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Bastille, Alexandria, VA

Bastille

4.6
4.6
2529 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!!!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, French American, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 519-3776

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Christophe and Michelle Poteaux

  • Catering

    Bastille has 2 dining rooms that are available for semi-private and private groups. Contact Chef Michelle Poteaux at chefmichelle@bastillerestaurant.com to discuss your needs!

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Bastille can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Angela Johnson: (703) 519-3776

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    Pendleton Street

  • Parking details

    Curbside Delivery available in front of the restaurant or Carry-Out. Ample free street parking, non metered. Daytime 2 hour limit. After 6pm no time limit. No limit on Sundays.

  • Public transit

    Braddock Road Metro train station is 2 blocks away.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Half Way to Friday-Every Wednesday!!

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 4:30 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.

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What 2,529 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    French

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  1. DC

    DCfoodie

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely date night for my wife and me at Bastille! For appetizers, she started with a pitch - perfect French onion soup, while I ordered a Caesar salad. I have never had a better one: tiny, crunchy croutons, perfect Parmesan, and a zest of lemon in the dressing that made an everyday salad special. She followed with the mushroom Galette, which was good, but probably too similar to the topping on her soup. My cassoulet, on the other hand, was outstanding. The crisp beans matched by bread in the sauce; the sausages snappy and slightly spicy; and the duck so perfectly crisp that I could have eaten a whole flock. And accompanied by Châteauneuf-du-Pape, served by the glass! That alone is reason enough to return again and again to Bastille, but there were more. The service was attentive and friendly, but not smothering, and the room lively, but still quiet enough to hold an intimate conversation – perfect for date night!
  2. j

    joel

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The food was great. We always get the escargots appetizer which changes slightly each year but is always great. We split the scallops and the salmon. The scallops are always excellent as well. The salmon was a little over cooked but still very good with a wonderful sauce on the side. The only issue really was the service. It was the same waiter we had last time we came here - guy with bleach blonde hair. He just doesn’t seem to get how to properly wait tables. He doesn’t know how to properly explain a dish or the specials (I’ve heard the other waiters do a MUCH better job than he does) and his attentiveness is poor at best. He noticed when my wine glass was empty so that was good but we had to ask the gals who were filling water glasses and busing tables for a couple other things. We weren’t in a hurry by any means but the couple at the next table sat down a half hour after us and wound up paying for their bill at the same time we did. The guy just doesn’t know how to make sure his tables are properly taken care of. When we go back I will make sure we’re not in his section.
  3. GE

    GEldred

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! The short rib special was amazing, the cocktails fantastic (Jacob is a magician creating seasonal and signature cocktails) and the service: outstanding (Thank you Noemi!!!!) Truly a local gem.
  4. BR

    BRatana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    my partner and i have visited a few times for dinner, brunch and happy hour. the staff is always so courteous and patient. the food is amazing, always cooked perfectly. the cafe area is my favorite spot. it’s so cute. Bastille is by far one of my favorite restaurants in the area
  5. J

    Janis

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We chose the fixed-price dinners -- steak entree and scallop entree, and all three parts (salad, entree, and dessert) were excellent. When we arrived home, we had a call from the restaurant that a purse was found at our table. Indeed, one member of our party left her purse there, and they presented it to us upon our return to the restaurant. Nice folks!
  6. R

    Randy

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving meal. Outstanding. Our server, Laura was great and loved her French accent. The food was perfect and the right amount…to save room for another cocktail. Got home and a message from my credit card shows amt charged. It was the price of the meal but did not include the tip I left. I feel bad and waiting to contact the restaurant. Laura was great and do not want her to feel she did anything wrong.
  7. SD

    SherylD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Thanksgiving I have ever had. The service was impeccable and the wine they selected for me was excellent.
  8. C

    Cgw12345893643284

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving dinner was fabulous. The hot cider was the best I’ve ever had. I hope they keep it on their fall/ winter menu.
  9. JC

    JunieCat

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, fantastic service. Everyone at the restaurant extremely friendly and professional, and they went out of their way to ensure my guest and I had a wonderful dinner. Highly recommend.
  10. a

    anonymousfoodie

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Generous portions, well-curated wine list, a good variety of gluten free options
  11. GI

    GINA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We are only in the area a few months out of the year but this is one of our favorite restaurants. We usually go for Sunday brunch.
  12. SP

    SparkleP

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A lovely brunch with friend in cafe at my favorite cozy corner. Merci
  13. RP

    RuedePassy

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Alexandria.
  14. GS

    GregS

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our absolute favorite go to dinner spots. Always consistently good food, outstanding service and atmosphere.
  15. A

    Alexandriafoodie

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I both had the French Onion soup, which was really delicious and cheesy. I thought that the beef broth was outstanding. We both had the Steak Frites which were cooked medium rare, perfectly. The meat was very tender and the fries were crispy and delicious. We travel to France frequently and these two dishes rival the best that we’ve had there. We shared a bottle of Les Cerisiers de Targe Saumur Champigny and it was wonderful. In fact the dinner reminded us of the same dinners we’ve had in a small restaurant in Saumur. I had the Cannoli Moleaux for dessert and my husband had the Gateau aux Pommes. Both were beautifully presented and delicious. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable on the wines and food and professional. We had a wonderful time and cannot wait to return to Bastille!
  16. S

    Sara

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal (get the trout and duck confit) and wonderful service. Khadija took excellent care of us and made great recommendations. Also, save room for dessert!
  17. M

    Mbeth

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    The ambiance is so wonderfully, typically French brasserie style and the service was very good, but the food was mostly mediocre….maybe it was just an off night. We liked the atmosphere and spacious table arrangement so well, we will probably give this restaurant a second chance.

    BastilleResponded on November 18, 2022We appreciate you stopping in Mbeth, it's disappointing to hear that your dinner wasn't what you expected. We'd truly love the chance to serve you again, so here's hoping that we can have you back for the 5 Star experience you deserve. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

  18. CC

    ChelseaC

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal, as always! My dining companions and I were delighted with our meals. I had the sweet potato soup du jour, trout, and creme brulee. I wish the pour of soup was larger--it was so delicious, I wanted more! The trout in a brown butter sauce with capers is always delectable--I have ordered it many times. Le creme brulee is a favorite of mine. I would have liked for the creme brulee to have a flavor option aside from classic vanilla. Our server was delightful, knowledgeable, and helpful with the wine selection. We ordered a bottle of the 2022 Beaujolais Nouveau. I keep coming back here again and again.
  19. S

    Susan

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food. A mix-up as we arrived about a cafe versus dining room. Just a short wait though, we were able to be seated at the reservation time.
  20. JC

    JamesC

    Washington DC

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I used to go frequently for lunch, but they discontinued lunches. I hadn't been in a while. The food continues to be excellent but they appear to be short staffed. The service was not what I had come to expect.
  21. BN

    BarbaraNMike

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Friendly service. Lovely location. It is a restaurant where you can enjoy a good meal and socialize with friends without having to shout.
  22. AJ

    AJFoodie

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit to Bastille and remains near the top of our list of "best new finds" - the food is uniformly excellent, every person on the staff from the greeter to the wait staff was attentive. We will be back to one of our favorite new restaurants.
  23. MN

    MichaelN

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Decided to revisit this old haunt recently and was reassured they still got it. Service was wonderful and going a little early insures a quiet space. The many are quite extensive with many choices...a Parisian cornucopia!. My only "beef" was the portion size on my Kind Salmon. I didn't haul out a ruler, but it was short of a credit care size. Even the wife commented on the tiny object on my plate. We'll be back and hope they read this to adjust portion size.
  24. T

    Tracy

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The brunch was good but not as excellent as expected.
  25. TJ

    ThomasJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was adequate —somewhat oversalted. Our server was efficient but not very friendly. Not a great value.
  26. LD

    LisaD

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Reliably tasty, great patio for a balmy evening in November. Waitstaff was particularly great.
  27. JB

    JulieB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Noise level was high. The food was delicious! We will be back in the future.
  28. B

    Barbie

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Really excellent service for our 32nd anniversary dinner.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside for an early afternoon dinner. Had the foie gras and escargot to start (always amazing), the duck and the scallops. Everything was prepared perfectly, the food was great, as was the service. Bastille remains my favorite place to eat in Alexandria for 3 years running! Highly recommend!
  30. A

    Alexandrian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bravo to the chef and the servers. We had such a lovely meal, as always! We feel lucky to have such a great restaurant in our neighborhood. Perfect for a special occasion.

    BastilleResponded on October 24, 2022Knowing that your meal was as wonderful as your previous meals really means a lot. Here's hoping that we can have you back again soon for more of the same lovely service and delicious menu. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

  31. SC

    StephC

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Overall ok … but for a 16th anniversary dinner OK is not good enough . I’ve been to Bastille 3 other times prior to last night and I know service and attendance is usually better than this . Our waiter seemed so disheveled and absent minded - from forgetting to put in one of our appetizers ( which ultimately came out after the entree smh ) , to asking my husband over and over again if he wants desert to the point where it was uncomfortable and my husband had to explain himself that he’s dairy free to make him stop … he also questioned why we want 3 appetizers . Very unprofessional! Food was overall very tasty but the fact that the couple next to us received an ANNIVERSARY CARD when I let the restaurant know via open table that are celebrating our anniversary under special instructions was disappointing!

    BastilleResponded on October 24, 2022We are sorry to see that your experience wasn't a greater one this past Saturday. I apologize on behalf of all our staff that your 16th Anniversary wasn't mentioned, but unfortunately per your own reservation there was no mention of your celebration to alert us to the very special occasion. From the service to the cuisine, it's all about making sure you only receive the very best. We'd love the chance to serve you again, so here's hoping that we can have you back. - Bastille Brasserie & Bar

  32. PB

    PeterB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food- great service and nice atmosphere

    BastilleResponded on October 24, 2022Knowing that your meal was as wonderful as your previous meals really means a lot, Peter. Here's hoping that we can have you back soon for more of the same lovely service and delicious menu. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

  33. D

    Dogwood

    Washington DC

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I find it hard to try new items because my memories of past dinners here are so positive that I tend to repeat past selections. The duck is one of my favorites. Ditto the profiteroles. Honestly everything is my fave!

    BastilleResponded on October 24, 2022Knowing that your meal was as delicious as your previous meals really means a lot. Here's hoping that we can have you back soon for more of the same lovely service and delicious menu. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

  34. JS

    JamesS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a pleasure to dine at Bastille. The four of us enjoyed the hangar steak, coq au vin, onion soup with a Caesar salad, and scallops.

    BastilleResponded on October 24, 2022We're thrilled that you had a wonderful experience here James! Thank you so much for sharing this support. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

  35. OT

    OldTownCS3

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    As always, the food was good and the service was excellent. The only thing keeping the review from being five stars is that I thought the menu was a little sparse. I would’ve preferred a wider range of options. I know that the menu changes season, so hopefully next time I’ll find more things that spark my interest. And what I did order was excellent l, so there’s no complaint about the food itself. I just would’ve preferred more alternatives to my liking.
  36. SM

    SueM

    Naples

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was just right!
  37. H

    Holiday

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a fabulous meal, great service and another lovely evening. Jacob always has the perfect drink suggestion as well.

    BastilleResponded on October 24, 2022Knowing that your meal was as wonderful as your previous meals really means a lot. Here's hoping that we can have you back soon for more of the same lovely service and delicious menu. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

  38. SB

    SuzanneB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious meal. I had the trout, others had steak frites. Chicken liver pate excellent
  39. JD

    JDS2020

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    I've been to Bastille previously, and the entire experience was great even though they were very busy. This Sunday brunch experience was not the same, however. They weren't crowded or busy at all, they only had 1 server available. The server and the rest of the staff seemed quite lost and confused, like they were all having a bad day. And there were very long waits before someone came by to check on us. The food is always excellent! My only complaint would be the bread they served at the beginning of the meal - it was cold and very stale.

    BastilleResponded on October 12, 2022We can assure you that there is nothing we are more passionate about than providing a quality experience when dining with us, JDS, and we're very sorry to see that such a different impression was left. Each member of this staff knows how important it is to consistently share the best food and service around, which is why your concerns will be immediately addressed. Here's hoping we have the opportunity to welcome you back. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

  40. N

    Native

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 28th anniversary at the Bastille because it is our favorite restaurant. As always the service in the food were outstanding. Something tells me this will always be the place where we celebrate our anniversary in the future

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bastille using the Order Online button. Bastille also offers 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 4.6 stars by 2529 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
Google Map for Bastille

606 N. Fayette St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pendleton Street

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, French American, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Curbside Delivery available in front of the restaurant or Carry-Out. Ample free street parking, non metered. Daytime 2 hour limit. After 6pm no time limit. No limit on Sundays.

  • Public transit

    Braddock Road Metro train station is 2 blocks away.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Christophe and Michelle Poteaux

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 519-3776

  • Catering

    Bastille has 2 dining rooms that are available for semi-private and private groups. Contact Chef Michelle Poteaux at chefmichelle@bastillerestaurant.com to discuss your needs!

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Bastille can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Angela Johnson: (703) 519-3776

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