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1201 N Royal St, Ste A, Alexandria, VA 22314-1485
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Ranked #53 of 654 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Virginia, USA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Gizzards garnished with frisee is quite a rustic treat, and a rare one. Over a number of visits, I've rarely found fault with the exactingly prepared food, often the traditional and occasionally unimaginative cassoulets, confits, charcuterie, and onglais avec frites. The service is usually quite decent, unless you run into one of the management, who from time to time pitch... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

My wife & I decided to go out for Thanksgiving dinner this year and decided to give Bastille a try. Wonderful choice! We chose the prix fixe dinners: turkey breast, cornbread-leg hash, and collard greens for me and pork roast, sausage, cabbage, apples and potatoes for my wife. One of the best meals I've had. The crawfish beignet appetizers were... More 

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Alexandria, VA
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My husband and I recently had dinner with another couple - a belated birthday celebration. It was Saturday after Thanksgiving so no one wanted turkey or chicken! The special was an angus beef pot roast that was divine! Others had the Hanger steak and Duck Confit - with rave reviews! We enjoyed a lovely wine that paired well with all... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have been to Bastille a few times and have enjoyed our experience. The restaurant is small so you would do best to call and make reservations. I found the food to be consistently good but the service to be average to good. Parking in the area is not always the easiest but we have never NOT found a spot.... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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176 reviews 176 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We decided to try out Bastille since we were in the mood for some French fare and hadn't visited this restaurant before. We went on a weeknight, so there definitely wasn't a crowd although it began to fill up as the evening went on. I liked the look of their tasting and prix fixe menus, but we weren't quite hungry... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Bastille gets high marks for the food, service and ambiance. Even on a busy evening in this small restaurant, we could carry on a conversation without shouting; we enjoyed our evening very much. The waiter was knowledgeable about the food and made excellent wine pairing recommendations. This is becoming our favorite restaurant for either spur of the moment or special... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I had such a wonderful meal and experience at Bastille... where to begin? My friends and I who belong to a dinner club decided on Bastille last month, and boy were we happy we did! Our waitress was super-knowledgeable and friendly, and even replaced a cocktail my friend didn't care for. She made excellent recommendations and knew the menu very... More 

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20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

My family went for a lunch mid-week. It was around 2pm and the restaurant was not crowded. The host refused allow us to bring our baby carriage inside the main dining room area citing a fire code ordinance that prohibited strollers. I have eaten at many restaurants in Alexandria and this was the first time I have ever heard of... More 

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85 reviews 85 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I once tried Bastille a few years ago during a restaurant week promotion and if I recall - I liked it. A lot. But for whatever reason I never got around to trying it again. Well that changed recently when I looked into something 'different' with the the wife. Bastille was picked, and I couldn't have been happier with the... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Friendly, neighborhood upscale restaurant and wine bar. Great for en evening with friends. Noise level sitable for normal conversation.

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Additional Information about Bastille

Address: 1201 N Royal St, Ste A, Alexandria, VA 22314-1485
Phone Number: 703-519-3776
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 59
Cuisine: French

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