219 Restaurant

4.2
678 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!
What 678 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Alice
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food was good but the service was horrible. Took 30 minutes after our reservation to serve us. Another 45 to get the food. Gave us tap water, didn’t ask about soft drinks, and didn’t mention until after the fact that the collard greens had pork. Overall, would not recommend unless you want to have happy hour and a cigar.

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DanD
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious especially the jambalaya and shrimp grits. The atmosphere was nice and the noise level was low enough that our party of four could easily communicate. The service was also very good

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TracyH
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Four adults in our party and everyone liked the food. The jambalaya tasted great but was skimpy on the shrimp for the price. Blackened salmon was tasty and cooked exactly as ordered. Shrimp creole could use a little more seasoning. The staff was friendly and welcoming. We ate in the dining room and really enjoyed the atmosphere—laid back and not too loud. After dinner we went upstairs to listen to the band. The guys had cigars and we had more drinks. The band sounded great, a few people were dancing and the place filled up around 9:30–the band started at 9 and the tables were taken by 8:45, we were lucky and got one. It is a cigar bar so be prepared! The windows and door to the street stairwell were open and that helped.

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GOLASHA006664
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Staff very professional!! Took care of their guests.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were excellent.

RT
vipRobT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I have wanted to try this restaurant for quite some time. We walked up and had to wait at the host/hostess area for about 10 minutes to be seated despite having reservations. Once we were seated, our server was less than attentive and we had to ask several times for things from another server. It took about 40 minutes to get food from the kitchen. For all the good things that I heard about this restaurant, I was extremely disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Mac and cheese starter was excellent. Entree wasn’t very flavorful. Rice was too firm. Sauce gave ketchup more than a Tamils roux.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoy dining here as always!

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vipSunshine1
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I ordered the Shrimp PoBoy Sandwich - very terrible tasting and nasty. The shrimps were warm and not hot. The batter was extremely soggy. Will not be going back! I am so disappointed!!!

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JH2324
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

very nice atmosphere, odd menu options from Steak to huge sourdough pretzel tp southern creole dishes. Brussel sprouts were good. I would give it another try a hopefully they will have expanded their menu.

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EboneU
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole ambiance was amazing. The food was absolutely delicious!!! The service was outstanding!!!! After eating we had gone upstairs to the cigar lounge and listened to the live band playing ……OUTSTANDING!! I can’t wait to come back

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! I highly recommend the She Crab Soup! I would go back just for that! I also had the Spinach and Quinoa salad which was great, smaller than I expected for the price, but it was filling. My kids had chicken tenders and grilled chicken. They had no complaints. Another child with us had the chicken drumstick/wing appetizer. He said they were great. They didn’t have kid drink options, which I think would be a great addition (lemonade or apple juice). My husband ordered the Loaded fries…. Skip those. They were definitely not loaded and with a price tag of $10, you basically get fries with a little melted cheese and maybe an eighth of an onion. Not worth it. The cheeseburger with bacon was good according to my friend. The steak was very much enjoyed by another friend. My husband had the Jambalaya. He said he wished there was more protein in it (too much rice) but the flavors were good. Our other friend had the shrimp po boy, and other than one shrimp being missed and still having the shell on it before being breaded and fried, it was good. We loved the blues music in the background. Attire: business casual unless sitting outside. The interior seemed a little fancier.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The food was over cooked and over priced for the quality. The wait staff was very pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with very attentive staff. Food was delicious.

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Bonnie
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The food was not enjoyable at all. But we appreciated the live band.

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GOLASHA006664
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a great job and birthday celebration. Always professional.

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GBlew
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

My wife and I were excited for the complex flavors and juicy goodness of Creole and confident that a restaurant this close to... everything would be top notch.

We were disappointed to find the food was mediocre. Shrimp and Grits at a New Orleans themed restaurant cannot be barely passing. The dish lacked flavor.

The Brussels sprouts were steamed or maybe boiled and rolled in sauce. They were chewy, somewhat raw, with a strange and sweet flavor. Left unfinished, despite these usually being our favorite part of the meal.

There were no complex flavors or slow cooked goodness.
We ordered more dishes believing we must've just selected their less well done ones and they continued to disappoint.

The Asian fusion they're going for also isn't working. We went that way and the pork belly was less than medium rare and quite chewy.

We ended up finally going for a giant pretzel, because we saw someone else's and we'd lost faith in Creole or Asian fare. It was pretty good. There's no way these are made fresh onsite, so we recommend you bring some of your own mustard for this microwaved deliciousness because after almost $20 it only comes with beer cheese. Or just pull it out of your own freezer!

Lastly, the service felt insecure. It felt like they'd been to a nice restaurant but only vaguely remembered how to approach a guest or deliver a plate.

219 is like its neighbors mostly in price and less by the quality of their food. I hope they improve upon their foundations, for your sake!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and we really enjoyed our meal.

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SofieS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. I had the shrimp po’boy and truffle fries and it tasted really great with the truffle sauce. The whole party loved their meals, drinks were great as well!

JP
JakeP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very dog-friendly staff and patio. Wish they would turn the fans on, but other than that great place for lunch.

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NichelleM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These guys went out of there way to seat us together with our puppy outside! It was a WONDERFUL experience! Such a nice staff!

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RyanT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a good place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

They were clearly short staffed. Had to go find a hostess and the waiter had to seat us instead. Salmon salad was old and gross, and a day later, I’m still “paying” for the crab soup. Fried, soup, salad, and two glasses of wine were $90. How.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great music! Very NOLA

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food was good, really enjoyed the band.

TR
TomR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service on a busy night in Old Town.

CT
ChrisT
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

No cocktail menu, but when you ordered the $14 drink were made with rail liquor. Food was ok depending on what you ordered. The basement bar was good but they should not allow people to smoke in that tiny space .

TJ
TexasJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location for a restaurant in Alexandria. We really enjoyed ourselves outside and were close enough to hear a band playing nearby and a very short walk to the water. The food was good, the jambalaya in particular was great.

JI
vipJackInMilwaukee
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was OK (I had the shrimp and grits), but not the best version I’ve had. However, the service was amazing and the place is fun. I’d return, and probably just try something else.

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OctaviaS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Birthday dinner. Good service. Meal was okay.

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JulieU
New England
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stay after dinner to listen to outstanding live jazz in the upstairs lounge!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!!!!

CJ
CassandraJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good, service was a bit chaotic on Saturday night (we sat outside on the street), highly recommend the truffle fries, inside looks like great atmosphere.

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RachelA
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, wine recommendation was spot on. After dinner we spent the rest of the evening in the bar below the restaurant. Best night out I’ve had in awhile!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Great outdoor space and vibrant crowd. Lots to like about the bourbon and scotch bar and live music. Priced for the tourist and service was lacking.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service, excellent jambalaya and dessert. We will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, good food, good portions, cigar bar and live music was great.

They enforced the 90 minute table time pretty strictly which was annoying, but I understand.

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vipJenniferF
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience. Both food and service were fantastic! We would highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Small tables , felt rush, chicken was dry other than that it was all a 5 stars experience

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DavidL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two-Nineteen is definitely best creole/cajun food I've had in ages. The ambience is great.

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219 Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 678 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.