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“Inventive menu”
Review of Vidalia Restaurant - CLOSED

Vidalia Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $40
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 20th St NW
Transit: Dupont Circle Red Line
San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
316 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
“Inventive menu”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

With the dining room pretty empty when we arrived early for a 6:30 reservation, we elected to sit in the bar area with three tables alongside the lounge area. It was a good choice as the barkeep/waiter was helpful. My wife elected the Blueplate special. No, not the old cafeteria Blueplate but a delectable vegetarian presentation unlike anything we have ever seen. Equally, the bison tartare, unusual in itself, was made more so by being presented with a small amount of ice cream nestling on top. A unique presentation I would not have even thought of, but one that turned out to be a magical match of textures and flavors. The bacon wrapped rabbit was melt in the mouth good and the suggested pairing of a Beaune was a perfect balance. Many of the items on the menu were equally inventive, unusual and, one would assume, special blends of flavors and textures. We would like to return to sample some more.

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank 22club58
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Bethesda, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Delicate take on Southern Cuisine”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Have been to Vidalia twice. Once on a special occasion for dinner, and then lunch. Both times, it was a fabulous experience. If you are looking for rich southern cuisine this is not the place. Even fried chicken comes in this delicate basket that is to die for. The reduction sauces are the key to most of their meals..just fabulous food.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Anamika
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Worth the Price”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

For me, Vidalia is a special occasion place. It's pricey but well worth it. The food is southern but very sophisticated. I've left there eating a four-course meal there feeling satisfied but not stuffed. It's probably my favorite upscale restaurant in DC.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank SarahRand
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
417 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Special event Southern American Cuisine”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

Our group comprised 8 persons and we agreed to each select a separate starter and main and pass these around the table so we each had a sampler of the extensive menu.
The service, freshness of the produce, presentation and combination of flavours worked perfectly across each of the dishes and Vidalia would have to rate amongst the top 10 restaurants I have dined at across the world.
I had a completely wrong expectation that southern cuisine relied heavily on deep frying but how wrong that perception was. There were only 2 of the 24 dishes we sampled that had any element of frying in their preparation, and even those were minimal.
The deserts were also exquisite and the pecan pie not to be missed.

It was probably the most expensive meal we had in our USA trip but worth every cent for a very special occasion

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Bruce M
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Texas
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food served by excellent waiter.”
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

We ordered the five course meal. The waiter made excellent informative suggestions. He also provided excellent wine by the glass suggestions after we told him about our wine preferences. It is seldom that we find a waiter so experienced in listening to our wines preferences and then being able to provide such appropriate pairings. When you go here consider asking for "Larry," his service will enhanced the excellent food.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Texas787
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