Vermilion - Alexandria

4.7
3414 reviews
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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 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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MA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved all the dishes we ordered from the appetizer to the dessert! :)

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

Our evening at Vermilion was absolutely delightful. The wait staff was not only pleasantly attentive but also very knowledgeable with respect to the ingredients and preparation of the food. The food was superb. I had the cold pea soup and would say that it is something that must be tried by everyone, even those who have a pea aversion. My tagilatelle bolognese was magnificent. I had thought of ordering only the small portion, but was very glad that I opted for the full serving. It was if I were in Italy! Vermilion is a place you must not miss.

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g
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was WOW experience! From the “cold pea soup, the shaved asparagus salad to the homemade pastas! Perfectly executed!
The service was non-intrusive but attentive.

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d
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was amazing. Starting with a variety of delicious breads made in house, phenomenal appetizers to the pastas made to perfection. There wasn't anything that could of been a bad choice including the extensive dessert menu.

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SR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service as always (Guillermo), and the food was original in taste and satisfying!

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SL
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've had lunch several times at Vermilion and never been disappointed. It's a lovely gem. When a friend from out of town visited I made dinner reservations there. My friend is well travelled and a gourmand and cook as well. He was very favorably impressed with the service and food, and also with the ambiance and noise level. It is so refreshing to be able to converse easily in a restaurant. I liked how the manager stepped in to help with questions about the menu and with ordering, as it was busy. The staff works very well together with taking orders, serving/clearing, asking to refresh drinks, etc. Our dinner choices were delicious and the portions just right, so we could have several dishes without getting overstuffed or wasting food.

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CH
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! Was picking up my daughter and friend at Reagan National for her birthday weekend and she asked if we could try a place in Alexandria (we live in Bethesda). We were seated at a table upstairs and from the get-go, service was superb. They brought out a comp tasting dish that was wonderful and everything we ordered was great as well - avocado toast, bread and rolls, two types of pasta, the suckling pig and the desserts. Nice wine list and helpful, knowledgeable waiter. From start to finish, a first class experience and yet totally casual, relaxed feel. We will make the trek again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine!

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TJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was spectacular! It was great for a special dinner.

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DL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, not crowded at all. Not a hurried atmosphere, very relaxing and reasonably priced.

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KM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Great experience:)

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Vermilion for our wedding anniversary. Food was delicious; service was impeccable; they treated us very special! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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CD
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Expensive Lunch! We ended up getting the small plate lunch: it was soooo tiny!

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DW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been going to Vermillion for years and it never disappoints.

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TV
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of the best meals I have had in awhile. Skylar was amazing. We will be back!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful experience! I listed in the notes that this was a special anniversary dinner, and not only did we receive a handwritten card from the restaurant wishing us a Happy Anniversary, but a free dessert! Thank you so much for this experience.

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LK
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Great bottle of wine

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SN
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife & I very much enjoyed our experience at Vermilion this past Saturday evening (3/23). Great food, ambience, and the staff made everything right. We have to share that Vermilion has turned into Old Town Alexandria's best fine dining restaurant. Thanks for a great evening and see you again soon! Sincerely, Scott & Nancy Hill

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. The best meal I have had in the 6 years of living in Old Town. Thank you for making my girlfriends birthday memorable. The hand written note was a very nice touch among many other things that you did. First class.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the phone call after I made the reservation, to the ambience, to the staff, to the presentation, to the flavors, was all just wonderful. I can’t wait to bring others to show off my new favorite restaurant.

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TR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails were delicious. The service was topnotch. I would definitely return.

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SW
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The vegetable tasting course with wine pairings - straight up, Michelin-star level experience. Normally Vermillion is a consistent neighborhood standby, but the 5 course vegetable menu is insanely good, and I’m not a vegetarian. The wine pairings were perfection. Whoa.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we eat here the food seems to get better. I’ve had the gnocchi several times and it’s perfect. Light, creamy & beautifully accented with mushrooms. This time we split the hazelnut chocolate cake. Lovely end to a lovely meal.

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JP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
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
11 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
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 on March 17, 2019
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
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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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KD
Orange County
2 reviews
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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E
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our recent visit to Vermilion was excellent - food was great, service outstanding and overall ambience very enjoyable.

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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
7 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
27 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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OT
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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