Bistro Sancerre

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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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CR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful evening and so ate outside on a Saturday night at this wonderful restaurant. They have a pleasant outside setting with lots of tables, with no noise. We also had a terrific waiter whose timing was impeccable. We ordered salmon and the steak frites. Beautiful presentation of our meals and everything was fresh and perfectly cooked. The wine choice is superior and prices lower than other restaurants. Not an inexpensive dinner but you get what you pay for. I would recommend to a friend and already have.

M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A hidden gem. Sat outside. Great ambience. Good wine and food

JK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I don't even know where to begin. I guess I would start with the fact that we were here for our third wedding anniversary and to their credit, we were greeted with a 'Happy Anniversary' and a complementary glass of champagne.

That's where the good news of the evening ends.

It was not busy in the restaurant, yet our server took forever to get to us to take our order. He didn't get my order right and our drinks were never refilled and he never came by to check on us until the end when we were ready to go. As far as the food goes, it was...okay. The Ribeye was overtly salty. There's less salt in the ocean and the rosemary fries are partly responsible too. But what really hurt the most was that we were mostly ignored for the evening. We would have stayed for dessert, left a bigger tip, but it didn't take us long to know that we were done. I would not recommend this place for a special occasion. I personally will be looking at other places before I consider coming back here.

Bistro Sancerre
Responded on 29 September 2019

Justin, we checked with the server and he said you guys were acting as if you wanted to have a romantic evening and he had the impression that you were annoyed each time he came by. -Troy

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M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a really good restaurant. My wife and I had an anniversary dinner here, sitting outside on the patio is excellent. The food is excellent, the service is great, and the decor is Beautiful. The only downside is that the restaurant is not located on a main pedestrian area, so it doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic. Hopefully with some marketing, the place will get more patrons. Excellent location for a great dinner!

F
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

This restaurant had a very "lonely" feel. The space is huge, not what one expects in a bistro. We were there on a Saturday night and it wasn't very crowded. Service was okay, although there was a mix-up with our order which resulted in a delay. Subsequently, the staff tried to make things right by bringing us bread and by insisting we have dessert on the restaurant. Food was okay; nothing extraordinary. And certainly not bistro fare. The others in our party liked their food better than I did. There are other better French restaurants in Alexandria.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! Food, service, and experience — all top notch!! It is like having dinner in Paris without having to fly there!

D
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent service was very good. Unfortunately there are not many folks in the restaurant.

J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love Bistro Sancerre. As I've said to friends, never before have I wanted to order everything on the menu. And everything I've ordered has been superb. The only drawback to this visit was that there were not enough servers for the number of people eating outside. Thus, service was slow. But the server was aware and apologetic. Excellent food helped mitigate this deficiency.

L
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though this restaurant is fairly new they have mastered the customer service, ambiance, and food preparation! We wanted a new dining experience in this area for our Birthday celebrations and it was phenomenal.....we will be back! Thanks William.

GJ
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was excellent. Service was nice but erratic, could use a little polish. The restaurant interior is nice but the lighting level is too bright for a restaurant at the level this one aspires to.

Bistro Sancerre
Responded on 6 September 2019

Unfortunately the LED lights that they required us to put in, which are great for power purposes, don't dim. We put some grates over them to reduce the light level and I am going to hang some grape vines over them as well which will cut down their light.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went for an anniversary dinner. It was lovely and the waiter could not have been nicer. definitely a return location!

AF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our first time at the Bistro. We had the escargot to start. They lack sufficient butter and garlic and had to ask them to provide more. We both had Caesar salad with anchovies. Both were served without the anchovies and we again had to ask for them. My wife had the rockfish and I had the monk fish as entrees. While properly cooked, both lacked flavor. For a French restaurant they seemed to be light on seasoning on everything. They had a nice wine selection, but the prices in our opinion were slightly higher than in other French restaurants we have tried. We won’t go back in the near future, but may try again down the road to see if they have gotten their act together.

R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Really wanted to like this place. However since our first visit quality of the food and service have gone down hill. We asked for bread and waited over 20 minutes for it. They were out of my first entree choice at 7:00 on Friday night.

R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have dined at the bistro several times for dinner and will enthusiastically return in future and recommend the bistro to others.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

2nd time there. This time outside. Short on staff. Waiter had multiple tables and could not keep up.
Nothing to make me want to rush back other than it was a beautiful evening and patio very nice.

JH
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Went for restaurant week in Alexandria. Food was very good but the service was slow...painfully slow. It was disappointing because this could have become a mainstay for us.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The wine selection process was fun and I wanted to love this place. But...The kitchen forgot to fire a couple of our party’s appetizers and our waiter, who was pleasant and present when we first sat down, sort of disappeared so we had no idea what the issue was until we went to the bar to ask to see a manager. Bummer.

g
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and great service. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great ambiance. Menu piqued my curiosity to return again.

x
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The steak was too salty but the appetizers (Scallop Risotto, White Wine mussels) were more delicious than the main dish.

JE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This was our first visit and I will not plan to go back. Food was only OK, but the restaurant is rather sterile, lacks atmosphere.

Bistro Sancerre
Responded on 22 August 2019

I am surprised that you thought the restaurant was sterile. We get many compliments that it is the most beautiful restaurant that they have ever dined in with the black and straw gold color motif, stone columns and fireplace, wood floors, and art from the most famous romantic and figurative artist in the world, I quite agree. The ceilings are high for a more open feel, but above the blackout line it is covered with acoustic panels to prevent any echoing.

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LM
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great addition to Alexandria! will definitely be back for dinner next time so I can enjoy your incredible wine selection as well!

B
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find in Old Town. One of the more unique French Restaurants I have been to with an assortment of delicious food and wines. I would definitely recommend this place and plan to go back to try a few more of the items on the menu. The Steak, Fois Gras, French Onion Soup, and the Lamb were all incredible and reasonably priced for the quality of the food. I plan to go back to try the rest of the food, but this place is definitely on my go to restaurant in Alexandria.

j
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Chef needs to improve

CR
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is large and well-appointed on the inside including an art gallery area for both paintings and sculptures. It was a nice treat to view this area with a glass of wine of which there is a huge selection. The outside seating area is also large and is part of bigger quad area with trees and a center water fountain. Given the nice weather during the visit, this setup makes for a quiet and serene dinning experience. There is nothing else really like it in the Old Town area. There is no traffic noise or exhaust fumes as with the eateries along King Street.

The food quantity, quality and preparation were outstanding with the main course being the New York Strip steak. Even though steaks can be ordered plain, several sauces are offered. The Cognac Peppercorn sauce is highly recommended and paired well with the red wine. The Brussels Sprout side dish was uniquely prepared allowing the seared balsamic flavor to be evenly distributed. The dessert were the Profiteroles with a flakey pastry and vanilla bean ice cream very reminiscent of the type offered in France. The accompanied warm sauce was made with a large amount of dark chocolate providing an intense flavor when poured over the cream filled pastry. Bistro Sancerre is unique in the Old Town area and will be visited again.

AB
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a nice, quiet place to have dinner. The wine selection is impressive, the atmosphere is romantic and artsy, and the ribeye, I swear, is the best I've ever had. Overall, I had a really great dinner with good service and better food.

J
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Happy Hour!!

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This was our second visit. In the five months between visits it seems they made their menu focus more on being a "steak house" than a French bistro. This didn't feel like the gourmet experience we had on our first visit. Instead it was fine, but nothing unique to write home about.

Bistro Sancerre
Responded on 5 August 2019

Thanks for your review. You are right we do have quite an array of Steaks. But I would think the below list of a few of our menu items makes me confused about not being a French Bistro. Cheese & Charcuterie Foie Gras Escargot French Onion Soup Tomato Goat cheese tart Salad Lyonnasie Warm Brie Salad Rack of Lamb Duck Breast Herb Roasted Chicken As well as our many steaks and other items. Perhaps there is a restaurant around with more French Dishes, but I have not been able to find it.

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ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual date night. Loved the wine, food and jazz music. It was a very enjoyable evening

Bistro Sancerre
Responded on 2 August 2019

Glad you had a good time. We are running a special right now for $2 off happy hour food items.

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j
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Interesting sprawling space, food was flavorful and good, diverse wine selection. Service needs to be more customer friendly rather than seeming to be an 'effort' to ask for addtl items or questions but realize it is still 7 months new. Will try again during the fall-winter menu. Validated parking is helpful!

AF
Birmingham
22 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were five us for a business dinner and everyone was extremely pleased. They have a great menu that is sure to please everyone - a nice variety. The wine selection is great! Our server was very knowledgeable about food and wine and was very efficient and friendly. Highly recommend.

Bistro Sancerre
Responded on 2 August 2019

Hi Audrey, Glad you enjoyed your dinner. We are running a special right now for $2 off happy hour food items. -Troy

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was quite good. Service not so much. Was very slow, un knowledgeable, and inattentive.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible slow service. Steak was over cooked. Had to wait for drinks. Finished my whole meal before my drink refill arrived. Foie gras was greasy and burnt. Asparagus wilty. Bill was wrong. Nothing went right with this meal. Restaurant was only half full. Now I know why. I’d hate to see how the service and food is when the place is full.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Had made a reservation but took a long long time to be seated in an empty restaurant. Food quite good and brought out quickly. Nice place but just nothing distinctive.

L
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with business colleagues. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and unhurried pace. Our team will be back again!

L
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for a team luncheon. Sat outside and enjoyed great weather, food and service. My team loved it and we will be back! Thanks

CS
Washington DC
205 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great breads. Great flights of wines. Worth going for those two reasons. Excellent service but entrees were slow coming out. Food good but we’ve had better. On balance, you should try it.

RC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Just please do not send the cook out to greet guests. He is very unpleasant and we suspected that he was drunk. His presence made an enjoyable meal and evening a bit unpleasant We really just do not like him!

JB
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend to lunch at Bistro Sancerre for her birthday (at her request). As always, lovely food, lovely service. Perfect lunch. I've been there four times now for lunch (have not yet been there for dinner), once with five other women and the other three times with just one other person. I can always count on an excellent, unrushed meal with excellent service. Love this restaurant!

j
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good quality food. Very quiet on a Sunday night. Good place for sitting and talking with friends. Menu could be a little more expansive especially for appetizers.

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