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About 219 An American Bistro

219 an American Bistro continues downtown Norfolk's tradition of chef inspired and locally owned restaurants. With its location central to the vibrant downtown district, 219 an American Bistro is the place to see and be seen. The cuisine is American with an Asian twist and the ambiance upscale but never pretentious.

219 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10a-3:30p(Brunch), 4:30p-8:30p(Dinner)
Monday: 11:30a-3p(Lunch), 3p-6:30p(Happy Hour), 5p-9:30p(Dinner)
Tuesday: 11:30a-3p(Lunch), 3p-6:30p(Happy Hour), 5p-9:30p(Dinner)
Wednesday: 11:30a-3p(Lunch), 3p-6:30p(Happy Hour), 5p-9:30p(Dinner)
Thursday: 11:30a-3p(Lunch), 3p-6:30p(Happy Hour), 5p-9:30p(Dinner)
Friday: 11:30a-3p(Lunch), 3p-6:30p(Happy Hour), 5p-10:30p(Dinner)
Saturday: 10a-3:30p(Brunch), 3:30p- 4:30p (Bar Menu), 4:30p-10:30p(Dinner)

Cross Street:
Brooke Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 416-6219

Website:
http://www.219bistro.com/

Parking Details:
Our valet is located on Brooke avenue in front of our sister-restaurant, Byrd and Baldwin Bros steakhouse.

Our expertly trained valets will tend to your vehicle while you enjoy an awesome dining experience.

Executive Chef:
Wayne Crosby

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

219 An American Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Casual (4)
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Business Meals (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Cozy (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Authentic (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 7 days ago

Came for dinner on Valentine’s Day and enjoyed the $35 prix fixe menu. The bacon encrusted filet mignon and Jamaican salmon were incredible. We also had the fried oysters off the regular menu - they were the best we’ve ever had. Our waiter Jimmy was awesome and attentive! Can’t wait to go back!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The most delicious Hollandaise sauce
Adequate Bloody Mary Bar
Cocktails beautifully crafted but expensive

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 3, 2018

A tasty classic club sandwich and the best she crab soup I have had in a while. It was loaded with crab meat and a strong hint of sherry added ..... in a large bowl and piping hot - delicious...
The fries were very crispy with a light seasoning of salt ......good meal on a cold afternoon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food and service. Very attentive staff and very courteous too. Great recommendations on the cheese platter. Thank you. We will be back for the French toast brunch soon

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Something went wrong. Computer was down. Staff rushing but it took 45 minutes just to get our wine and over an hour for our dinner. Waitress was very nice but...

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Always a great time at the 219. Our waiter Erik was great and so was the food.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I selected this restaurant because it was near the Chrysler for a play I was going to.The service, Food, and availability for the time I wanted was good. I would recommend this for others looking for a good restaurant before attending a Scope or Chrysler event. THey understand that you have a limited time and that getting you in and out with a 600 reservation should give you plenty of time to make a 730 event.

Tags: Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Made reservations at 6pm, in order to attend a show at the Wells. Food order was lost and dinner arrived at 7:05. After a few bites, dinner was boxed and rushed to the car. The manager apologized and offered assistance with the check which also failed to happen.
Over a $100 later and we will not return.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We went during restaurant week, and most of the food was excellent. Caesar salad had no flavor and mushroom crostini was dry. Flank steak and fried oysters were outstanding. Service was spotty. Waiter was not too attentive and it wasn’t even crowddd.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We got there at 940 am and the bartender was very rude. She informed us that the restaurant was still closed and will opens at 10 am. She slammed the door. She stated this comment with attitude. We had two small children with us and the weather was cold. We had reservation, which we told her. We left to go sit in the car. After it was 10 am we came back, they never ask us our name for reservations, sat us down. The bartender continued to give us dirty looks from the bar. The manager then came to our table and remove the Santa Claus that was for us to sell it for another customer from our table. He never said excuse. The customer himself felt embarrassed and said I’m so sorry. We thought that was rude. My mother in law was looking at it at the time. This restaurant needs to teach it staff, including it manager manners. Then I got an email saying that I never showed up to my reservations. Maybe if they gave their customers less attitude and more attention, ask their names, they would have known that we did show up. I had to call the customer service line to say that we did show up. What a disappointment.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We normally enjoy 219, which was why we chose it for our Thanksgiving dinner. But we had really poor service. It took over 30 minutes to get our food, which was from a pre-set menu for the holiday. We were not offered bread or anything while waiting for our meal. After we finished eating it took a long time for anyone to come and collect our plates. Then it took over 30 more minutes for someone to bring our dessert (also from pre-set menu)...and in fact we had to ask another waitress to please check and see why it was taking so long. Our waitress seemed to avoid walking past our table (which was adjacent to the bar) and we went very long stretches without seeing her. We will probably eat here again, but not for Thanksgiving.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great service and friendly environment.
Went for a special occasion and everyone enjoyed their plates.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a reservation. Was seated right next to door with constant cold draft- so I had to wear coat during dinner. Ordered crab salad that was supposed to have spicy aioli. It was not spicy - but rather sickening sweet. Husbands fish was bland. Waitress was annoyingly at our table constantly and trying to take plates etc— even when we were not done. Felt she was pushing us out door. Will not be returning

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 8, 2017

A perfect spot to go before a performance at the Wells. The food and service is always wonderful. The location is perfect. And the ambiance is very pleasing

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I like that there was only 1 TV over the bar. Less distractions

Tags: Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The restaurant honored my special request and made the overall dining event a special occasion and a great evening out!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The restaurant smelled a little must I assume they had flooding last year after the storms. All the food looked great and we oogled plates as they were brought to other tables. Our food we unfortunately overcooked I had grilled cod and my husband had the steak. They took a drink off the tab as compensation for our meals. I'm not itching to go back but I would give it another shot if in the area.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We were greeted by our server shortly after being seated. We ordered bloody Marys from the make-it-yourself bar, which is always fun. After our Eggs Benedict's were delivered to our table, our server asked if we would need anything else. We asked for silverware and napkins. We then had to wait for approximately 10 minutes since it kept being forgotten. If we had ordered salads or a cold sandwich, this might not have been concerning. But cold Hollandaise sauce along with the eggs and O'Brien home fries not being hot and fresh, kept what could have been a delicious meal to become subpar. Another recommendation would be to make sure the poached eggs are still on the runny side unless the diner request otherwise. As a child, Eggs Benedict is one of the first meals I learned how to cook. Poached eggs should always be served with just the whites firm not the yoke. I have dined several times at 219. This is not your typical dining experience. Normally everything is right on target. Maybe if the hostess would have delivered the silverware while seating the table this would have been all together a different take on a meal. Will certainly keep entertaining at 219 since one mediocre experience should never discourage one from a return visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We enjoyed a Saturday brunch for five! First time there for everyone. Potatoes were wonderful and great mimosas! A great find for our monthly brunch outing with the girls.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was good. Server was very nice but slow. Would go back but in no rush.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Amazing! My husband and I celebrated my birthday there recently-we enjoyed cocktails, apps, and the restaurant week tasting menu. Highlights included awesome beet and goat cheese salad, their house Moscow mule, and ribeye oscar. Prices were moderate, but totally worth every penny.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I was meeting friends. The staff at 219 was patient as our group arrived one at time. The service was friendly, attentive, and efficient. The food came out in good time and was delicious. We all took the server's recommendation for her favorite dessert and it was as good as she said it told be.
Even as the restaurant filled up it wasn't so loud we couldn't have conversation.
I would recommend 219 any time you're in Norfolk.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Went here for Brunch last Sunday with the whole family which included a 5 year old. Our sailor son is stationed in Norfolk. We had an absolutely wonderful experience. Brunch was awesome with $3 mimosas and Bloody Mary bar. Plenty of options and and a full kids menu. Service was On Point!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 2, 2017

A good friend raves about the brunch so I decided to give it a try. I ordered the Denver omelette. The portion was more than adequate however the egg lacked flavor. I ordered it with pepper jack cheese and it still lacked flavor. The potatoes were crisp and tasty. $5.00 Mimosas. I would go again and try something else.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We enjoyed our meals for 4 people. We went for Brunch. I had the chicken biscuit with the fried egg bacon and gravy. It was good but egg was over cooked. Others had poor mans breakfast, French toast, and spinach egg stack. All enjoyed with no issues. Waitress was nice.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Order mimosa and was brought a glass of champagne, no juice. Our food order was missing a side item. Slow service. It was Father's Day and they were crowded. The bartender fixed up my drink and the missing side item did arrive. They do have a little Bloody Mary bar - which was the whole reason for the visit because my husband loves his Bloody Mary!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 2, 2017

It has been over a year since we were last at this restaurant as we do not live in Norfolk. We were attending a 7pm show in Norfolk and made reservations for 5:45. We were promptly seated and Kelly, our server was very efficient. The tomatoe slices for the caprese were hard as if not yet ripe. The fondue was very salty for our taste, as was the pan fried grouper over lobster risotto. We would have returned the meals if it were not for the time before our show. We will try the place again as every chef has a bad night, but cannot recommend to a friend until we do.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Again- 219 Bistro continues to impress especially the she crab soup and the crab cakes. Jimmy was the perfect waiter and we couldn't have been more pleased with his service. I wish we could eat there more often. Currently our favorite place to dine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 20, 2017

It was ok. The fried green tomatoes and fried calamari were delicious. My husband had the flounder and I had the salmon...salmon was salty. I requested on my reservation under "special request" to congratulate my husband for his birthday...it didn't happen. Btw, They don't offer anything special for birthdays, I asked. We were not even offered what they had for dessert as an option. Our waiter was "ok"...first time for us there andhe didn't give us any recommentadions or favorites from the menu. Bathrooms are tiny. I don't think we'd come back.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Excellent food and service. Second time there and will be back. Casual atmosphere and great location in Norfolk.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Went for Tuesday prime rib special. Two orders for medium were done medium well. Two orders for medium rare were both done medium on medium well side. That said, the flavor was very good and we will try it again.
Also Happy Hour prices are only good at the bar, not in the dining area as is the case at many other restaurants.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Good mothers day brunch. Comfortable to take a family of five, 3-10-12yr old.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Really amazing food like always.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We went for a pre-concert dinner. Our table was ready and we were seated immediately. It was still early and it was quiet and not crowded yet. Our server was efficient, friendly and attentive. I had the seared tuna. It was supposed to come with crab meat and avocado salad. The salad influenced my choice. There was no avocado. When I asked the server went to the chef and was told the avocado wasn't ripe. She offered to bring something else. I would have liked to know before I ordered. That said I really enjoyed the tina and the side sauce that accompanied it. My husband had the special which was London Broil. It was tender and juicy and he enjoyed the meal. The coffee was really good; an important part of the meal for us. We also shared a mousse desert. It was lovely and plenty for two the restaurant has a nice wine list with a number by the glass. All in all a good meal, pleasant atmosphere, and good service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Great meal. Enjoyed our visit as always.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Have visited before and we wanted to try it again. Both visits were very nice.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Wonderful evening prior to the theater. We usually don't eat at 6pm but needed to make an 8pm performance and I was anxious about the timeline. The restaurant asked whether we were going to a show upon our arrival and it became apparent they would get us out on time.

The food and drinks are excellent and the waitstaff very attentive. I calmed down immediately possibly from the cocktails but more so from their attention . Do yourself a favor and have dessert they are fabulous, you might want to have it first! We will return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Amazing fresh food that tastes great!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Food and wait staff service good, but the kitchen was backed up and we almost missed the start of our play. It took over an hour to get our dinner order.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 11, 2017

While in town for the MEAC Tournament. We wanted a non hotel brunch. What a great find. We were very pleased. We will definitely return when we are in the area.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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