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1201 N Royal St, Ste A, Alexandria, VA 22314-1485
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Ranked #59 of 648 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $59
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Bashford Lane / Third St
Transit: Braddock Road Metro (closest with cab ride) or King Street Metro (with cab ride)
Description: Tucked into a little off beat corner of quaint Old Town Alexandria is Bastille, Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux's award winning intimate bistro and wine bar. Bastille offers guests a contemporary take on classic French fare at approachable prices set in a warm and upscale environment.The Poteaux's creations are sparked by traditional, yet modern interpretations of classic dishes that utilize seasonal, locally sourced and farm fresh ingredients. With an expansive wine list, unique beer selections and creative cocktails, Bastille has a little something for everyone.Bastille has ample parking and is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, Sunday Brunch and Sunday family dinner.
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English first
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Had a meal here with some family. Food was good. Our server was very nice but the support staff was very abrupt. No grace in setting or removing plates. Staff was very anxious to be done (9:30 pm?) Lights turned up as a signal to get out. The two of us that made the reservation are servers in fine dining-... More

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Fairfax, VA
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94 reviews 94 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My wife and I went here for Restaurant Week. It is locate on the northern part of Old Town. We were lucky to get a parking space in their small parking lot. There is street parking, but it is in a residential area, so it may not be easy to get. They had outside tables, and it was a nice... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Nestled in a neighborhood on the north end of Old Town - this spot is not to be missed! Sit at the bar on busy nights and enjoy 20% off of your bill (alcohol is not included). Fantastic wine list, interesting and yummy specials - Bastille is reasonably priced with a casual elegant ambiance. On a nice evening, sit on... More

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Calgary, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I didn't want to share how good this restaurant is as I fear it will become so popular that it will be hard to get a reservation. However as a small business owner myself, this restaurant deserves much praise! This quaint restaurant has phenomenal food that is very tasty without combining too many flavors. From the taste of the food... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I recently ate at the Bastille in an outside table with friends. It was lovely in the almost-garden type setting, the food was amazing, and the wait staff very attentive.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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178 reviews 178 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Bastille has very good food, nice wine choices, and the atmosphere is very nice. It's a little neighborhood place in North Old Town. They have outdoor dining, which is nice. Their bar is small but nice and if you eat dinner at the bar it's discounted and they have good deals on wine during happy hour. Their cheese and charcuterie... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Charming surroundings complemented a very good dining experience. In particular the chef impressed us with the perfectly cooked seafood, but the overall performance was quite simply very good. The wine card is unpretentious and good. we will most certainly be repeat customers here

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Arlington VA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Bastille is a treat any time of day or week! The cuisine is fabulous and the staff are knowledgeable about wine as well as food. If you're solo, or a twosome, the bar is a good option, too. It fills up quickly in the evening! This is an excellent place for special occasions, too.

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Alexandria, VA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The menu at Bastille takes advantage of what’s in season locally which means that the dishes offered are constantly changing--and always worth trying. The ingredients in each dish complement each other beautifully and each dish is carefully prepared. The 3-course bistro meal for $39 is one of the best values anywhere. The vichyssoise-style corn soup was a perfect starter as... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A perfect meal from start to finish. Arrived with a group of six and was promptly seated. We decided to order from the four course Gourmand Menu. I chose the Terrine of foie-gras maison, followed by the Asparagus caesar salad, the Pan-roasted local Sea scallops and finally the Creme Brûlée. The flavors in all of my dishes were well balanced.... More

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