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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)
    FiOS 50
    "... two nights a week. Tony Chittum serves you himself and explains where he..."(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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Ricky S.
    You can go healthy here if you want and explain away happy. Good for lunch or dinner.
  • 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
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    "Like the swinging hips of Elvis, the tenderness with which the kitchen treats ingredients arises instinctually." - November 2012 Issue
  • Heather B.
    Fabulous service and everything was delicious!
  • Nick S.
    Nick StoneSeptember 25, 2011
    Brunch is great, the Double Cheeseburger is to die for, tasted like a beautiful steak.
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 3, 2012
    Try the Crispy Skin Trout - Nice Crispiness on skin and great summer citrus salad! Wrote about it here:
  • 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
  • Leandro L.
    Absolutely loves up to its reputation. The chilled gazpacho was too good to pass up
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Vanessa F.
    Vanessa FrenchSeptember 15, 2010
    You must try the Finca Sophenia malbec. I dream about this wine.
  • 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.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 12, 2011
    *** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. (Tom recommends pork chops.)
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GeiszlerMay 31, 2013
    Ask to sit upstairs! Table bread is is superb!
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DagleJune 7, 2013
    Great crew manning the bar! Always good food at Vermillion.
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PagoniJuly 7, 2013
    Everything was excellent. Service was attentive by not clingy.
  • JP P.
    JP PhillipsMay 14, 2011
    Get the hibiscus blossom. The flower is edible!
  • 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.
  • Sean D.
    Sean DaltonMarch 16, 2010
    Opt for the Fluffernutter or Chocolate Bar for dessert. Better yet, order both.
  • AJ J.
    AJ JonesOctober 30, 2010
    Everything is good but they have an excellent steak.
  • Maria S.
    Maria SigillitoApril 14, 2013
    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.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MerkerOctober 30, 2010
    Where in the world is Carmen SanDiego? Found her here with rockapella eating the hush puppies.
  • Ale
    AleNovember 7, 2015
    Thyme lamb was delicious
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 2, 2013
    For Valentine's Day 2012, the president and first lady dined at Vermilion. Read more
  • David F.
    David FFebruary 13, 2011
    Lobster tortellini. Delicious!
  • Shannon V.
    Shannon ValleySeptember 12, 2010
    Brunch not super crowded, catfish is yummy!
  • Carl G.
    Carl GieringerJuly 20, 2011
    Brunch is not to be missed @ Vermillion. Read more
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