208 Queen Street
Alexandria, VA 22314Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.bilbobaggins.net/
- Phone: (703) 683-0300
- Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday: (limited menu) 11:30am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Lite fare: Saturday & Sunday: 2:30pm - dinner begins; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: International, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Michael Armellino
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: Bilbo Baggins Restaurant offers off-site catering. Please call Michael Armellino @ (703) 683-0300 for more information
- Cross Street: Fairfax & Lee Streets
- Public Transit: The Dash bus has 2 stops on Fairfax Street near the intersection of Queen St. The restaurant is located on Queen St. between Fairfax and Lee Streets. There are 2 metro stops in Alexandria that will get you within 15-17 blocks of the restaurant. The metro stops are King St. or Braddock Road. From there its just a quick cab ride or nice walk.
- Parking: Private Lot
- Parking Details: Parking is available evenings and weekends in the private parking lot directly across the street from the restaurant. There is an attendant. The fee is currently $4. For lunch dining Monday through Friday, there are public lots located near the restaurant and street parking.
A word from Bilbo Baggins
A casual local restaurant & pub with tasty food, unusual wines & beers from around the world, and friendly service. The green dragon pub sports 12 beers on tap with over 100 bottles from which to choose. Wines are offered by the glass or bottle with a full bar that offers unusual martinis as well as other libations. A fire place and 4 HDTVs add to the experience. Upstairs, guests find cozy tables located within 3 dining room areas. All menu selections are offered both in the pub and dining rooms. Experience a tantalizing tapas menu with a selection of cheeses, fire cracker shrimp and fresh calamari just to name a few. Visit us for lunch or dinner 7 days a week. Join us for a spectacular Sunday brunch which includes Frodo's french toast made from our homemade cracked wheat & raisin bread, a variety of omelets as well as other delicious brunch & lunch items. Located in Old Town Alexandria just 2 blocks from the river on Queen Street.Continued
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Bilbo Baggins reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since July 30, 2014
- Ambiance3.6Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (40)good for groups (26)fit for foodies (20)notable wine list (17)great for lunch (15)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (11)great for brunch (7)special occasion (6)romantic (6)hot spot (6)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Would not go backAlexandriaVIPDined on 7/12/2014We were there on a Saturday evening - the place was REALLY loud, the service was terrible, but the food was good. Unfortunately, when you are in a super loud restaurant with a scowling waitress the good food does not have much of an opportunity to shine. If you have kids, it is worth mentioning that while they do have $13 pizzas, there is no children't menu.
- Bilbo-Eat-insDiner42Dined on 7/11/2014Food was excellent, décor was what you would expect in a pub style restaurant. Only complaint was our waiter wasn't very good. Couldn't get the order right, didn't know about the food was slow. Gave bread but no butter and I asked for butter on three occasions. FInally had to ask a different server to bring me butter.Special Features:
- Great Food, Questionable ServiceBrownBearDined on 7/11/2014Bilbo Baggins is an excellent little restaurant a few blocks off Kimg Street in the Old Town section of Alexandria. The menu is varied and the food excellent. There is a huge drink menu, and a very nice list of personal specialty pizzas. I've been there twice. The only bad thing I will say is that the service on the second trip was lacking. The waitress made us feel rushed when there were very few people in the restaurant, and did not thank us when we paid. I think this is an aberration, and would not let it deter you from trying this nice gem.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nit the sameOrchidVIPDined on 7/7/2014Although not a regular, we go here a couple of times a year. Both service and quality of food have declined. We had a 7:30 reservation on a Mon. night. Had to wait quit a few minutes before we were acknowledged and seated. Drinks were ordered quickly and served in reasonable amount of time. The salad was served at the same time as the entree, which seemed to take over 15 minutes. The salad was WAY overpriced, $13, for large leaves of greens and a lot of candied walnuts swimming in rasperry vinagrette. Needless to say, we will probably not be returning.Special Features:
- Will not return. Waste of moneyReturntoAlexVADined on 7/5/2014We returned to Bilbo Baggins for a special occasion after a 25+ year hiatus. It was great years ago. We were seated in a tight corner booth in an empty area, while there were lights, nice tables and people in the front of the top floor. I had even made a reservation! The server was non-communicative and did not check on our table. Empty beer glasses, no bread (and when asked for some she seemed surprised and did not bring more when asked). Would not make eye contact. Specials looked good on the menu. We expected fresh. It was served SO fast, it was obvious that it was prepared ahead, including my swordfish which appeared to have been reheated and a bit tough. The prices for beer are high but good selections. Would only recommend bar.
- Great PizzaMyliecatDined on 7/5/2014First time to the restaurant. Pizza was excellent. Very good service. Will return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- enjoyableMarsDinosaurDined on 6/30/2014We went during happy hour on a weeknight. 1/2 price pizzas. It was great and our server was awesome. He even told us what NOT to get (as in, don't waste your time on that, it's not as good as other things and you can get it better somewhere else). That's service! The pizzas were great and to us FAST! It was a light crowd and we really enjoyed it. We initially went in b/c of the name (hubby is a LOTR fan) but would go back on its own merit!Special Features:
- Good food, nice atmosphereDogWalkerFCDined on 6/25/2014I took my friend here for her birthday. We enjoyed a very nice casual dinner. She had good wine, I had great beer. The Bilbo Pizza was delicious; she enjoyed her cinnamon pork chop. Good, friendly, unobtrusive service.Special Features:
- Great food!fun4brunchDined on 6/22/2014We found this restaurant online while searching for a Sunday brunch menu in Alexandria. The name itself was intriguing, and the menu items and descriptions looked and sounded very tasty and were also reasonably priced. The brunch atmosphere was a bit crowded and loud, but we were seated quickly. We did the online reservation, but I think we would have been fine without it. Our server was pleasant, but seemed a bit inattentive at times, although we got our food pretty quickly and everything tasted great! We would definitely go back and would recommend this restaurant to friends and family.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Don't judge a book by it,s cover!travelguruDined on 6/16/2014From the outside it doesn't look like anything special. Inside looks like a typical pub with stools around tables, tv's playing the World Cup game, and a large bar area. Where it shines is the food. The veal scallopini and weiner schnitzel were great. The selection was diverse, something for everyone. The service was a tad slow and not real energetic. If you want some great food in a relaxed-casual atmosphere, Bilbo's is for you. If you are looking for a nice place to bring your honey for quiet, ambiance, & atmosphere, you might want to go somewhere else. It was what I was looking for that night.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- JAS63Dined on 6/15/2014I brought my father for Father's Day dinner. We sat upstairs, which was neither crowded nor empty. The service was good. My father Enjoyed his dinner (swordfish). I got the vegetarian plate, which had a very nice collection of vegetables + polenta. The only problem was that some of the items, especially the spinach and mashed potatoes, were way too salty. The raisin bread that came before the meal seemed totally homemade, just like I used to make in my bread-making days - dense, chewy and delicious...apart from being somewhat salty. If the kitchen would back off on the salt (you can always add at the table, but you can't remove it), I would add a star to my review. We had an enjoyable evening, but I'm not sure I would go back.
- Fit the BillWally103Dined on 6/14/2014This was exactly what we were looking for on a family birthday dinner. The food was good, the menu varied and a great beer selection. The service was fairly quick, although our server didn't seem to be too familiar with the menu or the drinks, other than the daily special. A bonus was that it's on a side street that isn't too crowded and there is a parking lot across the street which on Saturday night was $5.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- There and Back AgainBillNDined on 6/13/2014I checked notable wine list, but only because there was not a notable beer list selection. Food was well prepared and presented. Good flavors. The selection was fairly wide and everyone in our party found something to their liking. Service was a little slow, but server had a lot of tables assigned. He was courteous and helpful. Had planned on trying this restaurant out for a long time, and will be back again.Special Features:
- Great spotdvanvlietDined on 6/6/2014The food was good and the beer list was spectacular. The beer alone makes it a place I'll go back to many times.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good place though not Middle EarthyDaveDined on 6/4/2014Interesting menu of well-prepared food (the wife had duck salad and I had wiener schnitzel), great selection of beer and wine (the happy hour pricing is on a limited but still good subset), reasonable prices, all in all a rather good restaurant. Just don't let the name fool you into thinking it's Tolkien-themed, if that's what you're going for. Even without that element, though, the ambiance was fine, with funny signs on the walls. If you have an out-of-the-way table it can be hard to get the wait-staff's attention, but once you do, they're great. Most of the tables for up to four are the high kind, which I personally don't like, but of course YMMV. Parking can be hard to find, but at least after 6 PM on-street is free.Special Features:
- Fun themedHappyDined on 6/1/2014Good food, fun spot with Hobbit themed menu and decor. TVs around, small seating area downstairs but was fine for our party. Nice servers.Special Features:
- Enjoy our visitSassyDined on 5/25/2014I am glad we finally got to eat here. We were given a basket of raisin bread which was delicious. My husband had a salad and I had Gandolf's Pie. We enjoyed our food and beer. Definitely will go back. I wish they would have had a kid's menu. My son decided not to share my pizza and none of the appetizer appealed to him. The server asked if he would like a bowl of fruit and he ate it. We were really that the server was so helpful.Special Features:
- Just okCAArndtDined on 5/24/2014I was Expecting more of a "hobbit" feel. This was more like a Diner with vines painted on the walls. Would have been much better it Much more greenery, Heavy utensils, metal plates...more of an Old english feel. Food was just OK I have the Veggie platter...quantity was good, quality...not so good, veggies over cooked, lacked spices. House Chardonnay, very sweet....my fault I should have looked/asked about the label. Web site is Great..the only reason we took the metro, 7 stops and a Taxi....If a visitor, go to main street is downtown AlexandriaSpecial Features:
- Too saltyEateryVIPDined on 5/24/2014Every dish we had--including the read--was too salty.
- Food was DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 5/23/2014My wife and I both ordered dishes that sounded good on the menu, but lacked once at the table. The salmon was very thin, breaded, and a bit dried out. The sauce was also overwhelming. My wife had the pork loin - again, the meat was overcooked. We came in hopes of finding a new place to dine, but we won't be back again.
- Great seafood and pizzas!loksterDined on 5/23/2014I've dined at Bilbo's several times, and had happy hour excursions as well, and never been disappointed. All of their pizzas have been outstanding, and their seafood is also delicious, fresh, well-seasoned and expertly cooked. Extensive beer (and wine) list, and a decadent chocolate Belgian waffle for dessert, make it truly a memorable experience to share with friends and family alike.Special Features:
- Will definitely be back!mhayrnDined on 5/16/2014I found Bilbo Baggins on the Alexandria website and was not disappointed. Great food, exceptional beer list, and great service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- REally Pleasant Weekday LunchGophorDined on 5/15/2014The restaurant was not very crowded, hence not noisy at all. We found the menu extremely interesting and the service attentive. There were four in our party, and we all enjoyed our meals. The extraordinary selection of beers makes me think that this woudl be a pleasant, but potentially noisy place in the evening. Nevertheless, we would try it and we would return for lunch.Special Features:
- The Second Time is Not a CharmGknox01Dined on 5/11/2014Bilbo's was great the first time. We vowed to return with others. I was proud to share this place with my family for Mother's Day. We entered the restaurant and waited for our table- that was upstairs with a large slant in the floor, near the bathrooms, and segregated from the rest of diners. The next room had happy families with food, attentive staff, and nice scenery. We sat for 17 minutes with no water, bread, or notice from anyone until I went downstairs to complain. My beef was rare instead of well done like I asked, but I was afraid to return it. I should have left but we wanted to give the staff a chance to redeem the service. The place wasn't packed so what was the excuse? We even left a good tip for bad service.Special Features:
- Gem in AlexandriaAmarusCameronDined on 5/11/2014Pleasantly surprised with Bilbo Baggins, we knew that the restaurant was known for it's Beer selection and Wine list but the food was absolutely stupendous. Witty phrases adorn the walls and murals maps and other paraphernalia from the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Our server was attentive and very personable but we never felt rushed at all. Another plus is that it is off the craziness that follows King Street, being on Queen it was a much more pleasant and easy going atmosphere than the hustle and bustle of King Street.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A bit disappointed.GreenmanDined on 5/11/2014I've been to Bilbo Baggins several times for dinner and they have a great beer selection and the food is usually good. However I went with my family for the Mother's Day brunch and it was quite a different experience. The service was very slow, the server kept disappearing for long periods of time, and one of our appetizer plates was dirty (food obviously stuck to it). I had the lobster bisque to start and it was basically lobster flavored pepper water. Not creamy and not substantial. I also had the pan-seared chicken with sausage gravy and eggs. Everything was over-salted and the portion was lacking. Maybe the staff was still sleepy or something. Anyway I'd say stick to dinner and go elsewhere for brunch.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/10/2014great for beer - an amazing selection of interesting brews both on draft and by bottle. Main meals were disappointing but staff and atmosphere was friendly
- what a disappointment!!!FrancineSmithDined on 5/10/2014I was expecting a unique restaurant, good food, and an atmosphere that would allow for conversation, as I was having dinner with family I hadn't seen in many years. How utterly disappointing that we were seated in a crowded, noisy, and exceedingly warm bar (NOT a restaurant!!), we were shoved in an awkward table under a low ceiling with posts separating us. Unable to carry on a conversation for the noise. In addition, the waitress brought my second "soda water" in the original bottle, instead of pouring it into a glass. When I opened it, it sprayed all over us. Topping it off, our meal was bland and overcooked. I would NEVER recommend it unless you just want a typical, noisy bar experience and don't care about service or quality.
- Loved itOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/10/2014I am a huge fan of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books as well as the movies. I had to come here to check it out.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- KathyDined on 5/10/2014We enjoyed our meal, service and location greatly and will come back oftenSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Service with a smileBlessedDined on 5/9/2014Our server went out of his way to help us with our food choices, chatted with us about our visit to DC, talked to our teen grandsons. Food was good but service was fabulous.Special Features:
- A pretty disappointing visitAspenkucheDined on 5/9/2014We were seated in a very sub-par section of the restaurant way in the back even though we had reservations and all of the second floor was mostly empty. The beer menu and the Sam's garden pizza were a redeeming feature. The grilled seafood platter was adequate. However, the lobster bisque was so thinned out and highly over seasoned that it was hard to finish. We've tasted much better food and were seated in better ambiance for the amount of money that we spent at Bilbo's. Given the array of choices in Alexandria, we won't be back any time soon.
- Missing the magic touchCuisineCritic343Dined on 5/7/2014Felt like Bilbo Baggins was a bit of a ghost of it's former self. The Lord of the Rings theme worked on the surface, but felt underwhelming for a fan looking for a really awesome LOTR experience. A little more Shire-like hospitality please! Food was delicious and the Bilbo Baggins ale is a must. Their happy gory deals are worth going for.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- cobrapaulDined on 5/3/2014The food was good, not truly remarkable, but adequate. Portion size was perfect, taste was ok. Service was very fast. Good came out barely 15 minutes after we ordered. Great beer list. Disappointed there were no Virginia wines on the wine list. Would go again to try some of the other selections.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bilbos does not disappointJackVIPDined on 4/26/2014Bilbos is one of our "go to" restaurants in Old Town, especially since it is a few blocks from our house. The food is reliably good. If you're in the mood for a beer with your meal, I highly recommend getting off of the King Street strip and meandering over to Bilbo Baggins.Special Features:
- DisappointingOldTownPatronDined on 4/23/2014Bilbo was always a neighborhood restaurant we could depend on for good-to-terrific food and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. I hadn't been there in two years, but when an out-of-town friend had an evening free, I thought Bilbo would be the perfect place. I was wrong. The food is still great, but the service was spotty and intrusive and the facility felt grimy. The noise level was so high we had to raise voices to hear each other. The wait staff was either not to be found or constantly trying to clear, even though we told them twice to wait until we were both finished. Note: we ate downstairs in the restaurant (not in the bar, which looked good, but was full) or upstairs, which may still be just fine, but I won't go back soon to find out.
- Notable Beer List!DDP9686Dined on 4/20/2014Wish Open Table had a "Notable Beer List" on the options above. BB's beer list is incredible with gems that are hard to find. All three of our brunches were delicious. Service was friendly and prompt despite it being a very busy Easter lunch and after our meal we enjoyed savoring a second sample from the beer list without being rushed out. It's a rustic spot that I'm sure can be romantic if you don't have a screaming child behind you as we did, but that can happen anywhere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Easter BrunchOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 4/20/2014It was our first time and we had a nice time and we would go there again. There appeared to be a bit of a communication disconnect/language gap between the server and our party, but nothing that wasn't overcome.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Okay food...wanted better qualityNYFoodie1Dined on 4/20/2014THe food was okay for Sunday Brunch. The service was also okay. Wasn't anything special. They could do more with the space.Special Features:
- Great gembluedragin67Dined on 4/12/2014From its name you can guess the theme of Bilbo Baggins. I was expecting a little bit more of a shore feel, with round windows and low ceilings, but it did have a middle earth tone to the decor. Good was well prepared and not over priced, and the service was adequate.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.