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Bardea Food & Drink

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664 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Bardea Food & Drink, 2019 James Beard Semifinalist Best New Restaurant. Bardea, pronounced: bar-DAY-ah, is the Italian term for "the goddess of food and drink". The stunning, 5,000 square foot, 120-seat restaurant, which features a rectangular bar with 20 stools and outdoor seating, utilizes ingredients from local Delaware Valley farms and purveyors, and features a number of composed dishes with both Italian and American origins.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 664 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bardea! Excellent flavor and texture combinations in the great selection of small plates and shareable meals. It's great to choose from some of our favorites, and try new offerings, like the burrata this time - wow!
We appreciate the consistently warm and friendly nature of the owners and staff. We hope to enjoy many more delicious meals at Bardea in the future!

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nogarlic
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was creative and delicious! Great service, very accommodating to food allergy.

Portions are small, so you need to order accordingly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service and server was amazing... they even did a Polaroid of my husband for his birthday ! I’ve been talking about it all week and referring friends!

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NeeNee0322
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bardea never disappoints! Lovely cocktails and friendly, but not overly intrusive, service.

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wiseowl
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was so delicious. We’re already planning our next visit.

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vipAnthonyS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Loud but tolerable.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the whole experience- excellent food and drinks. Can’t wait to come back!

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vipTruthBeTold
Philadelphia
241 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and drinks are to be found at this downtown Wilmington staple. Good outdoor seating as well as inside at their fashionable bar, or tables. Delicious small plate Grilled Octopus, as well as other small plates, and large plates for sharing .

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bruce was fantastic

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SanPi
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience drinks were amazing! Foods A1
Great Place for a date. Be prepared to arrive little early for parking purposes !
Overall definitely getting worth it.

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Trixie
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic!

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vipBritgal
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was incredible. We ordered dishes for table to share. Ricotta gnocchi was light as air, grilled romaine incredible, steak, shrimp everything delicious. Tables spaced apart so felt very private and reduced noise levels. Service was perfect, not intrusive but always there when needed. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was kept super clean and sanitized. Everyone was at a safe distance. This was a wonderful experience!

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LeighF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - perfect date night. The gnocchi was so great we ordered it twice!

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LaurenHCampbell
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to venture out after quarantine ended and celebrate our anniversary. The cocktails were wonderful, small plates were honestly not so small and unique, great flavors. Pasta was delicious. The restaurant design and ambiance were really terrific.

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EvetteM
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was OUTSTANDING!

The food is delicious and unique. I will tell all my friends about it

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Pablo
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant. Amazing food, great service..

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Dori
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

70th birthday girl dined during 30% COVID restrictions. The food was simply wonderful, the staff most gracious, the cleanliness most reassuring. My birthday surprise dessert and snapshot photo were great fun. The only issue was the noise level, which was high, and I wonder if the 30% occupancy limit made the dining room more of a hallow chamber. It was a lovely way to end a special day, all together.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So awesome that our favorite place is open again for business where we can actually dine in. The setup is fabulous and social distancing is not a problem at all. Chef has some great new additions to the menu so we tried a whole new selection. The grilled Romaine was out-of-this-world! And the burrata was just as good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining with their famous roasted chicken and goddess fries!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I drove for NJ to be able to enjoy a dinning our experience since Covid has left all restaurants closed. We had a wonderful experience. Not only were the food and drinks wonderful but the attention to detail with cleanliness was noted. Wonderful experience

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TrevorC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service, great food, great cocktails. Only complaint was that we were seated at a high top in the bar area and the chairs were very uncomfortable. Couldn't change seating due to COVID restrictions/requirements (would mess up their future reservations), but I will request to be seated in the dining next time. Overall a really great experience.

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vipmichaelA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible! Best food in the region by far.

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thejellybean
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great night!

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vipJohnK
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Re-opening night and we loved the new additions on menu that came from the take out menu
The burratta “a taglio” was a standout in an overall great meal.

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GregH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last hurrah to support a favorite before an anticipated mandatory shut down. Looking to forward to going back as soon as everything settles down. It will be a helluva party. Stay sanitized. Drop an extra $20 in the tip jar when you pick up takeout. The staffs of our favorites need our help.

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vipJillyeatsPhilly
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always incredible. Food is excellent, imaginative, fresh, creative!! Should be on the Best of lists!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, awesome food, wonderful service. Chef / owner came out to speak with us, and sent us a desert on the house. Really wonderful place - nothing like it anywhere near Wilmington. Still can’t believe that this place is in Wilmington.

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Reviewer
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening for a group dinner. A menu of primarily "small plates" can be a bit intimidating but our server guided us through our order and made excellent recommendations. Each plate was paced well. Nothing disappointed.

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Ebilbao
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Bardea fancies itself a fine dining restaurant, having won a James Beard award, but I found it to be overpriced and inauthentic. Our server was very enthusiastic about the “new Italian cuisine” Bardea serves, and he proceeded to tell us about all of the exotic “fusion” ingredients now served in the majority of Italian restaurants. His mistake was that a couple in our group was from Italy, and the waiter’s claims were plainly untrue. We placed our orders, told that our small plates were meant to be shard family style and everything would arrive as it was finished in the kitchen.

I ordered the scallop ceviche and the squid ink pasta. The ceviche was over-salted and the pasta was lukewarm and had a one-note flavor. The problem with this dining model is that sharing the small plates is difficult in a group larger than a pair due to the small portion size. The timing of the meal was also problematic, as some members of our party finished their meal a full 20 minutes before other received their second course. When we asked the waiter if we could have a bit more of the sauce he had just poured on a plate, the answer was a firm “No”. He did eventually circle back and add the condiment to the dish, but in what fine dining restaurant does a server ever tell a customer “no” to a simple request such as ours?

The server, in his long-winded explanation of how the restaurant works, explained that Bardea had become known for its “Feed the Table” menu option, consisting of various sous vide meats finished in humidity controlled ovens. A half chicken was $32. I have eaten Thomas Keller’s mother’s recipe for roast chicken in his restaurant, and I can tell you, I was not charged as much.

Bardea is an over-complicated and underwhelming dining experience.

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Anna
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Fancy place for Wilmington, but very overpriced for the quality of food and way too loud and noisy to enjoy a quality dinner.

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vipRatherBeMountainBiking
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance. Drinks were awesome. Food was hit or miss but presented well

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vipDeborahR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, phenomenal food! Love this place!

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JanitaG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Every thing was perfect! I enjoyed the food and company, everyone was great. I will definitely be back again. 😊😊

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kated
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great food and service. Thank you for making our friends birthday so special! Only complaint was that the restaurant was very, very loud. Perhaps fewer tables or something. Otherwise fabulous and fun!

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vipHump
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new menu! Ribeye is always delicious. Really enjoy the pasta and can't wait to try the new Wagyu menu item.

FAQs

Bardea Food & Drink offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 426-2069.

Bardea Food & Drink is rated 4.7 stars by 664 OpenTable diners.

Bardea Food & Drink does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.bardeawilmington.com/store/gift-cards/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.