Monday, July 11, 2011

Ardeo Bardeo Schmardeo. It's just fun to say.

Since I moved to DC I've been hearing all sorts of things about a little modern American bistro and wine bar  in Cleveland Park called Ardeo + Bardeo. Good or bad, everyone seems to have been there and to have an opinion. Their website even boasts a steady stream of famous clientele, including Madeleine Albright, Jim Lehrer, Alan Greenspan and the former first family, the Clintons. Needless to say, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about for myself.

Of all the neighborhoods I have been getting to know in DC, I have become a big fan of Cleveland Park. Somewhat quieter than other neighborhoods in DC, Cleveland Park has lots of cute shops and eateries interspersed between 19th century homes and large fancy apartment buildings. It seems like it would be a super cute neighborhood to live in, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, but still hip enough to satisfy any shopping or dining whim.

Ardeo+Bardeo sits smack in the middle of Cleveland Park's commercial corridor, making the location easy to get to by Metro or bus.

When we arrived we were greeted by a pleasant host and seated right away in a prime spot by the window. Our waitress was courteous and professional, offering us drinks from their super extensive wine list. Because, at the time, I was on antibiotics, I was unable to partake, but Alex got a delicious gin and tonic.

We decided to start with a Flatbread of sun dried cherries and roasted garlic. It was hot, chewy, and bursting with tart dried cherries which paired well with the goat cheese and olive oil topping.

For dinner, Alex ordered the Steak & Eggs which included a barrel cut ribeye, yukon gold puree, roasted royal trumpets, and a one eyed Susan. He loved every bit of his meal.

For dinner I ordered a side of the Crispy Brussels sprouts with pistachios, apricots, yogurt and the Lamb Ravioli with goat cheese, mushrooms, English peas and radishes. I was not as much as fan of my dinner as Alex was. Both dishes were under cooked and overly oiled.

 They both looked so delicious on the menu, but the Brussels sprouts were much more crunchy than crispy, leaving them quite bitter and difficult to chew. My ravioli was overly al dente, and my peas were clearly not given the proper amount of time to rehydrate before being added to the dish.

For dessert we shared a deliciously decadent Chocolate Tart with pistachios, milk chocolate, and salted caramel. It was super rich and creamy and did a good job making up for my under cooked dinner.

All and all, my feelings about Ardeo+Bardeo were mixed. Maybe if I had been able to have a glass or two of wine. Maybe if I ordered something different. Maybe if we had stuck to snacks and drinks or dessert and drinks only. I'm not sure. Although with the myriad of other great restaurants around the city, I'm not sure I'll be back for dinner anytime soon.


  1. Oh my gosh, what DEE-LISH-US meals!! YUMM!!!

    Happy Monday Dear! xo

  2. sorry your meal wasn't all it was cracked up to be. just looking at the presentation everything looks amazing, I guess looks can be deceiving. At least your husbands meal and the dessert were winners!!

  3. I definitely want to try that flatbread. So sad about the b sprouts.