Permanently Closed - Vidalia

4.2
3269 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday Open for dinner daily at 5 pm.



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Phone number
(202) 659-1990
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jeffrey Buben
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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.
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Private party contact
Rachel Forester: (202) 659-1990
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th St NW
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Parking details
Valet parking available during our normal business hours Monday - Saturday $10.00 per car. Local parking in garages is also available.
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Public transit
Dupont Circle Red Line
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Rachel Forester at rforester@vidaliadc.com to assist you with any of your private dining needs.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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AJ
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing mean. You will be missed

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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

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JC
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MW
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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DB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AB
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very superior dining experience - we enjoyed our dinner here

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EC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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C
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

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

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BS
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
Denver
98 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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BB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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m
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MJ
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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VH
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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JL
Washington DC
250 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere, ambiance, food, and service is excellent! Loved the staff!

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BC
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

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KG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Mediocre food and terrible service...will never go there again

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E
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive service, elegant surrounding

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JZ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

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.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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FL
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

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.

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KD
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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d
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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h
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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SB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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