Washington Post, January 2013
Northern Virginia Magazine
Top 50 Restaurant: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Wine Spectator Magazine
Award of Excellence: 2008 - 2012
RAMW: 6 RAMMY Nominations
Bastille nominated for Best Neighborhood Restaurant: 2011, 2012, 2013
Bastille nominated for Best Upscale Casual Restaurant: 2009
Michelle Poteaux nominated for Best Pastry Chef: 2008, 2009
Top 100 Restaurants: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014
Rated Excellent: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
rusticity transports diners to provincial France at this wine bar and
bistro tucked away in Alexandria's Old Town"
DC Modern Luxury, August 2008
Bastille named in the "Top 5 Guilty Pleasures in DC"
Washington Post, October 25, 2007
Bastille: Hearty and Elegant French Country Cooking
"Tucked along the northern edge of Old Town, Bastille offers hearty French food with elegant touches, a cozy atmosphere, plenty of parking and prices low enough for it to be a regular splurge. In the hands of husband-and-wife chefs and owners Christophe Poteaux and Michelle Poteaux..."
Washingtonian, March 6, 2007
"The Alexandria restaurant, now in its sixth month, is a charmer, a cozy, softly-lit wine bar of a place, and its chef, Christophe Poteaux, is cooking with heart...has fashioned a menu that looks to the future but is unapologetically rooted in the past."
"The hot and cold foie gras plate [is] as good as you can hope to find in a foie gras dish...The list of wines is modest but interesting and full of range, and offers the option of half-pours..."
"The level of attention -- from start to finish, and from the smallest detail to the biggest statements -- is impressive, and speaks well of this young, ambitious operation."
Alexandria Times, July 2008
Invasion of the D.C. Chefs
"Leaving DC behind (Michelle and Christophe) opened a portal in Old Town to modern French cuisine. From Duck and lamb to savory beignets and foie-gras, a classy, uncluttered approach to French unfolded as the two chefs, each recognized for their talent and skill, insinuated themselves into the fabric of Old Town. Garbee is nominated for a 2008 Rammy award as the Washington area’s best pastry chef...