219 Bistro

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309 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
219 Bistro is centrally located in the vibrant downtown district of Norfolk VA. Serving dinner and weekend brunch 219 recently underwent a renovation and acquired a Culinary Institute of America graduate as an executive chef. With an elegant atmosphere Chef Kevin Rivera has created a diverse menu to match and please every palate. Local craft cocktails are the highlight of the bar, with diverse wine and local beer selections. Come for an amazing experience for all occasions!
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Jeffreyt
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The menu was not as we remembered(last April) and it seems like it could add some variety.
Very quiet early Wednesday evening, yet the hostess was attending to us as much as the waitress.
The food was fine, again, I would have rather seen less potatoes and maybe a green bean or two.

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EdwardG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in all aspects. Can’t wait to do brunch there again!

219 Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for your review!

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Macaroons
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

New menu was very disappointing. Been often, loved previous the ahi tuna entree on old menu.
Piling fries on entree plates to cover up the lack of actual food seemed to be the norm. Crab cake didn’t taste like crab plus way too much filler and mayonnaise. Mussels were tiny with no meat at all with fries piled on top. Tacky to fill plates with fries.
Good service is the only plus.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Food was not fully cooked all the way. Our waiter forgot what we ordered and had to be reminded several times in which delayed us receiving our food. Given the prices the service and food did not reflect. Would never come back nor recommend .

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EFD2016
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Valentine’s Day: like love, our 219 Bistro experience changed through the night. Visited for nearly 10 years of Valentines, this year was the best. Starting at the bar for cocktails. A great “first flirtation” for the evening. A well kept bar is the heart of a bistro. ... the Bistro has one. A slight stumble for the hostess forgetting about us at the bar when our table was ready.... like a second date can be: the wait was worth it.
We went for the holiday specials: Caramelized onion tart, arugula salad with green olives to start. Paired with an Oregon pinot noir, the goat cheese and onion tart was really great. Only thing it lacked was more goat cheese to balance the onions. The arugula salad: please make this a regular menu items!!!Light peppery greens, zippy olives and smokey salami in a tangy vinaigrette. Heart strings pulled!
Main course was the haddock special. The fish done well. Polenta creamy and satisfying. The lightness of the sprouts- nice.

We specifically asked our server to go slow with the evening and she did. Great job! While enjoying our meal we realized the bistro was much quieter than on previous visits although it was full of chatty diners. The bistro has been renovated and to the betterment of the experience.

Capping the evening with dessert, my love affair coasted into a rut with creme brûlée that was a bit lack luster. Served traditionally with whipped cream but no fresh fruit, the custard was but a thin layer in the dish. A bit more love in the dish would be my request, but it was tasty. The flourless torte was the breakup for our celebration of Love’s day. Lacking moisture it crumbled when cut - texturally gritty. Disappointing.
Again our server, who was a champ juggling all her tables,
made it right with a bit off the bill for the chocolate dessert.
Overall a great evening. Like love, a good restaurant takes work. 219 is working it and getting better. We’ll be back.

JB
JohnB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good served almost too hot to eat. Not enough varied menu options for me. A bit too upscale, which was a little contradictory to photos and description on website.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Experience was great!!!

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ElizabethO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a special menu for Valentine's Day, plus the regular menu which gave one many options. Kudos to the new chef ! We loved both the Winter and Fig with Goat Cheese salads and were all pleased with our entrees. My halibut had a flavorful crisp buttery crust yet had a creamy interior. The polenta was a perfect pairing. They offer wines and exotic cocktails. Happy we splurged on dessert. The servers were both attentive and personable, making it a nice dining experience. I highly recommend this restaurant.

219 Bistro
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are thrilled to hear your Valentine's Day was great. We hope to serve you again soon!

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JamieA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was good. decent service. was a little disappointed that they no longer have salmon and waffles on the menu

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vipruss
Wilmington
87 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Being to to Norfolk it took us a few wrong turns to find Bistro 219, but in reality it is a very accessible restaurant in a nice past of the city. It was an off night and only a few in the restaurant and we received excellent service. The food was also very good, particularly the Rockfish which was cooked very well. We recommend a visit to 219 Bistro if you visit Norfolk.

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Richard
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was very good throughout the meal. Menu options excellent variety. Did special. Excellent. Ambience not overly enticing but food/service made up for it. Will come back.

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vipLuanneK
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience2

The food was very good, the service was not. Extremely loud in the restaurant.

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geno07
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week in Norfolk and as usual, the meal was great and the service was first class. We always enjoy 219 Bistro.

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nicole
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fun place to go to for food and drinks would go back

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JoanC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Went for restaurant week in Norfolk. Service was great, southwest ceasar salad was best part of the meal. Both main dishes were overcooked. Rockfish was dry and chicken dish was chewy and dry. Dessert of bread pudding was very tasty. Overall wasn't impressed.

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Phil
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lackluster service but the food carried the evening. Excellent fried green tomatoes as an app and the crab cake entree was really delicious. We asked for a bottle of wine and we were served two glasses. Wait. What?!?

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JakeR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I ate dinner here in New Year’s Eve. We were pleased with our experience. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. It was our first time eating at this restaurant. We will gladly eat here again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Visiting Norfolk and found a great dinner spot overall a wonderful experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was FANTASTIC! We think there must have been something going on last night in the kitchen because several orders weren’t quite right, but once corrected to food was good. The manager gave us a dessert to make up for the issues with dinner and it was amazing. Highly recommend the chocolate amaretto torte. The bread is also delicious. Not a fan of the steak salad, not bad just not my preferred way of preparing it, I prefer thinner slices of steak. Drinks were excellent. While we had some issues with our order, we would definitely return. I cant say enough how excellent the service was as well.

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VirginiaJoe
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good service.
Enjoyable food.
Pleasant atmosphere.
Good value for the money.

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jkbpearson
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, great service.

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vipJeanneE
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. Brunch is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were wonderful! Would definitely go again!

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GregC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We have not been here in over a year and since that time they "remodeled", which is more like demodeled - removed the nice local pieces and charm and have made it look more like a sports bar - 5 big TVs are the austere decor. Over-sized menus with not a lot on them is bizarre and not very attractive or enticing. I used to reliably go to 219 with groups because it had lots of choices for everyone; not anymore. This time, my wife and I both had seafood and mains themselves were very good but the risotto was average and the fried potatoes I had were inedible - burnt to a crisp/hard as rocks. We communicated this to our server - tell the kitchen they messed up.

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BettyE
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Crystal was an excellent waitress.
Unfortunately, we were next to a very loud table. It is difficult to deal with intoxicated ,loud infividuals.
Food was good

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JudyM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very crowded..most of the food was good but it was barely warm.. cornbread stuffing was too sweet. Herb dressing may have been better.

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GiseleK
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are relocating to Norfolk so after a beautiful Sunday morning visiting the First Presbyterian Church which was wonderful we had a great lunch at the 219 Bistro. My husband enjoyed the “she crab soup” which he said was terrific & the best lobster rolls he has ever had. I ordered the Flounder which was the flakiest & freshest tasting fish. The Mimosas were great & the lunch was very reasonably priced, the waist staff was attentive & prompt.

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vipanb3309
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

perfect for groups or those hours between 3 and 5. enjoyed a terrific burger.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. It took some time for the waitress to come to the table but she was very attentive.

We had to ask for some rolls/bread. They were not the freshest.

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KarenC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A really fun place to eat downtown. Great cocktail menu and diverse food menu. Parking is tough though.

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NCShagger
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bistro 219 is a great restaurant when attending a show at the Wells Theatre.. They ensure your dinner is timely while still providing excellent service and excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful food and great service with a fun downtown vibe.

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MoeT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a secret gem right in the heart of Norfolk! Literally in the middle of everything including the theater, we LOVED it. The staff were amazing, the food was fantastic, and the service was quick and delightful. We will definitely return to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service

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WandaS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i usually gauge a place by its she crab soup - and you passed the test with flying colors! We had a delightful lunch with friends and everyone was pleased with the quality and freshness of the meal. Thanks for a great place to add to our lunch list of places to go.

Wanda

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NYCLADY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best breakfast I have ever had. The place was clean the service was great the Ambiance was wonderful

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JoyceH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our experience at 219 on Saturday night was delightful. Because my husband is disabled, we seldom dine out. We found your accommodations exceptional, particularly the staff's efforts to ensure my husband's comfort. We especially enjoyed the food, found the atmosphere comfortable. Alas, I cannot speak to the question of value because I did not have to pay the bill. We will certainly recommend you to our friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Online menu not the same as in person menu.

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FrankH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service and, especially the food. Great place to meet a peer or customer for a working lunch.

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Karen
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall good, but heartbroken that fried green tomatoes appetizer wasn’t available. We had it a few weeks ago and LOVED it! Also, disappointed calamari appetizer is now served in metal ‘cone’ rather than in plate — was barely enough for our party of 4. Had a brand new server and he was uncertain about some of our questions because he hadn’t eaten/tried some of the foods.

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219 Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 416-6219.

219 Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 309 OpenTable diners.

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