219 Bistro

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219 Bistro is centrally located in the vibrant downtown district of Norfolk VA. Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, 219 recently underwent a renovation and as now re-open featuring new and exciting menus with a fully stocked bar offering a wide variety of draught beer and craft cocktails sure to please every palate!
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WS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Online menu not the same as in person menu.

FH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

K
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

SR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

It took an hour after we ordered to get our salad and appetizer. It took 40 min to get my drink after ordering. Terrible service

BB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was awful and over cooked. Quality of food product was bad and preparation was poor.
Service was very slow and server was absent. We were one of only a couple of tables when we first arrived and server was greeting girls at the door and hugging and talking, all while we were waiting on service. Terribly unprofessional and irritating.
Too many great restaurants on Granby to endure this awful place.
Waste of our money. Sent calamari back and didn’t eat tacos. How can you ruin a taco??

R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had Jordan on his first night of waiting tables solo. Can already tell he’ll be a great waiter. My scallop risotto dish was incredible. She-Crab soup was pretty good. My daughter’s steak was perfectly seasoned and cooked and my wife’s Ahi was as well.
One suggestion- with a tap list that awesome, offer beer flights instead of just wine flights.

C
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I tend to avoid restaurant weeks (since service and food usually but it had been a while since dining at

AK
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, good service, good value. We joined another couple for Restaurant Week on Friday. Parking in an adjacent parking garage was easy. We were seated promptly. The waitress was friendly and the restaurant was not too busy. I started with the she-crab soup (delicious), followed with the crab cake (great) and finished with the bread pudding (fabulous).

Highly recommended; would definitely eat there more often.

p
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Nice downtown location.

JB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and it was delicious. Service was excellent. Food was excellent. Drinks were refreshing. Overall fantastic experience. Restaurant was clean. We noticed a lot of teamwork with different people bringing out food and clearing out plates. Couldn’t ask for a better experience.

j
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for restaurant week and the value and taste were amazing!

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Seated in noisy bar area, service was nonexistent, salmon cold and dry, waffle had overpowering sage flavor... like thanksgiving stuffing. Ordered a 2 Nd glass of wine that never came . Spent $100 and left hungry...

MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for brunch, good prices and selection
The only thing that would make it better would be a better choice of music

BP
Baltimore
58 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This was a very late lunch and I know that we caught the restaurant between their brunch service and dinner-neither one really in gear when we arrived. Our waiter was terrific and we had our pick of tables, choosing to eat outside. We do recommend the avocado toast appetizer, but the rest of the meal was decent, but nothing special

PC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding and the food was very good (and lots of it!). Prices were very reasonable too. Definitely plan to visit 219 Bistro again when we return to Norfolk for a visit.

L
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated immediately in a very nice booth. The service was friendly and timely. We had happy hour cocktails that were very good. Our food was presented wonderfully and was absolutely scrumptious. It was a perfect restaurant to go to before the show at the Wells.

DR
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

What a delightful find. Being from out of town, I used OpenTable to help select. Well it was PERFECT. Honestly, we showed up a bit late, but they had saved our table and were QUICK to seat us. Great table, not crowded, easy! Our waiter was a delight. In his own words "... I love it when a customer says SURPRISE ME AND MAKE IT GOOD!..." He was quick to recommend the SheCrab Soup. Rich, flavorful, lots of chunks.... The Pasta of the night was a combination of shellfish in an alfredo sauce. Again, rich and delighful… with lots of shrimp and lobster and.... Colleagues had the Pork Chop, the Grill or the Salmon.... ALL said GOOD! Thought we had all filled up, but somehow we found room for dessert - and we were glad we did! My choco-holic wife went for the Chocolate Torte.... Wow, here I go again.. RICH THICK lovely.... Me? The mixed berry cheesecake. I'm from NY, I know what good cheesecake is.... well, this one was clearly out of town....NOT a back-woods cheesecake... I would come back if for NOTHING but the Cheesecake!

Overall - THANK YOU Open Table for the find. A great evening had!

SE
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing. My daughter who’s 5 and never eats anything even raved about it.

LE
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place, we sat outside; so relaxing! Food was amazing.

BL
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

219 has been remodeled recently, except the bathrooms, which they should have also done. Not sure if it's under new management. The restaurant as a whole has a more casual atmosphere than before. The food wasn't bad, the service wasn't great.

CC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was good, the food was also good. The server was very welcoming, my overall experience was great.

IC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Pre theater dinning. They were very conscious of our need to get there in a timely manner

s
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner ! Friday evening before a play at the Wells, Jimmy was our waiter. I had scallops my husband had the meatloaf. Food was delicious, Jimmy was terrific and we had plenty of time to walk to the Wells.

LN
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was nervous about 219 Bistro because I read a few reviews that said the service was slow. We were in town for a show and we didn't want to be late. From the moment we arrived and through our meal, staff was friendly, attentive and warm.

Our server recommended some of the items. My friend had the heated salmon which she said was delicious. We also ordered the ceviche appetizer and I had the tuna for dinner. We finished up with the Chocolate Almond Torte which was amazing. Everything was delicious. It was great before our show and you will enjoy your meal and the ambiance.

Side note: In regards to my tuna dish, I would recommend changing the Bok Choy to something edible or changing the way it is served. It is served as a whole plant and I couldn't cut it nor eat it as it was chewy. I actually really enjoy Bok Choy so I was disappointed that it wasn't something I could eat easily. That was so minor and I would order the dish again, just wasn't sure if they have ever been given feedback regarding this vegetable. I tried to send this private but the site would not show the submit button.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Theatre night at Wells Theatre. Enjoyed dinner at 219 before the show!!

T
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! Good variety of delicious food- never disappoints!

B
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

219 has always been a great plact to meet with friends for a special occasion and after their remodeling it is especially so.

D
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Air conditioning vents hit directly onto tables making it very cold. Cold air blowing on the food made it cool off sooner than usual.

DD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, Fabiola was terrific! Everyone’s meal was excellent!

I
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had diner before attending a musical at the scope. The food was very good and served in a timely manner. Wait staff was attentive. All in all a very enjoyable meal!!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My waiter was fantastic , I wish I could have tipped him more because he mad everything better. the she crab soup was perfect and also the lobster bisque. I will definitely be visiting again.

JD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was very nicely set up. I went on valentines day and they did a great job managing the amount of water we had in our glass as well as made frequent visits to see if we were doing okay at the table. I've been going there for about a year now for brunch mainly. Now i will be going for dinner just as often.

C
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentines Menu!!! Would have loved to see the keylime pie instead of mousse. Great waiter! Love his sense of humor!

AB
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu with lots of seafood. Had an early dinner and service impecable. Good wines too

C
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were there for brunch. Bloody Mary mix was excellent. Food was ‘ok’. Service was ‘ok’. Waitress seemed really busy.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Stopped in for dinner after our Theatre show at Norfolk State University. Love the new look! Our waitress Lexie was friendly, attentive, knowledgeable but not bothersome. Thanks for reminding us about happy hour.🍷 Shout out to the Chef Rodney for a great meal!!👏🏾👏🏾 The She Crab soup was hot, creamy and full of sweet crab and both Seafood platters were plentiful and nicely fried. I would have loved to seen a little more done with the fingerling potatoes but the coleslaw was delicious not too creamy or sweet. We were so full we had no room for dessert! We certainly will return again!! 😋

JS
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed the new menu and our food was very good. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the food menu and the wine menu and was so friendly and nice.

The reason we chose to go to 219 that evening was that they advertise a happy hour until 7:00pm. There even was a sign sitting in front of the restaurant. Apparently they changed their minds and not the website and decided that happy hour would only occur at the bar. We had a guest with us and had made a reservation ahead of time so we stayed. If we had been alone, we would have left. There is so much competition amongst downtown restaurants that we were disappointed that they did not take care of us at our table for happy hour.

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