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.
It was great as always, and we will miss it. But we also like its sister restaurant very much.
This was a great French restaurant. Luckily, you can still experience the same quality at Bastille in Alexandria. Same owners, same outstanding service.
I loved going here over the last few years. It's a shame the restaurant is closing this week.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately the landlord is selling the property so they are closing at the end of this month. We will miss them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love this place…never disappoints. The menu and the ambiance is a great expression of a traditional French Bistro.
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!
What a great little find. Amazing food and ambiance. Loved it !!!
Food was delightful. Especially the mushroom soup!!! Menu is full of exciting options
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! :-)
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.
As always, Billy was a well-informed, courteous and wonderful host. Food was excellent, also as always. Please keep your gem in the neighborhood.
The Coq au Vin was superb - one of the best I have ever eaten. The staff is very helpful and friendly and efficient.