Bastille

4.6
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1615 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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Le Réveillon de la Saint Sylvestre or New Year's Eve dinner is a wonderful tradition is France. Join Bastille for our special 4 course menu $95 and stay for the champagne toast (complimentary)! Taxes/Gratuities/Alcohol are not included in the price.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1615 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had not been to Bastille in a while and now I cannot understand why. The Bloody Mary's were tasty albeit a bit too spicy and that says a lot as I like spicy. The beet salad and the sweet potato soup were delicious. My husband had the Croque Madam which he said was delicious and I had the burger with a few modifications. It was a great burger. We will definitely return.

I
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always: perfect. Merci, Bastille chef & staff!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Christophe always prepares a flawless meal! The three course lunch special is perfect for a business meeting. The shrimp beignets are just like Paris, risotto is cooked to perfection, and the dessert menu is irresistible.

BL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal! Great food, great service. The pricing is right with the prix fix menus. Great occasion!

TG
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Have been eating at Bastille since it opened In the original location on Royal St. Preferred the old location as it was quieter and felt less crowded. Also disappointing not to have cream broule on the menu.

s
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had the trout and it was delicious! I asked to substitute the brussel sprouts for the spinach. Everything was excellent. We sat by the window and it got a bit cold but we preferred that to being near the kitchen. I would have preferred the other room but it wasn't an option.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good place to have a good time - excellent food, great service.

AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had what were the best mussels ever. Also enjoyed the Cesar salad very much.

DJ
Richmond
42 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I great enjoy dining at Bastille. It is always excellent with great food, great service, and a nice time with other. Great staff.

k
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Ambiance and service are fine. Unfortunately, the food, both my dish and that of my companion, were way too salty.

DS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is my favorite restaurant. The food, as always, was superb. We especially enjoyed the soup. Generally the service is impeccable, but on this occasion, our server was distracted by the customers at the table next to us. We ended up waiting about 20 minutes to pay our check. Still the best place in Alexandria for dinner, however. Everything is top rate, and the prix fixe menus a great deal. When we want to impress out of town visitors, we take them to Bastille—our neighborhood jewel of a restaurant.

YA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving at Bastille was delightful and delicious!

w
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food and waitress was excellent however despite making a reservation over 2 weeks prior to thanksgiving and asking for a particular seat in the main dining room I had to request a seat in the main dining room. They told me the seat i requested was not available yet the couple sitting in that seat left before me and it was vacant. I told them I’d wait and they did eventually seat me in the main dining room. This should not happen. Next time I’ll use opentable AND call to validate. They called to validate I was coming. I’ll do the same.

DS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving at Bastille was a wonderful away-from-home experience for us, two senior Tucsonans. We can rave about the food and service on the fixed price, three-course meal. The ambiance is fine/casual and quiet enough to converse easily and privately, without intruding into the acoustic space of adjoining tables. The wine list is broad yet well managed, and the prices are reasonable at about 2.5x retail. Wines by-the-glass are stated as a standard 6 oz pour. Would we recommend and come back? Yes, and yes.

AY
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Came for thanksgiving dinner. It was lovely. The restaurant felt unpretentious but with a bit of French elan. The portions were a little too generous and required quite a bit of self control. I definitely recommend and know I will be back.

r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, creative and delicious French and French-inspired cuisine, with cheerful service.

JK
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The food thankfully was delicious, which partially made up for the absolute terrible service we received, but not completely. We arrived after making a reservation, they seated us without even giving us menus or a server. About 15 minutes went by before we had to ask a random server walking past if anyone was going to come to us, and they just said “oh yes” and disappeared, and again we waited another 10 minutes or so. Finally someone showed up to take at least our drink orders, and again we waited a much longer time than should have been considering how not-busy the place was for just our drinks.

Overall, the food being good isn’t enough to ever make me want to go back again, stick to somewhere on King St in Old Town instead for even better food and service.

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

food terrific. live music was too loud in a small space, we nearly had to yell (and we're not old!). clarinet in a small room was very loud.

GS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my father to Bastille for his birthday brunch. The food and service were excellent. We definitely will return.

P
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. We eat here at least twice a month and can always count in delicious food and smiling, friendly service.

R
Washington DC
125 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Best mussels in Northern VA. 1/3 off bottles of wine on Thursday nights. Makes for a great combination.

EK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all the way around. Food, service. Parking was even pretty easy for Alexandria street parking

DC
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed both meals we have had at Bastille do far. We will definitely return for another!

NC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu! There were many items I would like to have tried, but the special short ribs were my choice. Tasting menus are available and will get one of these next time so I can try more things! Excellent service, very professional and helpful!

PA
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great gem of a restaurant. Fantastic food. Excellent service. A bit pricey but well worth it. Acoustics make it a bit noisy for a restaurant. Will definitely be eating there again.

NM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is amazing, staff were lovely, we were given a window seat for our anniversary and will definitely go again

GB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating 2 family birthdays. The service was friendly and efficient. The emtire party of 6 rated it a delightful evening. Thanks

RJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic. Excellent wine list and service.

C
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wonderful food and ambiance. Enjoyed the pre fix menu!

KB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Monday night prix fixe menu is a great deal - 3 courses for $29, choice of any of the appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

m
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and many gluten-free options prominently marked on the menu!
Service was excellent

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and we knew Bastille would be the perfect place to celebrate it!

OT
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place as always. Highly recommend

m
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Bastille for the menu and service; neither ever disappoints. I an always amazed at how much food you get even with the price fix selections, which by the way are the same as when ordered al a carte. I had the duck, sister in law had the scallops and the guys both had the special which was boullibais. Our server was a very young 22 with not much previous experience who was delightful. Cudos to him for his maturity and knowledge of the the menu and preparations. All in all, everyone was pleased and we definitely recommend !

H
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch and a great price for an outstanding expierence

T
Washington DC
141 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great brunch -- Salmon Benedict and a super-rich Croque Madame, with first-rate fries. Took quite awhile for our dishes to come out, so the house comped us to two glasses of bubbly. No problem waiting: Terrific clarinetist played all the while. We'd go back just for the music, which hasn't been available at our other brunch spots in Alexandria.

KS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love the restaurant overall. Be sure to request your preferred seating by table # if possible. We did just by description & got a nice table but not our preferred as frequent diners.

BW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is simply my go to place for special lunches and other occasions. Never disappoints.

DC
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful preparation of salmon, trout and scallops. Wine selection was excellent. Outstanding dessert.

K
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were three of us for dinner. We booked early to ensure a quiet dining experience. The wait staff was excellent - prompt and courteous. The food was excellent. I had the scallops with butternut squash risotto and it was delicious. We will definitely go back.

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