Potomac Point Winery is the home of Le Grand Cru Bistro.  Quite often we received the question “What is a bistro?  And how is it different than a restaurant?”.

Bistros were originally introduced in Paris, and over time migrated throughout the world. They tend to be less common than other forms of restaurants and are just slightly different from cafes.

Bistros serve full meals, so you could go to one for lunch or dinner and be satisfied. The options are moderately priced, and the setting tends to be laid back, just like the café.

A bistro is typically known for its food and atmosphere, which can be busy and lively. You might see couples on a casual date together or friends getting together to hang out.

Historically, bistro menus held foods that were simple and could be made in quantity, such as sandwiches and salads. Owners served wine and coffee as drinks to complement the food, but unlike cafes, the food was the focus.  Obviously, here at Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard, our wine is the star of the show.  We think you’ll find that our menu is larger than most other Virginia wineries, yet smaller than a typical restaurant.

Examples of bistros are what you might imagine when you think of a casual dining place in Paris.  We look forward to seeing you around the winery, and bistro, soon; cheers!