Jardenea

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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AM
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.

DH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
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.

t
Baltimore
17 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

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

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

DC
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!

b
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!

KY
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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

DC
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.

S
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.

K
Washington DC
40 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.

MW
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

V
Washington DC
1 review
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.

9
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

BH
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.

CR
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.

JF
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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

H
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!

OT
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.

B
Washington DC
8 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.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Très bons plats très copieux (souris d’agneau et entrecôte) ! Dessert un peu plus décevant (crème brûlée). Ambiance calme et tamisée.
Accès pas évident, il faut savoir que c’est le restaurant d’un hôtel, le nom du restaurant n’étant affiché nul part à l’extérieur.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 2nd time we have come to the restaurant. Had the filet and we were not disappointed. Absolutely delicious! The service (Nelson) was first class and his timing was impeccable. If you are looking for a great restaurant with great food and fantastic service in Washington DC....this is it. I will come here again

AR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food. Excellent service.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I put noisy as there was a lady near us who had a loud voice that carried and, in addition to it being distracting, my husband and I could not hear each very well.

Other than that, we both love the restaurant and there is not a lot you can do about loud people.

JC
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fresh bread is great, and the salmon dish is saucy and flavorful. The best part of my meal, however, were the brussel sprouts. I am a big fan of brussel sprouts, and these brussel sprouts were the best that I have ever had.

AE
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went for brunch. The hollandaise sauce on the Eggs Benedict was tasteless and the fried potatoes also lacked flavor therefore disappointing based on reviews that said it was a very nice farm to table restaurant. Service was fine and it is close to the Kennedy Center.

SO
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. Not crowded at all and very fast for farm-to-table food. Too much truffle on the menu. This was perfect for a pre-theatre date, and the prix fix menu.

M
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were a bit nervous because at 7pm this place was nearly empty. But our server was WONDERFUL, and my friend and I cleaned both our plates! (Lobster pasta for me; quinoa and fish for her.) This would be a great spot for folks that need to be near Foggy Bottom Metro.

DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The salmon is the best! The food overall is excellent.

GS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a pre-theater dinner at 5:30 PM on a Saturday night. The food and service were superb but the place was empty. We were the only diners in the restaurant and we saw no other customers at all.

CB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed exceptional service from a waiter named Nelson at dinner before we went to an opera at the Kennedy Center. Fish dishes we had were excellent and well-prepared. Was amazed we had time for three courses in less than one hour. They did a great job serving tasty food on a tight timeframe. Thank you, Nelson!

PM
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific salmon, duck and pear salad. Loved it. Excited to dine there again.

LE
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent
We both chose the pre-theate prefix menu
An excellent value- and honestly a bit too much food

ER
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our fourth time dining here and once again proved to be a phenomenal experience. We dined prior to a Kennedy Center performance and had plenty of time to enjoy some small plates. We were kept on time by our wonderful waiter, Derek, who kept track of our time so that we could just do as he suggested, "sit back, relax and enjoy our dining experience."

The food, and there should be a different word to describe the elevated offerings that are served... cuisine, would be better. My son had the foix gras as he does every time. I had a new prawn dish and of course the brussel sprouts must always be ordered. In a word, SUBLIME!

Thanks so Derek, we had the opportunity to meet the Wizard of Jardenea, Patrick, who graciously came out from behind the curtain to allow us to thank him for the wonderful food. What a humble, talented man!
To be clear, I do not generally enjoy eating out as I am usually disappointed with the quality of the food, consistency of the experience, service, cost, and/or environment. This is one of a handful of restaurants that I look forward to dining. Thank you Jardenea for a wonderful night, and we look forward to the next time!

TH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Put Jardenea on your short list; Our best dining experience in DC!

NY
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the menu selection, great ingredients and that it is health conscious. The portions are large.
THIS RESTAURANT IS IN THE HOTEL - difficult finding it if you don’t know that.
The Krispy Brussels sprouts (appetizer/salad) were actually crispy and warm YAY and had perfect amount of cheese crumble!!! I had the sea bass over blue grits which was delicious and my husband had salmon. Both dishes were fabulous. Did not have dessert so can’t comment on that. Service was great! We will be back when we visit DC in the future.

j
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

we had reservation from a week ago at 7:30 PM but when we ordered appetizer and desert. they were out of both of them. they said they ran out.

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem. It has an elegant, beautiful interior and is quiet. The service by Derek was prompt and professional. The food was outstanding - fresh, delicious, creative. The chef came to our table and introduced himself, a nice touch. I will be coming back!!

OT
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Derek provided very pleasant and inviting service. The room is beautiful, and it's a 10 minute walk to the Kennedy Center. Chef is very responsive to dietary needs and food allergies.

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