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Permanently Closed - Vidalia

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 , or
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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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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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 to assist you with any of your private dining needs.
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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4.2  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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deicious (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2016

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

vipAJPNDC (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2016

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

Amazing mean. You will be missed

deicious (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

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

vipMichaelW (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2016

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.

DBLM (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 1, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2016

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

AnnieB (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2016

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!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

A very superior dining experience - we enjoyed our dinner here

ErCar (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

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.

vipCarol (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 1, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

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

vipGreatFoodandService (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

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.

vipMonika (Denver)
3.0  Dined on October 26, 2016

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.

vipBeauB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

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

vipmomster (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2016

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

Mark (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2016

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