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219 Restaurant

4.3
4.3
770 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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Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Contemporary American, Creole

  • Hours of operation

    Restaurant
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
    Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
    Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm
    Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
    Lounge
    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–2:00 am
    Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–2:00 am
    Sun 2:00 pm–1:00 am
    Bayou Room
    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am
    Happy Hour
    Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 549-1141

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    We do offer catering upon request.

  • Private party facilities

    Please inquire. We regularly host wedding parties, rehearsal dinners, showers, corporate functions and retreats, and hail and farewells. We host regular wine tastings, wine pairing dinners, cigar tastings and cigar pairing dinners, and scotch tastings.

  • Private party contact

    Rob Jemio/ Patty Charoentra: (703) 549-1141

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    N. Fairfax Street

  • Parking details

    In addition to available street parking, we recommend the affordable, municipal parking garage underneath City Hall just around the corner, on Fairfax Street.

  • Public transit

    King St. Metro [<1 mile]; Free trolley services on King St., from Metro.

  • Entertainment

    Live blues music [including Grammy-winning acts] six nights a week upstairs in our massive, well-appointed cigar lounge, the Basin Street Lounge. Downstairs, in our casual bar the Bayou Room, we offer DJ format dance music complete with laser lights.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

$55/person. This is on the only menu available during brunch

For the Table

  • Beignet Basket

    espresso & cinnamon crème

    Starter

    • She Crab Soup

      fresh herb

      • Strawberry Parfait

        honey-toasted oat & whipped crème

        • Tri-Pepper Quiche

          pepper & cheddar with mixed green salad

          Main

          • Double Thick Double Cream French Toast

            with bananas foster & bacon

            • Fried Chicken Biscuits

              spicy maple butter & country potatoes

              • Blackened Atlantic Salmon*

                cajun rice fritter, brussels sprouts, & lemon beurre blanc

                • Italian Eggs Benedict*

                  prosciutto, basil-herb hollandaise, & melon salad

                  • Spring Risotto

                    pea, asparagus, preserved lemon, & dill; +prosciutto $8 + shrimp $9

                    • Shrimp & Grits

                      louisiana style bbq gulf shrimp & cheddar stone-ground grits

                      Dessert

                      • Mango Cheesecake "Foam"

                        almond cookie crumble

                        • Lemon Curd Blondie

                          blueberry compote

                          • Peanut Butter Mousse

                            oreo crumble, roasted peanuts, & chocolate drizzle

                            Last updated: May 4, 2022

                            What 770 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                            4.3
                            4.3 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.2Food
                            • 4.4Service
                            • 4.3Ambience
                            • 4Value

                            NoiseModerate

                            Loved For

                            • Virginia - DC Suburbs

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                            1. MP

                              MichaelP

                              Richmond

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at 219. We spent time in all three venues, the cigar lounge, Bayou Bar and the restaurant itself. Amazing food and ambiance! Definitely coming back.

                            2. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall3food2service5ambience5

                              I chose this restaurant because online the ambiance was nice and eclectic and it wasn’t too far from home; however, the food left more to be desired. The food wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. The service was wonderful. We were greeted as soon as we walked in. We made reservations but it really wasn’t crowded. We were seated right away and presented with menus. Like I said, the service was wonderful but the food, not so much. I wouldn’t be in a hurry to return.

                            3. JG

                              JefferyG

                              Washington DC

                              14 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              14 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall4food4service3ambience3

                              Took the wife here for a mother's day dinner out and so glad we came. The waiter was really nice and attentive, he took our orders right away and kept checking on us to ensure we were during fine. For an appetizer I had the gumbo, it was really good with a very slight kick, although it would've been better with some sausage added. For an entrée I had the Jambalaya, it was great, had a lot of sausage, chicken, shrimp and some really good rice. My wife had the fried chicken with collard green. She like both, but really enjoyed the greens that were cooked with pork and had a little kick to them. Overall a very good meal

                            4. TC

                              TamekiaC

                              Washington DC

                              2 reviews

                              3.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall3food3service4ambience4

                              I took my mom for Mother's Day brunch. They had a pre-fix menu of 3 courses at $55 pp. Our server let us know up front he was a bartender who was pulled to serve-I assume most of the women were off for Mother's Day. I loved the set up and the fancy ( I guess French) chairs. It was very cute and quaint. They initially forgot to bring out the beignets for the table, which were more like puffed crackers the size of a Cheez-It cracker and tasted like a communion cracker dusted with powder sugar and whipped cream on the side. There was 3 on the plate for 2 guests..that was a bit odd. The server brought them out shortly after another server brought out our main entrees. I had the French Toast which was topped w/ fresh bananas and strawberries and a banana foster's syrup and 2 1/2 very small/thin pieces of bacon. It was really good, but I wish the bacon was equal to the serving of french toast. My mom had the Fried Chicken & biscuits w/ a side of breakfast potatoes. The serving was pretty large, however, she did complain it was more breading than chicken ( I noticed it was dark meat as well). As I was digging in, I noticed they did not bring our starter-which was the She Crab soup. When we flagged someone down, they apologized and asked would we like to take it w/us but we decided to eat it there. It was more of pureed soup w/a few bits of crab. It was ok, need a tad bit of salt. Finally, to dessert..Mom had the Mango Cheesecake "Foam" and I had the Blondie w/ Lemon Curd and Blueberry compote. Mom's taste okay, better w/the cracker/cookie things they put on top of the foam. My dessert was horrible except for the lemon curd. The blondie was more like a chocolate chip brownie and the dark or semi-sweet chips clashed w/the fruit. Maybe it should have been warmed. Mimosa, coffee, brunch + tip came to about $167..I would have felt much better about that price if the food matched. Not going to blame the server this time, since he was filling in so I did not cut his time.

                            5. DS

                              DavidS

                              Washington DC

                              3 reviews

                              3.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall3food3service2ambience4

                              SOme of the food was really good. Some was really bad. OVerall, the price fix menu was not worth it.

                            6. JR

                              JodyR

                              Charleston

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food4service4ambience5

                              Fantastic place. Food, music and great beer. Highly recommend.

                            7. WP

                              WynP

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The cuisine was fantastic and the environment within the restaurant was amazing.

                            8. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Richmond

                              4 reviews

                              2.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                              overall2food2service2ambience3

                              Food was decent but not what I expected for the price range of this restaurant. Very slow service as they were way understaffed for a Saturday night. Probably a place I would only return for drinks and maybe an appetizer but not worth a trip back for dinner. Disappointed as I really wanted to love this place.

                            9. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Toronto

                              6 reviews

                              vip
                              2.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                              overall2food3service4ambience1

                              Room smelled of cigarettes

                            10. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              219 is one of my favorite restaurants. I highly recommend.

                            11. LS

                              LeneseS

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                              This was a great restaurant located in the heart of Old Towne Alexandria, lots of energy, outdoor seating would've been a great experience but they didn't have any available -- make sure to request outdoor seating when making a reservation. We definitely will be back!

                            12. JS

                              JessS

                              Columbus

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food and Drinks were great! And the service was wonderful as well!

                            13. SW

                              ShamikaW

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This place is very nice, the food was AMAZING and the service was Outstanding. Gabe is a great asset!!

                            14. B

                              Bond

                              Baltimore

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              If you are wanting French creole dishes this is the restaurant to go to. I had the gumbo as an appetizer. Then for my entree had the jambalaya. For dessert I had the chesse cake. My libation was the 219 brown ale wish was perfect. Now to top this off the jazz band performance was off the charts.

                            15. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Chicago

                              6 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on April 3, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The service here is outstanding! The food was very delicious. I could taste all of the flavors in my shrimp and grits.

                            16. JB

                              JeremiahB

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                              overall3food2service1ambience4

                              Did not enjoy my food. The service was nice but never really came around and check in

                            17. CP

                              ChrislynP

                              Baltimore

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 31, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Our waiter was great and so was the food and wine. We definitely plan to come again!

                            18. s

                              sonjiaj

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 26, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              The food and service were excellent. I will be dining there again and telling my friends.

                            19. AC

                              AudreyC

                              Baltimore

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on March 26, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was delicious and the service was great. We had an early reservation, so at first we had the room to ourselves. The only negative comment is that you could smell some of the cigar bar smell. But it wasn't overbearing.

                            20. EC

                              EloyC

                              Washington DC

                              15 reviews

                              5.0

                              15 reviews

                              Dined on March 25, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Great place. Food was ok. Plenty of seating if you call ahead. Quick and prompt service.

                            21. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Charlotte

                              9 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on March 25, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              A wonderful dining experience. The food was filing without being heavy and the service was amazing. The ambience and decor is stunning, a must try.

                            22. KS

                              KenS

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 20, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Took a new client there and was the perfect place. Sheik our waiter went out of his way to make sure we had an excellent experience. Food and ambience were perfect. Thanks.

                            23. A

                              Anon

                              Richmond

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 19, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                              Excellent food and service. Have your drinks before dining here. Alcohol quality and price does not match the food menu.

                            24. AL

                              ALICIAE

                              Philadelphia

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 18, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                              Everything was very nice - food was delicious . Only disappointment was I really wanted to see the band but they perform in the cigar bar and that was a hard “no” for us.

                            25. LV

                              LaVerneB

                              Richmond

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 18, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Enjoyed dinner, the live band an especially the fact that we could smoke our cigars!!

                            26. AC

                              AlyssaC

                              Central Coast

                              4 reviews

                              4.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on March 11, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                              Overall is was a good experience. Truffle fries were amazing! There was a strong smoke smell throughout the restaurant due to their other cigar lounge spaces.

                            27. DB

                              DinaeB

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 26, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Good food, nice staff, excellent service. We was seated immediately, beautiful jazz music.

                            28. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on February 21, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              It was a great experience! Food was awesome and so were the drinks. I would definitely come back again

                            29. J

                              Johnny

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 19, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great experience. Good food. Soon service. Good location.

                            30. D

                              Demus

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 16, 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              Great service and the food was flavorful. We enjoyed being able to eat, move upstairs for cigars, live music, and drinks, and then downstairs for DJ and drinks.

                            31. B

                              Bubbachuck

                              1 review

                              1.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 15, 2022

                              overall1food1service3ambience3

                              Overpriced Small portions Overcooked meat Bad drink- do they not know how to make a Sazerac? Valentine’s dinner so bad, lady & i broke up Will not return

                            32. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              6 reviews

                              vip
                              3.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on February 15, 2022

                              overall3food3service3ambience2

                              Went to the restaurant for their Valentines menu but one of the items I had been looking forward to was no longer being served. The food that was served was pretty mediocre. Also, I had originally reserved outside seating but it turned out the temperature dropped that day and it was really cold outside. This wasn’t the restaurant’s fault, but combined with the quality of the food, this made for a very unpleasant experience.

                            33. VI

                              VirgieI

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 14, 2022

                              overall2food3service3ambience3

                              We chose this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary and Valentine’s Day. We arrived in the lobby and it reeked of cigar smoke. We were sat in a small room near the steps and the tables were so close together that patrons in table next to ours elbow was constantly interacting with our table. The food was just ok and took a very long time to be served. We spent an hour over our first hours douevre my least favorite was the drunken strawberry salad. There was more goat cheese than salad or strawberries and that was disappointing. I order the surf and turf medium and my steak was rare. It was not worth the money or the travel time.

                            34. JR

                              JohnR

                              Washington DC

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on February 12, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food was excellent. One must enjoy New Orleans cuisine.

                            35. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 6, 2022

                              overall2food3service2ambience1

                              The food was mediocre and service was ok. The amount of patrons that were allowed in a small dining area was absolutely outrageous considering the high CoVID numbers

                            36. T

                              Toni

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great ambiance and service. The bar manager personally came over to greet us and made us a specialized drink.

                            37. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on January 30, 2022

                              overall3food2service5ambience3

                              I did not care for 219 but I did however tell my mom that she would have a good time with her friends. I have anxiety and I’m picky about my food. Quality control seemed to be struggling last night as no two things were made the same. My server was excellent and had a nice personality. The manager was accommodating and understanding as well.

                            38. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Richmond

                              25 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              25 reviews

                              Dined on January 24, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                              Cute place!

                            39. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Las Vegas

                              13 reviews

                              vip
                              1.0

                              13 reviews

                              Dined on January 23, 2022

                              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

                            40. MN

                              MoNsJu

                              Washington DC

                              4 reviews

                              4.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on January 23, 2022

                              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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                            219 Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 770 OpenTable diners.

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                            Booked 7 times today
                            Google Map for 219 Restaurant

                            219 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314

                            Dining areas

                            Additional information

                            • Cross street

                              N. Fairfax Street

                            • Neighborhood

                              Alexandria

                            • Hours of operation

                              Restaurant
                              Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
                              Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
                              Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm
                              Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
                              Lounge
                              Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–2:00 am
                              Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–2:00 am
                              Sun 2:00 pm–1:00 am
                              Bayou Room
                              Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am
                              Happy Hour
                              Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              Southern, Contemporary American, Creole

                            • Dining style

                              Elegant Dining

                            • Dress code

                              Smart Casual

                            • Parking details

                              In addition to available street parking, we recommend the affordable, municipal parking garage underneath City Hall just around the corner, on Fairfax Street.

                            • Public transit

                              King St. Metro [<1 mile]; Free trolley services on King St., from Metro.

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Entertainment

                              Live blues music [including Grammy-winning acts] six nights a week upstairs in our massive, well-appointed cigar lounge, the Basin Street Lounge. Downstairs, in our casual bar the Bayou Room, we offer DJ format dance music complete with laser lights.

                            • Additional

                              Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

                            • Phone number

                              (703) 549-1141

                            • Catering

                              We do offer catering upon request.

                            • Private party facilities

                              Please inquire. We regularly host wedding parties, rehearsal dinners, showers, corporate functions and retreats, and hail and farewells. We host regular wine tastings, wine pairing dinners, cigar tastings and cigar pairing dinners, and scotch tastings.

                            • Private party contact

                              Rob Jemio/ Patty Charoentra: (703) 549-1141

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