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“Enjoyable Evening” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vidalia Restaurant

Vidalia Restaurant
1990 M Street, Washington DC, DC 20036
(202) 659-1990
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Ranked #71 of 2,562 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $40
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Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 20th St NW
Transit: Dupont Circle Red Line
Mays Landing, New Jersey
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Enjoyable Evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Loved the Vidalia onion. The food was spectacular. Loved that they split one foie gras order and gave us each a beautiful plate. Very attentive service. Beautiful and comfortable ambiance. Recommended by a friend-so glad we went.

Visited February 2014
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English first
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Y'all don't need to be Southern!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We were walking by and "dropped in on a whim" as we had read it's a good place to dine if you want to [be able to] converse with your partner. Good choice! Chic decor, American menu (very Southern) and some delightful deconstructions that greatly improve old favorites. We had a lovely lunch - outstanding dessert.
It will be good

Visited February 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“An Old Favorite Revisited”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We had dinner at Vidalia with friends who were celebrating an anniversay and staying at a hotel near by. My husband and I both recalled how we would walk over to Vidalia when we lived in Dupont and were delighted to be back. The restaurant is beautiful, welcoming and quiet - even with a packed house. How refreshing! But let's talk food. The heirloom beet salad for a starter was gorgeously plated and delicious; the sweetbreads and waffles, got big thumbs up, as did the oyster pan roast. The baked onion to share we thought a bit underdone but the broth made up for it. Entrees brought smiles to our faces. The braised bison short ribs were a perfect choice on a cold winter's evening and the shrimp and grits never cease to please. Don't miss the mac and cheese to share…its just amazing. Mac and cheese is one of my favorite food groups and this one was sooo creamy and tasty that I have to try to replicate it at home. Our meal was unhurried and with good conversation it was hard to believe we'd been there for over 2 hours. Dessert options were discussed and although none of us were hungry (at all) we decided to try the pecan pie with 4 spoons. OMG, it came out hot from the oven with a scoop of butter pecan ice cream on the side. The plate was clean in a flash. As we were leaving, we were told that Vidalia makes the pies 'to go' for Thanksgiving. Sign me up!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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247 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Not Bad but Not Great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

After looking forward to eating at Vidalia for many years, I am sad to report a rather average dining experience.

The consensus of our entire party was 'just alright'. Two out of our four specialty cocktails were deemed passable, appetizers were lackluster with the exception of the beet salad and the ham charcuterie platter. Unfortunately, the entrees didn't fare much better: the duck entree arrived at the table with several slices cold to the touch. Shrimp was chewy and under seasoned and the steak was not enjoyed at all.

Desserts of lemon chess pie and pecan pie were throughly enjoyed.

Service was affable, but a bit bumpy; including a mishap involving sauce being spilled onto my husband's jacket as the table was cleared. The apology & clean-up was a bit half-hearted.

At approximately $90 per person (including tax & tip) I expect more from a restaurant & so should you.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Kirkland, Washington, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Successful V-day - 5 course sampler ftw”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

The girlfriend and I ate here for Valentine's day. We both got the 5-course chef tasting menu and let the chef choose our plates, we also had them bring out unique plates for the both of us. We traded halfway through during each course which was a great experience as we really got to try everything. I wish all restaurants offered this service! The waiter warned us that the 5 course meal typically last over 2 hours, ours ending up going over 3. I don't think this was because of poor service as it seemed very well paced and we really enjoyed our time at the restaurant. Once we realized we were going to be late for a show our waiter put a rush on dessert and everything worked out perfectly in the end.

Jeff the sommelier was a super nice guy and really took care of us as did our waiter we will certainly be back when we can.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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