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Vidalia Restaurant

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Vidalia Restaurant
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1990 M Street, Washington DC, DC 20036
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1990 M Street, Washington DC, DC 20036 (20th St NW)
Dupont Circle Red Line
(202) 659-1990
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Today
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • 176
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent Food; Hit or Miss Service

I've been three times - once with a group of friends (4 of us); once with my husband; once with my parents. Each time, the reservation has been at 6 or 6:30. The food is consistently excellent: appetizers (bay scallops, crab cakes, shady lane salad); entrees (shrimp and grits, sea scallops, bison... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2014
travelertj
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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314 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I've been three times - once with a group of friends (4 of us); once with my husband; once with my parents. Each time, the reservation has been at 6 or 6:30. The food is consistently excellent: appetizers (bay scallops, crab cakes, shady lane salad); entrees (shrimp and grits, sea scallops, bison short rib). The professional acumen of each of... More 

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Littleton, CO
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154 reviews 154 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

After eating at many restaurants in this area of town, we decided to try Vidalia and were certainly not disappointed. The duck sausage appetizer, although not large, was very tasty. The entrees were also well-prepared and presented. The Berkshire pork is outstanding. Service was also top notch. Nice atmosphere and short but enjoyable wine list. Regular visitor to DC for... More 

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Elkridge
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75 reviews 75 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

My November 2014 trip to Vidalia was my third, and I can't wait to return for my fourth! There's something so elegant and serene about the dining area--it's quite relaxing and one of the few restaurants I've been in recently where I could have a conversation with my dinner companion at a normal volume (rather than shouting). I didn't get... More 

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Annandale VA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I've been eating here probably twice to three times a year for more than 10 years. This has been consistently the best, and most reasonably priced restaurant in DC, and I've eaten in them all. The last time, earlier this year, was one of the best yet. Try the Frogamore stew. It's hard to top.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 via mobile

Vadalia has been a favorite for refined, southern thing cooking for many years. A recent visit proved that it continues to be one of Washington's best. The underground dining room is quiet and serene. A good place for conversation. Service was unobtrusive and very competent. The wine list is fantastic, but quite pricey. Most importantly, the food was excellent. Each... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Most restaurants on a Friday night in this part of DC are full so it made sense when I was told we would have to wait till 9 PM to get a table for six but when we arrived I was surprised to see the restaurant was half empty. We were shown a round table that was packed tightly into... More 

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Arlington, VA
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121 reviews 121 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I surprised my wife with a dinner to Vidalia on a weekday evening. I had unusually high expectations coming in, and for the part, Vidalia lived up to and, in some instances, exceeded those expectations. The restaurant is located in the basement of an office building on M Street and can be easy to miss if not looking for it.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

As others have noted, I'm not sure where the "southern food" part comes from in their publicity. I equate that with fried chicken, hush-puppies and po'boys. Fortunately for me and my companion, the menu features much better fare. We had the small order of crab cakes and the shady lane salad as starters, and both were very good, although there... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This was my birthday dinner, courtesy of a dear friend. I pride myself on having experienced many of Washington's top restaurants but I had never been to Vidalia; so, I was quite excited. The visit started out very well. Vidalia's decor is certainly dated but I nonetheless liked it. The atmosphere was calming, sedate and comfortable. Indeed, it was very... More 

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SallieBuben, Owner at Vidalia Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for letting us know of your experience. We would like to have you back as a customer! I would appreciate it if you email my General Manager Mike Nevarez and give him your contact information. His email is mnevarez@vidaliadc.com. Regards, Sallie Buben More 

Morris Plains, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

As walk-ins at 7:00, we were seated immediately. Granted it was Columbus Day but Blue Duck Tavern had nothing until 9:30.(going there tomorrow,will see if it's that much better) Sevice was excellent. Our server started out by asking if we had a time table or would we like to go slow. Very nice as we do like to take our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1990 M Street, Washington DC, DC 20036
    (20th St NW)
  • Public Transportation: Dupont Circle Red Line
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: (202) 659-1990

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 40

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 am - 10:00 pm

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