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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
food

4.5

service

4.5

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4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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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)
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Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Casual (2)
Late-night Find (2)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 22, 2011

The Tasting Menu is an incredible experience! The food was fabulous; innovative, clever, and delicious. The wine pairings were perfect as was the service. This was our first visit, and we will be back again (and again!)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2011

This was our first time here and it was fabulous! Us and another couple get together annually to celebrate our wedding anniversaries and this year, we were delayed in scheduling so it just happened to be right after my husband's birthday. The restaurant was so gracious and brought a complementary dessert for him. AND! My husband wasn't paying enough attention to understand the vegetable salad did not have greens, and when it was served, the waitress offered to bring him something else, complimentary. Its been a long time since we had such great and attuned service! Plus, the food was some of the best we've had in a long time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2011

It's my favorite restaurant in Alexandria!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 19, 2011

We ordered two glasses of wine, but the waitress brought us a bottle. We corrected her mistake, but the final bill charged for the bottle ($48) rather than two glass of wine ($24). So, we had to correct her again. We both ordered the red snapper. One fillet was good, but the other was inedible (rubbery and dry). It will be a long time before we try Vermilion again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2011

We both had the fish of the day which was grouper over rice pilaf with shrimp, bacon, and a sundried tomato pesto sauce. At least that's the best I can remember. While it started well enough, about half-way through, the salt started to come through quite strong. I think with the salt from the bacon added to the grouper and shrimp, the whole thing seemed to take on a background taste of sea water. Perhaps that's a little harsh, but for the price, I expected better. My other issue is that when we got there (6:15) the place was fairly sparsely populated and quiet, yet we were seated at a table that was about 1 foot (side-by-side) from another couple. Can you say awkward? Not good for a romantic dinner away from the kids.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2011

This was our first time dinning at Vermillion, we have walked past several times wanting to try it and after looking it up online I decided to make the reservation. The service was amazing and the food was impeccable. They were more than happy to customize any dish for use and all the food is paired very well for flavor.

The chefs wine selection to pair with the meal was also extraordinary.

This is not what I would define as family friendly, nor is it the most romantic venue. However, if you want a nice quiet meal with a close group Vermillion should definitely be on your list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 15, 2011

Exceptionally good food, using local ingredients in innovative ways. The cold pea soup alone is worth the trip. This was my third visit. Every time, both food and service have been outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 14, 2011

Went there on a date recently. I've waited plenty of tables in my day and really appreciated the style of service. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. He actually pushed the cheapest bottle of Reisling instead of something more expensive. The food was excellent and overall it was a great experience. The only thing I would recommend would be smaller plates. I could have taken a bath in mine, but still that's itty bitty potatoes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 12, 2011

This was our fourth time at Vermillion and we were once again not disappointed that we returned. The food is always excellent. Very simple preparations of very inventive ideas and twists on old favorites. The food is not particularly flashy, but it is done very well. The service has been hit or miss in the past but when they are good, like this time, they are very good. Unfortunately, we have found that this has to do less with how busy they are and more with the person that you get as your waiter.

Vermillion is becoming a regular go-to place for us whenever we are in old town.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2011

Everything was very good but the price seemed high for what we got.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2011

Good food-small portions-high price

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2011

This was our second time at Vermilion for a special occasion, and it will continue to be a go-to for anniversaries and birthdays thanks to its reliably good food, service, and ambiance. The food was inventive and delicious, and the service attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2011

The food and service are terrific. Unfortunately, the noise level really detracted from the experience. It's a great restaurant, and well worth the cost.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 6, 2011

Food was really wonderful - but we should have listened to the waitress, the "medium rare" duck was more like duck sushi. The very knowledgeable manager pointed us to just the right wine pairing. Overall an excellent choice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 4, 2011

The food is consistently creative and tasty. Well prepared, beautiful presentation, and served by an informed and almost psychic waitstaff! When getting together with friends in Alexandria, we know we have a winner at Vermillion!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2011

Very pretty restaurant with a great cocktail menu and wine list. The bar isn't terribly attractive or comfortable, though the bartenders were good. The food wasn't great -- sounded better than it was -- but it was good enough. Service was competent but way too fast-paced for the prices level. I didn't appreciate having food nearly thrown at me when I was spending upwards of $60/pp. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2011

The lunchtime "intern" special is fabulous...a bit of carrot-ginger soup, a half a mushroom burger, and a salad (and the chef allowed us to swap out for the amazing beet salad). Service is great and the food is delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2011

This is one of my favorite places for lunch - let alone dinner. It is comfortable, great service and amazing food1

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 29, 2011

We (which is to say I) wanted to go out for my birthday and anniversary which are within weeks of each other. We went on the Sunday before memorial day and made a reservation at 6. When we first arrived there were only a few couples inside already, and only one other family of 4 upstairs (where we sat, by the window, without having to request). By the time we finished eating the place was more full but not too noisy.
When I ordered wine the waitress carded me (which is fine, I look very young) and noticed it was around my birthday. She wished me happy birthday and didnt say anything more, but for dessert she put a candle on the plate and when we received the check the dessert was on the house. Overall great food, great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 29, 2011

Recognized that we had a vegetarian in the group and accommodated. Great service as always

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 23, 2011

While I let them know that I needed low sodium food in advance and had previously experienced positive and tasty results, this time I was served dry food demonstrating lack of a creative response to satisfying a special medical need.

Others at the table, however, did enjoy their food that did not require special dietary changes.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2011

Vermilion is a safe bet when wanting to treat friends to a great dinner. Always fabulous food, great service and a decent wine list. My only suggestion would add more vegetarian options to the menu! I love pasta but sometimes I like to eat a little on the lighter side - when I ask for a vegetable plate it's always great but I bet with a little effort, the chef could put something on the menu that's really fantastic and animal friendly :)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2011

After reading all the rave reviews of Vermilion (and being a fan of the other Neighborhood Restaurant Group establishments), I was underwhelmed by the food and cocktail. My dining companion and I both agreed the mojitos were terrible -- tasted mostly of flat sprite -- sugary and not very strong. My pork loin was over-cooked, and the dessert (rhubarb upside down cake) had very little rhubarb and was overpowered by the flavor of almond paste. Compared with all the fantastic restaurants in the Old Town area, Vermilion doesn't live up to the hype, and is well overpriced for what you get. I'll be heading back to Jackson 20 and Overwood instead after this.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2011

Vermilion has been consistently amazing! Every time we've been there (we've lost count), the food is excellent, the wine list surprising and the service impeccable! Certainly a place to try and go back many many times!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2011

Think gourmet comfort food. Yes, it may be a hamburger, but it is a hamburger with pepper cheese and a fried egg. One of the desserts we had really did include a Hostess™ Cupcake. However, they managed to pair it with awesome semillion and a great complement of original pastries. Wife had the special fish of the day; clearly made-to-order as she had a complex request on what to leave out and out it came! Younger son had the nutella™ pancakes that were delicious. Middle son had mushroom ravioli that he scarfed up. All in all, a great experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 7, 2011

The eggs Benedict is amazing. Actually, everything we had was amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 5, 2011

Creative and innovative preparations of organic and locally grown foods. Exceptionally knowledgble and friendly service. Highly recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2011

First visit and will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 4, 2011

This was my 4th meal at Vermilion. The service was great, the food was not. Specifically, the hanger steak I ordered wasn't charred on the outside and had no crust.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 2, 2011

The food comprised a thoughtful and appealing use of local ingredients. The staff was unobstrusive but exceptionally helpful.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2011

We have been to Vermillion twice and the food and service have always been excellent. We also appreciate that they serve seasonal foods.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2011

Everything was fantastic as usual. Gorgeous and delicious experience every time. A real gem.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2011

Fantastic experience as always!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2011

Excellent food and wonderful service. The chef knows good ingredients and executes accordingly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 27, 2011

I had there halibut and it was very tasty. It was full of flavors and the vegetable medley compliminted it very well! Great atmosphere and great food. Hard to beat.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 26, 2011

interesting menu but disapointing

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 24, 2011

We had a great Easter Sunday Brunch here and will definitely be back to try it out again for dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2011

My 2nd time at Vermilion, and couldn't think of a better restaurant to take a close friend visiting from out of town. Wait staff were friendly, polite, informative and provided enough attention w/o hovering. Highly recommend the tasting menu - exceptional dishes paired with a variety of bubbly and wines. Otherwise menu items are too difficult to choose among. I thought I would be stuffed after 4 courses; however, portions were smaller than a regular entree and we were very satisfied after dessert. Noise level was acceptable; we could carry on a conversation even though the upper floor was filling up. Prime seats are upstairs next to the windows (2-4 people only). Reservations highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 20, 2011

We went on my wife's birthday, and both of us ate from the tasting menu. We had shrimp, mackerel, and beef, with rhubarb upside-down cake for dessert. The food was delicious -- a wonderful combination of flavors and textures. The wines were also quite good, and they complemented the food nicely. Finally, the service was outstanding -- unobtrusive, but always there when we needed something. This was the most enjoyable meals we've had in a long time.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 20, 2011

A great meal for a birthday dinner. Nice touches with personal attention, got a great table.

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