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219 An American Bistro

4.1
197 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Business Meals
With its location central to the vibrant downtown district, 219 an American Bistro is the place to see and be seen. We offer American cuisine in an upscale ambiance but never pretentious. Serving lunch, dinner & weekend brunch, 219 offers a full service bar and always fresh local ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 9a-3:30p(Brunch), 3:30p-till(Dinner)
Monday: 10:30a-3p(Lunch), 3p-6:30p(Happy Hour), 5p-till(Dinner)
Tuesday: 10:30a-3p(Lunch), 3p-6:30p(Happy Hour), 5p-till(Dinner)
Wednesday: 10:30a-3p(Lunch), 3p-6:30p(Happy Hour), 5p-till(Dinner)
Thursday: 10:30a-3p(Lunch), 3p-6:30p(Happy Hour), 5p-till(Dinner)
Friday: 10:30a-3p(Lunch), 3p-6:30p(Happy Hour), 5p-till(Dinner)
Saturday: 9a-3:30p(Brunch), 3:30p-till(Dinner)
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Phone number
(757) 416-6219
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Wayne Crosby
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Brooke Ave
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

We are so glad you will be dining with us on Mother's Day! We look forward to having you!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 197 People Are Saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Diverse menu and pleasant ambiance. I wear hearing aids and the sound level is low enough for me to hear conversation well. Would have given 5 for service but our entre came before we finished our appetizer.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great food and great service. Could use an update inside but worth it for the food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Exceptional food, from the tuna sashimi and caprese appetizers to the burger and grilled salmon topped salads. Fresh, fantastic food. Would be 5 stars across the board except that the service was a little slow, but not annoyingly so - and the staff was very pleasant. Leave yourself 2 hours if you're heading to the theater, but it'll be worth it. Truly great food. I will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our friends gave us a gift certificate or we might not have ever known about this place. We had dinner before going to the symphony. Both of had the bowl of she crab soup and their weekly sangria; my husband had the flame grilled steak and the berry and white chocolates cheesecake; i had the teriyaki salmon and the creme brule.

Everything was so good we couldn't stop eating and I had to undo my waistband before I could leave.

The service was attentive, but not invasive. Overall, one of the best Downtown Norfolk restaurants we've ever dined in.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Five girlfriends had brunch - delicious food and great conversation prior to a matinee. Server was very attentive to our needs and time constraints. We highly recommend 219!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My wife and I had dinner here last week on St. Patrick's Day. We know the chef, Wayne Crosby, from another restaurant he had and followed him here. As expected the food was great as was the service and staff. We would highly recommend 219 Bistro to everyone.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food was excellent. Service good. Overall enjoyable experience.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Wonderful dinner. Should note on opentable reservation that kitchen closes at 8:30.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Dinner before going to a show at The Wells. Great night out.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Try the calamari it’s truly unique and delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on July 29, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

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

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