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Bistro Sancerre, Alexandria, VA

Bistro Sancerre

4.4
4.4
278 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Bistro Sancerre is an upscale French Bistro and Steakhouse located in upper Old Town Alexandria. It features many classical favorites as well as uniquely crafted creation by our executive Chef.

Farm-to-table grassroots style restaurant with locally-sourced produce and fine cheeses.

Bistro Sancerre has an extensive private dining and events area with a private bar, separate restrooms and Audio Video support.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, French, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Brunch Sun 2:15 pm–2:30 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 634-2720

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Trent Conry

  • Private party facilities

    Two large private dining rooms that can be combined. Seats 100 with private bar and Audio/Video capabilities and separate private dining area restrooms. Several hotels located within 200 meters. Valet Parking and large secluded garden courtyard with 100+ seats.

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Reinekers Ln, Duke Street

  • Parking details

    Validated parking daily after 5pm in the garages below the space and can be entered from the Embassy Suites circle. Validated Parking Weekdays for lunch $5 for 3 hours. Must enter the garage after 11:00 am and before 2:30PM. Validated parking all day on Weekends.

  • Public transit

    King Street Metro is across the street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 278 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. KE

    KarenE

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really a nice restaurant. Food and service were excellent. Delicious desserts.
  2. D

    Dessertman

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the finest meals I've had in several years. A little tough to find, as they are inside a courtyard and have no street facing exposure, find the building claiming the address and then wander around outside until you find them. My wife had the Tomato Basil Soup and Duck Breast entree and I ordered the Beef Wellington Bites appetizer and the Filet Mignon entree. Oh my, all was cooked perfectly. We topped it off with some Remy Martin XO and Creme Brûlée and Belgian Chocolate Mousse; both desserts were executed perfectly. Natalia served us all of the above, making us feel completely at home and ensured we had everything we needed/wanted and that we were pleased throughout.
  3. W

    Wildermann

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time visit. Service and food were very good overall. May try again in the future.
  4. r

    rbdiner

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined in the large and inviting outdoor courtyard. Excellent food. Very attentive service. We love this place. A little pricey, but worth it -- especially for those who like dining outdoors.
  5. WG

    WillG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food is very good...I think the menu should be expanded.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our biggest disappointment is not finding this place sooner!!! This is our new favorite place. Easily could have picked anything off the menu and been happy. Great drinks, amazing food, wonderful desserts. Indoor and outdoor seating. We had: boar rack with winter veggies. Duck with sweet potato fries and frisée. Apple Carmel tartare Al a mode. French 77 This is a fancy but too fancy meal place for any night. Also free validated parking if you park underneath (enter through duke street semi circle area). This will be our regular rotation of local restaurants.
  7. AA

    AzAz

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we eat at Bistro Sancerre, we are amazed at how good and fresh everything is, and why this place is not more popular! Everything from the soups and appetizers to the thoughtful entrées to the wonderful desserts was super! Service was great!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience
  9. BC

    BrianC

    Washington DC

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food; nice atmosphere. Good service.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    46 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Our main server was inattentive, but the support staff came frequently to refill water, but had no ice (it was 85F on the patio). The expo (from Russia, 16 yrs ago) was excellent and very attentive bringing out food/wine, finding us some ice, etc. and very personable. Our first course came out to 3 of us, but the fourth had to wait a good 5 min, which fine dining restaurants should never do! We waited forever for our server to come take our payment, but the expo had to come to our rescue. Sorry I didn't catch her name, because she saved out evening.
  11. BC

    BrianC

    Washington DC

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Food and service.
  12. r

    rbdiner

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant. It's a hidden gem. Food is outstanding. We've had steak, chicken, fish, and burgers as entrees -- all excellent. The outdoor courtyard patio (by a fountain) is a lovely place to dine. And everyone who works there is incredibly nice. The last time there, our server went through great lengths to help one member of our party resolve an issue related to the underground parking associated with the neighboring hotel. Truly extraordinary service from exceptionally nice people.
  13. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    As always, the offerings were wonderful, well prepared, and expertly executed. This particular evening, we dined infoors so the noise level was high due to the vaulted ceilings. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the total experience.
  14. LO

    LocalOldTowner

    Richmond

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    We arrived just after 5pm. No one there but us. 1 person at the front, who served as the manager and waiter. Music was not suitable for a restaurant like this (Top Hits, vs. something subtle and relaxing) and it was too loud. We asked to turn it down, which he did. Had to wait to get champagne chilled. Nothing was pre-chilled. It was not very good. (Not his fault though, they only had 2 choices). Another couple arrived. Took a long time to place our order, even though not busy. The bartender showed up and she was loud with the 2 customers at the bar, the acoustics in this restaurant are not good. Too open with too many hard surfaces. She threw bottles into the trash, making it very loud. Their entire conversation echoed across the front area where we were seated. When the food came, the bartender and manager were our wait staff. They never came back to check on things, ask how it was (except once during main course), never came back and poured our champagne or our very expensive bottle of Cabernet. The service was not professional, sort of tossed the food onto the table, versus proper serving like we get at other expensive restaurants, esp. a French or Steakhouse. We had 1st course of the baked brie, which was good. Second course mushroom soup and wedge salad. Both were good. Surf and turf, Sirloin, and Filet steaks were all good. The sides were very good, vegetables were fresh. Mac and Cheese was good. They provide 2 sides with each main course, which is generous. The quality of the food was very good, steaks were cooked perfect medium rare. Lobster was not overcooked and was juicy. So, bottom line is we don't care for the place because of unprofessional service and too loud for us, but the food was very good and we would recommend the food. We were disappointed in the champagne and having to get up out of our chairs and go to a wall and make wine selections. The wines are at room temperature unless you wait to have them chilled (bottles). The food value is good.
  15. MG

    MarilynG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    They accommodated us by turning the music down. It isn’t easy to get to. We had someone who can’t walk far. The entrance off Duke St was closed
  16. BC

    BrianC

    Washington DC

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Fantastic service by Marc. Always a good experience.
  17. MA

    MARIETA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and reasonably priced Will recommend to others and will be back again
  18. m

    margog

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I + 2 friends had a lovely dinner here last night. The pate, beef short ribs, rockfish and beet salad were perfectly cooked and very tasty. Tables are spaced nicely so there is not a high noise level at all. Service was very attentive and prompt.
  19. MM

    MaryM

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food was very average and over priced Service was lovely and ambiance is fine
  20. i

    iamtanaysha

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I enjoyed my dining experience here and would definitely return. A friend and I made day of reservations and we were able to sit outside despite our reservation being for standard indoor dining. Very attentive staff and my water glass was never empty. I have the surf and turf special with the scallops which were delicious, the only thing is that my medium steak was cooked a little too "well" but I would definitely return.
  21. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great outdoor dining experience. Only recommend they use a disposable tablecloth solution or deliver extra sets of silverware wrapped in a napkin and not place directly on table.
  22. k

    khink

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good ❤️❤️❤️
  23. T

    Teflon

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We are neighbors of the restaurant and dined on Mother's Day. The food was poor, the portions small, overpriced and the restaurant understaffed leading to slow service with multiple errors. We can understand the staffing problem but the food quality and portion size are off putting. As an example, for $4 we ordered the bread basket. It consisted of 5 pieces of tasteless and somewhat stale baguette period. We will vote with our feet and not return. It is shame since Bistro Sancerre is within walking distance from home.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our new go-to place! Can’t wait to be back.
  25. S

    Shabaron

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant has accessible parking in Alexandria. The food was fantastic and the prices were amazing for downtown Alexandria
  26. J

    Jillnancy

    Washington DC

    123 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    we were surprised at how few people were there on a saturday night. The place is lovely and the concept of selecting your own wine bottle from their collection is great. The food was delicious and the service was great.
  27. BC

    BrianC

    Washington DC

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and excellent service
  28. r

    richarde

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best hamburger in Old Town- and the best beet salad But all the food was amazing We ate outside and had a great evening
  29. AC

    AlanC

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent time at Bistro Sancerre. Servers attentive, food excellent, will go again and highly recommend.
  30. HJ

    HarryJ

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Wasn't crowded, but will probably be quite noisy if filled up. The wines are very good. They validated the parking ticket but it wasn't accepted at the gate.
  31. DI

    DebbieI

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    This restaurant is very beautiful and the food was very good . To our disappointment at the end of the evening the check came out to way more than it should have been . It was not itemized and the waitress added a tip to the total bill and we were just two people . We felt deceived but glad we caught it in time or that waitress would have had a very , very good tip . I don’t think I would come here again . We have read other reviews with similar stories We had dinner here on April 9, 2022 7:00pm and sat in the bar area . What a shame because it is a really good restaurant .
  32. LD

    LarryD

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    2.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience5
    Food was well prepared and service was friendly. However: Escargots were not traditionally prepared and definitely pas en croute, as indicated. Food portions were meager. Wine portion was scant. Kitchen service was slow. Seriously, a charge for bread? Quite overpriced. Overall, disappointing.
  33. SA

    StarACDC

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just love the ambience and the food is good.
  34. C

    Carol

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food and service, wish portions (asparagus) were higher. Great night
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    When we first got to the restaurant, there were no other dinners there, so we got seated right away. We ordered the butternut squash and French onion soups at first. They were both good. I got the French onion with had a good amount of cheese on top. It was pieces of bread in it and not straight out of the package generic bread. We ordered drinks as well, which were both good but nothing original. I ordered the dry aged prime rib with asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes and a green peppercorn cognac sauce. The temperature I ordered was medium rare, and it came out pretty much rare. I didn't mind since I don't like my steak cooked over medium rare. The mashed potatoes were room temperature at best, and the asparagus were crunchy and undercooked to my liking. The sauce for the steak was nothing special either. I will say the steak was very tender, so I could tell it was dry aged. My wife had the chicken breast, which also came with mashed potatoes, and they were also room temperature. I tried her chicken, and it was nothing special either good but not great. The dinner was overall decent but not worth the price of our bill. I don't see myself going back but it was overall a decent experience.
  36. r

    rbdiner

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess and servers were exceptionally nice and accommodating. Service was excellent. Food was delicious -- steaks were outstanding as were the chicken and the chocolate desserts. We ate outdoors, under a heat lamp, in the lovely courtyard. Wonderful evening!
  37. SA

    StarACDC

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful ambience and great food! I also liked the reasonably priced wine flights.
  38. FR

    FR4W

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was decent. Service was somewhat slow. We spent far more than expected or really think was warranted. Not great for kids.
  39. MW

    MurrayW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was good, the prices were too high for the amount of food provided because the servings were too small.
  40. LD

    LeeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and very delicious food. Highly recommended

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Bistro Sancerre offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 634-2720.

Bistro Sancerre is rated 4.4 stars by 278 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Bistro Sancerre

1725 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3456

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Reinekers Ln, Duke Street

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Brunch Sun 2:15 pm–2:30 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, French, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Validated parking daily after 5pm in the garages below the space and can be entered from the Embassy Suites circle. Validated Parking Weekdays for lunch $5 for 3 hours. Must enter the garage after 11:00 am and before 2:30PM. Validated parking all day on Weekends.

  • Public transit

    King Street Metro is across the street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Trent Conry

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 634-2720

  • Private party facilities

    Two large private dining rooms that can be combined. Seats 100 with private bar and Audio/Video capabilities and separate private dining area restrooms. Several hotels located within 200 meters. Valet Parking and large secluded garden courtyard with 100+ seats.

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