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Vermilion Restaurant

1120 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
703 684 9669
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Ranked #9 of 648 restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Fayette St.
Transit: King St. Metro Station Using the King Street Trolley, get off at the Fayette St. Stop coming in either direction.
Description: Vermilion features Chef William Morris' menu of Contemporary American cuisine. Complimenting Chef Morris' menu is Vermilion's wine list, named one of the top wine lists in the country by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine. Combining a charming location in Old town Alexandria with stylized design and atmosphere, Vermilion represents a bit of downtown sophistication: from the exposed brick in the upstairs dining room to the overstuffed pillows in the lounge downstairs, Vermilion holds something for all tastes.
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87% Recommend
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English first
Arlington, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

My meal started with an amuse bouche of cream of broccoli soup that was outstanding. The food and atmosphere are sophisticated without pretense. It's a great date restaurant.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My husband and I went here for our anniversary. The ambiance is extremely nice, the perfect balance of modern and classic. I love the brick exterior of the building which is reminiscent of the old world. My husband and I look young and are sometimes treated in restaurants like we are too young to be there (we are in our... More

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Calgary, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Was disappointed in the taste of the food. It was bland and not flavourful. Also green beans seemed to be added to many of the courses. Presentation was nice. Portions were small. I wouldn't return.

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Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This restaurant is charming unfortunately the quality of the food and service don't live up to expectations. In my opinion there are far better food options in Old Town

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We go here for Sunday brunch after spending the morning walking around Huntley Meadows to the south. The salads are great and the entrees are also excellent, especially the hanger steak. The service is excellent with appropriately attentive wait staff.

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Leonberg, Germany
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our meal started off just fine--complimentary bubbly for our special occasion, black napkins for our black clothes. We ordered the tasting menu--one with wine pairings and one without for the designated driver. We did not expect large portions since there were 4 courses. We thought the portion sizes were very appropriate. Unfortunately, the food, while good, was not exceptional and... More

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Washington, DC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

After reading all the glowing reviews I finally went to Vermilion and my experience was quite disappointing. On the plus side, service was very good and attentive, and the wine recommended to us was excellent. But, there were too many downsides: Food was OK -- definitely not great -- overpriced, and portions were way too small. My $34 sirloin entree... More

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Seattle, WA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

During a week in Alexandria I dined at Vermillion, The Majestic, Brabo Tasting Room, Hank's Oyster Bar and Restaurant Eve - of these, Vermillion was hands down the best meal. The atmosphere is charming and quirky - the Kimpton of restaurants, if you get the reference. There is a dining area as well as a bar/lounge. My husband and I... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

What a wonderful experience my mother and I had at Vermillion. It was her birthday, so we justified the splurge, and even though it was pricey, we had no regrets as every bite was worth it! The food is fresh, interesting and perfectly flavored. Loved the beet and radish salad, and mom had the Arugula salad which was big enough... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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159 reviews 159 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I was looking for something nice and romantic in the area for our anniversary and kept coming back to Vermillion. After reading several reviews, I decided to go for it and made our reservations. I am so glad that I did! From the moment we arrived, we could tell we were in for a treat. I have rarely experienced a... More

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