Pricey drinks. Great food.
Great food. Great service. Cant give it 5 stars. I had a $9 glass of bourbon. The smallest glass I have ever seen in my life. If I had asked for it neat they would probably have given me a shot glass. The waiter asked if I wanted another I told him absolutely not.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Cajun food down bottom and
Cajun food down bottom and smoky blues up top. Doesn't get much better. The Scotch selection was very nice as well.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tried the BBQ shirimp and
Tried the BBQ shirimp and grits, and the chicken and waffles. Both dishes were AMAZING! Best shrimp and grits dish I've ever had!
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service. Actually came for the jazz music upstairs, but left immediately--it was a smoking room! Too bad.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The brunch was wonderful.
The brunch was wonderful. The service was excellent. The space was rather tight. I will go again to try other menu items. Great food!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have been to this restaurant
We have been to this restaurant in the past, and we always have a good time here. We went to brunch on April 14, and it was a nice day out. We will always come back to this place, because everyone is friendly and are very helpful.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a group of 5. They
We had a group of 5. They were totally prepared for us. We had a round table so conversation was easy for everyone. The service was outstanding. They could not do enough for us. Food was excellent. It was cajun so if you don't like that type of food, you might not like it. I do like it and I though it was great. I would recommend this restaurant highly.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
New Orleans in Alexandria
Great place to meet up with friends for a good New Orleans style meal. Barbecue shrimp and the shrimp etoufee were outstanding. We ate outside because the weather was perfect!
6/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not bad, a bit pricey
Overall the food was good, as was the service, but it really did seem to be expensive for the sake of being expensive, especially the wines. My only real complaint would be that, in deciding to sit "outside", we were sharing a bench with multiple other couples and groups, and since we weren't at the end of the line we had to awkwardly peer through others to see the street, which caused more than a few looks. Otherwise we had a very good time.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Orleans Native Approved!
Had an incredible experience here. The food is the closest to New Orleans I have found in the MD/DC/VA/PA region.
The selection and service were great. Indoor seating is a little cramped but there are outdoor and on the street tables as well.
Highly recommended flavor, presentation and the servers are incredibly helpful and knowledgable.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoying King Street dining
Found a wonderful new wine...for those who enjoy a nice Riesling by Columbia Valley Winery. However, I also found you can by the bottle for $7.99 at a local wine store and the Resturant charged $49.00 for the same bottle.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was the first time I had been to 219 in more than 30 years and it was as wonderful as I remember. Fresh roses on each table and a wonderful place to have a relaxing meal. The "she crab" soup is extraordinary - my friend said it reminded her of the soup she enjoyed in Charleston, SC. Fantastic bread and the menu was varied with many New Orleans specialties. My friend had sea scallops and I had fried chicken and waffles. Both were very well prepared and the presentations were wonderful. When they learned it was my friends birthday, they brought a small cheesecake with a candle! Nice touch. We dined on a Sunday night and the restaurant was not crowded. Will definitely go back!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Old Town Alexandria Gem
A friend and I just wanted to try a new place for dinner. We stumbled upon this place on Open Table and were thoroughly satisifed. The restaurant is big enough to accommodate indoor and outdoor seating. The service was quick and friendly and the free bread provided before the meal was quite tasty. I would recommend the Chicken & Waffles and She Crab Soup. They're both to die for!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very pleasant evening
Went with a group of 6 on a slow Tuesday evening Service was responsive. Food was excellent. We had a variety of New Orleans style seafood entires. The etouffe was very spicy. Food portions quite generous. It was quiet and we had a great evening.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
i was pleasantly surprise
I went to the 219 during restaurant week in alexandria va. I enoyed myself. The big easy shrimp and grits were really good.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant week 2013
I tried 219 during restaurant week. It happened to land close to my birthday and I wanted to try something different. The food was excellent. The service was great. The ambiance is very nice and we loved being able to people watch since we were right off the sidewalk. I will say the bartender is not the best. A lemon drop martini is not supposed to be straight citron vodka in a sugar rimmed martini glass. Otherwise a very pleasant experience.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Intimate with great service
I went here with a friend for a late brunch/lunch. We both ordered off the brunch menu, so our meals came with a mimosa! Great extra! I had the chicken and waffles, with bananas foster on the side. It was delicious! I think I dream about those..
It was rather hot out on the day we went, but I would love to go back and sit on their patio before it gets too cold out!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed dining at this restaurant. The She Crab soup was delicious! Thank you for a wonderful evening.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went on a Friday Night and had a great time. Dinner Date with my friend on a Friday Night at 8 p.m. and it was people eating outside but was actually not many people eating inside. Music played during dinner was a little weird and not fitting for the setting, but other then that the experience was great. The food was good and the service was extraordinary. Dessert menu could use help, but actual dinner menu was good. After dinner we went upstairs to the cigar bar to hear the live band and they were cool. Have to get lucky finding seating but that experience is cool. OVERALL GOOD EXPERIENCE.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for our needs
We planned a weekend reunion of colleagues who met when working together in the Pentagon in the late 1970s. One of our activities was to pay our respects to a deceased colleague buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and then go to brunch. As I considered the myriad of restaurant options, 219 Restaurant came to mind, and it worked out beautifully. Not only was it a convenient drive from Arlington; the brunch menu offered delicious choices, and the round table allowed our group - - some of whom had not seen each other for decades, to carry on a vibrant conversation. Champagne, bloody Mary's, and Mimosa's added to the festive atmosphere. The service was warm and accommodating. I could not have been happier.
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Keep the smoking to the upper
Keep the smoking to the upper level where the ban plays and to the basement. Let the middle floor be smoke free. We really loved this place and would have moved to the upstairs floor to listen to the band but for the smoking. My family plan to dine there again!!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for the music in the
Went for the music in the upstairs lounge. Amazing place if you don't mind cigar smoke (or just join in)!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great outdoor seating area
A friend and I went to dinner here last Friday night. It was pouring rain and chilly but with the awning and heaters they have on their front porch we were able to sit outside which was so nice. The food was delicious. She had the shrimp po boy from the lunch menu which they were happy to give her for dinner and I had the shrimp and crawfish étouffée. We were both quite pleased. I would have given the service a very food rating as well minus one small issue. My friend ordered a diet coke, it came to the table flat and they quickly switched it out for a new one which was also flat. She ended up with iced tea. In the long run she was still charged the $2.75 for a soda which I felt wasn't quite right.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good view of lovely old-town Alexandria, great location next to historic landmarks and the best of all: options. I love eating "experiences" so in addition to the lovely NOLA inspired decor of French textiles, fireplaces, the upstairs cigar lounge, long bar and live jazz performances are fun and unexpected. I didn't try the d'stairs dive bar dance club w/DJ, but again, it makes for a complete, all in one dining and entertainment experience.
Great, warm homemade bread, great service and nearly authentic menu!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for brunch and a cigar after
I've been to the cigar lounge upstairs about a dozen times and my wife and I went for brunch today. We didn't even need a reservation and food and service were great! Standard brunch fare. I had the eggs benedict and my wife had the cinnamon French toast. We also had the mimosa's that come with an entrée. We really enjoyed the food and we love the 'old' feel of the dining room.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
PLEASE enjoy the crab soup when you visit this place. Everything my girlfriends and I had was DELECTABLE!!!!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Cajun Jewel
Each in our party of 4 are frequent visitors to New Orleans and we were delighted at the chance to experience the best of its cuisine in Alexandria, VA. Highly recommend the BBQ shrimp and jambalaya. And the she-crab soup, gumbo marvelous. Service quiet, unobtrusive and yet thoroughly attentive. No wonder this place has been here so long, and thriving.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, Not so Great Service
We brought an out of town guest and loved the food and atmosphere, but our server was less than friendly. He wasn't warm or welcoming and had limited time with our table.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed everything it was just a little chilly inside but the food and service fantastic!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for Thanksgiving dinner (as we postponed our own thanksgiving until that Sat) and wasn't expecting much but WOW! The food was wonderful and as it turns out, they just hired a new chef that started that day! His menu and preparation was really spot on and we met him (and the owner) as well. We were not the only ones impressed with the food either.....most of the tables around us stated this was one of the best meals they had in a while as well. We will definitely be back !
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chef Peter Perrone had a standout first evening at 219!
His holiday menu was phenomenal; something for everyone. The melding of flavors in the sauces presented with the tenderloin and rockfish selections were uniquely seasonal and each was glorious, wonderfully enhancing the meat and fish, which were both prepared to perfection. The chocolate bomb cake was a chocoholic's fantasy; I savored each and every bite.
We were served by a highly professional and experienced staff, who anticipated our every need.
My husband and I were thrilled with the experience.
We will return again and again!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
super food, although my wife did not rave about her veggie medley, the etouffe, shrimp nad gripts and the steak was phenomenal. Waiter anted to be too chummy, we just wanted to catch up with old friends; after we adjourned to the Basin Street Lounge upstairs where they playd live music. Very nice. best dining i have had all year.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
For entree's the Braised Beef Short Ribs were excellent, very tender with flavorful pan gravy. Although we didn't try it, the Fried Chicken & Waffles were huge and appeared very tasty. The restaurant has a covered patio with overhead heating for outdoor dining.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful birthday meal
Due to a scheduling change, we arrived almost an hour early and were immediately seated at a lovely table in the front room. The menu is very interesting providing us with many choices. The service was excellent and the food was as good as the menu promised! We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and we'll definitely be back!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM