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219 Restaurant

4.3
370 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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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Cross street: N. Fairfax Street
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What 370 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Bartender made an excellent mock tail!

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on January 14, 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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LaGrin (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 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.

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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 
4.0
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.

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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 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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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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Cross street
N. Fairfax Street
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(703) 549-1141
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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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Catering
We do offer catering upon request.
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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
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
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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.