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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (38)
Romantic (36)
Fit for Foodies (35)
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Creative Cuisine (32)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Good for a Date (31)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Notable Wine List (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Tasting Menu (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Cozy (16)
Authentic (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Business Meals (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Seasonal (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Healthy (7)
Fun (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Casual (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

It was wonderful. The food, wine and service were terrific. Loved the warm salad, foie gras, salmon and pasta. All were delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

It took forever to get our cocktails and it was not busy! Felt the server should have ask if we desired cocktails on our first contact. It took awhile to order our cocktails and it took a long time to receive them. We were there at 6:00 the day after Valentine’s day and it was fairly empty. Food was good as was the meal service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

My boyfriend and I went here for dinner on Valentines Day. We normally avoid going out for dinner on this day only because restaurants are usually over crowded and the staff all but forces you out the door after your meal. This was not the case at Vermillion. The menu was well thought out and our waiter was kind, polite, and happy to answer any questions we had. It was a great meal, great ambience and we didn’t feel rushed at all. We will definitely be back.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Went for a Valentines/lunch date - great service and delicious meal at a great value. Drove over from Arlington (not far). Enjoyed the atmosphere. Surpassed expectations. Will be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Organic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined 5 days ago

We came for a early Valentine’s Dinner and it was fantastic. Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. I will definitely recommend and come back again!!

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·Dined 5 days ago

We always enjoy our dining experience at Vermillion! Great job to the chef and staff!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing meal!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

We went in for a pre Valentine's Day dinner and had a nice table by the window upstairs. The server, a young man who seemed to really know his stuff directed us towards a great wine for my husband and I had the Clementine drink which was quite tasty. I had the pork and my husband had the salmon I believe. Both super tasty. Also was given a complemtary glass of Rose since they knew we were there for valentines day. The desserts were superb. Overall an amazing nite added to by an amazing waiter! We love this place. Cozy, quaint and special! The bar downstairs also looks like it could be fun with friends!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Once again we enjoyed the Tasting Menu with wine pairings. Our waiter, Andrew, was very well informed, pleasant, and efficient.
We enjoyed his comments on the courses and the wines.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Went on early Monday evening so the place was super quiet. Service is excellent and the food is amazing. Best salmon I have ever tasted! Great cocktails too! Well worth the price I think.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Vermillion never disappoints. I prefer the ambiance and food (creative, nuanced, top quality yet cozy and charming) here over other well known area restaurants. Slightly better value, too.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was good, service was spotty. Arrived at tail end of brunch service. Unfortunately, as other tables emptied out, they were not bused. Halfway through our meal, all I could see were empty glasses left on *every* table. My dining partner ordered a draft beer. After an average wait, the waiter returned. Instead of informing us that the selected beer was out, the waiter chose a different beer and delivered it to the table. @_@ My companion drank the beer, but would have liked to make the decision herself.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a great time celebrating an early Valentine’s Day brunch with my parents. We felt well taken care of and the food was delicious. The mini muffins were so good!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful meal. Terrific service and expert bartender

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

They saved a perfect table for us for a special occasion. Did the tasting menu with wine pairings. It was wonderful, very knowledgeable server with good descriptions of the wines and tasting courses.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was very good. We’ve been here twice before. This was for winter restaurant week. But the service was noticeably slow.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

To get a wide sampling, we ordered the restaurant week course as well as the three other courses, including desserts. The Duck Toast was the best of what we tried, but all the other items were underwhelming. We found the initial impression to come on strong, but there was no complexity to flavors . The beef short rib was cooked very well, but again, the seasoning was very one-dimensional and it didn't linger at all.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were there for Restaurant Week dinner and the first thing that tells you how great this restaurant is is that when our table was not ready at our reservation time, the manager bought our drinks while we waited in the bar area. Not all good restaurants will do that, but the great ones will. When we were seated, our server (and former culinary student) Andrew was great. He did not lead us astray with his recommendations, although I am not sure you can go astray at Vermilion. As we have often told others, this is our favorite restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, and remains so due to the quality of both the food and the people who work there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic! We enjoyed the prixe fixe lunch menu and indulged in a couple of desserts...well worth the calories.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We recently moved back into the area and were so happy to see it was restaurant week in Alexandria. Our first thoughts were to head to Vermilion! It was great to see the restaurant has not lost any of its allure and its menu seems to just get better. Wonderful food from our starter beet salad to our homemade cavatelli and decadently rich short ribs. We topped it off with their wonderful lemon fritters. Their wine list is nice but a little over priced in comparison to other restaurants in the region. That's a shame. Overall the ambiance and service and wonderful food are the reasons to go to Vermilion! Enjoy

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Romantic, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Went with friends for Restaurant Week and was very pleased. The food was delicious and plentiful. The service was excellent! Definitely recommend Vermilion for any occasion.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Service was terrible. W'e waited an extraordinarily long time for our lunch to be served. The restaurant week menu was quite unsatisfactory. We asked to be moved to another table which we could see was vacant but were told that it was reserved. No one sat that table for the entirety of our meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It was so flavorful, welcoming , and exquisitely married and presented and our server was both playful and knowledgeable! Would highly recommend! Pasta was on point!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The service was excellent by a knowledgeable waiter. The food was sub-par for a Washingtonian top 100 restaurant. The salad served had grit in the lettuce and mushrooms. The fish was overcooked and tough.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent brunch menu - right combination of breakfast and non-breakfast options, range of brunch drinks. Nice and attentive wait-staff. Highly recommend this place.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was good, service spotty. I had to ask for a spoon for my yogurt appetizer. I had to ask for butter for the toast that came with my entrée. The server acted like butter for toast was an unusual request. Each time a course was brought to the table, my husband and I were given each other's food and had to swap. Three or four people were involved in the service, so I was surprised by how many mistakes were made over the course of the meal.

Also, we were there for Restaurant Week, and the vegetarian entrée option advertised on their website had been dropped and replaced with a meat dish. I was able to request a meatless version of a different dish, but that was a bit of a let-down.

Still a good experience on balance, but not what I expected.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Vermilion. The service is impeccable and we appreciated the extra efforts they made to make us feel comfortable. The warm salad with butternut squash was fantastic. The short ribs were tender and very rich with flavor.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Vermilion is consistent every time I come here. I bring friends and celebrate birthdays and Vermilion NEVER lets me down. I give Vermilion FIVE STARS (as high as I can go) for "always doing it right!" Thank you, Vermilion!

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing!!! The hostess was helpful when I made reservations for the wrong day. She quickly fixed my error and sat my wife and I at a really nice table. Our Waiter was very friendly and didn't push the upsales. The food was amazing, this chef is the best in Alexandria. I highly recommend this restaurant for any and every occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went there for restaurant week. Food was delicious and very well prepared but not very creative or fancy. Accomodated us with our baby. Baby changing station available. Service was very friendly.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Authentic, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was good and filling. The cornbread hush puppies are a must!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very accommodating and hospitable! Lovely atmosphere with sophisticated yet cozy vibe. Wine pairing was a great experience.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was great and the service was very professional. Superb!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The Duck Toast appetizer was fantastic. We shared a large plate of Mezzelune and that also was fantastic. The sauce and pasta was stunning. The last dish was Cobia and Pork Loin and were not fans of our respective dishes. The Cobia tasted over done and the Pork Loin dish was too vinegary for my taste. Some one else may prefer these dishes. The service was one of the best we've ever experienced and noted the server's skills to the manager. Lastly, somehow there was a note on Open Tables that it was a birthday (it wasn't) and even though we explained this to our waiter he gave us an apple pine nut desert that was great + a couple of glasses of a dry Rose wine that paired perfectly. I'd like to give Vermillion 5 stars for all the service and 2 dishes that were fantastic. Maybe I'm being a bit too picky. We'll go back and try some other dishes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Vermilion never disappoints with its creative cuisine and warm ambiance. Love that the dining room is quieter than most so that a group can have a table conversation. The wait staff seemed a bit stretched but it was probably just an off night. We will return!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

It was a delicious meal and the service was great. We plan to return in the future. We had the restaurant week menu and thoroughly enjoyed all our meals.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Vermillion never fails to please. Food, service, ambiance are always terrific.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Had a great time at Brunch. Food was excellent. Service was excellent and WOW what great music !!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 8, 2018

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

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