Bastille

4.7
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1704 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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BM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
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.

SZ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

B
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

TK
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for Bastille's brunch, which was decent but not spectacular. It is definitely worth the visit.

JF
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic meal at Bastille. We loved the revamped and refreshed space. A simply delicious meal, great and friendly service and good value for money. Love our neighborhood fave!

SB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family gathering.

AD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed it

JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and the food was amazing.

h
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall dining experience was outstanding. From greeting on entering restaurant to attentive servers and delicious food, we would highly recommend the restaurant.

CT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding -- from the beet, arugula, goat cheese salad to rainbow trout over quinoa, spinach, carrots and a sauce that was exquisite to the profiteroles for dessert. Our waiter was personable, responsive. She really added to the wonderful ambiance. A really great dining experience.

S
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great mussels! We love Bastille and eat there several times a year.

FV
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this restaurant. They have the best duck and the best desserts in Old Town Alexandria!!

E
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Bastille never disappoints.
Highly recommend.

R
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Restaurant Week was a great value but you had to put up with slow service and high noise level.

RK
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday. The food was delicious and the service was great! They even gave us a birthday card and champagne.

EF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the total experience was excellent

DM
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good. I had the Scallops and my wife had the filet. The best part of the meal was the lovely French waitress who was very kind with my French.

m
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bastille was just marvelous. A great dinner for my wife's birthday.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

food was quite good. my girlfriend and i went for restaurant week and scraped all 6 plates. escargot, shrimp, duck, steak, chocolate tarte, profiteroles, all hit the mark. service was lackluster, but it was restaurant week, so that's not surprising. but the restaurant week value was unbelievable. cute place, good for a date. we'd go back.

J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food!! Great wines

SK
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and better service. We took advantage of the Alexandria Restaurant week and Sunday wine specials for a great evening at Bastille.

JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food! Great service and a gem in Alexandria!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent - so full of flavor and plated beautifully. Our service was great, plates cleared quickly and our server was very attentive. I will definitely be coming back.

d
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Restaurant week menu was superb and offered a great option to order two appetizers and a main course rather than one of each plus dessert, which we rarely eat anyway. Caesar salad and escargots were delicious, as was the steak frites. The only minor negative was that my partner ordered filet mignon, which we were told would cost an extra $7. When the bill came, the extra charge turned out to be $9. It is a minor difference in the scheme of things, but our server should have reduced the bill accordingly. She did not do so. Although she later offered to "ask the manager" whether it would be OK to reduce the bill, by that time it was not worth the effort. Nevertheless, we would definitely eat here again without hesitation. Food is excellent.

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our first time at Bastille, food was delicious! Place was packed for extended restaurant week menu so it was tight and we were sat in the back near the restrooms. Server was nice and cocktails and meal were fantastic, would love to come back and try again.

n
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A favorite restaurant. I wish the tables weren’t so tight. It is hard to have a private conversation and I don’t care to eavesdrop on my dining neighbors. Otherwise the food was delicious and the service wonderful.

L
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife’s birthday was made special by The Bastille. The server, the food and the whole experience were top notch.

WW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to Bastille many times, food and service always outstanding.

EZ
New York Area
232 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had not been to Bastille in over a month because of Barry's back surgery & recovery. They extended their Restaurant Week deal (3 courses for $22) so we feasted. Bread basket & butter arrived immediately. Nice with a Kir Royale. First courses followed: he had mushroom soup & I had the beet salad. His Steak frites was delicious & I enjoyed my Mushroom Risotto. Desserts were both chocolate treats: pot de crème & profiteroles. Cappuccino was our grand finale. The waiter was busy & friendly. Noise level was louder than usual due to a large, crazy private party in the back.

JC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my wife's birthday at Bastille. Great service, excellent food, and a thoroughly enjoyable experience Highly recommned

PP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent staff.
Lots of variety and healthly items on menu

L
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Restaurant week! Menu said Filet but steak was actually a hangar steak.

JC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

pom I've dined in a few times here and it never disappoint even despite the distance from where I live. If this was closer I would come weekly, if not more frequently. This Friday, Jan 24, we came for the 3-course dinner, had escargot, mussels with pom mes frites and creme brûlée for hubby, and I had caesar salad with anchovy, scallop risotto & chocolat for dessert - all were very good $35 each per person. We also ordered cab sav which was smooth with light tanin. Total bill $135 for two was excellent and great food. Each plate as one come after the other was equally good as the next.

Service was pleasantly adequate, Naomi was our server was attentive and brought each food at just the right amount of time each time. Did I mention each plate that we got was just as good as the next. So for sure we will come back again and try other items on the menu for we never had anything bad so far, always good! Compliments to the chef! Keep up the gond work! Bon travapil! mes frites and creme brûlée for hubby, and I had caesar salad with anchovy, scallop risotto & chocolat for dessert - all were very good $35 each per person. We also ordered cab sav which was smooth with light tanin. Total bill $135 for two was excellent and great food. Each plate as one come after the other was equally good as the next.

Service was pleasantly adequate, Naomi was our server was attentive and brought each food at just the right amount of time each time. Did I mention each plate that we got was just as good as the next. So for sure we will come back again and try other items on the menu for we never had anything bad so far, always good! Compliments to the chef! Keep up the gond work! Bon travail!

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch and the service was perfect. Bastille is a neighborhood gem!

MJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, excellent service, good value, easy parking and always a comfortable meal, anticipating my next visit.

S
Hertfordshire
19 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a joy especially restaurant week

N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They have added a delicious onion soup (vegan) option to their menu. We all delighted in the beet salad. They have inventive and original cocktails which change frequently and an extensive wine menu. Their service is amazing with frequent touch points.

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