219 Restaurant

4.2
736 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place sucks. The service and the food and The ambiance sucks . The hostess /owner sat us at a table with no server assigned to it. We waited for a very long time .My daughter and I waited for at least 44 minutes before we even got any water at the table .no one came to our table to even greet us . Finally I walked to the front and asked the lady if she can help us . So we literally had to request to get our order taken by the host . The food finally came it was so bad . I had the salmon and my daughter had the crawfish . The taste of food was horrible we sent the crawfish back !!Meanwhile it was so loud at this restaurant, then we finally had enough of this place and left the again we had to ask the host to close our tab . We paid by cash She then couldn’t find change to give us . This rating I would say is a - 10

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MoNsJu
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The server was phenomenal. The food and drinks were good.
Beware of the size of the pretzel... it is huge!

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DanielH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service here is terrible, truly. The food is decent to good, but it is way too expensive for what you get. There also simply isn’t any “Cajun” feel to any aspect of this restaurant.

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SusanS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Warmest outdoor dining in Northern Virginia! It was 27 degrees and we thought it might be too cold to dine out. But TWO NINETEEN was the warmest outdoor restaurant we have been to in the last two years!

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MNmom
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town to visit my son at college and we chose this place after looking at reviews and the food type(French creole)! It was during restaurant week so busy but the special menu was amazing included jambalaya and the gumbo yaya was fantastic! Service was great even with all the guests!

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AdamA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience2

219 was just ok. We didn't realize when booking that the live music is not part of the restaurant - it's in a separate bar upstairs. We also did not realize that the bar allows cigar smoking. The entire restaurant was very heavy on the cigar smoke. The food was just OK - overpriced for what we ordered, underseasoned, and lacking spice. The service was very good, and the server and hostess were both very attentive. Would not recommend.

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vipMkch
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food and service. Only negative was cigar smell at restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful, very welcoming! My wife and I went for her birthday so she could hear live Jazz music! The band was epic .

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating New Year with family.

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RickeyC
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The set menu was not at all accommodating to non-meat eaters. The food was insanely cheap to make and not worth $70. They messed up our wine, our appetizers and the fact that we were there for someone’s bday which they forgot. Then the 20% gratuity is mandatory, so our guy got $67 for being literally awful at his job. I’ll never eat here again and will be telling everyone I know not to.

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vipamoore
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice warm atmosphere. View of the street. Food is average, with a heavy leaning toward seafood. Service was very good. No specialty cocktails, you have to know what you want.

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KathrynS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time we walked in … beautiful and very attentive staff. The restaurant was beautifully decorated and cozy warm dining. The staff was on point they did not miss a beat. The food was so delicious, omg very flavorful. We will be back very soon. Thank you

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KimberlyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Christmas Eve dinner ever. The food was absolutely phenomenal. We loved the whole ambiance. Thank you!

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YUMMY
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

First time in this restaurant after living in Old Town for 21 years!!
First, loved the historic venue. The fire places were wonderful.
Food was delicious but a bit spicy for me. It was Southern cooking, but that doesn't mean spice. I will go back but next time ask to cut the spice.

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ChrisW
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately seriously understaffed in the restaurant and bar area. Only one bar tender upstairs with live music for 200+ people. Manfredo did a great job though!

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RobertR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ABSOLUTLEY DELICIOUS -- and, the service was FANTASTIC!!!

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viplittleDee
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Joined for the first time and received terrible service from the Thai waiter who’s name I unfortunately wasn’t able to get because the service was just that bad. Thank goodness for the manager Barbara, I believe, who saved the money from walking out the door. As someone who works as a hostess, I expect service to be exceptional because that’s what I give when I’m at work. Food was absolutely amazing however. Would come back for the food and to be specifically serviced by the manager, who says she serves, manages, hosts, and bartends.

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VickyLee
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants--great food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was excellent. Band downstairs was practicing and the noise vibd the floor literally. But when the host was made aware they immediately took care of the issue.

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SarahG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The people working there (hostess, our server) provided outstanding service — they could not have done a better job! The ambience was beautiful with perfect mood lighting.

I was disappointed that the oyster po boy wasn’t available on a Friday or Saturday even though it appeared on the menu (with a note). I didn’t see this on the restaurant’s website and this dish was the reason I picked this restaurant. If the issue is they needed to charge more for it on the weekends, then print weekend menus and charge more.

The broccoli sprouts were cooked perfectly (not over cooked) but were way too over sauced with a very salty sauce. My husband’s shrimp and grits was also too heavily sauced. The shrimp, however, were cooked perfectly. The chef clearly has great skills but needs to rely less on heavy sauces and provide a more fresh taste.

I would go back to this restaurant if they could fix these two very fixable problems. Overall, a solid 4!

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vipKellyS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were really excited to try this restaurant out since we passed by it frequently. The decor was gorgeous, as was our seating location. The restaurant was not busy since it was later in the evening, but the service was extremely slow. We had two glasses of water before we were even approached by our waiter. The young lady filling the glasses was more attentive than our waiter.

The food came out quickly (not served by our waiter) and was very hot. The fries were absolutely amazing! Our sandwiches were delicious as well. The meal was ruined by a table of four who were all the way across the room. They were obnoxiously loud, talking/screaming into cell phones for all to hear both sides of the conversation because thy were on speaker. The table next to us were also disturbed by the loudness of that table.

While we enjoyed the food, the service was underwhelming as was the noise. Not sure if we will try it again since there are other restaurants along King St. who have more attentive staff and food just as good.

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vipLandscaping2Table
St. Louis
48 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The hostess was rude, abrupt and not at all welcoming. The host was not much better. 30 minutes to get the wine we ordered. The soup arrived cold and took forty minutes. No one checked on us and the dirty bowls sat on the table for another 10 or 15 minutes. Saw the waitress when we ordered and after we finished the soup. Entrees were good. We had to chase down the host to get a check after asking three people. Fortunately we had cash at the right amount to pay our bill or we still would be waiting.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The wait was long for service. We were seated for about 15 minutes before anyone came over to attend to us. Slow service and the server seemed overwhelmed I am not sure if they were short staffed or the location was extremely busy and the kitchen couldn’t keep up.

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Sharon
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful and we were lucky to be able to sit in the bar area, which was decorated beautifully. The fireplaces were turned on, which added to the cozy and fun atmosphere. The food was delicious and we had a great time. We’ve eaten at this restaurant for close to 25 years and have never had a bad experience. We were happy to be able to spend Thanksgiving in a spectacular location.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good times. Good drinks and good food!! Great place!
Service was slower than expected like other restaurants since pandemic . After eating we went upstairs to the live music and saw our server behind the bar. He had been going back and forth all night. Explains why the lag Recommend one more bartender upstairs. 3 behind the bar at all times. It was still great! I will be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Saw a mouse running around in the restaurant.waiter made a joke. Not funny. Will never eat there again

219 Restaurant
Responded on November 23, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We are sorry you had this experience while dining outside on our Patio. We maintain our restaurant diligently, but the outdoors is challenging as the weather gets colder and Mother Nature takes over. We of course do not think it was funny and our staff is now aware to be more sensitive to our guests while they are dining with us.

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Jimmy
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I believe the bartender/server's name was Tommy. He was the absolute best. Friendly, professional, polite, and makes one heck of a dirty martini. Outstanding food and service. Proper recipe for date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely time at 219. A friend chose this for her birthday dinner, and all four of us vowed to go back again soon. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared. I had the blackened salmon and ordered it medium; it came exactly as ordered and melted in my mouth. The pork belly and chicken wing appetizers are worth it, don’t miss them. The cornmeal crusted and fried oysters also were delectable and done just right. One friend had the gumbo, which had a rich, deep taste.

What impressed us the most was the time and attention of the host and owner. Clearly, like many restaurants at this time, 219 is short-handed for waitstaff. But that was just observation. We wanted for nothing between the owner and the host. They were so attentive to our needs as well as those of the very large party also on the patio. We all were so impressed with this. Their attention to service and quality was incredible and we were so impressed and appreciative. Thank you, 219, for making my friend’s birthday and our evening such a memorable experience. We’ll be back soon!

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vipKarenR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had a wonderful experience at 219 Restaurant. My reservation was a little too early to enjoy the live music, but I will definitely be back for that.

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johnm
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our dinner was a wonderful experience and highly recommend eating there to everyone that enjoys very good food.

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RMSinMD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Very limited dinner menu - some items one I not available for dinner. Gumbo and jambalaya were good, Black Forest cake dessert was a bit stale.

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vipZoomerok
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I felt like I was having dinner back in New Orleans

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. And owners are always so welcoming and nice!

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vipNicoleW
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always fantastic thank you! The only con is that even the outdoor patio has smoke smell and even early in evening. Perhaps fans would help w avoiding the smoke smell outdoors. Thank you.

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vipDeborahS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great location on the 200 block of King Street in Old Town.

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vipHeathcliff
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The room takes you right to old New Orleans.

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Luv2dine
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful! The she crab soup and shrimp and grits were terrific

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TonjaW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

219 Restaurant has great food for the money, the service takes a little longer than usual but once you get your meal the wait-staff is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible management!!! The food wasn’t that great as well and the service is very slow.

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vipAlby
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Live music is the best night out experience.

FAQs

219 Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 736 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.