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.
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JF
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal at Bastille. The staff, service and food are all excellent and we love the outdoor patio for alfresco dining when the weather is great.

NW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bastille is a delightful and consistently reliable neighborhood brasserie offering delicious meals at reasonable prices. Servers are attentive and incredibly friendly without being overbearing. The noise level permits easy table conversations which enhance the dining experience. Our recent visit to Bastille included salads (the Betteraves, Oranges and Chevre Chaud is a perfect start to dinner) with sea scallops and rack of lamb for our entrees. The wine list offers a variety of nicely priced selections and the dessert menu includes plates easily shared if one is looking for a light and tasty finish to the meal. Bastille is a true neighborhood gem for those desiring a more tranquil alternative to the King Street restaurant/bar scene.

CS
Washington DC
203 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Perhaps our favorite restaurant in Old Town BUT last two visits have been disappointing. Lamb was thin and somewhat fatty slices. Not many, either. Ordered the same thing back in June and it was a generous and meaty, either leg or rack - I forget which. Also, our server disappeared and didn’t come back to ask if we wanted another glass of wine until our dinner plates were removed. Yes, we wanted another glass but not after we’d finished our meal. I hope Bastille’s problems are just temporary. We’ll wait for a while until we go back.

OT
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made some requests for low salt and the chef had several options! The waiter was very helpful in this process. The waiter also had a great recommendation of Wine. I would come back!

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food...a treasure discovered in our own neighborhood!

SC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but the noise level was high, especially because we were very near a table of women who forgot to use their indoor voices. Seating is close to other tables. Our waiter treated us dismissively as if he didn't think we were good for a decent tip so he didn't need to waste time with us.

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to meet the girls for food and drinks

F
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant has the look and feel of a Parisian bistro or a Restaurant in smaller city. The food was
uniformly excellent. Some of the servers were inexperienced and a few times forgot the cutlery when serving the course. The table of 4 adult women behind us were having a loud get together as if they were alone. It was the only distraction.
Getting back to the food, each course was an excellent version of some classic- actually better than the classic.

JC
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bastille consistently serves fresh delicious meals at a very reasonable price.

DP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Back When you were by the river, your food was better. I got my fave on this last visit -- steak frittes and a glass of Malbec -- and was underwhelmed by both. And we were annoyed throughout our entire Sunday dinner by the constant buzzing of flies on the patio. The highlight were the fries: they were perfect. My companion really liked your falafel salad and glass of rose. On a previous visit, a Sunday brunch, I got the burger: far tastier than the sliced steak. Maybe next time I'll ask for blue cheese on my steak, instead of the sauce.thanks.

S
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely brunch here. I had not visited for Brunch before, but it was superb. The croque madame is worth the calories. We also had the 'mimosa brunch' option, which at $21 was a very value as well as delicious. would definitely recommend.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good overall - would like to see a salmon entree return to the menu.

d
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, great classic French good. This place is a neighborhood gem.

KS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Highly recommend. The wait staff is professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. The music was a little strange and unexpected when we first arrived, but after a few songs became the sophisticated music we usually enjoy as background. The creamy gazpacho was delicious, the salmon over risotto was rich and comforting, and the hazelnut crepes were a dream. Had a very nice Riesling too. Not a drop of food or drink was left. The price was very satisfying also. Will return soon.

NB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went Sunday night over the long weekend and sat outside on the patio. The meal was what I have come to expect from this wonderful little French bistro on the outskirts of Potomac Yards. We had the 3-course Restaurant Week menu, with a very smart twist. Instead of having to order the Appetizer-Entree-Desert, for those who are not desert oriented (like me), you could instead order 1 appetizer and 1 salad/soup from the list. I went with that option. First course was the wonderful Escargot Provencales. An abundant portion of the little critters, sauteed in a broth of garlic, shallots, tomato and basil pesto. Yum! Second course, was the soupe du jour, which was a thick, creamy Gazpacho. Also yummy! The entree was not the special filet I had ordered, as they had run out. Instead I had the Steak Frittes, which was superbly grilled, perfect medium temperature, sliced against the grain, covered with a seductive Cabertnet-shallot gravy, and accompanied by a perfectly dressed watercress salad and wonderfully crispy pommes frites. Never missed the desert, and the service was extra attentive. We had a bottle of 2016 Louis Jadot Pinot Noir (which we brought, they have a very reasonable $25 corkage fee). All around a highly memorable meal!!

BG
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best dinner my wife and I have had in a while! She had the scallops, I had the trout. Both cooked to perfection. Atmosphere was nice, service Outstanding! We will be back the next time we are in town. Best meal we had on vacation!

LT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was our first visit. Food was just okay, not great. Service was good.

EN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Bastille for our anniversary. They made it such a special night. Amazing food and amazing service by Leilani. All her recommendations were spot on. It was our first visit, but certainly not our last. Thank you!

s
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I wish they would stick with a classic escargot recipe. There’s nothing better! All food is well flavored and beautifully presented. Leave room for dessert!

LP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the food! Service was good. Loved sitting outside, except for all the flies.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This delightful bistro is our neighborhood restaurant for all occasions & just a drop before cocktails at the bar or outdoor patio.

CS
Washington DC
204 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I suppose if you go to a restaurant enough times you're bound to have a bad experience. I've been to Bastille too many times to count and have always had a great meal and experience. Yesterday was the exception. The service wasn't poor, it was non-exsistent. Orders were forgotten, silverware wasn't brought. The waiter disappeared for long periods of time and when he appeared in the dining room had the ability not to look in our direction. Well, maybe it was his first day...

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Bastille. I have never had a bad meal and the service is exceptional. It is always quiet with a relaxed atmosphere no matter how many people are there.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second time at Bastille was great. We went during restaurant week, and weren’t sure how the serving sizes would be. We were pleasantly surprised to be served full size dishes that were so delicious.

JT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food, as always, perfectly prepared, beautifully presented , with just the right amount of food - service very professional. All of these are the reasons my wife and I keep coming back, making this one of our favorite restaurants.

DP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Please include steak frittes for Sunday brunch. I loved that dish from way back, when Bastille was at its old location, by the river.

AJ
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was excellent! Service was spectacular. Food was delicious. Will certainly go back!

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food was terrible to say the least. It's like a Diner at best

NL
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I'd wanted to go to this restaurant for a while and finally decided after reading their restaurant week menu that I had to try it! They gave generous portions and had a great selection of wines. Very happy that I finally tried Bastille and will for sure visit again!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

It was NOT posted on the App that it was Restaurant week. My party would normally have shared dishes. Instead we were forced to purchase individual course meals. We all agreed the Meeks were only average in flavor and presentation. I would neither return nor recommend.

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Old Town! Fabulous meal on Saturday night and it was restaurant week so I say it was the best restaurant week meal I've ever had!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a gem of a place. From start to finish, through every course. It's neighborhood favorite and sophisticated, wordly dining spot combined on a cool mixing pot corner in Old Towne.

JB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Restaurant incorrectly indicated to Open Table that we did not honor our reservation.

DE
Washington DC
112 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great mussels and frites. Restaurant week by calendar but not in our decision to eat at Bastille. Salads, escargot and gazpacho were all delicious, too. Cheese dessert was good. Raspberry chocolate dessert was just ok. (Chocolate cake layer was good but raspberry ice cream was lacking.) NoAmy was a great server. Unfortunately kitchen sent the wrong food and it disrupted what was a good evening out. Champagne apology helped.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, but pricey.

m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, a fabulous meal and excellent service. Bastille never disappoints!

SB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were there for lunch. I had salmon served over an excellent risotto. I have been to Bastille many times, mainly at lunch times, and though I've had consistently very good food, what brings me back is the ambience. The tables are spaced far enough apart for comfort, and there are enough soft surfaces to keep the noise level down to a pleasant buzz, even though the restaurant has usually been about three-quarters full. I much prefer this to an echoing hard-surfaced décor which makes conversation hard work.

CS
Washington DC
204 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Everything about it is great. Best place in Old Town. Just wish they had a little wider menu selection.

s
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks and ambiance / location. Will come back for sure

KP
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable.
Food was absolutely perfect, very creative cocktail list and very hospitable service from entire team...host, server, busser..everyone.
Great vslue for RW as well....rock shrimp beignets and scallops w/ 5 large scallops - best RW menu this year by far.
Cannot wait to return...thank you

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