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.

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coffeE shop

Royal is a coffee shop and breakfast/lunch spot by day.  Pick up your favorite cup of Counter Culture Coffee (or cup of tea) on your way to work, or stay in-house and take advantage of the free WiFi.

Cocktail bar

Royal's bar offers an eclectic variety of options ... housemade vermouth on tap, local beers and spirits, wine, and cocktails crafted by our talented bar staff.


Royal is an all-day destination for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Our kitchen prepares simple yet creative food, much of it from our wood-burning grill.