Bilbo Baggins

3.9
1271 reviews
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Contemporary American
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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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my favorite restaurant in Alexandria, VA. I love Schnitzel and they make the best in the area. Plus, they have a huge drink menu - I always have something great. Plus, what a fantastic theme for a restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice cozy atmosphere, good food and great service.

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

I was really disappointed in Bilbo Baggins. It had been amping my favorites 30 years ago.
We went to Bilbo Baggins during restaurant week. As best as I could tell there was only one waiter. The second floor was closed.
The food was only so-so and the service was awful (due to lack of staff)

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w
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best beer lists in the DC area, along with a menu that never disappoints.

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NP
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Nice decor and theme. Enjoyed the trivia cards on the table. Seating is a little crowded. Waiter was a little weird but my food and drink were great.

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were not a big fan of this restaurant - would not recommend to others.

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ES
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. We had scallops, pork chop, and chicken with pasta. All three dishes were good.

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LP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience loved all of it and will definitely be back

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T
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy and casual. Great comfort foods with a slight twist. Tasty and heary soups. Personal brick oven style pizzas with interesting toppimgs. Friendly service that made us feel like we were regulars. Extensive beer list and novel cocktails.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor bartender served as the wait staff, bus boy and greeter, so I could understand the slow service, however what I found my beer glass to be cracked he didn’t bring me another beverage nor did he remove it from our tab I will never go back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Cute place
Poor service
The food is good

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Met with friends. Seated downstairs with staff that appeared to be trying, but were not attentive enough. While I will probably go back as the location is a favorite of my group of friends, but I was not impressed this visit.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the staff was very friendly.

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CS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A good variety of freshly-made food and decent coffee.

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Bilbo Baggins, both times were for Brunch. We love the character of the place. The food is excellent and the menu features a lot of creative dishes to choose from. Our waiter was the best, offering recommendations and helpful comments without interfering too much with our natural conversation. The restaurant is close to the water and is an easy walking distance to the Torpedo Factory, which we visited after brunch. There is street parking as well as a pay to park lot directly across from the restaurant. We will definitely be back!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New to the area and came here on a whim. Loved the name. Casual, relaxed and warm atmosphere with an excellent craft beer selection. Some things I never heard of! Good was great and service was fast and friendly. Looking forward to making this a regular spot!

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L
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had heard about Bilbo Baggins years ago and it was on our bucket list. So for my husbands birthday we did it. We loved it! Feliciano, our server was wonderful. The food was delicious, we had the lamb and the presentation was beautiful. We were very pleased that a parking lot was right across the street. We will certainly be back!

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RS
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overall a disappointing experience. Had a reservation but got seated in the front room across from bar, not upstairs, which felt like dining in a bar....nothing special. My salmon was thin and dry, not cooked 'medium' as promised. The line meringue pie was a melted mess on a plate, and the two other desserts we tried were blah. Wine menu out of date...two different choices we made were out of stock, which is a bad track record I think. The waitress could not answer basic questions about the food. Won't be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Not great. Food fair.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place. Large beer and wine selection. The food was delicious. I ordered the cedar plank salmon; it had an incredible ginger mango sauce. I went for lunch but will definitely go back for dinner or brunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience at Bilbo Baggins Cafe. The food was very delicious, and the best part was the friendly, attentive service. They were also very kid-friendly.

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AR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly, quick service! Loved the decor and cozy, casual atmosphere.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

It used to be a great restaurant . It seems to have become a bar that serves food — if you make the
Mistake of wanting to eat there.

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B
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always enjoyable; great food and service. We love the neighborhood feel!

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SE
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The salmon and crab benedict was delicious. The wait staff was attentive. The restaurant has probably seen better days but at least the food was good.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

With reservation, still had to wait longer than should have for someone to seat us. Food was okay-good. Our Server was not good and could care less. Practically got into an argument, being defensive, with the people sitting next to us as they were dissatisfied with his service too. Used to live in NoVa years back and dined here before. Will probably pass on dining here on any future trips to DC/Old Town.

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V
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It's been many years since we dined here and looked forward to going again. We didn't realize this restaurant no longer is the same place. It's a bar that serves mediocre food. The food was low quality. Mixed salad is literally a pile of lettuce. Onion soup was like water. No bread I served here any more (remember the raisin bread) but server offered to bring some for charge of $1.50 so we did. They toasted two pieces of rye bread. Seriously. Duck was like rubber. Fish was dry and tasteless. Service was scarce. Needed to flag down server for everything. Tables are uncomfortable bar tables with stools. No regular tables. We should have left when we walked in. We were surprised at ambiance but it was late and we thought we would give it a chance. Big mistake. If you were a fan many years ago it's sad to learn it's gone. RIP Bilbo Baggins. We miss you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was super salty and not that great. Kids meals were way over priced.

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B
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

A huge disappointment, not as represented online. Server not well versed in menu. Pork loin, in particular, was very tough, dry, and tasteless. Poor wine selection by the glass.

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i
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was terrible and overpriced. Did not try the bar, so this place may be okay for drinks. Do not come for food.

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MW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Very nice.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Average, overpriced breakfast. The menu items looked appealing by their description. Unfortunately, the food arrived cold and trending on the tasteless side. $75 later for breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, we had to grab bagels at Panera for our still hungry kids.

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I
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great pizzas and a range of great local and international beers.

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TC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The food was good and the beer selection was ok. The waiter didn’t know anything about the menu. The restaurant was cute with a nice atmosphere located in a quaint building. However, the service was not good and they seemed disorganized.

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DD
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

This was date-night for me and my wife (our monthly meal where we can stare at each other quietly without the munchkins). It had been more than a decade since I had visited Bilbo Baggins due to a move. It was always a good choice in Old Town and, happy to report, still is!

There were so many great options on the menu, we had trouble picking. In fact, our first choice (lamb chops) was already sold out. The duck and seafood Risotto meals were amazing! The duck was perfectly cooked and served with a very tasty broth. Nice, flavorful veg on the side, too. That Risotto will bring us back soon. The desserts are made in house and dangerously (delightfully) decadent. The beer list was pretty incredible and left me wishing I wasn't driving.

Perfect location, too! We will be back soon.

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a
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I went here for location and because I remembered it being really good. No longer. It is just average now. I will not go back, not because of the food, but because of the service. The food is interesting, but not really really good.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

If you are looking for food avoid this place, they tried to get away with serving cold pork. The cuisine at this establishment doesn’t even merit the classification of gruel.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Brunch was great, food was terrific! Not many patrons there which was weird because everything was really nice!!

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S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was here during restaurant week. The food was excellent. The Middle Earth/Hobbit theme in the restaurant was well done and fun. Great local place for food and drink.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great filet, the cinnamon pork loin was good, the amazing mashed potatoes stole the show! Bread pudding for dessert is a must!

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