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219 Restaurant

4.3
379 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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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.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Contemporary American, Creole
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Hours of operation
Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm; Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-10pm
Basin Street Lounge Fri - Sun 2:00pm - 1:30
Bayou Room Mon-Fri Happy Hour 5:00-7:00 Closing at 2:00am
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Phone number
(703) 549-1141
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
We do offer catering upon request.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Fairfax Street
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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.
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Public transit
King St. Metro [<1 mile]; free trolley services King St. from metro
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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.
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Special events & promotions
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 379 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEdwardG (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Have dined several times here over the last few months, and it is becoming a favorite in Old Town Alexndria. Attentive service and super food!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Loved the food and upstairs area, music, cigars, drinks.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines dinner with my wife. They offered a 3 course meal with options. We had the salad with beets and beef filet with Brussel Sprouts, mushrooms and potatoes. Everything was great! Our compliments to the waiter staff and chef! We will return to try the other dishes.

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vip219Wow (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

If I could give more than 5 stars for the service I would! Eva ws wonderful! Attentive and enthusiastic!! It was a wonderful experience!

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vipElleJ (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We had quite an enjoyable time at 219! We went this past Sunday for brunch. We ordered the shrimp & grits and the blackened salmon at the suggestion of our waitress - Eva the Diva. :) She was an uncommonly friendly & inviting host. She was SUCH a warm and personable presence & makes an awesome team member especially at a place that seems to be intended to exude southern charm. And if that’s indeed the case, Eva is steeped in it! The beignets were excellent. They were light & airy with just the right amount of sweetness as they’re supposed to be. I found the collards that accompanied the salmon to be a smidge too vinegary, acidic for my particular taste but they were still good. The salmon was excellent at a perfect medium rare. And the dirty rice was a great addition for the entree. My guest enjoyed the shrimp & grits although I noted that I’d have liked more shrimp & grits with less sauce/broth. Our entrees came with a complimentary Bellini & it was well-made. Keep at it, 219. We enjoyed ourselves. And Eva, don’t change a thing about yourself! We’ll be returning.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Lovely ambiance and wonderful server!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful food, appetizers, entrees, desserts. Attentive staff. Charming dining..

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vipFromDC (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

loved having our meal by the fire place next to the bar. Very nice treat on a cold night. Excellent Creole food

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was excellent! I had the Salmon and it was cooked perfectly and flavorful. The staff is extremely friendly and will take care of your every need for a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Bartender made an excellent mock tail!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was delicious however there were two other parties in the room so we found ourselves screaming to talk. Our waitress although sassy and fun was very slow; she messed up checks even though she gave us all a number; she forgot to bring change.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Came here for brunch and just loved it. The staff was thorough without getting too involved, and the food was perfect. We loved the beignets! Although we were clearly the first customers for the day, everyone was ready to go and we never got that awkward feeling that sometimes comes with being the only patrons. On another note, I found the decor to be absolutely lovely and romantic. It felt like sitting in a New Orleans restaurant.

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LaGrin (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Incredible food and even better service. New Years eve dinner was worth wonderful. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was very good, starting from the Amuse all the way to the dessert!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Superb spot for Saturday/Sunday brunch. Menu has a heavy New Orleans Creole influence but has a few touches from the Chesapeake Bay mixed in. Menu choices were not extensive but balanced well so that there would be something that would appeal to anybody. Food was well prepared and not overly rich or spicy. Attentive and friendly service. Fireplaces in the dining room were crackling and were most welcome on a bitterly cold day.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Everything was very nice except my mother wanted the fried chicken & the waiter said you were out if it. She was NOT happy about that if you DON'T have an item then remove it from the menu !! Other than that everything was fine.

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EricW (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

For Christmas dinner, 219 was chosen for its old-fashioned, quiet elegance. An added bonus was being seated in front of the roaring fire! The food was overall good, with attractive, delicious appetizers to start off the meal. All aspects of the pork dish were quite good. The tenderloin was a large, perfectly cooked portion, but it was served with unevenly cooked potatoes and carrots that hadn't picked up much of the sauce flavor. One of the plates arrived cold with the top piece of tenderloin slightly discolored. My guess was that it possibly sat under the heat lamp awaiting the other entrees. The desserts were only so-so. Fortunately the service and the atmosphere made up for any small shortcomings on the plate.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

Wonderfully cozy setting. Very attentive wait staff. Delicious food and appropriate serving size.

This is definitely a restaurant deserving of recommendations and a return visit.

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vipBrianD (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was quite good. My wife got the salmon which was excellent. I got the jambalaya which was good. Our service was a little below expectations, especially for such a quiet night (only 4 tables occupied). And the restaurant interior seems a little dated. The food was the highlight and I think the chef did a great job. It was the other stuff that made it just an average experience when it could have been excellent.

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Arobinsc (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Visited for husband's 40th. Planned to do dinner before hearing the band upstairs. Definitely recommend the upstairs for music and bar. Dining room experience not as enjoyable. But, love the upstairs. Also like the basement, although we did not visit on this particualr occasion.

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Luv2Eat247 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

Brunch was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Amazing service and meal, all 3 of us enjoyed our entrees. Best service that I've had in a long time!!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Service was timely and personable; good presentation of the food. Dirty martini was top notch!!

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Serduszka (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

We three all had the Thanksgiving prix fixe, but with three different entrees. All had the beggars purse starter and agreed it was delicious, with a great sauce. I then had the turkey which must have been brined and was very tender if a tad too salty, but the oyster stuffing(one oyster!) was dry. One of us had the salmon and the other the steak and declared themselves pleased. The desserts were both too sweet.
Gratuity automatically added was 20%, no choice given, which we all resented as policy.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Meh. Pork belly was quite obviously spoiled. My husband had to spit it out it was so bad. They are trying hard but I worry about the cleanliness there.

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vipRandyyTeresa (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

My husband and I came for brunch. We started with beignets and coffee, which were lovely, while we waited for our entrees to be prepared. I had the shrimp and grits and Randy had an omelette. Both were delicious. We also very much enjoyed our complimentary mimosas. I have every intention to return with friends or next time we have visitors in town.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Enjoyed the fireplace atmosphere on a cool fall evening.

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Jena (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Quaint dining experience with friends. Enjoyed sitting by the fire after a cold afternoon shopping with views of the street with a great meal. Our waiter made us special request drinks too! Afterwards we went upstairs and enjoyed the sounds of Dead Cat Bounce, a jazzy, rhythmic & blues band play. Good times! We will definitely visit again.

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vipChrisc (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful Cajun cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

We were four old friends. Our table was next to the fireplace which was nice and not to hot. The bartender was very professional and made on the best Manhattans that i have ever had. The strip and grits was outstanding.

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