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Bistrot Royal

2944 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Bistro, French
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm

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.
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Phone number
(703) 519-9110
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christophe & Michelle Poteaux
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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.
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Private party contact
Thea Kromer: (703) 519-9110
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Bistrot Royal only does in-house catering at this time.
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Cross street
Bashford Lane / Third St
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Parking details
Small private lot in the back and ample FREE street parking.
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Public transit
Braddock Road Metro (closest with cab ride)
or King Street Metro (with cab ride)
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Bistrot Royal does not have live entertainment
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Special events & promotions
Bistrot Royal hosts wine and beer dinners periodically. Please check our website for the most up to date information about the latest event.
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipfoodfriend (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

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

Rolex (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

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

vipFederalist (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

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...

maryh (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 28, 2016

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.

vipJamieF (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 27, 2016

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.

Richard (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 26, 2016

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.

Eliz (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 24, 2016

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

viptheatergoer (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 24, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

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.

Pink (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 12, 2016

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!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

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