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Bilbo Baggins

3.7
1244 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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What 1244 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on August 27, 2017

We have been going to Bilbo Baggins on and off since it opened. The food quality seems to have diminished a little over the years, but it is still tasty. We were disappointed that they now charge for that awesome raisin bread. There actually was no raisin bread when we were there. Very sad about that.

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3.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Had lunch with friends on Sunday. Their menu had a good variety but the overall quality was not great. The server was good however I would not reccommend the place and won't be going back.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Good food and great drinks

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

The trivia questions at the table were fun and the food was good!

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food, warm atmosphere, friendly staff. Not just a novelty for LOTR fans. Traditional British pub.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

This was hands down the best birthday restaurant experience I've ever had. The staff was attentive, the food was prompt and delicious, the drinks were creatively named and perfectly made, and it was so much fun. The building itself is over a century old, which was awesome to learn, so we forgave the lack of a round green door. Our waiter was engaging, knowledgeable, and funny, and other servers even stopped by to joke and partake in the nerdiness! No table in the restaurant had dissatisfied people. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming and I'm definitely going back.

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3.0Dined on August 15, 2017

My family (two adults, two kids) went for an early dinner, and we picked this place because we were reading The Lord of the Rings aloud together, so we couldn't pass the chance to dine at Bilbo Baggins. ;) It's basically a bar/pub--most seats are at high tops, and our table got a little crowded with food and drinks for four. It's a distinctive spot if a bit gritty. Food is fine--though nothing particularly standout. They had trivia cards (including LOTR specific ones) at the tables, so that was a fun way to pass the time while we waited for our food.

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3.0Dined on August 14, 2017

Dinner was good but the appatizer (crab dip and chips) was awful. The dip tasted good but the chips were old and flimsy. It was loke they were from the day before and had been left out. No crunch at all. Waiter was ok, not very personable and didnt say much, even when delivering food. Interesting place and idea but not something I would go back too.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2017

We were sorry that the upstairs dining room was not open as I am not a fan of sitting on bar stools, but the food was tasty as always and our waiter was a delight.

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2.0Dined on August 8, 2017

Being a literary nerd, I was really looking forward to dining at a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit themed restaurant, but I was disappointed to find the only link to the theme, beside the menu, was a box of Lord of the Ring Pez figures on a shelf. My disappointment did not stop there. I ordered the baked brie and was deeply saddened to be served a microwaved baked brie, so the pastry was tough and chewy, and the crackers were slightly stale. A very disappointing experience.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Really great imported beer list, including several very good wheat beers if you lean that way. I had the pork loin with spiced fruit- extremely flavorful. Go early cause this place gets crowded fast in the evenings.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2017

We had pizza and pasta dishes and enjoyed them both. We were in a hurry and the service was quick which we appreciated. Great ambiance with fun wall signs and some Lord of the Rings themed decorations. The seafood chowder was very good but did taste a bit like there was some pumpkin/squash mixed in which surprised me.

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2017

Fair - ok. Just blah.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

I had the Nicoise salad and it was delicious. Lots of nice fresh veggies and tuna. A couple of folks in group had the BLT. They said it was dry and disappointing. Nice beer selection. Service was okay, a little slow and the place wasn't busy.

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3.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Excited to go, disappointed on arrival. Servers were annoyed by the Sunday diners. Food was very good, but menu had not been updated. Could be amazing but service experience makes it a "avoid" for the future.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

As always, enjoyed the food and service in this quirky neighborhood restaurant and bar.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

We were a group of 6 women traveling from out of town, around DC for both a special event and as "tourists." I asked friends and checked online for recommendations and family-owned Bilbo Baggins seemed a good choice. What a GREAT choice it was. Michael, our waiter, could not have been more fun or informative about menu choices. We ordered drinks and wine, and appetizers based on his recommendations. We especially enjoyed the crab/sausage dip. We ordered 6 different meals and enjoyed every one. Presentation was above expectations! We could not have had a better time. It's easy to find, near the waterfront and has parking directly across the street. Also a good place to just "hang out" with drinks and appetizers. Don't miss it if you're in Old Town.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2017

There were two of us for dinner. We enjoyed a drink at the bar before dinner. It was a small quiet bar scene in which we could talk without yelling, and it seemed to be a neighborhood place. We were seated upstairs for diner, and it was quiet up there too, which is perfect. I'm done with all the noisy restaurants around. One of us ate steak, mashed garlic potatoes and spinach, which was good and the other ate the vegetarian plate with garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, mashed sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, broccoli, onions, and squash. Both of us thought the spinach was delicious, there was an extra flavor mixed in with the oil. Our waiters at the bar and dinner were attentive, but not intrusive. And being on Queen street it's not as crowded and across the street is a $5 parking lot - bonus!

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Ok not the best I've had

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1.0Dined on July 8, 2017

We arrived a few minutes before our reservation and waited twenty minutes for someone to acknowledge we were standing there. There was one hard working waiter who ultimately ended up seating us and waiting on us (and apparently everyone else). The restaurant was not that busy but we didn't order drinks for an hour and didn't see our food until the third hour. The service was TERRIBLE (other than that poor hardworking waiter) and the place was completely disorganized.

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Old restaurant. Okay good, definitely would not recommend seafood here.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Took my dad here to celebrate Father's Day. We ordered burgers, salmon, and grilled chicken. All were delicious! The service was attentive even though it was fairly busy. If you are a beer aficionado- this is the place for you- they have an extensive menu.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

We loved the retro decorations, from the original Hobbit books. Otherwise it's a normal bar/restaurant tucked away in quaint Alexandria.
The server was also an actor who was both engaging and efficient. We left a nice tip.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2017

We were greeted and seated right away; party of five. Sangrias and beers were great. Sandwiches, including the montecristo were tasty. Will return.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2017

The table tent said there is Saturday and Sunday brunch, but they didn't serve it for our early father's day brunch. Service wasn't very fast even though there were only a few tables. Good place to grab a beer, bad place to attempt Saturday brunch.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Great restaurant with very good food, however the noise level is on the high side...need s some sound absorbing material.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Friends and I hadn't been to Bilbo Baggins in a while and we all said we will return a lot sooner. The menu has a lot of options. A couple of us got the vegetarian dish that was really good. Several ordered the mushroom steak and claimed it to be the best steak they have had in a long time. The white chocolate bread pudding was also a nice treat for dessert.

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2017

Great beer selection. Food was not memorable, and very little ambiance. No bread with dinner.

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1.0Dined on June 3, 2017

We had waited 30 minutes and our order still had not been taken. Our waiter was unkind and pretty unapologetic. We told the woman who was seating people and she was rude to us. I can't comment on the food because we left and went to another restaurant.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2017

This was not our first visit so today's visit was very disappointing. The server was on autopilot. Oysters were over breaded and my Reuben was mediocre at best. My second beer which was ordered mid-meal arrived well after I was done. Noon brunch and the restaurant and bar was perhaps a third full at best. Something was terribly wrong in the shire today!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

The food was good the atmosphere was excellent the parking was close however they did kick us out after we started taking our clothes off

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Bilbo Baggins is one of my favorite places in Old Town. An easy walk from King's street Metro or you can take the free King Street Trolley down to Lee Street. Bar area is usually packed and I prefer the upstairs area which can be noisy. The beer menu is great as is the standard menu. Only downside to the experience was the lack of service as we waited to have our order taken for over 25 minutes and the server was not very helpful with dining suggestions.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

I had been to Bilbo Baggins years ago in the evening and thought it was cute. We went in the afternoon for Mother's Day this year and were disappointed. The "hobbit" theme decor seemed more like worn and unwashed, the service was slow even though we were the ONLY ONES in the upstairs dining room. The kitchen/dishwashing area was open and loud. The waiters hung around back there instead of where they could see us. The food was not inexpensive but was nothing special. When people finally did arrive and sit near us, it was a family dressed in shorts and t-shirts. And they were LOUD. I chose it because I wanted something with a cute ambience and decent food. It had neither. I won't be back.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

The Mother's Day brunch was excellent! The food was great and the restaurant was bright and relaxing on a wonderful Spring day in Old Town located within a block of Founders Park where we went walking afterwards. This was our first visit, and we look forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers Day brunch menu. Everything was quite delicious! One had eggs Benedict and the other the chicken salad. The Bloody Mary a bit too much Cajun spice.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

We were seated on time. The selection of food for brunch was very good. We were all pleased with our meals.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Great brunch!! Food was really excellent! We definitely will be back!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Service could have been better but I will try it again soon.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

This is a fun place to have brunch. The food was good and the ambiance much better after we asked to be moved - we were under a strong blowing fan and next to a entry/exit way. I would recommend Bilbo Baggins for a casual neighborhood brunch. The eggs Benedict were very good , although I could have eaten both halves of the muffin instead of just 1 half.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

So disappointed. Have been here before and it has been good. This was the worst meal. Eggs for eggs Benedict were so over cooked they were almost hard boiled. Not worth the price.

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