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219 An American Bistro

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American, Bar, Pub
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219 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510-1805 (Brooke Ave)
+1 757-416-6219
11:30 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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132 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After walking out of another downtown restaurant in which we were ignored for almost 10 minutes, finding 219 was like a refuge. We were greeted immediately upon arrival, sat, given water, and cared for throughout our meal. The menu featured a smaller number of choices yet a large variety of cuisines. The our appetizers and meals came out very timely.... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here for dinner with a friend while in town for a convention. I'm always searching for great crab cakes, so I ordered the crab cake dinner, noted as a 'house speciality.' It was one of the best crab cakes I've ever tasted! My dinner partner had the tuna, also wonderful. Service was extremely attentive and gracious. Both the... More 

Thank Rainewrites
Newport News, Virginia
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458 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After our last great lunch visit, we were excited to return to 219 for lunch today. Restaurant was empty at 1:30 (except for two other tables). Service was prompt and efficient. Food (club sandwich with fries) and Cuban sandwich with onion rings and an extra side of mac and cheese was just "average." Fries were cold. Onion rings had an... More 

Thank virginian9
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I had dinner here last evening. I have dined here several times, for lunch and dinner, and have never been disappointed. Last night was no exception. This is a very cool restaurant, on Granby Street in Norfolk. It has a huge, long bar, and lots of tables and booths for seating. I had the Sesame seared rare... More 

Thank Pat E
Suffolk, Virginia
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81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had an exceptional night on the town, commencing with a delicious dinner, followed by an evening at the historic Wells Theater. We visited during Norfolk Restaurant Week, where downtown restaurants offer preset menu selections, which suited us fine. My wife chose the Caesar salad, crab cake, and ice cream selections. I chose just the vegan and... More 

Thank rjrhodes
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49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

I sat for several minutes before someone came to take my order, although a couple of servers walked past my table. I ordered she-crab bisque, which had a flavor I had not tasted in other she-crab bisques. If I go to 219 again, I don't think I'll order it. The broiled seafood platter was average. A small piece of flounder,... More 

Thank Russell C
Chester, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We stopped here for dinner, mainly because it was next to our hotel and were told that it was excellent. I had a hamburger and my husband had a bacon, cheddar & apple pizza. First of all, I'd like to say that our server, Dave, was excellent. Very upbeat and helpful. I ordered a salad and was appalled to find... More 

Thank Donna P
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful experiance food was awsome and service was great. If you are on granby don't miss this spot

Thank Kevin D
ronvabea, Manager at 219 An American Bistro, responded to this review

Kevin, Thank you for your review. We look forward to your visits and love to see when our customers are enjoying our service and food selections. We strive to do better every day! More 

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49 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

219 has been kind of hit or miss with the food. It hasn't been very satisfying to me. However, I know others who really enjoy it. As for drinks and beer, they do pretty good. Its a place I'd suggest to stop by and have a few. Try one of the appetizers. You might get lucky.

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ronvabea, Manager at 219 An American Bistro, responded to this review

ggigionth3go, I am sorry to hear that you find the food to be hit or miss at 219. I can promise you that our chefs are always creating new menus and specials to keep the selections exciting. I hope that you will come visit us again soon and we will be able to prove to you that we are much... More 

Smithfield, Virginia
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

My wife and I and a close friend thoroughly enjoyed our dinner Friday at 219. The bistro can get loud, especially on a busy night, so you have to expect that. We were seated right away and our server was prompt and very pleasant throughout our visit. As we were ordering drinks , our server said they were out of... More 

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ronvabea, Manager at 219 An American Bistro, responded to this review

LSNS2652, thank you for your review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit to 219 American Bistro. Our chefs value making sure that every plate put onto a table is cooked to the customers liking and is delicious! We look forward to your next visit and hope thta you will continue to try new and exciting specials our chefs... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$31
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510-1805
    (Brooke Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
  • Phone Number: +1 757-416-6219
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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