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: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
Rated Excellent: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
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"
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...
Old Town Crier, February 2008
"February is the month for love – so it must be time for a French restaurant..."
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..."
Washington Diplomat, November 2007
Like Its Namesake, Bastille Succeeds In Bringing Change, Innovation
"Chefs Christophe Poteaux and Michelle Garbee have been on the leading edge of a trend to shift away from the high-end destination dining model, creating an atmosphere that is welcoming and casual—and a menu that is as accessible to the casual diner as it is to the foodophile...."
DC Examiner, April 24, 2007
"We can call it a trend: Accomplished chefs trading in the stuffiness and high-concept menus of starched-tablecloth restaurants for the more casual charms of a traditional bistro. Add Christophe Poteaux and Michelle Garbee to the list of pros who have successfully made the shift...."
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."