Bastille

4.7
2087 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!!!

Support Bastille during COVID-19

Offers

  • Half Way to Friday-Every Wednesday!!

    Multiple dates available

    Wed 4:30 PM - 8:15 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2087 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DCpatron
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfectly prepared. Bastille is consistently excellent. Cocktails were great, too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good!

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anaB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service and the food was delicious. It was my wedding anniversary and they made us feel very special

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SAMIRASHERMANA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great and delicious cuisine but I would have preferred 3 lamb chops and no spicy sausage. The beignets were super and the dessert divine.

Noise level too high.

I always enjoy your restaurant— the best one in Old Town and in this area.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic as always and Tamar was a perfect serveuse!

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vipWhirley09
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always take my out of town guests because they routinely deliver fabulous food and drinks.

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William
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille is one of the best restaurants in Old Town Alexandria. Authentic French food & decor. Great for a special occasion but it's not cheap.

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VeroniqueS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We went for the special menu advertised but some of the dishes were not on the menu which was disappointing.

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vipPeterC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Food was good. Beef was tough.

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AaronC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille is a gem in North Old Town, Alexandria VA. Authentic high-end French, served with an unpretentious flair. Kristin, who has served us several times now, is tops - friendly, engaging, w/ excellent suggestions -).

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LindseyL
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've had in Alexandria. We had the pate, the fried green tomato salad, and the scallops. All were phenomenal. My partner tried a few of the cocktails, and all were creative yet perfectly balanced. Service was great. Everything was perfect!

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TeslaGirl
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille is surely one of the best restaurants in the Alexandria area. Their prix fixe Bastille Day menu made it difficult to choose only 3 selections and was a superb value. Lamb chops were done just right, the scallops were succulent, and the sardines were subtly smoky and herby. Service was, as expected, smooth and professional. Our server was cheerful, helpful, and knowledgable.

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CarolC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food and ambiance! Great experience. Loved the prix fixe.

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ThomasK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at our favorite restaurant in Old Town!

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Silverzcar
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for their pre fixe Bastille day dinner. The selections were great. The three of us ordered different items so that we could get a wide sampling of their offerings. All were very good.

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SachaL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm French and I've been in the US for 3 years. Definitely the best "Brasserie" (as we can expect to find one in France) in the DC region for that level of price and this quality of food. A no brainer to have a good meal "comme à la maison".

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Jim0924
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I was happy to get into Bastille -- on Bastille Day in France, no less. I liked the restaurant OK -- the service was pretty good, and I didn't dislike the food I ordered from the three-course prix fixe Bastille Day (well, week) menu. Part of my problem was that I've had a fair amount of French food over the years, and I have expectations built on that. I may go back and try some other items on Bastille's regular menu.

But, frankly, I was a bit disappointed. The fois gras I ordered for my first course was pleasant and had the classic texture of fois gras, plus a nice cherry sauce, but it lacked the actual flavor of fois gras. The coquille St. Jacques that I had for the second course was similarly disappointing. The first scallop I tried tasted odd -- a real danger signal with seafood -- but I tried another and it was OK , as were the others. Yet this dish also disappointed. It lacked the bubbly, stew-like preparation that it normally receives. Instead, it was just five scallops on a plate with some nearby sauce. The third-course possibilities were mostly extremely rich -- creme caramel, chocolate mousse, chocolate profiteroles -- plus a sample of sorbet and ice cream flavors. So I took the latter, which was OK but not great. As I was eating it, a couple sat down next to me and requested to have two of the first course dishes instead of the third-course dessert dishes -- a substitution the waiter agreed to, and which I wish I had been offered.

The menu itself cost $49, and the least expensive white wine by the glass was $10, so the final bill, with Alexandria's 11% tax and a tip, came in north of $65, which felt way too expensive to me, considering the overall so-so quality of the food.

But, as I noted above, I'm willing to give the restaurant another chance, and would not try to dissuade people from trying it, if they're careful about what they select.

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vipWhirley09
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always take out of town guests to Bastille. Best ever.

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JOANJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grest celebration Bastille dinner.ambiance and service very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely experience. I will definitely be back!

Bastille
Responded on July 13, 2021

We believe every guest deserves 5 star treatment and we are thrilled we hit it out of the park on your visit! We can't thank you enough for joining us July 11th for Brunch. Your continued support means a lot to us and we look forward to serving you again soon! -Management @ Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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vipJess
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice French bistro feel. Food was good quality and they had very nice service. 👌 The ambiance could use some work - the small tile in the main dining room reminded us of a cafeteria.

Bastille
Responded on July 13, 2021

We strive for a classic feel with minimal foo foo so you don't have to pay $$ more because of it. We enjoyed serving you on Friday, July 10th for Dinner and look forward to serving you again, Jess. Your continued support means a lot to us and we look forward to serving you again soon! -Management @ Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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TravelFreaks
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A marvelous menu, excellent service and a good value with the fixed price menu. What’s not to like? 6 of us dined and all dishes were excellent. We will definitely be back! It would be lovely to try this menu again with wine pairings. A nice Sauternes would pair beautifully with their delicious house made foie gras.

Bastille
Responded on July 13, 2021

We believe every guest deserves 5 star treatment and we are thrilled we hit it out of the park on your visit! We can't thank you enough for joining us July 10th for Dinner. We invite you to try our Jurançon next time with your Foie, it is amazing! Your continued support means a lot to us and we look forward to serving you again soon! -Management @ Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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DINOP
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

For the money spent , not worth it, service was not there. Slow and not attentive. Food ok, not great.

Bastille
Responded on July 13, 2021

We're sorry we didn't meet your expectations. We hope you will give us another try on a less busy day. Your support does mean a lot to us and we look forward to serving you again in the future! -Management @ Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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vipRossM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. One of my favorites. It never disappoints.

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Teresa
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our dining experience. The staff was pleasant and knowledgeable and the food was just fantastic! The waitress even crumbed our table between courses!! We’ll definitely return.

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TimA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food and service. The grilled lamb chops were excellent! My children really enjoyed their steak and salmon as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wine selection. The crème brûlée was one of the best I’ve had. Yes, your receipt will be a little high, but by no means prohibitively so.

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Christian
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Onion soup was not hot enough. Lamb chops were good but vegetables were cold. Same goes with the duck. For the price, I expect everything to be perfect.

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Sahara
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was sublime. From the wonderful cocktails, the fried green tomato salad and Caesar salad to our entrees- lamb chops and sea bass. All fabulous. Can’t wait to return.

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Becca
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue. Food was exceptional as always and wine list is hard to beat. Perfection, strongly recommend!

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suzanned
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great outdoor space, excellent service from Hamilton! Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A taste of France in Old Town Alexandria.
Great for a date, special occasion or just because.
I’ll be back!

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Steve
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a solid experience and excellent food. Menu doesn’t vary much but the frois gras is always delicious. Great service too.

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ANBT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FOOD WAS FRESH, DELISH. GREAT BRUNCH MENU. DELISH DIRTY MARY COCKTAIL.
SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT.

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SylviaN
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Find my review on Yelp. Good food & service 🙂

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BryanK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect. Very much missed this place during the pandemic. Glad they are still around.

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CariB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good location, great service. Will definitely return.

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Jenn
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille is one of my favorite restaurants in the Washington DC area. I’ve been coming to this restaurant for years. The food is consistently outstanding and the service is always exceptional. Leah, the hostess, took such good care of my family yesterday. She made sure we we able to sit at our favorite booth by a window as we were celebrating Father’s Day and my parents anniversary. Everyone at the restaurant went above and beyond to make sure we had a wonderful day.

Bastille is a special restaurant. I can’t wait to visit again very soon! Thank you to everyone at Bastille for always taking such good care of your guests.

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vipFlowJo
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent Father's Day Brunch. Everything was perfect, food was amazing and so was the service. The Prix Fixe deal is a real value. Would definitely return for brunch again.

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NicoleT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The service was genuine. We sat outside on the back patio in June and the fireflies were magical.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bastille using the Order Online button. Bastille also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 519-3776.

Bastille is rated 4.7 stars by 2087 OpenTable diners.

Bastille does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?hash=d39ad923.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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