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219 Restaurant

4.3
4.3
812 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 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 812 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
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Late Night Find

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  1. HO

    HamiltonOK

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Noise level was moderate + The acoustics couldn’t handle customer conversations. Fortunately, our reservation was 7:30 and the dining area cleared so we could enjoy our meal. Food: Not a good cut of Ribeye steak for the price. Blackened Salmon was very good and cooked to order. Service: Waiter was polite attentive, but seemed in a rush - not familiar with the wine list
  2. DR

    DRREHEMA

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For the first experience there it was amazing , food was great, customer service all thee above.
  3. S

    Sarah

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Not a fan. I ordered a kale caesar salad. It was a spinach caesar salad -- no kale at all. Food took a long time to come. Mediocre.
  4. JB

    JessicaB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, drinks were great, excellent server. And I met a dog!
  5. A

    Ameenb1

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My party and thoroughly enjoyed every dish that was brought especially the shrimp and grits and Mac and cheese. The server really took care of us and kept our glasses full of water. The overall experience was excellent and we will certainly be back
  6. SB

    SyreetaB

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went with my bf parents to celebrate their wedding anniversary. The food and service was great.
  7. A

    Allen

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Jambalaya was good with good flavoring. I thought the portions were a tad small, but that’s not picking because they were fair. Waitstaff was slow. Drinks are a little pricey. Went upstairs for a cigar after dinner. It gets packed so go early for a table upstairs. Band was good. Band played from 9pm to 1am. It is very noisy upstairs and Smokey. They allow cigarette smoking upstairs
  8. LE

    LindaE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very accommodating. Will return.
  9. R

    Roxy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The gulf shrimp creole was ok. The Caesar salad was very small. The lettuce 🥬 tasted alright but the presentation was awful. The dining room’s decor was dull and drab. One of the hostesses was pleasant but her attire was too casual. The waiter was friendly. The jazz band was excellent.
  10. JG

    JewelG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Sheik was excellent
  11. l

    longhorn

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our server was great but the food was just ok. My salmon was undercooked and there were ingredients in the dish not listed on the menu. My friends dish was great and so was the appetizer we shared - so I guess I was just unlucky. He was great and they did give me a discount on my meal which was appreciated. All in all - not bad and I would go back and give it another try.
  12. BC

    BettyC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    The food, customer service and timeliness was really good, the side walk table, not so much. Will return, but next time will ask for an inside table!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Super great, food was delicious and the staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was brought out promptly too
  14. N

    Nikki

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food needed a little more seasoning was not worth the price . Could have been better over all experience.
  15. DH

    DionH

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service. Food was delicious.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Restaurant is a little loud but the food was delicious. The salmon was cooked perfectly.
  17. A

    Angela

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing.
  18. CM

    CarrMel

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Staple restaurant to go with Old Town’s history.
  19. SK

    SazK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    The atmosphere was nice but the food wasnt, the chicken was cold and the pasta tasted really bad!
  20. A

    Aqua

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jambalaya is the best in the world! (Service was outstanding, too.)
  21. C

    Capitolron

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Dinning Experience and wonderful New Orleans Items on the menu. Will return !
  22. DW

    DavidW

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service was outstanding and love the old architecture that all Old Town buildings have.
  23. MP

    MikeP

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at 219. The food and service were both exceptional. Classic creole cuisine done right! We will be back!
  24. V

    Venie

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Although the menu did not reflect all the items listed on their website, crab cakes for example, we enjoyed our meals. The salmon was delicious along with brussel sprouts and orzo. Upcharge for replacement sides were kinda high. The desserts were bland and can be skipped. The atmosphere shifts at night with live music upstairs and a DJ downstairs and becomes quite loud and energetic.
  25. KR

    KatrinaR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food2service2ambience4
    Went with my husband on a Friday for date night. We originally planned to eat dinner and then go upstairs to listen to the band but we just decided to go upstairs and eat and drink there. It was very crowded. There was three bartenders for the entire space which I thought was crazy.. it was over 60 people in there but I digress. Because of only three bartenders, service was pretty bad. Took forever to get their attention to order drinks. The band was great also. We didn’t order food but beware because the kitchen closes at 10 and there’s another room/bar/club in the basement. We’ll be back for sure though.
  26. B

    Bozz

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places to dine. Service and cuisine are consistently superb.
  27. MM

    MikeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Decor made you feel like you were in NOLA. Great ambiance. Shrimp Creole was perfect. Loved the food. I enjoyed going up to the Cigar Bar after dinner and enjoying a great cigar, a good cup of coffee and live music from a smokin blues band. A great night at a great place. Highly recommend it!
  28. E

    Emoore

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

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

    Luv2dine

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was excellent
  30. E

    Eatingwell

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mixed drinks were delicious but overpriced
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. CH

    CheritaH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  36. h

    hippiegodess

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  37. 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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good place decent grub
  39. JL

    JessicaL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Birthday dinner for hubby was great!
  40. 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.

FAQs

219 Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 812 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 8 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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