I recently dined at the 219 during a family outing an the experience was one that I would recommend to anyone looking for a higher end yet still casual dining experience. The bistro is located right in the center of Norfolk tucked in a corner location amidst several other dining options in the immediate area. I must have driven past it numerous times before and never really noticed it there.
The atmosphere inside the restaurant manages to combine an upscale restaurant feel and a feeling of laid-back and fun hospitality. The greeters and waitstaff are very upbeat and helpful and the most noticeable trait for the entire staff is that everyone was smiling and seemed to legitimately enjoy working there which is a nice atmosphere to be around. Our waiter was also extremely knowledgeable about the food and the wine list and was able to give some very good recommendations that turned out to be excellent.
The good itself is terrific. Not many places in the US know how to properly prepare duck breast and 219 nailed it. The blueberry sauce that it is served with is also phenomenal. My only complaint is that the vegetables, most noticeably the potatoes were slightly undercooked but aside from that, I greatly enjoyed my meal. I must also add that their she-crab soup is to die for!
A very pleasant dining dining experience that I would recommend to anyone in the area!
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