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Bistrot Royal - Permanently Closed

4.2
4.2
2783 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro

Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux create French dishes with a contemporary twist at Bistrot Royal. Offering menus for the dining room, café and bar or carry out, there is sure to be something for everyone. The dining room is open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Start your dinner off at Bistrot Royal with escargots en persillade, frog wings or beignets de crevettes. Enjoy a soup or salad, such as the frisee aux lardons, soupe du jour or salade d'avocats aux crevettes. Entrées at Bistrot Royal include poulet roti aux olives, confit de canard, New York steak au poivre, truite a la grenobloise and le thon aux epices. Add a side of potato gnocci, sautéed Swiss chard, organic mushrooms or roasted sunchokes to any entrée dish.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, French

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Sunday Dinner: 4:30pm - 8:30pm

    Please visit our web site for up to-date hours, special events and happenings or to just make a reservation.

  • Phone number

    (703) 519-9110

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Christophe & Michelle Poteaux

  • Catering

    Bistrot Royal only does in-house catering at this time.

  • Private party facilities

    Bistrot Royal is available for semi-private functions of up to 40 people for both lunch and dinner. Please call the restaurant for availability. Parties not wanting to buy out the entire restaurant will be restricted to specific times and a pre-set menu. Reservations are not accepted more than 60 days prior to event and a deposit must be made at the time of booking.

  • Private party contact

    Thea Kromer: (703) 519-9110

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Bashford Lane / Third St

  • Parking details

    Small private lot in the back and ample FREE street parking.

  • Public transit

    Braddock Road Metro (closest with cab ride) <br />or King Street Metro (with cab ride)

  • Entertainment

    Bistrot Royal does not have live entertainment

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Dinner

    Starters and Shareable

    • Gougères$6.00

      • Oysters on the half shell*

        Raised by Dragon Creek (Montross VA)

        • (6)$12.00
        • (12)$21.00
      • Galette de pain$9.00

        Michelle's daily flat bread

        • Charcuteries

          Daily chef selections

          • 3 selections$12.00
          • 5 selections$22.00
        • Artisanal Cheeses

          Tomme de Savoie: Firm cow's milk, Grayson: Washed rind cow's milk, Pave d'Affinois: Triple cream cow's milk, Midnight Moon: Firm goat's milk, Roquefort "Papillon": Sheep's milk blue

          • 3 pieces$12.00
          • 5 pieces$22.00

        Appetizers & Small plates

        • Rock shrimp beignets,$9.00

          Served with preserved citrus aioli

          • Frog "wings"$9.00

            Fried frog legs tossed in spicy Espelette sauce, Roquefort cheese, salad of celeriac, carrots and baby arugula

            • Terrine of Foie Gras,$15.00

              Pain d'Epices, seasonal chutney, petite salad

              • Moules au fenouil et poivrons$12.00

                Mussels steamed in saffron-tomato broth with fennel, garlic, onions, fresh herbs

                • Seared Foie Gras & roasted pears

                  Figs & grapes, spice jus

                  • 2oz$17.00
                  • 4oz$26.00
                • Tartare de filet de boeuf$13.00

                  *Hand-chopped Angus beef filet mignon, Dijon, Espelette, capers, shallots, anchovies, Quail egg, garlic coulis, toasted bread

                  • Seared Pork belly, cider sauce$13.00

                    Sweet potato gnocchi, apple, Brussels sprouts

                    Soup & Salads

                    • Soupe du Jour$9.00

                      Daily Soup

                      • Roasted beets & squash with goat cheese$11.00

                        Toasted hazelnuts, arugula, walnut vinaigrette

                        • Salade Caesar$9.00

                          Romaine, Parmesan, croutons, 60º chicken egg*, anchovies, preserved lemon vinaigrette

                          • Salade Wedge$10.00

                            Bib lettuce, crispy prosciutto, shaved pear Roquefort blue cheese dressing

                            Entrees

                            • Paella du Languedoc$28.00

                              Octopus, calamari and shrimp a la plancha over slow-baked rice with a saffron shellfish broth, fennel, tomato, pepper, mussels

                              • Saumon Béarnaise$26.00

                                *Grilled Norwegian Salmon filet, Béarnaise sauce, green lentils, lardons, roasted Brussels sprouts

                                • Noix de Saint-Jacques au Chorizo$28.00

                                  *Virginia Shore Sea scallops, chorizo crumble Roasted squash risotto, roasted pepper coulis

                                  • Filet Mignon, sauce Périgueux$35.00

                                    *Pasture-raised Angus beef filet mignon, Truffle sauce, Pommes fondantes, roasted mushrooms, shallots, carrots, broccoli

                                    • Cochon au cidre$27.00

                                      Pork two ways: seared belly and braised cheeks, spiced cider jus, Sweet potato gnocchi, confit apple, roasted Brussels sprouts

                                      • Cassoulet de Toulouse$28.00

                                        Traditional twice-baked bean stew with braised lamb shoulder, duck confit and pork belly

                                        • Magret de canard au poîvre$29.00

                                          Pepper crusted*Moullard Duck breast, long pepper sauce, roasted pears, figs & grapes, celeriac puree

                                          • Onglet a l'Echalote$27.00

                                            *Charbroiled Angus hanger steak (8oz), Cabernet-shallot sauce, potato gratin, roasted mushrooms, shallots, carrots, broccoli

                                            • Michelle's Meatloaf Burger$19.00

                                              *Pasture-raised VA beef and Chapel Hill Veal, Bacon, BBQ sauce, roasted mushrooms, crispy onions. Pommes frites & watercress salad

                                              Vegetables & sides dishes

                                              • Roasted squash risotto$9.00

                                                • Sweet potato gnocchi, apple, sprouts$9.00

                                                  • Roasted Brussels sprouts with lardons$8.00

                                                    • Broccoli$8.00

                                                      • Roasted mushrooms$11.00

                                                        • Pommes Frites$6.00

                                                          Menu Brasserie

                                                          Three Course Prix fixe $39, Wine Pairings $29. Menu only available Monday to Saturday. Not Available for Sharing

                                                            First Courses

                                                            • Soupe du jour

                                                              Daily Soup

                                                              • Salade Caesar

                                                                Romaine, Parmesan, croutons, 60º chicken egg*, anchovies, preserved lemon vinaigrette

                                                                • Terrine of Foie Gras

                                                                  Pain d'Epices, seasonal chutney, petite salad (Suppl. $5)

                                                                  • Rock shrimp Beignets

                                                                    Preserved citrus aioli

                                                                    Entrees

                                                                    • Onglet a l'échalotte

                                                                      *Charbroiled Angus hanger steak, Cabernet shallot sauce, Potato gratin, roasted mushrooms, shallots, carrots, broccoli

                                                                      • Saumon Béarnaise

                                                                        *Grilled Norwegian Salmon filet, Béarnaise sauce, green lentils, lardons, Brussels sprouts

                                                                        • Filet Mignon, sauce Périgueux

                                                                          *Pasture-raised Angus beef filet mignon, Truffle sauce, Pommes fondantes, roasted mushrooms, shallots, carrots, broccoli(Suppl. $9)

                                                                          • Moules au fenouil et poivrons, pommes frites"

                                                                            Mussels steamed in saffron-tomato broth with fennel, garlic, onions, fresh herbs

                                                                            • Carnaroli risotto

                                                                              Roasted squash risotto

                                                                              Dessert

                                                                              • A la Carte Selection

                                                                                Menu Gourmand

                                                                                Select from four to six tasting size dishes. Last course must be cheese or dessert. Four-Course Tasting $49, pairings $39, Five -Course Tasting $59, pairings $44, Six - Course Tasting $69, pairings $49. Entire table must commit to the Menu Gourmand Menu not available on Sunday night. Not Available for Sharing

                                                                                • Roasted beets & fall squash, creamy goat cheese

                                                                                  Toasted hazelnuts, arugula, walnut vinaigrette

                                                                                  • Seared Foie Gras

                                                                                    roasted pear Figs & grapes, spice jus

                                                                                    • Noix de Saint-Jacques au Chorizo

                                                                                      Virginia Shore Sea scallop, chorizo crumble Roasted squash risotto, sage butter jus

                                                                                      • Paella du Languedoc

                                                                                        Octopus, calamari and shrimp a la plancha, over slow-baked rice with a saffron shellfish broth, fennel, tomato, pepper

                                                                                        • Magret de canard au poîvre

                                                                                          Peppercorn crusted Duck breast, long pepper sauce Roasted pears, figs & grapes, celeriac puree.

                                                                                          • Filet Mignon, sauce Périgueux

                                                                                            *Pasture-raised Angus beef filet mignon, Truffle sauce, Pommes fondantes, roasted mushrooms, shallots, carrots, broccoli

                                                                                            • Artisanal cheese selection

                                                                                              Figs, grapes, walnuts, fruit bread

                                                                                              • Dutch Apple

                                                                                                Apples, pie crust, caramel sauce, oatmeal streusel, vanilla ice cream

                                                                                                • Valrhona Chocolate Espresso terrine**

                                                                                                  Cardamom ice cream, banana coulis, cocoa nib tuile

                                                                                                  Brunch

                                                                                                  Three Course Brunch Prix fixe $29. Includes one Appetizer or salad, one entrée and one dessert. Not Available for Sharing

                                                                                                    Aperitifs

                                                                                                    • La Femme d'Or$8.00

                                                                                                      Cocchi americano, grapefruit juice, Byrrh

                                                                                                      • Longchamps$8.00

                                                                                                        Lillet blanc,Pernod,Peychaud's,lime,ginger beer

                                                                                                        • Singin' in the Rain$10.00

                                                                                                          Dolin dry, orange juice, amaretto, aperol

                                                                                                          • Clermont Traveler$11.00

                                                                                                            Bourbon, orange juice, tea, crème de peche

                                                                                                            Starters

                                                                                                            • Daily Soup$9.00

                                                                                                              • Charcuteries board$12.00

                                                                                                                • Trio of artisanal Cheeses$12.00

                                                                                                                  • Rock shrimp beignets$9.00

                                                                                                                    Served with preserved citrus aioli

                                                                                                                    • Oysters on the half shell (6)$12.00

                                                                                                                      • Oysters Rockefeller$11.00

                                                                                                                        Broiled oysters (3), spinach, Prosciutto, Hollandaise

                                                                                                                        • Roasted beets & fall squash$11.00

                                                                                                                          Creamy goat cheese, hazelnuts, arugula, walnut vinaigrette

                                                                                                                          • Salade Caesar$9.00

                                                                                                                            Romaine, Parmesan, croutons, 60º chicken egg*, anchovies, preserved lemon vinaigrette

                                                                                                                            Sides

                                                                                                                            • Bacon$6.00

                                                                                                                              • Duck fat home fries$7.00

                                                                                                                                • French Fries$8.00

                                                                                                                                  • Two fried eggs*$6.00

                                                                                                                                    Entrees

                                                                                                                                    • Breakfast Parisien$12.00

                                                                                                                                      Bacon, two fried eggs*, duck fat home fries, croissant

                                                                                                                                      • Gauffres traditionnelles$11.00

                                                                                                                                        Two classic Brussel-style waffles, Crème Chantilly, VA maple syrup

                                                                                                                                        • Galette aux Oeufs$13.00

                                                                                                                                          Michelle's flat bread topped with chorizo, fried egg, caramelized onions, crème fraiche, Comte, arugula

                                                                                                                                          • Croissant au Jambon$13.00

                                                                                                                                            Croissant, prosciutto, fried egg, brie cheese sauce. Watercress salad, duck fat home fries

                                                                                                                                            • Eggs Chesapeake$18.00

                                                                                                                                              Brioche, fresh lump crab cake, spinach, poached farm-fresh egg*, Hollandaise sauce, Watercress salad, duck fat home fries

                                                                                                                                              • Petit Onglet a l'echalotte$15.00

                                                                                                                                                *Creekstone Farm Angus hanger steak, cabernet-shallot sauce, pommes frites & watercress salad

                                                                                                                                                • Meatloaf burger & egg*$16.00

                                                                                                                                                  *VA grass-fed Angus beef & Chapel Hill Veal, bacon, mushrooms, crispy onions, BBQ sauce, brioche, lettuce, topped one fried egg. Pommes frites and watercress salad

                                                                                                                                                  • Moules au fenouil et poivrons"$14.00

                                                                                                                                                    Mussels steamed in saffron-tomato broth with fennel, garlic, onions, fresh herbs. Served with Pommes Frites

                                                                                                                                                    • Poisson du Jour$16.00

                                                                                                                                                      Daily catch

                                                                                                                                                      Desserts

                                                                                                                                                      • Housemade granola$6.00

                                                                                                                                                        Seasonal fruits, Greek yogurt

                                                                                                                                                        • Cookies and Cream$8.00

                                                                                                                                                          House baked cookies and vanilla ice cream

                                                                                                                                                          • Bread pudding "du jour"$8.00

                                                                                                                                                            Served a la mode

                                                                                                                                                            • Ice creams or sorbets$7.00

                                                                                                                                                              • Brownie Sundae$8.00

                                                                                                                                                                Vanilla ice cream, chocolate fudge sauce

                                                                                                                                                                Lunch

                                                                                                                                                                Le Dejeuner: Served Tuesday to Friday, from 11:30 to 2:30. Served until 4:00 at the bar. Three-course Prix fixe $29. Includes one First course, one entrée and one dessert

                                                                                                                                                                  First Courses

                                                                                                                                                                  • Daily Soup$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                    • Charcuteries board$12.00

                                                                                                                                                                      • Trio of artisanal Cheeses$12.00

                                                                                                                                                                        • Rock Shrimp beignets, preserved citrus aioli$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                          • Frog "wings"$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                            Fried frog legs tossed in spicy Espelette sauce, Roquefort cheese, Salad of celeriac, carrots and baby arugula

                                                                                                                                                                            • Tartare de filet de boeuf$13.00

                                                                                                                                                                              *Hand-chopped Angus beef filet mignon, capers, shallots, Dijon, Espelette Anchovies, Quail egg, garlic coulis, toasted bread, petit salad

                                                                                                                                                                              • Roasted beets & fall squash,$11.00

                                                                                                                                                                                creamy goat cheese Toasted hazelnuts, arugula, walnut vinaigrette

                                                                                                                                                                                • Salade Caesar$9.00

                                                                                                                                                                                  Romaine, Parmesan, croutons, 60º chicken egg*, anchovies, preserved lemon vinaigrette

                                                                                                                                                                                  Entrees

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Galette de pain$13.00

                                                                                                                                                                                    Michelle's daily flat bread

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Salade Caesar$15.00

                                                                                                                                                                                      with choice of grilled Steak, Salmon or Shrimp Romaine, Parmesan, croutons, 60º chicken egg*, anchovies, preserved lemon vinaigrette

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Plancha du Languedoc$15.00

                                                                                                                                                                                        Marinated shrimp, octopus and calamari cooked on the plancha, and served over salad of arugula, figs, oranges, olives and fennel, with balsamic vinaigrette

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Grilled Norwegian Salmon filet*$16.00

                                                                                                                                                                                          beurre rouge Green lentils, lardons, Brussels sprouts

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Moules au fenouil et poivrons$13.00

                                                                                                                                                                                            pommes frites Mussels steamed in saffron-tomato broth with fennel, garlic, onions, fresh herbs

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Crab Cake sandwich$16.00

                                                                                                                                                                                              pommes frites & watercress salad Fresh Lump crabmeat, brioche bun, preserved citrus aioli, arugula

                                                                                                                                                                                              • Petit Onglet a l'echalotte"$15.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                with pommes frites & watercress salad *Charbroiled Angus hanger steak (5oz), Cabernet-shallot sauce

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Michelle's Meatloaf Burger*$15.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pasture-raised VA beef and Chapel Hill Veal, bacon, roasted mushrooms, crispy onions, BBQ sauce. Pommes frites & watercress salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Fall squash risotto, roasted pepper coulis$13.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dessert

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A la Carte desserts

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sweet Potato

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sweet potato waffle, sweet potato butter, Buttered pecan ice cream, bourbon caramel

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Valrhona Chocolate Espresso terrine**

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cardamom ice cream, banana coulis, cocoa nib tuile

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fruit & Nuts

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hazelnut Madeleine, honey roasted pear, pear sorbet, Bahibé chocolate crèmeux, hazelnut crunch

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dutch Apple

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Apples, pie crust, caramel sauce, oatmeal streusel, vanilla ice cream

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Gâteau aux pignons**

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pine nut rosemary cake, roasted grapes & figs, orange sauce, fig ice cream

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              What 2,783 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                              4.2
                                                                                                                                                                                                              4.2 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 4.3Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 4.2Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 4.1Ambience
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 4.3Value

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodfriend

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                36 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                36 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 30, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was great as always, and we will miss it. But we also like its sister restaurant very much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. R

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rolex

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 30, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                This was a great French restaurant. Luckily, you can still experience the same quality at Bastille in Alexandria. Same owners, same outstanding service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 29, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I loved going here over the last few years. It's a shame the restaurant is closing this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Federalist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 29, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                A great final meal from a fine Alexandria establishment. Sad to see it go, but the memory of the great meals enjoyed here will linger on. Perhaps Bistrot will resurface at some point...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. m

                                                                                                                                                                                                                maryh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 28, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                sorry BR has closed. Try its sister, Bastille, near Braddock Metro. Fine menu, great pastry styling by Michelle & Christoph, but lacks the intimate French ambiance of Royal St.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. JF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                JamieF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                80 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                80 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 27, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We went to Bistrot Royal for dinner on Wednesday evening to celebrate closing on our first home and to say goodbye to a neighborhood gem and one of our favorite local restaurants, Bistrot Royal will be closing it's doors for good on Saturday April 30th, 2016. Our pre fix dinner was delicious, and great value, and the service was as friendly and superb as always. We're sad to see Bistrot Royal close, and although it's 'sister' restaurant Bastille will continue, Bastille seems to get varying reviews and doesn't seem to have the same loyal following as Bistrot Royal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Richard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                39 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                39 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 26, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food5service2ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our meal was excellent and will cause us to return. Service was very slow. It appeared that the restaurant was short staffed on the evening we were there. Good weather had a number of people eating outside, which I do not believe the restaurant anticipated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eliz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 24, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Unfortunately the landlord is selling the property so they are closing at the end of this month. We will miss them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                theatergoer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                24 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                24 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 24, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                So sad that Cafe Royal is finally closing and we'll have to go to Bastille for the same food. This is a great, modestly-priced neighborhood place with lots of available parking in a quiet neighborhood. Terrific brunch, friendly and helpful waiter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              10. ES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                20 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                20 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 23, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                A true neighborhood gem! Feels like a French Bistro. Super friendly staff, great food, and excellent wine made for a great evening. We had the specials - mushroom soup, filet mignon, and dessert. Chocolate pot de creme is to die for. We are already planning our return.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Western NC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 22, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good news: It's a nice little place with interesting French food. From Bouillabaisse to Duck Confit, I've never had a bad meal there. Bad news: It's closing on April 30. The owners are going to concentrate on their other restaurant, Bastille. They may have some specials in this last week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pink

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Baltimore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 16, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We took a friend to celebrate her birthday dinner. We'd heard good things about the Bistrot and wanted a special dinner for our friend. We had reservations and were seated right away. and then we waited and waited. Finally, water was poured and our drinks order taken. Our waitress stopped by to tell us about the specials. She gave curt responses to our questions and acted completely indifferent to us. Again, we waited for drinks. And I don't want you to think they were so crowded that they couldn't keep up because they were not. Turns out our friend did not get the drink she ordered and we had a very difficult time getting someone's attention to correct it. After another long wait, our dinner was served. The trout and asparagus risotto was good but not exceptional. The steak our friend ordered was cooked as requested but had a lot of gristle that was inedible. The dessert was tasty but could not make up for the overall experience. We'll not be returning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              13. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Baltimore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                23 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                23 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 13, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love this place…never disappoints. The menu and the ambiance is a great expression of a traditional French Bistro.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              14. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 12, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Great restaurant for meeting friends or having dinner before a show at the theatre nearby. Neighborhood folks come in all the time. The staff stays the same so that says something for the management. Everyone makes certain you have an enjoyable and relaxing time. No hustle, no bustle just a chance to eat great food, drink wine. Desserts are wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              15. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 9, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                What a great little find. Amazing food and ambiance. Loved it !!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              16. LK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                LarryK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                116 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                116 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 9, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Food was delightful. Especially the mushroom soup!!! Menu is full of exciting options

                                                                                                                                                                                                              17. WI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                WineauxInAlexandria

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                46 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                46 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 8, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bistrot Royal is fabulous. A tiny restaurant off-the-beaten path in Old Town Alexandria. It is the sister restaurant of Bastille that used to occupy the site but moved to a more central and larger location. The restaurant itself is cute, well decorated. The staff very pleasant and attentive. The food, purely French in flavour and style. Simply perfection. The wine list is full of value and well-priced. The owners clearly want you to buy wine! My only complaint ... Nothing decadently chocolate on the dessert menu like a flourless chocolate torte. C'est la vie. There is always room for improvement! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              18. AR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                AlexandraR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Charleston

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on April 2, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I always enjoy going to Bistrot Royal. The food is reliably good. The service great. They don't rush you. Very friendly. I have eaten there on 3 visits to Alexandria for business. I will certainly eat there again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              19. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on March 31, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                As always, Billy was a well-informed, courteous and wonderful host. Food was excellent, also as always. Please keep your gem in the neighborhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              20. C

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cowgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on March 29, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Coq au Vin was superb - one of the best I have ever eaten. The staff is very helpful and friendly and efficient.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              21. F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Foodiewannabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                57 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                57 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on March 26, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've eaten at this restaurant many times, both for lunch and dinner, and when it was still Bastille. Food is usually very good, although there have been a few "misses" (e.g. this past New Year's Eve when they were very crowded). Service is also usually very good, although some servers are friendlier and better than others. Locals tend to frequent the restaurant. Its menu is simple and there is always something for me to choose from. It is more of a "bistro" than Bastille which has been reinvented in its new (nearby)location as more of an upscale French restaurant. I would recommend Bistrot Royal for a casual, simple meal, and Bastille for something more formal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              22. MS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                MaciejS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on March 13, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The food is excellent. The service is friendly and professional. It has a very nice French flair without pictures of Eiffel Tower or old Citroens on the walls. Try their specials - the mushroom soup with truffle oil and creme fraise is delicious! And three course dinner for $35 is a great value.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              23. D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Doctor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                212 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                212 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on March 10, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Delightful atmosphere, great food and good service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              24. JB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                JBradfordA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on March 10, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                but definitely not the last. We really had a good time. Our waitress was very good and patient with us. We had a hard time deciding from all the great choices. Loved the many choices of wine by the glass and the 3 course deal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              25. HK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                HKfromDC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on March 9, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Food was excellent and served quickly. Wine was very, very good. Somehow everyone in the restaurant seemed much older (60+) than myself (late 30s), I felt a little left out, but hope that's because it was Wednesday. I'll try one more time during a weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              26. F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Foodiesforthought

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Richmond

                                                                                                                                                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 25, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Great spot for an early or late lunch - too crowded at other times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              27. JX

                                                                                                                                                                                                                JorgeX

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Houston

                                                                                                                                                                                                                13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 23, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love the place. Menu simple, but very good French food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              28. SC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                SeniorCitFoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                74 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                74 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 21, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                There is little I can add to my previous reviews of Bistrot Royal. It is simply one of our favorite restaurants. The food continues to be excellent. The onion soup is outstanding. The cheese platter is balanced and nicely presented. And the value--a 3-course dinner for $39-- is a true value: choices are excellent and serving size is the same as on the a la carte menu. The only "new" element of our most recent dinner is that we were pressed for time. Our server arranged for us to be served quickly, and, anticipating that we would not have time to finish dessert, thoughtfully had carry-out boxes at the ready.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              29. L

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lainey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 18, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wonderful live guitar music! The food was delicious! We will definitely be back!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              30. DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                DCpatron

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                38 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                38 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 14, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Excellent selection for Valentine's Day. Bistro Royal never disappoints.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              31. 1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1sttimer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 14, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We had reservations on Valentine's day. The special menu was fantastic, we were seated promptly,and the wait staff was very attentive. I had roses delivered to the restaurant and they had them set up on our table ready prior to seating us. All in all a wonderful experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              32. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 14, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My wife and I have been using this restaurant for many years, including when it was called the Bastille. The place has a comfortable "old local European feel." The food was delicious with many good choices that met my need to avoid gluten. We had a good bottle of Champagne which our very good waiter helped us select. We have taken many friends and visitors here. They always like this restaurant

                                                                                                                                                                                                              33. L

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lepool

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 14, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The staff at this restaurant were fabulous. The food was delicious and the service was very good. A little noisy as this was Valentine's Day and it was a very busy night and the seating was very close to each table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              34. JF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                JamieF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                80 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                80 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 14, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fantastic meal and evening as ever. Bistrot Royal is a true neighborhood gem!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              35. RO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                ROBERTH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 14, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My wife and I having been coming to this Restaurant since it first opened as the Bastille. The experience has always been excellent!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              36. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 14, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Food was on point!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              37. J

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jimwell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jacksonville

                                                                                                                                                                                                                17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 14, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've been coming here for years and the food and service is consistently excellent. Probably should not write too much about it, as it will be overtaken by aliens and I won't get a seat. Come, enjoy, walk away satiated, satisfied, and content.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              38. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Charlotte

                                                                                                                                                                                                                15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 13, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We loved the food and the service! Thank you for making it special!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              39. 3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                38duolian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 13, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not trendy or fashionable, and that's a good thing. Just classic cuisine, done properly, with fine service in a pleasant room. No striving for effect by the restaurant has a wonderful effect on the dining experience. We felt welcome at Bistrot Royale and will return.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              40. C

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cowgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dined on February 13, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can always count on Bistrot Royal for a great meal. The staff is very friendly and remember you when you come back. The menu changes so there are always new tasty dishes to try. The attention to detail in presentation and preparation never fail! I have been coming to the restaurant for years - even when it was Bastille.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cross street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bashford Lane / Third St

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alexandria

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lunch:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sunday Dinner: 4:30pm - 8:30pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Please visit our web site for up to-date hours, special events and happenings or to just make a reservation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bistro, French

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dining style

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Casual Dining

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dress code

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Casual Dress

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Parking details

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Small private lot in the back and ample FREE street parking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Public transit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Braddock Road Metro (closest with cab ride)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                or King Street Metro (with cab ride)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Payment options

                                                                                                                                                                                                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Executive chef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Christophe & Michelle Poteaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Entertainment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bistrot Royal does not have live entertainment

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Additional

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Phone number

                                                                                                                                                                                                                (703) 519-9110

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Catering

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bistrot Royal only does in-house catering at this time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Private party facilities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bistrot Royal is available for semi-private functions of up to 40 people for both lunch and dinner. Please call the restaurant for availability. Parties not wanting to buy out the entire restaurant will be restricted to specific times and a pre-set menu. Reservations are not accepted more than 60 days prior to event and a deposit must be made at the time of booking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Private party contact

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thea Kromer: (703) 519-9110

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