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219 Restaurant

4.4
4.4
786 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
Please note reservations are only available for the main dining room. The lounge and bar areas are first come first serve.

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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Contemporary American, Creole

  • Hours of operation

    Restaurant Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Lounge Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–2:00 am Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 2:00 pm–1:00 am Bayou Room Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 549-1141

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    We do offer catering upon request.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Rob Jemio/ Patty Charoentra: (703) 549-1141

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    N. Fairfax Street

  • Parking details

    In addition to available street parking, we recommend the affordable, municipal parking garage underneath City Hall just around the corner, on Fairfax Street.

  • Public transit

    King St. Metro [<1 mile]; Free trolley services on King St., from Metro.

  • Entertainment

    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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 786 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Hot Spot

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Late Night Find

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  1. E

    Emoore

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the patio and the service was great! I had the blackened salmon which was delicious.
  2. L

    Luv2dine

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was excellent
  3. E

    Eatingwell

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The oysters were a little salty. The service was great. The food was average.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mixed drinks were delicious but overpriced
  5. T

    Tina

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place needs new management and chef. The food was horrible and overpriced.
  6. M

    Mikadillo

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    43 years ago my wife and I had our 4th date here and we came back for our 42nd anniversary and it was just as wonderful as it was then. Our server Sheik was wonderful and the food was great.
  7. K

    Kaye

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Disappointing. The non-smoking room was overpowered by the smoke smell and feel coming from the lounge. The food was less than great. Tasteless, cold, under cooked, or all three. Had I not been so upset, I would have taken a pic of the bleeding fried chicken. I really wanted to like this spot and had it on a list for a private party. Very disappointed my pick for my husband’s Father’s Day meal was a let down.
  8. CH

    CheritaH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  9. h

    hippiegodess

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything during the visit was great. Easy to get a table and the food came out hot and tasty.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good place decent grub
  12. JL

    JessicaL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Birthday dinner for hubby was great!
  13. LR

    LR12

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best Brussel sprouts I've ever had!! Salmon perfectly cooked. Shrimp and grits seasoned well. We'll definitely make it a point to visit again. Only flaw: I wish the pineapple pound cake had been served warm. Otherwise, a perfect meal.
  14. C

    Clagbagfrench

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worse food I ever ate! Do not recommend! Will never go there again
  15. DA

    DonnaA

    Washington DC

    112 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A beautiful dining room, filled with charm! We wanted to stay for Linwood Taylor upstairs, but the cigar smoke made that impossible.
  16. J

    Janeybelle

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was recommended by a friend and she was right. The food was great and the huge pretzel was so much fun We will be going back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a nice quiet dinner. We loved it.
  18. MP

    MichaelP

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at 219. We spent time in all three venues, the cigar lounge, Bayou Bar and the restaurant itself. Amazing food and ambiance! Definitely coming back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I chose this restaurant because online the ambiance was nice and eclectic and it wasn’t too far from home; however, the food left more to be desired. The food wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. The service was wonderful. We were greeted as soon as we walked in. We made reservations but it really wasn’t crowded. We were seated right away and presented with menus. Like I said, the service was wonderful but the food, not so much. I wouldn’t be in a hurry to return.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great restaurant. Booth of us had the burgers and they were good and the staff was super awesome
  21. JG

    JefferyG

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Took the wife here for a mother's day dinner out and so glad we came. The waiter was really nice and attentive, he took our orders right away and kept checking on us to ensure we were during fine. For an appetizer I had the gumbo, it was really good with a very slight kick, although it would've been better with some sausage added. For an entrée I had the Jambalaya, it was great, had a lot of sausage, chicken, shrimp and some really good rice. My wife had the fried chicken with collard green. She like both, but really enjoyed the greens that were cooked with pork and had a little kick to them. Overall a very good meal
  22. TC

    TamekiaC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I took my mom for Mother's Day brunch. They had a pre-fix menu of 3 courses at $55 pp. Our server let us know up front he was a bartender who was pulled to serve-I assume most of the women were off for Mother's Day. I loved the set up and the fancy ( I guess French) chairs. It was very cute and quaint. They initially forgot to bring out the beignets for the table, which were more like puffed crackers the size of a Cheez-It cracker and tasted like a communion cracker dusted with powder sugar and whipped cream on the side. There was 3 on the plate for 2 guests..that was a bit odd. The server brought them out shortly after another server brought out our main entrees. I had the French Toast which was topped w/ fresh bananas and strawberries and a banana foster's syrup and 2 1/2 very small/thin pieces of bacon. It was really good, but I wish the bacon was equal to the serving of french toast. My mom had the Fried Chicken & biscuits w/ a side of breakfast potatoes. The serving was pretty large, however, she did complain it was more breading than chicken ( I noticed it was dark meat as well). As I was digging in, I noticed they did not bring our starter-which was the She Crab soup. When we flagged someone down, they apologized and asked would we like to take it w/us but we decided to eat it there. It was more of pureed soup w/a few bits of crab. It was ok, need a tad bit of salt. Finally, to dessert..Mom had the Mango Cheesecake "Foam" and I had the Blondie w/ Lemon Curd and Blueberry compote. Mom's taste okay, better w/the cracker/cookie things they put on top of the foam. My dessert was horrible except for the lemon curd. The blondie was more like a chocolate chip brownie and the dark or semi-sweet chips clashed w/the fruit. Maybe it should have been warmed. Mimosa, coffee, brunch + tip came to about $167..I would have felt much better about that price if the food matched. Not going to blame the server this time, since he was filling in so I did not cut his time.
  23. DS

    DavidS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    SOme of the food was really good. Some was really bad. OVerall, the price fix menu was not worth it.
  24. JR

    JodyR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Fantastic place. Food, music and great beer. Highly recommend.
  25. WP

    WynP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cuisine was fantastic and the environment within the restaurant was amazing.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food was decent but not what I expected for the price range of this restaurant. Very slow service as they were way understaffed for a Saturday night. Probably a place I would only return for drinks and maybe an appetizer but not worth a trip back for dinner. Disappointed as I really wanted to love this place.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Room smelled of cigarettes
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    219 is one of my favorite restaurants. I highly recommend.
  29. LS

    LeneseS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This was a great restaurant located in the heart of Old Towne Alexandria, lots of energy, outdoor seating would've been a great experience but they didn't have any available -- make sure to request outdoor seating when making a reservation. We definitely will be back!
  30. JS

    JessS

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Drinks were great! And the service was wonderful as well!
  31. SW

    ShamikaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is very nice, the food was AMAZING and the service was Outstanding. Gabe is a great asset!!
  32. B

    Bond

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are wanting French creole dishes this is the restaurant to go to. I had the gumbo as an appetizer. Then for my entree had the jambalaya. For dessert I had the chesse cake. My libation was the 219 brown ale wish was perfect. Now to top this off the jazz band performance was off the charts.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service here is outstanding! The food was very delicious. I could taste all of the flavors in my shrimp and grits.
  34. JB

    JeremiahB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Did not enjoy my food. The service was nice but never really came around and check in
  35. CP

    ChrislynP

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was great and so was the food and wine. We definitely plan to come again!
  36. s

    sonjiaj

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent. I will be dining there again and telling my friends.
  37. AC

    AudreyC

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was great. We had an early reservation, so at first we had the room to ourselves. The only negative comment is that you could smell some of the cigar bar smell. But it wasn't overbearing.
  38. EC

    EloyC

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place. Food was ok. Plenty of seating if you call ahead. Quick and prompt service.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dining experience. The food was filing without being heavy and the service was amazing. The ambience and decor is stunning, a must try.
  40. KS

    KenS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took a new client there and was the perfect place. Sheik our waiter went out of his way to make sure we had an excellent experience. Food and ambience were perfect. Thanks.

FAQs

219 Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 786 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for 219 Restaurant

219 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Fairfax Street

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Restaurant Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Lounge Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–2:00 am Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 2:00 pm–1:00 am Bayou Room Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Contemporary American, Creole

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    In addition to available street parking, we recommend the affordable, municipal parking garage underneath City Hall just around the corner, on Fairfax Street.

  • Public transit

    King St. Metro [<1 mile]; Free trolley services on King St., from Metro.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 549-1141

  • Catering

    We do offer catering upon request.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Rob Jemio/ Patty Charoentra: (703) 549-1141

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