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About Vermilion - Alexandria

Vermilion offers deceptively simple modern American cooking in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria. From Chef Thomas Cardarelli's regional cuisine using local, farm-raised products whenever possible to the warmth of its ambiance and the gracious hospitality its staff brings to the table, Vermilion serves as an ideal location for a casual weekday dinner, a special occasion destination or simply a great gathering place for drinks.

1120 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday, Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm (closed for lunch on Tuesdays);
Dinner: Monday- Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Fayette St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 684-9669

Website:
http://www.vermilionrestaurant.com/

Catering:
For those who have enjoyed dining at Vermilion and wish to have us cater your next event, we are pleased to partner with 550 Events & Provisions, a chef-driven, full-service catering and events company. As a member of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s family of award-winning restaurants, 550 possesses an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience, as well as culinary talent. For inquiries and more information, contact 550 Events & Provisions at inquiries@550events.com.

Public Transit:
King St. Metro Station.

If you are taking the King Street Trolley, exit at the Fayette St. stop heading in either direction.

Executive Chef:
Thomas Cardarelli

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Vermilion - Alexandria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.5

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4.5

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4.0

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
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Creative Cuisine (27)
Good for a Date (23)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Notable Wine List (20)
Tasting Menu (15)
Cozy (14)
Authentic (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Business Meals (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Seasonal (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Fun (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Casual (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

A wonderful evening! I chose this restaurant to meet with out of town friends staying near old town based on reviews. It did NOT disappoint, and we will be back. A unique and interesting menu, excellent service, great presentation, yummy food and excellent wine selection.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Superb find! Surprised it's not on more lists.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very tasty and imaginative cuisine

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent. An Alexandria landmark! Service was very good. Food was delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was not great and the service was a bit off.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great way to bring in the new year. Delicious menu. Great service. Wish the bread had been refilled and the lemon dessert was a bit disappointing but otherwise fabulous.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I have come to vermilion for new years eve dinner for the last 3 years. Unfortunately they have a new chef this year. The food was great and I will still recommend vermilion for the food but the wine pairing this year was just ok where in previous years it was amazing. None of the wines transformed with the food. With the exception of the port all wines came from Italy. It made me think the chef really handicapped his selection by only choosing Italian wines. Next year my wife and I will have to find a new restaurant for new years.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Absolutely amazing experience. Look forward to coming back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Sampled the tasting menu with wine pairing. I was blown away by the creative and complex tastes, complimented nicely with the wine. Walked away with a new favorite wine! The service was excellent too. The waiter was able to recommend excellent pairings for items not on the tasting menu. Would love to return again!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Nice surprise caviar and raddish to start and the smoked trout was dramatic and wonderful with layers of flavor. Excellent service, we did not wait for wine or food. Wine pairing was immaculate. Highly recommended.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

As usual Vermillion served up a delicious meal from beginning to end! The service was excellent. Friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The prices are high, maybe justifiably so, but wish it was a tad less so we could eat there more often. We were seated downstairs for the first time and I definitely prefer upstairs.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This is our go-to place for fine dining or special occasion when we are in Alexandria.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

A foodies delight. Unique and interesting veggies. Duck to die for.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

An amazing meal and experience. One of the best in recent memory, including establishments much more expensive. The lounge for cocktails, a 2nd floor table by the King St windows, the tasting menu and an extremely knowledgeable and helpful waiter made for a truly special evening. Vermillion continually impresses, and on this wintry December night, outdid itself in every way.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent tasting menu. Creative dishes beautifully prepared. Not your typical Italian restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Anna was our excellent server and the food was outstanding.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We went for our last dinner as a family of 2. The waitstaff, food and service were beyond excellent. We still are talking about our complimentary ice cream alongside the absolutely fantastic pasta dishes. Thanks for a great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our rum and Coke at the bar were very weak. The food was very good, nice ambiance. Good overall experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The skirt steak dish came out cold and lacked seasoning. The lamb cavatelli did not have pieces of lamb was more like the sauce was just favored with lamb. Will not be back for food. Would only recommend for a cocktail/wine at the bar because the scene and decor is nice.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Vermillion is always an excellent restaurant - wonderful, creative food in a comfortable environment, with an excellent drink selection and recommendations.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The waiter brought champagne to kick off our anniversary dinner and at the end of the meal, brought a complimentary dessert to wish us a happy anniversary. I had hesitated in sharing the occasion when I made the reservation, but he helped make it a special evening. Thanks Vermilion!

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and ambiance, just need a better selection of food, with chicken and other variety, not just duck or seafood.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Nice ambiance. Food was very good aside from the Cobia entree, which was bland. Nice location and near Don Taco, the best happy hour spot in Old Town.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have come here for our Anniversary for the past 3 years. Every year the food is top notch and rhe service matches!
This year was even better as they personally wished us a happy anniversary and gave us a complimentary, off menu, dessert with a hand scripted chocolate plaque that said Happy Anniversary on it.
I was amazed by how personal they made the evening feel.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Vermilion is a wonderful restaurant in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. We always go there for special occasions and the place never stops improving. Totally recommend it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was great, service slow to indifferent and too-hard chairs.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was delicious, surprising flavor combinations. Each uniquely different. Staff was professional without being stodgy, and was knowledgeable regarding the dishes being served.
Would recommend for any one who enjoys dining on meals prepared with creative combinations and artfully presented.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Groups, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had heard great reviews about Vermillion so we decided to try it. The foie gras was good not great. I like it seared thinner and with a more creative sauce. Presentation was one big glob of foie gras. My pasta with duck confit was ok and I chose it because I do not like lamb and the other choices were not appetizing to me. I prefer my pasta with maybe shrimp or mussels or just a great white sauce, mushrooms without the meat. The duck pieces were large and came from the leg so it had the grizzle on it. My husband had the port and it was good. Did not have dessert, The service was EXCELLENT. Great server! This would not be my first choice. Want to try Restaurant Eve in Old Town next time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Everytime I come to Vermilion, I have a wonderful experience. The food is always fantastic and the service is impeccable. Ken was our server at our last visit, and he was fantastic.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Leipzig)·Dined on November 12, 2017

WOW recomendation

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Eclectic flavors and good beer menu. Win.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We did the tasting menu with wine and it actualy wasn’t that great. I

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Wow! We came to Vermillion for a birthday date--it's been a week or more and we're still talking about the dishes. A huge tip is to go to the first tuesday of the month Farm Table dinner. You'll have to make reservations in advance but WOW it is incredibly worth it. The service was fantastic, the wine pairings were on point (this is coming from someone who usually finds at least a couple wine pairings every evening to disagree with), and the food was creative, thoughtful, and local. I can't say just how impressed we are with Vermillion. Thank you for the incredible evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary at Vermillion and could not be happier with the experience. The ambiance was great, our table was ready on time, and the service was outstanding. They made us feel very special, brought us champagne, delicious dessert and a personalized happy anniversary card. If you're a picky eater, this small menu may not be for you. Overall, we had an excellent night and will definitely be back in the future!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went for our anniversary and they went above and beyond to make it extra special Even if it wasn't a special occasion, this restaurant is highly recommended. Service was top notch, food was amazing and the ambiance was perfect.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food is always excellent and the service is great

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This is one of the most outstanding restaurants in the Alexandria area. I have been here six times and will keep going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Went for my wife's birthday, from the moment we walked in everything was great. Hostess was wonderful & accommodating...she secured us a prime window table for the occasion. We had a drink at the bar before we sat down, and we were treated so well by the bar staff that we made it a point to go back after our meal. The let us try several drinks when we weren't quite sure what to get, the bartenders were funny engaging & made my wife a special cocktail for her birthday. The room was cozy, not too bright/not too dark, and you could have a conversation at a comfortable volume level.Once we sat down our server was equally fantastic. He made great entree suggestions, selected the perfect wine paring and was very nice and professional. The courses were timed perfectly and that food was fantastic. I get the feeling that this used to be more of a Olde Town hot spot back in the day, but do yourself a favor and go there...it was perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

One of my favorite in the DC area. Great service and super attentive staff. Good was of s very high quality, although I have had equally good good at a more reasonable price point. The only negative, other than overall value, was desert. Options were limited and the portions small. I felt like they ran out of chocolate ice cream and only half filled my cup. Not in line with the price or the restaurants reputation.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Fantastic service. Great ambiance. Very romantic. Wonderful wait staff. Food is very good but not worth what's charged - the experience makes up for it.

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