Bastille

4.7
1986 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1986 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We had to wait more than 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order and we were only checked on once. It was as if we didn’t actually have a server assigned to my table. I’ve had good experiences before at Bastille, but this one wasn’t so great

Bastille
Responded 4 days ago

We apologize that our level of service Saturday, didn't measure up to our regular 5 star standards. We promise to do our very best by you and we thank you for letting us know where we let you down. We look forward to serving you again soon. Management-Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my brother’s birthday — very cute spot with a delicious French menu! Escargot and spring pea risotto were our favs. Great drink menu — the raspberry foam cocktail, Bourbon cocktail, sour beer, sauvignon blanc, and port wine were fantastic. Lol as you can see we went all out. They even gave us comped champagne to toast over desert. Highly recommend for a special occasion or if you want to impress somebody.

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BruceK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good ambiance

Bastille
Responded 4 days ago

Providing you with a 5 star experience is was it's all about, Bruce, so it means a lot to know that everything from the food to the service was just that. Here's hoping that we can welcome you back soon to do it all over again. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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vipRossM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service & ambiance.

Bastille
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the kind words, Ross. From the food to the service we believe every guest deserves 5 star treatment! We can't thank you enough for joining us this past Saturday and we look forward to serving you again soon! -Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience1

At table by door, freezing every time the servers went outside. The steak frites was tough & the host was rude at time of departure. I will not be back!

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Becca
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! Will be back, food was exceptional, service was top notch, wine list was great. All around super positive experience!

Bastille
Responded 4 days ago

Becca, thank you for the kind words of praise, from the food to the service be believe every guest deserves a 5 star treatment! We can't thank you enough for joining us this past Saturday and we look forward to serving you again soon! -Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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irenec
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always. Safety precautions were first rate. Can't wait to go back!

Bastille
Responded 4 days ago

Providing you with a safe 5 star experience is was it's all about, Irene, so it means a lot to know that everything from our safety precautions, to the food and the service was just that. Here's hoping that we can welcome you back soon to do it all over again. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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vipDanaS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food for special occasions.

Bastille
Responded 7 days ago

Providing you with a 5 star experience is was it's all about, Dana, so it means a lot to know that everything from the food to the service was just that. Here's hoping that we can welcome you back soon to do it all over again. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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laurib
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Almost everything we wanted to order was not available. The drinks were weak.

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TimW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sat outside and it was lovely. Waitress was very personable. Menu was terrific and a great value. The one and only complaint was how my steak was cooked. I asked for medium rare thinking that meant pink and it came blood red. It was not as if the food was rushed out to us.

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vipANBT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outdoors on a nice patio
Food delish, fresh
Great service
Brunch menu was varied and appealing
Dirty Bloody Mary was delish

Bastille
Responded 7 days ago

You'll always deserve the best, ANBT, so it means a lot to know that everything from the Dirty Mary and Brunch options to the atmosphere could do just that. Here's hoping that we can welcome you back soon to do it all over again. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service impeccable!!! Loved it!!!

Bastille
Responded 7 days ago

You'll always deserve the best, so it means a lot to know that everything from the service to the food was just that. Here's hoping that we can welcome you back soon to do it all over again. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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wilbur
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Dinner was fine. My friend and I wondered why the piped in music was Spanish rather than French. :)

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vipBert
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Food, reasonable prices, outdoor dining available!

Bastille
Responded 7 days ago

You deserve the best, Bert, so it means a lot to know that everything from the food and the prices, to the outdoor atmosphere could do just that. Here's to welcoming you back soon to do it all over again. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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WilliamR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been awhile since we had been there due to Covid. It was nice to return. It was comfortable, food was great and staff attentive.

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vipBobS
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was great for the most part. We had about a 20 minute delay from when they cleared our entree dishes and our dessert being served. As that has never happened before I chalked it up to an anomaly. The food was fantastic.

Bastille
Responded 7 days ago

Bob, thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on your dining experience. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know what we did right (and wrong). We are here because of your support and look forward to serving you again without the 20 minute wait! Management - Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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BenjaminG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love Bastille. During the Pandemic, we have been loyal “take-away” customers. But we were ready to do dine-in, as were neighbors - all of us are fully vaccinated. Wonderful! The food and drink were superb. The service was attentive. The noise level was modest. We will return to this place, our favorite local restaurant. What a delightful place, and the menu always satisfies.

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ChristyH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch on the patio. Loved being able to book an outdoor table in advance. Food and service was excellent. Only complaint was Easter brunch was prix fixe and the price was higher than the regular brunch and not published on their website menu.

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DennisC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always excellent with beautiful food presentation.

Bastille
Responded on April 6, 2021

We thin beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Dennis! Thank you for showing us your appreciation on the beauty of our new spring dishes. We can't wait to see you again soon! - Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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vipCharlesD
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good restaurant, close to home. Lunch on the terrace in definitely an alternative to take out in the pandemic

Bastille
Responded on April 6, 2021

Hey Neighbor! We are so happy to have you near by, Charles! We look forward to serving you again soon. - Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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Nora
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful and relaxing brunch on the terrace. Food was delicious, and service was efficient and staff friendly.

Bastille
Responded on April 6, 2021

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day, Nora! The service, food and everything in between was humming and we are thrilled that we could share it all with you. Hoping to see you again soon! - Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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vipJackieQ
Caribbean
18 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had the eggs benedict, which was fantastic! I would highly recommend their pate, if you enjoy pate...it was the best I've had in a while! Great deal for Easter brunch...my only suggestion is to choose wisely (or skip entirely) the desserts as I felt they were too sugary.

Bastille
Responded on April 6, 2021

From the Eggs Benedict to the paté, we so enjoy reading about how we did, Jackie! Here's to another round of Brunch soon! - Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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vipDebiS
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch was wonderful. The scallops and pea risotto were outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, fantastic food and wine. We will be back and look forward to doing so!

Bastille
Responded 7 days ago

Providing you with a 5 star experience is was it's all about, so it means a lot to know that everything from the service to the food and wine was just that. Here's hoping that we can welcome you back soon to do it all over again. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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vipAG123
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish was perfect. The wine was good. And the service was friendly and efficient.

Bastille
Responded on April 3, 2021

Thank you AG! We believe that cooking things perfect is the best approach and we are so glad you enjoyed your poisson, wine and service! Here's to dining together again soon. -Management @ Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom and I had brunch for her birthday—everything was wonderful! We will be back!

Bastille
Responded on March 29, 2021

We are so happy that you chose us for your Mom's Special Day! Here's to a future brunch or dinner to celebrate the joys of life. Joyeux Anniversaire!!

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vipSinead
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bastille is one of my favorite spots for brunch. their food is consistent and tasty. definitely recommend.

Bastille
Responded on March 29, 2021

It was a pleasure seeing you for brunch Sinead. We can't wait to see you again for another round of deliciousness.

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JosephM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a little pricy, but the food and drinks are delicious. It also has a lovely outdoor seating area.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was some of the best food I’ve ever eaten in my life. Everything was perfect from the time we entered the restaurant. Service is also top notch! I’ll definitely be back.

Bastille
Responded on March 29, 2021

From our food to our service, making sure that you always receive the very best is what it's all about. We're so glad that you had such a lovely meal, and we can't thank you enough for making us part of your dining experience. Here's to doing it all over again sometime soon!

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vipScottC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food5service4ambience4

First, the good things. The food was outstanding. One of the best meals that we have had recently. The service was also very good. The problem came when it was time to pay. We had one of their own 15% off coupons, which they refused to honor since we mostly used the fixed price menu. Of course, we had no way of knowing that, and it was one of the PRIMARY reasons that we chose that restaurant on this past Saturday. Since we could not use that coupon, the three meals were a total of $10-20 more than they should have been using the ala carte prices and applying the coupon. No big deal; I can more than afford it. However, I definitely felt ripped off by their misleading pricing practices. The manager extended the life of the coupon. So what, I have no intention of ever coming back at this point. Congrats, you made a few more dollars from me on Saturday. Good for you! On the other hand, you have lost thousands of my dining dollars for years to come by playing games with the bill. We really liked the restaurant and certainly the amazing food, but there are of plenty of other good restaurants that do not play games with the bill at the end of the meal. We could have been and planned on being a regular customer, not now. We eat out a few times a week, and all of those $1000's will be going somewhere other than the Bastille. What a shame; some of that could have been going in your direction. Value for your money- not there!

Bastille
Responded on March 30, 2021

Upholding the highest standards in everything is perfectly executed is something important to us, Scott. We apologize our efforts did not provide enough comfort and that there was any confusion, we do everything to not mislead our guests. We're honored to have welcomed you guys for a special birthday dinner. We have total confidence that we can easily show you the best treatment, especially for a birthday celebration, so here's hoping that we have the opportunity to do just that sometime soon!

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vipJMSIP46
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and excellent, attentive service.

Bastille
Responded on March 29, 2021

We're so glad that you had such a lovely meal, and we can't thank you enough for making us part of your restaurant week. Here's to doing it all over again sometime soon!

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DougK
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was spacious and comfortable. Service and food excellent. Can’t wait to return.

Bastille
Responded on March 29, 2021

Delicious food, wonderful weather, cherry blossoms and delightful guests are what makes it all so special, Doug. We thank you for getting out and choosing Bastille as your dining destination. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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viphappy
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille is always a lovely experience. Never disappoints.

Bastille
Responded on March 29, 2021

We can't tell you enough how we enjoyed seeing you! Here's to another dining adventure together soon.

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ThomasK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by entire Bastille staff, especially during these crazy pandemic times. Did not rush us the entire evening.

Bastille
Responded on March 29, 2021

It was our pleasure seeing you, Thomas, and we are so very grateful to you for spending your dinner time with us. Here's to more dining out in the future! Cheers!!

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LAD2010
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great visit and look forward to going back!

Bastille
Responded on March 29, 2021

Here's to another round of cocktails and delicious bites again soon, Lad! Thank you for letting us know how we did. Santé

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MarkJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were outstanding. Maybe absence from dining out makes the stomach grow fonder. This is a restaurant which has consistently been our favorite for many years.

Bastille
Responded on March 29, 2021

It means the world, Mark, to know that we made your belly happy with a delicious and enjoyable meal. Thanks so much for coming by -- and for sharing your story. We can't wait to welcome you back to explore even more of our menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, as was our server! The restaurant was very busy, and so the wait for our service was apparently longer than usual, but I honestly didn’t notice until we got a dessert on the house and an apology! The desserts were actually my favorite part—complex layers of flavor that had my pallet absolutely SINGING! Thank you for a wonderful experience ❤️

Bastille
Responded on March 15, 2021

We're honored to have welcomed you to dinner, and it means the world to know that everything from the service to the desserts rose to the occasion! You'll always deserve the absolute best of the best. We can't wait to do it all over again the next time you're craving a delicious French dinner! -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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AllynT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great experience for the first time eating out in a year. Very pleasant atmosphere and service, and great food!

Bastille
Responded on March 15, 2021

We are very honored that you chose us for your first dining out experience, Allyn! That makes us feel truly special. We can't wait to welcome you back again soon for the spring season and delicious French food. -Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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Mike
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome place!!! For a nice meal and great service

Bastille
Responded on March 15, 2021

We're happy you stopped by Mike! We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we did. Here's to a future visit again soon. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

This was my first time at Bastille; my friend had been there before. We went because I got an email advertising a “family-style dinner” of $55 for 2 people. The subject line said: “You’re invited to dine! At home or on our patio — We are ready to cook for you!” And the email said to-go available Tuesday-Saturday. It didn’t say the Parisian Style Family Dinner was ONLY to go, and we didn’t find that out until we got to the restaurant where we were told we couldn’t take advantage of this offer. We were referred to the prefixe menus, which is 3 courses for $35. Fair enough, but the choices were limited to those denoted with a rooster icon, and two of those choices came with an additional charge if you ordered them. My friend opted not to do the prefixe. I did, but my steak frites was so so as the frites were overdone. I want to give Bastille another chance, but I found that email misleading and not sure I’ll venture here again.

Bastille
Responded on March 15, 2021

Hi Anonymous-While we never have any intention of misleading anyone, we are sorry our email was confusing for you. We have, for over a year now, offered the family style dinner to go only and we kind of took it for granted that everyone knew that at this point. We will try to be clearer on the next email, but we do send this email out every week regarding the Parisian Family Dinner. Always, feel free to give us a call if you ever have any questions. We are happy to help any way we can! Cheers!

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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 1986 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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