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
254 reviews since May 1, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (171)fit for foodies (162)romantic (116)notable wine list (53)great for lunch (51)neighborhood gem (40)good for groups (29)late-night find (8)hot spot (8)great for brunch (7)vibrant bar scene (5)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Yankee who loves the SouthOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/27/2014Not at all what I was expecting. I spend a lot of time in the the south. I eat a lot of southern food and love it. Vidalia offered a nice spin on southern classics. However, it was WAY too formal. I felt the restaurant was conflicted. It lacked the southern charm of the low country. The food was good. Nothing to rave about. The food (like the atmosphere) was too formal...its presentation, the fine dining spin, the service...all to formal for southern food. If Vidalia lost it's formality and embraced its southernness, the restaurant might fill its many empty tables. And no coconut cake on the menu! How does a southern restaurant not offer coconut cake!?! It is a southern staple.Special Features:
- Lovely birthday dinnerCMW1Dined on 8/26/2014We returned to Vidalia after 5 years to find it still a wonderful place. The food is creative, the service excellent and most of all one can have a quiet conversation. Only difficulty is deciding which of the amazing dishes to order!Special Features:
- Not a great experience...ElleVIPDined on 8/25/2014Although I made the reservation a week in advance, we were seated at a lonely table in the bar, and not in the dining area. It felt like we'd been exiled. Our waiter rarely came by and we had to hunt him down to pay the check. Given that we at lunch during our work break, it was rather stressful. The food itself was good, though.
- Dining PerfectionOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 8/23/2014We had an incredible evening at Vidalia. The service was impeccable , the food was perfection as was the attention to detail. We did the tasting menu and loved that they allow you to choose which items you would like in your tasting from their entire menu. There were three of us dining and we all chose different items which made the tasting really unique and wonderful. I would highly recommend!!!Special Features:
- Wonderful restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/23/2014this was the second time that we have been to Vidalia, the first being 18 years ago. Since that time, the decor has changed but the food remains excellent. There is less of an emphasis on the name sake onion, but the food remains delicious and well rounded.Special Features:
- Outstanding -- as alwaysJimWDined on 8/22/2014The food is always great but the service brings us back. Our compliments to the wait staff (especially Grace) for making us feel like we were the most important people in the restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 5 course tasting menu unevenGSPSDined on 8/19/2014Shady Lane salad great. Foie Gras so so. Golden tile fish outstanding. Branzino ok. Bacon wrapped rabbit outstanding. I asked for the lamb rib eye to be cooked medium. It arrived raw, hardly edible. It takes only one bad dish to ruin one's memories of an otherwise fine experience. I loved the elegant, quiet setting, attentive servers.Special Features:
- Restaurant Week DinnerdinerDined on 8/17/2014We came here for Restaurant Week 2014 Dinner to celebrate our 3 year anniversary. Vidalia added a personal touch of printing "Happy 3rd Anniversary!" on our menus. All of the food was delicious and the service was excellent. The noise level was low so you could hear the other person speak at your table without shouting. We will definitely dine here again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Complete Miss In My BookPaigeDined on 8/17/2014The first thing that turned me off is where the host seated us. He seated us at a table that was very close to two other tables on both sides. There was plenty of other seating in the restaurant that could accomodate us. We eventually were reseated to something more intimate. We ordered the shady lane salad. It was sparse with barely any onions, radishes, peaches, and pecans and the goat cheese was a smear on the plate. I attempted to order the tile fish; they were out of it. I ordered the braised ribs and my husband ordered the salmon. His salmon was cooked improperly twice and he finally settled on duck which was decent. The peach crisp was cold and barely palleable. I will not return to this establishment.
- Food reviewGinnyDined on 8/17/2014The selections were inconsistent in their quality. Most enjoyed was the beef ribs. There was nothing for us to rave about after such great expectations. although the service itself is tobe commended.Special Features:
- Service & Food, OutstandingEvnstnOneVIPDined on 8/16/2014We can see why they receive the Distinguished Service awards. Our server was knowledgeable, informative and attentive. Excellent wine and very good food.Special Features:
- One of the bestykchanDined on 8/16/2014I have a soft spot for this place. It was the very first restaurant I ate at when I moved to DC. I didn't know this was one of the best restaurants in DC at the time. I had just moved into my friends place 30 minutes before hand. I was sweaty and I was in jeans and t-shirt. Yet the service is wonderful - they didn't blink an eye and treated me like their usual classy clients. The food was simply amazing. Classic, refined southern cooking. Always with fresh ingredients and always with a nice twist. There's a reason why I go back at least 2-3 times a year since I moved to DC.Special Features:
- Great findOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/16/2014The food and service was the best. Would definitley come back again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 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.
- 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: