219 Restaurant

4.2
599 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
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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4.2
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4.2
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KimY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I ordered the Shrimp and Grits entree, but the dish was too oily for my taste. However, the cream of crab soup was very good. I had previously patronized the establishment but only enjoyed the cigar lounge. The night I dined in there was a live band performing, which i enjoyed listening from a distance. I probably would only return for the cigar lounge.

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vipBertV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food and ambience were great but the service is very slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

I ordered the grits and shrimp. The shrimp were tough and had a weird taste. I only ate two of them. The grits had the consistency of oatmeal. And seemed undercooked. The sauce seemed to be separated from the oil. It was just horrible.

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Hollywood31
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was superb. We really enjoyed the live music. A perfect date night..

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vipStephanieF
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were very happy with our evening at 219... even in the midst of a winter night during a pandemic we were comfortable and Cozy on the patio, and had a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure.

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GlobalTJB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was ok. Service was slow with drinks and water throughout the meal. Had to ask order my beer and wine from the waiter 3 times before we got them on 2 different occasions. Food was kind of bland especially for it supposedly being cajun food. They also charge 3.95% for using a credit card which i didnt think was even allowed. All in all, a mediocre or worse meal and I wouldnt recommend this place and wont go back.

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vipTracyB
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food so good and excellent service! Highly recommend this place.

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sandrab
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had the opportunity to eat outside at 219 on a Friday. Love their outdoors that is close to their lobby. It is very nice and warm. So warm that we took off our coasts. Not too many places like this to dine out in the cold. Service was excellent.

Thank you

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CapsFan1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant has great ambiance whether dining inside or outside. Food was excellent and we stayed for a drink to watch the band upstairs.

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Reviewer
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was AMAZING and service was good. The server seemed too rushed but it was Saturday night so I’m sure they were super busy. Still great customer service.

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EnaM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! We sat comfortably outside. We definitely plan on going back.

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Sherriev
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is stop you in your tracks food! The service was amazing and attentive. Such a sweet group of people. Go!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here for a quiet, cozy place to talk with great service and food. Thanks to planning my first date here, we’re dating still. 👍🏼

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Devkkky
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Mediocre, expensive food and terrible customer service. Also, hefty credit card fee.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was tasty, but the service was severely lacking. We often didn’t see our server for over 15 minutes. Once we requested our check, we didn’t see our server for over 20 minutes...and saw a nearby table request their check, pay, and leave before we even received ours.

The final straw was a ridiculous 3.95% additional charge that could be “avoided” by paying the tip with cash. After complaining to the manager, she literally handed me cash from the register to cover the fee. If I hadn’t looked closely at the check, I could have gotten nailed with this charge. Despite decent food, the poor service and shady charges are enough to keep me away for good.

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vipJoe1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were never seated. We looked on open table and saw open reservations every 15 minutes for an hour before and an hour after the time we selected. We arrived about 10 minutes prior to our reservation and found a line waiting to be seated. We could hear the parties ahead of us each being told that the restaurant was at capacity, but they were free to wait for an available table. One of the walk-in parties was seated without a reservation by the time the host got to us. We were then told that they were at capacity, but we were welcome to wait for a table to open up. We mentioned the reservation and they just repeated the same thing about being at capacity even though they had just seated a walk-in party. I understand capacity restrictions are beyond their control, but what’s the point of making the reservation if this is how they handle seating? We will give Two Nineteen another chance because we’ve been wanting to check it out based on reviews and impressions we get walking by the place, but it will only be if we happen to be walking by and see that it’s not busy. We won’t try planning around them again.

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McAree
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience3

The restaurant is very quaint and is in a lovely setting. Unfortunately, there is a cigar lounge on the upper level and the odor carries into the dining room. We ordered the Shrimp Creole and the Jambalaya. There was very little seafood or chicken in the Jambalaya and the crawfish had been frozen. Both dishes were tasty, but the rice was way under cooked in both. As a chef, I’m not sure how you can operate a creole restaurant and undercook the rice. It was crunchy and sort of ruined the meals for us as both dishes are, essentially, rice dishes. We also ordered the fried calamari to share and unfortunately it was not crunchy, as it should have been. It was clearly under cooked as well.

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TomB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoy coming to 219 often. Always good food. Service was a little slow, but not unexpected due to the current circumstances

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SaraV
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great time enjoying an October evening ON King Street at a cute table. Food was good, service was prompt and drinks were flowing. would definitely come back during COVID to enjoy that great table in the street with a water view!

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Denise
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was super! My cousin got the blackened salmon and loved it. I got the shrimp & grits. I prefer more flavor and spice in my shrimp & grits personally. I wouldn't reorder it. I did really like the red sangria...that's a definite repeat! We plan to be regular visitors to Alexandria and will return to 219 Restaurant & will try other entrees here.

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viplisal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was good under Covid circumstances as best as it could be

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Wait staff was very slow. It took an hour to get drinks. Food was great

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CHPE
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside tables are a little unstable and dinky (whereas across the street, they have lovely tables, settings, cover, etc). We were a little jealous and wished we had booked there. The server was fine, food took a long time to get, the service was fine, food taste was great. The outside seating definitely was lacking.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Very slow but otherwise it was fine

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We only wish there were more people. Everything was perfect.

JD
vipJohnD
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was as good as ever. The oyster po' boy is the best. However, we were very disappointed when the bill came that the restaurant without notice decided to add a 3.95% fee if paying by credit card. My daughter used a debit card but was still charged the fee over our objection. Regrettably we will not be dining there again.

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Ameliarules
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

219 has a great area that is covered but has open sides so that you can dine with sufficient airflow even in the rain. The she crab soup was so good my dinner companion threatened to lick the bowl. The Fried chicken was spicy and delicious. We were pleasantly surprised by how good everything was, as we had not heard a lot of buzz about this restaurant. There should be!

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DanielaB
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

2020: Highly appreciate the precautions taken by the restaurant. Staff wears masks and the restaurant offers outdoor seating (on the street).

Location: Very well located in King St, and clearly a hot spot in Old Town Alexandria. Outdoor seating is literally on the street by the parking spots; but the staff will take care of you. And you’ll hear the jazz band just fine. It’s a very basic setting for the outdoor seating. But it’s worth it, in my opinion. My table was inclining forward and a car was literally parking behind me. We could only see the humor in the situation.

Food & drinks: Missed seeing a list of cocktails in their menu, but they have a solid wine & licor list.
The shrimp & grits were fine, but I would order something else on the menu. Both my husband & I agree on this!

Service: The staff is very courteous. They’ll make you feel welcomed.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The only pleasant experience was placing the reservation over Open Table. The service was not completely horrible but it was not pleasant either. The food took about a hour to come out and some of the orders were incorrect. When the food finally hit the table it was cold and it was not tasty or appetizing to say the least. No one at my party finished the food. It was brought to the attention of the manger about one particular order and she was rude and dismissive. Would not recommend.

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JeanneT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had blacked salmon with an oversize helping of roasted brussels sprouts. My partner had shrimp and grits, which he said was excellent. Good selection of house wines by the glass, not just one California red and one California white. I had a Spanish rioja which was lovely.

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Ajnabiyeh
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Shi, our waiter, was efficient and very personable. Good food, good service, good ambiance.

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vipScottH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant, good food l, good wait staff and ambience!

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rick1050
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food good, service excellent, table next to us with unruly kids...

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JadeW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. We went for a bday dinner and it was fun. Food was good

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vipTrungT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service at a small table outdoors. Everyone was taking the necessary precautions to keep us safe while serving us very frequently and thoughtfully. And the fried oysters and shrimp creole were just delicious!

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vipWazza
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I hadn't been to this restaurant in MANY (like probably at least 20!) years and was happy to hear that it was still in business when my friend suggested we go there. Food was REALLY good, but definitely a "disconnect" on the service as we had three things that were not what we'd ordered and had to be sent back, etc. Great drinks and bartender (he delivered one round of the drinks personally) and all-in-all, a pleasant surprise that the food was so good in a place that's been around this long. We'll go back - and just hope for better service. Wasn't busy (as most things aren't these days...) so was especially surprising to not get stellar service...

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AndreD
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was great, service, food, drinks and Cigars

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EvelynG
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasant experience! Food was delicious, our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. Omg the begniets!!!!

JD
vipJohnD
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The shrimp po' boy and jambalaya were very good. The Moscow Mule was perfect. Dining in the (King) Street was different but fun.

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219 Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 599 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.