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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MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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!

G
Richmond
68 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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!

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Vermilion and come here often. We were very impressed with their Thanksgiving menu; the food was absolutely delicious! I recommend this restaurant to everyone looking for a nice dining experience in Old Town.

MC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - Thanksgiving Prix Fixe and wine list! We’ll definitely go back to Vermillion.

JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving meal - everything was great!

P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Table wasn't available for ~35min after our reservation time. Service was annoyingly slow. Food and drinks were excellent.

DB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was a B+ the Service was a D.

We enjoyed the food - Fall Maple Salad, Gnocchi, Scallops. All three were cooked well and tasted wonderful. We are not big portion people but these were slightly undersized. 3 Scallops for $28. But that would have been fine if the service was not so poor. We waited 10-15 minutes before our waited arrived. Then another 5 for water before he came to tell us specials and take drink orders. Wanting a gimlet, I asked what type of gin they had. He gave the 3 standards that normally indicate bottom and middle rail. So I ordered a Tanqueray and tonic, my dinning mates order wine and 2 cocktails. (Later when leaving I saw at the bar they had the gin I wanted. I guess I should have just asked but the waiter was lazy in not knowing what they had or asking the bar tender, or me to specify.) The glass of wine came in about 3 minutes the cocktails in about 20 minutes, with a slight apology. Mine was wrong - a vodka soda but I never saw the waiter again to correct.

The food servings came at reasonable intervals but on the outside of that. Eventually the waiter came back and I ordered a glass of wine. Overall the service was just rough and infrequent though they had several staff people there and the restaurant was not packed. They used the team approach to a table which was clunky. At one point a server came and snatched plates from the table while 2 people still had food on their plate and one other was mid chew. On leaving, we were waiting at the foot of the stairs for two people in our party to return. A server arrived and thrust two glasses of water at us - sorry not us - now or probably again unless we hear service improves.

LC
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food; unique choices! If I had to comment on something it’s that we told the restaurant in advance it was my husbands birthday but that was not acknowledged at all. Otherwise the food was delicious. I ordered the suckling pig and lord it! I’ll go back for sure.

J
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The chestnut soup had no chestnuts and was a chicken broth. Had it been a chicken soup, it would have been good. The service was good. The $68 Burgundy wine was tasteless. My halibut was good. The champagne (middle one) was excellent; it tasted of honey.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and excellent service. Food was great.

SO
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and outstanding service. We visited Vermillion for an anniversary dinner , and the staff went above and beyond to make our evening special. The food was outstanding, service was exceptional and helpful in guiding our menu selections. Highly recommend for a wonderful evening.

SW
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Very very average. Slow service- 15 minutes for 3 glasses of cava. VERY noisy - had to yell across the table to be heard and cup my hand by my ears to hear my guests. Food (scallops) and pasta (ragu) was good; but not "the best I ever had". I had really high hopes based on reading the reviews and because it was in a magazine we bought but I left thinking "I've had better". YMMV

SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Vermilion has created something truly special—an intimate, neighborhood restaurant with spectacular commitment to creativity with food and the utmost hospitality with service. My husband and I go to Vermilion once a week because not only are the dishes fantastic but the staff make us feel like we're visiting family and great friends.

D
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love eating upstairs but many of the tables are so softly lighted that you cannot readily ready the menu.

P
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit to Vermillion was for Sunday brunch. Our lovely server suggested the prix fixe option which included a first course and main (good tip!). My partner and I each ordered different combinations so that we could share. Each dish -- the fall salad, the smoked salmon benedict, the house-made stracciatella, and the halibut with chanterelles was beautiful and perfectly prepared. The food and service were outstanding without breaking the bank. Can't wait to go back!

TA
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice restaurant. Limited menu. Halibut was not memorable. Service was good.

DC
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was stupendous and each morsel was divine to enjoy. I will say that this is most definitely a special treat of a place to eat and it is not just an everyday visit due to the cost, it's a bit pricey, but in this instance that we were celebrating life, we very much enjoyed it and will be back. The ambiance upstairs was terrific in that the lighting was on the romantic side. I'd recommend sitting by the window if you have the chance to people watch alongside King Street.

JK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in Old Town Alexandria during Veterans Day weekend and dined here two of three. Highly recommend!

l
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was great and very personable. Wine flight paired nicely with the meal which was delicious and the perfect portion size. Dessert was amazing - get the tart! I would definitely recommend and return.

JK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Whenever I'm in the Washington DC / Old Town Alexandria, VA area I always dine at Vermillion. Great seasonal offerings from local produce/sources. Excellent wine and dessert options too. I highly recommend!

G
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and our last visit was no exception. Chef recommended the fois gras pate and the pigeon. Not your average 'hanging out in the park, sky rat pigeon"...nope this was amazing. Much better taste then even squab (and I don't say that lightly). All in all, a wonderful dinner (once again). It's food like this that keeps us coming back.

ZW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little dark and hard to see my friends against the windows, but my eyes are aging. Otherwise, it was a perfect brunch experience. Get the hushpuppies!

P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We selected Vermilion for a dinner with some friends visiting from Paris. The hostess was very kind and helpful in ensuring we were seated in a nicely located table at the time of our reservation despite the crowded atmosphere.

The food and wine selection are outstanding.

The service however leaves much to be desired. In Europe (where we often travel) the service is as important as the food. We were disappointed and will think twice before we bring other guests there.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Vermillion. The service was above and beyond!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was good. It’s just loud everywhere which if that’s your thing then fine. For us it took away from the experience. To each their own.

SR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I felt as if our waiter was treating us like just another table to take care of. I don't need to be waited on and gushed over but showing some interest in making our dinner experience special would have helped make the dinner more enjoyable. Dinner was good.

IB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was a bit too dark in the dining area. Almost impossible to read the menu.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The management & staff made our anniversary extra spectacular!

NY
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic highly recommend this restaurant in old town. Loved the warm almond tart dessert ! Scallops were good and my friends had squash and a great pasta dish. Interesting flavors and superb presentation The server was very kind and knowledgeable would definitely come back if I lived in the area
I prefer dining upstairs it was quieter
Fun night

p
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant with Michelin star-level food and fantastic service, ambiance, and location. Can't wait to return for the next seasonal menu.

PG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, exceptional service!

R
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love the food but they need to up their bar game - It is a great space they just need better mixologist.

VR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good; wine pairing is very interesting

GB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Red snapper was served barely warm, floppy rubbery skin, under seasoned. NY strip came rare when I ordered medium rare. Not even sure it was a NY strip honestly, it looked like a hanger steak to me. Prices too high for this quality of food .

LJ
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great food, fun restaurant. Server (thin guy) was super arrogant.

OT
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service , wonderful flavors in salad , fish , appetizers. Perfect upstairs for conversation.

AD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Old Town, but had never been to Vermilion until last Sunday and we left wondering what took us so long! It's a delightful restaurant; wonderful "old world" ambiance, extremely attentive service and excellent food. We will back!