100 Best Restaurants 2012: Ardeo & Bardeo
Restaurants On the Rise
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Gnocchi and Spinach Salad. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published January 13, 2012
100 Best Restaurants 2012

Ardeo + Bardeo
Address: 3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-244-6750
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11:30 PM, and Sunday 11 AM to 3 and 5:30 to 10:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Cleveland Park
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Appetizers, $6 to $12, pizzas $12 to $15, entrees, $12 to $25.

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With its high-gloss redesign, joining of the main dining room and bar, and hiring of a new chef, Ardeo has become one of DC's most exciting mid-level destinations.

Owner Ashok Bajaj's million-dollar facelift has brought about a livelier, louder atmosphere, in which diners linger. The best reason to stay is Nate Garyantes's small plates--by turns elegant and homey, incorporating influences from Mexico to the Mediterranean. You can swing by to knock back half pours of wines from a wide-ranging list or indulge in a well-paced, well-priced meal.

What to get: Chicken-liver mousse; salmon rillettes with everything bagels; fritto misto with green-goddess dressing; Southwest-style green-chili/chicken soup; "carbonara" with smoked ricotta; rabbit Bolognese with ricotta agnolotti and carrot purée; suckling pig with red-eye gravy and cheddar grits; chocolate-pistachio tart; vanilla-citrus cheesecake.

Open Monday through Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

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