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Vidalia Restaurant

1990 M Street, Washington DC, DC 20036
(202) 659-1990
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Ranked #20 of 2,623 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $40 - $40
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 20th St NW
Transit: Dupont Circle Red Line
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My husband and I have lived in DC for 25 years. We enjoy fine dining in the District 2-3 nights per week. We stopped going to Vidalia about 10 years ago as it just wasn't holding up. Last night, with some nostalgia, we decided to give it a try again. We arrived 15 minutes prior to our reservation time as... More

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SallieBuben, Owner at Vidalia Restaurant, responded to this review

We really would like to discuss your visit a little more in detail. This is certainly not the level of fine service that we work towards every day and it is important for us to find out where and how we dropped the ball. I would appreciate it if you would contact my General Manager Mike Nevarez at mnevarez@vidaliadc.com and... More

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

It's better! The absence of fried anything was the first hint. Although it was recommended to us as an example of southern cooking, it is a regional menu presented with southern hospitality. Tile fish and coffee pork loin were both outstanding dishes, shrimp and grits were the closest thing to southern food and also very good. Exceptional salad but the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Vidalia used to be one of my favourite restaurants. The other evening I returned and, while the food is still delicious, the staff and room itself lacked the freshness and warmth that I had remembered. The bill was a whopper. The restaurant scene in DC has improved dramatically over the past few years and I think Vidalia needs to kick... More

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SallieBuben, Owner at Vidalia Restaurant, responded to this review

I sent you a message, but just in case you did not receive, I wanted to ask you to contact my General Manager Mike Nevarez at mnevarez@vidaliadc.com. Not sure whether you were in on Saturday night, but we were a little out of sorts on Saturday due to water main break outside of the restaurant. Regardless, we certainly would appreciate... More

hilton head
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87 reviews 87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I would really like this review to be 3.5 stars. My husband and I used to dine at Vidalia when we were living in the area full time but haven't been back in many years. So we wanted to see if we still enjoyed it as much. Mostly, we did enjoy it. I had a killer mint julep made just... More

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SallieBuben, Owner at Vidalia Restaurant, responded to this review

We are glad you returned, but would love to speak with you about your perceptions of the portions and what you liked or dislike about specific dishes. Our customer opinions are important to us and we certainly would like hearing any input you can give us. I would appreciate it if you could please email my General Manager, Mike Nevarez... More

Alexandria, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

As many have pointed out, Vidalia is located in the basement of a building, which is an immediate turn-off, since there are no windows anywhere in the restaurant. The food does not disappoint, but the prices are very high for a restaurant that is not considered trendy. In fact, the atmosphere was kind of old/stuff-shirt type place vs. the trendy... More

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SallieBuben, Owner at Vidalia Restaurant, responded to this review

I sent you a message, but just in case you did not receive, I wanted to ask you to contact my General Manager Mike Nevarez at mnevarez@vidaliadc.com. Not sure whether you were in on Saturday night, but we were a little out of sorts on Saturday due to water main break outside of the restaurant. Regardless, we certainly would appreciate... More

Vienna, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We ate here for our anniversary and had the 5 course tasting meal. It was fabulous ! Our waitress was super helpful and have great advice on the menu items :)

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La Jolla, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Visited with my wife and anoher couple. The food was outstanding. The menu consisted of new takes on classic Southern recipes. The shrimp and grits, a signature dish was perfectly prepared and a real star. The crabcakes were an excellent starter, bt probably not the best in the DC area. Service was friendly but a bit slow. Recommend highly.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Having had our worst meal in the US the night before Vidalia was a real treat. We booked late and expected to be sitting at the bar but a table was found. We picked the cheapest wine on the menu and it was excellent. Salad starters were interesting as well as tasting good and the shrimp and grits main course... More

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Manhattan Beach CA
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

What a consistently wonderful place. I come back because the food is so wonderful but given the great acoustics, it's one of the few reservations in this town where you can have a great conversation

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Dublin
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We wandered in here, no reservation, not realising what a nice place it was - and had a fantastic meal. I had the sweetbreads to start, the shrimp n'grits as main, and lemon chess pie as dessert. All beautifully cooked and presented. The wine list was more than adequate, and will definitely be back the next time i'm in DC.

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