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Bilbo Baggins

3.7
1246 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, International
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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
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Phone number
(703) 683-0300
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Armellino
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Catering
Bilbo Baggins Restaurant offers off-site catering. Please call Michael Armellino @ (703) 683-0300 for more information
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fairfax & Lee Streets
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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.
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Bilbo Baggins Restaurant offers private party facilities. You may visit our web site or call Michael for more information. We can accommodate groups up to 80 people.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

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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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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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1.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Awesome. Very nice.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on March 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

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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1.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great hearty food worthy of the shire and the wine, beer and cider list is amazing. Delicious Middle-Earth inspired cocktails and desserts too.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Cute restaurant with a friendly atmosphere. Great place to meet with friends.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

A group of us went here today and this place did not disappoint! The food was excellent and the staff was wonderful! I had the BLT (best one I’ve ever had) and onion soup and it was amazing! Definitely recommend this place!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Fun atmosphere and great for Tolkien fans. Menu varied and food well prepared

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2.0Dined on December 15, 2017

If I opened a restaurant called Looney Tunes Cafe, what would you expect? Maybe dressed up servers. Maybe Warner Brothers characters depicted in some way all over the walls. TVs with old cartoons playing maybe?
If I opened a restaurant called King Arthur's court, what would you expect? Probably Swords, stone-like tables or items, medieval theme.
Well if you name a restaurant Bilbo Baggins then it should probably conjure up an air of the Shire, or Hobbits, or LOTR in general. They have some dishes named for characters, but even that has no relation. "Smaug's Delight" pizza isn't spicy, isn't golden, nothing that could be consider "wings" even by loose artist food standards.
I understand not every place needs to be a themed restaurant, but with a name like Bilbo Baggins...you kind of hope for something!
With the lack of theme, you then hope to have great food, or cheap prices, or great location right? Well the food is tasty, but not special. If you drink anything besides water you'll spend $25+/person. And the location is not a plus or a negative.
There is nothing wrong with Bilbo Baggins...but you can't help but imagine how much better it could be.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

It was fantastic for brunch and we intend on making it a regular place for brunch. Smaug's Delight was delightful.

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1.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Horrible and late service (took an hour, and then the waiter dropped 2 plates of food), food was poor quality, and another waiter who was serving a table next to us of about 20 family members from Spain was so rude to them. Will never, ever go back there again.

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1.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Wanted to like this quirky place, but: No record of reservation and said they were full, had to show email and insist. We were then seated in a half empty room ("full"?), waited 10 minutes and had to flag a waiter to take drink order and fill water glasses. Gave app and food order at same time. After close to an hour and an assurance that our apps were cooking, waiter eventually said they would be "on us." Good thing, because 20 minutes later our meals came, with no apps in sight. Ate quickly and left, food just ok, will not return.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

We love Bilbo and frequently go. We normally don't make a reservation, but it was very busy that night, with its proximity to the Alexandria Boat Parade, so we were very happy that we did! Even though they were super-busy, the service was great, and we were fed and got our check with plenty of time to make it to our "Escape Room" time afterward. Food was awesome as always, and the beer selection is the best in Alexandria! Trivia cards on the table and ambiance were fun as always.

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1.0Dined on November 25, 2017

This place was beyond terrible. We waited for an hour to get our food and it was inedible. I had a quiche that was cooked beyond recognition and my husband’s ‘middle earth chili’ looked like hamburger helper on noodles with ketchup. It was disgusting and service was as bad as the food. I don’t know how this place has 4 Stars. I will never go back and regret that we didn’t leave after waiting so long.

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3.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Mike, the Bartender/Asst GM, was extremely rude.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Once again we enjoyed the food at Bilbo Baggins. It has become our favorite spot to meet our daughter and son-in-law after landing at Reagan.
I also enjoy the beer selection. I had a delicious spiced chocolate beer this time.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Food and service was great as it has been for the last 20 years that we have gone to the restaurant! I would suggest that the server does not place a large table side by side as we had to yell to be heard. Will be back...love the restaurant!!!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Very comfortable and relaxing, cozy environment. Delicious pizza!!

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2.0Dined on October 27, 2017

We hat to hunt down a host/hostess to get seated. Our initial drink order went okay. Food took a long time be served and was just okay, nothing special at all but expensive. The second drink order was incorrect, not sure if it was server or bartender's fault. It looked like to me they needed more help as it was busy.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

I especially liked the wiener schnitzel that was on their special seasonal menu. Many good options on the main menu also. OUr whole party enjoyed the dining experience.

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2017

We came here for my wife's birthday and all three of us enjoyed our entrees. I had an excellent pork chop with succotash. My friend had a seafood pasta dish that he said was loaded with squid that was perfectly prepared. My wife had a rosemary chicken that was excellent. I got to sample what she could not finish. There was a great list of draft beers. We enjoyed Bilbo's enough to return there for a nightcap after we had been several other places in Old Town, barhopping.

Very enjoyable place!!

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2017

A nice neighborhood spot. Service and ambience are great. Nice and quiet, so you can have a conversation even in a full bar area. Food was good . We weren’t expecting five Michelin stars but it certainly beats most other old town restaurants except la refuge.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

We went for a birthday dinner with 4 adults. We were very pleased with the variety of menu selections and all of our meals were excellent. The yellowfin tuna was near perfect! And the house made bread pudding was delicious. The service was unobtrusive and timely. We love a casual atmosphere, never felt hurried and will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

We had not been to Bilbo Baggins for years, and after last night we were wondering why we had waited so long to return. The menu was extensive and had many good options. We both chose the Wiener schnitzel with spaetzle, which we had enjoyed often in Germany. It was delicious, as were the just-right mixed vegetables. It was wider than we remembered but organized with small dining spaces, which we liked.

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3.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Meh (that’s all I want to say but this is making me write 50 characters)

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Great character themed offerings, extensive wine and crafted beers to choose from. Great place!

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Pleasant surprise for a family dinner after arriving to town via Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Open Table helped us secure our reservation. Food was creative, fresh, and full of flavor, and the atmosphere was a nice change with its unique themed flare.

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4.0Dined on September 18, 2017

Came here for a business lunch and the waiter was absolutely outstanding. He made the rest of the lunch perfect!

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