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

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!

DE
Washington DC
113 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff were great and worked hard to please us when we asked to change tables. Food was terrific. Kale salad was great. Steak and scallops were the mains. Both fine perfectly. We had bread plates but bread wasn’t offered which seemed unusual. I had to ask for water twice. Staff were hustling all night. Noise level makes it hard to hear when it’s busy.

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

Everything was perfect.

CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time there for an anniversary. The food was delicious - we had the bone marrow toast, a pasta, the scallops and flourless chocolate cake. The restaurant went out of it's way to wish us a happy anniversary! The restaurant was fairly cozy and while we were sitting in the dining area this time, we will definitely be back to hang out in the lounge area. Highly recommend for a quiet, delicious dinner!

MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went to Vermilion several times last year and it was fabulous. I understand that the restaurant is under new management and it unfortunately definitely shows. It was not a bad meal, but the food quality has noticeable suffered. The server was particularly helpful in helping us understand the menu as I have some food allergies, but we may opt for some other spots in Old Town before going back to this one.

PS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner very much. The food and service were fantastic, and it was a very good value. We will be back!

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food and service were excellent! However, the hostess could use some work as she was not personable and was actually quite rude. I know it's a tough job but she's the first interaction customers encounter with so I'd encourage her to smile and be engaging.

SG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallops were very good. Several people had them. They came with a veal cheek (?) and some radishes. One person had a drink and said it was very good. They ate lots of bread.. They said the waitress was very good. We had a reservation and were glad we did, as many were waiting.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Anniversary

GL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting parings, very flavorful, attractively presented, great service, wonderful little extras in recognition of our celebration.

Good energy but a little loud if you were seeking a quiet meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went there for the first time tonight for our anniversary dinner. Every aspect of the experience was AMAZING. Andrew, our server was very knowledgeable and made incredible suggestions. Tricia, the manager suggested a dessert that was to die for. Definitely going back.

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

Waiter seemed overwhelmed. Everything else was superb.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the seventh or eighth time we have been to Vermilion and it won’t be the last! I’ve written before that you always know what you’re going to get here.

The N.Y. Strip and Amish Chicken was cooked to perfection and were a great entree to follow the soup and fall salad.

The selection and creativity in ice cream and sorbets are adventurous, surprising and delectable and don’t miss the flourless chocolate cake.

Well done Vermilion-see you again soon

OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

I requested the table by the window on the second floor a week in advance. Instead when we arrived we were offered a table at the BACK of the room. It’s like the request was never even acknowledged. We were moved forward to a table directly under an air conditioning vent not by the window. This is the first time restaurant staff did not honor my request for a table.The evening was a bust. I had sung the praises of Vermillion to my out-of-town guests but I was embarrassed by the lack of consideration we were shown.

f
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 5 star server who knew everything about every item on the menu. He guided us based on our food preferences. My daughter had the 5 course vegetarian tasting menu and my husband had the 5 course regular tasting menu. If you are a vegetarian -- or not -- this is the most wonderful place. Not the same old veggie stuff, but fresh, interesting and incredibly tasty. The regular tasting menu was also over the top and the wine selections were spot on. I ordered a pork entree and was totally immersed in the various textures, tastes and composition of the entire dish....kudos to the Chef and staff. And I cannot forget the almond tart...I thought only in Iceland did they put salt on ice cream. But they did it here with a tart I am dreaming about! We will be back. Well done Vermilion!

KO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fixed price launch is a great deal, whether for two courses or three. Duck wing – – actually duck leg – – appetizer and chestnut soup were excellent. Shrimp salad and hanger steak were excellent, but accompanying salads were drowned in dressing and therefore limp. The waitress forgot to check and see what the steak marinade consisted of.

AH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was Beyond Outstanding. Food Extraordinary.
We are big Vermillion fans. This was one of the most memorable meals ever.

I had the Pulled pork and my friend eggplant. Dessert -- flourless chocolate cake -- divine.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outrageously outstanding!

V
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Very friendly and attentive server (Anna). Food ok but not the prices — too expensive. Ambiance lacking (see view/photo from our table). Bathrooms need updating.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hey Vern, Thanks for the feedback and review. We hear you loud and clear about the ambiance and restrooms and are working on making them the best they can be. We appreciate you letting us know your thoughts.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely enjoyed the decor. The servers are awesome. The bartender or the person I assumed was the bartender was absolutely awesome. Listened to my concerns and catered to them with enthusiasm.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hey thanks for the kind words about our staff. Compliments of our team are the highest ones we can get. Hope you're back in short order. See ya!

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HG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for brunch, made a reservation for a Sunday but didn't need it. The food was incredible, our server was lovely, and their bottle of champagne with juice of your choice was a steal for a long, leisurely brunch by a window on the second floor. Definitely recommend!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thanks, Hannah! Glad you enjoyed the food and the bubbles (attractively priced, we think). We have those $19 bottle of sparkling and a bunch of new sparkling drinks all new on the menu. Come back soon for more fun times!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our Anniversary and were not disappointed. The staff went out of their way to help us celebrate with well wishes and even a handwritten card when we left. They were friendly, kind, and knowledgeable about the menu. The atmosphere was warm and inviting. We will definitely be back!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on October 9, 2019

Awesome! We will love to see you back soon!

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K
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I asked the waiter to accommodate a time constraint and all the courses arrived timely and we were in and out within 75 minutes - perfect.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thanks, Katie. We try to make each dining experience just what you want. Fast, slow, we love to make it happen. Thanks for joining us!

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service here has always been impeccable and the food blows me away every time. Well worth the price point for a nice night out.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thanks, Steve. We try to provide the best and make it all worth it. Glad you thought so!

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A
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife an me I celebrated our 34th weeding anniversary so the venue and experience had to be perfect. It was. I have been to vermillion before but over 19 years ago. It was better than then. The food was sumptuous. I had the Amish chicken. It had the perfect balance of flavoring, texture and softness. Perfect. My wife had the ravioli and it was also a perfect combination of elements. Our server Skyler was also extraordinary. She was exceeding professional and knew the menu deeply. She was very welcoming and nurturing. We had some great rose bubbly on the house for the occasion. It was a fantastic experience. The only not perfect event was the too salty Bloody Mary that my wife ordered. Skyler was observant - as a professional waitress should - that my wife was not drinking it and offered to replace it with something else. Which my wife elected to do. I highly recommend Vermillion.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thanks for having dinner with us, Andres. I am happy to hear you enjoyed the food and Skylar's service. Happy anniversary and hopefully you two are back soon!

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VP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and service with an interesting ambiance. If you go ask for a table on the second floor. The suckling pig was the best pork dish I have ever experienced at a restaurant.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thanks, Victor. The Suckling Pig a real fan favorite and just updated for the fall, as is much of our menu now. Come check us out for more seasonal fun stuff!

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OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Food, table, service, location. A favorite! Possibly the best meal in Old Town.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks for joining us and for the great compliment! There are many good restaurants in Old Town and we are very happy to hear you like us best. See you back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Was checked upon many times and asked how the food was. Server was not afraid to give his honest input on food choices I very much appreciated that.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks for the 5-star review and for your visit. We are happy to hear your appreciated the honest service. Honest food and service are always our goal.

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MP
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The burger patty was so tiny. Value was poor. Our server was friendly.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks for the feedback, MParis, and I am very sorry the burger didn't meet your expectations. We have alerted our culinary team and will keep a closer eye for consistency. We appreciate you letting us know.

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CW
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! We will be back again and again. It is the best special occasion dining in all of Northern Virginia.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thanks for joining us on your occasion, Chad. Hopefully we will see you again soon.

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MO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening. The food was outstanding!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on October 9, 2019

Great to hear! Thanks for stopping by.

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P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Went for lunch and it took an hour for us to start eating. Only 2 servers. Food was not hot when we got it.

MH
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and location.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks Merton! Glad you had a good time with us.

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a
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal.

F
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dinner was fantastic. Our waiter Chad was phenomenal, the drinks (old Fashioned’s) were great and the food was amazing. We will definitely be returning!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks for the visit and for the nice review. Our Old Fashioneds are a local fav and were even feature them on Happy Hour (Shameless plug: Happy Hour is M-F, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Hopefully we will see you back anytime!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing date night after a stressful week - and Vermilion was the perfect spot. A light crowd ensured we were given the absolute best table in the restaurant. We started with a bottle of Octagon from Barboursville. paired with a most- outstanding summer salad, and spicy ravioli appetizer. Our The main course was a wonderful New York Strip cooked medium rare, and a delicious Red Snapper. The Duck Fat Tater Tots were a little heavy for my taste, but undoubtedly prepared perfectly. A Marcona Almond Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream was the perfect ending. Our servers Chad and Patrick could not have been more gracious or attentive. All-in-all a wonderful experience.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks for decompressing with us! We are glad Chad and Patrick could make a relaxing evening for you both. Nice choice on The Octagon too. We try to feature as much great Virginia wine as we can find! Check back soon for more we have found!

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BJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I went for a 5th year anniversary dinner. Received great care from the staff and kitchen, even an anniversary card form the staff (who does that?!? Terrific people). We went with the tasting menus (one vegetarian, one regular) and both were outstanding. The ingredients and preparation - the eggplant was silky smooth - were to a high quality. We left full and quite satisfied with the meal, we only wish we could have finished the tarts! Glad we came for such a special occasion, a wonderful evening.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks for joining us on your anniversary, Blake! Love to hear you like both tasting menus - Chef Tom does a great job on both, we think. We are glad you appreciated the card too. Our staff loves that move to make a personal, memorable experience. See you again!

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j
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent brunch. We loved the hanging tender, the calamari, the kale salad, the burger. Excellent service, pleasant environment. Great value for money.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks, Jeans. Glad you enjoyed our brunch. We have added some new menu items recently and as well some nice beverage options featuring sparkling wines that are also a great value. Come check them out soon!

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thank you so much for the great comment. We are glad you enjoyed the whole experience!

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DG
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The gnocchi with mushroom and the marcona almond tart were excellent. Nice selection of wines by the glass. Outstanding service -- friendly and attentive.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks, David. We are happy to hear you liked the food and wine list. We have done a lot of work to the wine list to feature wines made by farmers to reflect our commitment to agriculture and great food. More seasonal changes are coming to the menu soon so check back to see what we've got coming if the fall.

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