Vermilion - Alexandria

4.7
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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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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food5service4ambience5

We went for Restaurant Week, which is advertised as 3 courses for $22. Although claiming to participate in Restaurant Week, Vermilion includes only 2 courses for the $22. Although the food was delicious, I do not think restaurants should claim to participate in Restaurant Week if they are not going to honor the promotion. To make it worse, when we pointed this out to the waiter, his only response was, " we decided to mix it up."

BJ
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily the best meal I have had in the past few years… Everything was delicious, the service was excellent, absolutely no complaints.

CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Everything was indescribably good. Highly recommend this place.

KF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Vermillion for their tasting menu (which was exceptional) but this was my first lunch experience. Steak Tartare, Vermillion Burger and Flourless Chocolate Cake are “must dos”. Ambiance is warm, relaxed and inviting. And the staff – particularly Jasmine – are exceptional! Very attentive but not at all “hovering”. I highly recommend Vermillion.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, allergy friendly and the service was top notch

BA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu. Would recommend the cauliflower salad, catfish, and baked apple.

BS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Alexandria! Love the flavors, freshness, presentation, service, setting, quiet (on a weeknight) - no wonder it has lasted while so many other restaurants have come and gone.

M
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I were on a date night and We loved it — the citrus salad and scallops were delicious. Citrus salad with pistachios had a nice delicate taste and the scallops were cooked perfectly. My husband had the fois gras and suckling pig and he really enjoyed both as well. We ended the night with almond tart which we shared and finished every bite. Service was very attentive — excellent date night!

BB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Vermilion 3 times now. Each time was fabulous!! The service was perfect and the food is always unbelievable. If you haven't been, it is well worth it.

d
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anna was perfection. Dinner light and delectable. Vermilion had my Gosling’s rum. Thank you for a memorable dinner date night.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love this restaurant. Service, food, ambiance are all good. Only issue is that I think the drink and wine pours are on the short side for the price.

V
London
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I drove out to Vermillion on impulse - the first time we have been there for dinner rather than lunch. It was one of the best dinners we have ever had in the Washington DC neighbourhood. I am vegetarian and had the vegetarian tasting menu. Usually only a couple of items in a tasting menu are very good and the rest are fillers but in this case each course was a delight and I enjoyed it throughout - right through to the amazing almond tart topped with excellent ice cream. My wife, who chose a single item from the menu kept wanting to share my courses and in spite of that I was quite full by the end.

The service was patient, friendly and efficient. We had a wonderful evening.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate NYE. Food was amazing. Definitely worth the price.

CF
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love this place, food was awesome, service was awesome, but wine pours were pretty short and I had to take a deep breath when the bill topped $500 for three people (only two drinks and two glasses of wine)

SD
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service, and ambiance. Loved everything about the restaurant.

V
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Totally terrible service this time, will not come back again. Waitress totally ignored us

K
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was celebrating several birthdays. Food was excellent.

KR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The atmosphere was much louder than expected. Reading the reviews, I had expected a more quaint and quiet experience. It was hard to hear one another speak. Food was okay. The bar/lounge area was very nice and next time we will go just for drinks.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded 12 minutes ago

Kristin: Thank you for your thoughtful feedback! It's constructive criticism that we learn (and grow) the most from. Please know that we're looking into soundproofing options to make the dining rooms a bit more ambient. We'd love to see you in the dining room or the bar again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are regulars at Vermilion...our fav restaurant. This time for my Wife’s Birthday. Another wonderful experience

RP
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good reviews lead us to pick this place for out of town friends who were staying in Alexandria. Two of us had their tagliatelle and two of us had their halibut. Excellent experiences all around. Chestnut and mushroom soup was excellent as well as a citrus and greens salad. Will go again.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded 24 minutes ago

Hi, RandyP! Thanks for bringing your out-of-town pals in to see us! We're thrilled that you had a great time at Vermilion! We hope to see you again soon!

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J
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife for her birthday based on a recommendation from one of her coworkers. I had told the restaurant about her birthday in the Open Table reservation. As soon as I checked in, they greeted her with a smile and “Happy Birthday”, without skipping a beat. The entire staff was extremely personable. We were seated next to the window and got to people-watch on King street. We ordered based on our waiter’s recommendation and everything we had was phenomenal. I had pasta and my wife had Halibut. We would and will definitely recommend this restaurant! We will be back!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded 17 minutes ago

Hi there, Judge! We love when our guests come in to share their special celebrations with us! More than that, we love making the day EXTRA special -- it's just our way of showing our appreciation! Thanks for your kind words, and we're looking forward to seeing you back in the dining room again soon!

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YA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I’m sad to be leaving this review since Vermilion was one of my favorite restaurants until last night. I was dining with a friend who found a sharp, broken piece of plastic in her pasta. She alerted the waitress who took it along with the pasta dish. The waitress rolled her eyes, shrugged, said something like ‘these things happen,’ and said she’d tell the chef. Not offering even a slight apology, she asked ‘do you want another?” My friend agreed to try another.
We just sat there as time passed. Clearly I wasn’t going to continue eating while my friend had both a bad experience and no food, so my food was rapidly getting cold.
Some time later, another one arrived, but both of us were more than a little surprised that no one apologized for having served food with broken plastic in it.
Bottom line: they also brought us another “complimentary” dish - but still no explanation or apology. Finally, after we had them take our plates and were ready to leave, the manager came over and apologized.
He “comped” my friend’s dish & glass of wine - so what was the final dining insult?
I ended up paying more than $45 for a dish of half cold food and an overpriced glass of wine.
Au revoir Vermilion.

f
Washington DC
145 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6 of us had dinner here on a Sat. night. We received a nice welcome & were seated upstairs in a spot where we could easily hear each other talk. I ordered the succulent pig which was very, very delicious and shared a kale salad with my husband. At the end of the meal 6 of us shared 2 desserts - our favorite was the marcona almond tart! Vermilion had a good variety of bourbons which the men enjoyed tasting. FYI - leave some time to find a parking space for your car - there is no valet parking. It didn't take too long, maybe 8 minutes.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded 22 minutes ago

Hi, ffxdiner! That tart has quite the cult following! We're glad that you enjoyed your time with us at Vermilion! Be sure to swing back soon -- the spirits list is ever evolving. (Tho that tart isn't going anywhere anytime soon!)

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! We went for my boyfriends birthday and they surprised him with a desert. So special.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 21, 2019

Hi, Danielle! Thanks for choosing Vermilion to share your boyfriend's special day with! We're glad you enjoyed your evening with us! Be sure to stop back again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Restaurant gets very loud and that is compounded by large groups. Food was mostly delicious with one disappointment - the triangoli with celery root purée had almost no discernible celery rood. Wine was poured without letting us taste if first, otherwise the service was very good.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 21, 2019

Hi, there! Thank you for your feedback! Please know that we take our guests comments and critiques seriously -- your thoughts on the triangoli will be passed on to Chef and we will reiterate the proper steps of wine service with our staff! Again, thank you, and we hope to see you back at Vermilion again soon.

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s
Pinehurst
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and attention to detail. Went to celebrate a special occasion and the server made us feel special with complimentary champagne and a special dessert. The food was amazing and we can’t wait to return!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 21, 2019

Hi, salpal! We can't wait for you to return either! We love treating all our guests -- not just those who have decided to share their celebrations with us -- to exceptional service! Be sure to come back sometime soon to see just how exceptional our everyday service can be!

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KL
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambiance. Would definitely recommend!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 21, 2019

Hi, Krista! Thank you for the compliments! Your recommendation means the world to us, and we would love to see you back in our dining room again very soon!

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CC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic!! I loved your halibut. So delicious.

CC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were there very early, so the noise level may rise as the restaurant fills up. But have the suckling pig, if you are a carnivore, that will cure anything. And if not, the vegetarian options were delicious last time, so you can’t go far wrong.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine list too

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 17, 2019

Hi, Dicey! The wine list is ever-evolving, so be sure to stop back again soon as there's certainly going to be some fantastic new bottles featured!

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BA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall we had a nice meal. The problem was the special - pasta with freshly shaved (at the table) white truffle. The truffle was tasteless and nearly undetectable by taste and smell.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 17, 2019

Hi, Benjamin! Thank you for your comments. It's thoughtful feedback like yours that we benefit the most from. That said, I'm sorry that you were less than wowed by our truffle special. We take truffles pretty seriously around here, so know that we will be triple/quadruple assuring their quality. Thanks, again, and we hope to see you back soon!

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K
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Food delicious. Service and ambiance equally great.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 17, 2019

Hi, Kala! No, YOU'RE great! We're glad you enjoyed your time with us, and we hope to see you back again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The menu is creative and the food is exceptional. Well prepared dishes and perfectly cooked. Service was attentive and made one feel as a welcome guest. I highly recommend

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 12, 2019

Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us! Hope to see you back in the dining room soon!

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o
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I scheduled lunch for a friend's birthday at Vermillion. Not only was the food and service outstanding, but they graciously allowed us to sit there and chat for hours since it was not busy. So cozy, and generous of staff.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 12, 2019

Hi, outoftowner! Glad you stopped in and had a nice afternoon with us! Be sure to come back soon -- we'll always be thrilled to have you (for however long you'd like to stay)!

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CL
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, but slow service.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 12, 2019

Hi, ComiendoenLA: Thank you for your feedback! We strive to make all aspects of a guests experience exceptional when they join us at Vermilion. That sad, hiccoughs happen and we'd love to see you again sometime soon to prove that our service is just as great as our food!

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CH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, knowledgeable, warm service, excellent wine list, and probably the best halibut I’ve ever had.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 12, 2019

ChristopherH! If there's one thing we love around here more than our halibut, it's watching people love it as much as we do! (A close second is our wine list -- thanks for the shout out!) Stop by again soon; the list is always evolving! We'll save some halibut for ya!

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MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints! I’ve been here three times and the service and food are consistently excellent. Case in point: today, a busy holiday weekend, they were still willing and able to accommodate a change of table so my mother could hear better. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable and had great recommendations. I will certainly return!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 12, 2019

Hi, Monica! You're turning into a regular! Thank you for your kind words and for joining us so often! Consistency is what we aim for, so that's one of the best compliments you could give! Thanks, again, and we hope to see you soon at Vermilion.

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G
Richmond
68 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff is friendly, attentive, and professional.
The food is quality and the ambiance is perfect - I love the historical building

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 12, 2019

While we can only take so much credit for the cool building we're in, we can take credit for our staff and food being top notch! Thanks for the recognition! Without our guests, we'd be nowhere! We hope to see you back at Vermilion soon!

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CH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as usual, and the servers are friendly and attentive. We are so grateful to have this gem of a restaurant nearby!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on December 12, 2019

You're the gem, Christine, and we're grateful for YOU! Thanks for the kind words! It's frequent guest -- like you -- who make Vermilion what is it! Please come see us soon!

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ann and Michael made our Thanksgiving dinner amazing. The courses were thoughtful and tasty. Wine choices were explained and paired to our taste. We were truly impressed with Vermilion. Cheers to the chef and cooks. We will be back.