I was one of a party of four eating dinner at Vermillion (Old Town Alexandria) Friday evening, 3/5. Lotta buzz recently so I thought Id post my thoughts, since Id not been there previously.
Atmosphere: very nice. We got there at 7:00, sat before 7:30, the place was full when we got there. Happening bar scene, and I thought overall a comfortable, welcoming neighborhood place top to bottom.
Service: fine. Not special, fine for this sort of place. One interesting glitch, see below.
Price: I thought that overall prices were OK; some of the entrees should have been cheaper. Our table ordered 2 apps, two starter salads, 2 starter soups, 3 entrees, 5 alcohol drinks, 1dessert, 1 coffee, bill was $130 before tip.
The food: The menu was interesting, creative, lots of excellent options. Taste-wise, overall, very good. I had a prime rib with chipotle aioli, served over black beans this was excellent. Also really good starter of endive salad, blue cheese and walnuts, balsamic vinagrette. Others really enjoyed the various things they ordered, including a poached halibut, seared almond-crusted salmon, some little crab cakes, and delicious frites.
The glitch: two of our party got the special soup, cream of mushroom. It was heavy, dense ok, the consistency was like glue. And, very little taste. These two ate about half each, server did NOT ask about it when clearing. We thought in that situation question over quality should have been asked. BUT, later one of the managers came by on a general rounds, asking about how things were. Pleasant discussion of the soup, he clearly appreciated the feedback.
That said, Overall: liked it a lot, will definitely return.