To be quite clear, Vic's Embers is simply the best restaurant anywhere within a 30 mile radius of Leesburg, and possibly even further. We eat out many times each week but only discovered Vic's a couple of months ago. We have quickly become regular diners.
The decor of the restaurant is unique. Wood paneled walls, white linen table cloths, and leather booths make us think that Frank Sinatra will soon glide out and start to sing. We love the atmosphere.
The food is superb. We have yet to find a soup we did not love and that includes Salmon Florentine. I like neither salmon or spinach, but I know to say "yes" to any soup made by the chef at Vic's because it will be outstanding.
The bread service comes with a reduction of Balsamic vinegar and a bottle of olive oil. We have been requesting Balsamic vinegar with our bread service for years, but it has never been offered, and the reduction is so much better than the regular vinegar. We could really eat soup and bread and be very happy.
My husband, who loves beef and eats it very frequently, declares that the prime rib at Vic's is better than any he has eaten in any other restaurant. The menu is extensive with beef, chicken, and fish offerings.
I would classify this restaurant as expensive. Prime rib is about $25, but the meal includes soup or salad, bread, vegetable and starch of choice. One can, however, enjoy Vic's for less money. There is an early bird special each night offering chicken, pasta and fish. The ground tenderloin at $14.95 is also a good choice. We are now purchasing our steak and ground beef from Vic's. They cut their own beef, and it is vastly superior to what we can purchase in the grocery store.
Vic's has an exceptionally impressive wine list. I was able to locate some of my favorite wines in this restaurant, that I have not seen since moving to Florida.
The restaurant does not accept reservations, but as we dine early and usually on week nights, we have never had to wait for a table.
I would happily give this restaurant a coveted "A+" if it were not for two odd things. In an age when every convenience store in town will give you a gallon of Coke for $ .79, Vic's gives you a 6 ounce glass and charges for every refill. It is inappropriate for a restaurant in this category to charge over $ .33/ounce for a soft drink.
My other concern also relates to pricing. We loved this restaurant so much that we took our entire family there for a birthday celebration. Our family includes three small children. Vic's does have a childrens' menu, but some of the items are simply outrageously priced. We paid $6.95 for a single hot dog stuck in a plain bun and thrown on a plate without any side offering or even a garnish. It was a really cheap presentation, for what was an expensive dish for a child. While we will return to Vic's ourselves, it is doubtful that we will entertain our grandchildren there again.
We are happy to pay a premium price for quality food and service, but I truly resent the cheap nickle and dime policies regarding soft drinks and childrens' meals. Hopefully this policy will be reviewed and altered so I can actually give this great restaurant the "A+" it otherwise deserves.
In spite of these disappointments, I can certainly recommend the atmosphere, service and especially the excellent food at this restaurant.
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