Vermilion - Alexandria

4.7
3390 reviews
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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 inspired menu is complemented by a distinctive wine list as well as local beer and spirits that all shed the light on the best that the Commonwealth has to offer.
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JP
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed Vermilion for many years and the food keeps getting better. Great staff, chef, and management. The upstairs dining room is delightful. Really enjoyed the almond tart off the tasting menu even though we were dining al carte. Simply the best!

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MJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here probably dozens of times and the food is always fantastic, as is the service. This time we went for a birthday and they brought out a dessert and a sweet card signed by the staff. Thank you!

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C
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative dishes, well executed. Balanced flavors, textures, and ingredients. Each dish stimulates your taste, eyes, and brain to figure out the recipes. Excellent wine list by glass or bottle. Fair pricing and quality of the food and service make this a great value. Look forward to returning.

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p
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Met out of town friends for Sunday brunch, easy metro ride for them as they were staying in D.C. We all ordered the delicious omelette. Comfortable atmosphere, attentive, friendly server who rightly assumed we wanted to visit, this day was not busy ( not sure why, Vermillion is fabulous) which made it easy to hear & be heard! Highly recommend!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Out to dinner with friends. We all commented that it was the best meal we had had in a long time. Food was excellent. Service was ok but I think that was mostly due to inexperience in the servers’ parts. Looking forward to going again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was some of the best we’ve had in Old Town. Wonderful experience. We will be returning.

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M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. Highly recommend to get a pasta to split for the table. It’s so fresh and def worth the indulgence. Everyone enjoyed their entree, my duck was seared perfectly. Our server was attentive and friendly and it was overall a great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came with a group of 5. There was lots of conversation and we were a little scattered, but the wait staff was very patient. The food was outstanding. A spectrum of the entrées were sampled and everyone thought their meal was excellent. An overall very good experience. We all agreed we would return if we have the opportunity.

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P
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening. Food was amazing and the ambiance was perfect.

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MS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Vermilion has both great food and great service. Vermilion is a great place for a couple tp celebrate a special event.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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GR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I would recommend Vermilion with a caveat that it's not for everyone. The dishes (which are very good) are somewhat small for the price and unless you have a sophisticated pallet, or are adventurous, the choices are minimal.

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WW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was recommended by an old friend that lived in Old Town, and it exceeded expectations. Although $$ on OpenTable, the check was very reasonable at the end of the night. The waiter spoke knowledgeably on the menu, and was enjoyable throughout the evening. Highly recommend this for anyone looking for an enjoyable evening out.

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s ALWAYS a delight to eat here. We are always treated specially and the staff is exceptional! Food choices can get a bit too artisan, but everything I’ve ever picked has been truly delightful!

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SE
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

I LOVE Vermillion. Just make sure the chef on duty really crisps that salmon skin! (Depending on which night you go it's as crunch as a potato chip or...a bit soggy.) Also, the crisp or soggy attitude of servers can also change night-to-night. We've had several LOVELY experiences, with staff that was knowledgeable, professional and accommodating, and some that embody the stereotypical snooty French waiter. All in all though, Vermillion is one of my Old Town Alexandria FAVORITES.

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KL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visit with an important client. Food was delicious. Service was efficient. Would definitely go there again.

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OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG, from the appetizers to the dessert and everything in between, the food and the experience was tremendous. It’s been awhile since we’ve had food so well prepared. We were there to celebrate my wife’s birthday and the Vermilion simply did not disappoint. WELL DONE!

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JK
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! I really appreciated the servers attention to discussing the different gins and their characteristics. Oysters and steak dishes were both flavorful and interesting. A great meal.

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f
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a very positive change in our lives which includes a move! Ever since Vermillion has opened its doors, it has been our restaurant of choice for special celebrations! We love the atmosphere, the service, and the food. Our experience this past week was our best yet! If we could give them more than five stars we would. Our server Johnny was exceptional! Each person who delivered the food to our table gave a little information on ingredients and preparation.This added to the fun of the evening. The presentation and flavor of the food approached Michelin star level! Great job Vermillion!

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OT
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic evening. The four of us sat at a window table on the second floor. Waiter Johnny was terrific. Duck liver croquette starter and salads were excellent. The Sancerre Rouge was the perfect wine for starters and mains which included plates of pasta (tagliatelle was amazing) and duck. Everyone enjoyed their desert as well. All around a wonderful meal.

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LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A bit noisy, but the food was outstanding. I'd go back just for themushroom gnocchi.

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OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant, been here multiple times and enjoy it each time I go

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience at Vermilion! The service and the food were both excellent. We felt like everyone at the restaurant went out of their way to make us feel incredibly welcome and special. I highly recommend Vermilion, and it will be my new “go-to” for nice meals and special occasions alike.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Timing was a little off because one of my guests in the part of 6 did the tasting menu. We had to rush out due to a reservation at PX for cocktails and she didn’t get the dessert course. The wine list was outstanding and appropriately priced and our server was fantastic. I will definitely go back.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vermillion is always fantastic! Great date spot in Old Town.

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G
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thomas is a great chef with an amazing feel for food. We brought two friends and they were totally amazed at the food and wine. I highly recommend Vermilion for both the excellent food and the amazing wine list.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely from start to finish- both the food and service were exceptional. The Rohan duck breast was perfection!

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KJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food that should fit most types of diets and appetites. The staff was very attentive and the atmosphere is great. Highly recommend to anyone.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was phenomenal. We came for brunch but definitely want to come back for dinner!

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place! Service was wonderful. Food was amazing. Cocktails were unique and really awesome!

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GK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vermillion is our go-to anniversary and birthday dining location...we love the chef's menu with the wine pairings....can't go wrong with the choices!

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M
Cleveland
43 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and wine. Attentive service. Beautifully presented!

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RU
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal with excellent service
Not inexpensive but good quality all around. Would happily come back.

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LS
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish we ordered was amazing and our waitress was fantastic. Great place!

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food with excellent ambiance. Well worth the price. Will return for the duck dish soon!

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

It was...okay. Not bad at all, but not fantastic either

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DP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Previous experiences at Vermillion have been good to very good. This was my last visit. The service was very good, the food ok. However, every financial aspect of the experience was unprofessional, to put it politely. It was Valentine’s Day, so the menu was pre prix fixe, which is understandable. However, there was no price presented anywhere on opentable, the restaurant website, the menu in the restaurant, or by the waitstaff. The three course menu was $95, which is typical I guess, but I would have been nice to know. The real problem was the automatic 20% gratuity added to the check. We were a party of 2, so I didn’t quite understand this. Adding an automatic 20% seems unethical if not illegal, and something else this restaurant fails to understand is that many people, myself included, will tip more than 20% if warranted, but not in the face of a scheme like this. The waitress deserved at least 20%, but the restaurant deserves an investigation.

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LR
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fine dining service. Our server really new the menu, and explained in a matter that I wanted to taste everything. The lamb, 2 ways, was superb.

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M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The 3 course Valentine’s Day dinner had its highlights, such as braised liver pate and black bass, and not-so-highlights, such as the lamb, which was chewy and tasteless. Dessert was divine with gems like sesame gelato and flourless chocolate cake! Our server, Guillermo, was outstanding!

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AA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and ambiance. Great food. Prix fixe lunch a bargain. Came for a few special occasions, but decided to come once a month or so, because it's worth it!

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