Bastille

4.7
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1738 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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LF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Prix Fixe brunch is really nice, with a wide variety of options including the truly delicious smoked salmon benedict on a croissant. Very good coffee, attentive staff.

H
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had brunch on Saturday and Bastille did not disappoint. Wonderful menu with lots of out of the ordinary choices. The food was terrific and service was prompt and efficient. We had delicious eggs benedict, but with smoked salmon on a croissant, and perfectly cooked steak and eggs. What always makes a visit to Bastille something to look forward to are their "special" menu items. The soup and desert specials were amazing.

R
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

They finally offered onion soup at lunch and it was wonderful.

SG
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bastille never disappoints. Everything about it is outstanding. The mussels and steak frites are always exceptional. The special of the day was a delicious boulliabaise.

CR
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is consistently the best food in the area. I am always so please when I bring even the pickiest of eaters here. Everyone can find something they love, and the service is amazing. My favorite spot :)

T
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bastille is always good. Three course menu and all three are on the mark. My favorite restaurant in Old Town

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and amazing service.

JM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Our meals were delicious and the wine recommendation was spot on. Our server was fantastic; very engaging, great recommendations, and did a great job balancing attentiveness with leaving us to enjoy our meal. We mentioned in the open table reservation that it was our anniversary dinner and management gave us a hand written card congratulating us and wishing us a great anniversary. We will absolutely eat here again and highly recommend it.

A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bastille has become a favorite for lunch and dinner. Staff is genuine, gracious and friendly. On the quiet side even with many diners. Excellent food. Its casual, contemporary elegance also puts it above most other nearby restaurants.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bastille never lets me down. Always perfection. I would recommend this restaurant.

C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always, the food was great and it was complemented by wonderful service by Veronica!

LA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply, the Sunday brunch experience could not have been better.

JF
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Bastille. This restaurant really is a neighborhood gem. Always great good and fantastic value, with welcoming and attentive staff.

CL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent -- exquisitely flavored, surprising tastes in some of the traditional dishes, portions not skimpy. We were there early and it was quiet. Comfortable and unpretentious atmosphere. Very helpful server who helped us understand the menu. Considering the caliber of the food and reasonable portion size, the value was quite good. We could not recommend it more highly.

a
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

An authentic French cafe whose food lives up to the menu's promise. Service is excellent. The place's design isn't as charming as it could be, but the other two elements -- along with excellent value -- more than make up for that.

ID
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful experience...........great food, service, and a pleasant atmosphere.

WT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply lovely - a perfect lunch, at a great price, with fabulous friends!

O
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Haven't had such a good bouillabaisse since I lived in France. Bastille is now my go to restaurant.

GE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delightful dining with delicious food. Service was very good.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

I think we went on an off day for the restaurant. They were short staffed somewhere (I am assuming) we sat for 15min without putting in an order or even drinks. Then I think our waiter forgot to put in our order so we sat around for another 20+ mins waiting. Needless to say we were very late for our evening plans, for two people it took us almost three hours from sitting down to paying. Normally we wouldn’t care but it did make us late for plans.

They did provide a free glass of wine for each of us which was a nice gesture. The food was delicious and we will may come back for more one try. Just hoping it was an off day for service.

Bastille
Responded on February 24, 2020

Good Afternoon, Perhaps we were short staffed which could cause a delay but this is not an excuse for an elongated dinner that caused you to be late to your other plans. I'd like to apologize on behalf of your server. Although this is rare, we like to use these as opportunities for growth for our staff - please feel free to email me at management@bastillerestaurant so I can further investigate this issue and offer you another opportunity to experience our standard the right way.

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FN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bastille continues to be our "go to" restaurant. Always outstanding in every way!

S
Washington DC
74 reviews