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“Just OK”
Review of RJ's Cafe

RJ's Cafe
Ranked #4 of 145 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$10
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
194 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Just OK”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

This is a diner that is busy for breakfast and lunch with some outdoor seating in the center of a shopping and restaurant area. It was clear that many customers were locals. I was a local years ago. We had breakfast and lunch on the same day. The fare is less expensive than some of is nearby competitors but, one needs to stick with old reliable menu items. As an example, my wife had huevos rancheros. The tortilla was smeared with a thick layer of refried beans, a fried egg and topped with a thick layer of chunky salsa drowning out the taste of the egg and flavor of the tortilla. One would suspect that it was prepared to give the appearance of an abundance of food. I had bagel with smoked salmon and condiments. The bagel was (I should remind myself to be careful when ordering a bagel in California) pretty tasteless and contained a thin slice of cream cheese. The salmon looked as if it was the last of the package with small pieces stuck together. For lunch I had a tuna salad on rye. Both the salad and bread were dry without much flavor. The service was pretty average. In retrospect, next time I would go across the street to the Brig and pay the extra $$ or to the Harbor House on Coast Highway.

  • Visited July 2014
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Laguna Hills, California
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Not worth the wait”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

For all the hype about this restaurant and the long lines, the food is slightly above average. Portions are large and the food is tasty but the service was terrible -- just too many patrons and not enough staff. They are used to people waiting for them and are not very organized. We waited about 15 minutes to get our water and more before our server came over. She was great, but it didn't make up for such a chaotic atmosphere and long wait.

If you know your restaurant is going to be slammed all the time, get better organized and do a better job of respecting your customers. Don't rely on tourists to keep coming in, because the locals need a good place who respects us and who wants to treat us right.

Visited June 2014
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Dana Point, California
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Over workrd staff”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

The waitresses that work there at 11:30 am on a wedusday seemed tried or over worked.
When we first arrived at the door, a waitress told us there is a wait list, then told by the casheir, sit where there is a empty table. Our waitress was nice and the food came out fast, the Fish and Chips we ordered had chewy batter, but the fish was good. never had chewy yellow batter before anywere. still trying to figure out what they did wrong.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Rhonda D
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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Relaxing breakfast and lunch”
Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

Had a combination breakfast and lunch. We had an enjoyable meal. Food was delicious and very glad we found this cozy restaurant. When we arrived we were not greeted, however, everyone else were friendly. We choose to sit inside, however there is sitting outside and the weather was beautiful.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Beth G
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leeds,england
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Worth the wait!”
Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

We had to wait quite a time before we got a table at this diner - but it was worth it....I devoured a wonderful sausage and cheese omelette .....and my hubby had a corn beef hash omelette which he said was awesome!
Try to you will like it!!!!!

Visited July 2014
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Thank charlieboychik
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