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About 219 Restaurant
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.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Southern, Contemporary American, Creole
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
N. Fairfax Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
We do offer catering upon request.
In addition to available street parking, we recommend the affordable, municipal parking garage underneath City Hall just around the corner on Fairfax Street.
King St. Metro [<1 mile]; free trolley services King St. from metro
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
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.
219 Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Someone told me to go to the WAREHOUSE across the street instead but I didnt listen. I saw the flames from the fireplace and that attracted me. The inside was cozy, warm and beautiful. The best thing on the menu is the Asiago mac and cheese. My duck was disgusting with some type of nasty sweet sauce on it and with the chard brussel sprouts and my date crab cake were dry and not tasty. Another couple left because they sat 15 minutes and no one waited on them (great idea). I would never go here again. $100 for a meal here is not worth it. Yulk. I had better food at a sports bar
Weeknight last minute decision to eat out and had a wonderful meal....bartender highly recommended the fried chicken which was great, the chicken very moist but yet crispy outside with slight spicy taste, not overpowering, greens and dirty rice good compliments....also enjoyed the chicken fettuccine - spinach mixed in with a light cream sauce was very flavorful...
Loved the food and atmosphere. The diner was a bit quiet by 8:00 PM when we went. We were a bit suprised that smoking was allowed in the upstairs area where the live music was. They should mention that on their website some where, or maybe I missed it. Some of my friends had to leave early because of it.
This was our first time at 219 and my wife had been wanting to sit out under the lights since she saw this place. We came for our anniversary and the service was top notch. The menu had a little bit of everything so that was a plus but it was pricey. We had the Mac and cheese app and it was delicious. For dinner we had the chicken fettuccini, the pasta and sauce were delicious, however my wife noticed the middle pieces of chicken were still pink and undercooked. A little disappointing for a place like this.
Definitely not an everyday place and we would be willing to try it again but this was just an “okay” in our book.
Great ambiance in a historic setting. Excellent Creole food, fantastic service and the best Sazerac I've had outside of NOLA. The gumbo ya-ya was delicious and the roast duck was fabulous. Highly recommend the brussel sprouts as a side! After dinner we went upstairs to the Basin Street Lounge... best whiskey selection in Old Town and good music... and you can smoke cigars!
We attended for Saturday brunch. It was quite hot on the covered patio, but the inside is lovely and well air conditioned. The menu, which includes one mimosa or similar, is quite extensive, including both traditional brunch items as well as more creole oriented items. It was not crowded, so conversation was easy, and the service was very good.
The food was mediocre at best but absolutely not worth what you pay. The service was probably the worst I've ever had, however; that seems to be the trend in Alexandria, VA since we had a similar experience at another restaurant the night prior. I got the... "I didn't forget about you" comment. Well, you did. Twice. I could go on...
The host was extremely accommodating. I contacted them nearly two weeks before our reservation to inquire into whether my daughter can eat there because she has about 4 known food allergies. Not only did they accommodate her, but they had a menu ready for us to view with selections that she could eat. She loved the food and she is looking forward to going back for brunch. Thanks
This restaurant surpassed my expectations. We were there celebrating my cousin's engagement. The staff was attentive and friendly and the food was delicious. The collards had 'meat' in them, which as southerner, reminded me of home! We hung out a little downstairs where a DJ was playing and then proceeded to go hear the live band on the top floor and remained until they concluded. They were awesome and as a bonus, we got to sing along (with the mic) and my cousin had an opportunity to play the guitar with the assistance of the guitarist! This restaurant is a must visit!
My sister and I had brunch on Father's Day because our husbands were working. It was also her belated birthday. It has French Quarter charm. Very pretty decor and the entrées were very good. My sister loved the soft shell crabs and I had very good crab cakes. It was wonderful.
we had such a nice mother's day brunch here! we were seated on the patio and were treated so well. they accomodated everyone's various food tastes, including my toddler. all of the mothers at the table were given a beautiful rose with our meals, and made to feel very special. my husband and i have gone on several date nights here, and it was a pleasure to spend our mother's day brunch with family here as well.
I was there as a default for Mothers Day due to a lack of reservation options. But I was pleasantly pleased with the restaurant overall. The food was simple but good there was nothing on the menu that was supreme but I had a sub par cooked steak with mash and mediocre creme brûlée. So if you live in the surrounding neighbourhood I would say visit it once but it's not a place I would frequent often.
We had been to the 219 years ago and stopped going for some reason. Glad we went back.
It's got wonderful New Orleans style cooking. I had shrimp creole and my wife had shrimp and grits. The shrimp in both dishes were cooked wonderfully.
We shared a tasty chocolate turtle for dessert.
There's a nice bar in the main dining room. There's music and another bar upstairs, but we did not go up there.
They also have a Sunday brunch we'll have to try out.
What a treasure in Alexandria. Warmly greated by Amy who literally welcomed us with open arms. Jazz music played from the upstairs lounge. The menu was varied, we all had different entrees and all were delicious. The dining room transported us back in time, elegant chandeliers, beautiful table settings and a fireplace. Can't wait to travel back to Va.
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