100 Very Best Restaurant 2016: Ardeo & Bardeo

Cheeseburger with fried egg. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

DC’s dining scene would be stronger if there were more neighborhood restaurants like this Cleveland Park bistro. It’s casual enough to drop into for a solo glass of wine and a juicy burger, buzzy during prime time when you want to split some charcuterie with a date before hitting the Uptown Theater, and well suited to impressing food-loving friends (try the pasta with tender lamb-neck ragu). Though candlelit and moody at night, the space brightens for weekend brunch, still a top option with two courses and unlimited bubbles for $29.

Don’t miss: Bacon-and-fontina “porquettas”; spinach-and-mushroom fondue; deviled eggs; octopus a la plancha; grilled salmon with black rice.

See what other restaurants made our 100 Very Best Restaurants list. This article appears in our February 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.