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219 Restaurant

4.4
4.4
797 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 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

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What 797 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Hot Spot

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Late Night Find

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Restaurant is a little loud but the food was delicious. The salmon was cooked perfectly.
  2. A

    Angela

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing.
  3. SK

    SazK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    The atmosphere was nice but the food wasnt, the chicken was cold and the pasta tasted really bad!
  4. A

    Aqua

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jambalaya is the best in the world! (Service was outstanding, too.)
  5. C

    Capitolron

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Dinning Experience and wonderful New Orleans Items on the menu. Will return !
  6. DW

    DavidW

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service was outstanding and love the old architecture that all Old Town buildings have.
  7. MP

    MikeP

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at 219. The food and service were both exceptional. Classic creole cuisine done right! We will be back!
  8. V

    Venie

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Although the menu did not reflect all the items listed on their website, crab cakes for example, we enjoyed our meals. The salmon was delicious along with brussel sprouts and orzo. Upcharge for replacement sides were kinda high. The desserts were bland and can be skipped. The atmosphere shifts at night with live music upstairs and a DJ downstairs and becomes quite loud and energetic.
  9. KR

    KatrinaR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food2service2ambience4
    Went with my husband on a Friday for date night. We originally planned to eat dinner and then go upstairs to listen to the band but we just decided to go upstairs and eat and drink there. It was very crowded. There was three bartenders for the entire space which I thought was crazy.. it was over 60 people in there but I digress. Because of only three bartenders, service was pretty bad. Took forever to get their attention to order drinks. The band was great also. We didn’t order food but beware because the kitchen closes at 10 and there’s another room/bar/club in the basement. We’ll be back for sure though.
  10. B

    Bozz

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places to dine. Service and cuisine are consistently superb.
  11. MM

    MikeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Decor made you feel like you were in NOLA. Great ambiance. Shrimp Creole was perfect. Loved the food. I enjoyed going up to the Cigar Bar after dinner and enjoying a great cigar, a good cup of coffee and live music from a smokin blues band. A great night at a great place. Highly recommend it!
  12. E

    Emoore

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the patio and the service was great! I had the blackened salmon which was delicious.
  13. L

    Luv2dine

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was excellent
  14. E

    Eatingwell

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The oysters were a little salty. The service was great. The food was average.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mixed drinks were delicious but overpriced
  16. T

    Tina

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place needs new management and chef. The food was horrible and overpriced.
  17. M

    Mikadillo

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    43 years ago my wife and I had our 4th date here and we came back for our 42nd anniversary and it was just as wonderful as it was then. Our server Sheik was wonderful and the food was great.
  18. K

    Kaye

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Disappointing. The non-smoking room was overpowered by the smoke smell and feel coming from the lounge. The food was less than great. Tasteless, cold, under cooked, or all three. Had I not been so upset, I would have taken a pic of the bleeding fried chicken. I really wanted to like this spot and had it on a list for a private party. Very disappointed my pick for my husband’s Father’s Day meal was a let down.
  19. CH

    CheritaH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  20. h

    hippiegodess

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything during the visit was great. Easy to get a table and the food came out hot and tasty.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good place decent grub
  23. JL

    JessicaL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Birthday dinner for hubby was great!
  24. LR

    LR12

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best Brussel sprouts I've ever had!! Salmon perfectly cooked. Shrimp and grits seasoned well. We'll definitely make it a point to visit again. Only flaw: I wish the pineapple pound cake had been served warm. Otherwise, a perfect meal.
  25. C

    Clagbagfrench

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worse food I ever ate! Do not recommend! Will never go there again
  26. DA

    DonnaA

    Washington DC

    112 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A beautiful dining room, filled with charm! We wanted to stay for Linwood Taylor upstairs, but the cigar smoke made that impossible.
  27. J

    Janeybelle

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was recommended by a friend and she was right. The food was great and the huge pretzel was so much fun We will be going back!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a nice quiet dinner. We loved it.
  29. MP

    MichaelP

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    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.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    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.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great restaurant. Booth of us had the burgers and they were good and the staff was super awesome
  32. JG

    JefferyG

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 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
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. JR

    JodyR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Fantastic place. Food, music and great beer. Highly recommend.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Room smelled of cigarettes
  39. 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.
  40. 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!

FAQs

219 Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 797 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 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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