219 Restaurant

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475 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 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 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 has what you're looking for seven days a week.
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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 10, 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 27, 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 27, 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
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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 24, 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 19, 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 12, 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 12, 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 31, 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 30, 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
5 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
8 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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AT
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on December 15, 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 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Experience, our hostess was amazing and very attentive.

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CM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was Sunday, a little after 2 PM and I had an open table reservation for two but ended up dining alone. I waited to be greeted at the door much longer than I should have. Once I was acknowledged, I was offered a seat in the outdoor seating area, no one was seated out there. As well, it is Fall and today’s high was 56 degrees. I than was offered seating at the bar because the waitress and/or receptionist said the empty tables which seat 4 were reserved. There was an empty table that set 2 by window but I took a seat at the bar. At this point, there was no bartender and the wait began to be welcomed by a waiter/waitress with a menu. I had just given a recommendation to two women standing with me at the receptionist desk because my wife and I were satisfied with a previous meal there. They said they would give it at try. As I waited at the bar to be served I saw the two women leave without being seated. There were empty tables. Waiting a few minutes more to be served without being greeted at the bar, I decided to leave as well.

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HS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Brunch was great and our entree's came with a complimentary mimosa! Can't beat it! We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and ambiance, and our server was lovely.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, ambiance and food! The salmon and she soup was delicious! Went upstairs for music after dinner and the Band was soo good I thought I was in Memphis!

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K
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

This restaurant has slipped in quality from years ago when it was a fine dining establishment. I was disappointed. Food was ok, but not great as it used to be.

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MK
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eggs Benedict are still as wonderful as they were in 1981! Eva, the hostess, is a gem and made our family brunch an extra special occasion.

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiance' and enjoyed our evening out, it was on a whim we went. But a great choice. It's been add to our spot list....we will be back.

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NP
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our visit, with a few small hiccups. Our entrees were both excellent. The house bread was mediocre. The Charcuterie was good but not great. Loved the location in setting of the restaurant. Didn’t love the cigarette smell in the restaurant which was probably attributed to the bar below the restaurant. For the main entrées, we would return again.

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JB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

She crab soup totally lived up to its reputation. Shrimp and grits -- heavenly! Note for outdoor seating: next door there is a cigar bar. I love that smell, but if you don't, sit inside. It's pretty strong.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well prepared dishes that are pleasing to the palette. Try the shrimp and grits, they are amazing!

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E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and the she crab soup was delicious!

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted something different from the average seafood/American old town offerings and decided to try something new. 219 offers amazing Cajun dishes and southern fare. The jambalaya was amazing. They make the andouille sausage in house. The service was stellar the hostess was knowledgeable about the dishes and wine selection. The only thing to be aware of is that there is a cigar bar upstairs. Walking up and at the hostess station the smell is quite notocible. However once in the main dining area you hardly notice it. Definitely recommend for a cozy romantic dinner.

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