Vermilion - Alexandria

4.8
3527 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Vermilion’s commitment to instinctively seasonal American cooking and graciousness of hospitality in the heart of Alexandria allows guests to experience Chef Thomas Cardarelli’s food without pretension. The warmth of its embrace serves as an ideal location for a casual gathering of friends, or a well deserved night out. Chef’s menu is complimented by a distinctive wine list, as well as local beer and spirits that all shed a light on the best that the Commonwealth has to offer.
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Richmond
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wine list is why I did not give 5 stars.

L
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

food was tasty. i couldnt tell if the service was slow or if they give you time to enjoy your meal and chat during courses

j
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were wonderful as always. The extra mile they went for our anniversary was very much appreciated as well.

r
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Decent location. Ambience was nice. A little noisy.

JW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I continue to favor Vermillion as one of the best restaurants in Old Town.
Additionally it is such a fun summer stroll, going along King Street, with many sidewalk sales and fun boutiques and bars....

P
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service very good as is tasting menu.
Dishes very creative.

N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Vermilion for our anniversary. We had the 5 course tasting menu with the wine pairing and loved it. My husband had the omnivore version and I had the vegetarian version. We were both very happy!! I love that they have a vegetarian option for the tasting menu and that they change the menu according to the season. The staff was so helpful, knowledgeable, and kind. They gave us complimentary rosé cava to start our meal and gave us a card as we were leaving. We definitely will be back.

DC
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 4 of greatly enjoyed our meals, especially dessert! I highly recommend Vermillion for any occasion, whether special or a simple night out.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always delicious here...from the salads, French fries, burger, steak to gnocchi and all the desserts (I have only done lunches here so far). Atmosphere is lovely and relaxed. Service is excellent, non intrusive and thoughtful. Our group of 4 was treated to glasses of sparkling rose in celebration of our guest who just retired. One of our group (who had gotten a ride) left her keys on or near our table apparently. She didn’t realize it until at 9:00pm someone from the restaurant called to ask if anyone in our group had lost keys. We zoomed back over to retrieve them. I so appreciated the staff for taking the time to do the detective work on top of serving their evening clients. This restaurant makes everyone feel special and cared for on top of serving great food. A good role model for other places.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Carol, thank you so much for the kind words. We try our best to make everyone who comes in feel well-taken care of. Thank you for taking the time to tell us that you felt that way. We will love to have you back.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very, very tasty. Drinks were spot on. Service was clean and well timed. Seemed as if she cared about what she did as a profession and I highly respect that attitude. The head chef was out for the day and the sous was in charge yet everything was quite good.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you for the compliment, Justin. Our service team are dedicated folks and it gratifies us all to hear that that was noticed by you. Awesome to hear you enjoyed the whole experience. Please come back and see us!

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DE
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Vermilion for our anniversary dinner because of the great reviews we saw. It did not disappoint! The food was fresh and so well prepared. We love farm to table restaurants to we can experience local flavors. The fish and seafood was on point - the soft shell crab, the halibut and the scallops. And to top it off, the service was amazing. Everyone was so kind, knowledgeable and attentive - and they even gave us a free dessert and sparkling wine for our anniversary. We would recommend anyone looking for fresh farm to table in the Alexandria/DC area to try out Vermilion

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 8, 2019

Thanks for the great review and recommend, Drew! We appreciate you taking the time to put your thoughts here for us. We all love what we do so thanks for choosing us and on your anniversary! Come see us again soon!

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was quite a hike from the riverfront, but I’ll say it was well worth the walk (even for my date in high heels). This is my first 5 star review, and let me tell you that means alot. Considering my previous roasts of what most would call good food, a five star rating is the pinnacle in my books. A quaint setting with properly lit upstairs dining area allowed for a comfortability and relaxed dining experience. So comforable, in fact, that I didn’t even notice the engagment that occured (professional photographer included).The menu was appropriately sized and organized for maximum approachability. The peach and stracciatella starter was incredible considering the initial worry that peaches and “fancy burratta” would not fare well with each other. The entrees were very solid and lacked any weakness to comment on. Food was impecable, service even more amazing. Our server was attentive without being awkward or overly enthusiastic, and charming to say the least. The little touches really made the experience top notch including the complimentary chocolate cake and dessert wine paring for my date’s birthday. And if that wasn’t enough, a hand written birthday card. If you are in Alexandria or even DC, go to this place. Its my only 5 star review and I have eaten at the best of the best across the world. Just make sure you leave room for the burnt honey ice cream.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

We are honored to garner your first 5-star rating. It truly means a lot. Please come by and see us soon.

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SS
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal great service, especially impressed by the waiter and his recommendations for drinks and food items. It was our Anniversary, asked for a table by the front window, love to people watch and was placed where we requested.

TS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food. Definitely do the pairing option if you have time. We had a childcare emergency and needed to leave abruptly, but the staff was so accommodating and understanding. We will definitely be back...May have found our new favorite spot!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thanks for the high marks, TSA1! We're glad you enjoyed the pairings. Chef Tom and the beverage team work very hard to make the food and wine pairings perfect compliments to each other. It sounds like you enjoyed them so thanks a bunch for saying so!

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A
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vermillion is always pretty consistent. The service and food were fab. The food was not super hot (def not cold), but was just fine. The service was great and just a nice night. Noise level is high...but we know that going in...

I really like Vermillion and plan to continue going back!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thanks for coming back, Alexlocalgal! we love hearing you enjoyed the food and service so much. Thanks for the note about the noise level too. We will definitely see what we can do to monitor it on those busy nights. Appreciate it!

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DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Been to this restaurant many times. Food quality was fine - not fantastic compared to other times we have dined here.
We were celebrating my husbands birthday.
I ordered NY steak. Not the best but then it is not a steakhouse.
After dinner, we were offered dessert menus and we passed on the dessert. They gave my husband a "free" dessert anyway....when we got the bill they charged us for it.
May consider a different restaurant next celebration.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hey DC2Philly, Thank you for the review and useful comments. It sounds like the little things we missed on made for a less-than-great night for you. I am sorry for those errors and that they may have marred your husband's birthday a bit. We are taking it all to heart and will try grow from it as a team. Thank you for taking the time to write this.

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KL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good option!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thanks Ken!

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NC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was superb. Vermillion really does have the best food in Alexandria. Plus we had the special almond tart at the end and it was remarkable. Plus excellent service; we felt slightly rushed and they totally re-oriented the kitchen to bring dinner exactly when we were ready

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hi Nancy, Thank you for your visit. We appreciate you stopping by and to hear you enjoyed that Almond Tart. It is an absolute fan favorite. We're also glad to hear that we made the pace of things just right for you. It's our top goal to serve everyone just how they would like. See you soon, we hope!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous table on the window for 2- food was delicious - service very very good. Highly recommend!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thanks so much! Wonderful to hear you liked everything. We appreciate your recommendation!

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C
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I strongly recommend Vermilion for a date night, special occasion, or out of town guests. Foodies, this place is for you. The very comfortable atmosphere and competent, unpretentious service made it a perfect dinner. We relied on our server for a few recommendations and they were all outstanding. We dined on a Sunday evening when the restaurant was nearly empty and the pacing was just right. Glad we came without our kids so we could take our time and be adventurous with food choices! We were pleasantly surprised with every course.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hi Crackers, Thanks for coming and bringing the family this past Sunday. We really enjoy hearing you appreciated the food and service you received. Our service team strive be just what you described: unpretentious guides through one's visit to Vermilion. Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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TN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service! The food was great. There were several items I was apprehensive about because I was unfamiliar with them, but they were delicious. The wine and beer options were also wonderful and I particularly liked the option of building your own wine flight. The tasting menu option is wonderful as well and can be split with another person with the addition of a couple more a la carte items.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you so much for the awesome review! Sounds like you tried it all while you were here and we are happy the food, beer and wine hit the mark for you. Thanks for stopping by!

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NY
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Vermilion for the inventive, seasonal, unexpected flavors in everything they prepare. The wine list also offers several excellent options for discovering new and fun pairings. Only compliant is the occasional server working to pad the bill, and the very few sub $50 wine options.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thanks for you review and comments. We are so glad you enjoyed the food and wine. Thanks for your thoughts on the service and wine list. We take this all to heart and will share these thoughts with our team.

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EB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, from the starters to the desserts. Our server was very knowledgeable. I felt like I was at a three star Michelin restaurant!

KW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff was fabulous! They were knowledgeable, attentive and very accommodating.
The food was delicious and happy hour prices were a bargain.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on July 27, 2019

Thanks for the shout out for our service team, Karen! They are a wonderful group who work hard to make a memorable time for our loved guests. We're glad you like our happy hour too. It's our way of saying thank you to our loyal locals and out-of-towners. See you back soon!

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WD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Chose to eat in the bar because it was quieter than the dining room. Service / Food / Cocktails were all awesome.

MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, as usual.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

DM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The soft shell crab is out of this world. The gnocchi was a little dense but delicious. The service was good but the temperature inside was very warm.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi, Dane. Thanks for the kind words about the soft shell crab and ricotta gnocchi. Chef Tom and the team do a great job on our pastas and they love local, seasonal treats like soft shells too. Check back to soon to see what's in season next. Also, sorry about the temperature when you were here last. Our poor AC had a tough time during the recent heat. After a bit of maintenance it's doing much better now. It should be a bit cooler next time you come in. See ya soon!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in dc area. Food is always amazing, beers on tap really good, ambiance fantastic. Price is really good for the quality!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on July 27, 2019

Thanks, Margo! Glad you enjoyed your visit. We have a lot of serious beer fans around here who've put together a killer collection for us. Glad you enjoyed them. We like to keep the beer list fresh so check back soon to see what's new.

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JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great experience at V. Why almost every birthday and anniversary, we go there. It’s the best!!!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Vermillion! We’re new to town and wanted a nice place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The staff treated us to champagne, a chef’s appetizer, and dessert. We chose homemade pasta dishes and they were amazing! Really loved it and will be back!

JR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Vermillion impressed me and my wife more than ever on our last visit. The chef worked to accommodate our vegan requests and we had an outstanding meal. The Vegetable Tasting Menu was creative and full of flavor. And our server was thoughtful and attentive. Thanks Vermillion!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful meal.

SW
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice spot. We ate upstairs which has a farmhouse vibe. It’s old town so I think they’re going for “here’s what it looked like in 1800.” The food was fabulous - very creative. The pacing was off. About 30 minutes between the pasta and the main course. And then about 25 until dessert. Spent a total of 2.5 hours in that chair which was a little too long for us.

S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat upstairs which was nicer than downstairs. Celebrated birthday. Enjoyed tasting menu. Service was excellant.

T
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guillermo, server, outstanding - reat listener. Brian, runner - delightful, engaging, interested in food he delivered. Amuse bouche was out if this world! Tasting menu was great variety. Would have liked To see bottles of wine for wine pairing. I’m in tart dessert was way beyond expectation. The entire evening was wonderful.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you so much for recognizing Brayan and Gulliermo! We have a great staff here, and it's always so nice when guests not only leave nights remarks on the food and restaurant itself, but also the hands behind them. We can't wait for you to come back

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JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Clever fresh food. Knowledgeable staff. Cozy atmosphere. One of my fave King Street spots for supper.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you very much! Especially now that we're in the Summer, Chef's really been able to get in some great products from local farms, and we really appreciate your recognition of quality

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EH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, creative food. Excellent service.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you very much for this note! Reviews like this really encourage our team to keep striving for excellence :)

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was wonderful! They even created a personal mock-tail for my wife’s birthday since is pregnant and couldn’t drink.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you so much for the delightful review! It's always a treat for us to be able to provide non-alcoholic beverage options, and we're glad your wife enjoyed hers :)

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WK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The last time I ate there I enjoyed the baked clams, so I ordered them again. This time, the baked clams were 99 per cent bread crumbs. The pea shoot salad with pickled watermelon was good but took about 5 bites to finish off. The pan seared rockfish was dry.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on July 11, 2019

WilliamK, Thank you for the visit, and thank you for bringing this to our attention. We've used this as a focus point of our dining service and have made the necessary adjustments. We're hoping that you will be back soon and that we can make it up to you! I will be messaging you my personal e-mail address so that I can help with your next reservation. Thanks again!

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