219 Restaurant

4.3
486 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a good bite to eat and make sure to check out the Jazz/Blues cigar and scotch lounge (which is upstairs) after dinner. Bands come on at 9:00pm and they are always good.

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s
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

food and service were great. my only complaint was that some of the restaurant employees were smoking and it carried into the eating area.

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ME
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The oysters and bananas foster were rock star. The jambalaya and gumbo were good, but did not have the Cajun bang we were expecting. After dinner the live music and drinks upstairs finished the evening on a very high note!

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MM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was my third time going to Brunch at 219. This was the first time I was not pleased with the staff at all. I ordered my brunch. The order came back correct, however, when I at the omlette, it had a funny taste. When I called the server to the table, I informed him i did not like the way the food taste. He asked if I wanted to order something else and I said 'yes. This is where I my disappointment started. He took more than 10 minutes to come back to the table, and that was only because I asked the female server if we could please get the check. He came over to the table and asked if I had decided. I said we asked for the check. He left and returned with the check. He did not charge us for our meal, but he NEVER asked if I wanted anything else, was there a reason I didn't order another dish, or apologize for me not being pleased with the dish. When we left, we walked right by us and he never said 'thank you', 'come back again'. NOTHING. I was highly disappointed with the customer service from this male server on Sunday, March 24. I will definitely think twice about going to 219 again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. And very friendly staff. Enjoyed a great evening!

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was good. I enjoyed the ambiance.

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CW
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Arrived at 7. We had the place to ourselves which was very nice.
Wait staff was new but attentive. Ambiance was wonderful.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was excellent! I took my girlfriend who is from the NoLA area and she was really impressed with the food which she said was authentic Creole. The service and ambiance in the dining room was exquisite. I would definitely recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, service and food. We also love Eva.

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TE
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Eva the bartender was the perfect host!!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening!

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The service was good and the food was amazing! Everyone enjoyed their meal. As a matter of fact, we visit 219 often and are never disappointed. My only criticism is the cigarette smoke. The cigarette smoke made us eat fast so we could remove ourselves from the environment. If they address this concern, we would give 5 stars.

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SZ
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

219 is going through an "up" stage among its ups and downs. Don't get discouraged by the whiffs of reaky cigar smoke smell, it doesn't permeate into the lovely dining room. The food was very good as was the service.

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DB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch! Loved the warm beignets and the complimentary Bellini with my eggs benedict. We scored a small table next to the front windows, which was great for people watching.

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is outstanding and the food is amazing.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Debbie was so nice to us! Only two parties (including us) during brunch. The servings for beignets was HUGE (and appreciated) :) Thank you!

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PM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat at a table in tight space and I kept getting bumped throughout dinner by staff and other customer and made for an uncomfortable dinner. No one apologized or even said "excuse me" by the staff. Food was wonderful!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and service

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Service and food were excellent. Dining room had a smell of cigarettes which was masked as the room filled up. Believe they have a cigar bar in the basement but this smelled like cigarette smoke.

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d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The room was nice with a warm fire. I had the hanger steak with was thick and impossible to chew. The food otherwise was ok but not great.

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MA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with fantastic service (the she-crab soup was amazing!). We had a window table facing onto King Street, which was also create for people watching. The service was great with an appropriate balance in the timing of not feeling rushed and not feeling ignored. They also have a solid single malt scotch list.

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TS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

219 is a nice restaurant that consistently offers you good creole food in a nice setting. The service is great and make you feel special.

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GG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great evening. Our server was excellent and the food was great. This has been my third visit. I will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. A small scent of tobacco at entrance, but tolerable.

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u
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and outstanding food!

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SL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Wow has this place changed! Some moments are just hard to relive....219 is missing its service elegance.

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MA
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. The band that played upstairs was great

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HS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Anniversary celebration but never mentioned despite the fact we had entered this is the reservation. Waiter was polite, but inattentive.

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SC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Had the fried chicken it was cook to hard and the batter was to thick. But everything else was great... fantastic service.

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L
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were seated quickly at a beautiful table near the fireplace and looking at the street. We were given water and then didn't see a waiter for 30 min. Service and food were good after that. I got the shrimp creole. The shrimp were done nicely but just swimming in a spicy tomato sauce. Not very exciting. We were hoping to go listen to jazz after dinner but didn't realize it was a cigar bar. Too smoky to hang out.

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AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Christmas dinner, so they had a special menu. Everything we had was delicious. IThe ambience was old New Orleans elegance. They have a room upstairs for live music; can't wait to come back for that.

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CE
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. The food and atmosphere were wobderful.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas meal. Set menu. Delicious!

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f
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It was Christmas Eve. The restaurant wasn't very busy. Service was slow and unattentive. It seemed like one waiter might have been covering multiple dining areas. The food was good but there was a limited holiday menu that wasn't advertised in advance. Wanted to experience their regular menu...maybe another year.

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L
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Way overpriced.

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Fireplace seating very cozy. Food was outstanding. Complimentary brunch cocktails.

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TI
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first visit to 219 for my friend and me. Are we ever glad we decided to try 219! She and I were seated at the window in the smaller dining room that is warmed with an open fire. You couldn't have asked for better service. My friend began with a bowl of she crab soup. I had a caesar salad. We both had jambalaya for our entrées. We had plenty of meat in a delightfully seasoned sauce. We finished with bourbon bread pudding. We were pleasantly surprised how light the pudding was. Everything was delicious. If you come via Metro, I recommend catching the King Street Trolley to 219.

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MG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique treasure of oldtown. The 219 restaurant main floor is outstanding, great quiet atmosphere and has fireplaces in winter. Great menu, great service, reasonably priced diverse wine list. Try the duck!! You can go upstairs after for live music and cigars-but be warned it gets loud up there.

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NR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the quiet ambiance for Thanksgiving Dinner. The fire in the fireplace helped to create the cozy, warm, and friendly atmosphere. The frisée salad with marinated beet was delicious, as was the squash bisque soup. The traditional thanksgiving menu was delightful and the fresh turkey delightful! The only criticism was of the lamb with some pieces a bit stringy. Service was timely and cordial. I heartily recommend Two Nineteen Restaurant.

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DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Experience, our hostess was amazing and very attentive.

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