Bastille

4.7
1941 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 - 7:45 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
What 1941 people are saying
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SaraR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS food, great hospitality, and timely service. Highly recommend!

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CarolT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as usual. The food was delicious and the service great.

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vipMarkL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bastille is one of our favorites!

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JoseR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. Desserts are delightful.

Bastille
Responded 5 days ago

Jose R, we appreciate this excellent review! We hope you make it back again. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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JasonP
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great French restaurant in Old Town. Drinks are pricey but that should be expected. Very good food. Will definitely return.

Bastille
Responded 5 days ago

We're happy you stopped by, Jason! We can't wait to see you in the future. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!

Bastille
Responded 5 days ago

We appreciate this excellent review! We hope you make it back again. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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vipBrianD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Bloody Mary, excellent service and the food was on point. All around great experience.

Bastille
Responded 5 days ago

We are delighted Brian, that you had an amazing Brunch and more so that we could be a small part of your day! Here's to sharing more delicious times again soon. Santé - Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food good, service poor and drinks. It good for the first time I should note(on the drinks). Service and attentiveness has been down for awhile.

Bastille
Responded 5 days ago

We definitely believe in always providing customer service that impresses as much as the food, so we apologize that this wasn't the case when you came by. Everyone here believes in upholding the highest standards around and even with the COVID complications we have tried our best to maintain our guests expectations. We hope you can understand and we can welcome you back soon to show you all this and much more. -Bastille Brasserie and Bar

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carlosc
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food was great.
We had an uncomfortable wait between sitting and when the waiter finally came by to take order. I was almost tempted to walk up to bartender and ask for drinks. We sat in the cafe portion which doesn't have much ambience but was ok.
Once the initial order was done the wait staff was much more attentive for valentines day

Bastille
Responded on February 22, 2021

Carlos, while it is never our intent to leave a guest waiting, we are glad that they quickly righted things and that your experience on Valentines was a success! We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner, thank you for a fun evening.

Bastille
Responded on February 22, 2021

Thank you! We love sharing the holidays with each of your FABULOUS guests! Here's to more time together soon!! Santé

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LaQuiche
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had our Valentine’s Day dinner there. I wasn’t familiar with the wines and the ingredients in the featured cocktails, so I didn’t choose any of those. Nevertheless, the food looked and tasted delicious. The staff and servers were very courteous and attentive. I also felt good about the COVID protocols including my nice souvenir menu. I plan to go there again when we can try more of the menu.

Bastille
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you La Quiche for sharing your Valentine's with us! We really enjoyed serving you and are so happy to hear that we will see you again. We invite questions, so if you ever need information, please just ask. We love to be of assistance. Here's to another culinary adventure soon! Cheers

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vipJamieF
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another visit to our favorite neighborhood restaurant for a special Valentine’s Day meal with my wife and daughter. A truly delightful meal and another wonderful experience at Bastille.

Bastille
Responded on February 22, 2021

It is always wonderful to see you Jamie. We are delighted that you chose us again for your dining, especially on Valentines! Here's to more memories, shared over great food, together! Chin Chin!!

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Martin
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and terrific service. I will be back .

Bastille
Responded on February 22, 2021

We appreciate you celebrating Valentines with us Martin and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JarrettB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food, great service, overall superb time for Valentine’s Day!

Bastille
Responded on February 22, 2021

We are delighted Jarrett, that you had an amazing Valentines and more so that we could be a small part of your day! Here's to sharing more delicious times again soon. Santé

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SusanP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I think I was expecting too much. Food wasn’t bad, just wasn’t great. Service was hard to understand and we felt didn’t fully describe what the special was, we got prime rib and expected a filet. Prime rib is fine but would’ve ordered differently. Chicken wings, however, were some of best I have ever had. Desserts were good also.

Bastille
Responded on February 16, 2021

Susan-If you would like to share your thoughts specifically on your meal, service etc. we welcome and invite you to email our owner chefmichelle@bastillerestaurantcom . Our goal is to meet and beat your expectations and we would like the opportunity to do so in the future. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. Cheers!

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KevinM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Two of the special cocktails our table ordered were disappointing. Otherwise our experience was great.

Bastille
Responded on February 16, 2021

We are so glad you had a great experience and we definitely have a passionate staff; while 2 of the cocktails weren't to your liking, we invite you back to try something that is more satisfying; let us know what you like and we will craft something especially for you. Thanks for making us part of your restaurant week! Here's hoping that we can welcome you back again sometime soon.

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vipCedar2
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My only complaint is that we were ignored for a good five minutes before someone even asked us if we had reservations. Once we were seated the staff was as attentive as ever.

Bastille
Responded on February 16, 2021

While we always strive for a prompt greeting, we see we missed the beat when you arrived. So glad we that once we sat you that our staff shined! Thank you for letting us be a part of your restaurant weeks delicious decisions. Here's to a repeat performance soon. Cheers!!

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vipJamieF
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Bastille for a family dinner to celebrate my wife’s birthday. The food was delicious, the service impeccable and excellent value for money.

We love Bastille and are very glad we live close by. Bastille never fails to deliver on delicious food or friendly service.

Bastille
Responded on February 16, 2021

We strive for authentic and delicious flavors and our staff loves seeing our neighbors return again and again, Jamie; so it means a lot to know that we could bring all of that and more to the table for you for your wife's birthday. Thank you for making us part of your celebration! Here's to seeing you again sometime soon.

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vipAlexandrian
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

What an outstanding meal! A restaurant week visit allowed for a marvelous selection of choices of three courses. The duck was exquisite. Thanks for a lovely evening!

Bastille
Responded on February 16, 2021

Authentic and delicious flavors are definitely a passion for this staff, neighbor; so it means a lot to know that we could bring all of that and more to the table for you. Thanks for making us part of your restaurant week! Here's hoping that we can welcome you back again sometime soon.

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vipBobS
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille remains a fantastic experience from start to finish. The service, atmosphere and food are consistently excellent.

Bastille
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you for your kind words, Bob and for allowing us to to be but a small part of your delicious week! Here's to future meals together soon. Cheers!!

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KennethB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Food tasted great and well presented. The only issue was I found a lot of wine sediment in my wine glass. The waitress explained what is was and tried to make it sound like it can be normal. She said she would talk to someone about it. Never heard anything back. Doubt something was said. Someone higher up should come back about it. So we were a little disappointed in the customer service.

Bastille
Responded on February 7, 2021

Kenneth-We love knowing that the food to the ambiance made your visit during Restaurant Week such an impression. As for the sediment, while it is completely natural, it seems to have been poured hastily and should never made it into your glass. We invite you back for a refill ON THE HOUSE so you can enjoy it to the last drop like you should! Here's to doing it all over again sometime soon! Cheers!!

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Richard
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Thank you so much for a wonderful first time experience. I will definitely be coming back!

Bastille
Responded on February 7, 2021

Hello Richard AND first time diner! It means the world to know that everything from the food to the service made your visit such a big success. We look forward to doing it all over again soon! Cheers!!

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Geoff
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Bastille is a thoroughly French restaurant of high standard. I had a fine caesar salad and a brilliant cassoulet. My partner specified that she wanted her duck served rare, and that's exactly how it came. We had a great evening, and we'll definitely be back.

Bastille
Responded on February 7, 2021

Geoff- MERCI BEAUCOUP!! We're delighted to see that our menu left you and your partner so impressed. We are raising our proverbial glass to welcome you back soon for more delicious French dining and anything else you're craving! Cheers!

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MichaelD
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, drinks, service and ambiance, recommend.

Bastille
Responded on February 7, 2021

Michael D-We're delighted to see that our menu left you so impressed. Here's hoping that we can welcome you back soon for more delicious French dining and anything else you're craving! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a great experience.

The Restaurant is clearly taking precautions due to Covid, Our server was excellent and very helpful in making recommendations for us, and the food was very good. I had the escargot as an appetizer and it was presented on a plate of butter and cream which I have never seen before but it was very good.

Also, it was restaurant week so we got to have a prefix menu to include dessert at a reasonable price. Both myself and my significant other were very pleased with the overall experience.

Bastille
Responded on February 7, 2021

Happy Date Night!! We're delighted to see that our safety standards left you feeling safe and relaxed. Here's hoping that we can welcome you back soon for more delicious French dining and anything else you're craving! Cheers!!

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Valerie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

Bastille
Responded on February 7, 2021

Valerie- We are pleased to see we hit it out of the park! Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We look forward to serving you again soon! Cheers!!

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vipProseco
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French Food we've had in a while. Excellent!

Bastille
Responded on February 1, 2021

So glad you had a FABULOUS birthday! Thank you for allowing us to be a small part of it! See you again soon!! Cheers!

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KristinP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband and I felt very safe eating inside. The tables were far apart and everyone wore masks except when eating. Very good food!!

Bastille
Responded on February 1, 2021

Kristin P-We're delighted to see that our safety standards left you feeling safe and relaxed. Here's hoping that we can welcome you back soon for more delicious French dining and anything else you're craving! Cheers!!

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Helen
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best French restaurant in VA. The food was fantastic, service excellent and great wine selection.
Higley recommend and plan to be back next month.

Bastille
Responded on February 1, 2021

Helen_ You'll always deserve the absolute best of the best, so it means the world to know that everything from the food to the service made your visit during Restaurant Week such a big success. Here's to doing it all over again sometime soon! Cheers!!

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Chanee
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed the shrimp beignets. They're a must try. Also, the confit wings delish!! They're extremely flavorful.

Bastille
Responded on February 7, 2021

Chanee-It means the world to know that everything from the food to the service made your visit such a big success. Here's to doing it all over again sometime soon! Cheers!!

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JoeyF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Bastille!! Definitely coming back!! Overall 10/10

Bastille
Responded on January 27, 2021

Joey F-We are thrilled to know that we met and exceeded the challenge!! Thank you for letting us know and we can't wait to see you again soon!! Chin Chin!!!

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vipjoel
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food, as always, was excellent. Love the escargot app - so many snails that are so tasty. The squash soup and Caesar salad were also both very good. The steak frites (medium rare) was good and the scallops with mushroom spinach risotto was crazy good. The waitress started well but then didn’t really help out with a couple questions we had during the later part of the meal.

Bastille
Responded on January 27, 2021

Joel-Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent dining experience. We would love to answer any of your questions, even post dining. Please feel free to reach out to our Chef/Owner at chefmichelle@bastillerestaurantcom and she can definitely fill in any questions you have! Chin Chin!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice ambience. Well lit. You could easily here your table convo w/o straining and it wasn’t a quiet room per se. The scallops and shrimp beignettes were outstanding. The tenderloin was so so. Stick with bistro classics. Wonderful service.
They do up charge you for scallops and beef on the $35 restaurant week menu which I was not told about - annoying. So the whole meal was quite pricy... and I wouldn’t pay that again.

Bastille
Responded on January 27, 2021

Hi! While we strive to offer most of our menu without supplements, we just can't on certain things that cost more & require more labor to produce. The menu clearly states what has an + charge. Foie Gras, Duck, Scallops, Coq au Vin and occasionally the Entrée special. Our menus are available on our website so you can see what exactly we are/are not charging additional for. We are sorry that you didn't find any value in the RW 3-Course offering. Sincerely Management

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Arnela
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and some of the best service we’ve received in the area. Our waiter was Kristen I believe - she was fabulous and had wonderful drink suggestions.

Bastille
Responded on January 27, 2021

Arnela-We will pass on your kind words to Kristen! Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We appreciate it and look forward to serving you again soon! Chin Chin!!!

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille was, as usual, an outstanding dining experience from the delicious food to the incredible service.

Bastille
Responded on January 27, 2021

Kevin-We truly appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your experience. Your words are shared with our staff so they know what a fantastic job they did too. We appreciate it and look forward to serving you again soon! Chin Chin!!

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NadB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff, great ambiance and food was very tasty.

Bastille
Responded on January 27, 2021

Nad B-Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We appreciate it and look forward to serving you again soon!

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tiffanyc
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Sat outside under a heat lamp on the patio. Food was yummy and staff was very thoughtful! Will definitely go back again!

Bastille
Responded on January 27, 2021

Tiffany C- Bon Anniversaire de Mariage!!! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day! We look forward to seeing and serving you again soon. Chin Chin!!

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vipPerfect
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Bastille too many times to count. Never disappointed.

Bastille
Responded on January 27, 2021

Perfect- We appreciate your consistent support. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was underwhelming and overpriced. I ordered the eggs benedict, which was nothing more than a corissant. $16 for bread. Thanks, Bastille. I won't be back.

Bastille
Responded on January 11, 2021

Anonymous-Well, eggs benedict does comes with a croissant, but also smoked salmon, poached eggs & hollandaise sauce, Yukon Gold home fries & a small salad. We aren't sure how you would have only received just a croissant? Did you mention anything to the manager? We always strive to ensure that guests are happy while dining with us, so alerting us while there allows us to fix any problems. We are sorry you won't return. It would allow us to show you that we stand behind what we do and serve.

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MattS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We used to live a few blocks from Bastille's old location, and we loved it. We ate at their current after several years away from the area and loved it! The food was delicious, the service was OUTSTANDING, and the ambiance was comfortable and relaxing, in spite of the current pandemic.

Bastille
Responded on January 7, 2021

Matt-Thank you for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we did! We are happy to share your words with our wonderful staff. We look forward to serving you again soon. Happy New Year!!

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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 1941 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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