The restaurant is not along
The restaurant is not along the main restaurant path in downtown Alexandria which makes it feel like a great find. It was rather small with closely packed tables but it didn't feel crowded; that may have been because we got there before the dinner rush. They had a great selection of foods starting with a cheese plate which you could pick the cheeses you tried from a rather large selection.
While none of us had beer, if you're a connoisseur then this restaurant is definitely a place to check out. They had a huge selection of microbrews as well as a decent selection of wines and some cocktails as well.
Do beware that because it's a small place, it fills up quickly and without much buffering between tables can get loud.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went to Bilbo Baggins for
I went to Bilbo Baggins for brunch, their stuffed french toast is delicious! My Mother ordered the pancake platter - comes with eggs, bacon, and sausage. She loved that too. Great service. The waiter was very attentive. Nice old building too.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
kitchen ambition not quite fulfille
The kitchen's reach may exceed it's grasp a bit. Everything is competently prepared, but combinations are sometimes not well matched -- as with a swordfish dish that had a way-too-sweet sauce. Great beer offerings.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went to Bilbo Baggins Easter
Went to Bilbo Baggins Easter brunch. They had a nice fixed menu, and the food was tasty. Service was prompt, and our waitress was pleasant.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had Easter Brunch at Bilbo
We had Easter Brunch at Bilbo Baggins. The food was delicious, My friend and I had not been there in a very long time, and we really don't know why. Would return soon.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a fun little place,
This is a fun little place, I wish we had cute restaurants like it in Prince William County. We went for the special Easter brunch menu, but hope to return.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Easter brunch specials
The Easter brunch specials were all delicious and large portioned. As usual, Bilbo Baggins' beer list was impressive and had something for everyone's taste. Despite the Easter rush, service was quick and polite and the wait between being seated and being served very short. I would definitely recommend Bilbo Baggins to others, I have yet to be disappointed in the dozen or so times I have gone there.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went to Bilbo's Saturday evening,
Went to Bilbo's Saturday evening, had a reservation at 6:30 but got there a little early. We had no problem getting in ahead of time. We ate up stairs where there was plenty of room and rather quiet, the downstairs bar area was hopping. Overall, the food and service was very good, the beer and wine selection was quite extensive. Our entire party enjoyed our meals, although nothing really stood out except the cilantro fries. Overall a very enjoyable experience, would go there again.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice small restaurant 3 blocks from King Street the main street in Old Town Alexandria. Parking is easy to find in the evenings - we found street parking right in front of the restaurant at no charge unlike streets closer to King St. We got seated right away, service was quick and friendly, and the food came out fairly quickly and was very very tasty. My grilled portabello chicken was delicious topped with roasted portabello mushroom cap and sundried tomato tapenade.
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The sausage gravy over biscuit
The sausage gravy over biscuit (Sunday Brunch item) is delicious..! The chicken and sausage gravy over biscuit (Saturday Brunch item) isn't too shabby either :) Hard to get a refill on coffee in this place, but the foodstuff is (almost) good enough to overlook that. I will come back for sure, and would recommend for Sunday brunch.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Schnitzel was excellent!
Schnitzel was excellent! A little crowded at the table for four, but food was worth it. Bread pudding was great.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love the selection of beers.
I love the selection of beers. There is a single stairway in the middle to go up to the seating, it seems cramped.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I heard and read comments
I heard and read comments about poor service but that was not the case. We really enjoyed the food selected, service, and beverages.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great beer menu!
We chose this kind of blindly because of the bear menu, and because it wasn't far from where we were staying in Alexandria. We were not disappointed!! The food was wonderful and the beer outstanding! The only negative was that it was noisy and it felt kind of cramped for space. It was a Saturday night and very crowded. However, I would go back again in a heartbeat.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a nice visit
Very tasty. Howeve two dishes could have been beytter plated. The lamb chops and pork tenderloin were beautifully presented but needed larger plates to allow room for "disassembly" and cutting the meat.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friendly, family pub in Alexandria
A very relaxed, casual, neighborhood spot in downtown Alexandria. The food is good, beer and drinks up to par, and service was friendly. Inexpensive and not pretentious. We will definitely go back.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bilbo Baggins has a relaxed
Bilbo Baggins has a relaxed atmosphere, excellent food and smooth service. The restaurant was very busy when we arrived. Despite this, we were immediately acknowledged and seated in a short time. There was no wait for service at our table and the food and drink were excellent. This was our second Mother's Day brunch there and third visit to the restaurant over all. The whole family loves it!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mothers Day Brunch
We were seated at 11:30 for Mothers Day Brunch. Our party consisted of two couples, and a set of 20 month old twins. We were seated upstairs, to the right of the stairs, in the first dining room on the left, at a six top table. The service was quick, unobtrusive, helpful, and good with the kids, who were seated at the end of the table. The tables are somewhat close together, which allowed our children to interact with the family at the table next to us, and contributes to the noise-level grade.
The food was amazing. I had the Monte Kristo, my wife had the raise bread French toast, and our kids shared a pancake platter. My wife also had a side of bacon. When Bilbo Baggins brings you a side, they bring a plate of amazing bacon.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The staff and customers were very friendly. Good came out hot and very quickly. It was my mother in laws birthday and the whole restaurant chimed in to sing.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Come for the beer stay for the beer
A neighborhood gem, The Green Dragon Pub/Bilbo Baggins World Restaurant has a diverse menu with interesting specials, but the food, while interesting and varied, pales in comparison to the massive beer list (4 pages, small type) from around the world. There is literally something for everyone here, from pub food to higher end dishes, Bilbo Baggins has it all and has the drink to go with it! Recommended.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great even if you've never seen LTR
We've never seen the movie but thoroughly enjoy this restaurant. We even had the rehearsal dinner for our wedding here. Great service. Great spot. Can't wait to check out their happy hour.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I had a very nice dinner here. We had been years ago, and it was nice to return. Very easy to get reservations on a Sat evening.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a terrific place; delicious,creative food, solid beer selection, great staff, good location.
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
How could my husband and I resist going to a place called Bilbo Baggins for our anniversary? We didn't know what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised. The bar downstairs was full, and the place was energetic. We were taken upstairs for dinner in a cozy room with a great "hobbity" atmosphere. The food was a little pricy, but worth every dollar. It was delicious! My husband had one of their 10" pizzas, and I had their seafood pasta, which was not cheap at all when it came to the seafood -- huge shrimp, giant scallops, calamari, and all in delightfully large portions. We also shared some amazing desserts and tried a few different drinks. Their stock of ales is quite impressive. My husband is a beer-lover, and so he was quite happy.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little place!!
Had a lovely quiche with side salad.
Excellent and fresh food.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was tasty, well prepared and nicely presented on the plates.
Waiter was very attentive and smiling.
Beer and wine list is impressive !
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were expecting regular pub food but were pleasantly surprised to find very fresh, high-quality food that was creative and delicious. The seating area is not large but was comfortable enough. The wait staff was incredibly friendly and attentive. The restaurant was clean and lively. A bit pricey but given quality of the food I would rate the prices as fair. Overall a great experience.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had to go here just on the name, and I enjoyed it. It was a Tuesday, so rather quiet. It was happy hour with half-price tap beers and some wines. Some food was also half off, so I decided to stay in the bar. They had a good selection of about 12 beers on tap which normally run from $8-$12. I choose a Schafley's Octoberfest, which was great. Looking over the menu, I ordered a pizza, which in keeping with name of the establishment was called Gandolf's Pie. It had salami and prosciutto. It was on a handmade thin crust and very good. I next ordered an Old Speckled Hen, which was also on tap. Excellent overall. The food, drafts, and atmosphere were all wonderful. A great place for any Hobbit lovers to meet, or anyone else for that manner.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lobster bisque was good --
Lobster bisque was good -- not the best but tasty. Middle Earth chili had zest and the portions were plentiful for lunch. Service was excellent, although we were the conly customers.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well fed and satisfiedWell
We were there on a week night. The dining area was relatively quiet and pleasant. The dinner was very good and we enjoyed the meal.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here was much better then I expected. The definite bar atmosphere initially made us all think we where in for standard
bar fare but that is not the case. The salmon was delicious, the pasts was clearly homemade. Both the beer and wine lists were extensive. A good spot for a group looking for a night out at a bar with great food.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
fantasy in old town
Always a great menu and excellent beer selection. I would always ask to sit upstairs if you want some privacy.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative Menu & Amazing Beer Select
Good food, diverse menu, incredible beer selection, warm and cozy ambience and expert service all made for a nice casual yet upscale dining experience.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place to enjoy
Bilbo Baggins offers great food and an incredible craft beer selection. The service is great and worth the price.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
An unexpected delightful journey!
Enjoyed Bilbo Baggins - we ran past the venue in the morning and thought it looked interesting - it surpassed our expectations! Although the street front is small and not overly ostentatious, the interior was comfortable nor was it over- the- top Tolkien. We were led to a large dining room on the second floor and provided with an expansive list of beer and wine. The beer list featured every imaginable local and foreign brew - the pilsner I gad was terrific. The food was also excellent - I had a broiled swordfish with potatoes that came presented well and in a large portion. The service was excellent and although they were busy the service was attentive without being intrusive. We'll be back next time we're in the area.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really great food, not over
Really great food, not over the top LOTR for those not into it but still fun for fans. Very cute and small inside, fun bar, great beer list. We were pleasantly surprised by how great everything was.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been to Bilbo Baggins a few times and everything is amazing from the brunch menu to the dinner menu.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday, October 23
Went for my first meal at this restaurant. Had a great vegan offering and enjoyed the wine offerings and the ambiance in the room
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Smaug's Delight was delightful! Very tasty. I could have done without my water glass being refilled every 5 seconds, though.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
rare find, catchy name
We stumbled on this restaurant/bar because of the name and decided to try it. Greatly impressed at the attention from the staff and the friendliness and knowledge of the waiter. the best part was the fresh cooked food made from scratch. You could taste the very intense flavors of the fresh herbs and spices and even the use of demiglase.
And the 'BILBO BEER" was great!
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food, beer and wine
Bilbo Baggins seems to have a little of everything: an excellent beer and wine list, specialty pizzas, delicious entrees, tappas and salads. Everything that we had was delicious.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique dining adventure
This was a pleasant place to eat. The Beer and Cider selection were great. The menu was unique but the food was good. Our server was very attentive and efficient.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beer and Cheese in Middle Earth
Recently my girlfriend and I and another couple decided to start our night off at Bilbo Baggins as we heard they had a great tapas menu. The beer list was incredible and even included a handful of meads and ciders. We had a selection of cheeses and cilantro fries with our drinks and they were both awesome. If we had not had other plans I would have loved to stay to check out some of the great looking items on the menu. I will definitely be visiting this old town gem again.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quiet, great food, wonderful attentive server. We will be going back again.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Easy to get a reservation. Waiter was great. Food was pretty good.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food but do sit
Wonderful food but do sit upstairs, as the dining room is much nicer than the downstairs bar.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Met for a business lunch and
Met for a business lunch and it worked out well. Good server that knew to leave us alone while we discussed business and became very attentive when it was time to eat.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM