Vermilion - Alexandria
Hands down the best meal I've had in a long time! Everything was evenly balanced and flavorful! I had the tasting menu, but if that isn't your thing, try the butternut squash schnitzel or the rigatura. The almond tart was so delightful I didn't even offer a bite to my husband!
This was our first time to the Vermilion and we were not impressed when we arrived. The hostess did not greet us and was abrupt when seating us. After 15 minutes we finally received water and our waiter made an appearance. The food made up for the shaky start. We went for brunch and everything was delicious and perfectly seasoned. I don’t think I’ll be back but it’s a solid meal!
I love the food at Vermilion. And it was restaurant week so great value. The service was so so. Our waitress was not attentive at all. She never checked on us. Some wanted more drinks but gave up. Such a lovely place. Hope service improves!
Well worth a visit, as well as a follow on reservation to try something you may have passed on the first time!
Wonderful service, friendly staff. Overall a lovely experience with good food.
Awesome brunch! Service was great and the ambience upstairs is charming. Will definitely come back!
Great low key anniversary dinner location!
We went for Restaurant Week, which is advertised as 3 courses for $22. Although claiming to participate in Restaurant Week, Vermilion includes only 2 courses for the $22. Although the food was delicious, I do not think restaurants should claim to participate in Restaurant Week if they are not going to honor the promotion. To make it worse, when we pointed this out to the waiter, his only response was, " we decided to mix it up."
Easily the best meal I have had in the past few years… Everything was delicious, the service was excellent, absolutely no complaints.
Excellent food and service. Everything was indescribably good. Highly recommend this place.
I have been to Vermillion for their tasting menu (which was exceptional) but this was my first lunch experience. Steak Tartare, Vermillion Burger and Flourless Chocolate Cake are “must dos”. Ambiance is warm, relaxed and inviting. And the staff – particularly Jasmine – are exceptional! Very attentive but not at all “hovering”. I highly recommend Vermillion.
Food was amazing, allergy friendly and the service was top notch
Really enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu. Would recommend the cauliflower salad, catfish, and baked apple.
My favorite restaurant in Alexandria! Love the flavors, freshness, presentation, service, setting, quiet (on a weeknight) - no wonder it has lasted while so many other restaurants have come and gone.
My husband and I were on a date night and We loved it — the citrus salad and scallops were delicious. Citrus salad with pistachios had a nice delicate taste and the scallops were cooked perfectly. My husband had the fois gras and suckling pig and he really enjoyed both as well. We ended the night with almond tart which we shared and finished every bite. Service was very attentive — excellent date night!
We have been to Vermilion 3 times now. Each time was fabulous!! The service was perfect and the food is always unbelievable. If you haven't been, it is well worth it.
Anna was perfection. Dinner light and delectable. Vermilion had my Gosling’s rum. Thank you for a memorable dinner date night.
Love this restaurant. Service, food, ambiance are all good. Only issue is that I think the drink and wine pours are on the short side for the price.
My wife and I drove out to Vermillion on impulse - the first time we have been there for dinner rather than lunch. It was one of the best dinners we have ever had in the Washington DC neighbourhood. I am vegetarian and had the vegetarian tasting menu. Usually only a couple of items in a tasting menu are very good and the rest are fillers but in this case each course was a delight and I enjoyed it throughout - right through to the amazing almond tart topped with excellent ice cream. My wife, who chose a single item from the menu kept wanting to share my courses and in spite of that I was quite full by the end.
The service was patient, friendly and efficient. We had a wonderful evening.
Went to celebrate NYE. Food was amazing. Definitely worth the price.
Love this place, food was awesome, service was awesome, but wine pours were pretty short and I had to take a deep breath when the bill topped $500 for three people (only two drinks and two glasses of wine)
Fabulous food, service, and ambiance. Loved everything about the restaurant.
Thanks for the compliments, Susan! Be sure to come back and see us again soon!
Totally terrible service this time, will not come back again. Waitress totally ignored us
This was celebrating several birthdays. Food was excellent.
Hi, Kurt! Thanks for coming in to celebrate all the birthdays! Glad you enjoyed the food! Please come see us again soon!
The atmosphere was much louder than expected. Reading the reviews, I had expected a more quaint and quiet experience. It was hard to hear one another speak. Food was okay. The bar/lounge area was very nice and next time we will go just for drinks.
Kristin: Thank you for your thoughtful feedback! It's constructive criticism that we learn (and grow) the most from. Please know that we're looking into soundproofing options to make the dining rooms a bit more ambient. We'd love to see you in the dining room or the bar again soon!
We are regulars at Vermilion...our fav restaurant. This time for my Wife’s Birthday. Another wonderful experience
Thanks for coming in to celebrate your wife's birthday! Our regulars mean the world to us, and we're glad to count you among them! See you soon!
Good reviews lead us to pick this place for out of town friends who were staying in Alexandria. Two of us had their tagliatelle and two of us had their halibut. Excellent experiences all around. Chestnut and mushroom soup was excellent as well as a citrus and greens salad. Will go again.
Hi, RandyP! Thanks for bringing your out-of-town pals in to see us! We're thrilled that you had a great time at Vermilion! We hope to see you again soon!
Took my wife for her birthday based on a recommendation from one of her coworkers. I had told the restaurant about her birthday in the Open Table reservation. As soon as I checked in, they greeted her with a smile and “Happy Birthday”, without skipping a beat. The entire staff was extremely personable. We were seated next to the window and got to people-watch on King street. We ordered based on our waiter’s recommendation and everything we had was phenomenal. I had pasta and my wife had Halibut. We would and will definitely recommend this restaurant! We will be back!
Hi there, Judge! We love when our guests come in to share their special celebrations with us! More than that, we love making the day EXTRA special -- it's just our way of showing our appreciation! Thanks for your kind words, and we're looking forward to seeing you back in the dining room again soon!
I’m sad to be leaving this review since Vermilion was one of my favorite restaurants until last night. I was dining with a friend who found a sharp, broken piece of plastic in her pasta. She alerted the waitress who took it along with the pasta dish. The waitress rolled her eyes, shrugged, said something like ‘these things happen,’ and said she’d tell the chef. Not offering even a slight apology, she asked ‘do you want another?” My friend agreed to try another.
We just sat there as time passed. Clearly I wasn’t going to continue eating while my friend had both a bad experience and no food, so my food was rapidly getting cold.
Some time later, another one arrived, but both of us were more than a little surprised that no one apologized for having served food with broken plastic in it.
Bottom line: they also brought us another “complimentary” dish - but still no explanation or apology. Finally, after we had them take our plates and were ready to leave, the manager came over and apologized.
He “comped” my friend’s dish & glass of wine - so what was the final dining insult?
I ended up paying more than $45 for a dish of half cold food and an overpriced glass of wine.
Au revoir Vermilion.
6 of us had dinner here on a Sat. night. We received a nice welcome & were seated upstairs in a spot where we could easily hear each other talk. I ordered the succulent pig which was very, very delicious and shared a kale salad with my husband. At the end of the meal 6 of us shared 2 desserts - our favorite was the marcona almond tart! Vermilion had a good variety of bourbons which the men enjoyed tasting. FYI - leave some time to find a parking space for your car - there is no valet parking. It didn't take too long, maybe 8 minutes.
Hi, ffxdiner! That tart has quite the cult following! We're glad that you enjoyed your time with us at Vermilion! Be sure to swing back soon -- the spirits list is ever evolving. (Tho that tart isn't going anywhere anytime soon!)
Absolutely delicious! We went for my boyfriends birthday and they surprised him with a desert. So special.
Hi, Danielle! Thanks for choosing Vermilion to share your boyfriend's special day with! We're glad you enjoyed your evening with us! Be sure to stop back again soon!
Restaurant gets very loud and that is compounded by large groups. Food was mostly delicious with one disappointment - the triangoli with celery root purée had almost no discernible celery rood. Wine was poured without letting us taste if first, otherwise the service was very good.
Hi, there! Thank you for your feedback! Please know that we take our guests comments and critiques seriously -- your thoughts on the triangoli will be passed on to Chef and we will reiterate the proper steps of wine service with our staff! Again, thank you, and we hope to see you back at Vermilion again soon.
Exceptional service and attention to detail. Went to celebrate a special occasion and the server made us feel special with complimentary champagne and a special dessert. The food was amazing and we can’t wait to return!
Hi, salpal! We can't wait for you to return either! We love treating all our guests -- not just those who have decided to share their celebrations with us -- to exceptional service! Be sure to come back sometime soon to see just how exceptional our everyday service can be!
Excellent service, food and ambiance. Would definitely recommend!
Hi, Krista! Thank you for the compliments! Your recommendation means the world to us, and we would love to see you back in our dining room again very soon!
The food was fantastic!! I loved your halibut. So delicious.
We were there very early, so the noise level may rise as the restaurant fills up. But have the suckling pig, if you are a carnivore, that will cure anything. And if not, the vegetarian options were delicious last time, so you can’t go far wrong.
Great wine list too
Hi, Dicey! The wine list is ever-evolving, so be sure to stop back again soon as there's certainly going to be some fantastic new bottles featured!
Overall we had a nice meal. The problem was the special - pasta with freshly shaved (at the table) white truffle. The truffle was tasteless and nearly undetectable by taste and smell.
Hi, Benjamin! Thank you for your comments. It's thoughtful feedback like yours that we benefit the most from. That said, I'm sorry that you were less than wowed by our truffle special. We take truffles pretty seriously around here, so know that we will be triple/quadruple assuring their quality. Thanks, again, and we hope to see you back soon!
It was great! Food delicious. Service and ambiance equally great.
Hi, Kala! No, YOU'RE great! We're glad you enjoyed your time with us, and we hope to see you back again soon!
The menu is creative and the food is exceptional. Well prepared dishes and perfectly cooked. Service was attentive and made one feel as a welcome guest. I highly recommend
Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us! Hope to see you back in the dining room soon!