219 Restaurant

4.5
716 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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Sharon
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful and we were lucky to be able to sit in the bar area, which was decorated beautifully. The fireplaces were turned on, which added to the cozy and fun atmosphere. The food was delicious and we had a great time. We’ve eaten at this restaurant for close to 25 years and have never had a bad experience. We were happy to be able to spend Thanksgiving in a spectacular location.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good times. Good drinks and good food!! Great place!
Service was slower than expected like other restaurants since pandemic . After eating we went upstairs to the live music and saw our server behind the bar. He had been going back and forth all night. Explains why the lag Recommend one more bartender upstairs. 3 behind the bar at all times. It was still great! I will be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Saw a mouse running around in the restaurant.waiter made a joke. Not funny. Will never eat there again

219 Restaurant
Responded on November 23, 2021

Thank you for dining with us. We are sorry you had this experience while dining outside on our Patio. We maintain our restaurant diligently, but the outdoors is challenging as the weather gets colder and Mother Nature takes over. We of course do not think it was funny and our staff is now aware to be more sensitive to our guests while they are dining with us.

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Jimmy
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I believe the bartender/server's name was Tommy. He was the absolute best. Friendly, professional, polite, and makes one heck of a dirty martini. Outstanding food and service. Proper recipe for date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely time at 219. A friend chose this for her birthday dinner, and all four of us vowed to go back again soon. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared. I had the blackened salmon and ordered it medium; it came exactly as ordered and melted in my mouth. The pork belly and chicken wing appetizers are worth it, don’t miss them. The cornmeal crusted and fried oysters also were delectable and done just right. One friend had the gumbo, which had a rich, deep taste.

What impressed us the most was the time and attention of the host and owner. Clearly, like many restaurants at this time, 219 is short-handed for waitstaff. But that was just observation. We wanted for nothing between the owner and the host. They were so attentive to our needs as well as those of the very large party also on the patio. We all were so impressed with this. Their attention to service and quality was incredible and we were so impressed and appreciative. Thank you, 219, for making my friend’s birthday and our evening such a memorable experience. We’ll be back soon!

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vipKarenR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had a wonderful experience at 219 Restaurant. My reservation was a little too early to enjoy the live music, but I will definitely be back for that.

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johnm
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our dinner was a wonderful experience and highly recommend eating there to everyone that enjoys very good food.

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RMSinMD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Very limited dinner menu - some items one I not available for dinner. Gumbo and jambalaya were good, Black Forest cake dessert was a bit stale.

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vipZoomerok
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I felt like I was having dinner back in New Orleans

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. And owners are always so welcoming and nice!

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vipNicoleW
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always fantastic thank you! The only con is that even the outdoor patio has smoke smell and even early in evening. Perhaps fans would help w avoiding the smoke smell outdoors. Thank you.

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vipDeborahS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great location on the 200 block of King Street in Old Town.

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vipHeathcliff
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The room takes you right to old New Orleans.

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Luv2dine
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful! The she crab soup and shrimp and grits were terrific

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TonjaW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

219 Restaurant has great food for the money, the service takes a little longer than usual but once you get your meal the wait-staff is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible management!!! The food wasn’t that great as well and the service is very slow.

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vipAlby
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Live music is the best night out experience.

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zman1527
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, sat outside and listened to a young man who was a wonderful guitar player. Server was great too. One of the best fried chickens I ever had, everyone seemed to love theirs too including etoufee and shrimp and grits.

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vipPatrickS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was nothing to rave about. Good selection of whiskey and cigars in the upstairs lounge. Had the Jambalaya and it was average. Fried oysters were a good starter. Overall an average place with good service.

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BobbyB
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, great food. Perfect place to meet, greet and entertain!

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MICHELLE
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It has been a few years since I last dined at this place. Last night when I went to the restaurant I was shocked to see that it was under new management. The ambiance had changed. The food was not the same. The menu was different. Restaurant 219 was known for a very long time as serving the best authentic New Orleans cuisine in the area. I’m afraid to say that the food doesn’t even come close to it. Even the glass of wine that I ordered, Pinot Grigio, was not that great. I love that wine. I know how it should taste. The glass of wine I had last night was not good. I suggest that the new management step up their game or they may find themselves out of business.

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Emoore
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been to 219 since Covid and had a lovely meal of salmon and a huge Bavarian pretzel asan appetizer. Our waitress was busy but very nice and attentive.

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BrendaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service

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VidaS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant was good. We were a little upset about not being able to go upstairs t enjoy the music. It was first of all to crowded w/ covid-19 still being in the picture. I don't know why they would book a Wedding Party there for private party on a Saturday night.

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KeithP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Although the restaurant was short staffed the service was still great.

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DavidT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner and a great staff. Interesting mix on the menu, all of our meals and appetizers were excellent. The staff is super friendly.

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TaraL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us shared a few apps and sides and they were all delicious. Our server was friendly and efficient.

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NicoleH
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Early dinner during Alexandria’s Restaurant Week. The service was great and our waitress was attentive. It was early (like 4ish), so we were the only guests in the area by the bar. The food was good and tasty. No complaints, will come again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Old Town. I highly recommend and go there often

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Cici
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Food was not great
Shrimp and grits was warm didn’t feel fresh

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BrandonD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Great food, great service, great environment. I've been several times and will be back again.

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vipKattYum
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This was our first visit to 219 and, for context, it was an early dinner during Alexandria Restaurant Week. Because of the weather, we choose to sit inside. Our first table was near the entrance and smelled strongly of cigar smoke, and were graciously reseated close the front windows - a great improvement. It's a small room so the noise level was fairly high but not unbearable. Before I complain, let me say the food was delicious. Because it was Restaurant Week, we had a choice of the She Crab Soup or a salad. Even though it was only 6pm, they were out of the She Crab Soup. They substituted gumbo, but that's not the same. When we finished dining, they brought the check; never asked if we wanted coffee or desert. My summary would be, it was good, but with all the other excellent restaurants in the area, not sure I'd try it again.

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vipMirandaF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my friend’s professional milestone and decided to take advantage of the Restaurant Week menu. We had a fabulous experience from the food to the service. Thank you.

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BrendanH
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our experience was great. It was the first night of Old Town Restaurant Week. The specials were fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambience and really good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great vibes, great drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived at the restaurant and was seated with no wait (Had a reservation). Jimmy (the waiter) immediately greeted us at the table with our menu. He returned with water and took our order. The appetizer (She Crab Soup) came out within 6 minutes after ordering, followed by the entree (jambalaya), which came out about about 12 minutes after the appetizer. Food came out very fast, was very hot and delicious. Ambience of the restaurant was very serene (jazz and blues music playing). Great service. Great food. Great ambiance.

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vipKirkS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A few menu items were very good, but most of it was underwhelming.

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vipTjaa
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Room to the right of the front door smells of cigar smoke from the cigar room upstairs

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service was great. Ambiance the cigar lounge is nice. I also enjoyed the live band.

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219 Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 716 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.