219 Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Regional American (Southern)
Housed in a historic 19th century townhouse blocks from the waterfront, 219 Restaurant offers modern Southern cuisine with creole influence. Our menu focuses on classic dishes with a southern influence to make for an exceptional dining experience.

We offer private dining rooms in addition to our elegant main floor and offer pre-fixed banquet menus suitable for any event. After your meal, you can unwind in our spacious second story Basin St. Lounge, and be entertained by world class blues/jazz music - seven nights a week - or head downstairs to our Bayou Room, for live DJs and dancing.

Whether you're looking for a casual night out or something a little more intimate, 219 Restaurant has what you're looking for... seven days a week!
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MA
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I have eaten at this restaurant several times over the last 30 + years and have always given a 5. However the service was delayed, the food was not hot, and I just wasn't satisfied. I was celebrating my birthday and was the first time for my guest. I told them prior to going how good it was but I don't think they will be going back. When I asked them how did they like the food? response was "ok". They didn't like how long it took to bring food. My friend had to go to the bar and get a slice lemon.

PH
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a beautiful restaurant in a beautiful quaint neighborhood. I loved the fact that this establishment has three gems in one. They have the New Orleans styled restaurant on the main floor, a cigar on the top floor and the bayou room on the ground level. I believe the bayou room is more of a dance area. During my trip I did not venture down there, but I could definitely hear music. The food was good. I had the she crab soup which was very good and I also had the crab cake dinner entree. The entree came with 2 crab cakes over corn and asparagus. I thought the crab cakes were good, but I would have liked to taste more of the crab than peppers and onions. Nonetheless, overall the food was good. I was on a date and we each got the same soup and split the entree. We then went up to the cigar where they had a live band. The do have a cigar lounge and bar. You can order a cigar from their cigar menu and smoke it right there. There is a $5 cover charge/per person for band upon ordering anything. This was a pretty cool spot! Very chill. If you’re not a cigar or cigarette smoker like me beware, you will leave smelling like a cigar ash tray. Overall I give this establishment a 4.5-4.7 out of 5.

B
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fried seafood platter, and crab cake dinner, were both outstanding. Service was really good and ensured we got finished in time for curtain up at the Wells Theater.

AJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brunched on the patio and enjoyed wonderful food with great service. Very pleasant experience!

VC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Can’t wait to go back. Shrimp n grits, fried chicken, crab cakes, there is no wrong answer.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good dinner - awesome music upstairs

JR
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting the upstairs lounge-bar? Ask Kevin to mix your drink, and share a story about Scotch collection. The outdoor setting is perfect if you want to enjoy fine dining and a comfortable place to sit with your favorite dog and favorite people, the occasional waft of cigars and tunes from the lounge upstairs. The muscles-in-butter-and-wine, paired with a Perfect Manhattan, and charcuterie platter on the side is an excellent start to a delightful evening in Old Town.

JW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing, but you can smell smoke coming from the downstairs club area if you are sitting outside. The service was really good.

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good but not great. Drinks were terribly overpriced for their quality. There is an oder from the cigar lounge that permeates the restaurant. Despite it being pretty dead on a Saturday night we had to track down our waiter to get our bill so we could get home to the baby sitter.

KY
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was extremely slow. The food was expensive and unremarkable. Facilities were nothing to write home about. Cheap tile flooring was chipped and not cemented down in some areas creating a tripping hazard.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Occasion: Restaurant Week 2019/Husbands 32nd Birthday Dinnner w/ friends.

Pros:
The waiters/service was very nice and professional. We had reservations, but half of our party came late and they made no fuss about it, prepared our table and let us sit at the bar until the rest of our party arrived. We had a very early dinner (5pm), so the restaurant was empty anyway, but it was the thought that counts. They also boxed my meal for me, which is a rarity these days!

Cons:
1) The food was just OKAY. I had the fried chicken with collards and rice. The chicken was nice and crispy, but it lacked seasoning on both the chicken itself and the breading. The greens, however, were tasty and the rice was okay.

2) I know the place has an antique vibe, but it also *smelled* old, which may be in part to it being part cigar lounge - I’m not sure. It smelled like old furniture. I’ve been to antique restaurants and, while you can preserve the antique feel of a restaurant, I feel you can also put in some modern touches as well for a good balance.

All in all, I probably wouldn’t come again simply for the lack of seasoning on the food, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to bash it to anyone else either.

TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is small and inviting. The decor is reminiscent of historic New Orleans. Our servers were enthusiastic and friendly. My wife enjoyed one of her favorites, Shrimp and Grits. I enjoyed an excellent caesar salad and perfectly done rib-eye. We had a great table by the window that provided a view of the activity on King Street. All in all an excellent dining experience.

PR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A really great spot for a brunch date. It was quiet and the wait staff were attentive. The only issue was that the place held the odor of cigar smoke.

P
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

219 has a New Orleans vibe and an elegant flair to it. My husband and I had reservations on their outside patio but instead we were seated at a table next to the window, which was definitely one of the best tables in the house. Our waiter made sure we had everything we needed at all times and made us feel welcome and important. Our food was timed perfectly and we never found ourselves waiting for anything. I had the shrimp and grits and it was by far the best I've ever had -- thick, creamy grits, perfectly cooked shrimp, and sauce with great depth of flavor. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience from start to finish and are looking forward to our next date there.

DD
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Appetizers were good, but the entree and desserts were disappointing. It just didnt appear to be freshly cooked. Though I must say that the service made up for the food. They went out of their way to give my friend a good time.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was over priced based on the value. Service was also slow.

LD
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I came in for a late brunch around 2:30pm as brunch was ending at 3pm. The restaurant was nearly empty as it looks as the servers were cleaning up and preparing for lunch. I made reservations for 1 and got seating for a table of 4. Clearly the host didn't look at the reservations because I requested outdoor seating and was taking inside. I asked could I sit outside instead and he directed me back to where we first started. My server (Jordan) that was assigned to the outdoor area awkwardly spoke to me as I was expecting more people. She ended up taking my drink order and came back with the drink but failed to ask if I was ready to order. The host was kind enough to refresh with with a glass of water while he was busy cleaning up the extra plates that was on my table. I ended up getting his attention and informed him that I was ready to order. Making him go alert my server to actually take my order. I end up ordering the steak and eggs and that's when I notice that the service came at bare minimum. Never have I ordered steak and eggs at a restaurant and was not asked how would I like my steak cooked or how would you like my eggs. I was NOT given an option. Thankfully I was hungry and not that picky. However, I'm paying you for a meal that has an option to make cooking modifications. I was excited about ordering some delicious beignets for dessert but I'm glad I didn't and just asked for my check instead.

CS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service was great. I was there for a late dinner and could hear the bar below us. I think it would be less loud at an early dinner time. Would definitely go back!

HE
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The Salmon was quite good, but the menu was quite limited. The review above was for the restaurant, but for the Jazz bar the life music was excellent but I strongly recommend couches in addition to the tables - would give much nicer atmosphere.

PB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Big hit for a great impression on "Date Night" if this is all it took I should of been coming here Many, Many dates ago. I had been walking pass this establishment many evenings seeing people looking as they were enjoying themselves 7 having a good time. I made a reservation and I'm glad I did, walked in and was immediately seated. Service was great and the food was even better. It made such a good impression with my date that I will always remember this night. 219 Thank you.

D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service from Andy. The food is always plentiful and tasty. Great attention to guest and knowledgeable of menu.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall a good experience. Service was a bit slow and the food wasn’t quite as good as I remember from my last visit, but still a great experience and a place I’d go to again.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was my wife’s birthday and our first time eating at 219. The service was pretty slow at first but picked up. Shrimp and Grits and the Duck were the dinner options. Both were amazing and we finished with a nice dessert that was on the house.. my motto is experience it and if it’s good go back... we will definitely go back when in the area. Our real “go too” spots are chart house and blackwall hitch.. I recommend 219 too.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for my husbands 40ty something B-day and everyone's food was excellent. The gumbo ya-ya was delicious.

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day at my husbands favorite brunch spot

TP
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Went for a Father’s Day brunch. First ones at the restaurant so the kitchen shouldn’t have been busy. The food took 30 minutes to arrive and it was as though the chef didn’t know their menu. My hellfire burger, which was meant to be blackened, with sriracha mayo and shallot rings was a plain, dry burger with cold fries. The poached eggs with the Benedicts were hard boiled, and the cheese grits consisted of a platter of grits with a few unmelted kraft singles placed on top. I felt sorry for the poor souls who were seated as we left; they had been waiting over 30 minutes and their food still hadn’t arrived. The excuse from the nice, apologetic server was that it was the new chef’s first day. This information didn’t really help me and my party though...

JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. The waitress could not have cared less and there was only 2 other tables in the restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch and it did not seem appropriately staffed — service was slow, but there was no one else seated in the outdoor patio (which was lovely) so we were either the only people in the restaurant or were overflow. Either way, they clearly needed more staff or needed to keep someone posted at the front desk because the food took a very long time and even just coffee refills were hard to get.

c
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

My husband and I were celebrating our 17th wedding Anniversary, I had a good time . I didn't care for the crab soap, I mentioned that to the waitress and she accommodated me with ordering something else with no worries and I really did appreciate that..

I'll come back again for sure

JA
Houston
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently outstanding...An old town classic! Food hits the mark, service is friendly and professional and ambience is warm.

f
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was attentive and welcoming, food was well prepared and delicious, wine selection is superb...will go again with family and friends.

G
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Disappointed. This restaurant is dated. Food was mediocre.

MA
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Late breakfast on a busy Sunday, they accommodated a large group easily

MH
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reservation not in restaurant no seating, noisy, and smelled of cigar smoke.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful authentic food with great service

DN
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My friend and I last dined at Two Nineteen five months ago. We again were seated at the window in the smaller dining room. The chairs were 19th century style with brocade upholstery. The 12-ft walls were a dark grey, and the room had three chandeliers for light. Our waiter wasn’t as good as the waitress we had last time. He was competent and efficient; she exuded Southern hospitality, making us feel like we were guests in her home. As our appetizer, we shared a crab cake, served with andouille sausage, corn maque choux, champagne beurre blanc & crawfish butter. I so enjoyed our appetizer that I had two crab cakes for my entrée. My friend went with crawfish étouffée: crawfish with creole roux trinity veggies over rice. She really enjoyed it.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cozy setting. Good wait staff. Excellent location.

OT
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations!

Everything was absolutely terrific — food, service, atmosphere. Major bonus to be able to sit outside comfortably while protected from the rain !

Will definitely be back soon.

Thank you.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice setting

PD
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in Old Town Alexandria! The French-Creole menu is authentic, the food quality superb, and the service impeccable. The only attribute more pleasing than the dining experience is the Cigar Lounge upstairs – one of the last bastions of smoky civilization left on King Street.

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