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Brookside Restaurant

Luray

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Brookside Restaurant

Luray

(37)

Reviews (37)

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H
17 November 2019

We have lived in Luray for 14 years and never been. I wish it didn't take us 14 yrs to try this place. Old style diner setting, very clean. Awesome wait staff! Good food! We will be going back. I was so tired of the crap restaurant choices and now we found a good one. Must try! We ordered off the menu and didn't try the salad bar that they have. Will have to try it next time. More...

B
6 October 2019

Cute little place close to where we were staying. We both ordered the chopped steak - it was yummy!! There was also a buffet

R
15 August 2019

This restaurant is a super great place to stop in. It is very clean (the young girl busting tables was quick and efficient), the restrooms very clean, the service was wonderful, and the food superb.  My wife just learned she is gluten intolerant and the waitress and owner were more knowledgeable than us and made sure she ordered all the right foods.  The gentleman who checked us out was super friendly and even told a funny joke!  What a great way to end our visit!  The only suggestion I would have is to carry a gluten free dessert (ie. Bryer's  ice cream is gluten free).  Other than that, I would highly recommend this restaurant! More...

M
3 August 2019

On a recent trip to Shenandoah Caverns, we decided on the way back home to stop for an early dinner. Not many options out this way, although we passed at least 3 restaurants which had gone out of business. Brookside didn't have the greatest ratings on Yelp, but we decided to try it anyway. Good choice. We had an appetizer of onion rings, which were very good. I had the Brookside burger & fries, which was outstanding. My wife had the grilled chicken sandwich, which was pretty basic. The place is kind of rustic, and the service was okay. I would recommend you give it a try if you're spending a day out this way. More...

K
28 July 2019

Cute roadside restaurant just outside of Shenandoah. Food is decent and homemade, service is warm, inviting, and friendly, and prices are good. I had the soup and salad bar, my husband had the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Nothing extraordinary, but it was satiating after a day of hiking and I like to patronize mom & pops when I can. Would definitely come back and possibly stay in the cute little log cabins next door! More...

K
7 June 2019

Everything was great. We got grilled cheese with bacon, salad bar, chicken tenders, and the peanut butter pie and everything was just solidly good. Prices were fair and service was exceptional! Would definitely come back! More...

M
5 June 2019

Very friendly staff.  Food was great on buffet and menu. Their apples are my favorite side dish I have ever had. Restaurant is a little outdated.

A
3 June 2019

After traveling most of the morning and immediately touring Luray Caverns, DreamBoat and I were famished. We took a quick look at the Luray Cavern Cafe menu board and said "Blargh" in unison. So we hopped in the car to further explore the area hoping to find a quick, good bite to eat. Lo and behold, we stumbled upon Brookside Restaurant.There is nothing fancy about Brookside. There is a grouping of cabins, a tiny general store of some sort, the restaurant and a few outbuildings all set beside the main road leading to the National Park. We like to try the local eateries rather than the chains, so we stopped in. It was a good decision.Upon entering, we were transported to the fine dining restaurants of small town America circa 1985 complete with wood paneling. The main dining area included a tiny full-service bar, a small lunch buffet, and a banquet room set toward the back. That's not meant to be offensive. It was clean, comfortable and staffed with the happiest and most helpful waitress we've had in quite some time. The menu had multiple options reminiscent of your typical diner and/or American family restaurant. I selected a Reuben without the Devil's Condiment laden sauce along with fries. DreamBoat ordered a pork sandwich with onion rings. Yum! The sandwiches arrived in good time and were tasty. My fries were excellent. There are times when I want seasoned fries or the wedges. But there are other times when I want to taste potato without a bunch of frilly extras. These hit the mark. The potatoes were fried in clean oil (that's right, they didn't taste like last night's fried chicken or the morning's hash browns) and only very lightly salted. They needed no ketchup. They were perfect just as they were. DreamBoat devoured his sandwich and onion rings (yes, he did offer me one) and then finished the part of my sandwich and fries that I couldn't.We were VERY happy with our meal and the service was impeccable. I really wish I could recall our waitress' name. Afterward, we meandered toward some squawking noises beside the parking lot and found three peacocks in a peacock house. They were fun to watch as they spread their beautiful feathers and preened around. If you're in Luray and want a good, no-frills meal, stop by Brookside Restaurant. You won't be disappointed. More...

S
24 March 2019

Everything was fantastic from start to finish .....great service... delicious food...quaint little place! Very reasonably priced!

L
21 September 2018

Stopped here after a great day of riding motorcycles on skyline drive.  My buddy and I both had the fried shrimp. It was cooked to perfection.  Golden brown. The fries were good too.  But what we both really really really really loved was the peanut butter pie! Amazing.  I even got an extra slice to go! More...

B
28 July 2018

We were struggling to find somewhere to eat in Luray during our recent stay at the local KOA. This restaurant was perfect for what we were looking for. The waitresses were friendly, the service was quick, and the food was delicious. The restaurant is very kid friendly and just down the street from the Jellystone campground. They also offer a dinner buffet which includes dessert and salad bar. More...

A
14 November 2017

We really enjoyed our overnight stay at Brookside. The restaurant was great as was our little cozy cabin. My husband had the peanut butter pie for dessert. And it was delicious  We shared Rockfish fingers, very good. Breakfast the next day was just as good. The breakfast buffet had a taste of everything and most made 2 trips. You can also order from a menu. The grits were real country grits not watery nasty  ones. Make sure to go out back and see the peacocks! We will definitely go back. It's close enough for a day trip. And shopping on Main Street in Luray is a must! More...

J
15 October 2017

Yummy food and excellent service.We got a recommendation to come here from our zipline instructors (half mile down the road, Bear Mountain). They described it as a great local diner and recommended the Brookside burger and fries.We were there on a Sunday at about 3pm. Seated right away. There was a buffet option (salad bar, fried chicken, roasted pork, fried butterfly shrimp, and variety of comfort food sides. It looked good, but I ordered the chicken tenders basket (craving) and fiancé got the stuffed flounder. They were both great! Prices are fair, parking is ample, restaurant is easy to find, even when GPS on cell phone cuts out. More...

C
6 September 2017

Great country/home style restaurant. We stopped here before hiking in Shenandoah National Park for brunch. It was almost noon and they were nice enough to still serve a few of us breakfast. I ordered the corned beef hash, which was delicious. The price was great, too! Will definitely stop here to eat again when I am in the area. More...

R
17 July 2017

Had breakfast here as we were passing through on a road trip.  Coffee was good, which is a good start.  My wife ordered the egg scramble (three eggs, ham, and potatoes scrambled together).  I ordered  two scrambled eggs, with sausage patties and home fried potatoes.Everything was prompt, hot, and delicious.  For the money, it was a filling meal in a quaint little mountain restaurant.  I'd easily start my day here again if I were in the area. More...

S
25 October 2016

We came here after checking out Luray caverns. This place is quaint and quiet. I was kind of skeptical about trying the food here at first look, but don't let the looks fool you. We had a group of 8 people and we ordered items off the menu. Everything was fantastic and it was delivered super quick. They also had a buffet but it didn't look that appetizing. Plus, if you did the buffet, you were only given the option of one trip and basically had to load your plate on that one trip. So we stuck to the menu items and all of our group members were satisfied with their meals. I personally had the cheeseburger with onion rings and those onion rings were delicious!!!! Our waitress was super attentive and very friendly. If you guys are anywhere near this place, don't let the exterior deter you from trying out this place! More...

T
24 July 2016

A better than average diner with reasonably priced meals.  If you want a meal like your grandmother makes then this is the place.  Just don't tell Grandma.

J
22 November 2015

Driving around the countryside on a mini-road trip from DC and craving breakfast, we came across this neat diner with great people, food, and a bit of an interesting past (ask about hurricane Fran). Becky was amazing and made sure we got what we needed. She also made sure our five year old had a great experience. We will stop over every time we are in the area! - coffee - excellent- omelette - good- french toast - excellent - toast - excellent- pancakes - excellent- bacon - excellentThey have a good looking lunch buffet but we really breakfast. Cheers! More...

T
6 September 2015

Hearty country comfort food with a smile. Not fancy, maybe a bit kitschy, but sometimes you want good authentic home style cooking that's not an interstate chain restaurant approximation. Started with the house salad which was nothing special, but huge with homemade blue cheese dressing for only $2.50. I tried the hot turkey sandwich and couldn't have been happier with it. Clearly roasted "in-house" turkey (i.e. not deli meat) moist turkey sitting on fresh baked sourdough toast and covered in gravy as was the mashed potatoes. Finished my meal with fresh made cherry pie with a buttery flakey crust topped with whipped cream. After finishing a respectable Reuben with fries, my wife -- a peanut butter pie aficionado -- absolutely loved her dessert as well.Brookside Restaurant embodies everything about homey country cooking that is unpretentious and just good. I'll find more excuses to wander down this way in the future. More...

J
30 July 2015

A Luray institution, conveniently located if you're heading to or from Shenandoah National Park.

C
2 June 2015

First time for lunch.  Food was excellent.  You could tell it was made from scratch.  Husband's fish was perfect.  Awesome coleslaw.  Heard about their dinner buffet so went back that night.  Not a whole lot but enough to fill you up.  Barbecue chicken fell off the bone.  Had real hamburger patties in gravy and mushroom, not some mystery meat patty most places have.  Nice salad bar. Had homemade desserts.  The coconut cake looked awesome.  Staff very nice and attentive.  I love the morning staff especially.  One of the cooks was actually a close neighbor.  This will be our new favorite place since there is not a whole lot in Luray. More...

M
3 May 2015

We came in hungry and came out satisfied with full bellies.  Good  country food.  Affordable too.  They have $11 buffet with a bunch off goodies.  Plus if you wanna get fancy you can get a broiled flounder and other home style dishes.   I love this place.  If i was a local id be coming here daily More...

J
16 April 2015

This is a lovely place.  Just a stones throw from Skyline Drive and the AT, it is the picture perfect country diner.  The food is terrific and the staff wonderful.  The Peanut Butter pie is not to be missed. More...

L
12 April 2015

Good food at reasonable prices, nothing fancy or trendy friendly service and a good place to take children.  Our group of 7 ranging from 2 to 68 found a nice dinner spot on a Saturday evening.  The place is dated in decor but clean and neat.  The buffet offered salad bar, good fried chicken and shrimp, okay beef with onion, peppers and gravy, rice, peas etc.  We also had chicken tenders, a hamburger and a club sandwich....all good food, not gourmet but tasty.  The service was prompt which helps with small children.  The selection of pies for dessert were several and we tried the chocolate cream and the coconut cream and both were good! More...

E
4 April 2015

Brookside is a very family oriented  restaurant. You will feel very welcomed and you get in. There menu does not have a lot of options to choose from but they have a very tasty food. they have a buffet option for $11 something  and its all you can eat salad main dish  and dessert, it was pretty reasonable as price and food wise.Costumer service is excellent. Overall we enjoyed out quick stop for dinner and would definitely go back in the future.. Don't miss the lemon meringue pie and the chocolate fudge pie :) More...

R
2 April 2015

Steakburger was tasty with grilled onion and fresh tomatoes/lettuce. Served on a thick cut of Texas style toast, the sandwich was topped off with a savory steak sauce and delicious steak filling. Service was top notch and our waitress was ultra attentive and welcoming. Delicious sweet tea - not too watered down and not over sweet - just perfect! (overheard the waitress say she made it in batches herself!). Menu prices were very reasonable. The decor was very down-home. The outside looks simple and blended with the character of the area. Inside, the restaurant was very clean and had a welcoming atmosphere. Tucked off the beaten path, this is the kind of home-style country cookin' place you look for after traveling through Shenandoah National Park. More...

T
26 October 2014

Had a fine post-hike breakfast here the other day. As is generally the case, avoid the buffet and you'll probably be pleased.

F
26 May 2014

Stopped here for dinner after hiking in Shenandoah. It's a cute little place on the side of 211. I got the salsa burger and my boyfriend got the Reuben. The salsa burger was really good and my boyfriend really liked his Reuben. Both came with fries which is pretty standard. The pricing was pretty good as well, with both of our meals costing less than $10. Note: We carried out our dinner so can't comment on service really besides the ordering. The staff seemed friendly enough and we didn't have to wait long. More...

M
10 March 2014

Quaint, country kitchen type place. Menu you'd expect, though there was a fair amount of seafood. I got fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and southern style green beans, and all were hot and quite tasty, and the in-house baked bread was so good we bought a loaf to take home. Service was quick and friendly.Breakfast the next morning was equally as good. If you're in the area, it's well worth a stop. More...

C
14 October 2013

Had lunch here while on the way to Luray Caverns, very clean and cozy place. We ordered standard lunch fare-  sandwiches and fries. Everything was tasty, the only bad thing is the servings were pretty skimpy. They should beef up their sandwiches a bit- serve more chicken or tuna  salad on the sandwich, give more ff's or chips.The homemade potato chips and the sweet tea were excellent, however.Would stop here again. More...

A
5 September 2013

Stopped here while riding down Skyline Drive and was pleasantly surprised. I had the sliced mesquite pork sandwich and it was good, as were the fries. They had a lunch buffet which looked OK, but it was full of only heavy items. I'd stop here again when I ride through the area, and the staff was very friendly. On a side note, the sweet iced tea was excellent. More...

M
19 June 2013

Great home cooking style restaurant right outside the Luray gate to Shenandoah National Park. This place has a lot of character, and great food as well. For $7.95 they serve a lunch buffet that's filled with delicious items such as meatloaf, chicken, potatoes, and other home cooking specialties. Overall we really enjoyed our meal as well as the atmosphere. They also offer really nice cabin rentals next to a bubbling brook next door, and a gift shop. Great place to stop after traveling sky line drive!-Don't forget to check the back parking lot and look for the pet peacock! More...

R
7 September 2012

The Brookside Restaurant is conveniently located close to the Caverns, Yogi Bear Campground and Shenandoah National Park.  The food is clearly "country" with plenty of meat and potatoes .  We chose the homemade meatloaf, mash potatoes and gravy, green beans, fresh home baked bread and a single trip to the salad bar.  The salad bar was fresh with a nice selection.  Staff provided exemplary service.  We were "stuffed" and disappointed that we were too full to sample one of the many fresh homemade desserts. More...

J
19 August 2012

I liked it because it's a throwback to 1970's fare. The price is fair. The help was friendly. Is the pretentious 'Whole Foods crowd' going to see this place on the Travel or Food channels anytime soon? No. This is not the place for a foodie who would not put anything less than freshly picked-off-the-vine into their mouth. Stay in Reston if you don't want your corn swimming in a cup of butter. However, I will say that there is a disclaimer on the menu indicating that only canola oil is used to fry foods. Rejoice! Again. This place is perfect after a day in the park. The ambiance is what you would expect in the area in which it is located. More...

M
29 May 2012

We love this place but always order from the menu instead of the buffet.  The food items we gave gotten from the menu (vs. buffet) are always fresh and delicious.    Servers are friendly and have a sense of humor.  We always stop when we are in the area. More...

B
26 March 2012

We LOVED this place when we went for dinner ... lots of good family cooking ... pleasant staff ... etc.  Based on the reviews I might not go there for breakfast though :)

C
24 October 2010

While we were staying in Shenandoah, Brookside Restaurant was the first place we would pass coming down the mountain into Luray.  We finally stopped to eat here one of our last nights there.It's a cute place with friendly service and lots of locals.  I decided to be adventurous and try their veggie steak.  It says on their menu it's their top secret recipe and I was really curious.  I was pleasantly surprised!  It was kind of like a pancake and it tasted like stuffing.  My only suggestion would be to have a side of mashed potatoes with it instead of fruit.  I also thought their sweet potato fries were very tasty. I would go here again if I came back to Shenandoah.  Tip:  If you come here for dinner, keep your eye out for bears if you're driving back up into the mountains.  Both of our bear sightings were in the car as the sun was setting while we were driving back to Skyland Resort from Luray. More...