1990 M Street
Washington, DC 20036Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.vidaliadc.com/
- Phone: 2026591990
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday Closed until September 12, 2010
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Jeffrey Buben
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: Vidalia is now doing off premise catering. Call Jacqueline Herrera for your special events.
A word from Vidalia
Chef/owner Jeffrey Buben's Vidalia features an expanded bar with 30 wines by the glass, a beautiful private dining room for groups up to 40 people, our wine room and a soft contemporary dining room featuring warm, rich fabrics incorporated in new booths, banquets and comfortable dining chairs. We look forward to seeing you and also invite you to Chef Buben's second restaurant, Bistro Bis, located next to the Hotel George on Capital Hill. Visit our web site at www.vidaliadc.com or www.bistrobis.com to find out more about both Vidalia and Bistro Bis.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
- Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
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Vidalia reviews from OpenTable diners
247 reviews since June 25, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (169)fit for foodies (163)romantic (114)great for lunch (59)notable wine list (59)neighborhood gem (50)good for groups (40)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (6)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Serenity!2EATVIPDined on 8/16/2014Vidalia provides very good food and excellent service, but best of all, Vidalia is a quiet restaurant, where one can relax and have a peaceful meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We were bored with our experienceWineandvistasVIPDined on 8/15/2014The wait staff was very kind, but seemed entirely untrained in waiting at a nice restaurant. I had to make a special request for a glass of wine after my food was served. They did not clear our plates until they had sat quite awhile and the time between courses was uncomfortable, yet the wait staff never gave us any assurances. The guests seated next to us ordered a special side dish and the waiter told them they couldn't have it because it would take 15 minutes and they would be done by then! Those same guests were still seated when we left 45 minutes later. We were seated in a side room, and there was no mood music, so we ended up hearing the conversations of the parties near us. The food itself was decent.
- Made special occasion extra specialebunakDined on 8/15/2014Dined during restaurant week with husband and 3 children for my birthday. Was a bit concerned that the service and food might not be at their best as it was restaurant week, but it was a wonderful dinner. Late Friday night seating, table was ready in a cozy alcove. Service was impeccable. Server provided drink samples to children prior to ordering. We ordered a wide range of dishes including: heirloom tomatoes, pork fritter, crabmeat gazpacho, ribs, quail, pork chop, shrimp and grits, roasted onion, mac-n-cheese, and steak. Everything was good. Even my picky eater 5 and 9 year olds really enjoyed the food. Admittedly expensive dinner for children but well worth it! I will return as the full menu has even more amazing offerings.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food, immaculately servedGaryVIPDined on 8/15/2014We ate at Vidalia during restaurant week. The menu offered a wide selection of excellent dishes. The service was impeccable. A great time!Special Features:
- Great food, wine and servicezwizzleDined on 8/15/2014Was expecting good meal for restaurant week and wasn't disappointed. All the dishes were terrific and wine suggestion was spot on! Service was excellent and we never felt rushed to finish and turn over a table. A totally satisfying experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great menuOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/15/2014My husband and I went for restaurant week and were immediately impressed by the number of options on the menu. The peach gazpacho was extremely flavorful and their vidalia onions in oxtails are not to be missed. The shrimp and grits did leave me wanting, but my husband and I agreed that we would come back of regular dinner service in the near future.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LibbyDined on 8/14/2014We were disappointed. I asked about the the seafood and was advised that it was all frozen. The shrimp in the shrimp and grits had a rubbery feeling. The duck breast also frozen was extremely tough. Would not return.
- Great ambienceSalvadorDined on 8/14/2014Good food and service on restaurant week. Lovely interior.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Restaurant Week 2014OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/14/2014This was one of the best restaurant week experiences I've ever had. I thoroughly enjoyed everything I ate. For a starter, I had the crab cake--full of crab atop a peach/veggie type of mix. For an entree, I had shrimp and grits and the shrimp were huge! For dessert I had the peach cobbler/crumble type of dessert. Excuse my lack of description but just know that it was good. The menu was available online which was another selling point. They offered tons of choices and everything was ah-may-zing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Vidalia aims to please!TagalongDined on 8/14/2014With a delightful Restaurant Week menu and a commitment to great service and food presentation, Vidalia is always a crowd pleaser!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The crab cakes....OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/14/2014While everything that we had was good food; pasole, fritter, short ribs and chess pie, the entree and pasole needed salt and the lemon chess could be more tart. Now, the crab cakes were very good. No filler and had a great acidity. They may be small, but worth it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent serviceplazadinerDined on 8/14/2014Three of us arrived for lunch during Restaurant Week. While the restaurant was full and busy, this had no impact on the ambiance or the quality of service. A slightly more salty duck confit than expected, but the other courses (and my friends' meals) were quite fine. Have a church lemonade!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- averyDined on 8/13/2014went rest. week and found after arriving before 7 p.m. that no happy hour prices during rest. week which was not mentioned on the web sight. BOO. food was good as well as the service.Special Features:
- Gustie80Dined on 8/13/2014The food was excellent! Enjoyed every bite. The entire party did. Service was super too. And two of us who are light drinkers enjoyed the "taste" option. Nice to be able to get a smaller glass of wine vs. not having any at all.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Undercooked foodOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/13/2014This is normally such a good restaurant with well prepared food. It was disappointing the other night when one of our table mates had to send the almost completely raw swordfish back to the kitchen, only to have the next piece come out a bit more done, but too tough to eat. Management never came by the table, but did comp half her meal cost. Again, normally this is a very good restaurant, which is why the other night was such a disappointment.
- Restaurant WeekPetuniaVIPDined on 8/13/2014The Videlia Restaurant Week Lunch menu was outstanding. Many restaurants don't give you such a wide selection and the food was wonderful. The only problem was quite slow service. An hour and a half for lunch is a stretch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- So Freakin DependableRedneckFoodieDined on 8/13/2014Many hi-end D.C. restaurants cut back or cut corners during Washington Restaurant Week. Not Vidalia. Year-to-year, the best WRW value for lunch, even dinner. Shrimp and Grits and Pecan Pie get better each year. How do they do that? BTW: best waitress I've encountered since Vermillion 4 years ago. She earned every penny of her 25%. Advice = set your calendar to February and book your Vidalia lunch for sure.Special Features:
- Delicious but slow for lunchsmhunter814Dined on 8/13/2014The food was amazing, but if you're looking for a treat out during the work day, you might want to go somewhere else. Went with a group of coworkers (there were 5 of us) and had a 12:15 reservation. Both the first and main courses came out really slowly. By 1:40, we were just getting dessert menus. Ended up asking for dessert to go and raced out as soon as we were done paying our bill. Again, the food itself was delicious (as always), just surprising that a downtown restaurant would be so slow getting food out at lunchtime where everyone is coming from work.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- restaurant week2hopeDined on 8/12/2014went during restaurant-appetizer,crab,excellent-salmon was terrible . spouse meal that was suppose to have collared greens but was spinach.Special Features:
- SamOVIPDined on 8/12/2014great value for restaurant week - they only offer a restaurant week menuI would recommend this to a friend.
- Great eveningArgonautVIPDined on 8/12/2014Food was excellent, Alfred's service was impeccable. Dined during Washington Restaurant Week -- added a new restaurant to our list of favorites.Special Features:
- Just go thereLisaSilvDined on 8/12/2014Delicious food. Great vegetarian options that can be made vegan. Classy atmosphere. Excellent service. Don't let the fact that you have to go downstairs off M Street scare you. You will be wowed when you get down there.Special Features:
- Good food but staff was pretentiousOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 8/12/2014Dined for restaurant week. Started off with the Pork Fritter. Flavor was ok. Enjoyed the fried green tomatoes more. Shrimp and grits was delicious. Peach dessert would have been more enjoyable with more crust. Front staff were having conversations that should take place in a break room not in front of guests.
- Simply the best!BuckerVIPDined on 8/12/2014Every lunch at Vidalia becomes an occasion. No wonder it's my #1 choice for lunch -- great food, polished service, tasteful ambiance. Vidalia has it all!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A ClassicWDC1VIPDined on 8/12/2014Vidalia remains a classic in the Washington DC dining scene. Vidalia has the absolutely best lunch menu in DC filled with regularly updated fresh ingredient offerings. The most recent treat was a peach gazpacho which was truly heavenly. Service is top notch without being intrusive, provided by wait staff that know their menu inside out. Don't miss an opportunity to enjoy Vidalia.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- It Was Just OkbritccVIPDined on 8/12/2014I was excited to try their shrimp and grits as the server said it was their signature dish. It was just ok. Not very flavorful, the shrimp were not seasoned. Quite a disappointment if this is what they are known for. The center of the restaurant is quite nice, but we sat in the side room which was bland at best. After clearing the table after appetizers, they brought out the dessert menu, not even noticing we have not had our main yet. This is supposed to be a fine dining experience, right? Dessert... what a disappointment and it could have been so good! Cold cobbler and pies with ice cream?? Cold peach cobbler? If this is a southern fine dining experience, you should know better; it should be warm! All in all, just ok.Special Features:
- Great Restaurant Week FindLauraVIPDined on 8/11/2014Decided to try Vidalia for restaurant week. It was my first visit, and I was pleased to see a VERY robust Restaurant Week menu. I dined with a friend and between the two of us we ordered the Steak Tartar and Smoked Salmon appetizers. Both were tasty, but neither "wowed" us. However for our main course we shared the Porkbelly and Salmon entrees, which were both absolutely delicous. The best part to the meal by far was our dessert, the Pecan Pie, which was absolutely the best I've ever had. The peach crumble was tasty, but didn't hold a candle to the pie. Our server was excellent and made great suggestions. I would definitely go back outside of restaurant week.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Almost PerfectJustKaramelDined on 8/11/2014I visited Vidalia during restaurant week and it's a fabulous value. Our server extrodinaire, Larry was great and made wonderful recommendations. The macaroni and cheese, succotash (lima beans/corn), collard greens, crab-watermelon gazpacho (I know, right) were spot on. My colleagues enjoyed their entrees but there were 2 dishes that just didn't' make it. The short ribs while tender were bland. Not even the nice sauce could help them. And the dessert, the country peach crisp tasted like a healthy version of what one really desire. Despite those 2 dishes, the pork chops, flourless chocolate cake, crabcake appetizer and the salmon were all divine. Would I come again - you bet!! But, I'd steer clear of the short ribs and that dessert.Special Features:
- Southern foodJPPL2000Dined on 8/11/2014The fried green tomatoes were the worst. Coated batter was hard, very tough to eat.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/11/2014I had a bad experience at Vidalia many years ago and hadn't been back since. But some friends wanted to go there for Restaurant Week, so I decided to give it another try, and was very glad I did. The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. I would certainly return again.
- Fabulous Find...FedFoodieDined on 8/11/2014I'm so glad Vidalia participates in DC Restaurant week...my two colleagues and I all had lunch here, and they made their entire menu available to us for our 3-course luncheon. The food was fabulous (only complaint was that the catfish filet was a little small), beautiful presentation, service was great, and we all plan to return with our sig others to share this fabulous find! Thanks so much!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- NJfoodieNJfoodieVIPDined on 8/9/2014Excellent as always! We have been coming for 15 years and the food, service and attention to detail have never wavered. The shrimp and grits is a perennial favorite. The cocktails in the bar were very nice due to the fact that it was not overly loud or crowded. True to character, the wait staff brought us a beautiful cookie tray gratis when they found out we had a wedding in the near future.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, value and atmosphereOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/7/2014We had a great lunch - and they were particularly accommodating given that we brought a baby with us. Delicious and good value for the 19.90 menu.Special Features:
- Excellent dinnerMimix2Dined on 8/6/2014We celebrated a birthday at Vidalia's.... the waiter was wonderful. We had the five course tasting meals which were each unique and delicious. I have an allergy to cow's milk and the waiter/staff did an excellent job making sure that my food was perfect. It is so enjoyable to have a meal and not have to worry about a problem. I am looking forward to returning again... The summer truffles were excellent!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CooksalotDined on 7/31/2014The food is excellent. My group was very happy to be able to carry on a coversation without having to raise our voices to be heard. The service was some what indifferent and the manner of the servers was too casual for this restaruant. When I make a request of the server I expect to hear "yes (or no) Ma'am" not "no problem." Same for the busboys.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect eveningbptoeDined on 7/31/2014Visiting DC, Vidalia was recommended by a family member. We had an early dinner with with our hosts. Happy hour cocktails at the very nicely appointed bar in comfy sofas were followed by a fabulous meal. All of the selections were outstanding. The crab cakes were perfect with appetizer or entree size plates. The oyster pan roast appetizer was melt in the mouth perfection, as was the lamb ribeye entree. The ahi tuna entree was also excellent. Our service was gracious, knowledgeable, and spot-on with wine recommendations. Prices were moderate to upper moderate for a DC restaurant. An elegant treat for anyone with a curious and discerning palate.Special Features:
- Salty Shrimp and GritsMO63026Dined on 7/31/2014I've eaten at Vidalia a few times in the past and have always had an excellent meal. However, last Thursday broke that streak. I was extremely disappointed in the Shrimp and Grits. Since I had ordered this entrée before, I didn't think twice of suggesting the meal to my husband, who was visiting the restaurant for the first time. Although the shrimp were very large and cooked perfectly, the shrimp were VERY salty - almost inedible. Also, the chef has changed the recipe a bit - definitely not a fan of the new version.Special Features:
- Flawless dinner performanceDrCheeniusDined on 7/28/2014The tasting menu was excellent and the wine pairings were very well chosen. Our server was a true professional - her pacing left us relaxed but not ignored and she was very knowledgeable about both the menu and the wines. Really quite pleased I chose this restaurant and will return the next time I'm in town.Special Features:
- Top NotchPaulGDined on 7/26/2014It's been several years since we dined at Vidalia and this is the first time we've had enough advance planning in our recent visits to DC to be able to secure a reservation (Friday night, no less). As expected, the food was excellent, the menu intriguing, and the service was great. Food prices were about what one should expect at this level restaurant in the District, but liquor and wine prices were too high. We'll be back for our next special occasion, but will enjoy a beverage or two before the restaurant.Special Features:
- Wonderful anniversary dinner!EmmylovesYummiesDined on 7/25/2014Vidalia went above and beyond my expectations for accomodating us for our anniversary dinner with only two hours notice. They printed a special message on our menus and then gifted them to us, brought a free dessert tasting plate with "happy anniversary" inscribed in chocolate, and the manger himself came to help choose a wine from their abundant list. He was knowledgable about each bottle and personally decanted it at our table. Service was extremely attentive without being obtrusive and the food was amazing. The five course tasting menu was well worth the price. My boyfriend and I will spend every anniversary dinner at this restaurant!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.