Bastille

4.6
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1738 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.

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LesleeF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Hungrytraveller
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipRed52
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They finally offered onion soup at lunch and it was wonderful.

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vipShirleyG
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipChristinaRosemont
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

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Tombt
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille is always good. Three course menu and all three are on the mark. My favorite restaurant in Old Town

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service.

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vipJMNoVa
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Allen
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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susanl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille never lets me down. Always perfection. I would recommend this restaurant.

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vipCarolyn
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the food was great and it was complemented by wonderful service by Veronica!

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vipLindaA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply, the Sunday brunch experience could not have been better.

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vipJamieF
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Bastille. This restaurant really is a neighborhood gem. Always great good and fantastic value, with welcoming and attentive staff.

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CraigL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipabt703
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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vipIDavis
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience...........great food, service, and a pleasant atmosphere.

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vipWellTraveledDiner
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply lovely - a perfect lunch, at a great price, with fabulous friends!

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Oxford
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't had such a good bouillabaisse since I lived in France. Bastille is now my go to restaurant.

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GayleE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful dining with delicious food. Service was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I think we went on an off day for the restaurant. They were short staffed somewhere (I am assuming) we sat for 15min without putting in an order or even drinks. Then I think our waiter forgot to put in our order so we sat around for another 20+ mins waiting. Needless to say we were very late for our evening plans, for two people it took us almost three hours from sitting down to paying. Normally we wouldn’t care but it did make us late for plans.

They did provide a free glass of wine for each of us which was a nice gesture. The food was delicious and we will may come back for more one try. Just hoping it was an off day for service.

Bastille
Responded on February 24, 2020

Good Afternoon, Perhaps we were short staffed which could cause a delay but this is not an excuse for an elongated dinner that caused you to be late to your other plans. I'd like to apologize on behalf of your server. Although this is rare, we like to use these as opportunities for growth for our staff - please feel free to email me at management@bastillerestaurant so I can further investigate this issue and offer you another opportunity to experience our standard the right way.

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FoodiesNOVA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille continues to be our "go to" restaurant. Always outstanding in every way!

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vipSoutherngent67
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed lunch in the cafe where you can choose from two menus, one for the cafe from which you have a choice of two from a soup or salad, an entre, or a dessert plus a drink for $15.95. The regular menu has a three course lunch as an option. My Caesar salad and risotto with fresh kale were both excellent and the right proportion. Service was good and attentive with pleasant French music in the background, and a window table.

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vipAzay
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant used to be in a more obscure location in North Old Town. The move to Braddock neighborhood has served it well. Nice interior, great knowledgeable servers, and delicious food and drinks. For a special occasion or everyday dining, don’t miss out on their culinary treats.

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vipGaryinAlexandria
Richmond
43 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Excellent presentation. Outstanding service. Delightful venue. Not inexpensive, but worth it.

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vipSinead
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we were in Bastille for brunch. it was a great combination of good service, but allowing us to chat. the food is delicious, I had the croque monsieur and I would recommend it.

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DanL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our anniversary / Valentines Day dinner / the food was great band the service was also good / the $25 corkage fee was a bit excessive.

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vipBill
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille is one of our favorite restaurants in Northern Virginia. Service and food are always excellent. We are looking forward to going there soon.

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vipAlanT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic and excellent French food with many choices. Cassoulet perfect for cold winter.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excuse experience. Food was delicious. Service very good. I will highly recommend to all my friends.

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vipBrendaM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were welcomed by wonderful host. Fermin, Jacob and the host ensured our anniversary celebration was great. Our meal was delicious. They each provided impeccable customer service. We were given a thoughtful card and complimentary champagne to toast 41 years of marriage. Thank you to everyone for making our time with you extra special.

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mimi
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the mimosa brunch with our family and would definitely return!

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SamuelZannou
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

their food is amazing but their frites is salé but overall food was great

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was amazing. The four course specialty menu for Valentine’s Day was great from start to finish.

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JamesE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Valentines Day dinner here. It was very nice with a pre-set menu, 3 options for each if the 4 courses. Service was very good. It was clear that some of the wait staff didn't know what tables were getting what meal and which time, but the head waiter did a good job keeping everyone on track.

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vipJenniferS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely Valentines dinner, and this restaurant is simply wonderful. Food was spectacular, the wine equally good and the service quite good. Fairly hefty price tag, but great for a special occasion.

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JimL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ordered the fixed price four course meal for Valentine's Day. Appetizer salads were OK. Rest of the meal was fantastic. I had the Tuna, Steak and a fabulous chocolate mango(?) desert and my GF had the Scallops, Gnocchi and different fantastic desert. The server offered to do a custom wine pairing which we chose to do with dinner. The Riesling stood out above all the others. Looking forward to our next visit.

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DCpatron
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb Valentines Day menu replete with exotic cocktails! The Turbot was particularly delicious!Highly recommend Bastille.

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Bobby
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Would rate this bistro 5 stars just for the food -- it was really excellent. However, the service was below par; not just one issue, but two issues and then a fairly rude send-off. The wine we ordered was substituted without our approval for a similar, more expensive label because our selection was not available. Price was not an object, but the vintage was. Wine was too aged. I didn't complain about that until later, when the second issue occurred. I ordered the apple dessert (Tarte Tatin) but a chocolate dessert was placed in front of me by a different server. When I told our original server of the mistake, he looked at it said he thought that it was indeed the Tarte Tatin. I insisted it was not, as I've never seen raspberries and ganache on a Tarte Tatin. The server then said he would check with the chef. He returned with the proper dessert. Not sure why he didn't know the difference...he said he is usually a bartender, maybe that's why. About that time, the manager came by to check on us, and I went ahead and related these issues to her. She was very courteous and promptly decided to comp the bottle of wine, which was very nice of her. She also said that all of their wait-staff were both bartenders and waiters, so that was no excuse. She spoke to the server about the problems and after that point, he was very abrupt, no apology for the mix-ups, and not a word when the check was delivered or picked up. I later related that to the manager as well. She was very apologetic and accommodating. We will very likely return to eat at Bastille, the food was very good. Hopefully, our future server will be more knowledgeable and professional.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to go to Bastille. Excellent food and service plus it is very easy to park there

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MorouO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food. the server was very knowledgeable and attentive.

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