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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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Oven roasted tomato, grilled corn, basil coulis
Shrimp & Grits
Carolina shrimp a la plancha, white polenta, grilled scallions, Basquaise Sauce (peppers, onions, tomato, Espelette, chorizo...)
VA pasture raised lamb, feta cheese, house-made focaccia bun, harissa aioli, roasted peppers, onion compote, arugula. Served with watercress salad & pommes frites
Food is usually beautifully prepared, but the last two times I was there I found it too salty.
First rate, all around. I will go back again soon.
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.
Great food. Everyone loves this place and all my friends go.
Has become our favorite restaurant in Old Town. Just wish it had some banquet type seatinf.
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.
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!!
Best experience since restaurants opened back up
Service was excellent. The food is always creative, and the desserts are exceptional!
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 :(
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!
Excellent restaurant. We’ll be back.
Food was excellent and the service was rendered with graciousness.
Love Bastille - so delicious!
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
The service was great and the food was delicious!
Great job during this corona time. Quality and service as great as ever. Nice to see a full menu.
Delicious food! Highly recommend visiting this nice location. Get the vodka rose and lemon cocktail too- yum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They finally offered onion soup at lunch and it was wonderful.
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.
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 :)
Bastille is always good. Three course menu and all three are on the mark. My favorite restaurant in Old Town
Great food and amazing service.
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.
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.
Bastille never lets me down. Always perfection. I would recommend this restaurant.
As always, the food was great and it was complemented by wonderful service by Veronica!
Simply, the Sunday brunch experience could not have been better.
Another fabulous meal at Bastille. This restaurant really is a neighborhood gem. Always great good and fantastic value, with welcoming and attentive staff.
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.
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.
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.