Bilbo Baggins

3.9
1341 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

About

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.
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3.9
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3.9
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3.6
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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Parking could be confusing if you come in for a lunch service. The name is misleading. Not very Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit at all. A few toys along the wall and menu items named after places or characters but that's it. Disappointed. Food was ok. Price was ok.

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Erica
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy atmosphere and excellent food with a wide variety of menu options. The drinks are fantastic too! It’s not super well known in the area but it’s definitely a hidden gem. The staff is wonderful and very welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for valentines day and it was as lovely as ever. Been coming here since 1984 as a teenager, and now bringing my teenagers to enjoy it too.

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GeorgeJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointed. Had nice memories from several years ago. Salmon was prepared wrong, second time it was just cold. Not to mention it was not even recognizably salmon. Sauce on the seared tuna was just bitter.

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vipkimp
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were seated at a two top, by a very cold window. We immediately asked to be moved, as I couldn’t even remove my coat it was so cold. During our dinner, I watched two other couples get seated at that table, both of them asked to be moved eventually. My husband‘s steak dinner was good, but he mentioned it was kind of grayish inside, rather than seared hot and rare in the middle as he wanted. My crabcakes were super salty, almost inedible. I asked for bread three times, thinking it would help cut the salt, and it finally came when my husband was finished his dinner. I really should have sent my dinner back, but at this point, I just wanted to go home. All in all, it was a disappointing meal for the money we spent.

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JNL5374
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a limited menu for valentines day; weiner schnitzel was amazing, the pasta was under seasoned. The drinks were very tasty! Little more expensive than we anticipated, but that may also be due to the holiday.

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Wesleyf
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bilbo Baggins is a friendly neighborhood Irish pub. The atmosphere is calm and the food is exceptional, especially for a pub. Prices are high but definitely worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

It was a quaint little place with great service, but the food was a little underwhelming. Monte Cristo was not a true Monte Cristo, the house dressing had a weird flavor, and the pasta plate had more veggies than pasta. Also, the ice tea had a bitter aftertaste, as if it was old.

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KaraB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, cozy atmosphere, lots of fun!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went for our son’s birthday. The food was very good and the service attentive; however, they appeared to be understaffed.

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RoyB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We chose Bilbo Baggins because it was within walking distance of the First Night Alexandria celebration. The place was quiet at 8:30 pm but rapidly filled in. Our meal was great - the wiener schnitzel I ordered was perfect and plentiful, the squash soup was thick and creamy. I had a pint of O'Reilly Stout, which was wonderful. A fun, unpretentious neighborhood bar & restaurant, great for people watching.

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AnnG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a reservation for New Year's Eve. They were busy and had new wait staff. Our server was earnest, pleasant and eager to please, but ordered a wrong entree for our party of two. I was disappointed in the quality of the food. The portabello mushroom appetizer had an off taste. This was a go-to for me when I lived in Mt. Vernon. I'll give it another chance, but I wouldn't recommend it on the strength of our New Year's Eve dinner.

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vipLaurieM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our waiter seemed to be managing upstairs and downstairs alone other than a busser. We had to flag him down for water and assistance.
My Caesar salad had under cooked calamari and the large outer leaves from a head of romaine.
It is irritating when a server only stops to chat and apologize when bringing the receipt for signature.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and was able to have a conversation without shouting - good time.

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RayG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience. Excellent service and delicious food served in a relaxed, casual environment.

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vipEdward
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were having a short visit and returned to Bilbo Baggins as we have in years past. It was a quiet rainy Monday night. The food was excellent and the service tops. It is obvious why this fine establishment has been in business for 40 years!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very quiet at lunchtime. Great food.

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vipKCKCKCKC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We sat in our seats for 10 minutes before anyone approached us. The service was incredibly slow and they forgot my daughter's meal. We will not be going back.

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AllisonT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We used to go to Bilbo Baggins a lot years ago. This was a very poor experience. We made a reservation and were seated right away in what seemed like the baby/toddler section. One poor waiter had the entire upstairs section by himself. He was trying hard, but the service was poor. He was obviously overwhelmed and neither he nor his runner/busboy knew which table got what order. We were constantly being presented with food and drinks another table had ordered. My daughter ordered the gnocchi with butter and parmesan cheese (a modification to what was offered on the menu). It came out with alfredo sauce. I sent it back and it came back absolutely plain; no butter, no cheese, just plain boiled gnocchi. I'm sure it was due to the lack of English spoken by the waiter and boy helping him out. She ate a couple bites then I told her I'd fix it the way she liked when we got home. The onion soup and the duck entree were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Talk about a "tired" Alexandria mainstay.... The service was pretty bad and the orders were wrong. And we were just TWO people! Giving it a pass from now on....

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vipCatchingup
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We liked food choices. The quesadilla was more like a tostada but fun flavors. The fries were good w ample sauce. Loved the veggie platter the best. So many things on the plate and all were tasty.
Service was slow. Drinks came pretty late. But they were nice about it. Good beer.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My family and I walked in and were seated immediately (we had a reservation), but we waited at our table for 15-20 minutes for a server to come to our table. Since no one came by, we called over to the bartender who was passing by, so we could ask what was going on. He tried to ignore us, but we were persistent and eventually, he turned around and held up a finger to signal one moment. When he did come over, he did not ask us what we wanted, did not make eye contact, and told us to “wait for your (our) server,” and walked away. We waited another 5 minutes then left. We were very disappointed because the menu looked good and the place is very charming inside, but obviously, I would not recommend this place.

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KimberlyR
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are here with a group 2-3 times each year. We will be back.

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Tx2DC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful anniversary dinner in every way. Excellent food that was perfect in every way. This was our first visit but we look forward to many more.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were only seating downstairs but it wasn’t bad. There was no wait for a table. It seemed like they were somewhat short staffed but we didn’t have to wait too long for our food and drinks. Overall, it was a good experience.

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klm0815
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I was extremely embarrassed and disappointed in our experience here. I did diligent research and this restaurant appeared to be more than a “bar”. My husband is obsessed with Lord of the Rings and so when I stumbled across this and looked at the menu and pictures, it looked like a fun local restaurant with awesome LOTR decor! Boy was I wrong! The bar is downstairs and the more restaurant-looking part with the LOTR decor is upstairs, but apparently they only seat people upstairs on Friday’s and Saturdays and we dine on Sunday evening. There was no LOTR decor downstairs. There were trivia cards on each table but we only had a few LOTR cards among a variety of other trivia cards. The menu did not fit the feel of the bar. The menu had a variety of options which for a bar, was impressive. I got the Cinnamon Porkloin with Fruit Chutney and it was as dry and chewy as a tire. My husband got the Giardiniera Chicken Penne which he said was delicious. On my reservation I made note that this was for a birthday and they didn’t even acknowledge his birthday at all. I’m extremely disappointed and embarrassed that this is where I surprised my husband for his birthday and I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re coming here with the expectation that it reflects LOTR to any extent.

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TimothyM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Started quiet then a rowdy large party came in. Food was good, not amazing

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vipNicole
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food! Pizza is delicious and the duck was amazing!

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WasifS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

So many positive reviews had to come from somewhere so we gave it a shot. 8 of us with a few kids. Old/cheesy decor and wobbly tables have it a sort of charm. Service was very fast and efficient and pleasant. All of the Italian fishers were very good (gnocchi, calimari, pizza). Steak was ok, nothing fantastic. French onion soup was great. Steak tacos were good. Crab cakes were stringy. Salt content in all of the food was very high, even the stuff we liked. All in all, it was good, probably wouldn't crave to go back unless other options were not available.

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KarenL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

With a name like Bilbo Baggins I would think there would be more LOTR influence on the atmosphere. However there was VERY little. There were only two other tables when we go there and still had to wait to be served. The waiter smiled and seemed friendly, but barely spoke english. We asked basic questions about the menu and couldn't get a clear response. The food was ok. I wouldn't go there again. I got the Monte Cristo the bread was soggy and I didn't eat half of it. The french fries were good. My friend got the Quiche and she said it was ok. But for the price it was an extremely small piece. We both got a desert and though we ordered two different things, they looked and tasted the same. For the money, you would be better going somewhere else.

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Schmoopie
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had been to Bilbo Baggins many times but that was a long time ago. We took friends there on Friday, 9/27 because we thought it hadn't changed. Changing for the better is one thing but this was not that. The upstairs room, which is the beauty of that restaurant, is only used for banquets. We asked the waitress if there are many banquets and said, "no". The wonderful raison bread that was a signature course before the appetizers, is only served on the weekends. In the past, you could actually buy a loaf while dining at the restaurant. The ladies room was terribly maintained---only one working sink (out of two) and that one only worked if you put the cold water handle back on and held it down tightly as you turned. The door to the ladies room wouldn't close. The men's room had similar issues with the faucets but not quite as bad. The down staircase out of the restaurant is in need of repair and is a hazard to anyone who is stair challenged. The bench outside, where people could wait for the rest of their party to arrive, is peeling, cracked, and in need of paint.
Needless to say we were very disappointed with the restaurant's décor and ambience. The food was OK but not up to the quality that we remembered.
Unfortunately, we would not go back to Bilbo Baggins unless some changes are made to reflect the pictures you see on their website (which is the upstairs room).

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vipmaureenh
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

No other way to say it ( and I sooo rarely review a restaurant this poorly) it was such a complete disappointment
Our cocktails were erroneously mixed at the bar

The soup was clearly from a can AND lukewarm

The pizza contained ingredients not listed in the menu description. And had it we would not have ordered it

The salad was full of stale ingredients such as rice noodles, wonton pieces, old cucumbers

I pushed it to the side after five bites.

The waiter asked if I didn’t like it and I agreed but he never asked why or what specifically

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FloridaFoodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and excellent drink/beer selection. Brunch was really enjoyable.

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vipCaptainSource
Naples
231 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Wide menu selection. Always good food. Reasonable prices. Great service. Had great brunches and lunches there.

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vipLisa
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My daughter in law and I shared the hamburger. It was supposed to be medium but it was over cooked and in stead of just cutting it in haft they sent it out with one patty and one half of the bun on each plate like a open face sandwich. Thought it was strange. The fries were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary

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SusanH
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual place with excellent food. Everyone at the table ordered something different and everyone was happy with their choice. I had the salmon and 💘.

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TimH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place serving tasty food. Ambiance and service were outstanding.

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Evangeline
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating and pleasant service. Good menu and food. Will revisit.

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GeorgeK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We used to dine here over 20 years ago. My, has it gone downhill! It was once one of the best restaurants in old town. Now it’s just a noisy beer and burger joint with really slow service.

FAQs

Bilbo Baggins offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 683-0300.

Bilbo Baggins is rated 3.9 stars by 1341 OpenTable diners.