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219 Restaurant

4.3
4.3
843 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
Please note reservations are only available for the main dining room. The lounge and bar areas are first come first serve.

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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Contemporary American, Creole

  • Hours of operation

    Restaurant Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Lounge Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–2:00 am Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 2:00 pm–1:00 am Bayou Room Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 549-1141

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    We do offer catering upon request.

  • Private party facilities

    Please inquire. We regularly host wedding parties, rehearsal dinners, showers, corporate functions and retreats, and hail and farewells. We host regular wine tastings, wine pairing dinners, cigar tastings and cigar pairing dinners, and scotch tastings.

  • Private party contact

    Rob Jemio/ Patty Charoentra: (703) 549-1141

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    N. Fairfax Street

  • Parking details

    In addition to available street parking, we recommend the affordable, municipal parking garage underneath City Hall just around the corner, on Fairfax Street.

  • Public transit

    King St. Metro [<1 mile]; Free trolley services on King St., from Metro.

  • Entertainment

    Live blues music [including Grammy-winning acts] six nights a week upstairs in our massive, well-appointed cigar lounge, the Basin Street Lounge. Downstairs, in our casual bar the Bayou Room, we offer DJ format dance music complete with laser lights.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 843 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! We had the Mac n Cheese as an appetizer and the Jumbalaya for our entree. Everything tasted really good and service was quick and friendly. Drinks were served strong so that is always a plus. Great date night and we finished it off upstairs with the live band.
  2. JR

    JohnR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere and amazing food the owner is just such a wonderful individual she shared her story with me and my girlfriend on how she created the place it was just absolutely amazing
  3. ST

    SuzanneT

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food4service3ambience1
    We went for my sons birthday. You are hit with cigar smoke smell as soon as you walk in the door and throughout the dinner. We were there on a Saturday night but the place was mostly empty - and a bit boring. Food was good but thumbs down to ambiance.
  4. RG

    RosalindG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service, and entertainment was amazing!
  5. SH

    ScottH

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    On a Monday evening, it was quiet, so can’t judge the weekend. When we entered the restaurant, the cigar smoke from the lounge downstairs was very strong at the entrance. Fortunately, we were seated well away, but it left an unpleasant first impression. The service was very good and couldn’t ask for any better. The shrimp and grits was very good, but the other diners had the fried chicken, which appeared a bit underdone and a bit over spiced in the coating. The fries were over salted by the kitchen. This was the first time for two (of three) of us and we were not overly impressed. Maybe it was just the night we were there and we need to try again to get a better impression. Unfortunately we can’t recommend this restaurant until we can try it again and hope to have a better meal. We will try again.
  6. f

    foodie4life

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was EXCELLENT! Hasn't been to 219 in years, but it won't be that long before I return! Started out with the mac and cheese. This was not your typical southern dish, but rather a more international style with the bacon and caramelized onion. We followed that up with the shrimp and grits, jambalaya and gumbo ya-ya as our entrees. We shared family style. This really worked so we all were able to enjoy each dish. The icing on the cake, we have leftovers. 😋 Can't end this review without talking about the excellent service received from Sheik ( hope I spelled his name correctly). He knew the menu,!gave great recommendations, and was very attentive. He was always there just when we needed him or had a question.
  7. r

    raheems

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Food was ok at best. The bayou room wad a good time.
  8. PL

    PeterL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, ambience, service all excellent. We had outdoor dining on New Year's Eve, surprisingly cozy under the overhead heaters. The meal (we each had short ribs) was delicious. Cheesecake dessert - fantastic. Definitely on the pricey side at $80 plus 20% tip per person. This is our favorite "special occasion" restaurant, worth it for a splurge.
  9. M

    Murat

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love this place. Great service, ok food, awesome location and live events.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a fun and delicious experience for a Christmas Eve dinner with the family. The menu was outstanding and our service was incredibly helpful and fun. Thanks for a great night
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    My wife is pregnant and ordered something spicy therefore couldnt eat it, I asked the waiter for a different meal and not to worry about the spicy meal, just prepare it in a to go container. Ill pay for it, take it home, no problem. Well the replacement meal for my wife, salmon, orzo, and brussel sprouts came out and she didnt really enjoy it but i wasnt too worried, we're having a good time and I didnt want to send it back. It wasnt until i asked to have this boxed that we had issues. I asked to have about 80-90% of the meal boxed to go. The waiter brought the meal, salmon, orzo and brussel sprouts stuffed into a small container layering the items on top of one another. At this point the food is no longer appetizing as everything has become mush. I was not satisfied and requested this singular item be removed from the check, $28. The waiter gets the owner, Patty, who comes out frustrated and tells us that's what she trains the staff to do with small portions. Again, 80-90% of this meal remains, this is not a small portion. She also provided a larger box which could have been used originally and tells us to box it ourselves. Patty proceeds to tell us that she will not remove this particular meal because there is nothing wrong with the food and tosses both containers on the table and walks away. Keep in mind the food literally looks like a raw diet bowl for a dog in this small container. My wife needed to use the bathroom and on the way tried to discuss the situation and how it was disrespectful to which Patty stated, she doesn't disrespect decent customers. Not sure how we became customers who weren't decent.I could speculate that she made several assumptions of decency based on our skin color. Police had to mediate. Our server, Sheik was amazing during the entire night from start to finish, someone please provide him with other opportunities to flourish elsewhere.
  12. WM

    WilliamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting 219. Slow night- around Xmas but bad weather outside- but ambiance was great as was service.
  13. d

    deshaunm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location. Hidden gem. Server was great. Food was amazing. I Definitely recommend you the location.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service from beginning to end was outstanding. And then out came the food and it was absolutely delicious. I wish I could remember the name of the gentleman who took care of us but I will be sure to look for him the next time we go back.
  15. P

    Pikejo

    Nashville

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very appreciative of restaurants willingness and ability to work with my wife’s food allergies.
  16. P

    Prefernottopublish

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Everything was just "okay"....................................
  17. KH

    KimH

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Place was nice, food was good but it was so loud in there it gave me a headache!
  18. e

    emptynestadjustment

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice date night restaurant. Service was excellent and good ambiance. Loved the shrimp and grits.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Drinks were decent! Ambiance was sweet! If the upstairs rooms were not too full of cigar smoke we would have stayed longer for the jazz. Overall lovely place.
  20. w

    wendya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good experience recommend this restaurant!!!!
  21. S

    Selina

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cozy decor. Excellent and attentive service. Food delicious. Website not accurate to menu at restaurant. Overall would recomme d!
  22. BB

    BBee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and lovely “old-world” feel atmosphere. Restaurant accommodating of vegetarian requests. Highly recommend! The overall experience was great.
  23. MP

    MaritaP

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was really good. Loved the ambiance of the old building, great service, great food. The noise level was high which really wasn't something they could control. Overall very good experience.
  24. D

    Debbie

    Naples

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Cold, drafty in the restaurant. salty and VERY spicy food. Just barely ok
  25. NA

    NovemberinAlexandriaEyan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were fantastic! Friendly and professional staff that were attentive but didn’t “over due” it. I had the crawfish etouffee and it was delicious! Highly, highly recommend!
  26. LS

    LeonardS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The best meal I have eaten in years at a restaurant.
  27. LA

    LANETTEL

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just love this spot... The place is so sweet. I had the best meals there twice. And my 50th birthday was simply the BEST. They sung Happy Birthday and my boyfriend made it all possible... And the cigar lounge is awesome
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The room is beautifully decorated, the service was impeccable, and the food and drinks were delicious. I had the blackened salmon and hubby had the jambalaya. It was fun watching the hustle and bustle outside the window, while enjoying a quiet, upscale meal inside. Highly recommend.
  29. RM

    RMac

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Noise level decreased significantly after one party departed. Will visit again!
  30. KC

    KsCorner

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    My meal of Nola shrimp and grits was just ok- not a dish that I would order again. Also, perhaps my server was new, but his service was not what I was expecting from such an establishment; it was bare minimal. (A server attending tables nearby was much more thorough with communicating menu options to guests, etc. ) The restaurant decor/ambiance was lovely, but I do not plan on returning. I've had much better meals at nearby restaurants.
  31. DB

    DarleneB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was great
  32. NC

    NeetC

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Best date spot for a fall evening!
  33. HO

    HamiltonOK

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Noise level was moderate + The acoustics couldn’t handle customer conversations. Fortunately, our reservation was 7:30 and the dining area cleared so we could enjoy our meal. Food: Not a good cut of Ribeye steak for the price. Blackened Salmon was very good and cooked to order. Service: Waiter was polite attentive, but seemed in a rush - not familiar with the wine list
  34. DR

    DRREHEMA

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For the first experience there it was amazing , food was great, customer service all thee above.
  35. S

    Sarah

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Not a fan. I ordered a kale caesar salad. It was a spinach caesar salad -- no kale at all. Food took a long time to come. Mediocre.
  36. JB

    JessicaB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, drinks were great, excellent server. And I met a dog!
  37. A

    Ameenb1

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My party and thoroughly enjoyed every dish that was brought especially the shrimp and grits and Mac and cheese. The server really took care of us and kept our glasses full of water. The overall experience was excellent and we will certainly be back
  38. SB

    SyreetaB

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went with my bf parents to celebrate their wedding anniversary. The food and service was great.
  39. A

    Allen

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Jambalaya was good with good flavoring. I thought the portions were a tad small, but that’s not picking because they were fair. Waitstaff was slow. Drinks are a little pricey. Went upstairs for a cigar after dinner. It gets packed so go early for a table upstairs. Band was good. Band played from 9pm to 1am. It is very noisy upstairs and Smokey. They allow cigarette smoking upstairs
  40. LE

    LindaE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very accommodating. Will return.

FAQs

219 Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 843 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for 219 Restaurant

219 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Fairfax Street

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Restaurant Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Lounge Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–2:00 am Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 2:00 pm–1:00 am Bayou Room Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Contemporary American, Creole

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    In addition to available street parking, we recommend the affordable, municipal parking garage underneath City Hall just around the corner, on Fairfax Street.

  • Public transit

    King St. Metro [<1 mile]; Free trolley services on King St., from Metro.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Live blues music [including Grammy-winning acts] six nights a week upstairs in our massive, well-appointed cigar lounge, the Basin Street Lounge. Downstairs, in our casual bar the Bayou Room, we offer DJ format dance music complete with laser lights.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 549-1141

  • Catering

    We do offer catering upon request.

  • Private party facilities

    Please inquire. We regularly host wedding parties, rehearsal dinners, showers, corporate functions and retreats, and hail and farewells. We host regular wine tastings, wine pairing dinners, cigar tastings and cigar pairing dinners, and scotch tastings.

  • Private party contact

    Rob Jemio/ Patty Charoentra: (703) 549-1141

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