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About Bistrot Royal

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.

1201 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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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.

Cross Street:
Bashford Lane / Third St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 519-9110

Website:
http://www.bistrotroyal.com/

Entertainment:
Bistrot Royal does not have live entertainment

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

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)

Executive Chef:
Christophe & Michelle Poteaux

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Bistrot Royal - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.2

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4.1

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4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (4941)
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Romantic (2753)
Notable Wine List (2301)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2050)
Great for Lunch (1610)
Great for Brunch (980)
Good for Groups (344)
Hot Spot (193)
Late-night Find (159)
Vibrant Bar Scene (93)
Kid-friendly (89)
Scenic View (31)
Creative Cuisine (2)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2016

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·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...

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Western NC)·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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·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.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 13, 2016

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

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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 9, 2016

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 9, 2016

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2016

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! :-)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 2, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 31, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 29, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 13, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2016

Delightful atmosphere, great food and good service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 9, 2016

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 25, 2016

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

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on February 23, 2016

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 21, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2016

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2016

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Food was on point!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

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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