Taps: 10 / Bottles: 80
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jayhawk73:
4/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Bilbo Baggins is kind of aptly named. The bar that I sat in was tucked away a little bit from everything else. Nice quiet, fairly secluded vibe in this place. You almost forget you're in Washington DC until you step back outside. The quality of brews has been pretty good the couple of times I've been there. They usually have a decent selection- including a couple Belgian brews on draft. Service has been decent. The bartenders haven't really known much about craft beer, and any questions I've asked have been answered w/ blank stares. Still, the service has been good. The food is definitely better than the standard bar food you would run into. The times I've been there, it's been a cut above. The main complaint I have about Bilbo Baggins is that the beer is too expensive for what you get. Knock a couple bucks off, and it would be more in line with what I would expect in the DC metro area.
07-22-2011 00:46:10 | More by jayhawk73
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4.89/5 rDev +22.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Ok, so I'm a new guy. I found this place because of BA and found it to be just what I was looking for. The family was tired from touring DC so I went for a walk. I had speckled hen and PranOster Golden Ale from North Coast Brewing. The onion soup gratin was a great compliment.
07-07-2013 01:51:21 | More by Smeth
4.54/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
One of my favorites, I especially like the brunch on Sunday.
The good: The draft selection, while small, is always quality and diverse and it is rarely the same stuff. While I usually go for the food, the one time I went to the bar, the bartender quickly offered tasters of beers I was interested in but not sure about committing to a full pint. The food has always been very good, both the brunch items and the regular menu. I've never been disappointed by any of the food I or anyone I've eaten with has been served. They also seem to pay attention to which menu items sell and are liked and tweak accordingly.
The bad: It is a bit expensive. I wouldn't mind this but sometimes the service is a bit slow, both in taking orders and delivery of ordered items. Never terribly absent, but more along the lines of beginning to wonder if they're coming back. At which point they do and all is well. And these are really minor quibbles in the overall feeling of enjoyment from the great food and beer.
04-19-2013 08:17:14 | More by delta490
3.56/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.25 | $$$
The bar area is very cramped, but there are eating areas that are much bigger than it appears from the outside. The place looks ramshackle, but in a very classy way. Everything is new or nicely redone, from the bar to the tables. It feels like something that would be in the Lord of the Rings, but nice.
The staff is very knowledge and attentive.
The draft menu is small, but very high quality. They also have a nice sample option. The bottle menu is large and quality. The prices are on the higher end for both.
The bar drinks are expensive but high quality, and include invented LOTR themed drinks which are fun.
The food is high quality, even the burgers and fries are great.
You will end up spending $50 to 60 per person, but you will feel like you had great food and drink in a nice place with great service.
Updated August 2013. Alexandria had their week, $35 for a three course meal. Terrible food. Dried, ill spiced, nasty. Worst food I have had since moving to Northern Virgina. Yuck. Do not eat here. The burgers a year ago were good, this was terrible.
01-20-2013 18:56:00 | More by TheFunGuy
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was born and raised in Alexandria. I had been to this place a few times growing up before I could drink and don't remember a whole lot about it other than the food was ok. A friend of mine used to work here so we went here a handful of times for drinks and it was a very good time. The bar is small but it fits the personality of the place well. The atmosphere is good and the bartenders are great. Incredibly friendly and great service. Honestly to me that's half the reason to go to this place, but that could also be because I went with people that knew them. The selection is fairly good and they keep some local stuff on tap regularly. Things are priced reasonable for the area. It's expensive but for Old Town it's pretty good, especially since you're getting craft beer not typical stuff. I went back here for dinner after being at the bar a few times and the food was good, nothing amazing but good. One of the better bars in my opinion in Old Town, especially if you're looking for a low key night.
07-20-2011 13:50:43 | More by whrice
4/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have recently moved to Alexandria and have been on the lookout for a local bar to call home. Bilbo Baggins is at the head of list so far. The bar has a great (if a bit ramshackle) feel to it and is well established in the neighborhood. While none of the staff seem to be craft beer experts they have certainly tried most of the beers on draft and can tell you what they think. Twice now they have kicked a keg while I was sitting at the bar, leading me to believe they are having good rotation. They also have been prompt about putting a new keg in (whether of the same beer or getting new selection together). They have about 10 lines with an interesting selection which should have something to appeal to anyone.
Food was not bad though not something I would seek them out for. Their thai beef salad was quite good. Service in the restaurant area on a fairly busy Saturday was a bit shaky but not bad. Service at the bar has been impeccable.
07-11-2011 19:02:45 | More by Godot
3.3/5 rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
Very nice looking little hobbit knob overlooking the park and Potomac. Everything inside was of a high quality from the tables to the bar and everything in between. The service is an anomaly however, as the bar area has great people who make the extra effort but the table service is absolutely awful. This is not a fluke, as I've been here many times over the years. Why? The beer selection is great. You can always get your Belgian on here, and some great German brews as well. Love the map of Middle Earth too. Avoid the overpriced, underflavored food, it's just too much money for nothing special (that's being kind). Bottom line is go straight to the bar!
05-10-2011 04:19:53 | More by Wegomlegging
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I stopped in here for two beers and dinner after bumming around Old Town for 4-5 hours. I totally needed a drink after rummaging through countless overpriced shops....
"Bilbo Baggins" is a great name for this place. Literally, it has the feel of a hobbit hole, wood floors, walls, and all, with quite a bit of charming, garbage can-esque decor (ala. Joe's Crab Shack). The downstairs, while cool, is quite a bit cramped. The bar area is on the left-hand side, facing the restaurants, and has about 10-15 or so taps with some pretty good stuff. The rest of the place is very much a restaurant. I got up to take a look around at one point and went upstairs to discover a completely different vibe. Upstairs seemed much more spacious and better lit than its downstairs counterpart... much more cozy and romantic.
As far as the beer, on the night I went, I ordered a Stillwater selection and a Founders Porter. All were served at the appropriate temperature and in appropriate glassware.
The waitress, while not exactly a craft beer afficionado, seemed to have very firm opinions about the current line-up of drafts. I respect that!
The food was definitely a couple of cuts above the standard bar fare: The homemade bread they served before the meal was to die for and the brick oven pizza my wife ordered was fantastic. I ordered the gnocci with bolognese sauce which was quite tasty... if somewhat overly garlic-ized.
Overall, the value was decent, especially considering the upscale fare that the restaurant offered. However, I do wish they would shave a buck or two off the beer prices. A 12oz. bottle of KBS for over $12?... jeez...
I would definitely recommend this as a worthwhile destination to the craft beer enthusiast. It's cozy, quaint, and off the beaten path from the Old Town stampede to make it an easy, peaceful experience.
04-10-2011 01:47:26 | More by Chaney
Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria, VA
90 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.