Vermilion - Alexandria

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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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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable. The waitstaff is tremendous and the food often stunned.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We love Vermilion but the service has been extremely slow on our last two visits. Took an hours and fifteen minutes to get our main course.

K
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about my meal at Vermillion was exceptional. The staff were extremely gracious and professional. The food was surperb and full of complex flavors. Only took one visit to become a favorite of mine in Old Town.

YA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic - reliably delicious and intriguing.

WE
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and so was the service. So, pleased!

d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been planning to visit for a while and finally made it for brunch. Happy with every single thing we ordered. Definitely will be back for dinner.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere! The staff really made our anniversary special. Food was inventive and delicious.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a memorable birthday celebration. The wait staff could not have been kinder or more helpful. As always, the pastas were divine with perfect pairing of wine.

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. The staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and was able to make adjustments for any food allergy. Cool ambiance. Food was very good

C
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious brunch! Quality food.

JM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing from the food, to the ambiance and the exceptional service! Truly an experience and I would highly recommend!

JW
London
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful gathering for birthday celebration. Added by the restaurant week deal, it is totally value for money. But, wondering if the restaurant menu might not bring out the real, high quality of dishes. So, it might be worth a re-visit.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch, we made a reservation for restaurant week, but the regular brunch special was also a good deal. Our waiter Gabriel was informative, friendly and efficient. Every dish was well designed and executed. We had Gnocchi, steak tartare, potato tots and kale salad - all of which we recommend. Upstairs was nice and quiet.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks for joining us for brunch. Sounds like Gabe recommended all the hits (tots, gnocchi). Check us out again soon for some drink specials rolling out this weekend.

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TN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The restaurant was super accommodating to my family with two kids.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks so much for stopping by and bringing the whole crew. Glad you all had a lovely time. See you soon!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for Saturday brunch during the Alexandria Restaurants Week and I had a good time. I ended up ordering food on their regular menu. Regular brunch menu is $22 per person for 2 courses. Service was perfect and the food that I ordered was amazing. It was nice that they refilled my coffee many times without charging extra fees. I would definitely go back to try other things on their menu.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant experice personally.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks!

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KM
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and service. Made us feel completely welcome as if we were celebrating with close friends or family. We’ve eaten at a few of the 1 Michelin star restaurants in DC, and I say this place is better and better value!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hey Kyle, thanks for the awesome review. That is some rarified space to mentioned with such restaurants. We're honored to be thought of so positively. We appreciate it!

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DH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently great food and beverages. We always enjoy and recommend Vermillion!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hi, Deborah. Thanks for coming back again and again.

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SP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience. The service was perfect, with our server Skylar being sincerely passionate about the food and the descriptions. Everything was fresh and made in-house. It was Restaurant Week so I’m not sure if it is always as busy as it was the night we were there but it was easy to carry on a conversation without yelling. I will definitely be returning.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hey Susan, Glad to hear you had such a great time. Skylar and the team are truly passionate about our food and restaurant. Thanks for noticing and thanks for your visit.

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a very pleasant dinner in this restaurant.
The restaurant-week menu offers a very good value for money.
The wine list is very nice.
The temperature in the restaurant is a little to high to my taste.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks for checking us out for Restaurant Week. We love to hear you enjoyed the food and wine list. Thanks for the note about the air temp too. Clearly it's been super hot but we are working hard on keeping everyone cool. Should be a bit cooler the next time you come. See you!

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AR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All four of us had the pescatarian tasting menu and it was exceptional!! Thanks for your help in celebrating our friend’s performance and being so accommodating with our infant. We have been here before and will be back again. Your restaurant is a true gem!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hi Alexandra, Thanks for coming. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the tasting experience and we are glad you brought the kiddo! We've got a little something for all ages. Hope to see you soon.

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T
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Recommend to a friend? Yes, typically meals are flawless and terrific. But beware: downstairs can be loud; food quality has been inconsistent from excellent melon soup to tasteless catfish; and service may be spotty. Our waiter served us warm Chardonnay and flat sparkling wine; he took both back to the bar and provided cool wine and wine with fizz, but what's up with that?

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hi Trixie, Thanks for your visit and for the useful comments. We are glad you enjoyed some of the flavors we have to offer and we are going to put a closer eye on consistancy due to your review. We appreciate the constructive thoughts.

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KF
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was, as always, excellent. But our server was very abrupt - not quite rude but close. Did only the bare minimum, acted rushed and we felt rushed. I would have complained to the manager, but I had guests and didn't want to make a "scene".

RE recommend: If there was a chance of having that same server, not sure I would return....

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hi Katheryn, Thanks for you visit and for your thoughts on the service. Our goal is to make all of our wonderful guests feel comfortable and at home in our space. We will mind this feedback you have shared very closely as we try to achieve that goal every night.

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e
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here. The food was delicious and cooked to perfection. We will be back.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks so much! See you real soon!

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n
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Servers were great, they let us chat. The menu is yummy. Great cocktails.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Appreciate it!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Brunch was excellent. Just the right sized portions of well crafted food. The tagliatelle was delicious as well as the hush puppies. The yogurt parfait was small but delightful. Quite a noisy and energetic brunch crowd. Service was a bit slow, especially when waiting for the check and getting the first drink to the table. Overall though, great experience!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks for joining us for brunch! Glad you enjoyed your experience and thanks for the feedback on the speed of service. It's a useful reminder to keep those drinks coming fast during our busy brunches. Appreciate it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Loved everything about the experiences!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks a bunch!

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M
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Skyler was very nice and descriptive of the wines that went with my tasting menu.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hi there! Glad you enjoyed the tasting menu and wine pairings. Thanks for stopping by!

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JD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening - food was delicious and drinks were perfect.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks, Jess. We appreciate the compliment.

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the vegetarian tasting menu: it was delicious !!!! Also the cocktails with the mezcal was very good. Definitely recommended!!!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks Julie! Our veggie tasting menu is really a hit for the meat-free crowd and I am glad you thought so too. Wonderful!

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B
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good except the server was a little weird.

SZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Unpleasant restaurant smell, food was too salty, Prosecco was not carbonated it means bottle was old.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hi there, Thanks for the comments. We are looking into these few things in order to make Vermilion the best it can be. We can't do it with out honest feedback like this.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

With Vermillion you always know what you’re going to get and that’s why my wife and I keep coming back. The food combinations and preparation is always ‘on point’, the wait staff are knowledgeable and always courteous and the place has a great feel about it.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Glad to hear you had a such a great time! We appreciate that you and the missus keep coming back. It's our great regulars that help make for that good vibe around this place so I think we should be thanking you. Thanks!

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CT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came for Restaurant Week. The food was awesome, cocktails creative and our server delightful! Will definitely come back!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank so much for checking us out! Glad you enjoyed it!

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d
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wine list is why I did not give 5 stars. But the almond cake will keep is coming back!!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks for the feedback. We will make it better for you and all of our guests.

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L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
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

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hey thanks for dropping in. We try to make our service tailor-made for each guest. Hope it was just right!

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j
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks, Jesse, for dropping by on your anniversary. We are honored you chose us for the special day. We hope to see you again (sooner than a year, though)!

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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
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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