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Headed to Ardeo next week. Who has eaten there recently and what were your thoughts on the food. I looked at the menu and the sea bass and scallops looked really good. Has anyone had them? What about apps?

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  1. Have been to Bardeo a gazillion times and had wine & cheese at the bar. Ate at Ardeo once. It was really mediocre to be honest. I had some sort of smoked chicken pasta dish and a salad. If you are going up to CP there are so many more great places to eat...what about Lavandou? it's probably actually a little less spendy but the cooking puts you right in Provence. The space is nice and the service decent too. I also love the wine bar at Dino but quite honestly the food there is hit or miss. Indique is good and Palena is phenomenal (you could even eat in the front room and spend equivalent of Ardeo and have a much better meal). I know you didnt ask for all that but just some 'food for thought'.... :)

    1. I ate there for Restaurant Week and was very impressed with my meal. It had been ages since I had dinner there and wasn't expecting much. The mussells appetizer was excellent. The one I had, had chorizo, garlic, and a tasty sauce (curry? I can't remember. Although curry and chorizo doesn't really seem right). It was a big serving and delicious!!

      If you like chocolate for dessert I highly recommend their "candy bar" (forget what they call it) with root beer float. It's a lot of fun and really delicious. They should almost wrap it up and market the little nuggets in gourmet chocolate shops.

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      1. re: Elyssa

        I also went for RW and enjoyed it. I too loved the mussels. For the main I had a cinnamony braised lamb shank with an acorn squash puree, which was warming and delicious. Dessert was a chocolate pistachio cake, which surprised and delighted me for the vibrancy of the pistachio.

      2. I went during RW. everything was great - I had the asparagus salad and the buger. For dessert, the pear cake. My companions dessert was better ;)

        my only issue would have been slightly rushed service, and the fact that my three items together didn't add up to the price of RW, but no biggie. I'll be back.

        1. I went on a Thursday, when they have their 3-course wine tasting menu for like.. $57 (including wine) .. pretty good deal. I had some sort of gnocchi appetizer, the gnocchi was tiny (size of chicklets), but very flavorful and light. the lemon in the sauce could get a bit bitter at times, but in general it was very good.

          I got the scallops, to me they were a little under done, but my friend who is much more wordly in the ways of seafood adored them, so I would guess thats more my squeamishness than anything else.

          Dessert was fine, but not memorable, could be because it was the odds and ends that made it onto the tasting menu.

          1. I know very different restaurants, but if you had the choice between Rock Creek Mazza and Ardeo, which one would you choose?

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            1. re: Jacey

              I'd choose ardeo if i didn't care about calories.
              but, alas, I do, so I would likely stick to rock creek :)

            2. I wandered in there last week, knowing nothing about the place. (I did notice that at about 6 PM on a Tuesday, they seemed less busy than some places down the street like Dino's, which gave me pause.) Ordered the grilled strip steak, medium rare, with "seasonal vegetables," garlic mashed potatoes, and a red wine reduction.

              The steak came out absolutely steaming and was firm to the touch -- I should have had the waiter stand there while I checked it, but it was clear it hadn't rested and I didn't think I should cut into it yet. Tried the mash & veg - good potatoes; veg were chopped-up asparagus, french-cut green beans, and peas (sort of OK at best). Red wine reduction was thin and sour and didn't seem particularly reduced...

              After a moment or two I cut into the the steak and it was basically medium well. The waiter was nowhere to be found as I deliberated whether to send it back (having realized I was lukewarm toward the vegetables and disliked the red wine sauce, and noticed the steak was underseasoned as well, I questioned whether it would be worthwhile to have them cook me a new one). I know I should have given them a chance to fix it, but I had had a bad day and just wanted out of there, so I ate it.

              Walking out the door after, I was surprised to see a positive WaPost review posted at the door. I'm wishing I had gone to Lavandou. (I was traveling in the area and hadn't researched Cleveland Park restaurants, so this was a total roll of the dice.)

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              1. re: fendel

                Don't know about Ardeo, but I have noticed restaurants in CP are usually overrated by the critics. No, Palena is not in the same class as ILW and no 2 Amys is not the 30th best restaurant in the area and no Dino's is not a great Italian restaurant. Kind of suspicious IMO.