Ardeo
An airy neighborhood spot for inventive, modern American cooking.
Reviewed By Thomas Head
Comments () | Published September 7, 2006
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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 to 10:30 PM; Friday 5 to 11:30 PM; Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM; 5 to 11:30 PMand Sunday 11 AM to 3 and 5 to 10.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Cleveland Park
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Appetizers, $6 to $12, pizzas $12 to $15, entrees, $12 to $25.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Outdoor Seating
Scene:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
5 to 7.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
At this Modern American dining room, starters have included seared sea scallops, perfectly cooked and served with pea risotto, fresh chanterelles, and a truffle vinaigrette. Steamed mussels are delicious in their garlic herb broth. Fried calamari were a bit tough, but the accompanying lemon aïoli was a nice alternative to the usual tomato dipping sauce.

The kitchen will serve half orders of pasta as a first course--the linguine with peas, cream, and soppresatta was very good. Main courses have been a bit less dependable--a too-sweet maple-brined pork chop with peaches; overcooked cod with a delicious brandade of salt cod; a good roast duck breast with confit; and a tough grilled New York strip. The best dessert was a fresh cherry financier with whipped crème fraîche.

Service at a restaurant with these ambitions and prices should rise above the "Now, who had the cod?" level.

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