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219 Restaurant

4.3
4.3
828 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 828 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
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. P

    Pikejo

    Nashville

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very appreciative of restaurants willingness and ability to work with my wife’s food allergies.
  2. P

    Prefernottopublish

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Everything was just "okay"....................................
  3. KH

    KimH

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Place was nice, food was good but it was so loud in there it gave me a headache!
  4. e

    emptynestadjustment

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice date night restaurant. Service was excellent and good ambiance. Loved the shrimp and grits.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Drinks were decent! Ambiance was sweet! If the upstairs rooms were not too full of cigar smoke we would have stayed longer for the jazz. Overall lovely place.
  6. w

    wendya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good experience recommend this restaurant!!!!
  7. S

    Selina

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cozy decor. Excellent and attentive service. Food delicious. Website not accurate to menu at restaurant. Overall would recomme d!
  8. BB

    BBee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and lovely “old-world” feel atmosphere. Restaurant accommodating of vegetarian requests. Highly recommend! The overall experience was great.
  9. MP

    MaritaP

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was really good. Loved the ambiance of the old building, great service, great food. The noise level was high which really wasn't something they could control. Overall very good experience.
  10. D

    Debbie

    Naples

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Cold, drafty in the restaurant. salty and VERY spicy food. Just barely ok
  11. NA

    NovemberinAlexandriaEyan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were fantastic! Friendly and professional staff that were attentive but didn’t “over due” it. I had the crawfish etouffee and it was delicious! Highly, highly recommend!
  12. LS

    LeonardS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The best meal I have eaten in years at a restaurant.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The room is beautifully decorated, the service was impeccable, and the food and drinks were delicious. I had the blackened salmon and hubby had the jambalaya. It was fun watching the hustle and bustle outside the window, while enjoying a quiet, upscale meal inside. Highly recommend.
  14. RM

    RMac

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Noise level decreased significantly after one party departed. Will visit again!
  15. KC

    KsCorner

    Detroit

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    My meal of Nola shrimp and grits was just ok- not a dish that I would order again. Also, perhaps my server was new, but his service was not what I was expecting from such an establishment; it was bare minimal. (A server attending tables nearby was much more thorough with communicating menu options to guests, etc. ) The restaurant decor/ambiance was lovely, but I do not plan on returning. I've had much better meals at nearby restaurants.
  16. DB

    DarleneB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was great
  17. NC

    NeetC

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Best date spot for a fall evening!
  18. HO

    HamiltonOK

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. LE

    LindaE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very accommodating. Will return.
  26. 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.
  27. JG

    JewelG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Sheik was excellent
  28. 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.
  29. 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!
  30. 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
  31. 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.
  32. DH

    DionH

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service. Food was delicious.
  33. 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.
  34. A

    Angela

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing.
  35. 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.
  36. 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!
  37. A

    Aqua

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

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

    Capitolron

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Dinning Experience and wonderful New Orleans Items on the menu. Will return !
  39. 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.
  40. MP

    MikeP

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    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!

FAQs

219 Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 828 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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