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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

based on recent ratings
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4.5

service

4.5

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4.4

value

4.1

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (48)
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Good for Anniversaries (39)
Romantic (37)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Cozy (27)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Tasting Menu (21)
Authentic (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Seasonal (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Business Meals (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Fun (7)
Casual (6)
Healthy (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Great Beer (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Organic (4)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Scenic View (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We met our daughter here who was coming from DCA on a business trip. The food ranged from mediocre (octopus) to very good the short ribs. The pasta had to be redone because the chef was unhappy with it.

We have eaten here before with better results.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Although known as a steak house, we were there from Sunday brunch. There was a good mix of standard fare, done well, and a few items that were unique to the Vermilion - I would characterize the uniqueness as being modern, southern-inspired. We sat upstairs which was more informal, with a great view for people watching along King St. The service was impeccable, and the food above standard quality. I found the prices to be reasonable and just about right - which is becoming hard in the pre-fab locales like the wharf, riverside or national harbor where the food is okay and always $5-10 too much for the quality. We will definitely be going back to try Vermilion for dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We went there for our anniversary, was spectacular!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything was pretty well done. Service was attentive and fairly professional. Food was good. Setting is very nice - cozy and charming. I was just left with the impression that I did not feel particularly blown away for the $200 I spent. Solid but unspectacular.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We celebrated our third anniversary at vermilion (also our first date since having our second child) and it exceeded expectations! The food was amazing, the waitress was awesome, and the ambiance was wonderful. Thank you for giving us a magical evening!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The atmosphere is nice, but the service is so-so and my friend and I both left the restaurant hungry after spending approximately $30 on each of our entrees. It's definitely not worth the price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Outstanding dining experience. Every single dish we had, including desserts, was made to perfection, and the service was one of the best we've ever seen. The place is very nice too, right in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

It wasn't my first time there and I was so pleasantly surprised. I had salmon and a Chestnut soup (broth based). They were both absolutely delicious! Service was great too!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

My husband and I went to Vermilion to celebrate my birthday. We wanted something special and different and drove all the way from Silver Spring, MD to Old Town, VA. It was worth it, from the house crafted cocktails to the deserts. All of our food was excellent. I especially recommend the “Olive Oil Cake” the name of the cake and its menu description do not begin to do it justice. We will go to Vermilion again in spite of the drive time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This second visit was not as good as the first. The food was only average. Dessert was better.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was our 3rd time at the restaurant. Everything was delicious and the service
was superb! It was my birthday and they treated me like a queen. Perfect!

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 (London)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Oh thank goodness. We moved to Alexandria from Manhattan a few months back and yes, we arrived as kinda those food snobs from the big city. And yes, we sadly picked our way through the Alexandria restaurant scene trying to find a place that was just that bit nicer for a date or special occasion. And everywhere was, y'know, ok. Ish.

But then we came across this gem. The food is AMAZING, the wines are imaginative, the decor is lovely and the service, well, it's the best service we've had in a very, very long time. It manages to mix a kind of old town charm, with the best of fine dining, and deeply friendly wait-staff seamlessly blended in.

If you're looking for somewhere just really nice and a little bit special to go for dinner, please go here.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Restaurant itself needs updating, it's dingy and dull. Our server was excellent. Menu limited but not in a good way, dull and uninspired.
Would not recommend.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Creative and farm to table fresh food that can't be beat in Old Towne Alexandria

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

It's always about the food first - GREAT!!!! Service par excellance. Bar suggested perfect wine tasting flight. Totally wonderful experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We tried many pasta dishes and all were good. Beautiful interior and attentive staff. Highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Sitting under an air conditioning vent made an otherwise great experience rather unpleasant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Did not live up to the hype in terms of the flavors for the food. My fiancé in I were both disappointed in our mediocre entrees and for the price. Also the cocktails were overpriced -$13 for a cocktail in a champagne glass.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 19, 2017

We celebrated my wife's 29th birthday (again) and we were pampered with great service!!! The salad and soup appetizers were excellent. The salmon and ribs were great.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Nothing could have made this experience better. Food is sublime and Michelin worthy; service is intelligent, unobtrusive, and warm. This is truly a team of professionals, both in the back and front of house, firing on all cylinders in sync. Without a doubt one of the best restaurants I’ve been to this year.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Although this restaurant was highly rated and recommend, we were slightly disappointed. It was my birthday and we were greeted well, we had reservations, but were seated far away from what may be considered a more appealing window view. Our server was pleasant, but she seemed indifferent and not very forthcoming with information about the menu options, (tasting), or ingredients. After overhearing another male server telling two other tables about the tasting menu and favorites, as well as wine options, we asked our waitress if she had any info she wanted to share with us. After a blank stare, I asked about the tasting menu and she gave us a brief mention. The food was good, not super, but I wonder if we would have had a more attentive attendant, if our meal would have seemed better. We overheard the male attendant tell one of his tables about a wine that was not on the menu and it caught our ear as we have been to a Moldovan wine tasting recently and loved the wines. Our server never mentioned anything extra, so we asked the male server to tell us about it and we ordered a glass. At the end of our meal we thought something sweet was in order since it was my birthday, although we were full, told our waitress we would try to squeeze in a bite or two of a dessert. I guess the tradition (which we would have been very grateful for), here is to give a birthday dessert. BUT the waitress never mentioned it and let us order an additional dessert on top of the dessert we did not order, so we now had two desserts to eat when we were not sure we could eat the first one. It is just a shame there was not better communication, I think the night could have been a great success.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Food was spectacular, the service was excellent and very professional. Definitely will go back! Wonderful for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The mark of a good restaurant is both the level of service anD food. Vermilion achieved the highest mark on both. We enjoyed everything from the appetizers to the desserts. Alex provided great cocktail suggestions. We tried different pastas and they were all amazing. The veal agnolotti and the short ribs were especially tasty. I don't think you can make wrong choices here! Will definitely return!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary there and we had a tremendous experience. Our waiter Ken was knowledgeable, friendly and made our evening even better than we could have imagined.

The food was beautifully prepared and brought out slowly so we could enjoy each course. The food was delicious (especially the octopus and the pasta dishes). Ken also recommended wines to go with each of our courses and they paired incredibly well.

We were treated to complimentary sparkling wine upon our arrival and an extra dessert for our celebration.

It is pricey but certainly reasonable for a special occasion.

We would recommend to anyone looking for a good night out with delightful food, amazing service and a romantic atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Visited this restaurant last year to celebrate birthday and returned this year because that experience was so good. This year was just as good with food selections and taste were fantastic. Another couple next to us asked if our was as good as theirs. After confirming it was, we said were back because it was so good last year. Price fixed lunch was a bargain.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 9, 2017

From the time we walked in until the moment we walked out, the service was exquisite and warm. The food -tasting menu - and wine was simply exceptional. I highly recommend the Vermillion for a dinner with friends or a special night with a special someone. Thoroughly enjoyable experience!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 9, 2017

First time there - treated like royalty. Was for birthday - received complimentary drink and appetizer. Server- Andrew G.- was excellent. Dishes were creative and divinely flavorful. Had veal and sweetbread agnolotti - fantastic. Will definately return.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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