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Washington, D.C. Restaurants

Vidalia

Updated 05/23/2014

Fodor's Review

There's a lot more to Chef Jeffrey Buben's distinguished restaurant than the sweet Vidalia onion, which is a specialty in season. Inspired by the cooking and the ingredients of the South and the Chesapeake Bay region, Buben's version of New American cuisine revolves around the best seasonal fruits, vegetables, and seafood he can find. Try the seared foie gras with banana bread, the shrimp on yellow grits, or the sensational lemon chess pie. The sleek modern surroundings,

including a wine bar, are equal to the food.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

1990 M St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20036, USA

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Phone:

202-659–1990

Restaurant Details:

  • Closed Sun. July and Aug. No lunch weekends

Updated 05/23/2014

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By Sharon

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Apr 16, 2001

My worst meal in Washington!

After having many fine meals during my trip, I was really surprised that a restaurant so well-known could be so disappointing. For an appetizer, I had the "Oysters 3-Ways", which turned out to be 3 tiny oysters in three different sauces, for $14.75! One of the sauces was not as described, and another had so little sauce (about 1/2 teaspoon) that it didn't matter. Still ravenous after my appetizer, I looked forward to Vidalia's "signature dish",

shrimp and grits. When it came, the grits were excellent - creamy and well-flavored - but the shrimp were so old and iodine-tasting that I'm amazed the chef would let them out of the kitchen. But since I was starving, I ate them anyway - they were all the same - terrible. The dessert of lemon chess pie was the only good dish I had. Service was pre-programmed. The serving person came when she thought it was appropriate timing, but if you wanted anything in between, forget it! Vidalia was a great disappointment, especially in a city with so many fine restaurants.

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By Amy

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Feb 7, 2001

not such a big deal

The service and atmosphere are good/nice, but the food was not so exceptional -- especially for the price. The grits and shrimp were good, but not THAT good. I could probably do just as well making it at home. The best part of the meal was the bread (delicious) and the chess pie.

By Kristen

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Dec 29, 2000

I wouldn't even recommend going once

During our prolonged wait for a table (even though we had reservations) we had plenty of time to read the rave reviews posted on the wall. After having tasted the food, however, I can only guess that the reviewers were somehow iodine deficient diners who simultaneously craved over-salted yet oddly bland food. The service was unbelievably poor -- many gaffes with no apologies offered to make amends. yuck!

By Richard

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Jul 1, 2000

Why Does Everyone Like This Place?

Over-priced, under-valued packaged with an attitude. All said, it is still worth one trip. That way you can say you've been there, too.

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