Vermilion - Alexandria
Vermilion - Alexandria

Vermilion - Alexandria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vermilionrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (703) 684-9669
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday, Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm (closed for lunch on Tuesdays);
    Dinner: Monday- Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday 5:30pm-9:00pm;
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: William Morris
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: For those who have enjoyed dining at Vermilion and wish to have us cater your next event, we are pleased to partner with 550 Events & Provisions, a chef-driven, full-service catering and events company. As a member of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s family of award-winning restaurants, 550 possesses an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience, as well as culinary talent. For inquiries and more information, contact 550 Events & Provisions at inquiries@550events.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: For inquiries regarding private events, please contact our Private Dining Manager, Rebecca Chuvalas at rchuvalas@neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Rebecca Chuvalas x
  • Entertainment: Live music every Tuesday and Wednesday night starting around 10:00 PM in the Lounge at Vermilion.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fayette St.
  • Public Transit: King St. Metro Station.

    If you are taking the King Street Trolley, exit at the Fayette St. stop heading in either direction.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Vermilion - Alexandria
Vermilion offers deceptively simple modern American cooking in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria. From Chef William Morris' regional cuisine using local, farm-raised products whenever possible to the warmth of its ambiance and the gracious hospitality its staff brings to the table, Vermilion serves as an ideal location for a casual weekday dinner, a special occasion destination or simply a great gathering place for drinks.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Vermilion - Alexandria reviews from OpenTable diners
220 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (148)special occasion (120)neighborhood gem (109)romantic (104)notable wine list (66)great for lunch (36)hot spot (26)great for brunch (25)good for groups (25)vibrant bar scene (24)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great Anniversary dinner
    MikeW
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Always get the most outstanding service at Vermillion. Our server was the best - knowledgeable about our food requirements - one vegan and one of us gluten free. Our server knew every ingredient in every dish, the subs we could make, and steered us to great dishes. Wine was fantastic (Guild vineyard) at a reasonable price. Celebrated a wonderful anniversary dinner at Vermillion. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open2gooddining
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This was an excellent dining experience. We had a great table on the second floor next to a window -- lovely. The Crispy Oysters were yummy and I loved the Roast Atlantic Rockfish. My husband's Pan Seared Salmon was perfectly cooked. Wonderful dessert -- a unique lemon Meringue Pie. Great service. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just too expensive
    JackVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We were celebrating a very special occasion at Vermilion and enjoyed it very much. But what overshadowed the whole thing was the price. The food was very good, but the price was much too high. Also, among the courses for the Chef's Tasting Menu was pork. The chef didn't use a tenderloin cut, that's for sure. It seemed like such an odd choice for such an otherwise exquisite menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OldTownRegularVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Our dinner could not have been better. Four of us were celebrating a birthday. The food and drink were superb. We had four difference appetizers, four different entrees and two dessets. Everyone raved about the food. Not a morsel was left. The service was excellent. Everyone who came to the table was gracious, helpful and interested in making sure our exeprience was to our likling. And we could hear each other without a problem, which is a rare treat these days. I can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Loved this place the food was amazing and the service was great. The chef has created a great display of his talent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 9.5 out of 10. Don't miss the fritters
    chainsaw
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    excellent meal. The Fritters melt in you mouth and the fluke was perfectly done . A Very enjoyable experience. Excellent food , good service and good decor. The downside was it was very noisy upstairs and challenging to hear sometimes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for lunch.
    EastoftheRiver
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Chose Vermillion for lunch on a rainy Monday. It was very good, especially the sunchoke soup. I would definitely come back and I would like to try the dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timers
    Gaylee
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    It took me three weeks to get a reservation at the between 7:30 and 8:00, but it was well worth the wait. Last Saturday the place was hopping when we arrived at 7:45. My husband and I had to wait a bit for our table so we found a seat in the bar area. The staff was very attentive and we were shown to our table in a reasonable amount of time. From start to finish our meal was excellent and the service commendable! We live near by and will definitely return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dinner with Out of Town Guests at Vermillion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Vermillion is our go-to restaurant in Old Town when we want a memorable dinner without going into DC. Street parking is always easy to find in Old Town, the service and ambiance are excellent, and the food is delicious. The prices are comparable to other moderately priced restaurants but if you like a nice restaurant experience, Vermillion will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary at Vermilion
    EJPJ
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed our meal at Vermilion. While everything was terrific, the service was the standout part of this experience. The staff is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and took my husband's severe allergy to celery very seriously. This place is worth every penny. Oh, try the PB&J terrine, it is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant In Old Town
    DannyVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This is such a cute and cozy place. I went here on a Friday night and was seated upstairs. The decor is sort of modern, rustic. The server that help us that evening was so pleasant and very very attentive. For appetizer I had the steak tar tar. Amazing. For the main course Roast Magret Duck Breast with roasted polenta, eggplant, glazed artichoke... It was amazing. I cant wait to make my next reservation. Definitely recommendable dining experience in the heart of old town Alexandria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely for out-of-town guests
    Showingoff
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Had visitors in town who were at National Harbor - quick trip over to Old Town and Vermilion for Sunday brunch and the entire nature of their trip (convention) changed to atmosphere (Old Town) and good food. Three of us ordered the Baked Eggs with Cheese Grits and it was truly memorable. Would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant on so many different levels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    LuckyladyVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our experience was terrific. Food great and Justin our waiter was one of the best we have ever had! Would always recommend vermillion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    Andy
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Took my wife here for her birthday. Food was fantastic. It was one of those meals where we got to explore new flavors and taste combinations. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I felt like a valued guest
    happy
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    There's a great, very caring staff at this restaurant and they all made me feel like more than a customer. The food does not disappoint either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, just like the first time.
    Speedpass
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We had the charred octopus for appetizer and what a way to start. If the appetizer is an indicator for what is to come, we knew right away we were going to have a fantastic dinner. We had Vermillion a few years ago and we were impressed the last time, and this time we were equally impressed. The Roast Atlantic Rockfish I had was simply perfect. The clam and ham broth was a perfect companion with the rockfish. Overall it was a superb experience. For the price we paid, and we have had some very expensive meals at other restaurants, the quality of food we got in return is simply a bargain.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MsP34
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    It was my daughter's birthday and the server presented her with a card and an extensive dessert sampler complete with a candle! Very nice!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for food Bad for Conversation
    JX928
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We were a party of 4 for dinner on a Thursday night. Salads and fish entrees (fluke, salmon) were very good; risotto entree was mediocre. The ambience upstairs is very nice except it was so noisy that we could not carry on a conversation. We have eaten at Vermilion numerous times and the food is generally very good. One minor annoying part of the service was that the waiter offered us, unsolicited, after handing us the menus, his "favorite" choices on the menu. This is not good etiquette for the wait staff and rather tacky for a good restaurant. If I want the waitperson's opinion, I will ask. What I want from the wait staff is a list of the night's special dishes and descriptions if needed of menu items, without editorializing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Birthday
    Joylise
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Celebrated my husbands 34th birthday here, he was wished a happy birthday when we checked in, plus we got a delicious dessert and a card. The ambiance was great, service was excellent and the food was delicious. My only wish is that they had more vegetarian options. There were 2 of the main courses where the meat could be taken off. I went with the half portion of risotto. It was really good, but I just wished for something specifically vegetarian that would've been a little more hearty, like with some mushrooms or something. Besides that, we loved it and it made for a special night :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed
    Joanie
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My husband and I had different dining experiences. He was pleased with his orders - charred octopus, perfectly cooked steak. I, on the other hand, was underwhelmed with my choices - sweet gem salad which was touted by our server but was not much more than tender romaine on a slab of goat cheese with good old walnuts and raisins sprinkled on top and a forgettable vinaigrette. My fluke was okay - passable if I had cooked it at home but nothing exciting. I would expect a more complex entree from this restaurant. The spinach underneath was too oily. The eggplant was delicious. Our dessert, the sweet potato panna cotta, made up for the excitement the rest of my dinner lacked.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Probably the best in Alexandria
    asherVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Having been to a number of the fine dining venues in the area, I would rate it as probably the best! Steak to salmon were well prepared. The menu is interesting and the preparation very well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    PeterG24
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The tasting menu and wine compliment were superb. Excellent service and friendly atmosphere. Celebrated our wedding anniversary in style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • justmeh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    overall, the food was too complex which took away from the parts of it that were very well done. we had a simple meal with fluke and a green salad. the fish was lovely - very fresh tasting and a nice mix of accompaniments but too salty. dessert was not good - lemon meringue - waaay too many directions - not enough lemon. it was a challenge to order - there seemed to be too much going on with the dishes so they were more theatrical than well thought out for eating. i'm used to fine dining in sf & portland so farm to table/great ingredients is something i take for granted. would like to see this resto pull back a bit and offer truly great food with more flavor. the space was just fine and service was well attentive. bussers were a bit stiff.
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  • Fantastic little find
    NYCFoodie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I stumbled upon this little gem as was so thankful as it was an incredible meal. Everything was great from the second we walked in to the second we left. Staff was so friendly, professional and attentive. Food was absolutely scrumptious. My only complaint is that instead of dining here 2 nights in a row I went to an expensive french restaurant that was a complete disappointment. Next time I am in town, I will not make that mistake again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just right
    JessipeeVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A friend and I enjoyed Vermilion on a Friday night. The service was knowledgable, helpful and attentive without being solicitous (which is to say Europe in style, and that is a compliment). The food was creative and delicious. We had the tasting menu, which was perfect, since I could not decide which of the terrific entrees we wanted. First rate and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, excellent service
    SamIAm
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The meal was outstanding, the service was outstanding. I had mentioned in my reservation that it was my wife's birthday and the staff provided a dessert and a card. A lovely touch. Everything was exquisite and delicious and we will be going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW!
    StewMoon
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    4th Visit there and it always seems to amaze me at the variety and depth of capability which comes from the Chef and staff there! This is our anniversary/birthday place and it never disappoints!! Even when we move away we will have to travel up once a year to this superb venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FCgourmet
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with lunch. The service food and beverages were perfect. We will definitely return, long overdue trying Vermillion for the 1st time. Would like to have a dinner date next time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner as always...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We've been eating at Vermilion for a decade now, and we're always pleased with the experience. The food & service are reliably top notch, and we always leave with at least one "how did they make that?!" experience from each meal. The only reason the food doesn't get 5 stars this time around is food temperature. We both ordered the same entree -- roast magret duck breast. Mine was medium rare, my wife's medium. I think they must've started cooking both at the same time because mine was served lukewarm while my wife's came out hot. Picky, but we're paying top dollar so we feel it's warranted. The dessert we shared (a tweaked lemon meringue pie) was ridiculously delicious, so we left on a high note. In all, another wonderful meal at Vermilion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Fuzzybuddha
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I were in on Saturday (10/11/14) to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We were not disappointed in the least. The food was exquisite, the wine selection was vast but wide ranging to match anything you were eating. The wait staff was perfect, around enough to help, but not around all the time. I had the pan seared salmon with sweet potato fritters and roasted beets. My mouth is watering thinking about them. My wife had the English pea risotto. Absolutely delightful, perfectly cooked. Thank you for allowing us to have such a grand time for our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful and cozy
    MosieVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Fantastic food with a fun view of king street from second floor and the food came swiftly and was absolutely delicious!!! Will definitely return and will definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous- Must Go
    BrianT
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Best date night dinner in years!!! Service and food were spectacular. Great wine and beer selections. Loved the atmosphere and genuine friendly service. Food came out quickly and was very good. Don't skip this place. You MUST go!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The general manager brought out an additional appetizer on the house for us because our order was placed right after a large party's order. They wanted to make sure we weren't waiting for too long. Our main course came out in great time. We probably wouldn't have even noticed the wait time, but we were thankful for the great service! Vermilion is our favorite special-occasion spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely everything expected
    PeppersMom
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Four of us dined after a long day driving and a long meeting. It was a perfect way to brighten and end our day. Everything was exquisitely prepared and presented. Salads, entrees and desserts were all delicious. I had brunch at Vermillion about a year ago and it was also delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decadent Anniversary Dinner
    hungrygourmet
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My spouse and I had the loveliest anniversary dinner at Vermilion. We were greeted warmly and seated at an intimate table by the window.The ambiance, as always, was elegant without being pretentious. We enjoyed the duck and tenderloin entrees, noting the careful seasoning and complementary sides that enhanced the cuts of meat. The wine list produced several notable accompaniments for our meal. Our evening ended with an an especially unexpected delight- our server brought a complementary dish dessert of ricotta fritters when I had trouble choosing between the fritters and the lemon meringue. Thank you, Vermilion, for such a romantic and delicious evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Special Meal
    luv2trynew
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Vermilion is a very special place to dine, in the middle of Old Town, Alexandria. Everything about it is perfect, including the ambiance, the delicious and well-presented food, the great table service and knowledgeable servers, and the relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. I look forward to going back often, especially for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Experience
    keithclark
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    All four people in my party raved about the food. My duck entree was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We went to Vermillion for a romantic evening and had a great experience. Service was excellent! Thank you and you shall see us again.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Anniversary
    mseiler2002
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I happened to mention that we would be celebrating our anniversary and Vermilion took very good care of us. We really appreciated the attention to detail and the recognition that it was a special day for us. Thanks, so much! The food was wonderful and the service was very attentive, but not overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • okay for dinner
    jimmVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Nothing too special. Had the gnocchi Bolognese, more like sloppy joe sauce. Pork loin arrived overcooked but they graciously re-did it. Marshmallow ice cream was more like caramel ice cream. Martini and wine were good. Seems like a lot of restaurants are trying very hard to use low cost ingredients (do they have to be so obvious about it?) and avoid herbs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic