Vermilion - Alexandria

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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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MS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice Father’s Day experience

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

Seating folks new about our anniversary because we had come in several years ago on our anniversary. Pretty special. Brought champagne for a toast. Very kind of them!

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SO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, really well mannered and professional servers, unsure at time which server to request beverages, check, etc. overall a wonderful experience and look forward to our next visit.
Thank you!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our wedding anniversary. The service and food was amazing!!!

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P
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! Not to be missed.

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

Wedding Anniversary

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

Easy to make a reservation, great service, not crowded, and the food was incredible.

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CE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening, just a bit pricey. It will remain a special occasion destination for us.

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

Vermilion is our favorite restaurant in Old Town and every time we visit we confirm our opinion of it. This time, we did the tasting menu which was probably too much/too rich for us and we likely wouldn't do that again. But the food was great with one exception...the cobia (substituted for duck breast for reasons I don't know) was so fishy tasting as to to be inedible. They made up for it by bringing us an extra dessert, but I much rather would have had the duck breast which is in the tasting menu shown online. But this was a rare aberration for Vermilion. Normally, everything they do is great and, but for the cobia, that was true on this visit as well. The marcona almond tart dessert was SO good that we would come back there just for dessert, and may well do that sometime.

I can't conclude this review without giving a shout-out to our server, Skylar. She was simply awesome...great personality, very friendly, knowledgeable about everything on the menu and, in summary, everything you would want in a server. We have no doubt she will succeed in whatever endeavors she pursues.

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

Fabulous meal and service; can’t wait to return!

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

The food was amazing! And the staff was fantastic. The perfect restaurant to celebrate our first anniversary! Will definitely return soon.

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LG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing and very innovative. Our server was fantastic - attentive, funny, and knowledgeable. So nice to have a restaurant of this caliber in Alexandria!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was wonderful. The service also. The only thing I would recommend is more lighting up stairs. It was so dark that we could not see our dishes and had to use our telephones to see the food. Other than that everything was wonderful! We will definitely return.

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AC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dinner! The only feedback for improvement would be for the waiter to highlight a little more about each wine during he chef tasting/wine pairing. It seemed the waiter was in a little bit of a rush.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at Vermilion, and as with our previous visit, the food and service were excellent. Especially memorable was the goat cheese pansotti, which had a remarkable balance of contrasting flavors, between umami-rich braised lamb and what I can only describe as a hint of orange creamsicle - strangely delightful. It’s the sort of studied creativity that makes a chef more that just merely good. The staff was also courteous and knowledgeable.

Vermilion is an great example of high-end farm-to-table done right. Looking forward to future visits.

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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone from the bartenders to our server helped make our anniversary special. Thank you for an excellent night!

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RM
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my NYC cousin here knowing she frequents great restaurants in the city. Not disappointed: we were accommodated even though one member of the party was 20 mins late, they went ahead and seated us, had drinks waiting for the miscreant. We did not opt for the tasting menu (which we know is fantastic) but enjoyed starters--loved the chilled pea soup. Prime rib was excellent, summery salads delightful, and hand-rolled pasta to die for. Skipped dessert, although we know it's great here too. Love this place.

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K
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and service. Interior decor is nice but could use a little spruce up. Best chef in Old Town.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service food impeccable. Becoming one of my favorites

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JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Wonderfully executed dishes, small portions, high prices. Service has been good in the past, but on our recent visit, our lead server had an unpleasant demeanor and he only attempted to warm up at the time of delivering the check.

Vermillion use to have beautiful textiles draping the ceiling, but those have been removed. As with the restaurant fad over the past 10-years, everything is now bare and the noise level does not accommodate conversation. The bar area and bartenders remain exceptional.

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S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We received a Christmas gift certificate from friends in NY. We finally got around to using it. We spent more than the amount of the certificate. Vermillion was worth it!

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WH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best finds on our weekend get-away. Different, but very good food with some interesting combinations that worked perfectly. Service (Skyler) was awesome. We'll be back.

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MO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just had our 8th anniversary dinner at Vermillion and we were both really happy with our meal. My duck breast with foie gras was perfection and we both really loved the Marcona almond tart. Highly recommend!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate your anniversary dinner with us! We hope to see you again soon

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AM
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got to the restaurant early on a holiday evening, and temporarily had the upstairs to ourselves. Bonus! What a beautiful space, and we looked out of their lovely windows onto King Street on a sunny day, the dining area bathed in the light of near dusk. The staff was professional, knowledgeable, courteous, the whole nine yards, and the food and drinks coated our palates with joy. I will go back to Vermilion again and again.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you for such a glowing review and highlighting so many wonderful things. We're glad you had a good time, and can't wait for your next visit!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

not good, my reviews are no stars, the real cook probably were out for long weekend ?
nothing special /overated

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

We're so sorry to hear about your experience and hope that you are able to come visit us again

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C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, perhaps one of the two or three best in Old Town. Not necessarily one or three, but one of the top three.

The food was great, the service was great, quiet enough to have a conversation, particularly for older folks who cannot hear a dog whistle.

The menu is limited, but that's not bad because there is something for everyone and this allows them to focus and turn over the food items rather than repurpose them as tomorrow's specials.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you for such a glowing review, we look forward to your next visit!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service .... best waiter we have had in years!!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you so much, we feel very fortunate with our staff and are always glad when their hard work is recognized!

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb dinner -- delicious! Service was very good. Priced appropriately. This was our third visit to this restaurant and were impressed again.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you for continuing to visit us, and for your very kind review. We will see you soon!

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MW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in old town. I get the tasting menu and it is always so good.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you for your kind words, we love watching Chef develop his menus as the seasons change and different products become available for him to bring to our guests!

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NG
Baltimore
77 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Old Town. Consistantly solid. Portion s are perfect, so as not to overwhelm. The roasted pig and salmon were superb.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! Being in such a restaurant-friendly area, we appreciate your continued patronage

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s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had excellent service and delicious food to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had mentioned in our reservation that we were celebrating and we were given a lovely card and a free dish of ice cream/sorbet as dessert which was above and beyond and much appreciated.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you for choosing to celebrate your wedding anniversary with us! We hope to see you again soon

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AJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! I’d highly recommend this place to everyone.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you! We hope to see you again soon

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I LOVE this place! We have never been disappointed ever since we started coming here a few years ago. The staff is always warm, friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about everything on their menu.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you so much for your continued patronage, and for highlighting our staff -- we always feel exceptionally lucky to have them, and so appreciate when our guests take the time to recognize them as well.

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PS
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our visit, the food was excellent, the service was fantastic, wine was good....list was limited, but still good. Overall we enjoyed it and will be back on our next visit to Alexandria.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit, and hope to see you again soon, thank you!

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KP
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Food was outstanding, especially the pastas. Wine list was fun and interesting. All around fantastic experience!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you thank you! We like our pastas, too :) so much so that we feature them as a special in the Lounge on Monday nights!

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OT
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food isn’t haute cuisine but kudos to the chef for his creativity and fresh ingredients. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The pasta was good but not appealingly plated. The pea soup WAS well presented and plated and delicious. The wine by the glass selection is very good.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you for your review, Chef really has an eye for great ingredients and how to incorporate them into our ever-changing menu, and has built relationships with local farms like the Culinary Garden at Evening Star Cafe and Arcadia Farms!

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WF
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was excellent and the food delicious (one of the best soft shell crabs I've ever had). We ate early, so it was quiet but still cozy. I'd go back.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on May 30, 2019

Thank you for highlighting the soft shell crab in your review! As the seasons change and new products become available, Chef is always excited to bring new dishes to the menu to share with our guests.

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BN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Simply put, the venue is super. The service could've been a little tighter, with just a slight more attention to the timing of drink refills. But all in all, that was minor. On the positive side, the food was simply outstanding and the servants did not invade our space or interrupt the flow of the table conversation. The visit was a first for my dinner date, and she will be telling her friends.

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N
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Good service and very good first courses and desserts but main courses for both my wife and myself were dry (how you can make suckling pig dry, I don't know) and unappetizing.

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager Wes is outstanding! He made us feel so welcome. Thats what brings customers back again and again to a restaurant. For us, Vermillian is a special place!!!! Thank you Wes

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