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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.

219 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Elegant Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
N. Fairfax Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 549-1141

Website:
http://www.219restaurant.com/

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.

Catering:
We do offer catering upon request.

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 King St. from metro

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

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

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (14)
Special Occasion (14)
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Cozy (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Live Music (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
People Watching (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Fun (3)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 26, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Authentic, Happy Hour, Live Music, Fun, Romantic, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·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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·Dined on December 19, 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Brunch was delicious!

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 (Washington DC)·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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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 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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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Enjoyed the fireplace atmosphere on a cool fall evening.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 12, 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful Cajun cuisine.

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·Dined on November 11, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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...

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Seasonal, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food, attentive service, and fine ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Live Music, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very good jambalaya. Will definitely return to try additional items on the menu.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Gorgeous dining room, absolutely delicious duck, and not unreasonable prices.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Wonderful experience. I definitely recommend this place, great ambiance. Food was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 26, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Relaxing and quaint.

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great food and service. We sat at the sidewalk table.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The 219 Restaurant was a great choice for a birthday dinner. They were very accomodating and attentive. Half of my party was late, but they seated us anyways and allowed us to wait for the rest of the party. Food was delicious and drinks were good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Very good food and atmosphere, a little slow on the service. Overall good experience- well worth it for Restaurant Week.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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...

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food and service were amazing. Particularly, the jambalaya and gumbo.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Authentic, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

It was an eclectic spot in the heart of downtown old town Alexandria. I'll definitely be returning. Cozy with an extensive menu and excellent service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Excellent service, food was delicious!! Love coming to this venue!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Friends came into town that I had not seen in years and this was right down from their hotel. The food was decent, but not how I remembered it in years past. We had a wonderful time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Very good cajun food, with great spices! Food and service were excellent. My only complaint was that it was very cold in the resturant, but I would go back again.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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