Decadent Dining in Alexandria

Check out our expert’s picks for the best restaurants in Old Town, from classic French fare to the award-winning Restaurant Eve.


One of the best things about Alexandria, Va.—also known as Old Town—is the selection of small, locally owned bistros, cafés and pubs. After a long day exploring the town [read about all the things to do in Alexandria], here are a few restaurant favorites:


This is a local favorite featuring innovative French fare with a Mediterranean accent and famed desserts by the chef’s wife, pastry chef Michelle Garbee. There is also a wine bar with an excellent selection. 1201 N. Royal St. Tel 703-519-3776.

Hank’s Oyster Bar

I sit back and let the knowledgeable waitstaff enhance my ongoing oyster education with a selection from Hank’s wide variety of oysters on the half shell. This small seafood bar also offers a variety of New England-style beach food. 1026 King St. Tel. 703-739-4265.

La Bergerie

This elegant and romantic French restaurant is an Old Town institution. While it’s been around more than 30 years, it always seems to deliver both reliable French favorites and attentive service. 218 N. Lee St. Tel. 703-683-1007.

Restaurant Eve

Cathal Armstrong and his burgeoning restaurant empire is currently the darling of D.C. One of Food & Wine’s chefs of the year, this is one of D.C.’s best, so start calling two months in advance for reservations. Its award-winning New American cuisine, beautiful setting and top-notch service make it worth the wait. 110 S. Pitt St. Tel. 703-706-0450.

Eamonn’s: A Dublin Chipper

A labor of love from Restaurant Eve’s Irish chef Cathal Armstrong.  Order your fish and chips from a blackboard at the counter and throw in some Irish candies while you’re at it. Prepared to order, the fish arrives fresh and crispy and the chips thick and hot. Douse with traditional malt vinegar or chose from a variety of innovative twists on tartar sauce. Down with a Guinness and you’re refreshed for the rest of your trek up King Street. 728 King St. Tel. 703-299-8384.


Skip Starbucks and head to Misha’s not only for its fresh coffee made with beans roasted on premise but for the eclectic clientele that call Misha’s home for the better part of the week. Route 66 is the French Roast favorite. 102 S. Patrick St. Tel. 703-548-4089. 

Destinations: Alexandria

Themes: Culinary

Activities: Eat

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