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New American Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Old Town, Alexandria
  • Ranked #3 for New American restaurants in Alexandria
  • Has a stamp of approval from Washington Post and Eater
    • Washington Post
    • Eater
  • Cheri 🍓 B.
    "The vegetarian tasting menu with wine pairings was fantastic."(5 Tips)
    FiOS 50
    "... two nights a week. Tony Chittum serves you himself and explains where he..."(2 Tips)
    Tammy G.
    "Chef Will Morris is slaying it!"(2 Tips)
    "Wow. Server Alex knows his wines!! Great apps, wine AND desserts!!"(10 Tips)
64 Tips and reviews
  • tasting menu
  • wine
  • good for dates
  • brunch food
  • steak
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  • Jim W.
    Jim WaltermanSeptember 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the better restaurants in Old Town and since it's on the west end of King Street it tends to cater to a more local clientele rather then the typical King Street tourist crowd.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    It was a game-changer salad. Like the 2013-rockstar version of Jared Leto wearing leather pants and long hair, it can take years to grow into the personae you want to be. For me, it was liking frisee.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    Vermilion stays true to its surroundings in Old Town Alexandria, from a charming atmosphere to the seasonal and locally sourced menu. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 28, 2011
    Book their farm table, available for reservations two nights a week. Tony Chittum serves you himself and explains where he found all the local produce you'll be eating. A real foodie experience.
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicMay 17, 2012
    This is awesome food with a great atmosphere! Sit upstairs, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, have the dirty rice for entree. Lovely! A bit pricey, but worth it.
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonDecember 22, 2013
    Chef Will Morris is slaying it! Don't miss the pork belly or the grilled octopus if it's on the menu.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McDermottJune 6, 2012
    The tasting menu is fabulous with excellently paired wines. The Atlantic fish course today was Grouper with Risotto and Peas...outstanding! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    What to get: Polenta-filled agnolotti; potato-leek soup with smoked cod; beet salad; rib eye with salsa verde; garlic-crusted cod with ham and potato; peanut-butter/chocolate tart.
  • Danny W.
    Danny WeinSeptember 2, 2013
    If it's a special occasion, let them know when you arrive. They'll take care of you!
  • Daniel S.
    Had the tasting menu with the wine pairing- a must do if you just say to relax and enjoy the meal. Great food!
  • Burger Days
    Burger DaysApril 10, 2012
    Cop the Chef's burger here, available at lunch and brunch, with chicken fried bacon (yup, CHICKEN FRIED BACON), cheddar, escarole and green goddess dressing.
  • Bradley S.
    Bradley SaullMarch 19, 2013
    Great ambience and food. The sirloin is amazing, but the nutella cheesecake is disappointing - not enough nutella or cheesecake.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    A handsome Parmesan crisp exposes a featherlight crepe filled with wine-braised, sausage-stuffed cabbage, magnified by a red onion-sour cherry reduction. - November 2011 issue
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen NJanuary 11, 2014
    From Washingtonian: 3 egg omelet, baked eggs with grits, trout with fingerlings, soup and salad
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50December 27, 2011
    Check out their five-course menu featuring seven different types of mid-Atlantic seafood - available until December 30, and priced at $75 per person.
  • Neet
    NeetJanuary 24, 2011
    Amazing food. One of the best American bistros I have been to. Try the tasting menu. The butternut squash soup is very tasty.
  • Tim F.
    Tim FJanuary 27, 2017
    Fantastic food and atmosphere. Informed and engaged staff. But man are they slow! Had to skip dessert because it took too long to get our orders.
  • Atlanta Food & W.
    Would you travel from Alexandria to Atlanta just for breakfast? You might if the talent behind Vermillion was cooking. And they are! Join them at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival May 29 – June 1. Read more
  • Rachel S.
    Outstanding food. Had the chocolate chip pancakes, potato hash and mint juleps. All realllly good
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillMay 25, 2016
    You can go healthy here if you want and explain away happy. Good for lunch or dinner.
  • Sanders P.
    Sanders ParteeAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mushroom dusted Fries are awesome, Don't forget to book your ride to/from V. with Taxi Magic smartphone app for a safe ride home.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    "Like the swinging hips of Elvis, the tenderness with which the kitchen treats ingredients arises instinctually." - November 2012 Issue
  • Heather B.
    Heather BeckJune 4, 2016
    Fabulous service and everything was delicious!
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 3, 2012
    Try the Crispy Skin Trout - Nice Crispiness on skin and great summer citrus salad! Wrote about it here:
  • Nick S.
    Nick StoneSeptember 25, 2011
    Brunch is great, the Double Cheeseburger is to die for, tasted like a beautiful steak.
  • Reagan B.
    Reagan BarbosaFebruary 15, 2017
    I went here for brunch and was not overly impressed. I got apple butter stuffed French toast, and it wasn't particularly memorable or flavorful. Perhaps their dinner food is better.
  • Melinda D.
    Melinda DawsonJuly 15, 2011
    The Junior VP "box" lunch is the best bet so you can try soup and a sandwich!
  • Chris
    ChrisFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Wow. Server Alex knows his wines!! Great apps, wine AND desserts!!
  • Hilary D.
    Hilary DavisAugust 20, 2013
    It's restaurant week! Come by and taste generous portions at Vermillion. The bar is just as nice as any table.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DagleJune 7, 2013
    Great crew manning the bar! Always good food at Vermillion.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 12, 2011
    *** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. (Tom recommends pork chops.)
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 29, 2016
    Absolutely loves up to its reputation. The chilled gazpacho was too good to pass up
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GeiszlerMay 31, 2013
    Ask to sit upstairs! Table bread is is superb!
  • Cheri 🍓 B.
    Cheri 🍓 BerryJuly 19, 2011
    The vegetarian tasting menu with wine pairings was fantastic. /recommend. Read more
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellNovember 2, 2014
    Good bar food and great atmosphere, but the drafts were warm, the cocktails were weak, and the service was slow.
  • Kerin K.
    Kerin KolonoskieFebruary 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent bar snacks--love the fancy fries and the artichoke dip. So good.
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PagoniJuly 7, 2013
    Everything was excellent. Service was attentive by not clingy.
  • Katie E.
    Katie EichinJuly 18, 2011
    Sit st the bar with alex as your bartender he is so helpful! Fun decor too Read more
  • Talisha H.
    Talisha HillAugust 13, 2014
    The Sweet Gem salad is delicious.
  • Esther S.
    Esther ScottDecember 29, 2013
    Fantastic brunch. Need to come back for dinner.
  • Vanessa F.
    Vanessa FrenchSeptember 15, 2010
    You must try the Finca Sophenia malbec. I dream about this wine.
  • JP P.
    JP PhillipsMay 14, 2011
    Get the hibiscus blossom. The flower is edible!
  • Maria S.
    Maria SigillitoApril 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the interior design and stew-type brunches.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 16, 2013
    Longtime chef Tony Chittum is missed, but his successor, William Morris, is a rising star.
  • John B.
    John BakerJanuary 9
    The mezzeluna and the foie gras
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 2, 2013
    For Valentine's Day 2012, the president and first lady dined at Vermilion. Read more
  • Ale
    AleNovember 7, 2015
    Thyme lamb was delicious
  • Brian F.
    Brian FoorNovember 4, 2011
    Treat yourself with the dinner tasting menu!
  • Larissa B.
    Larissa BJune 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the riotto fritters!
  • AJ J.
    AJ JonesOctober 30, 2010
    Everything is good but they have an excellent steak.
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