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Bastille Day, celebrated on July 14th, marks the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille in 1789, a pivotal event in the French Revolution. This day of national pride in France – “Le Quatorze Juillet” – is celebrated with parades, fireworks, and joyous gatherings. With the Paris Olympics on the horizon this year, it’s the perfect time to indulge in French culture and cuisine in Washington, DC. The city offers a wealth of French-inspired restaurants that promise to transport you to Paris, making you feel like a true Parisian as you celebrate Bastille Day.


Start your journey on 14th Street at Stephen Starr’s Le Diplomate. This bucket list French bistro offers an extensive menu that includes everything from escargot to steak frites. Its Parisian charm makes it ideal for celebrating Bastille Day in style.

Over in Capitol Hill, Kimpton The George’s Bistro Bis provides an elegant setting for enjoying French classics while people-watching for politicos. Its proximity to the heart of the nation’s capital adds a touch of grandeur, making it an ideal spot for a memorable Bastille Day meal.

Near the White House, Sofitel Hotel’s Opaline Bar and Brasserie stand out with its modern twist on French favorites, great patio, and authentic Parisian interior. The stylish ambiance and innovative menu by Chef Kevin Lalli make Opaline lively for festive gatherings. Celebrate Bastille Day and Sofitel’s 60th Anniversary on July 14, 2024, with a luxurious afternoon tea featuring fine teas, pastries, and savory bites in a charming French ambiance.

New! If you’re exploring the Convention Center neighborhood, Petite Cerise is a must-visit for a special Bastille Day celebration. On Sunday, July 14th, Petite Cerise is offering a complimentary Kir Royal and unlimited French Aperitif Punch. The celebration runs from 4 PM to 10 PM, with tickets available for $75 in 2.5-hour time windows. Tickets and Details Here.

Just a little north in the Shaw neighborhood, La Jambe offers a unique experience with its French wine bar and charcuterie. It’s ideal for a casual yet sophisticated celebration with fine wines and delectable small plates.

In Dupont Circle, the OG of French Restaurants in DC, Bistrot Du Coin provides a lively neighborhood feel with its bustling atmosphere and classic French dishes. It’s a great place to immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of Bastille Day.

For a more refined experience, head to La Bise near the White House. This elegant restaurant features a modern French menu, making it an ideal choice for a sophisticated Bastille Day dinner.

In Georgetown, Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar offers a cozy and romantic setting, perfect for an intimate celebration. Their extensive wine list and delectable French cuisine make it a top choice for the occasion.

For those near the Willard Hotel, Café du Parc is a must-visit. This charming café offers traditional French dishes and outdoor seating near the White House, perfect for a sunny Bastille Day celebration.

Head to the Union Station NoMa Neighborhood to Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s Le Clou, where contemporary dining meets classic French techniques. The sophisticated setting and exquisite menu make Le Clou a standout choice for Bastille Day.

In Georgetown, La Bonne Vache is celebrated for its comfort food and French staples. The inviting atmosphere – no reservations – and hearty dishes provide a perfect setting for a festive meal.

Central Michel Richard is renowned in the Penn Quarter for its innovative American – with a French Twist – cuisine. The creative dishes here provide a fresh take on traditional French cooking, making it a perfect spot for those looking to try something new this Bastille Day.

La Chaumiere in Georgetown offers classic French country cuisine in a rustic setting. This restaurant is perfect for those seeking a traditional French dining experience.

Just south of Dupont Circle, Un je ne sais Quoi provides a charming ambiance and delicious baked goods, ideal for a leisurely Bastille Day breakfast or afternoon treat.

For a unique blend of French sophistication and American soul, visit Ellington Park Bistro in the West End. New!Wine Not Wednesdays” are offered every first and third Wednesday, priced at $39/person, with new wines paired with select dishes. Bookings can be made here.

In Shaw, Convivial blends French inspiration with American flair, offering a vibrant atmosphere and delicious dishes. It’s a fantastic spot for those who enjoy a mix of culinary traditions.

New! In Brookland, Primrose is celebrating the summer with French-themed events. Enjoy Paris Olympics-themed cocktails, wine specials from the Loire Valley, and flavor-packed dishes. Take advantage of the weekly “Wined Up Wednesday” discount of 25% off wine bottles. In honor of the 2024 Summer Olympics, try the “Green Torch” cocktail, which uses locally sourced produce. Reservations here.

Across the river in Clarendon, Chef Miljohn Dimaano’s Lyon Hall brings the bustling brasserie atmosphere to life with its French-inspired menu. This lively spot is perfect for a festive Bastille Day meal.

Del Ray Café in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood offers French-American fare for a cozy vibe. It’s an excellent choice for a laid-back Bastille Day brunch or dinner, surrounded by the charm of this quaint area.

In historic Old Town Alexandria, Bastille Brasserie & Bar combines traditional brasserie fare with a modern touch. Its location in this picturesque area makes it an obvious choice for a celebratory Bastille Day meal.

Don’t miss La Grande Boucherie DC for a truly classic French experience. From July 14th (Bastille Day) through August 29, La Grande Boucherie DC launches a special “Summer in France” menu to celebrate all things France this summer.

Parc de Ville provides a lively brasserie experience with a diverse menu for Fairfax residents in the Mosiac District. It’s a great place to gather with friends and enjoy a festive Bastille Day celebration. There is even a rooftop!

In Bethesda, Bistro Provence offers an intimate setting focusing on Provençal cuisine. The cozy atmosphere and delicious dishes make it a charming spot for a celebratory meal.

If you’re looking for something new but familiar, Stephen Starr’s Pastis DC is an excellent choice. This chic bistro offers a modern take on traditional French cuisine. Pastis DC is located in the vibrant Union Market development and brings a fresh and contemporary vibe to French dining. New! Pastis is teaming up with Salt & Sundry for a charming celebration on July 14. From 11 AM to 4 PM, enjoy a complimentary pop-up lemonade stand with a limited-edition salted honey lavender lemonade. Don’t miss Amanda McClements’ summer table styling and hosting tips from 11 AM – 2 PM.

New! Join Lutèce on Bastille Day for a celebratory weekend lunch and dinner to honor the French holiday. Located in Georgetown, this neo bistro offers special holiday dishes by chefs Matt Conroy and Isabel Coss.

Lastly, for a truly special experience, visit Chef Jacques Haeringer’s L’Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls. This renowned restaurant offers classic French dining in a picturesque setting, providing the perfect backdrop for a memorable Bastille Day celebration.

(I would have included Métier, but they have a Summer Closure from July 1 – July 17.)


Washington, DC offers a variety of events to celebrate Bastille Day in 2024.

On Friday, July 12, you can enjoy the Bastille Day Celebration at Lost Boy Cider in Alexandria (FREE) from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, or Cheers for Bastille Day! at WHINO in Arlington ($48) from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

On Saturday, July 13, Tenleytown’s Fessenden Park ($20) hosts Bastille Day at the Park from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and the Capital Wine School ($125) presents Bastille Day Wines with Jay Youmans MW from 9:00 AM to 2:15 PM. Join Comité Tricolore‘s Bastille Day Gala on July 12, 2024, at La Maison Française in Washington, DC, for a culinary celebration of Alsace with a sumptuous dinner by renowned chefs, live music, auctions, and festivities, with tickets priced at $200-$400 at Eventbrite.

The main day, Sunday, July 14, features a range of events: Bastille Day French Connections of Georgetown ($30) at 2706 Olive St NW from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM; Jubilee Celebration Opaline‘s ($89) Bastille Day Afternoon Tea from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM; Bastille Day at Bistro Cacao ($75) from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM; DCRRC Bastille Day 4-Miler (Free for Members, $10 for Non-Members) at Fletcher’s Cove from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM; FREE French Conversation Practice at West End Neighborhood Library from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM; and Bastille Day Blind Wine Tasting at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital ($68) from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Finally, on Wednesday, July 17, the Josephine Wine Class – Rebellious French Wines takes place at Josephine in Alexandria ($49) from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. These events provide diverse activities for all to enjoy the festivities of Bastille Day in Washington D.C.

Celebrate Bastille Day by exploring these fantastic French-inspired restaurants and immerse yourself in the rich culinary traditions of France right here in Washington, DC. With the Paris Olympics around the corner, there’s no better time to indulge in these French connections and feel like a Parisian. Bon appétit!