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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
Valentines dinner with my wife. They offered a 3 course meal with options. We had the salad with beets and beef filet with Brussel Sprouts, mushrooms and potatoes. Everything was great! Our compliments to the waiter staff and chef! We will return to try the other dishes.
We had quite an enjoyable time at 219! We went this past Sunday for brunch. We ordered the shrimp & grits and the blackened salmon at the suggestion of our waitress - Eva the Diva. :) She was an uncommonly friendly & inviting host. She was SUCH a warm and personable presence & makes an awesome team member especially at a place that seems to be intended to exude southern charm. And if that’s indeed the case, Eva is steeped in it! The beignets were excellent. They were light & airy with just the right amount of sweetness as they’re supposed to be. I found the collards that accompanied the salmon to be a smidge too vinegary, acidic for my particular taste but they were still good. The salmon was excellent at a perfect medium rare. And the dirty rice was a great addition for the entree. My guest enjoyed the shrimp & grits although I noted that I’d have liked more shrimp & grits with less sauce/broth. Our entrees came with a complimentary Bellini & it was well-made. Keep at it, 219. We enjoyed ourselves. And Eva, don’t change a thing about yourself! We’ll be returning.
Came here for brunch and just loved it. The staff was thorough without getting too involved, and the food was perfect. We loved the beignets! Although we were clearly the first customers for the day, everyone was ready to go and we never got that awkward feeling that sometimes comes with being the only patrons. On another note, I found the decor to be absolutely lovely and romantic. It felt like sitting in a New Orleans restaurant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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