Ardeo + Bardeo
3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Modern, American
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
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
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.