One of my favorite restaurants in Washington.
Our Eating Club (a group of colleagues that meets over good food on a quarterly basis) had a wonderful meal at Vidalia, starting with drinks at the bar and then dinner. We always try to select different items from the menu to share, and sometimes giving the restaurant some suggestions for what we like and let them select. We weren't disappointed at Vidalia. We all enjoyed our food, and although it seemed the entrees less than expected for the price, the appetizers and the desserts were better than expected. The 24-hour Salad, the Mac and Cheese, and all the desserts were outstanding. This place is built into the basement of a bland office building but the interior is intimate and calming--a great getaway for professionals.
Good food without being stuffy. They provide a comfortable atmosphere to sit and talk with friends. The servers are knowledgable and engaging and they do not rush you. I was with a party of 5 and we stayed at our table for hours after we finished eating.
The food was awesome; quiet atmosphere. It is pretty expensive. The restaurant is down a flight a stairs, and I did not see an accessible entrance if you are person who has difficulty with stairs. Great special occasion spot.
Elegant Southern cuisine at its finest. The five course prix fixe menu allows skeptical diners the opportunity to taste Southern delicacies such as trotters with collard greens or crispy pork belly with pork loin that truly represent modern Southern cooking. Every course offered interesting selections and the service was helpful without being intrusive.
My husband and I were completely stunned by how bad it was. We received a cold vibe from the moment we walked in. The food was a disappointment. The presentation was strange..it did not make sense. Some flavors were overpowering (the tuna appetizer) or needed something more (the sole entree). By the time we finished our entrees, we just wanted out. My husband expected more from a James Beard winner.
We booked Vidalia to celebrate our wedding anniversary because we had such good memories of our last visit about 10 years ago. The food was as good as ever, even if the restaurant's renovation of a few years ago has given the dining room the air of a generic suburban "upscale casual" restaurant rather than the urban funk it had previously. The real disappointment was the service. When I'm paying upwards of $200 for dinner, I don't want to be addresed by the waiter like his fraternity chum --especialy when I'm about 20 years his elder. And although I indicated our special occasion on our reservation, Vidalia made no acknowledgement. Other restaurants aspiring to the same level have always done so. I'll take my $250 elsewhere next time.
Shoulld be high on the list of Best Restaurants!!
We visited at noon for lunch; the food was great as always, and the chess pie never fails to delight. Service was attentive but there was only one waiter for our upper level, which was full despite a nearly empty lower level. Two minor down sides: uneven lighting making menus hard to read (we were at a round table in a tight corner near a door), and as always portion sizes differ greatly. One of our group got a gigantic hamburger that came with fries and the usual sides, while another ordered a lamb tenderloin that arrived on a HUGE plate, but consisted of perhaps 6 half-dollar sized slices, a delicately shaped chunk of potato and some dabs of sauce. This is great for being able to fit in dessert, but a bit light for the almost $18 price.
Excellent food. Excellent service. We'll be back.
OK for a special occasion. We had the tasting menu. Got to be a little pricey.
While the menu and ambience was quiet elegant, the portions were underwhelming given the upscale pricing. The presentation was lovely but don't dine here if you're very hungry.
Try the 5 course chef's menu with wine pairing.
Even though this restaurant is downstairs it was very bright.We each had a salad. My husband liked his except for the poached egg which was on top. I got a vegetarian salad (think that's what it was called),with green godess dressing which I really enjoyed. We had a little issue with the wine. Took the recommendation of the wine steward, pointed to the wine on the menu to make sure which one it was as we werent' familiar. The wine on our bill was about twenty dollars more that the wine we thought we ordered. Had the dover sole for dinner and the shrimp and grits. Both good but not great. The dessert was fantastic! Bourbon pecan pie with praline ice cream. Best dessert we had while in Washington.
Restaurant was wonderful - we were there on a rainy day and the first customers - the chef came over to our table and made some recommendations which we of course went with (chicken and dumplings). The portions were a perfect size and the food was wonderful. The service was outstanding - server very pleasant and appropriately attentive.
Great 2nd lunch experience at Vidalia's. Plan to return in the near future.
Had a wonderful meal. Sampled the tasting menu and couldn't have been more pleased. The service was attentive, the food was superb and the restaurant a delight. Would highly recommend to anyone who knows good food.
We got there early to do the wine tasting - very fun! We sat at the bar and had a few apps (free w/wine tasting) - lovely bar. For dinner we both had the chef's menu with wine pairing - great food, great value!! The food was tasty and well prepared. The chef visited our table and when I told him I loved ramps, he sent some extra sauteed ramps to me. They were perfect and I felt very special.
Fine dining in DC is one of our favorite things about visiting there and Vidalia really added to that experience. We will definately put it on our list of favorites!!!
I was there with my 13 year old son over spring break and we enjoyed the tasting menu. Their tasting menu allows you to choose from the existing menu - I don't know why every tasting menu restaurant doesn't follow this - it allows you to have the tasting experience and choose those dishes that you want. Even with a 13 year old on a Friday night they were lovely and treated us perfectly. Another family with even younger children came in and they were catered to as well. Only drawback is that it is in a basement and feels a bit closed in due to the lack of windows. Highlights were the arctic char, pasta, and as mentioned everywhere already the desserts are lovely. Will definitely return again.
First time to Vidalia, and now we'll be back for other special occasions. Menu had intriguing choices for southern American global fusion style, fun to consider and fun to choose. Not many American restaurants are gutsy enough to offer organ meats; I had the calf's liver, and it was done to perfection, complemented by onions, potatoes and mushrooms. The chocolate and cherry dessert was a treat of different flavors and textures.
Very quiet and subdued. Took quite a while to be offered a drink while waiting for my guest. Rasther short list of sides. But food was fine.
Vidalia is my favorite restaurant in Washington, DC. They have an extensive wine list and a very inventive menu. I highly recommend Vidalia.
Food was good, although portions were small and prices were high.
The food is superb. The only bread basket that matches is Kinkeads. Portions are modest, but very rich. After appetizer and entree I still had room for lemon chess pie. Service is attentive. And quiet! We could converse in normal tones.
Only two small quibbles: no refil was offered on coffee, and l'addition came unbidden. It was Sunday night and there were empty tables. There was no reason to give the impression they were hustling us out.
We had the five-course choice tasting menu, which was more than enough food. Waiter was knowledgeable about the food and gave good recommendations. Service was a little lacking like not cleaning up from the previous diners, switching our orders, and not refilling our water. Overall, a decent experience, but not great.
We used to go to this restaurant fairly often in the late 90s, but hadn't been in a while so went there for our last anniversary. We were very dissapointed, however, and likely won't return. A majority of the menu items had some type of egg as part of the dish or some type of liver, two foods we just don't eat, so it was quite limiting. The scallop appetizer was terrific, but the chicken entree item was a little dry. My husband ordered the steak medium well and it came out rare. I understand most chefs simply don't believe a steak should be cooked past medium, but a customer paying $60 for a steak should get it the way he wants it! Restaurant also was noisier than I expected...we were hoping for a quite, intimate dinner.
Four of us met for dinner to celebrate a birthday. Service and food was first rate, although busy we were not rushed and had a enjoyable two hour plus meal experience.
Continues to be one of our favorite establishments
The menu was creative; the food was well prepared; the waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive.
This restaurant has easily moved to the top of the list among my favorites. This was my first visit and I had heard wonderful comments about the restaurant, but no one mentioned the marvelous nouveau southern cuisine. There are so many wonderful dishes and I highly recommend the trotter with a glass Rustenberg '05 - a great Cabernet Blend. We will definitely be returning!!
We really enjoyed our evening. In my opinion the table could have been better, but my guests said they were fine with it. The food and service were amazing.
My first visit to Vidalia for a business meeting was very successful. The two guests with me were also impressed and intend to revisit. Altogether a pleasant experience. The attentive waiter was helpful and charming.
Vidalia knows how to make you feel welcome and does the extra touches to make a special occassion memorable. emma, who took care of us, was very attentive, knowledgeable, and unobtrusive -- something you want when you want to be alone and still not feel neglected. the food was excellent -- just the right amount and the timing of the courses was appropriate. the extra touches -- the special pinafores, individualized menus -- made it a memorable event. highly recommended.
My fiancee and I enjoyed her birthday dinner here. We ordered the 5-course menu with wine pairings. Our favorite courses included the shrimp and grits and the duck egg in fois gras fondue - both dishes had a lot of great flavors that just jumped into your mouth. The least impressive dish was an icelandic char with sweet pea sauce. It was just bland.
The wine pairings were fun choices - mostly from wines that we would have never chosen ourselves. There was a chenin blanc that was particularly good.
Desert was a extra special affair. We ordered desert as one of the 5 courses, but after, they presented about 6 types of profiteroles and homemade lollipops that we could sample.
Food was excellent. Wait staff was attentive. Management unresponsive (rude) to a complaint we had about the wine vintage they were offering (not the year listed on wine list).
I do enjoy Vidalia, but our service was very poor during this visit. Perhaps our waiter was overworked.
The luncheon entree that I ordered was so bad, I can't even recall what it was supposed to be? I believe it was lamb with a side of arugula salad. The salad had absolutely no flavor. The main dish looked like it had been cooked days earlier and headed in a microwave. Well done and flavorless also. Shameful Chef!
Food was very nice, service friendly and efficient - however, you can get a better meal for much less in this city. It was nice to go back after so many years, but I think it will also be many years till I go back again.
We did the 5 Course tasting menu and everything was really delicious. The waiter explained everything very well and the food itself was presented beautifully. The restaurant has a very strong team concept because even the floor manager was helping out when the restaurant got busy. I enjoyed the experience.
We have not been to Vidalia for years and realized only after we got there that the old chef left a while ago. We had been looking forward to the shrimp and grits, but it was completely different and not as good. The restaurant was only half full and it was a little depressing being there. It used to be a fun place to go. Not any more. And definitely not worth the prices they charge.
The service, food, and the wine list were amazing. We had a great dinner and would recommend this restaurant to all of our friends.