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“Magnificent Restaurant with Excellent Service”

Vermilion Restaurant
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Ranked #24 of 767 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Reviewed April 24, 2013

The service is great even during peak hours.  The wait staff appears to work well together.  If you arrive early I would recommend sitting in the lounge/bar for a snack or some interesting drinks.  Try the frickles!  The fried sour pickles are delicious.
The tasting menu is a great option for exploring a wide variety of items on the menu.  A wine pairing is offered with the tasting menu as is a beer pairing (if you ask for it).
Recently had dinner and had the tasting menu consisting of the following:
Salmon Tartar on baguette. Fresh but nothing unique.  A good starter
Baby beet salad with goat cheese, arugula, fennel and walnut vinaigrette.  The sweet yellow beets were a great contrast to the semi-bitter red beets
Seared Maryland Fluke with roasted eggplant, savoy spinach, yogurt  and sour citronette.  The fluke had little flavor but the dish was lifted by the citronette.
Beef flat iron with baked crespelle, swiss chard, maitake mushroom and truffle.  The steak was tender and the mushrooms were very flavorful
Ricotta-poppy seed fritters with buttermilk sorbet, lemon curd, micro basil and toasted “fluff”.  This should illegal it is so good.  The fritters are crisp on the outside and tender and moist on the inside.
The four course tasting menu is $60, $88 with wine pairings (ask for beer pairing).
Parking can be an issue (as for all the restaurants in the area).  We will return on a regular basis as Vermillion deserves all of the praise it receives.

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Thank buffgray
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

My husband and I were in Alexandria over Easter weekend, and selected this hotel based on Trip Advisor reviews. Make your reservations in advance on the weekend! We were seated upstairs next to a window in the brick-walled room, and could look down on the street activity...it was very cozy. Service was great, our server chose our wine based on the type of wines we usually like, and the meal was wonderful. We would definitely go back (and definitely ask to be seated upstairs near a window!!).

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Thank njmichels
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We had looked forward to dining here after seeing some other reviews for it in a town full of restaurant choices. We now consider it our top choice in Alexandria. Outstanding service and attention to table details by the waiters. When our first choice for a specific menu bourbon was unavailable, they brought us one "on the house." The oystwer appetiser, recommended by our waiter, was wonderful and plenty to share. The entress included sophisticated side dishes that matched perfectly with our lamb and fish main courses. We did not choose to do the tasting menu but our neighboring table did and they were very pleased. Great wine list; gtreat servcie; inspired food choices; and pleasant "adult" atmosphere--can't miss. The downstairs bar was popular and isolated from the dininers. Perfect evening for us.

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Thank GGL_Baltimore
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Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

An intimate setting upstairs with a window seat for people watching made for a delightful evening. Attentive and relaxed service accompanied a very good meal, with some treats thrown in for our anniversary. A pleasant walk from our old town hotel right on the King Street strip.

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Thank Mark M
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

A recent rainy day lunch at Vermilion convinced me that this remains one of Old Town's best restaurants. My lunch partner ordered, relished and devoured her perfectly cooked cheeseburger on what appeared to be a homemade roll. A tossed side salad accompanied the burger in place of the always good fries. I, however, chose the pimento cheese spread appetizer with a bowl of Sunchoke soup with smoked squid pear and chocolate nibs. Believe me this bowl of soup is beyond delicious, creamy, smooth and flavorful. The slightly crunchy squid are truly the icing on the cake elevating the taste and texture of this entree. The pimento spread remains a favorite and is always enough to take home for n afternoon nosh! This is a great place to have an old favorite or to venture into new food areas. (It is,however time for a little remodel...the velvet flocked panels look tired).

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Thank Nanella
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