A new French bistro Royale has just opened in Raleigh’s historic district from the acclaimed team behind area faves the Stanbury and Café Lucarne.
Restaurateur Will Jeffers has again teamed up with Union Square Hospitality Group alum/chef Jeff Seizer and NC native/pastry chef Jesse Bardyn (longtime head baker of Asheville’s City Bakery) to run the bistro.
On the menu, you’ll find French cuisine and daily specials including roast chicken and steak frites, along with a broader European and American inspired menu that covers pasta, small plates, seafood, charcuterie, and raw oysters. Bardyn has rolled out mostly American-style desserts including salted caramel apple pie and hand churned ice cream.
As for the bar, there’s a pretty slick champagne selection by the bottle, as well as beer, cocktails and an emphasis on French wine.
The bistro is now open in the former Battistella’s space at 200 East Martin Street at City Market, not far from the team’s more casual operation Café Lucarne (309 Blake Street), a local favorite for brunch and bar snacks.