Jardenea

4.3
588 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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Jardenea is a freshly new, “Farm to Fork Concept,” that practices sustainable environmentally friendly techniques. Our goal is to bring a better awareness of food, health, and well-being to your life while insuring to leave the land a better place for the next generation. We strive to give the complete dining experience with not only the cuisine but our signature cocktails and our seasonally changed wine list. The Cuisine that we create is globally influenced and locally produced whenever possible. Our chefs have a deep appreciation for farm fresh products but also realize these products could come at a great cost and leave a large carbon footprint. While keeping this in the forefront we only source products from the finest farms, fisheries, foragers and artisans that believe in the same vision. The menus are changed with the season and reflect the regional flavors to maximize freshness and minimize the carbon footprint.
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vipMitchellS
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always excellent food, quiet so good for conversation

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vipJAYE
Washington DC
144 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet. Very few customers. Food was well prepared and delicious

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DIANEJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend dining in this restaurant if staying at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel OR if visiting DC. It's worth the trip. No need to make reservations at any other restaurant if you're already lodging there. Jardenea is a best-kept secret in DC dining. Although, maybe not such a secret...

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very friendly, on point with service and knew their job well. The food was amazing from beginning to end. Drinks were flavorable and not watered down. Top notch quality service, well with your money spent.

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Nico
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fast pre theater menu. Or waiter Derek was exceptional!

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CocktailsAcrossColumbia
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Jardenea was hidden off the lobby of the Melrose Georgetown Hotel in Washington DC, and didn't really look like an actual restaurant, more than a collection of tables, but the food was delicious. It was President's Day, so the hotel and the restaurant was very quiet.
The bartender at the lounge was very friendly and helpful, and let the waitstaff at Jardenea know my companion was running late for our reservation, and transferred my cocktail over to the restaurant bill. If you are staying at the Melrose, I recommend Jardenea.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and our waiter were very good but we had to wonder where management was as we waited to be greeted to be seated.

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vipMitchellS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Jardenea. Rotating seasonal menu with 4 meat and 4 fish options. Brussels sprout appetizer and crab cake appetizer great to share. I tried veal cheeks, large portion very tender meat. Sea bass and salmon both excellent as well.
Quiet, great for conversation.
Service was excellent as always.

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vipSteveF
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Odd location and no host/hostess, but very nice.

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vipBruceH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The staff meant well, but the delivery was poor. I appreciated their efforts with putting together an attractive menu, but the slow service really left us wanting more.

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vipmDunk
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place is under-rated, we did 4 courses as part of the theater menu option and it was insanely good. Service was incredible. Only very minor complaint is that on a Friday night they had few guests and was very quiet. It was not a typically restaurant on the side of a hotel experience, but more in that direction than the environment one may expect with food this food. Thank you!

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vipCoralie
New England
47 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

First we had a little struggle to find it as we did not realise that this restaurant was part of a hotel. Once in the lobby it wasn't obvious where to go so we asked. There was nobody there, which was great for us so we had the place to ourselves. The service was good, the food was ok but not great for the price they were asking. Nice atmosphere though

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AngeloE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All in all, a very good dining experience, except the salmon was a tad dry.

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vipMagdalena
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything! High class cooking, fresh real ingredients, welcoming, great service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Overall great food. Brussels sprouts, orzo lobster Mac-cheese that we couldn’t get enough of and incredible veal cheeks. Sides of pork tenderloin were a hit that left the tenderloin seeming only to be average. The texture of cream brûlée was gritty but flavors were solid as was the bourbon pecan dessert. Farm to table spirit was present in the menu but missed in decor which didn’t feel relaxed, and the offering of Norwegian artesian water.

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JCRO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad food. Bad service. Who the heck gave this 4 stars before?!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, great food and service. Plus you can hear yourself talk!

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vipDcling
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time any of us had been to Jardenea, but it won't be the last! We shared the Brussel sprouts, one person had the salmon, another had the pork dish and I had the beet and goat cheese salad and crab cake appetizer and we had 3 different wine. We were very pleased with all the food and the service was superb. In addition, it was very quite which made for good conversation.

I look forward to returning for a meal and also plan to check their meeting pace.

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BeeTee
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service takes a while for larger parties, but the food is great. Seasonal cocktails are more 'strong' than they are 'seasonal' but that's not a bad thing! Staff is friendly, could be more attentive but no real complaints. Overall a decent place, would recc to a friend if they were in the area!

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AndyM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Poor service. Slow.

Uninspired food.

Biggest tell: Jam jars on table at dinner left from breakfast.

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DavidH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey, but worth every penny. First class experience in every way.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beautiful and delicious. We were there for brunch before going to the ballet at Kennedy Center.

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vipthomasc
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Made the reservation online. When I arrived and found the restaurant inside a hotel with mediocre decor, I was worried! All the angst unnecessary. The food was excellent as well as the service. Would recommend

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Yoshipup
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was an overall good experience but The menu choices were somewhat limited.

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative menu and heartfelt if not always flawless service. They got us out in time for our curtain at KC. Nice to have another choice in the neighborhood!

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bdg3019
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food, great presentation. We were one of the only diners there, which was puzzling, but we enjoyed the quiet!

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vipKYLEY
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Change in staff is definitely affecting the best and usual service I am used to there.

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vipDCScott
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A perfect place for a quiet business lunch. Menu suited everyone and with enough choice/variety. Food was very good.

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Scott
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

After a long journey, this restaurant was an easy option. It was quiet, lacked atmosphere but was adequate for tired travellers.

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vipKimdabroker
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first visit. Arrived at 5 for 5:30 reservation. Had to find the bartender to pass the time. Sat at 5:30 and told waiter that we had tickets for 8:00 and needed to leave by 7:30. Food delivery took forever. Finally got entree at 6:50. Rushed thru dinner and dessert. Took a cab to KC since we were out of town to walk. The good was decent but disappointed in kitchen timing. Waiter was good.

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MayW
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dinner after a stressful week visiting patients at GWU Hospital.

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Vach
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s been a couple of years since I last visited. It has improved, though I really enjoyed it then! I would have to say this is one of my FAVORITE restaurants in DC. Responsible sourcing is a huge part of my love for this place, but the preparation, presentation and atmosphere are all excellent. One note: my only negative-ish comment is the lack of a maitre’d or any kind of guidance until you’ve found the restaurant itself. No problem if you’ve been before, but for first-timers, it could be a bit confusing.

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9336
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

No one available to seat us or anywhere in sight. Had to ask hotels front desk to get seated.

Tables on either side of us were un bussed before we walked in and remained that way until we left.

Food crumbs all over the floors under every table.

Had to wipe off our own table which still had crumbs on it.

Ordered eggs benedict and got hardboiled eggs on it

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BobH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A bit difficult to find as there is no signage outside or inside. The restaurant is located off the lobby of the Melrose Hotel, in fact part of the restaurant is in the lobby. It was a Sunday evening and the restaurant was empty when we arrived and empty when we left. Not usually a good sign however the food was excellent. Service was fine as you might expect with being the only people dining that night.

In addition to some appetizers, one of us ordered seared salmon and and the other the lamb shank. Both entrees were delicious and well prepared. The portions were fairly large and we ended up taking home a doggy-bag.

This is a very good restaurant. It is clean, nice ambiance, convenient to Kennedy Center/ GWU area. Maybe it’s new and hasn’t been discovered yet.

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vipCentralRemainsAFavorite
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

William, our waiter, host, and even I think bartender, was unbelievably skilled and able to keep everything going well in the dining room. Everything we ordered, with the exception of one creme brulee, was perfectly prepared, presented, and satisfying. Since the restaurant is in the hotel, one does get a bit of a "hotel restaurant" feeling, but the quality of the service and food was well beyond any typical hotel restaurant.

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JosephF
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice ambience, unfortunately I cannot recommend this establishment because several family members sent their food back and the food server (Nelson) put all our food on one bill. Now I understand this can happen from time to time however, he had no clue how to rectify this situation forcing our party of 12 to split the bill 6 ways which undoubtedly left a sour taste in some mouths because obviously they ate less but were forced to absorb the cost because the server didn't know how( he said it would take him 30 minutes or more as if this was an inconvenience to him.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! The Chef is a culinary genius with seafood and farm to table vegetables.

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vipHeffeln
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food! Empty restaurant. We needed someplace quiet and laidback for a special dinner. Booked 6pm, restaurant was empty. Perfect for us. We were able to relax and connect with old friends. Food and wine were great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Enjoy the quiet while dining at Jardenea. Would have given a better rating on the food served, but I'm particularly fussy with salad and though the ingredients were fresh and tasty, it was a bit overdressed.
Otherwise rest of meal was quite good. Will continue to dine at Jardenea.

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vipBrad
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had excellent service and the food was amazing. Thank you all so much. A prefect pre-theatre meal for date night.

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Jardenea is rated 4.3 stars by 588 OpenTable diners.

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