100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Ardeo & Bardeo


Gnocchi and Spinach Salad at Ardeo-Bardeo Restaurant in Cleveland Park. Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Ardeo + Bardeo


American, Modern
3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Washington, DC 20008
3311 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
NW Northwest Dr
Silver Spring, MD

Chef and Charleston native Matt Kuhn excels at breathing new energy into dining-scene stalwarts. Downtown, he transformed a declining DC Coast into an inspired seafood option with a low-country bent. Then in 2013, Kuhn moved here to Ashok Bajaj’s steady Cleveland Park bistro—and the food is tasting better than ever. Tender chorizo-crusted tilefish stole the show at one recent meal, though a side of fried Brussels sprouts—with peaches, peanuts, and honey crème fraîche—commanded almost as much attention. Whatever we’re eating, we like to start things off at the bar with an A&B Gibson, with Plymouth gin, house-made vermouth, and a cocktail onion. 

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

Don’t Miss: Crispy chickpeas with garlic oil and fennel pollen; Southern-style deviled eggs; mozzarella-tomato-and-basil pizza; black spaghetti “carbonara”; apple savarin cake.

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