Bardea Food & Drink

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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

ambiance was beautiful and captivating. I'm still dreaming about the white ponzu sauce on the scallop dish

N
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for first time dining at Bardea! We were in town for college visit with our daughter, and thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and service. Loved how everything was portioned to share, and had some items prepared in completely unique fashion. Definitely on our “return” list!

a
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A restaurant that understands and meets customer needs.

EM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Waiter was excellent at recommendations for us as first timers to the restaurant. As it got busy the service declined but overall, the service was outstanding. The food was absolutely exquisite. The fish was cooked to perfection and the cauliflower was a tasty delight. My date had the short rib pasta and was underwhelmed. We will definitely come back to try the other delights on the menu.

CM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit and had a wonderful experience. Server was extremely helpful guiding us through the menu and offering excellent suggestions. Pricing was bit higher than expected for Wilmington but thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

CG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bardea never disappoints. Our waitress Kristen was extremely knowledgeable about the food and drinks. The food is always fresh and tastes amazing. This is a great place for a date night or just a casual dinner with friends.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were exceptional. Atmosphere nice but can get a little loud. Will definitely be back.

J
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

2nd time.Loud and crowded. Service really slow. I mean super slow. Food was good though!

l
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Over priced for portions and pasta not done well (some noodles were completely hard). Didn’t finish our meal.

JE
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience, not for the faint of heart; if looking for a quiet romantic evening. But the food and service was wonderful! The small plate/bistro experience, placed us back on our Parisian honeymoon 12 years ago! Thank you!!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, excellent food!

AM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely love this place though I've only been a couple times. However, this time I got a shock with the bill. I was there with a colleague and we ordered fish and several vegetable appetizers in addition to one cocktail and two glasses of wine. Originally, I ordered the Bronzino hoping to split it. The waitress mentioned that it would be a little small the split between two people and suggested a larger fish. He said sure go ahead and ordered it. It was absolutely delicious. When the bill came, and it was $175, I almost fell off my chair. I realize now that the larger fish was meant for four people. I wish the server had told me this so I could ask what the price was or have the option of still ordering. This will not that me from going back to your restaurant because I actually think it's the best in town and even the best in the region. Feels great to get that unfortunate issue off my chest :)

LB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Way too loud, way too expensive. We even were charged for water. But, I should note, the restaurant was very crowded and

RS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The moment we entered the door we knew it was going to be a good evening. The food was wonderful. Our server John was gracious and helpful and helped add to the ambience. Wonderful spot for an anniversary. As an added note everyone to include the chef came by to greet us at the table.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was welcoming and warm. Service was excellent and the server was able to answer all of our questions without flinching. Sound level was low.

All that was grand and the food was excellent one of the best that we have had and plan to go back. 5 stars

R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bardea was just great - shared plates and the food was delicious. I had papardelle with lamb bolognese and was very good. Had a shared crispy salad and seared scallops Sauce on the scallops was very good.

d
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks and food selections were way more than memorable as was the impeccable service from tha valet parking with our ailing friend with a cane to the fast service pre concert at the Grand! Am looking forward to a return visit!

MS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hoping to get back again soon, perhaps mid-week when it may not be as crowded and a little less noisy. Even so the food and service were fantastic

JM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place. very good food. Nice atmosphere. Just a little loud in there. Could try to do something with the acoustics to dampen the noise a little bit (too many hard services sot the noise bounces around - for example, put some acoustical noise dampening devices on the ceiling).

W
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The restaurant is entirely too noisy. It’s almost impossible to carry on a conversation. Also, our food came out very inconsistently. Our waiter knew that we had show tickets and we had to rush near the end because of the food delivery timing.

r
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I found the cooking here to always be brave and creative. Probably the finest restaurant in Wilmington, nearly everything on the menu is worth having. It can be loud inside, but it’s worth it.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic! Totally deserving of their James Beard nomination!
Everything was delicious, popping with flavor. The pizza is outstanding, complex flavor in the dough, perfect topping (we got the upside down pizza) and so light and crispy. The hamachi crudo was perfect and the delicious passion fruit sauce was amazing. Whole bronzino roasted whole and crispy with a spice mix that was addictive. Roasted thumbina carrots were also outstanding. Very good service. We will be back!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the best restaurants in Wilmington. Try their seasonal fish.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Really continued poor unfriendly service.

TN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've always had great meals and service at Bardea. I mentioned on our reservation that we were celebrating an anniversary at the restaurant, and we were given even better-than-normal attention and care. From the host congratulating us to personalized messages on our menu, it was something both my wife and I appreciated. Definitely try the lamb skewers.

EK
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Evening began with cocktails at the bar for @ 25 minutes. Excellent atmosphere with lots of interesting craft cocktails to choose from. Reservation for 2 was ready on time and the dining room is beautifully decorated with a modern warm feel. Food was AMAZING !! Smaller portions, which were nice for really enjoying the food, but enough to share four or more selections comfortably. Service was spot on and the waiters knowledge of the dishes was astounding. The dining room is a bit noisy, but in an open concept sitting area it tends to lean that direction. All in all it was a fantastic dinner and I will surely be back soon !

EK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and service. One of the best in Wilmington!

TS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A step above, every experience at Bardea has been extraordinary!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for mom. Have been several times and always love it. Ricotta gnocchi are to die for. Get both toasts always. Scallops fantastic. Squid ink tagliolini is a show stopper dish. They do an amazing job with the attention to detail on every plate leaving the kitchen.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Use to live in Wilmington 6 years, came back to visit friends. Wished this place had been there 6 years ago, great place and food!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Reataurant was busy with a large event in the street outside
We were sat at the table closest to the bar where a long line of people from the event were standing in line to use the restroom
Not a very comfortable location

Also
Time of food should be at the diners convenience not the kitchens
The food is delicious but my wife had to watch me eat for 20 minutes before her food came

Love this place but a bad experience this time

We will be back because we love the place and everyone has a bad night

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Had drinks and snacks at the bar before AND after dinner, meals was amazing bar and table service were incredible. The food deserves all the praises it has received, definitely try the pork belly, calamari, and oysters.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It was way to loud to carry on a conversation but besides that it was nice.

ZO
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food . Highly recommend

CD
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and great food. We ordered the restaurant week menu and it was delicious with a lot great choices. Will be going back for another dining experience soon

CR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Tried Bardea during restaurant week. The food was not great. Appetizers were run of the mill. Pasta dishes were small portions and lacking flavor. Dessert which is usually my favorite was so bad we ate two bites and gave up on. They have an extensive list of wines, but no flavor profile descriptions to help you decide what to get. A big let down overall.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out server was awesome, very knowledgeable, and attentive. The two top tables were a bit cramped and small but we made it work. The food was of excellent quality, very creative, and well priced. There wasn’t any price gouging on wine bottles, which was most impressive. Wine list was very nice. The restaurant was very nicely designed. All around nice place. Highly recommend.

PM
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Great staff. Place is really nice. Great date night. Portions small but like Italian fine dining. Noise level is very high. Hard to talk. I did go on restaurant weekend and it was packed. I would definitely go back.

CC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Restaurant week was an excellent value. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Menu had lots of options. Food was delicious.

EH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my girlfriends birthday and got the chefs 3 course tasting! Really delicious food and great atmosphere!

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