Bilbo Baggins

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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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OT
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.

RB
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.

AG
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.

LM
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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

E
Philadelphia
58 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!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very quiet at lunchtime. Great food.

KC
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.

AT
Washington DC
15 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.

OT
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....

F
Washington DC
24 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.

OT
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.

KR
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TD
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.

OT
Washington DC
4 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.

k
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.

TM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

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

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

WS
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.

KL
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.

S
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).

m
Washington DC
13 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

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

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

CS
Washington DC
211 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

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

L
Richmond
9 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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary

SH
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 💘.

TH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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

GK
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.

LD
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service & Delicious food = A Great Choose!!! The meal will not disappoint. Three of us all got the lamb chops which are outstanding. The meal includes butternut squash, mashed potatoes and asparagus. You will not leave hungry.

CK
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My party of four had a delightful dinner at Bilbo's, one of our favorite restaurants for years. The salmon and swordfish dishes were delicious and beautifully plated. The ample portion of gnocchi in marinara sauce was yummy. And my very picky eater friend loved her lamb chops. Great selection of wines by the glass or bottle...as well as a nice selection of Belgian beers. Outstanding and attentive service.

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not enough staff...waited 20 minutes to be seated with a reservation. Waited a long time to be served. Food arrived before drinks and was not that great.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I was disappointed with my experience. The staff wasn’t very friendly and the service was slow. My fiancé had to ask them 4 times for a beer and they got it wrong the first time. The food was average as well so I wouldn’t go back again.

DC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both meals were excellent! Beef Filet was cooked perfectly. Lamb chops were generous and seasoned well - mint sauce was a nice addition. My son is still raving about the mashed potatoes

DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We took friends who had never been to the restaurant and were curious about it. However when we arrived we were seated in the pub area downstairs. I requested to sit in the restaurant upstairs but was told it was closed. I asked the reason and was told the boss said so. The upstairs of the restaurant is large and beautiful and what my friends wanted to see. The pub area was crowded and noisy. The service was also slow. It appeared there was only one waiter on duty. Food was good but it was not the night we expected.

S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This establishment is average at best. It’s not a put down by any means but an observation. If you’re looking for a pizza and a pint then you’re in luck.

C
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great service and excellent food in a cozy, unpretentious space.

SM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Comfortable and cozy place with excellent beer selection and great pasta dishes.