Bastille
Bastille

Bastille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bastillerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7035193776x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Saturday: 12 Noon - 2:30pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11:30 - 2:30pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Dinner: 4:00 - 8:30pm

    Please visit our web site for up to-date hours, special events and happenings or to just make a reservation.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Christophe & Michelle Poteaux
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Bastille only does in-house catering at this time.
  • Private Party Facilities: Bastille is available for private functions of up to 50 people for both lunch and dinner. Please call the restaurant for availability. Parties not wanting to buy out the entire restaurant will be restricted to specific times and a pre-set menu. Reservations are not accepted more than 60 days prior to event and a deposit must be made at the time of booking.
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle Poteaux 7035193776x
  • Special Events: Bastille hosts wine and beer dinners monthly. Please check our website for the most up to date information about the latest event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bashford Lane / Third St
  • Public Transit: Braddock Road Metro (closest with cab ride)
    or King Street Metro (with cab ride)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Small private lot in the back and ample FREE street parking.
A word from Bastille
Tucked into a little off beat corner of Old Town Alexandria is Bastille, Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux's award winning intimate bistro and wine bar. Bastille offers guests a contemporary take on classic French fare at approachable prices, set in a warm and upscale environment.

The Poteaux's creations are sparked by traditional, yet modern interpretations of classic dishes that utilize seasonal, locally sourced and farm fresh ingredients. With an expansive wine list, unique beer selections and creative cocktails, Bastille has a little something for everyone.
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Bastille reviews from OpenTable diners
348 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (235)fit for foodies (222)special occasion (187)great for outdoor dining (175)romantic (141)notable wine list (128)great for lunch (114)great for brunch (77)good for groups (24)hot spot (11)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Always a great experience
    bucklVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Really wonderful food, every time. And Mark finds the most amazing wines! We love Bastille - just don't get over the river often enough...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant outdoor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    MY first time at Bastille, but my friend whom I met for lunch recommended it. He and I sat on the patio, and I never set foot inside the restaurant, so I can't comment about it. However, on a beautiful day, it was lovely sitting outside and the food (mussels for me, risotto for him), was delicious and the service attentive. I want to go back and try the inside. Oh, the plane traffic on the Potomac wasn't bad....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Hotcup2
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My wife and i went for her birthday and we had an incredible meal. We did the 4 course tasting menu. 1st course - Grilled Calamari + Foie Gras 2nd course - Summer Tomatoes with feta + Burratta and compressed melon 3rd course - Duck + Griller Lobster Paella 4th course - Blackberry Moose cake + Cheese The highlights Foie Gras, compressed melon, Lobster and Cheese. However, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the items we had. Plus, the wine pairings were very nice. I will be back to try Bastille again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I love that this restaurant is off the beaten path so you have to know it is there. The food is excellent and the staff very nice. The pre fixe lunch is also a good price for the amount of quality food you receive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner for my wife
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I made reservations to take my wife th Bastille for her birthday dinner. The food was amazing and the service was very good! I would definitely recommend it for a romantic or special occasion dinner!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Absolutely wonderful!!!!! We love this restaurant! When the weather is nice, the outdoor patio is delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    From the warm welcome, to the wine recommendation, to the server - service was top-notch. This food was outstanding as well. Had the Sunday night 3 course pre fixe. Charcuterie starter, duck entree, and peach desert - each was fantastic.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    Alex
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I loved their food, arguably the best I've ever had (after years of eating at great restaurants). The only aspect I wasn't crazy about is the decor, it is a bit traditional, but that is completely superficial. If you want a great meal with exquisite taste, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Bastille
    GusM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant in Alexandria bar none. We have never had a bad meal, or bad service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new find for established place!
    bskkemo
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    we had never found The Bastille before this week and are glad we did! this is a great little restaurant that has good food and a great wine list. the Service was very good (until the end when it got too busy) and all of the staff are friendly and knowledgeable on the menu. I will definitely come back to enjoy new tastes and experiences!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carolynn
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have been to Bastille multiple times and it is always a pleasure. This was the first time for brunch and the food was outstanding. A very nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great atmosphere with good energy. Loud but not overbearing. Restaurant has a small, cozy feel. Wait staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Party
    Lucy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    WE had a small Birthday party and everyone loved the food and the server's attention which included a glass of wine each and a Birthday candle. We enjoyed the food and every plate went back empty....wonderful flavors and presentation. Selections included salmon and hanger steak and... grilled octopus and squid which was wonderful as was the escargot. And so easy to park in either the lot or on the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Patrick was great!
    littlebitsVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We sat at the Bar and Patrick was our server/bartender. We had lunch as well as wine. He was an excellent server/bartender and made our experience memorable and thoroughly enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good, But...
    Sazerac2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I dined at Bastille last week. The dining room was already quite full and loud at around 8pm, so we opted for a much more quiet table outside. Our server was very cordial and accommodating, and we each chose the 4-course prix-fixe. I had read excellent online reviews, and ordered some of the popular dishes (escargots -- they serve the morsels w/o the shells, which was good; squid, fish.) While we appreciated the robust flavors and well-constructed dishes, we felt that every dish was a bit too busy, i.e. too many different things on the plate. Simpler presentation would have been better. Still, given the great service and quality meal, it was an enjoyable dining experience, and worth the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    YumBum
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Enjoyed the dinner...as in the past I've enjoyed several lunches at The Bastille. This time my salmon was a little dry and the beignets could have been a little smaller...but still an enjoyable dinner outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining in a quiet setting
    ChristineFVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We love dining and entertaining here as we can rely on the food being good and the atmosphere intimate and quiet - perfect to be able to actually talk with each other. We love the French classics and sometimes with just a small updated spin - and always done well. Merci!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had an 8:15pm reservation for three and our table was waiting when we arrived. Every seat in the restaurant, including the bar, was filled. The noise level was a bit high, but overall not too bad. There was a rather loud person at the bar rather close to our table. He left about 1 minuted before we left! The food was delicious, as usual. I had the duck confit and it was just wonderful. My mother had the seafood special - a fish stew - which she ate every bit of, and my husband had the steak a poivre which he loved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good atmosphere, average food
    baconenthusiast
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant looks nice and has a good atmosphere for special occasions. The food, especially the desserts, looked nice and was well presented. The food tasted below average. I ordered a ribeye served with a wine reduction and my girlfriend ordered the mussels. The ribeye did not have a proper sear and the wine reduction had an overpowering peppery taste. The mussels were a little better but were a little over salted.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have eaten there a number of times and have always found the food top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place rocks!
    Mike
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was my first--but definitely not last--time eating at Bastille. Top notch service!! I know that chefs don't like me. If I order a steak, it needs to be medium well to well. I took a chance, and without a doubt, it was the best steak I've ever had. Not burned on the outside. Juicy on the inside. Perfectly well done. Excellent choices for the cheese board. And the wine selection--WOW! Simply put, you won't regret eating here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Treasure
    AnnapolisDiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I never would have found this restaurant hidden away in Alexandria but my boss knew of it and recommended it highly. He was right! It was just outstanding! Went to celebrate our anniversary. Everything was top notch but not stuffy. Food was excellent. Wine list had many options. Service was friendly and helpful. Couldn't have asked for more....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The best outdoor dining in Old Town. The soup is always a surprise and a treat -- this week's gazpacho was delicious and unique. The duck comfit was excellent. Service is always special because of Khadeja.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and atmosphere.
    Rick
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food was good but not outstanding. Shell fish was perfectly cooked, not overcooked. Waiter was attentive at the beginning but had trouble getting the check.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • flight path
    poop
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I read a number of reviews for this restaurant and can't believe no one mentioned it's in the flight path for DCA. If you like that, it's great. Our server was the worst, but the others were fine. Food was ok.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Complaints apparently not allowed
    Morris
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Found a hair in my salad. Asked them to remove the salad which was half eaten. I wasn't offered a replacement and when the bill came, they credited me $5.80 for the salad. It was a real in your face kind of move. The Caesar is $8 0r $9 ala carte. Maybe they thought I was some kind of scam artist or they don't care for anyone complaining about their food. But to pro rate what I had eaten of a clearly unsanitary salad was rude and uncalled for. I didn't ask for a replacement nor did I get ugly about it. So their response was truly unbelievable. I would steer clear of Bastille -- food okay but their attitude was shocking. Au Revoir, Bastille.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorites
    dbm1102
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I always enjoy the food, and the location is convenient with plenty of parking. My only criticism is for this particular visit. My wife and I asked for outside seating, but there were two tables for four, and we didn't want to wait for a table for two outside. We were seated inside, unfortunately on a break in the banquette, which was not very comfortable. When we left there were at least two tables for four inside and some outside that had one or two people at them. It would be nice if they were more responsive to the wishes of returning customers with reservations rather than waiting for the slight possibility of larger walk-ins.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My wife and I were a bit disappointed, since the restaurant alays has high marks in Washingtonian magazine. It was above average but not spectacular. We might try it again in the future but we are in no big hurry.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    AZfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One of the best restaurant week deals I have been to in the DC area. They provide many options for each course and don't hold back on portion size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Bastille is one of my favorite restaurants in Alexandria, and this dining experience reminded me why. Restaurant Week happened to time out with my birthday week, and the menu--and value--was excellent. I will continue to return to Bastille and recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing!
    Nicole
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was my favorite restaurant week mms meal. The portions were hearty and the taste was incredible. I will definitely be going back and will make sure too try another awesome dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect meal...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've lived in Alexandria for 11 years. This was one of the best meals I've had here. Went for Restaurant Week with 2 girlfriends. We all got something different & we were all very pleased with our choice. The bottle of Pinot Gris we picked was fantastic. I started with fresh burrata cheese with melon, pistachios, olive oil. Entree was duck with a honey lavender sauce, summer veggies, fingering potatoes...perfectly seasoned & a perfect sized portion. Service was good. Courses arrived in timely manner. Not too fast or slow. Never felt rushed. My only disappointment is that I didn't discover Bastille sooner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem!
    Virginiadiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was excellent and so was the service. I had the duck and my date had the mussels. We were both very impressed and so hPpy to finally try this place. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still outstanding
    jayfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Bastille is a gem of a restaurant in Alexandria, Va. It's near DCA and has parking too! Service is top and the manager is right on site so nothing is left to chance. Great food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always wonderful
    superior
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    and the deal of the century with the restaurant week in Alexandria....food here is exquisite....service fantastic.....a typical French Bistro - crowded, bustling, noisy, and wonderful....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of Charm; Good Food
    OzuoVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a charming little restaurant next to an antique store with old world charm and amazing food. The Shrimp Beignet is a must...The Hangar Steak is the juiciest I have ever had, even the fries are awesome. Service is attentive and non-intrusive. I will be back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    Tippy81
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had lunch here during Restaurant week and really enjoyed it. I bet it's little on the noisy side when full, but we were in a corner so it wasn't bad. Food was good; server was good; it was an all around pleasant experience. We would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food and prompt friendly service. Will definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
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    zzzz
    Dined on 8/21/2014
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    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    Chowhound
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Charcuterie, fried green tomatoes, seared scallops, and Valrhona marquise (chocolate mousse) were all delicious. The service was perfect - there when we wanted it and absent when we didn't. Nice atmosphere. Altogether my favorite restaurant in Alexandria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.