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Vermilion Restaurant

1120 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
703 684 9669
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Ranked #6 of 642 restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
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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
Atlanta, Georgia
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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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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
9 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
111 helpful votes 111 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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Montgomery, New Jersey
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

For a small group, I was charged with finding a restaurant in Alexandria which we visited for a conference. We had one vegetarian, and we wanted a farm-to-table place. Vermilion fit the bill on both counts! We were seated in the upstairs room next to the windows. The service was attentive and helpful. Some of our favorite choices: the beet... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

A cozy little restaurant with excellent food on King Street in Alexandria, the Vermillion offers interesting cuisine in beautiful surroundings. We had a delightful lunch and enjoyed excellent service. I had the best Sazerac cocktail I have found outside of New Orleans. Don't miss the chance to visit the many nice small shops along King Street while in town.

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Alexandria, Virginia, USA
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Vermillion is a place where you can meet friends for a cocktail and hanging out in their very comfortable bar, where you can lounge on their couches or sit at the bar, that has two great columns that makes the place very warm and friendly. If you are hungry, the food is outstanding from the light snacks at the bar... More

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