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Vidalia - Permanently Closed

4.2
4.2
3269 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Permanently Closed - Chef/owner Jeffrey Buben's Vidalia features an expanded bar with 25 wines by the glass, a beautiful private dining room for groups up to 40 people, our wine room and a soft contemporary dining room featuring warm, rich fabrics incorporated in new booths, banquets and comfortable dining chairs. We look forward to seeing you and also invite you to Chef Buben's other restaurants, Bistro Bis, located next to the Hotel George on Capital Hill and Woodward Table /Woodward Take Out located just one block from The White House . To find out more about Vidalia, Bistro Bis and Woodward Table visit our web site at www.vidaliadc.com , www.bistrobis.com or www.woodwardtable.com

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Saturday Open for dinner daily at 5 pm.

  • Phone number

    (202) 659-1990

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jeffrey Buben

  • Private party facilities

    Vidalia, a Washington favorite for its regional American cooking with a Southern influence, offers some of the best private dining fare in the city. We have exemplary private dining for the most discerning of palates and work with all different budget levels.

  • Private party contact

    Rachel Forester: (202) 659-1990

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    20th St NW

  • Parking details

    Valet parking available during our normal business hours Monday - Saturday $10.00 per car. Local parking in garages is also available.

  • Public transit

    Dupont Circle Red Line

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,269 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. d

    deicious

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Vidalia closed on the 15th after 20 some years. The fried chicken (and pecan pie) were the best in DC. I will miss it.
  2. AJ

    AJPNDC

    Washington DC

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great as usual! So sorry that they're closing after 28 years. I'll miss the food and the Lemon Chess pie.
  3. JR

    JoseRicardoR

    Washington DC

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing mean. You will be missed
  4. d

    deicious

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Vidalia is closing next week so I took my friend Dick who had recently sold Rumors on the same block. Rumors outlasted Vidalia by about 20 years but was in a different quadrant of the food business. Vidalai's fried chicken is and always has been awesome. Ditto for the pork chops blackeyed peas and collards . And the Pecan Pie! Dick and I will miss it.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2016

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Apps came out fast but after that everything was a wait. My food was warm not hot and my coworker sent her food back and no one came to the table. Outside of the it was ok staff was nice
  6. JC

    JamesC

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vidalia is an excellent, excellent restaurant. The Washington, DC restaurant scene is about to be a lot poorer because of its closing.
  7. MW

    MichaelW

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My recent dining experience at Vidalia's was bittersweet. Such a great place. I've been dining there for almost 20 years, and every single visit has been a treat. Alas, it's scheduled to close in the very near future. Please convey my thanks and best regards to the folks there.
  8. DB

    DBLM

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2016

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our server meant well enough, but the manager (the manager?) seemed surprised to be there and treated us like we were Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very upscale restaurant in food and service. Attention to details very good. And, above all, very quiet and excellent for conversation.
  10. AB

    AnnieB

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had been to Vidalia many years ago for work and had been wanting to take my husband there. It did not disappoint. Service was stellar, the food was delicious and the cocktails simply amazing! Warm intimate ambiance, but not stuffy. You can have fun and enjoy!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    152 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very superior dining experience - we enjoyed our dinner here
  12. EC

    ErCar

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was exceptional, and the experience was worth coming from Canada to celebrate my wife's birthday! And the cuisine was up to its international reputation.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2016

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I was not impressed. I had heard great things about this restaurant and it did not live up to its expectations. I chose this restaurant because they had a tasting menu. At the top of the menu it said the six course tasting menu was $78 per person. No where did it sat that the whole table had to order the tasting menu or no one can have it. However, that's what our waitress advised us. She said the owner/chef would not allow one guest to order from the tasting menu when the other chose not to. I ordered the sweetbreads to start. They were delicious. However, the waffle they were served on tasted old and gritty. My wife ordered the crab cake entree and ordered the duck. The crab cakes were good but nothing special. The duck was uncooked (I said mid rare) and the fat was not rendered properly. The fat was still thick and grisly. The quinoa was bland and tasteless. Overall I was very disappointed in our food experience. The service was good though, she was very polite and attentive.
  14. C

    Carol

    Washington DC

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food and ambiance were great. Wait staff were pleasant and helpful, but timing was way off. Wine did not arrive until we were well in to the entre.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2016

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Excellent food served in an up tight formal setting, lights too bright to be romantic and the service was haughty and lacked any charm.
  16. GW

    GladWeFoundIt

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I dined at Vedalia the 28th. We last were there in early February. It’s a subterranean restaurant downtown, and being underground gives it an intimate feel. The decor has an understated elegance, and the service is second-to-none. Some of the cocktails are smoked. At table side, the maître d’ burns a mixture of hickory & apple wood chips and places the glass upside down over the embers. You wouldn’t think that filling the glass with smoke would make a difference in the taste, but it does. My friend began with the Low Country she crab soup: lump crab is an apple butter, celery & marmalade sauce with old bay croutons. I started with the appetizer-size Maryland lump crab cake, served with southern-style greens slaw, preserved apricot & creole mustard. My friend then went with the crab cakes for her entrée. Both of us loved the tangy taste of the greens slaw. My entrée was the bison short ribs, covered with a root beer jus and served with glazed parsnips, lollipop kale & butternut squash puree. It was all so delicious! We finished by sharing a slice of Georgia pecan pie. The filling was so light.
  17. M

    Monika

    New York Area

    132 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We picked Vidalia because it was close to our hotel. and we really like sweetbreads. So we started with that appetizer and liked it very much. However, the rabbit special for the evening took an extra long time to show up and appeared a bit on the dry side. They had an interesting array of breads and spreads and a really good pecan pie. The restaurant does not have much ambiance. It was not bad, but there are a lot better restaurants in that area.
  18. BB

    BeauB

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely not for a casual dinner, impactful wine list, great service and a sophisticated southern menu of reengineered classics!
  19. m

    momster

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really, really good upscale southern food. The shrimp and grits were some of the best I've ever had!
  20. M

    Mark

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal with friends! Excellent menu variety - wonderful she crab soup! Definitely go back!!!
  21. MJ

    MJWSR

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Needed a quiet high quality place in DC and Vidalia fit the bill. Friendly and attentive but not overbearing service, interesting menu and great food. Great environment for having a conversation too.
  22. CJ

    ChicagoJill

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This restaurant was very good. Great spot for a business lunch. The bread basket was PHENOMENAL! Food was excellent.
  23. EP

    ElizabethP

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2016

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Overall the food was good. The she-crab soup was delicious, as were the breads. Unfortunately, I ordered the trout and while it was tasty there were so many bones that I eventually gave up on it and just chatted with my friends instead. The sweet tea was also delicious, and given that good iced tea is hard to find in DC, that made up for the bones for me.
  24. JL

    JohnL

    Washington DC

    280 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    280 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2016

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Has been a little while since my last visit to Vidalia. The food is still wonderful! Enjoyed a smoked rabbit loin that was fantastic, and an incredibly "light" pecan pie! However, the service was really slipshod. Was not brought either the wine list or the "specials" menu until I asked for it. Waiter seemed indifferent the whole time and not really helpful. This detracted from the overall wonderful experience of the food.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very pleasant business lunch for a party of 9. The booking was in fact for 8 and Vidalia was able to quickly accommodate an unexpected additional person. The assigned table was on the upper level which was ideal for our business discussions as the area was secluded and quiet. The food was superb and the attention first class. Highly recommended.
  26. EM

    EarlM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere, ambiance, food, and service is excellent! Loved the staff!
  27. BC

    BenjaminC

    Austin

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A return to one of my longtime DC favorites was a great experience. As usual, Vidalia was up to the challenge, serving well above average food along with excellent service. I particularly enjoyed the deconstructed pear cobbler, but it was all very tasty! I look forward to my next encounter!
  28. KG

    KathyG

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    second visit and the quality of the food was still 4 star.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Pork chop was tasty but a tad dry for my liking. It was cooked medium. So could a medium rare might have been better. Friendly wait staff and the bread service was excellent.
  30. m

    mackie

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Mediocre food and terrible service...will never go there again
  31. W

    Wonderful

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, attentive service, elegant surrounding
  32. JZ

    JZ74

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2016

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Should have walked out when we arrived -- restaurant empty for a Saturday night, seated at corner banquette and host neglected to pull out table ( it was a squeeze) amuse bouche came -- on two spoons for three people ( odd) I had a tasteless watermelon gazpacho followed by a dry pork chop. My husband had fish with a lobster sauce ( he was ill afterwards.) it was a disappointing and pricey experience not to be repeated. The highlight was the bread plate -- four different kinds.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2016

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food and cocktails were both amazing. My wife and I went to celebrate her birfday, and were fully satisfied by the great food and terrific staff. Best shrimp and grits (so freakin' creamy) I've ever had. And the freshly smoked Manhattan really hit the spot.
  34. FL

    Foodie4Life

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience! I had the tasting menu, it was superb! Service was great. I enjoyed every dish. Perfect place to dine for special occasions. Or just because!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Restaurant choisit un peu au hasard pendant notre séjour à Washington. Nous nous n'attendions pas à un restaurant de cette gamme et nous n'étions pas habillé comme nous aurions du. Le rapport qualité prix est très intéressant avec un menu entre plat dessert à 35$. La qualité des ingrédient et la cuisine du chef est sans reproche. Le vin est un peu cher par rapport au prix des plats.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2016

    overall2food5service2ambience2
    As always, the food was amazing. However, the service was horrible. It took about 15 minutes for someone to come over and take our drink order, and about 20 minutes to get the desert menus. The tables with more than two people in the same room received more attention than us, and often times we could not gain the attention of our server, who wouldn't look in our direction. Incredibly disappointed.
  37. KD

    KentD

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a pleasurable experience, from the first greeting to the final taste of dessert, Vidalia never disappoints. An adult restaurant that serves food that is interesting and satisfying, with service to match. Such a treasure.
  38. d

    doublin9

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience was had at vidalia! The service, food, and ambience was just perfect!
  39. h

    h8tobbored

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2016

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Our get together was during Restaurant Week, which often affects food quality. We felt the appetizer course was very good, but the entree just ok, and dessert choices need some spiffing up.
  40. SB

    StefanB

    Berlin

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent food, even during Restaurant Week, even though it was disappointing that we had to pay extra to get a steak for my son. They took good care of his gluten-free needs.

FAQs

Vidalia - Permanently Closed is rated 4.2 stars by 3269 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    20th St NW

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Saturday Open for dinner daily at 5 pm.

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking available during our normal business hours Monday - Saturday $10.00 per car. Local parking in garages is also available.

  • Public transit

    Dupont Circle Red Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jeffrey Buben

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 659-1990

  • Private party facilities

    Vidalia, a Washington favorite for its regional American cooking with a Southern influence, offers some of the best private dining fare in the city. We have exemplary private dining for the most discerning of palates and work with all different budget levels.

  • Private party contact

    Rachel Forester: (202) 659-1990

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