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219 Bistro, Norfolk, VA

219 Bistro

4.3
4.3
511 Reviews
$30 and under
American
219 Bistro is centrally located in the vibrant downtown district of Norfolk VA. Open Wednesday - Saturday, offering Happy Hour 4pm - 6pm. Join us for the best outdoor dining in downtown Norfolk. Our menu features are sure to please everyone offering innovative appetizers, burgers, tacos and chef inspired entrées.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (757) 416-6219
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Ben
  • Neighborhood
    Norfolk
  • Cross street
    Brooke Ave and Granby Street
  • Parking details
    Our valet is available after 5:30pm and is located on Brooke avenue in front of our sister-restaurant, Byrd and Baldwin Bros steakhouse.Our expertly trained valets will tend to your vehicle while you enjoy an elegant dining experience.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 511 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

511 Reviews
  1. CamronM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the bistro! We go here for our dinner dates and absolutely love our experience.

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  2. catinabean

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food! Highly recommend the bacon wrapped figs. Great service, very comfortable seating. We had a great time!

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  3. Laurennn

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was amazing. Definitely will be coming back!

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  4. JimT

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a 6:00 Res on Saturday and were promptly seated and the Server was great. She was very attentive. The she-crab soup was excellent, but the cup was very small. The kale Caesar salad was mostly lettuce. The fish tacos were very good. The short ribs were minimal and the polenta and other things didn’t hide the small short rib. Everything was good, but I felt $100 was high for no alcohol or dessert, just 1 cup if soup, small salad, tacos and an entree.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were married here in January and like the food quite a bit. This time around service was not nearly as good and noise levels were so loud we couldn’t even have a conversation amongst the 4 of us at the table.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. We were have dinner before a show and ensured we were served timel.

    1 person found this helpful

  7. SamjackieN

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The crab bisque and wedge salad were excellent and we definitely recommend both of them. The web site touts a happy hour from 4-6 but does not specify that it is only for a few limited drinks. $14 for a single cocktail is expensive and in our opinion overpriced.

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  8. LoriC

    Richmond

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very slow and restaurant wasn't that busy.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! The Scampi and the filet mignon were cooked perfectly. We were going to the hockey game and our server was great getting us through the service and out on time. Definitely a place to keep on your must try list!

    1 person found this helpful

  10. GabrielaC

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The 219 is and has always been, for us, a Norfolk favorite! Great restaurant to go to before a Norfolk show. We enjoy the food, the drinks, and the atmosphere.

    1 person found this helpful

  11. StephenL

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and intimate feel. Nice bar area for drinks or to eat. It has a casual elegance to it. Recommended.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. HollyV

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had dinner at 219 Bistro last night. Everything was great- drinks, gnocchi appetizer, surf n turf, pork chop, and dessert. My only complaint/ recommendation is for them to serve the gnocchi with some toast points or something similar to dip into the yummy sauce that is leftover! The restaurant was quiet when we arrived (5:30) and moderate, but not too crazy when we left (shortly after 7:00).

    1 person found this helpful

  13. TiffB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience. Great food, cozy atmosphere with impeccable service

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  14. KayS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed our meal at 219 Bistro. Nehemiah was a fine server. I had a nice Kale Ceaser salad (it needed more lemon in it to soften the kale) and a small plate of delicious, good-sized, perfectly seared scallops over creamy risotto. A couple of pieces of succulent shrimp mixed in were delightful morsels. My husband had the honey-sirachi glazed salmon atop a steaming, shredded veggie medley. Both dishes were far better than expected, with a dollop of smoky tomato jam atop the scallops, and a cauliflower puree swirled across the salmon plate. The atmosphere isn't very bistro-like really, but it is open and airy in there, not too noisy, and good for watching people on the busy street. The bar seemed well-stocked.

    1 person found this helpful

  15. BonnieL

    Richmond

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our table was ready upon arrival. Service was very good. My wedge salad was super large and super good. The crab bisque soup could have been a bit hotter. It had a little kick to it that I hadn’t expected but didn’t mind with plenty of crab meat. My husband had the salmon entree which he enjoyed.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. MediaLona

    Richmond

    51 reviews

    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great hostess and waitress. Food was good but not gourmet.

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  17. GlendaB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely love the 219 Bistro and whenever my man is in town we stay at the Autograph Glasslight Hotel in Norfolk and we always have dinner and drinks at the 219 Bistro. The food is absolutely amazing and delicious along with the drinks and the service is always impeccable each and every time. 5 stars always hands down with me this is one of my favorite restaurants ever in the downtown Norfolk area

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  18. RVAWino

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was fantastic, service was not. I walked to the bar to get our second glass of wine because our waitress was nowhere to be seen. Our appetizer came out at the same time as our meal. We told the waitress we were going to a show but still had to chase her down to get our check. May have to try this place again when it’s not so busy, but it was a Saturday night so you would think they would be staffed to handle it.

    1 person found this helpful

  19. JeffC

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Was good, a bit noisy, great service. Enjoyed the meal, will try something else next time.

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  20. Jacclcjhc

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was ok . The server was nice. The food and drinks took to long

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  21. KellyM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Snow was very attentive, personable and knowledgeable. She was an absolute joy. Our meal took a little while to come out, but once it was served, it was definitely worth the wait.

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  22. Brian

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at dinner before our show at the opera. The service and food were both great.

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  23. MarkG

    Richmond

    61 reviews

    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had early dinner reservations, so that we could attend the evening theater performance nearby. Our “Crab-Stack” appetizer and salad were excellent, as were our dinner entrees (grilled salmon and bacon-wrapped scallops)…when they arrived eventually. Our superb waitress and the courteous Manager could not have been more apologetic about the delay…and voluntarily “comped” our bill.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very ok, we waited 55 minutes from getting our appetizer till when we got our entree. The steak was cold on one side and the asparagus were very undercooked. The risotto had a sour and acidic taste to it as well as being watery and the rice in it wasn’t properly cooked, but the scallops were very good. Overall the service from the waitress was good but it felt like our order didn’t get put in or was forgotten about, we also order the crab bisque and never received it. Was told do to this being restaurant week it might be the reason why it took almost an hour to receive our entree. You would think for it being restaurant week that they would’ve showed out and really impressed us.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for restaurant week and the choices were fantastic. The food quality was excellent. Our server was very personable.

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  26. Shades

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First up, the service was impeccable. Ambiance was magnificent. A true classy urban bistro with big windows for people watching. She had the bacon wrapped goat cheese figs with a smokey chipotle blackberry jam for an appetizer. This is a real winner. Smokey, savory, sweet, and gooey. Yummy. I had the she-crab bisque. It was good, but not exciting. In an area where blue crabs are plentiful, to stand-out your she crab bisque needs flair. Her entree was the beef tenderloin coated in cracked pepper, finished with a creamy cognac and pepper sauce, served with buttery new potatoes and grilled asparagus. The tenderloin was grilled perfectly and melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. My wife loved the creamy cognac and pepper sauce on the potatoes and asparagus. Luscious. I had the Cotija Chili Lime Shrimp - Mexican quinoa salad of bell pepper, red onion, black beans, cilantro, scallion, corn, crumbled cotija cheese and Mexican crema. This is an excellent entree if it's summertime. But not a winter dish. The quinoa salad is served cold. Not something I expected for a winter dish. The spiced shrimp with the Mexican crema sauce was spot-on. For dessert, she had the raspberry sorbet - very refreshing on the palate. I had the Bailey’s chocolate mousse - another real winner. Highly recommend it. Creamy without being too sweet. Delicious. Everything washed down with excellent hot decaf coffee. Creative presentations, great ambiance, and wonderful service, we will be back.

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  27. Erin

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was just ok. For the $ we were spending, service was subpar. Food was just ok to me, but others in our party loved it.

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  28. SoniaS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting and we loved it. The food, service and ambiance were awesome. Definitely will be coming back.

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  29. AnyaC

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. The restaurant week menu was one of the best! The fig appetizer was amazing! Will definitively dine here again

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  30. MP63

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A truly excellent Restaurant Week menu. We come to 219 Bistro a few times a year because of their consistently excellent food, great service and friendly team. The location on Granby Street is great too! We look forward to our next visit!

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  31. John

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the burger with duck. It was an awesome choice. I loved that the waitress asked if we had a time constraint, as we actually did because of a show. It avoided the awkwardness of feeling pressured.

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  32. BobbyC

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service. The wait time for the order was a bit long but the floor manager came to the table and explained the reason which was perfectly understandable and she offered to bring additional bread or anything else we cared for before the food was ready. That was an example of good customer service!

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  33. KellyS

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great! We enjoyed the large portions of food and beverage

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  34. KATHLEENB

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    crab stack appetizer, salmon and duckified hamburger were very good. we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Happy hour prices are reasonable.

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  35. MichelleW

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great time at 219 Bistro. The food and drinks were amazing. Our server Alfonso was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks are great. Plates are on the smaller side.

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  37. GregC

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Disaster. Our server was clueless. It took 10 minutes to come to our table, almost 20 minutes to get our cocktails, appetizers were another 20 minutes and then we had to go to our show. Granted, she has no control over the kitchen, but it's doubtful she has put our orders in. Trying to simply pay for the drinks and appetizers was a fiasco, we had to cancel what was supposed to be a lovely dinner and show. Christmas Carol at the Virginia Stage Company was delightful, but 219 was a disaster. We've had mixed experiences with 219 in the past but have already tried it again. No more 219, the mark of a good restaurant is reliablity - good food and service go without saying, and 219 cannot deliver any of these.

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  38. MichaelB

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We received excellent service. Food was hot and delicious.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate here for a girls night. Perfect ambiance! The food was delicious. Everyone’s allergies were accommodated. We had great cocktails and I loved the duck entree.

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  40. NajF

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    This experience was mediocre at best. I probably won’t go back. It was pretty expensive and we didn’t get much. Also it took over 25 minutes for she crab soup & fries to come out and over 35-40 minutes for a grilled chicken sandwich to come out. Lastly, and most importantly there was hair in both my soup and fries.

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FAQs

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

219 Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 511 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for 219 Bistro

219 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Brooke Ave and Granby Street
  • Neighborhood
    Norfolk
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Our valet is available after 5:30pm and is located on Brooke avenue in front of our sister-restaurant, Byrd and Baldwin Bros steakhouse.Our expertly trained valets will tend to your vehicle while you enjoy an elegant dining experience.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Ben
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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