Bastille

4.5
1474 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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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BC
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service.

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OT
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I enjoyed an early dinner with wine, cheese and very fresh salads. Our server Julio was helpful and friendly and the food was delicious. Great wine selection!

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JD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was over the moon at our sunday brunch there. I WILL be returning!

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L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This trip to Bastille was very disappointing
VERY VERY NOISY!!
My steak Frites was very tough with soggy frites.
Based on this experience, I would not return

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AB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food, very good wine, plus attentive, gracious service. A bit noisy environment as it was a Saturday night. A perfect night out for locals entertaining out of town guests.

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N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Food is always great here - French traditions updated for a modern menu - and our service was exceptional (Victoria and Marina). I miss the coziness of the original dining room, but this space makes for a wonderful, new brand experience. We'll be back. Again.

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EW
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great date spot.

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PC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Favorite restaurant. Never disappointed. Food Awesome. Staff attentive, knowledgeable, just really nice people. We've been to many restaurants around the world and this remains in our top 10. For exams, the food equals the London Ritz, ambience not so much perhaps, but we go there to eat not be seen.

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DD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful Bastille Day Brunch. Food was scrumptious, service excellent. Just moved to Old Town Alexandria and Bastille Brasserie is now on my list of restaurants to visit regularly, especially when I have visitors!

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MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Came for brunch, stayed a bit for the live clarinet music playing on Bastille Day. Solid food, well seasoned (potatoes, greens and steak especially). Staff was friendly and accommodating. Bar service was a touch on the slow side (10+ mins for a dry vermouth spritz, and I was one of the first 5 tables sat). Solid meal, and experience overall.

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VA
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As always, the food at Bastille was exceptional. We took advantage of the French Restaurant Week offer, and so the $35 per person menu was a great value. However, this was at least the 2nd consecutive visit where the kitchen was VERY slow in sending out courses. Normally Bastille is very prompt, so this recent trend is a bit concerning.

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k
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bastille is a wonderful restaurant - whether you want a night out with the girls, a family dinner or a date night. The menu covers all the bases - truly something for everyone. Seasonal favorites abound. Good french cooking. I think now the bar area is my favorite. their wine dinners are also amazing

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T
Washington DC
124 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were here for our anniversary, which the restaurant kindly helped us celebrate with complimentary glasses of a sparkler and a small gift certificate. But the reasons we dine here on other days are the excellent food and the promotional offers on various days of the week.

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B
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent hospitality from the waitstaff. Made my wife’s birthday very special. Thank you both front and back of the house! Y’all killed it!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We really liked the food-French Ffies could have been hotter.,the service could have been better with a change of plates after oysters, salt & pepper on the table, Overall more attentive...

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

I want to love this restaurant so very much but I am just completely distracted by the terrible decor and layout. We recently moved and now live within walking distance and thought this would be a go to. We liked the quirky and intimate ambiance of their old location on Bashford- this location looks exactly like the lobby of a Hilton Garden Inn. There isn’t an ounce of charm. My fried green tomato and watermelon salad was beyond excellent but my husband’s escargot was over-cooked and disappointingly served without the shells which makes the dish special. We decided to cut bait at appetizers and rescued the evening at Chop Shop Taco. Please redecorate Bastille! Be a French bistro with all the charming features that conjures. There’s a reason LeDiplomate is still so popular.

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JC
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great food experience at Bastille. Viva La France!

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FC
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding authentic French fare in a refined ambiance with excellent service

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my deveined here to celebrate his birthday. We really wanted to try a new cuisine. This place was great! I enjoyed the food, atmosphere and The servers were on top of everything. I didn’t have to ask for a water refill or anything. I will definitely go back there again.

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S
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyable lunch in a nice environment

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s
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special menu had trout with ratatouille, which was one of the best meals I’ve ever had!! Bastille is always a treat!!

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MN
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, an incredible dining experience. We arrived and were seated promptly. Our server was knowledgeable about the food and wine selection. After some discussion she helpd us pick the perfect bottle to go with our meal. The escargot is some of the best I have had. The seared duck breast was divine, as was the trout. Everything came out well-timed and pristine. The staff realized it was a special occasion and brought us a glass of bubbly on the house. I love this place so much, 10/10 will always recommend!

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SW
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice place for dinner and a great dining experience. A bit pricey but well worth it! The alcoholic beverages are delicious and priced well.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service!

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AN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Pretty cool spot

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l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely neighborhood gem!

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DE
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Friends dinner. Every thing was delicious. Paella, “falafel” salad was amazing, mussels, salmon special / all great. Fries were ok. Austrian wine superb. Looking forward to returning. Server forgot yo bring one of our drinks but otherwise was great!

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JA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely delicious!

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SW
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The usual great food. Same staff as past visits. But totally disorganized. Could not get anything right when it came to service. Caesar salads. Had to ask for the pepper. All four had french fries. No catchup. Asked for catchup. The brought one. Said we wanted for all. They brought three not four individual servings, never poured the wine beyond the initial pour. Pour yourself..... and on an on. What happened?

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k
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly waitress, service a little slow from kitchen, jazz music lovely but a bit loud.

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j
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable dining experience.There is always something different to explore and enjoy at Bastille.The service was very prompt and friendly.This was our first time at the new location and we thought it was very nice.A great upgrade.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service and ambiance were as expected. The food was underwhelming. The trout skin wasn’t crispy, but a bit on the rubbery side & it was paired with big chunks of eggplant and no starch...it needed salt, which of course wasn’t on the table. The duck was equally as bland and fatty (even by duck standards). The old fashioned cocktail was superb, however, the French 75 was tart and undrinkable. Overall, it was a thoroughly mediocre experience - we won’t be returning & instead will stick with the superior Le Refuge - the other local French joint.

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MT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The four of us thought the food was good but not great. Given the prices we did not think we received value for what we spent. The waitress was not particularly attentive throughout.

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and some nights, great deals.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb. Noemi is an outstanding server --- helpful, friendly, attentive!

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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had two new summer salads. Both were very yummy! Correct portion sizes, we didn't have to box up half our meal.

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The food was incredible, and the staff was kind and attentive.

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m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We were very disappointed in our experience this year. We travel to Alexandria from the West Coast a few times a year and have totally enjoyed the food and the ambience at Bastille. This year we brought a party of six, our family, and were very friendly with our server who we’ve had in the past. I must say we felt very put off by Dimitri and not welcomed. We are kind friendly and earnest people who work hard throughout the year to have a fun vacation in DC. Perhaps it’s his nature, but we felt he was very unfriendly, uncommunicative and minimally helpful. We felt rushed and relatively ignored. I am very sad and sorry to send this comment as I usually don’t complain trying to understand the diverse circumstances, busyness, and the complex circumstances restaurants experience on a given day. However, this what is an important family evening and his aloof and minimal service impacted everyone at my table. Unfortunately, we will not be visiting Bastille and it’s wonderful food again.
Thank you.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kudos to Kyler for excellent service! A great Father’s Day dinner.

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IH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took my mother and father for the Father's Day Brunch. Casual, semi-loud "brasserie" style atmosphere. The prix fixe menu was a good value at just under $30. I was underwhelmed by the shrimp beignet appetizer I ordered, but it was fine. I very much enjoyed the Croque Madame and frites, as well as the crepe fraise dessert. The service was excellent.

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