and that was a long time ago. I became a regular here when inside smoking was banned in NC. Before that this...More

Thank UnclePen
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Beaufort original, been here for years! Bar food menu with burgers, wings and such. Friendly staff. Good burgers.

Thank damondowneastnc
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Pool tables, beer only, laid back, cash only, cheap food if you are hungry, live music on weekends, reasonable prices. Need I say more?

Thank streemcatchr
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Conveniently located locals dive bar. Pool tables, ice cold beer and all kinds of fried food. Used to be a drug store and the soda fountain counter is now the bar. World class jukebox. A friendly place and there's no place quite like it anywhere...More

Thank Jerome W
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Come here 3-4 times a year for over 25 years Drive two hrs but worth it plus a good road trip NOT today always order burgers with extra crispy fries Fries came out under cooked wife could not eat hers sent them back now burger...More

Thank Tom P
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I read the other reviews. I do. I'm sure you do too. It's kind of irritating when I can clearly see people lying about a place. If they give a bad review..I look at their other reviews..and when only one out of 20 is positive..I...More

Thank aquariumgravel
Reviewed 9 October 2016

The food is terrible. Literally felt nauseous after the second bite, ending up throwing up in the parking lot. I wouldn't take my dog into the Royal James for fear of him catching disease. Steer clear of this pimple on the face of Beaufort.

Thank GTSmith51
Reviewed 10 September 2016

This place is a bar with pool tables. If you're okay with that, then you're going to like the burgers and other sandwiches. The drinks come out of a fridge so no iced tea but I know the beer is cold.

Thank gkmcfe
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 28516-2138
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Beaufort
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