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Bastille

4.7
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1764 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Bastille is located at the corner of North Fayette & Pendleton St and is on the street level of The Asher, Old Town Alexandria's chic apartment building.

Drawing from Chef Christophe Poteaux's French heritage and Chef Michelle Poteaux's American roots, Bastille's cuisine focuses on local, seasonal ingredients, prepared from scratch. Items like Bastille's house-made ketchup, Shrimp beignets, French pimento cheese and Flatbread, to every entree and delectable dessert are carefully chosen to represent what is BEST about Bastille, Virginia and Contemporary French food.

Whether it is for drinks and nibbles after work or just a night when you don't want to cook for the family, the staff at Bastille welcomes you. Enjoy our casual atmosphere where locals and travelers love to relax with creative food, drink and to share a good laugh.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1764 people are saying
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Alexandrians
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food is usually beautifully prepared, but the last two times I was there I found it too salty.

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SusanS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First rate, all around. I will go back again soon.

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vipDCmuse08
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

If you're in the mood for French classics and you're in Old Town Alexandria, I'm not sure there's anyplace left but Bastille. It fills the bill with a warm but appropriately socially distanced welcome and a kitchen that, without being inspired, is able to cook both salmon and duck to the required level and provide interesting accompaniments. The staff's charm compensates for a little confusion in the service. Surprisingly good espresso.

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SherylD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Everyone loves this place and all my friends go.

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Harry
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Has become our favorite restaurant in Old Town. Just wish it had some banquet type seatinf.

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vipstanc
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the kitchen and servers are on point! All three courses were as good as ever. Staff takes every step to promote safety of guests and staff.

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vipSuzanneN
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another exceptional meal at Bastille! As always the food is remarkable and authentic. And since we won't be traveling to France anytime soon, it's such a comfort to know that we can get the same quality food, wine and service right here in our beloved Alexandria. We started with Salmon rillettes and Corn Vichyssoise, which did not disappoint. For the mains we had Noix de Saint Jacques and Salmon Nicoise, both outstanding. The seafood was fresh and expertly cooked. We finished with the strawberry compote and pound cake, which was refreshing and light.

They are doing everything possible to make guests feel welcomed and safe during these extraordinary times!!

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vipMichaelD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience since restaurants opened back up

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DennisC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent. The food is always creative, and the desserts are exceptional!
Bon appetit!

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MMic
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Disappointing... No mention of Bastile Day? I dressed in Black, white , and red for the celebration .... and there was none... I had a reservation and was treated like I walked in off the street - was taken past "reserved" tables to a table practically in the street :) The furthest away from the main area... Two servicers who both forgot to bring me everything I asked for? and come back to check on me well after I had completed without the things I asked for... :( and I was not given a bowel for shell until After I finished the muscles which were delivered almost cold...
They noticed their service as lacking as they provided a free glass of wine on my final bill... but it was already too late:( I used to go to Bastile often when I was in town before COVID as I own a condo a few blocks away.... I'm not sure I will return :(

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vipJamieF
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be in-person dining at Bastille after months of curbside pickups only. We went for Sunday brunch. The staff were as warm and welcoming as ever and the food and drinks were as delicious as ever. The social distancing and extra health precautions were evident and appreciated. We’ll be back soon!

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vipRossM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. We’ll be back.

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AngusC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service was rendered with graciousness.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bastille - so delicious!

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vipChristinaRosemont
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It felt absolutely amazing to be back here! The distancing was done so well and everyone was still perfection. I missed being there and it was like I never left. The food (the duck!) was phenomenal as always and the wine selection cannot be beat. I can't wait to spend more time on this patio, it is like coming home!

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vipstanc
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to have this gem of a restaurant back. Lots of tables available despite the changes made to effect social distancing. The staff -- even the new faces -- were totally on point as always.

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PLCAE
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places in the DC area. The service is always friendly and the food is always terrific. This post-lockdown visit was no different. The tables are well-spaced and the staff is paying attention to the details of keeping customers safe. And the food!!! Scallops and risotto, duck confit, foie gras, and any dessert are my favorites, but we've never had a bad meal here. Excellent cocktails and wine list as well.

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vipSuzanneN
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Bastille is doing everything right by continuing to provide the same hospitality and quality food and drink in a COVID-safe environment!! The steak frites and salmon with orzo were done to perfection!

We will be back....and soon!!!

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vipJAWE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was delicious!

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vipCapitanSource
Washington DC
222 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job during this corona time. Quality and service as great as ever. Nice to see a full menu.

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SaraB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food! Highly recommend visiting this nice location. Get the vodka rose and lemon cocktail too- yum.

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vipdms11
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an awesome experience. So good to finally get out and eat at a restaurant and Bastille was the perfect choice. We sat outside along a railing that overlooked a little park area so no concerns about being too close to anyone. Wait staff all wore masks and gloves and food was as good as ever, i.e. great. One other point worth mentioning: Except for one bottle of champagne, every bottle of wine on their wine list sells for $39 or less, including several Bordeaux wines. That is an unbelievable bargain. I can't recommend Bastille highly enough, and look forward to a return visit soon.

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NJFoodie
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was not only the perfect evening to spend at a great outdoors patio and have an outstanding meal, but to KNOW the staff was attentive to the virus - tables were cleaned immediately, all the staff wore masks, tables were 6 feet apart. I almost felt I was back in Europe, eating at a little bistro and enjoying the food. Thank you Bastille for making our first meal out fabulous.

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vipMaryC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday with my daughter and we had a great meal on the patio. The staff is very helpful and friendly and the food is always excellent.

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BeverlyB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Soft Butter! We were so happy to get back to Bastille after they opened their patio. The food was wonderful ( very French!) At last, a Chef that sends soft butter to the table with the fresh bread! We dined on the patio during a warm, rainy Friday evening (dry under our huge umbrella shelter) and watched the clouds roil by. Bohemian atmosphere at it's best.

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LesleeF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prix Fixe brunch is really nice, with a wide variety of options including the truly delicious smoked salmon benedict on a croissant. Very good coffee, attentive staff.

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Hungrytraveller
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had brunch on Saturday and Bastille did not disappoint. Wonderful menu with lots of out of the ordinary choices. The food was terrific and service was prompt and efficient. We had delicious eggs benedict, but with smoked salmon on a croissant, and perfectly cooked steak and eggs. What always makes a visit to Bastille something to look forward to are their "special" menu items. The soup and desert specials were amazing.

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vipRed52
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They finally offered onion soup at lunch and it was wonderful.

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vipShirleyG
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille never disappoints. Everything about it is outstanding. The mussels and steak frites are always exceptional. The special of the day was a delicious boulliabaise.

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vipChristinaRosemont
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is consistently the best food in the area. I am always so please when I bring even the pickiest of eaters here. Everyone can find something they love, and the service is amazing. My favorite spot :)

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Tombt
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille is always good. Three course menu and all three are on the mark. My favorite restaurant in Old Town

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service.

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vipJMNoVa
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Our meals were delicious and the wine recommendation was spot on. Our server was fantastic; very engaging, great recommendations, and did a great job balancing attentiveness with leaving us to enjoy our meal. We mentioned in the open table reservation that it was our anniversary dinner and management gave us a hand written card congratulating us and wishing us a great anniversary. We will absolutely eat here again and highly recommend it.

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Allen
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille has become a favorite for lunch and dinner. Staff is genuine, gracious and friendly. On the quiet side even with many diners. Excellent food. Its casual, contemporary elegance also puts it above most other nearby restaurants.

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susanl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille never lets me down. Always perfection. I would recommend this restaurant.

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vipCarolyn
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the food was great and it was complemented by wonderful service by Veronica!

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vipLindaA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply, the Sunday brunch experience could not have been better.

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vipJamieF
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Bastille. This restaurant really is a neighborhood gem. Always great good and fantastic value, with welcoming and attentive staff.

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CraigL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent -- exquisitely flavored, surprising tastes in some of the traditional dishes, portions not skimpy. We were there early and it was quiet. Comfortable and unpretentious atmosphere. Very helpful server who helped us understand the menu. Considering the caliber of the food and reasonable portion size, the value was quite good. We could not recommend it more highly.

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vipabt703
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

An authentic French cafe whose food lives up to the menu's promise. Service is excellent. The place's design isn't as charming as it could be, but the other two elements -- along with excellent value -- more than make up for that.

FAQs

Bastille does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Bastille also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 519-3776.

Bastille is rated 4.7 stars by 1764 OpenTable diners.

Bastille does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?hash=d39ad923.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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