With its retractable garage doors, outdoor mural and plenty of outdoor seating, Royal Cafe is quickly becoming a go-to spot in Narberth since opening in June. “We knew immediately, before we closed, that we were going to open up another restaurant,” said co-owner Jason Gordon, who was also a partner in Royal’s predecessor, Café Lift.
The 80-seat interior has been redesigned. For now, though, all seats are outdoors—85 of them under a large tent in the parking lot. “Everybody comments on how spaced out it is and how happy they are to come out,” says chef/partner Josiah Richmond. “All we want is for people to feel safe and leave here feeling happy.”
The eatery’s upscale pub fare seems to accomplish that. “We wanted quality food with quality products,” Richmond says. “Nothing pretentious—something for everyone.”
Imported from Italy, a new pizza oven produces one of the café’s most popular items: the Murder Hornet pizza, topped with Calabrian soppressata, mozzarella and locally made spicy honey. Other inventive pies include the Jersey Peach, made with ripe peaches, prosciutto, ricotta cheese, balsamic reduction and basil, and the Royal Buffalo, topped with popcorn chicken, buffalo sauce, mozzarella, ranch dressing, celery and red onion.
“Smash style” burgers are made with two four-ounce, grass-fed beef patties or a plant-based option, and a variety of toppings. Sandwiches, salads and pastas have been summer favorites, as are the four kinds of mac and cheese, including one topped with Main lobster.
Royal Cafe is open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday and brunch on weekends. It’s open five days a week for happy hour, including one from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that includes drink discounts for moms and dads who are homeschooling their kids.
724 Montgomery Ave., Narberth, www.royalcafenarberth.com