219 Restaurant

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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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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It's a very tight squeeze in the front dining area. The waitress asked my husband if he would move his chair in where there was clearly no more "in" to go. We actually had to rearrange our own table just to make room for people on the floor. Their gumbo and she-crab soup were fabulous! I enjoyed the shrimp and grits, but my husband did not enjoy the jambalaya. The tiramisu was alright. I thought it might be a little better because they made it in-house. The other annoying thing is that you have to pay Alexandria tax in addition to regular Virginia tax.

CD
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Charming, quiet dining room(s). Menu that focuses on low-country cuisine but has plenty of other choices. The steak au poivre was better than many French restaurants. Desserts (tiramisu and cheesecake) were outstanding. Server was friendly and attentive but not intrusive. Excellent selection of whiskies and wines by the glass and interesting beers on tap. Highly recommend.

DE
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Note to self, never try a new place during restaurant week. No restaurant brings more than their C game during that time.

CR
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

For it to be restaurant week, it was a little short staff which lead to it taking 35 mins just to get drinks. However; it did improve.

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and service. Nice warm fireplaces going on a cold raw day. Perfect ambiance. Server (forgot name) was excellent. Food was excellent. Large portions too!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful on the inside. However, the service was wonderful from the host station to the time we left. We are coming back.

DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and will definitely return. Food and service were great! The smell of cigar smoke from upstairs was somewhat annoying however, that was no fault of 219. The wait staff was very attentive but not intrusive. The fireplace added to the ambiance and the warmth on the cold evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was fantastic. Our waiter Phil was polite and fun! Definitely will be back

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at 219 on New Years Eve. Our waiter was very attentive, the service was quick, the ambiance was spectacular. Overall, a great experience!

FB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We made.same day reservations. Easy. Our waiter was great - cut the price of our prix fix menu because our ten year old was with us for a New Year's Eve dinner. We ate above the party room. So, the music affected the ambience. The food, and it's presentation was very good. One complaint was the smoking. Not the place to go if it will bother you.

BO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and hospitality... lovely, welcoming environment

FF
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed meal. Service was great. Could not enjoy the Saturday night band due to cigar smoke, but will return on a week day, as recommended by the staff, when there are fewer smokers.

KS
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

The service was inattentive considering it was not crowded...our bread consisted of 2 muffins..we asked for more...told it would be an up charge..REALLY! We are not cheap and go out frequently to high end restaurants....I was totally turned off even if the food was good..our friends said pretty much the same but we thought we would give them a chance...they BLEW IT BIG TIME

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it. It’s so charming. The food was outstanding. There was a lot of flavor, a little spicy, in the best way. My boyfriend wasn’t as excited by the food (not a fan of collard greens). But I’m the one writing the review, and I’m going to convince him to go back.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

This is a great one stop shop so to speak. Food, music, and a cigar bar for my boyfriend.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Amazing venue, rockstar local talent, eclectic, yet remarkably cozy environment, and spectacular service. Huge fan of this place! #basinstforthewin

CE
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous meal sitting right in front of the fireplace facing out looking on King Street. Food was spectacular and the waiter was awesome! It mad for a magical date night!!

PW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

very nice small spot, with good food, cozy atmosphere. if you go in the fall or winter, request a table next to the fireplace.

MA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

I have eaten at this restaurant several times over the last 30 + years and have always given a 5. However the service was delayed, the food was not hot, and I just wasn't satisfied. I was celebrating my birthday and was the first time for my guest. I told them prior to going how good it was but I don't think they will be going back. When I asked them how did they like the food? response was "ok". They didn't like how long it took to bring food. My friend had to go to the bar and get a slice lemon.

PH
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant in a beautiful quaint neighborhood. I loved the fact that this establishment has three gems in one. They have the New Orleans styled restaurant on the main floor, a cigar on the top floor and the bayou room on the ground level. I believe the bayou room is more of a dance area. During my trip I did not venture down there, but I could definitely hear music. The food was good. I had the she crab soup which was very good and I also had the crab cake dinner entree. The entree came with 2 crab cakes over corn and asparagus. I thought the crab cakes were good, but I would have liked to taste more of the crab than peppers and onions. Nonetheless, overall the food was good. I was on a date and we each got the same soup and split the entree. We then went up to the cigar where they had a live band. The do have a cigar lounge and bar. You can order a cigar from their cigar menu and smoke it right there. There is a $5 cover charge/per person for band upon ordering anything. This was a pretty cool spot! Very chill. If you’re not a cigar or cigarette smoker like me beware, you will leave smelling like a cigar ash tray. Overall I give this establishment a 4.5-4.7 out of 5.

B
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fried seafood platter, and crab cake dinner, were both outstanding. Service was really good and ensured we got finished in time for curtain up at the Wells Theater.

AJ
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brunched on the patio and enjoyed wonderful food with great service. Very pleasant experience!

VC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Can’t wait to go back. Shrimp n grits, fried chicken, crab cakes, there is no wrong answer.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good dinner - awesome music upstairs

JR
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting the upstairs lounge-bar? Ask Kevin to mix your drink, and share a story about Scotch collection. The outdoor setting is perfect if you want to enjoy fine dining and a comfortable place to sit with your favorite dog and favorite people, the occasional waft of cigars and tunes from the lounge upstairs. The muscles-in-butter-and-wine, paired with a Perfect Manhattan, and charcuterie platter on the side is an excellent start to a delightful evening in Old Town.

JW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing, but you can smell smoke coming from the downstairs club area if you are sitting outside. The service was really good.

M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good but not great. Drinks were terribly overpriced for their quality. There is an oder from the cigar lounge that permeates the restaurant. Despite it being pretty dead on a Saturday night we had to track down our waiter to get our bill so we could get home to the baby sitter.

KY
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was extremely slow. The food was expensive and unremarkable. Facilities were nothing to write home about. Cheap tile flooring was chipped and not cemented down in some areas creating a tripping hazard.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Occasion: Restaurant Week 2019/Husbands 32nd Birthday Dinnner w/ friends.

Pros:
The waiters/service was very nice and professional. We had reservations, but half of our party came late and they made no fuss about it, prepared our table and let us sit at the bar until the rest of our party arrived. We had a very early dinner (5pm), so the restaurant was empty anyway, but it was the thought that counts. They also boxed my meal for me, which is a rarity these days!

Cons:
1) The food was just OKAY. I had the fried chicken with collards and rice. The chicken was nice and crispy, but it lacked seasoning on both the chicken itself and the breading. The greens, however, were tasty and the rice was okay.

2) I know the place has an antique vibe, but it also *smelled* old, which may be in part to it being part cigar lounge - I’m not sure. It smelled like old furniture. I’ve been to antique restaurants and, while you can preserve the antique feel of a restaurant, I feel you can also put in some modern touches as well for a good balance.

All in all, I probably wouldn’t come again simply for the lack of seasoning on the food, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to bash it to anyone else either.

TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is small and inviting. The decor is reminiscent of historic New Orleans. Our servers were enthusiastic and friendly. My wife enjoyed one of her favorites, Shrimp and Grits. I enjoyed an excellent caesar salad and perfectly done rib-eye. We had a great table by the window that provided a view of the activity on King Street. All in all an excellent dining experience.

MW
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Food was ok. Cigar bar upstairs and live music is the reason I would go back.

PR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A really great spot for a brunch date. It was quiet and the wait staff were attentive. The only issue was that the place held the odor of cigar smoke.

P
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

219 has a New Orleans vibe and an elegant flair to it. My husband and I had reservations on their outside patio but instead we were seated at a table next to the window, which was definitely one of the best tables in the house. Our waiter made sure we had everything we needed at all times and made us feel welcome and important. Our food was timed perfectly and we never found ourselves waiting for anything. I had the shrimp and grits and it was by far the best I've ever had -- thick, creamy grits, perfectly cooked shrimp, and sauce with great depth of flavor. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience from start to finish and are looking forward to our next date there.

DD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Appetizers were good, but the entree and desserts were disappointing. It just didnt appear to be freshly cooked. Though I must say that the service made up for the food. They went out of their way to give my friend a good time.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was over priced based on the value. Service was also slow.

LD
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I came in for a late brunch around 2:30pm as brunch was ending at 3pm. The restaurant was nearly empty as it looks as the servers were cleaning up and preparing for lunch. I made reservations for 1 and got seating for a table of 4. Clearly the host didn't look at the reservations because I requested outdoor seating and was taking inside. I asked could I sit outside instead and he directed me back to where we first started. My server (Jordan) that was assigned to the outdoor area awkwardly spoke to me as I was expecting more people. She ended up taking my drink order and came back with the drink but failed to ask if I was ready to order. The host was kind enough to refresh with with a glass of water while he was busy cleaning up the extra plates that was on my table. I ended up getting his attention and informed him that I was ready to order. Making him go alert my server to actually take my order. I end up ordering the steak and eggs and that's when I notice that the service came at bare minimum. Never have I ordered steak and eggs at a restaurant and was not asked how would I like my steak cooked or how would you like my eggs. I was NOT given an option. Thankfully I was hungry and not that picky. However, I'm paying you for a meal that has an option to make cooking modifications. I was excited about ordering some delicious beignets for dessert but I'm glad I didn't and just asked for my check instead.

CS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and service was great. I was there for a late dinner and could hear the bar below us. I think it would be less loud at an early dinner time. Would definitely go back!

HE
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Salmon was quite good, but the menu was quite limited. The review above was for the restaurant, but for the Jazz bar the life music was excellent but I strongly recommend couches in addition to the tables - would give much nicer atmosphere.

PB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Big hit for a great impression on "Date Night" if this is all it took I should of been coming here Many, Many dates ago. I had been walking pass this establishment many evenings seeing people looking as they were enjoying themselves 7 having a good time. I made a reservation and I'm glad I did, walked in and was immediately seated. Service was great and the food was even better. It made such a good impression with my date that I will always remember this night. 219 Thank you.

D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service from Andy. The food is always plentiful and tasty. Great attention to guest and knowledgeable of menu.