Bastille

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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

J'taime mon amour! Join us for a delicious menu to remember. Details to come.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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LP
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food. It was restaurant week so they were busy, which probably explains slow service

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Service was unusually slow, by Bastille standards, even though it was not crowded or busy during the first half hour we were there. It was difficult to get the server's attention. Several times we had to rely on other customers to get her attention.

BC
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with restaurant week. Excellent food. Great service.

m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I applaud Bastille for creating a menu that gives a good sense of what their regular menu is like.

MS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were at Bastille for restaurant week. Wonderful selection of starters and entrees. We enjoyed escargots, pate, cod and coq au vin---all prepared perfectly. Restaurant week made Bastille even more affordable than usual.

GF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for restaurant week but the evening prix fixe is a great value regardless. Excellent food and service.

DV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went as part of Restaurant Week and are excited to return to try their regular menu.

m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille once again came through with a fantastic lunch. The staff is delightful, knowledgeable, and helpful as always, and the food is always cooked to perfection. It's a favorite go-to in Old Town!

MD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for my wife's birthday. The birthday card capped a night of great food and service. Thanks to everyone at Bastille.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Asked to be seated at a 2 top along banquette and was told no even though 3 were empty. A bit of a discouraging start. Marina was awesome server. Even with menu hiccup, all was lovely. Will return.

f
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As always the food is delicious and appealing and the service excellent

DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is consistently good. Soup is always worth a try. Sit in the back to avoid the main dining room which can be noisy when full of people.

GB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It was Restaurant Week, for lunch. Kitchen was extremely slow — probably understaffed. Food was very good, and properly served, when it did emerge from the kitchen.

M
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

J'ai trouvé que le restaurant était excellent. J'étais très content du service. J'ai beaucoup aimé la cuisine et j'ai l'intention d'y retourner.

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BS
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week. This was an excellent experience. Our service was fantastic and the food was great. Attending restaurant week is such a great deal as it allows you to go places you normally might not think of going to. While it's over and hour drive for us it was well worth it. We'll be back.

ML
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there to celebrate friend’s birthday and take advantage of Restaurant Week. Food was delicious — several options — and service great even though many people there! Parking is so easy. Enjoyed the evening thoroughly!!

L
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch for restaurant week!

BR
Washington DC
140 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five_of_us_came_here_for_restaurant_week._The_service_was_both_friendly_and_extremely
competent._Because_there_was_a_comfortable_space_between_tables,_even_though_the_room
was_full_of_lunchtime_patrons,_I_could_hear_everyone_around_our_table,_which_is_great
because,_even_with_my_hearing_aids,_I_often_have_trouble_hearing_in_crowded_restaurants.
But_the_star_of_the_afternoon_was_the_delicious_and_attractively_presented_food._The_two
most_popular_appetizers_with_us_were_the_soup_du_jour,_a_tasty_butternut_squash,_thankfully
served_hot._(I_deplore_lukewarm_soup.)__And_the_shrimp_beignets_(never_saw_a_savory
beignet_before)_were_wonderful,_chock_full_of_shrimp,_cut_in_big_pieces,_so_you_could
truly_enjoy_their_robust_flavor,_atop_mashed_avacado,_and_topped_with_a_small_slice_of_lime
and_parsley,_I_think_it_was_parsley._Two_of_us_delighted_in_the_perfectly_seared_large
scallops_on_top_of_the_risotto_of_the_day,_mushroom_and_cheese._I,_alas,_did_not_have_room
to_finish_it,_but_they_packed_it_for_me_and_I_had_it_the_next_day_for_"breakfast."_One_of
us_had_the_mussels,_which_she_obviously_enjoyed_because_she_used_the_bread_to_clean_out
the_sauce_left_in_the_bowl._Another_was_happy_with_her_burger_and_fries,_and_my_husband
was_extremely_pleased_with_his_chicken_Paillard._Three_of_us_had_the_extremely_rich_pot_de
creme_au_chocolate,_I_had_the_ice_cream_sampler,_and_one_had_a_salad_in_place_of_dessert.
We_came_from_different_places_in_the_DMV--two_from_Bowie,_one_from_Arlington,_and_my
husband_and_I_from_Gaithersburg._Despite_the_distance_my_husband_and_I_plan_on_returning
again.

LP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent and we enjoyed the wine list. Wonderfully busy for a Tuesday night and a testament to the chef and owners; we had a reservation at 7pm and went directly to our table. Great team provided service.

m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The recently renovated Bastille is beautiful. Very clean and bistro like. The updated menu is wonderful and the food was perfect as always! The only drawback is with the new renovations, it noticeably louder in the dining room, but by no means is it a dealbreaker! Well done, Bastille!!

KF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine there once a month - very nice!

AR
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Reliably good.

KG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at Bastille- they really get it all right and the food was delicious!

PC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always recommend Bastille as the best restaurant in Alexandria/DMV for quality of food and service. They offer interesting menus which change from time to time. We've eaten at many good restaurants around the world and Bastille is at the top of our list. Their prix fix menus for special events offer a sufficient selection in each category to the eater's taste or likes.

EK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Good food with a good selection balance. Beet salad is something I could eat every day! Wonderful way to spend part of New Year’s Eve.

3
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Have eaten here before and very impressed by food, quality, and service. However, even though the food was top notch, every dish well prepared and delicious, the service was lacking. I have eaten in Paris several times and service I know can be a little relaxed. However, we waited for 10-15 minutes for plates to be cleared and another 10 for the next course. We finally had to tell our waitress that we had another commitment and needed to be out of the restaurant within 45 minutes. We were on course 2 of a 4 course meal.

Our waitress was a delight and very professional and polite, but it think it was a kitchen and management issue. Needed more wait staff or clearing staff. The kitchen could have prepared food in a more efficient manner in order to service the house quickly especially given it was a price fixed menu.

The cost was $95 + wine + tax + tip per person. So, at that cost to the consumer everything should be 5 stars across the board.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to eat at Bastille. I live in Charlottesville and love it so much that I make the drive.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Well flavored food,excellent service without being annoying. Their 3 course fixe price was a good value. Salmon was just a tad overdone. Terrific profiteroles filled with ice cream and topped with fresh chocolate sauce. We went early and were glad that we did as the dining room filled up, but our round table made conversation stay relatively audible.

A
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The food was adequate. It was served lukewarm which did not work at all, especially for the croque and the crepe. Although I have asked multiple times for “plain” ketchup (as have others), the chef insists on serving “perfumed” tomato sauce.

Too bad, because the location and easy parking should make a favorite in Old Town.

PC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in the MDV. We have traveled much and been to many fine restaurants over the years--Bastille is TOPS. One of the distinctive features is the eclectic cocktail menu with regular changes to what's on call.

L
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We ate in the bar to take advantage of happy hour cocktails then ordered from the dinner menu. Although the bar was fairly empty, it was a bit loud. Next time we'll eat in the dining room where there is carpet.

R
Washington DC
129 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good food, good service and reasonable prices. Can get a little noisy.

KG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous experience. The steak frites was perfect!

c
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We used to visit when the Bastille was in its previous location and enjoyed it. This one is great too. They are going to be renovating starting January 6, so the venue will look different again soon. That said, the food was great. With one of us getting the 4 course meal and the other just appetizer and entree, we shared a lot. The Escargots in butter and garlic with toasts were excellent, as was the Duck Breast and the Scallops and Risotto. Wines are reasonable. Well worth about $140 for 2 including tax.

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille is our go-to restaurant for date night or a special occasion. We love it! I always get the cassoulet if it's available, and steak fries if it's not (these are some of the best fries around!) Great wine list and great after drink list. We'll be back!

SH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time we have been in the last few months. Doesn’t disappoint and the food is great! Very attentive service. Becoming one of our favorites in Alexandria.

w
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and ideal seating at my favorite seat. My guest enjoyed it also.

D
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly, attentive staff. Quiet

L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine as always. Plan on returning soon

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great for quality of food and service. Good menu selections and soup de jour is fantastic!

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