About Ardeo + Bardeo
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.