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Vermilion - Alexandria

3063 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion (41)
  • Fit for Foodies (37)
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, American
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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
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Phone number
(703) 684-9669
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Thomas Cardarelli
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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
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Cross street
Fayette St.
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Public transit
King St. Metro Station.

If you are taking the King Street Trolley, exit at the Fayette St. stop heading in either direction.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 3063 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SheilaW (London)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Vermilion continues to delight and surprise us with its unusual, delicious dishes. Everything is very fresh and local. Our server, Andrew, was helpful and friendly. We were celebrating Valentine’s Day, a little late, and it was excellent.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service and food. A cut above

abusbisk (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We did the tasting menu and enjoyed eveeythung on it! The portions were decent size for a tasting menu. The service was great!

3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I came here after years of being away from the Alexandria area because I remember having great, whimsically named cocktails. This isn't the Vermillion I remember. Although the food was tasty, the service was not decent. I walked in with a reservation, the host acknowledge it on his computer screen, then he had to "go see if my table was ready." The restaurant was fairly empty at this time. The couple behind us did not have a reservation and they were seated right away at an empty table. We had to wait another 5 minutes for our table. The waitress (one of 3 we had serve us--and I'm not just talking about the ones that simply bring out the food) was extremely soft spoken and even after telling her I was having trouble hearing her, she didn't attempt to say anything louder. We also had a waiter who was difficult to hear speak. At one point, one of the waitresses brought us the check while I was biting into my burger (clearly we were not even close to done with our meals). After we had finished our meals, it took too long to get help to get our check brought back to us. Lastly, I had booked my reservation through Open Table, and I received an email stating that I had missed my reservation. It was a mild annoyance to have to send an email to confirm that I had been at the restaurant. I might try this place at night for some drinks, but I will not be back for food.

MHOM (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We went for my sister's birthday. The food was very good and so was the wine. The service was attentive without being oppressive. We had to wait a bit, even though we had a reservation, but the bar is nice. The cardamon ice cream, included in the ice cream sampler, was really outstanding. I had the duck as an entree and it was ok, not as crispy on the skin as I like and a bit overcooked for me, but definitely within acceptable range. The waitress was very patient and there were no complaints when one of our party asked to have her bill separate, even though we had not said this at the beginning. Also, my gratitude for just bringing an extra dessert with a candle for my sister rather than an embarrassing singalong.

vipRosanneF (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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

Floatplan (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

ADC1 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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!!

MerlonD (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Amazing meal!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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!

vipMostSatisfied (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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.