Bastille

4.5
1370 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was far better at the "old' Bastille. Our server's voice was almost inaudible; he was polite but generally inattentitive. Menu and food quality were also better at the previous location. With so many other dining establishments in Alexandria, I doubt I'll be a repeat customer.

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OT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for happy hour with friends! Creative coq-tails and delicious small plates. We enjoyed yummy shrimp beignets and grilled flat bread, plus super-fresh salads.

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BC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bastille is among the top three favorite restaurants in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, where it is located. A must visit, lunch or dinner!

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S
Washington DC
142 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We went to Bastille after a long time and a move of the restaurant to a new location. The new place looks nice, but the food and service have deteriorated with time. The staff was friendly, but poorly trained. There was a long gap between being seated and being approached by our waiter. There were even longer gaps between one course being removed from our table and the next one arriving. We had to wait about 15 minutes from the time of our main course until our desert. I don't like being rushed during a meal, but this was the opposite extreme. We had to ask for bread and the staff was clearly unfamiliar with the wine list, telling us for example, that a bottle of wine we were interested in was a red, when it was a white. All dished arrived lukewarm, a sign that they had been sitting in the kitchen for too long a time before being brought to our table. The cassoulet was very salty. Portions were ample, but I would have preferred smaller portions of higher quality food served promptly.

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A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was not as good as last time I went and service was a little slow. I did like the musical combo.

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CB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic meal! Enjoyed the wide selection of choices. Will be back to try other selections.

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BW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is unique and delicious. wonderful attentive aervice. Always a great experience.

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J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, and ambiance only enhance the delectable that arrive at your table.
Love the happy hour wine too! I'll be back.

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MA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! The staff made us feel like we were the most special people there. And the food was outstanding and the Prix Fixe is an excellent value! I look forward to dining with you again.

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H
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bastille never disappoints us in any way. This dinner was to celebrate our grandson's 10th birthday, and they made him feel very special. It added to his experiences of "fine dining" which he is most definitely a fan of!

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The first time I went to Bastille, I couldn't wait to get back. The second time was not as good as the first time. I'll go back a third time and hopefully I will be impressed again.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I would like to give them more stars but this is the second time at this place and both times we felt unwelcome, the first time we couldn't get a table and the lady at the entrance was absolutely rude. This time our friends got us a gift card so we decided to try it again. Well, our server was not friendly, she didn't bother to explain the menu at all.
The food was ok, I had steak and eggs; the potatoes and salad were bland, I also had the soup and it was great, the crepes dry and lumpy, not worth it at all. My husband's chicken paillard was excellent.
I wish their workers were much more welcoming kind, not acting as if we are lucky to be there.

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F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the fix price brunch. Try the appetizer beignets.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I would come back. The service was a little slow and the grits seemed more like risotto but the chicken paillard was delicious and the mimosa were a great value.

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JA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server provided exceptional service and the lamb chop special was delicious!

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Straightforward yet thoughtful menu. We loved our meals! The service was great, very attentive. The only thing that could be improved was the ambience in the dining room.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Anniversary celebration (which we informed the restaurant of on Open Table). My wife ordered the salmon (based on how good it looked on a fellow diner’s plate). The salmon on the other diners plate literally covered 1/4 of the plate. The portion my wife received was smaller than the size of a square post-it note and not exceptionally thick. We remarked to the wait staff that the portion was extremely (ridiculously) small (particularly when compared to the large portion on the other diner’s plate). Wait staff reportedly spoke to the chef who indicated that they weigh each filet and all are 4 oz. The wait staff offered no remedy to us. I gave considerable thought to asking to speak with the manager, but since it was a special occasion, it felt awkward to bring unpleasantness to the diner. I had frites along with my mussels - frites were soggy and undercooked. Just letting management know of a situation that could have been handled much better, and that they have not only lost a potential repeat customer - but we’ll most assuredly share our experience with friends in the area and will recommend that they seek other French dining options.

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CC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! We had the beet salad and the mushroom risotto. The noise level was good so that it was easy to carry on a conversation.

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LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

French bistrot fare that is always delicious. The 3-course prix fixe lunch is a very good value as are the happy hour plates in the bar.

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j
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Opted for the fixed-price lunch with soup (mushroom parsnip veloute), chicken paillard, and profiteroles for dessert. Everything was tasty, especially the profiteroles, with an unctuous chocolate sauce that was heavenly. Service was attentive but respectful. There's a terrace in the back that looks lovely, but not in winter, of course. Would go again in a heartbeat for the food and service. Mid-week lunch was not busy, and the new-ish location looks to be an area needing a bit of revitalizing.

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ST
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was quiet on Monday, but the experience was excellent. We choose the $29 fixed price menu and the $29 wine special and enjoyed everything.

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AW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Smallish neighborhood restaurant with on-street parking. The food and service are worth the trip. Wine specials added to the food enjoyment. Excellent creation, preparation and presentation. Prix fixe menu was creative and immensely enjoyable. Will go back soon and recommend others do as well, just not on the Saturday we will be there. :-)

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w
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My only complaint is that I reserved a particular table and had to remind the Maitre D who had it reserved for someone else later that evening. After a reminder I was given my reservation. My waiter was excellent. Clearly my notes in the opentable reservation were not seen or they were ignored.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The hostess acted preoccupied and too busy too greet us or let alone seat us. The server was brand new and couldn’t answer any of our questions about the menu. My significant other ordered the bouillabaisse and it came with literally one shrimp, one clam, and two mussels - so cheap! My cassoulet included confit duck, which was greasy and over cooked. Overall food was disappointing. Ambiance was horrible and soulless. We will not be going back.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Wonderful value wine. Nice and quiet. Good service. Will definitely come again.

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D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always! Enjoyed dinner with work colleagues and everyone was impressed.

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OT
Washington DC
221 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wish I could give 10 stars for service. Having been to Bastille before for dinner I was eager to try brunch. The three-course prix Fixe menu is a great deal. Choice of appetizer/salad, entree and dessert makes for a delicious way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We loved the live music - a marvelous jazz clarinetist. Can’t wait to come back to try more of this excellent brunch menu. Oh, and service was impeccable,

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was very tasty, and the service was sedate, not rushed, but the table location near the outside door in mid-winter, and right close to the bathrooms cut into the ambience of the room. Otherwise, it was the usual good job on a Saturday night.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bastille is our go to place for a great dinner. I highly recommend it my friends and co-workers.

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F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food is basic and a bit greasy. The service was rather unfriendly.

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ML
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Was disappointed in the Valentines day dining. The service was incredibly slow and the food was over cooked and tasted like it had been sitting out (was dry). It took 20 min to get a drink and the waiter was kind of rude and not attentive.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Valentine’s Day

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RI
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was truly spectacular! The service was good even though it was very busy. The noise level was a little much for a romantic dinner.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome. Lunch special was the best. Will return in the future. Highly recommended.

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EC
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Excellent !

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L
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for Valentine’s Day lunch with outstanding food and service

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Y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a celebratory lunch and we both got the prix fixe menu and it was wonderful, highly recommend!

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BH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New “Bistro Night” menu perfect for a wintry evening. Food was lovely, service attentive, ambiance pleasant.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has quickly made itself my favorite restaurant in all of old town. The food is exquisite, it tastes authentic and the service is really good. I have recommended this restaurant to friends, and I will be back. Absolutely love it!

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JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bastille's team never disappoints. Everything was as expected. For our birthday celebrations we had a fabulous time and our specialty Birthday cake was the best chocolate cake EVER!!! Many thanks to the Pastry Chef Michelle Poteaux for a gorgeous cake. We are proud to call ourselves "Regulars" at this excellent restaurant. If you've never been, it's time to give them a try.

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