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“Superb service, excellent food”

Two Nineteen Restaurant
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Ranked #134 of 815 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Old Town
Cross street: Fairfax Street
Transit: King St. Metro [
Description: Housed in a historic 19th century townhouse blocks from the waterfront, 219 has for 40 years been a beacon for the most authentic gourmet creole experience possible outside of greater New Orleans. Executive Chef Marcus Olson has taken things one step further and introduced a truly unique gourmet butcher experience--USDA Prime steaks dry-aged 21 days in house and cut to order to your exact specifications. Your meal is complemented by a 750+ bottle wine list and a massive whiskey selection. We offer private dining rooms in addition to our elegant main floor, and offer tasting menus custom-tailored to your preferences. After your meal, you can unwind in our spacious second story lounge and be entertained by world class blues music most nights of the week. Whether your taste runs towards alligator and etouffee, or to succulent aged steaks, we invite you to rediscover your favorite Old Town institution.
Reviewed November 4, 2012

We visited this restaurant for my son-in-law's birthday (he is a regular at their upstairs cigar bar). From the moment we stepped through the door we were made to feel like royalty with prompt, attentive service. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and made several helpful suggestions. My filet mignon was one of the best I've eaten. During the course of our meal both the chef and the manager visited our table. Upon hearing it was a birthday dinner, the manager returned with a complimentary bottle of wine, one of the better selections from the wine menu. Although I agree that the menu is limited, our large party allowed us to try many different dishes and all were excellent. I am surprised at other reviewer's complaints about service since I have only positive things to say about our experience.

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We stooped here for a light dinner, but we were a little disappointed by the limited menu. Most places have too many choices on the menu, 219 had too few. The food was good, in fact the "she crab" soup was very good. The calamari apatizer was fine for one person, but a little light to share.

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Visiting Alexandria wuth my son. Stopped into 219 for a light brunch as an early afternoon rain began. Although we were the only two people in the restaurant it took at least 3 minutes of standing in the covered entry before anyone came to greet us. This should have ben a warning. We were seated in the outdoor front patio and handed menus. Again more than 10 minutes passed before a waiter arrived whose attitude left much to be desired, as he seemed less than glad that we were there. We both ordered soup and jambalya. The soup was tastey but the jumbalya less than expected as it did not have the Cajun spiceness that the dish usually has. The waiter never came by the table after our meals had been served. Getting the bill was just as slow as the greeting and service.I would recommed that even during a spring rain, walk on if a tasty lunch with attentive service is desired.

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1  Thank exatty
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Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

219's main dining room is charming, service is attentive, and ingredients are high-quality. Executive chef Ryan Ross, who was in the kitchen when we visited, has changed the menu to give it more sophisticated, modern American flair.

Why, then, only 3 stars? Extraneous ingredients, or perhaps flawed execution, mar the excellent fundamentals, at least in many of the dishes we tried.

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--An outstanding pork belly appetizer was topped with a generous portion of extremely sweet currant jam. The sweetness of the jam was no doubt intended to contrast artfully with the pork, but instead detracted from it. A solution might be to dial down the sweetness of the jam or to reduce its quantity. The accompanying cilantro cream paired beautifully with the pork, and would have been sufficient on its own. The bacon foam (a third condiment) could have been eliminated.
--The braised short ribs were delicious, but were marred by a topping of rubbery mozzarella cheese and a garnish or accent of largely tasteless beef thread. The short ribs were best enjoyed without these items.
--The shrimp in the shrimp with crispy chickpeas was very good, but the accompanying lemon grass gazpacho-- thankfully served on the side-- was so bitter as to be inedible. Without a sauce to marry the shrimp, the chickpeas and the raisins that studded them, the dish was a disappointment. A tomato-based gazpacho, perhaps with North African flavors that blend well with chickpeas and raisins, might have been a better choice for saucing. As well, the dish would have benefitted had the chickpeas been blended with vegetables or rice-- on their own, they overwhelmed the shrimp.

Fortunately, the above items are easily fixed. When they are, 219 will warrant 5 stars. Even with the missteps cited above, we enjoyed the experience and would like to give 219 another visit. There is much to enjoy here.

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1  Thank ANetliner
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

A large group of us (10) had dinner here and you would have thought we were the only people in the restaurant. The service was superb and the menu truly inventive. As others have said, the focus is on New Orleans inspired food and the highlight for most of us was the She Crab Soup. Creamy, flavorful with just the right amount of crab. The Crab Cakes with Lobster Risotto were very good and everything came hot and our water glasses were never empty. Dessert was equally as good with the group divided on which was better, the peanut butter/chocolate cheesecake or the chocolate torte. We will have to go back again.

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1  Thank pdxfan
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