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“We started with the Caprese and ended with delicious!”

219 An American Bistro
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Ranked #13 of 807 Restaurants in Norfolk
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$31
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 16 May 2018

We were with a large group of people--people came early, some came later...with this water it didn't matter. He handled it all graciously and seamlessly. The Chicken Marsala is very good, as was my blackened Mahi. The bill (tip included and with 4 drinks) came to about $100. Not unrealistic. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

This was a lunch with business colleagues. First we had to wait for the waiter. Then he took a long time to bring our drinks. We finally ordered and it took an excessive amount of time for the food to arrive. And of eight of us four plates were not correct. Lettuce where there wasn’t supposed to be lettuce. Missing onion. Incorrect fries. Incorrect cook on one burger. My chicken salad was bland. But I did enjoy the sweet potato fries when the arrived. Probably won’t return here.

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RZ R, Public Relations Manager at 219 An American Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

We are so sorry to hear that we did not provide a wonderful experience for you & your colleagues. Your feedback will be discussed with the staff to use as a tool for further training to aid in preventing this from happening again. We certainly understand why you might be hesitant to return but we do hope you decide to give us another chance to impress.

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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

We stopped into 219 on a rainy afternoon for a beer and to watch the Masters. Staff was friendly and personable and atmosphere was welcoming and casual. We will definitely come back to eat!

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RZ R, Public Relations Manager at 219 An American Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Thank You for joining us & we look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

There were four of us. Waitress was very attentive and we had an excellent meal by enjoying the french toast and omelets. Highly recommend!

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RZ R, Public Relations Manager at 219 An American Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed some of our brunch favorites. Thank you for taking time to leave us a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Ate here for the first time prior to attending even at Chrysler Hall. We got here early, about 4:45 so had a drink at bar. The restaurant opens and seats for dinner starting at 5. Nice bar, place was empty at this point. Fully stocked bar and pleasant bartender. We were seated in seats of our choice. We started w/the Artichoke/Crab fondue. So many crab dips are heavy on cream cheese and light on crabmeat. This was a very good rendition, blend of different cheeses and plenty of actual blue crabmeat and nice amount of artichoke..served hot and plenty of dipping baguettes.

For entrée my wife had the broiled seafood platter. The dish was very good. I find often broiled platters or items are over cooked due to different size and textures of the seafood. The kitchen did an excellent job w/all the seafood, she was please. I had a double order of fried oyster app. Was served w/an interesting bacon cream corn and fried spinach. Little light on amount of spinach basically just a accent item. Excellent oysters, nice size, very good coating and hot. One issue I had and you see it more and more, kitchens serve fried oysters on a bed of some type of sauce, in this case the cream corn. The issue is the bottoms of oysters soak up that sauce and loose their crispness. The dish was accompanied by a house made remoulade (the waiter let us know he made it, ok?). We shared a crème brulee at the end, it was typical nothing wrong but not out of this world. Wine list while not large was serviceable, we had a Rombauer chard for $ 60 which is a fair price for this popular wine.

Our waiter was very good. Very attentive at beginning of dinner but as restaurant filled we saw him less and less. Was fine but service should be the same throughout, maybe just a little less attentive at the beginning and check on table during the entrée course to make sure all good.

The restaurant was easily 80% full when we left and buzzing but never got so loud to make it hard to converse. The interior is attractive and rectangular in design. The stop serving lunch at 3 and start dinner at 5 but bar remains open in between and they offer a small bar menu. The restaurant is part of a 4-5 restaurant group.

All said we would recommend and plan on returning. I would say very enjoyable but nothing was great.

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RZ R, Public Relations Manager at 219 An American Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Thank you for taking time to offer us your feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience and plan to return. We do hope to offer a "great" experience to all of our guests. Please never hesitate to speak with a manager while you are with us if you would like to express any concerns or have any recommendations. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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