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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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4.5

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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 (44)
Fit for Foodies (41)
Good for a Date (38)
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Good for Anniversaries (35)
Romantic (35)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Cozy (27)
Notable Wine List (25)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Tasting Menu (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Authentic (17)
Local Ingredients (14)
Seasonal (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Business Meals (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Healthy (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Casual (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great Beer (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Fun (3)
Organic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food. The server was pretty snooty, unfortunately. Any response beyond one word seemed excessive to her. She definitely likes to keep her interactions as strictly business so it made our experience a bit uncomfortable, especially for a birthday brunch. That said, the food is always great at Vermillion so that's a huge pro. The hostess was fabulous. This server was the anomaly to the usual experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great meal! Pastas were wonderful! Will return.

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·Dined on August 2, 2017

I came here for a business dinner. I was with two colleagues that dine at fine restaurants frequently. This was by far one of their favorite meals ever, food amazing, service attentive, cocktails perfect, thank you!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Authentic, Organic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

A wonderful evening. Really enjoyed the flight of wine and the octopus was amazing! It does get loud but a cozy atmosphere. Service was friendly and on point. The food was delicious and we really appreciated the focaccia in the bread basket. Will definitely return.

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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Absolutely amazing food and service. Highly recommend to anyone that wants a great culinary experience with phenomenal service from the staff

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Visiting from out of town. We dine out often and this was the best meal we have had in over a year. The food was delicious and exceeded our high expectations from appetizers through dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

As always, a culinary and sensory experience. We try to celebrate most of our big events here, and the staff and chefs have made each event memorable with a special touch. We love the locally sourced food, and the wine is always topnotch with great suggestions for appropriate pairings. You can't go wrong with any of the choices on the menu. Highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent restaurant. The food and the experience was top class.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Maybe Vetmilion was just having a bad day. I had made an online reservation so expected some kind of seating plan. It took a full ten minutes for someone to greet me, although staff was whizzing by. The entire downstairs was empty, so not sure why everyone was too busy to say, we'll be right with you, or similar. Finally I was told to sit "wherever" and I waited another 15 minutes to be offered a beverage and a menu. The spicy chicken sandwich was a big fried red glob of hard shellac encasing overcooked, tough chicken with a dried up slice of cheese stuck to it. My friend's farmer's eggs were also overcooked. I will not be back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Exceeded expectation, great food, cocktails and service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

I took my GF here based on a recommendation and it did not disappoint. The service was great and the food was incredible. Our waiter, Ken, was super friendly and gave some good recommendations. He asked if there was a special occasion and then ended up giving a free dessert, on the house! The place was cozy and intimate so I would definitely recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Service was great, as always. Two of the four entrees were not amazing, and we had come to expect amazing from Vermillion. They were very good, but just not amazing. Wine was delicious and not over-priced, which we always appreciate.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The soft shell crab sandwich was perfectly prepared served with a side of delicious french fries.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Excellent, unhurried service. The hushpuppies were a perfect appetizer, and we both enjoyed the fabulous sea bass.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Newly updated menu. Excellent, knowledgeable, professional staff. I look forward to additional updates with the new chef.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Always a delight and always a surprising experience. Alexandria's best restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary, and the staff couldn't have been nicer. Our food was wonderful! They even brought us a special anniversary dessert and each of us a sparkling glass of wine. We love Old Town Alexandria, and we will make sure to eat at Vermilion again!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Fantastic spot that never fails to leave you full and happy!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 7, 2017

What an extraordinary experience! From the time I made the reservation to the time we left our table, every step was amazing. My wife and I were celebrating a special occasion and the staff at Vermilion helped make it that much more of one. From the hostess to the bartenders to our wonderful waiter, Jay, everyone treated us like royalty.

The drinks at the bar are wonderful. There is an apple drink that's a must try and the beer selection is really good. Once seated you literally cannot make a bad selection. The farm fresh menu has items for any taste. My wife had the beef as an entree and it was to die for. Melted in your mouth. I had the duck and could not have been happier. I read one of the reviews that mentioned not licking the plate because it wasn't socially acceptable but my wife and I didn't care. You would have thought we hadn't eaten in weeks if you had seen how clean our plates were. Truly exceptional. We ordered a dessert which was very good but the restaurant sent us out a second one as well as two glasses of champagne to help us celebrate. I was blown away! They just took care of us at every turn like we had been coming there for years.

I couldn't recommend a restaurant with anymore vigor than I recommend this one. It was truly an amaze experience on so many levels.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 7, 2017

It was our first experience at Vermilion and we loved it. The food and drinks were outstanding, and Anthony did an excellent job as our server! We has soft shell crab, beef tenderloin, and pork loin. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

My husband and I decided to take a trip to Alexandria for our wedding anniversary and booked a reservation here on a whim. We are so glad we did! The service was phenomenal! From the moment we walked in, we were treated well. They reserved a special table for us since we had told them we were celebrating an anniversary ahead of time via the one table app. We had a drink at the bar while we waited for them to prep the table and the bartender was friendly and helpful and offered us two glasses of champagne for a toast. A few minutes later we were taken to a beautiful intimate table by the window where two more glasses of champagne were brought to us by our waiter. I have a food allergy and the waiter was extremely helpful with checking with the kitchen to make sure I would be ok. The food was amazing! We would have licked our plates clean if it were socially acceptable. Because of my allergy we didn't order dessert, only coffee and tea but the waiter and the kitchen surprised us by bringing out a special off the menu dessert made just for me which really made me feel great. I would highly recommend Vermillion for anyone who has an allergy and would still like to experience a beautiful meal.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Excellent in every way! We had dinner at Vermilion to celebrate my husband's birthday.
The chef and waiter went out of their way to make it a special experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Love Vermillion. Our first choice when we're in the D.C. area. Great wine list and choice of seasonal cocktails. Very creative bartender. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Terrific place. Great for foodies, and the formal restaurant is fine for quiet conversations. Great spot for a date, too. Service (Cosmo) was A++++. Thanks, Vermilion!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

5 Star quality. Outstanding bartender! We are fortunate to have a truly great restaurant in Alexandria. Best, Dr. Edward Hayes

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Gorgeous location, amazing food, and outstanding service. Highly recommended!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Overall a good dIning experience. Cocktails, apps and entrees were great, dessert not so much. The limited lighting and energetic noise levels were a big distraction.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 24, 2017

For someplace where you can easily spend $100/person (if you buy a couple bottles of wine, etc), the staff was anything but pretentious. Every single thing we consumed was amazing. The wait staff was very knowledgeable about every item and successful on the upsell (we bought a couple glasses of an amazing cognac after she brought us a taste of it). We will definitely come back to try the rest of the menu!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great service, food excellent, waiter exceptional with great wine pairing recommendations.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 22, 2017

My wife and I went to Vermilion for an anniversary dinner and thought it was a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. The dinner was outstanding, and the menu offered tasty and innovative food selections. The service was exemplary. Our server, Amanda, was knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging without being intrusive. A perfect evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We had a great time. It is a wonderful place with attentive service and fantastic food & wine

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Service and drink are excellent. I had the pork loin, which was recommended to be cooked medium, it was served well done.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Nice evening with great staff and good recommendations. The lamb was awesome.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I must say, I'm a guy who likes big portions. The portions were smaller than I expected, but even having that considered, the food was some of the best I've ever had. The service was amazing, the Chef seemed to be trying new dishes and would bring out samples. I had a taste of a salmon tartare.

Very classy staff, great ambiance, excellent service. I'd give 6 stars if I could!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Exceptional service, amazing experience... from the moment I walked in the hostess was very attentive, the bartender was great (loved my drink). The dinner was divine. We enjoyed celebrating our friend's birthday (as we did the enjoy our anniversary dinner here few years ago).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Excellent meal. would go again withotut hesitation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Our family came here for Saturday brunch so this review is based on that. The restaurant was referred to us so I would try dinner here before I cross it off our lunch. I would not recommend any of the food items our family ordered. The spicy crispy chicken sandwich was too spicy and too crispy. It was served with fries. I thought it being a farm to table restaurant it would be healthy choices. I had the zucchini soup which was no more than 5-6 spoonfuls of soup with two pieces of lobster. For $13 I was expecting at least a bowl of soup. The building itself was cool like many historic buildings in Old Town. I would not recommend the brunch here but would give dinner a try.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Perfect Italian dinner for two. Well run restaurant with great staff. Atmosphere was way cool and historic. Dessert was to die for. Two thumbs way up.

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Not many entree options (7 to be exact). Food lacked any flavor. I had the lamb Bolognese gnocchi. The lamb sauce was grainy and needed fresh basil, garlic, anything! Even a little fresh Parmesan on top could have saved it. That being said, the gnocchi was perfectly cooked, just hard to enjoy when the sauce is so mediocre. Husband got the duck. It was very fatty, which I know is good for flavor, but when you pay so much for such a small plate, you don't want to be cutting around fat the whole time. We just got back from France last month, so maybe our expectations were too high... No wine/drink menus were available when we were seated. Then when our server did bring us one (after we'd already ordered our entrees!), we were only given 1 menu for a table of 4. The men ordered beer and scotch, and the ladies wine. So by the time we all passed it around, we'd already been at the table for almost 30 minutes. We were given a beautiful table upstairs near the window and the ambiance is great. It is quiet and tastefully decorated. So many people have recommended Vermillion, so when my sister came into town I thought it was the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Maybe it was just an off day! I'd come back for drinks, but probably not again for dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Service and food were impeccable! Loved the ambiance. Would definitely include this as a favorite place.

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