Royal Oak Diner–Restaurant A Casual Elegance Must for Dining on Long Island for Over 30 Years

001 (19)003 (15)008 (13)by Barbara LaMonica

Set your GPS destination for 900 Station Road in Bellport and head out to the ‘Royal Oak Diner-Restaurant’ for a not-to-be-missed custom-tailored breakfast, lunch or dinner. ‘Royal Oak,’ conveniently situated off Sunrise Highway (Exit 56) and open seven days a week, is now celebrating its 30th Anniversary.
A Little History About ‘Royal Oak Diner-Restaurant’
The success and longevity of ‘Royal Oak’ is due, in part, to the management of brothers Jimmy and George Boboris, and Gus Dimos, all partners in the business. Add to that the decades-long experience of Chef George, a friendly and experienced wait-staff and increasingly growing loyal customer base who come to enjoy a menu that boasts a most generous selection of choices, and the equation equals a recipe for success. Jimmy Boboris proudly notes that all dishes from breakfast to dinner to pastries and everything in between at ‘Royal Oak’ are all created fresh from the kitchen. “Everything, even the pastries are made here,” Boboris noted.
The Boboris’ brought their experience in cuisine to America straight from their native Greece. “We started in Greece in a restaurant in Athens and we brought our knowledge here from overseas,” Boboris explained. Asked why they made the move to America, Boboris said in a word with a smile of pride: “Freedom.” They family settled in Patchogue, relocated around the Island, but always stayed local in Suffolk County. Boboris would eventually expand with eventual openings of three additional restaurants: Expressway Diner, Louis XVI and Harborside Restaurant.
As ‘Royal Oak’ celebrates three decades of serving patrons, so, too, the diner-restaurant hosts a new makeover. “This is not your typical diner,” Boboris said, pointing out the absence of steel trim characteristically dominant in many diners. What creates a warm and welcoming ambiance is a newly-designed and restored interior of hand-carved wood trims, stained glass, and booths and seating in cranberry and cornflower blue hues that lend themselves to a comfortable steakhouse-type ambiance.
But it is the cuisine that is the star of ‘Royal Oak Diner-Restaurant.
About the Cuisine
The menu at ‘Royal Oak’ is as large as the portions are generous. Underscoring that everything is made fresh from the kitchen to the dining rooms, breakfast on the menu is offered during all hours of operation. “Everything is prepared very carefully without additives – very healthy,” Boboris underscored. “Nothing is pre-fab.” It’s worth pointing out that their Italian sauces are even home-made.
A breakfast menu offers a wide array of options and features Breakfast Special from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. which is inclusive of juice and coffee. Fresh scrambled eggs are without a doubt the fluffiest, most tasty breakfast in town and are balanced with made-to-order home fries and toast served with hot coffee or tea for the upcoming chilly weather. Breakfast options at ‘Royal Oak’ also stray from the traditional and include dozens of designer omelettes (with options from veggies to cheeses to meats to Nova Scotia Lox). Fruit salads for the lighter side are offered in addition to the Bagelry, cereals and toasts and muffins. Belgian Waffles, breakfast wraps, French toast and pancakes are also options.
For lunch, Boboris notes Paninis are becoming an increasing customer favorite. Luncheon and dinner choices are as varied as breakfast options and include such favorites as authentic Greek Salads, Spinach Salad, Crispy Caesar Salad, Royal Oak Classic Salad Platters, Royal Grilled Breast of Chicken over crispy iceberg and romaine lettuce with baby spinach and bleu cheese tossed with extra virgin olive oil and lemon vinaigrette, and fresh turkey cobb salad. For the more robust appetite, full hot lunches are features on the menu and include pastas served Carbonara, marinara, a la vodka, Alfredo, Bolognese, Tuscano or Alfredo style. Surf and turf selections, steak and scampi, porterhouse and t-bone steaks, fillet of sole and a generous Fisherman’s Platter that includes broiled scallops, filet of sole, shrimp and stuffed clams are customer favorites. Steaks, lamb or pork chops and roasts entrees complemented with choice varieties of mushroom caps or onions are also on the lunch menu. The roast young tom all-white meat turkey with cranberry sauce, dressing, choice of gravy, and served with salad, spaghetti OR potato and choice of vegetable and homemade bread with butter are this critic’s choice.
Don’t forget to ask to see ‘Royal Oak’s’ $10.95 Lunch Special menu that includes but not limited to such favorites as Pan-seared filet of bass, coconut shrimp, chicken and shrimp francese, lasagna parmigiana, chicken saltimbocca (prepared with prosciutto, mushrooms, spinach and Marsala wine sauce), veal rollatini or parmigiana, stuffed filet of flounder and baked chicken royale. Lunch specials include coffee and choice of soup or salad.
Early Bird Dinner specials and a featured Friday menu are also offered.
‘Royal Oak Diner-Restaurant’ is moderately-priced and welcomes families and patrons of all ages with a wide offering on the children’s menu (under age 12) that includes chicken fingers, a whole individual kids’ pizza, fried filet of flounder with French fries, grilled cheese, kids’ pasta, hamburger or hot dog choices. For patrons age 21 and over, ‘Royal Oak’ offers wine and beer on its menu.
‘Royal Oak Diner-Restaurant’ is open every day: Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., with extended hours on Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. – midnight. For more information on accommodations or reservations call (631) 286-5757.

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