We started the journey in 1980
Chef and Owner Michael Armellino left his home in New York at an early age to pursue his dream of culinary arts. Traveling to Switzerland, he was trained in the old world style which instilled in him that fresh ingredients and unprocessed foods were not only healthier but undoubtably tasted better as well. After 4 years of culinary school, Michael proceeded to travel through Europe cooking in world-class hotels and helping start many fine dining restaurants. His travels included France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, Japan, Austria, and more.
In 1980, Michael found himself back in the States and began missing the quality of food he had at his disposal in Europe. Him and a partner found a quaint location in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and fell in love. Noticing the rustic woodwork, low ceilings, and homey atmosphere he thought that this would be the perfect hobbit hole. Having just traveled back from Europe where J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was much more popular, and not wanting to name it after himself, Bilbo Baggins Restaurant was established. With approval from the Tolkien foundation and a guarantee to uphold all qualities of hobbit hospitality, Bilbo Baggins Restaurant has remained a staple in Alexandria for over three decades.
Bilbo Baggins Restaurant is a family owned, local restaurant & pub that offers global foods, and spirits. Providing friendly, "hobbit-like" service to Old Town Alexandria for 33 years.
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A local family owned restaurant happy to host your party, reception, luncheon, or any other dining event. We have a global menu with a wide range of items including craft beer, global wines, and a full stocked bar with seasonal cocktails.
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