100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Ardeo & Bardeo

Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Cleveland Park likes to think of Ardeo as its go-to neighborhood restaurant, but the comfortable, candlelit bistro is much more. Even after 18 years, the cuisine and atmosphere maintain a modern edge—the former under ex–Le Diplomate chef Kelly Bunkers, the latter thanks to frequent renovations. Familiar snacks such as deviled eggs go global with a hit of fire and crunch from Sriracha and peanuts, while larger plates are also tweaked in interesting ways—think waffles with a crispy duck leg instead of chicken or Icelandic cod taken to Provence with a pungent olive tapenade. Moderate to expensive.

Also great: Caesar with crispy chicken cracklings; burger with truffle; lemon-vanilla chiffon cake.

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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.

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