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New American Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Old Town, Alexandria
  • Ranked #2 for New American restaurants in Alexandria
  • Cheri 🍓 B.
    "The vegetarian tasting menu with wine pairings was fantastic."(5 Tips)
    Tammy G.
    "Chef Will Morris is slaying it!"(2 Tips)
    Washington Post
    "Longtime chef Tony Chittum"(2 Tips)
    "Wow. Server Alex knows his wines!! Great apps, wine AND desserts!!"(10 Tips)
61 Tips and reviews
  • tasting menu
  • wine
  • good for dates
  • brunch food
  • steak
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  • Jim W.
    Jim WaltermanSeptember 19, 2013
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    "Like the swinging hips of Elvis, the tenderness with which the kitchen treats ingredients arises instinctually." - November 2012 Issue
  • 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.
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen NJanuary 11, 2014
    From Washingtonian: 3 egg omelet, baked eggs with grits, trout with fingerlings, soup and salad
  • Rachel S.
    Outstanding food. Had the chocolate chip pancakes, potato hash and mint juleps. All realllly good
  • Ricky S.
    You can go healthy here if you want and explain away happy. Good for lunch or dinner.
  • 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.
  • Sanders P.
    Sanders ParteeAugust 13, 2011
    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.
  • Melinda D.
    Melinda DawsonJuly 15, 2011
    The Junior VP "box" lunch is the best bet so you can try soup and a sandwich!
  • Kerin K.
    Kerin KolonoskieFebruary 11, 2011
    Excellent bar snacks--love the fancy fries and the artichoke dip. So good.
  • Cheri 🍓 B.
    Cheri 🍓 BerryJuly 19, 2011
    The vegetarian tasting menu with wine pairings was fantastic. /recommend. Read more
    Upvoted Apr 2
  • 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.
  • Heather B.
    Heather Beck3 weeks ago
    Fabulous service and everything was delicious!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 12, 2011
    *** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. (Tom recommends pork chops.)
  • Vanessa F.
    Vanessa FrenchSeptember 15, 2010
    You must try the Finca Sophenia malbec. I dream about this wine.
  • Chris
    ChrisFebruary 5, 2012
    Wow. Server Alex knows his wines!! Great apps, wine AND desserts!!
  • Katie E.
    Katie EichinJuly 18, 2011
    Sit st the bar with alex as your bartender he is so helpful! Fun decor too Read more
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GeiszlerMay 31, 2013
    Ask to sit upstairs! Table bread is is superb!
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PagoniJuly 7, 2013
    Everything was excellent. Service was attentive by not clingy.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DagleJune 7, 2013
    Great crew manning the bar! Always good food at Vermillion.
  • Leandro L.
    Absolutely loves up to its reputation. The chilled gazpacho was too good to pass up
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 16, 2013
    Longtime chef Tony Chittum is missed, but his successor, William Morris, is a rising star.
  • AJ J.
    AJ JonesOctober 30, 2010
    Everything is good but they have an excellent steak.
  • Sean D.
    Sean DaltonMarch 16, 2010
    Opt for the Fluffernutter or Chocolate Bar for dessert. Better yet, order both.
  • Talisha H.
    Talisha HillAugust 13, 2014
    The Sweet Gem salad is delicious.
  • JP P.
    JP PhillipsMay 14, 2011
    Get the hibiscus blossom. The flower is edible!
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MOctober 2, 2014
    Little pricey, food is average. Happy hour is nothing special.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MerkerOctober 30, 2010
    Where in the world is Carmen SanDiego? Found her here with rockapella eating the hush puppies.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 2, 2013
    For Valentine's Day 2012, the president and first lady dined at Vermilion. Read more
  • Esther S.
    Esther ScottDecember 29, 2013
    Fantastic brunch. Need to come back for dinner.
  • Brian F.
    Brian FoorNovember 4, 2011
    Treat yourself with the dinner tasting menu!
  • Carl G.
    Carl GieringerJuly 20, 2011
    Brunch is not to be missed @ Vermillion. Read more
  • Meagan O.
    Meagan O'DanielAugust 3, 2010
    Enjoy live music on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Read more
  • Shannon V.
    Shannon ValleySeptember 12, 2010
    Brunch not super crowded, catfish is yummy!
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