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The Royal Diner is the place where the people from the Jeffersonian Institute and the FBI eat and drink during the daytime, such as for breakfast and lunch. It provides a location for characters to discuss problems outside of the work context, that is when they interact as friends, not co-workers. It is located relatively close to the Jeffersonian Institute and members of the Institute's Medico-Legal Lab have been known to frequent the diner on many occasions.

It is located in Washington, D.C., and is close to the Jeffersonian. Established in 1948 and having 'The Best Burgers in the District' and (as of season 10) is run by Frankie Cooper. It is open 24 hours and regularly serves burgers, fries, pies and other kinds of food and drink including lobster on Thursdays.

Many of the Jeffersonian team including Brennan, Hodgins, Zack, Angela and Cam along with some of the Interns have been seen eating or drinking something here. FBI personnel, Booth, Sweets and Aubrey regularly go to the Diner as well to either hang out with the team or to discuss things in general.


  • The architecture of the Royal Diner was made from the set of the Jambalaya Jones Restaurant, New Orleans in The Man in the Morgue.
  • The Royal Diner facade also appears in the music video for "Alligator Sky" by Owl City, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, "Nine in the Afternoon" by Panic! At the Disco, and "Better When I'm Dancin'" by Meghan Trainor, The Arcadian Building in the television show "How I Met Your Mother," the "No Good Deed" teaser for Deadpool 2, S12 Ep6, "Hero or Hate Crime?", of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", S8 Ep15 of "24", and in a Budweiser commercial.