I had a fantastic experienceI had a fantastic experience and would recommend to anyone. Our server Will was outstanding.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious food and gracious serviceFood was fantastic. Service was attentive but relaxed.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMVilicious!Fried chicken was very crisp & tender. The thick cut pork chop was amazing!
It was well cooked & very flavorful. Mac & cheese was amazing too.
Wait staff was friendly & knowledgable about the menu &
Wine. We will definitely return.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMy birthday/mothers day brunchIt was a rare occasion since Vidalia doesn't do Sunday brunch and I was back in the restaurant I used to work as a pastry chef. The food was spectacular! Hamilton johnson, the exec chef, executed every dish deliciously. The sweetbreads and waffles were succulent on the inside and crisp on the outside. The Mac and cheese put the table to its knees. The duck eggs Benedict was rich but not overwhelming at all. And the cocktails, debutante and mint julip, were spot on and well balanced. I would recommend Vidalia to everyone. The prices are very reasonable and you will definitely leave with a smile and a full belly. Thanks Hambone!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent business lunch placeWe went for their $19,90 lunch special which was excellent, truly high cuisine at bargain price. Two things that keep me from giving it a 5* rating: 1) the menu is meat-courses dominated and I personally prefer fish places 2) the atmosphere (location in a basement area of an office building), without window views or patio makes it primarily a business lunch/dinner place, I would not go there for a romantic family dinner.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMA beautiful lunchI think of Vidalia for 'special' lunches; this was a farewell celebration for a work colleague who finished her masters degree and is headed back to California. It was her 1st meal at Vidalia during her two years in DC, and she was blown away by the wonderful food and great service. The broccoli side dish, which we shared, was absolutely delicious! How can they make vegetables dishes so beautiful and delectable? Her steak salad and my shrimp and grits were awesome, too. Vidalia never disappoints.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMBusiness Lunch FavYou can't beat a 3-course lunch for $20. I would, though, like to see a salad choice among the appetizers more often.
Vidalia is one of my fav go-to places for a business lunch because it's quiet enough for actual conversation.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the blue plate specialLove the blue plate special fans the beet salad for a light lunch fare.
The lunch special is also welcome.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the new Executive Sous ChefI went to Vidalia on a Monday night and met the new Exec Sous Chef, Ben Hand, who offered to "cook" for our table (meaning just send out some yummy stuff that was the chef's choice rather than order ourselves). I had six of the most amazing courses ever! From beet salad, to seared scallops, to shrimp and grits, and duck two ways…and of course the pecan pie, everything was great. Thanks Ben for making our evening memorable!5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMsuperb service, excellentsuperb service, excellent and innovative food, atmosphere was dampened the night we came: a group that had booked a private room arrived with twice the number of guests as expected. The restaurant did all it could to apologize and minimize the impact of the group's microphoned speech.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceGreat time, with well-prepared food. The chicken fried veal sweetbreads over waffles, the spice-crusted duck breast, and the ahi tuna with pork belly were all delicious. Celebrated an anniversary and thank you for making it special.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious Lunch, Great ServiceI was at Vidalia recently to celebrate a friend's birthday. She chose Vidalia and I am so happy she did. The food was wonderful, we were licking our lips from the first course straight through to dessert. We were seated in the party room even though it was just the two of us. We enjoyed the ambience, the service, and the food very much. I look forward to coming back again soon!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMThe restaurant had "nice touches"The restaurant had "nice touches" to personalize the dinner and to make the guests feel welcomed and at ease. We also had a great server.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThe place was goodand theThe place was goodand the service was very good. however, the prices were boarderline silly--$13 for a lettuce salad with a little blue cheese and a few hazelnuts? Also, side vegetableofferings were small portions and 8 bucls for what amounted to 4 florettes, and a greens portion of about half a cup cooked for 7 dollars. To top it off, the sides were not extraordinary. Main courses were also pricey, but tasty and of adequate size.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother great meal with veryAnother great meal with very well-prepared southern dishes. As usual, the shrimp and grits and crab cakes were very good.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMExpectations MetI had high expectations for this meal and was not disappointed by the food. It started with a complimentary chilled asparagus soup with trout. Very tasty and I am not one for chilled soups. The bread was exceptional especially the roll I topped with the onion marmalade. Went with lamb and while the lamb was very good, the sides really made the dish. Excellent balance. Wine list by the glass is extensive making a good impression. For dessert I went with Orange & Blackberry Olive Oil Cake with panna cotta, candied hazelnuts, orange sherbet and a decadent lemon chantilly cream. The french press coffee was perfect compliment.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBest restaurant I've beenBest restaurant I've been to in my life. Did the $80 tasting. Every single thing was amazing. I am not a foodie and quite frankly every time I've been to a fancy restaurant I walk away mildly disappointed. Usually the food is over my head. Not this time! It's well recognized comfort foods but done in such a way as to delight you. I still had to ask what a couple of the things on my plate were. Not because I didn't like them only because I'd never seen them before. Our server was wonderful. She made honest and thoughtful recommendations about the menu as well as the area. We were celebrating an anniversary. It was printed on the menu and also recognised on my dessert plate. It was a unique and thoughtful touch.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent, been going thereExcellent, been going there for years and never, never disappointed.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AM3 course ore-fixed lunch for3 course ore-fixed lunch for UNDER $20? yes, please.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent!Vidalia did not disappoint. I was in Washington, D.C. recently on business and had my adult daughter with me. We were looking for a nice dining experience that would make the trip special. Our evening at Vidalia was terrific. The food was fabulous. One dish was the Berkshire pork loin chop and the other was the seafood combination stew. The cornbread before main dish was terrific but the best part of the experience was the pecan pie, which we shared. It is something special. The service was very good and our waiter made a nice recommendation for wine that we both enjoyed. We definitely would go back the next time we are in DC.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMA must try when in DCThe whole experience was lovely. The food was spectacular! As advertised, American food with a southern twist. We had a shared main, the roasted pork shank along with 3 sides, collard greens, roasted cauliflower, and a huge portion of the best Mac and cheese we've ever had. New York food snobs, bowled over.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMDELICIOUS! And excellent service.DELICIOUS! And excellent service. I have been looking for a perfect cocktail and found it here. All the food was excellent--best meal we've had in a long time. Service was perfect, attentive but not intrusive. I also love that they have a carpet so the restaurant is not noisy at all. Bravo, Vidalia, BRAVO!4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMA true fine dining experience.A true fine dining experience. Service was excellent and the Frogmore Stew was a very pleasant surprise. We will definitely return.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMSouthern Sophistcation..We're New Yorkers, and hard to please but it's clear that DC has arrived on the culinary scene with Vidalia! The southern themed menu was executed to perfection! The room was sophisticated and quiet enough for intimate conversation. Highly recommended!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMkcindcThis was my 4th time at Vidalia and they never let me down. I brought my best friend visiting from California and she loved everything about the evening. We were seated promptly, the service was attentive but not hovering and the food divine. This is one restaurant where you shouldn't skip the carbs--those rolls that come out after ordering start things off on the highest of notes. Butter is redundant. I had 2 appetizers and my friend had the tuna. Everything was cooked and presented to perfections. My only complaint was that the peppers included in my pasta appetizer were so hot to me they conflicted with the delicacy of the dish. So I just worked around them and the rest was perfect. In short--this won't be my last visit!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMSpectacular as usual. FoodSpectacular as usual. Food is perfect and really innovative, the only mild complaint is there is no reprieve from richness. Hardly a complaint, but you can't eat here too often, nor is that their intent. Delicious. Nicely priced wine list. Bartender is fab. Service is top notch. Ambiance is a bit dated, but still warm and romantic. Highly recommended.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMTry the tasting menu, andTry the tasting menu, and ask for Donald the waiter from Texas!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time there and whenFirst time there and when back in DC, will want to go again. Food, service, ambiance all very good.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe miss the old crab cakesWe love Vidalia's! It's an amazing restaurant with a chef that can genuinely cook delicious food. The service is impeccable as is the food. We ordered the soft shell crab and crab cake as appetizer. The menu items change regularly. The crab cake is generally our favorite thing to order, it's a staple appetizer for us when we go. We were slightly disappointed by the change in the crab cake, it didn't seem as creamy and the amazing (and when I say amazing I mean a dish you would likely remember your whole life) creamy mustard dill sauce that is usually on the plate was replaced with something else. We really missed how it was made before. The soft shell crab was delicious. The rest of our meal was great too. We will be returning to Vidalia's.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe miss the old crab cakesWe love Vidalia's! It's an amazing restaurant with a chef that can genuinely cook delicious food. The service is impeccable as is the food. We ordered the soft shell crab and crab cake as appetizer. The menu items change regularly. The crab cake is generally our favorite thing to order, it's a staple appetizer for us when we go. We were slightly disappointed by the change in the crab cake, it didn't seem as creamy and the amazing (and when I say amazing I mean a dish you would likely remember your whole life) creamy mustard dill sauce that is usually on the plate was replaced with something else. We really missed how it was made before. The soft shell crab was delicious. The rest of our meal was great too. We will be returning to Vidalia's.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic meal. Service wasFantastic meal. Service was excellent, though very formal. Requested a quiet table and they accommodated perfectly, with a semi-circle booth next to the wall. Can't wait to return.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMVidalia is always an excellentVidalia is always an excellent place to dine. The food is always delicious, and the service and ambiance is perfect.
It is one of my favorite dining places in DC4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a wonderful restaurantThis is a wonderful restaurant that always delivers ine very way.. For me, the prices make it a special occasion destination. I can never resist the signature dish of shrimp and grits andwas once again rewarded for being consistent inmy choices. Other diners in my party enjoyed the crab cake and the all vegetable entree4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was amazing and theThe food was amazing and the service was wonderful. My glass was never empty and our server had a great personality. He made the experience really of the charts.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat foo and great service.Great foo and great service. A must do for the restaurant enthusiasts!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife had the frog's legsMy wife had the frog's legs and I had the crab cake for appetizers. Both were of high quality--lots of crab meat in the crab cake--but both wre bland. They were under-spiced. We both had the shrimp and grits, which were excellent. The wine list for California chardonnays is, surprisingly, extremely limited. I had to refill our wine glasses from our bottle in the ice bucket--waiter was overtaxed working many tables at once.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMExecptional in Every Way!A friend recommended Vidalia - we will be forever grateful. The service was excellent and the culinary creations were exceptional. You simple must dine at Vidalia, when you're in DC!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMVidalia was a fantastic find.Vidalia was a fantastic find. Our server Will was outstanding. Everything from the cocktails to the bread basket to the meals was delicious! The only slight gripe would that I felt a little on top of the table of four beside us, but it wasn't a huge issue.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMVidalia continues to be oneVidalia continues to be one of the premier restaurants in the area with imaginative cooking, artful presentation, a sophisticated ambience, and gracious and attentive service. The prix-fixe three-course lunch menu option offers an opportunity to sample all this wonderfulness at a very reasonable cost.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMVidalia's Mythical 1,000 TablesVidalia is always a good experience. Since my friend & I were planning an early dinner, I figured we'd find a 1,000 point table. While Vidalia supposedly offered 1,000 point tables at the time we wanted, none were available, although I could make a reservation for a regular 100 point table. Very interesting, however--only a few tables were filled when we dined during the hour advertising 1,000 point tables. Seriously-- how many 1,000 point tables does Vidalia have? One? Two, tops? I thought it was very misleading to say they have 1,000 point tables yet not have them available when the restaurant was so sparsely filled. I gave Service and Overall ratings of only 3 stars because of this.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWe took my father here forWe took my father here for his 88th Birthday after his visit to the WW II memorial. The best way to describe the experience is that it was the perfect ending to a great day. Everything from the appetizers to the deserts was perfect and the service was impeccable. The menu is not for those who are faint of heart as everything has what I would call a "flair" to it.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWe loved it. The food wasWe loved it. The food was great! The service was very personable and some if the best we have encountered in a long time. The ambience is grown and sexy, while still remaining classically romantic. The crab cake, shrimp and grits, duck, Charleston Tea and pecan pie were AMazing ;-).3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMHEAVEN ON EARTHMY girlfriend and I were in need of a nice GNO! She is a food snob and I am a bit picky! Funny thing is that I typically do not eat onions yet we agreed on a place named after an Onion!!! To make a long story short, we had an amazing night! The food from start (including the complimentary tiny cup of onion bisque) to finish with delicious banana pudding and everything in between! I had the shrimp and grits...three words: HEAVEN ON EARTH! My girlfriend had the Spiced Crusted Duck and did not leave a single morsel on her plate. I tasted her dish and it too was HEAVENLY! The drinks were great and I cannot forget our waiter Joe! He was so knowledgeable in the food and the history of the restaurant. It was evident that he enjoys his job!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMStill my best choice in DC!Once a year for the past 12 years, I have reserved a table at Vidalia for a special occasion -- traveling from St. Louis. And I have never had less than an outstanding evening. This most recent visit was stellar. We constructed our tasting menus from the a la carte list (I like this idea very much!) so we could pick some old favorites (shrimp grits!) and be playful. Kudos to the wine steward for finding an exceptional wine to share.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday DinnerLovely and chic underground restaurant - nice lounge/bar area with great happy hour specials. The entrance is rather understated so you could walk/drive by without noticing. Difficult to find street parking during evening rush so be forewarned. Lovely ambiance and decor with mirrors galore creates a feeling of space. The food is outstanding with a locally sourced menu that changes seasonally. There for my birthday dinner and they provided several nice touches for the occasion. Definitely pricy but worth it3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAfter 22 years in CharlestonAfter 22 years in Charleston SC....it is hard to let go of my love for all foods southern. Vidalia does a great job with the classic Charleston favorites....it is hard to find a better representative in DC. Also the ambiance at Vidalia is as comfortable as a gracious southern home. The food is fabulous. They are know for thier southern bread basket. I had the pork chop entree which was fabulous, with greens and a cheese plate for dessert. Worth every penny3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food, service andAmazing food, service and wine list. This was my first time at Vidalia, but it definitely won't be my last.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMthere were many great thingsthere were many great things about this restaurant, especially the atmosphere and the service. presentation was also excellent and the desserts were terrific. unfortunately neither my husband nor myself were pleased with our choice of entrees, although my sides helped make up for it. we ordered the crabcake and the steak. the steak had an inordinate amount of gristle and the crabcake was totally overwhelmed by the mustard sauce. other choices may have been better but we asked for help from our server who recommended the crabcake as one of the best options.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways good food and service!Always good food and service! Fabulous staff that welcomes you. The best in DC!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMVidalia for a Southern Style LunchLunch is a great way to experience this upscale Southern restaurant at down scaled prices. The dish on the menu just says steak salad, but the dish set in front of me was an impressive grilled strip steak cooked to the perfect inner pinkness topped with fresh leaves of bibb lettuce, grilled vidalia onion rings, sprinkled with julienned applewood smoked bacon and pungent crumbled blue cheese....delicious! The Atmosphere is comfortable white table cloth and the service is attentive. The Southern tea comes with a sprig of mint and is continually refilled! This is fine Southern dining at lunch time prices. ...and don't miss the three cheese mac and cheese!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AM