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219 An American Bistro

219 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510-1805
+1 757-416-6219
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Ranked #15 of 592 restaurants in Norfolk
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $18 - $31
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Brooke Ave
Description: 219 an American Bistro continues downtown Norfolk's tradition of chef inspired and locally owned restaurants. With its location central to the vibrant downtown district, 219 an American Bistro is the place to see and be seen. The cuisine is American with an Asian twist and the ambiance upscale but never pretentious.
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English first
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Dinner for five late in the evening. All had seafood, all satisfied. Very good she-crab soup to start and excellwnt seadood platter. Service OK, restaurant fifties style, would consider coming back.

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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Best crab cake I have ever eaten! Very friendly wait staff. Know enough about menu to make suggestions. Unless you are very hungry, share an appetizer or forgo. We shared one and I still could not finish my dinner. The crabcake was HUGE! Will go again.

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Virginia Beach
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

First time here and the service was great. We were seated quickly and attended to from the moment we sat down to when we left , makes you come back for another visit. The food was excellent ! Blue cheese oysters ? Who does that...awesome !! The seared salmon was cooked very well and seasoned just right . I see... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I took advantage of a beautiful early spring day and dined al fresco. The server was attentive and efficient. The food was amazing...I have had several fish tacos in my lifetime from California to Mexico and let me say that the fish tacos at the 219 are by far the BEST I have ever had...please check this place out!

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Norfolk, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We had the most amazing brunch last week at 219. My omelet was cooked perfectly and my bloody Mary was great a perfectly spicy. My wife had Waffles with Chicken which was new to us and very creative. Overall it was just a very relaxing and pleasant experience. Really good service and nice atmosphere. I would recommend this place to... More

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Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I and a friend had the prime rib dinner at 219 and the meat was so tender and delicious. OMG, it was the BEST PRIME RIB I have ever had. The waiter was attentive to our needs and announced what specials that were available. During our meal, the Chef came out and visited every table. I told him that the... More

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Greenville, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Very nice and casual atmosphere to enjoy a great dinner downtown! The menu is very simple and only two pages, but it offers a a lot of choices. We had great service and we were in and out in an hour including dessert. I would highly recommend the 219 for an evening with your wife or girlfriend downtown!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

My boyfriend and a friend of mine stopped in here to begin our night. It was quiet, but we definitely made friends with the bartender, who was very awesome, and livened the place up! We had great service and enjoyed the swanky ambience. I am not sure about prices as my boyfriend paid, but compared to DC's prices, they were... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

A standard for a good business lunch or dinner. It has great food at realistic prices. One of their more enjoyable periodic specials is their crab cake. Love their scallops. Salmon delicious.

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Virginia Beach
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

This is the perfect restaurant for dinner before the show. It was close by, and the food was amazing. The service was great. Our server Mark was very good at what he does. I had the broiled seafood platter and everything was great. Others in our group had the surf and terf. Everyone was pleased with the quality of food.

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