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Vidalia Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.vidaliadc.com
  • Phone: (202) 659-1990
  • 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th St NW
  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle Red Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available for $8.00 per vehicle. Local parking in garages are also available.
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
Diner Reviews
  • "I get there about one time a year. Went with a couple this time and we each had a terrific meal. Nice selection of wines by the glass and of daily specials. Possible to order things that are not over the top fattening, but lots of such dishes on the menu. Nice decor and quiet and comfortable. Very good service."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We've been going here off and on for 17 years and they manage to keep the quality high. Our most recent time was for lunch. Service was perfect - we had the $19.90 3 course special, and each dish was just wonderful. Fresh ingredients, good presentation, flavorful and appropriate size portions. They offered some nice wines by the glass at a decent price point (good for lunch). We'll make it a point to get back for dinner again soon."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "It had been awhile since dined here. The food was great as I remember. The Shrimp and Grits were as remembered - excellent. The Rabbit Loin was also a very nice dish. The pecan pie was delicious. The surprise dessert was the grapefruit one. Really good and accented with grapefruit pop rocks."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "As always, great food. Our party of four variously enjoyed wonderful squid-ink tortellini stuffed with crab and garnished with pickled ramps; an excellent tilefish preparation; loin of rabbit, and several other interesting and original dishes. Service was knowledgeable without being distant. There's a large wine list with lots of choices, though many seem on the high side. Also, Vidalia is offering special cocktails as aperitifs, have a look at the choices. Side note: Almost every time I go to Vidalia I overhear somebody expecting classic "Southern food", and being disappointed not to find it. So be forewarned: that's not what they do here. This is contemporary cuisine, sometimes inspired by southern tradition."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "As someone who eats in a lot of towns around the US and Europe I found myself having to ask about numerous items on the menu. I had no idea what squid ink, ramps, and Ox tail butter was and when I asked it was like "how do you not know that". So great for foodies who love that. Food was very very good but place was dead and the service was slow on a Friday night."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "They've never dropped a stitch. They had artisanal cocktails way back before it was cool. The dining room is underground, I find it cool and comforting on a hot day, cozy on a cold one. As a southerner, I can vouch for the biscuits."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I hadn't eaten at Vidalia for over a year when I recently had dinner there. My meal made me realize I missed dining there. Excellent from start to finish. The duck entree is extraordinary."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Took business clients there anticipating great atmposphere AND food. Two of us had steaks . The expense would have been justified if the food wasnt AWFUL. I could get better, more tasteful, less chewey steaks at Outback. I was frankly appauled, and totally underwhelmed. Dinner was $300 for three people. But I felt like I was payging for the ability to say I went to a restaurant that the Clintons and other famous folks have been too. Signed letters, a wall of fame photos and some really not good food."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The melon soup was a delight! Loved the friendly service. P"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening at Vidalia. We had Shad Row Salad, crab cake and Chilled Strawberry Soup for appretizers. All delicious! Our entrees were shrimp and grits, vegetable medly and branzino, with sides of corn and vidalia onions. Again, all excellent. Desserts were caramel cake, pecan pie and lemon chess pie. Ditto. But as good as the food was, the service was even better. Jill took care of us - including our special requests - every step of the way. She was pleasant and knowlegable and let us dine at our own pace. We were celebrating two birthdays, and I could not have asked for a better way to do so!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I booked a spur of the moment dinner with a couple co-workers. Everything was terrific, especially the duck."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I have been a patron of Vidalia for the past 11 years. Their new items added to their menu are exceptional along with their service. I Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We did our usual share 2 appetizers and 1 entrée plus the namesake onion dish. They split the appetizers for us, and we had plenty of nicely done medium-rare loin of lamb. The sweetbreads were delicious as was the crab appetizer. Don't miss the onion dish."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Came back to Vidalia for anniversary. Food and service were glorious as usual. I nearly dropped my fork after trying the fois gras--I would gladly have that dish as my last meal."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had our anniversary dinner there and it was, in a word, awesome. Wife's crab cakes were the best she's ever had, her pan fried oyster appetizer was out of this world, my beet salad and tile fish were superb! Worth every penny -"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This is our second visit. The food is delicious but the portions are very small. If you are a big eater...you may be disappointed and leave hungry. The service was excellent and atmosphere very quiet and calm...great for conversation. The chief is creative and foodies will love it!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We were looking for a place with good food, good service and quiet enough we could carry on a conversation. We found that in spades. A well thought-out Southern-inspired menu; service that was personable and professional without being too intrusive; beautiful presentation and truly superb food. We all raved about out dishes. Our next trip to D.C. will definitely include another visit to this gem."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Wanted to try Vidalia's "1990 Lunch" for ages, but could never find a weekday off from work when the rotating menu also suited our tastes. Finally played hooky to celebrate a recent birthday that included 2 weekdays. Spent the Fri. before my birthday w/ lunch @ La Ferme in Chevy Chase (wonderful; read our reviews also posted here) & spent the Mon. immediately after my birthday w/ lunch @ Vidalia. For modest sum of "$19.90" we enjoyed appetizers of terrific cornmeal fried oysters, entrees of pork tenderloin w/ picked cherries & enoki mushrooms, plus devil’s food cake w/ milk chocolate feuilletine crunch, chocolate malt mousse, cocoa chantilly for dessert. Portions were elegant but filling & service was wonderful. A lovely experience! A+"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Vidalia is an upscale restaurant, with a tilt toward US southern cuisine. The restaurant has an elegant appearance and is very quiet, as tables are spaced relatively far apart. That setting makes it particularly appropriate for a business lunch. The food is consistently well-prepared, and service is efficient. The restaurant is quite willing to make adjustments to certain dishes to accommodate individual diner preferences (e.g. removing almonds from a salad). I have had several dishes here, including fried chicken and grilled flat iron steak, and in each case, I found the dishes more than satisfactory. The prices are not cheap, but not particularly exorbitant either. Overall, this is a fine establishment for a business lunch."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I came here 4 years ago. It's a sign of a great restaurant when they can maintain such quality."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Vidalia has been around a long time and for good reason....the food is wonderful there. However, the location is far from ideal as it is located in a basement at the corner of 20th and M Streets NW. The atmosphere is quiet and almost old/stuffy...definitely not what one would call "trendy" by any means. Given the age and location of this restaurant, the prices seem unjustifiably high despite the quality of food and service. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I have been to Vidalia several times and the food has been, and was, excellent. However, every time I have been for lunch, the wait to be served has gotten longer. This time, my party arrived a few minutes after 12 and was promptly seated. We knew we were on a schedule and skipped appetizers, ordering as soon as our drinks were brought. We were not served for over 45 minutes, even though our choices were not complex (burgers, crab cakes, and a side salad). We mentioned the delay to our server and it still took a considerable time after for our food to arrive. It was hot when it arrived, so I do not know what the delay in starting the prep was for. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This dining was one of best I have had in my life. Everything was simply incredible for our anniversary. The food, service and ambiance was all we could ask for. We got the five course tasting menu. The seared Foie Gras, Shrimp and, Low Country Greens, and SweetBreads were from another world-I ordered some to go! The desserts were very tasty as well. We left fat and happy and we will be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had a very good meal. My only criticisms are minor. The food, while delicious, is not very innovative. The restaurant seems a bit stuck in time.....reminds me of the top notch restaurants of 1992. My other criticism is that I was never offered the wine list.....nothing beyond the initial drink menu.....oops"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Had the tasting menu. Pricey at $80, but consists of two apps (one hot, one cold) one seafood entree and one meat entree, and a dessert. All of diner's choice from the menu, just slightly smaller portions. Great value. Barman makes a mean sazerac, too."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Service at this restaurant is outstanding. The food is creative and very tasty - always with a surprise."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The Service was impeccable, the food was just ok... I had the shrimp and grits which was delicious, but the portion was a bit small considering the amount. The Shrimp were plentiful, but the grits were 1/2 teaspoon. We couldn't say enough about the service. They made our Anniversary dinner special."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Food was good but wasn't anything special. Service was attentive. Martini was one of the best my wife has had anywhere."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Vidalia's food is inventive, interesting and comforting. Souther-inspired with a sophisticated flair. The service is close to abominable. The staff is poorly trained. Dishes were cleared before everyone at the table was finished eating. After finishing a very nice bottle of wine nobody came to the table to ask if more was wanted. We had to pour it ourselves. Once someone did come and we asked to see the wine list again, they did not return until the meal was finished, which was too late for the wine. We had to make do with water. The servers were pleasant enough, but, again, I'll trained."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My wife and I went here for our wedding anniversary. We got the 5 course tasting menu, and everything was excellent. You can tell there was real thought and care put into the composition of the dishes. Our server was attentive and helpful, even when we realized that we were going to have to take some home (and this really is not a typical doggy bag restaurant) "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We are choosing very frequently pricy restaurants and are able to rate the quality according to the price. Unfortunately at Vidalia the price was too high for the offered food. The Wagyu beef had a poor quality. Nevertheless the ambiance is very nice. We would not go there again."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We found this highly recommended restaurant on several lists of where to eat when in DC. The food did not disappoint but the ambiance certainly did. Don't get me wrong, it's a very upscale place with nice furnishings in a comfortable setting. But it's in a basement. I might recommend it in the winter when you need to hibernate, but for warmer months, there are better choices."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My ribeye was amazingly tender and flavorful...and the temperature was perfect. The crabcakes rivaled the best one of my guests has ever had and the other guest thought the New York strip was to die for. The three of us shared the mac and cheese and I promise you that it alone, was worth the trip."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great dining experience with wife and another couple. Everyone loved the meal, every course. Server and bar tender were very friendly and took excellent care of us. Best Shrimp and Grits this side of Broad St in Charleston, SC. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The "Blue Plate Special" was four small portions; all veg, all inventive and all delish. Well done!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I had hoped for a little more. The delivery truck had not arrived for the day and many items on the menu were not available. The service was very good. The macaroni side was outstanding. After having read other reviews, my take is that Vidalia is likely a hit or miss place. And even on the nights it misses, it is still a good meal. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Vidalia never disappoints. Everything was excellent.. the service, the food. Special thank you for the nice surprises for my husband's birthday. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Impeccable presentation and amazing flavors. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Not very good. bad value. signature dishes not tasty."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Excellent experience-dinner and French pressed coffee awesome. A bit slow with entrees but gave us free outstanding desserts as a result without having to asked"
    Dined on 5/11/2014