Ardeo + Bardeo Introduces Chef Dearden and His Menu to Washington, DC


Chef Dearden’s heirloom tomato salad.

Why We Came
Ardeo + Bardeo was introducing new chef Jonathan Dearden and their summer menu. Ardeo + Bardeo was named one of the top 100 restaurants in D.C. by the Washingtonian in 2013 and 2014. This intimate restaurant can be found in D.C. Cleveland Park, near the National Zoo and metro.  Ardeo + Bardeo is known for their modern American cuisine with influences from Asia and the Mediterranean.   

Who's in Charge
Ashok Bajaj of Knightsbridge Restaurant Group recently brought in chef Jonathan Dearden as the new executive chef of Ardeo + Bardeo. Chef Dearden comes with an impressive array of culinary experiences.  One of his greatest highlights was being a “multi-unit executive chef” at Jade Mountain Resort and Anse Chastanent, which is considered to be one of the Top 3 Caribbean Resorts by Conde Nast Traveler.

The Look
With a dark and neutral interior, Ardeo + Bardeo quickly sets the feel of an American bistro with an intimate setting. Portions of the walls are covered with black and white photography murals, highlighted by the warm lighting.

The Vibe
Ardeo + Bardeo gives one the feeling of inviting luxury as you enter through a red velvet curtain to be quickly greeted on the other side by a smiling hostess. With a sizable bar, the restaurant has an impressive array of wine and novel cocktails. With an impressive menu, the Ardeo + Bardeo restaurant serves as a popular spot for both locals and tourists. 

The Peeps
Ardeo + Bardeo is in D.C.’s Cleveland Park and a wide array of diners can be found from business to casual, and from locals to tourists.  The price and look of Ardeo + Bardeo ensures a professional crowd of diners.

Service at Ardeo + Bardeo is extremely attentive. Drinks are rarely left empty and dishes are quickly collected when done. Ardeo + Bardeo servers are on their top game, ensuring as much as they can that diners receive their best experience.    

What to Drink
With an impressive wine menu and novel cocktails, it may be hard not to try a variety of things. Ardeo + Bardeo serves a plethera of refreshing summer cocktails that would go perfectly with their dishes.  Cucumber margarita with house basil oil that leaves a strong taste of cucumber that is perfect for cooling down on a humid D.C. summer day. Another popular drink is the Bleu Belle, which may remind someone as a version of adult lemonade made with gin.  From Russia With Love is a very smooth drink with a slight hint of peach sweetness at the end. Amethyst Rock has a soft taste of lavender, is sweet, and makes for a great post-dinner drink.