Bastille

4.8
2262 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Bastille Brasserie & Bar is located at the corner of North Fayette & Pendleton Street in Alexandria VA.

Chefs Christophe & Michelle Poteaux's award winning restaurant & bar, located in Old Town Alexandria, has continuously offered guests fresh takes on classic French cuisine, all within our quaint neighborhood brasserie.

Our creations are rooted in the use of seasonal, locally sourced and farm fresh ingredients. Our passion for French food, wine & culture is what we celebrate daily with all of Alexandria & the DMV. Enjoy our casual atmosphere in one of our dining rooms, in our Bar-Café, or at one of our outdoor tables; where locals and travelers love to relax.
We thank you for giving us a visit & we hope you’ll return, hungry for more.
VIVE LA FRANCE!!!

Offers

  • Half Way to Friday-Every Wednesday!!

    Multiple dates available

    Wed 4:15 PM - 8:30 PM

    Join us every Wednesday from 4pm-Close for Happy Hour All NIGHT! Valid in our café and all outdoor seating. No Discounts or Coupons can be used on alcohol/Only on food purchased/See restaurant for details.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2262 people are saying
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Loverofgoodfood
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

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Oness
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very tasty 3 course brunch. The food was delightful. Parsnip and mushroom soup to start was like velvet and so delicious. Salmon eggs Benedict also really good, followed by pot de crème that I will dream about.
A great value with great service.

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vipDebiS
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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Kelly
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family and I went to Bastille for restaurant week, and it was splendid. Having never been, the prix fixe menu was the perfect opportunity. We all had nothing but good things to say about the food, and our server was lovely. My favorite course was the apple cake dessert. I’d definitely recommend going here for a fine dining experience and some high quality food.

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Blake
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, authentic French food without pretention. Chef is from Périgord, which is known for duck and foie gras and truffles among other things, and he did an excellent job with the duck and foie we had. Thoughtful wine pairings, where the wine and food truly enhanced each other. Atmosphere was warm and lively, and service was correct. Price was appropriate for the quality.

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vipRandB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal during restaurant week.

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Jonathan
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great, and the food was delicious. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Too many up charges on a prefix menu. The steak was overdone, the calamari came out of a frozen bag. The deserts were good.

Why have a prefix menu with lots of up charges. Why not just increase the menu price.

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vipHappyeater
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Bastille. The menu is always fresh and the choices are tough. You just want it all! Service staff is knowledgeable and ready to assist with choices.

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vipSuzanneR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was top notch, as usual, and the staff were very accommodating when we asked about a different table that was not in the middle of the room. It was disconcerting to have people (wait staff) passing our initial table on both sides.

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FoodFriend
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good spacing for the tables, a wonderful night out with friends. Would highly recommend for a celebration.

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SuzanneM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Bastille experience! Everything was perfect and the service could not be better. We enjoyed the French onion soup which was the cheesiest and best we ever had. The muscles were delicious and the pomme frites were the best we ever had. The scallops were a big hit as was the caesar salad. We will be back. The birthday girl left with leftovers. Merci for the lovely evening.

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vipService
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We recently celebrated our anniversary at the bistro…. The staff was extra delightful and attentive!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing but it felt like they were rushing us out of the door/test air ant. Don’t allow people to make an 8:30 reservation if you’re trying to close by 9:30! They stopped the music and we’re clearly trying to close while we were having dessert.

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Cafecondu
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious French restaurant. The server was very attentive and always "on time" with what we needed, including a card for our special occasion. The food was delicious and reminded us of food from fine restaurants across France. The escargot and calamari were unbelievable. The creme brulee and chocolate were rich and delicious. The wine pairings fit perfectly. Highly recommend.

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vipDayc
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a change of plans on NYE and was able to get a last minute reservation here. I had never been here before and didn’t know what to expect. It was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a while. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. I’ve found a new favorite restaurant. I’ll definitely be going back.

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Anthony
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, but the prix fixe was a little rushed, not enough time between courses.

Still highly recommend, however.

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BinaP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! Everything we ordered was cooked well and seasoned perfectly! The staff and service were just amazing!

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chrism
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent, great food, knowledgeable wait staff!

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CharlieG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Maggie
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we were early, so it was quiet, as there were not a lot of people. Once more arrived it got fairly loud. But Bastille is always a good time.

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CherylT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were at Bastille for brunch; the food was delicious, the service was excellent. I have been there before for brunch, and I was very pleased. I will definitely go back!
Thank you, Bastille staff, for such a wonderful experience.

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Mary
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We were surprised by the fact that dinner on Christmas Eve was fixed price. I’m sure it must have been announced somewhere, but I never saw it on Open Table, on Bastille’s website, or on the Open Table confirmation. I was, however, very clear on the reservation cancellation policy. Somehow the fixed price menu, though, was missed. Most members of our party ordered the beef and said it was excellent. My halibut was dry but the flavor was good. 3 out of our 4 entrees were cleared while I was still eating mine. We were a late seating so I appreciate the fact that the staff was ready to go home. Desserts were very good and so was the wine we selected. Really the biggest bummer of the evening was the surprise fixed price menu. As I said, I’m sure it’s my fault for missing that somewhere, but it wasn’t as well advertised as the cancellation policy which I did see multiple times.

Bastille
Responded on December 28, 2021

We apologize that all of our advertising efforts were missed and you were not aware of our pricing structure. We invite you to become a part of our email list and you will be "in the know" about all our holiday menus, special events and pricing. Thank you for joining us on Christmas Eve! We wish you a Happy New Year! - Bastille Management

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SheliaM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We had an early reservation. My friend and I felt pushed into a corner and when we asked to move, we really didn’t understand the reason given as to why we couldn’t. Also we felt rushed and one server was inattentive. She asked me how everything was, and I told delicious except for the Brussels . sprouts which were overdone. She said, “that’s good”

My main menu item of beef was exceptional.

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brbar
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite restaurant of ours in Alexandria. Its excellent and its excellence is very consistent. Made for a special occasion to have Christmas Eve dinner there.

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GayleE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Great service.

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vipMargaretD
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on all counts!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I eat out a lot and try different restaurants all the time. I also am a decent cook myself and have very high standards when I dine out. The food here was outstanding. We had both pre fixe menus plus two additional appetizers with the wine pairings. The flavor and texture of everything was perfect and the portion sizes were generous, but not too much. The wine pairings were distinct for each dish, and went very well together. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipJamieF
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous and delicious dinner with good friends at Bastille. Bastille never ever disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The maître’d was extremely accommodating when I called to modify the reservation. The wait staff were friendly and attentive. The food was absolutely magnificent.

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vipDavidN
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a very pleasant meal, good wine, and it was quiet.

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WolfT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went as a group of 4. The dining room is nice & modern in feel. The food was excellent. The Foie Gras and escargot are not to be missed!

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vipbrucet
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food and service. The wine list is excellent as well.

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PeejM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food at a good price, spacious seating, helpful staff

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JeanneH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My husband had the duck leg and I had the braised lamb shank. Both were excellent.

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vipColShag
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for my wife

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vipjoel
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service, as always was excellent. The two apps - escargots and squash soup were also excellent. The entrees, unfortunately weren’t up to their usual standards. The medium steak & frites was at least medium/well if not well done. And the scallops were definitely smaller than I’m used to from them - could be a seasonal thing. So, while it was good, it was below expectations and not what we are used to from them.

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BrendaM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted with a warm and professional welcome frame William. It was so great to see him again. We last saw William February 2019.
We requested outdoor seating the patio was clean, William ensure we were warm and comfortable. Our service was impeccable, our meal delicious. I enjoyed shrimp and grits, my husband enjoyed Ouefs Benedict.

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flightless
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rich, lively flavors and interesting ingredients. The shrimp beignets were terrific, but the sea scallops were just about the best thing I've ever tasted.

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Dirk
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille never fails to provide an enjoyable time.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bastille using the Order Online button. Bastille also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 519-3776.

Bastille is rated 4.8 stars by 2262 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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