501 Florida Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001 (202) 332-7777

Located in the heart of the historic LeDroit Park neighborhood, Royal is an all day spot – coffee shop by day and bar/kitchen by night.

For his second venture as a restaurateur, Paul Carlson, the owner of Vinoteca, decided to join forces with his parents, Ron and Gloria, and sister, Katrina, to open Royal in the summer of 2015. Royal gets its name from the Royal Liquor Store, a business previously in this location. The concept of Royal stems from the Carlson’s international background, as well as their love of cooking, good drinks, and spending time with family and friends.


Cocktail week pairing

The Royal is celebrating DC Cocktail Week with a tropical Boulevardier riff that melds the flavors of coconut, passionfruit and rum in a stirred, boozy drink. The "Kissing a Mortal” is made with scotch, rum, coconut, passionfruit, sweet vermouth, Don Ciccio Ambrosia, and house Angost-urfa bitters infused with the Turkish chile pepper. The cocktail pairs perfectly with Chef Cable Smith’s crispy Fried Chicken Bite with citrus aioli and pickled relish. The pairing is $14 per person, and available during dinner service, from 5pm onwards in the entire restaurant.