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About Jardenea

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.

2430 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary European, Global, International

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast:

Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am


Lunch:

Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm


Dinner:

Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Inside The Melrose Georgetown Hotel

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 955-3863 ext. 7240

Website:
http://www.melrosehoteldc.com/washington-dc-restaurants.aspx

Catering:
For private events held in any one of the elegantly appointed meeting rooms, please contact Ms. Heather Renz for special menus @ 202-955-3834

Parking Details:
Valet parking only from 5:00pm-7:00pm $5.00. from 7:00 pm - closing $15.00, based on availability.

Public Transit:
Foggy Bottom Metro

Executive Chef:
Nelson Erazo

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Jardenea Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (17)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
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Fit for Foodies (7)
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Romantic (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Healthy (5)
Authentic (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Seasonal (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

I had a wonderful, quiet meal at Jardenea to celebrate my birthday. We had wonderful service from Nelson, who didn't mind that my boyfriend and I ordered enough food to need two tables pushed together—don't judge! We couldn't agree on a dessert but settled on the lava cake. Nelson surprised us with a mini birthday version of the dessert I had wanted, alongside the dessert we ordered. The ambiance was very peaceful.

The Brussels sprouts were the best part of the meal, hands down. (We ordered one plate of them and immediately ordered another.) We were both very pleased with what we ordered. I hope you enjoy it too.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

FIVE STARS, PERIOD! The food was exceptionally fresh, from farm to table at every bite. First, the service: perfect! Our server, Derrick, was just a refreshing personality, supremely pleasant and unobtrusive. He is a fan of the restaurant and its food. He was our personal server too. I cannot say enough about his attitude, demeanor, attention to detail. We did not expect this kind of treatment, but he showed us the kind of care and concern a place with twice the prices would wish to offer.

Food. Spectacular! We started with the Spinach salad, which was garnished and seasoned to perfection. Our next course was the crab cake. By far, the most amazing crab cake I've had in this region, fresher than the water it was plucked from and sitting atop a mound of veggies and corn, with seasonings that made me wish I had found it sooner. The main course of braised short ribs was so tender and moist, I couldn't find anyone's mama to slap. With all of this excellence, we just slowly ate and relished every single bite. Derrick was the perfect host, ensuring we knew the history of every bite yet staying out of the way as needed. We were not eating bread and he brought us nuts instead to munch on while we waited. The dessert was amazing chocolate lava cake. We are foodies and will not waste calories on bad meals. By far, we believe Jardenea is a HIDDEN GEM in the area and needs to be a known gem immediately. We sang its praises from the first bite and left on cloud 9, knowing our penny and mouths were treated with ultimate respect.

Go here for a date, for an evening at the Kennedy Center or just drop in and get a great meal at a decent price (I would have paid more had they charged it). I'll be back and I hope to see you there!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Restaurant was basically empty. Just 3 other customers besides my husband and I. Very low lighting. We went for a pre theatre dinner. They have a prix fix menu for this. There are 3 appetizers you can chose from. I was told the one I chose, Duck Confit, would take at least 30 minutes to prepare. I told our server that would be fine, he could just bring it out anytime during dinner. A few minutes later the server told me it would take longer than 30 minutes. Obviously, they did not have Duck Confit that night! I ordered the beef tenderloin, medium well. It came out very well done and dry. I ate less than 1/4 of it. The dessert, creme brulee was just OK. We were charged $7.00 for a bottle of sparkling water which is outrageous. I buy the exact same brand for less than $3.00 a bottle.

We will never return nor will I recommend to anyone. Very disappointing.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Love this place. Quiet so you can hear your friends, great food, attentive staff, nice ambience. I am always surprised that it has not really been discovered by others.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My wife and I went to Jardenea for dinner before a NSO concert at the Kennedy Center. We both had the 3 course pre-fix dinner which was delicious and a good deal. The environment was quiet and relaxing. The wait staff was attentive and made sure we left on time to walk to the Kennedy Center (10 minute walk).

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Lovely quiet meal. The server was very good and helpful but unobtrusive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Jardenea offered a really great lunch menu at reasonable prices and attentive, but not over-bearing service for a business lunch in a quiet setting.

I will go back on future trips to DC.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Have dined here 5 times and each time every dinner has been excellent, also nicely presented. Menu changes seasonally. Quiet, off the beaten track.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Ate here before a Kennedy Center performance. Service and food were both excellent. Had a great 3 course pre-fixe dinner for $44, especially for pre-theatre. Highly recommend it, took an Uber to the Kennedy Center afterward, very close by.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Family had a great time and meal at Jardenea on Monday.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We ate here on New Years Eve before a show at the Kennedy Center. It was very close to the theater and worked out well for timing. We informed the staff about our show tickets upon arrival and they did everything to accommodate our departure time so we would not be late to the show.

The Food was amazing! Everything was cooked to perfection, locally sourced and you could see the attention to detail put into each dish. The Fois Gras and Duck Confit Tartlet were perfect starters. For our main course, I ordered the Strip Steak and it was cooked to a perfect medium rare with a savory crust and tender, moist center! My wife ordered the Sea Bass and it couldn't have been prepared better. The prices are astonishingly low considering the caliber of food at Jardenea. I recently spent about double for a similar meal at another D.C. restaurant and the food at Jardenea was bar far prepared to a higher standard!

I will definitely eat here again and I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an exquisite meal.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was pretty bad. Our server was not attentive at all. He completely forgot a couple of requests and other servers stepped in for him for other basic duties. He just disappeared several times. We watched another server that was definitely attentive to his table. He described dishes and offered specials. Ours did not. The other server even had to pick up our check to process payment

The food was okay. Appetizer was better than the main course. The intermezzo was super sweet orange sherbet-like that did nothing to cleanse or refresh the palate. The main course was duck that was rubbery in a chewy/soggy dough. Not worth the price. The experience was disappointing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The pre theater menu was amazing - the crab cake was artful, large portion and fantastic. The steak was a perfect medium rare and high quality piece of meat. The chefs menu was an impressive deal that did not compromise on quality. (Available 5pm-7pm — appetizer, entree, dessert ...$44). Highly recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great service and excellent food a pleasant surprise!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was excellent but service was a problem. We had a show to go to and told them and despite that, the waiter disappeared and the food almost came too late to eat.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Loved the margarita pizza, drinks are strong!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We were looking for a good pre-theater dining option before our show at the Kennedy Center. The food at Jardenea was fantastic, particularly the smoked duck, but everything tasted great. The service was impeccable. Our waiter could answer any questions (one in our group is lactose intolerant) and made sure the cook knew we had to make an 8:00 pm show. It was a Sunday night and therefore probably slow so the restaurant was quiet, but perfect for dinner conversation. Entrees were pricey, but thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Restaurant is a short walk to the KC shuttle stop.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My friend and I had lunch here before going to the Kennedy Center. It was a Saturday and the restaurant was nearly empty but the food was delicious and we will definitely return. Want to try it for dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is a great restaurant. A must go if you are in the DC area. The staff from Chef Nelson, to our waiter Derek and food and beverage manager, Rudy, did an exceptional job making our dinner experience unforgettable.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was spectacular. Great atmosphere. The presentation and smells of every ingredient was superb.
The best fresh meal in the area.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent Service and Great Food. Very generous portions. Has a pre theatre menu.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Loved the service and enjoyed every bite of the meal . Affordable and reasonable price mark for both foods and drinks

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Service and food was excellent. The young handsome chef Patrick came to see how everything was. Definitely recommend to my friends

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great experience. Why was this place empty on early Sunday evening? The prix fixe pre-theater menu was a very good value. A very ample crab cake appetizer was especially superb. Sophisticated understated modern decor.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was our 1st time to Jardenea which is in the Melrose Hotel. This lovely high-end Boutique Hotel has a wonderful vibe with a great Bar/Lounge as you enter & the restaurant across the entrance is Farm to Table. Derek our waiter greeted us warmly with his enthusiastic personality & made our night explaining the menu which the Chef changes seasonally. He was genuinely interested in our dining experience & made sure the evening was perfect. We will be dining there on Thanksgiving Day with another couple & requested Derek be our waiter again. Looking forward to the terrific Thanksgiving Day menu which has many choices besides the Traditional Turkey meal.

Tags: Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We came in and there was no host/hostess, no waiter, nobody behind the bar or any staff. They had a single waiter working in the place, and the poor guy was doing everything.

The food isn't bad, its ok. But, It is not worth what you are going to pay, there are plenty of better restaurants in DC.

This place is ok if you can't book a table for a big group and need somewhere to go for business without looking cheap then this is fine. Otherwise, book somewhere with a better ambience, adequate staff, support and a more modern menu. I spent about $500 for a 6 person dinner, two bottles of wine without dessert.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was good, but it was hard to find initially because it is inside the Magnolia Hotel, which was not as clear and obvious as I would have liked. Additionally, if you sit at the high top tables, the cold air coming in from outside was less than desirable. Otherwise, the food was good, albeit a bit pricey.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Loved this restaurant. The food was delicious and the servers were so kind, attentive. I asked for a different type of salad dressing for the meal I was ordering and they were happy to make the adjustment. A couple of others requested some changes as well and the staff went out of their way to do as requested and to make our meal a pleasant one.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This restaurant is never crowded and the chef does an excellent job! Loved the crab cake app and rack of lamb!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good food reasonably priced within walking distance of Kennedy

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Wonderful food at Jardenea and a great happy hour at the bar! Jardenea is great for a quite date or even renting the space for an intimate party. I even brought a special dessert to share with my husband to remember our wedding anniversary and the staff plated it beautifully with fresh strawberries. The tucked away Jardenea is a gem in the District!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Just got back from having dinner at Jardenea and it was the best dining experience we’ve had in a long time. We found Jardenea at the last minute on OpenTable and we’re so glad we did. Beautiful restaurant, quiet, jazz music and best of all, Derek. From the moment we walked in he made us feel welcome and special. Derek is simultaneously extremely professional and informative, yet warm and personal. He exudes service. Oh - and our food was excellent - flavorful, balanced and served HOT which seems to be a problem at even the higher end places we’ve eaten lately. We had the Caesar salad, crab bisque, sea bass and filet, all were wonderful and well presented. Highly recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My dining companion had been there before and raved about the food. We sat outside because it was a beautiful evening. But as it became dark, there was no lighting on the patio and we asked for a candle; they could not produce one so we ate our entrees in complete darkness. Service was incredibly slow and the food was good but nothing special. Will not return anytime soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This was our first visit to Jardenea, but we found the experience memorable. The menu is rich in its use of local ingredients and in the incorporation of new elements in imaginative ways. We shared an appetizer of roasted Brussels sprouts with goat cheese (it's a very large portion for one person!) that was exceptionally delicious. We both had scallops for entrees: the presentation and accompanying ingredients were excellent, but the scallops themselves were slightly overcooked (and thus a little rubbery). The service was outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Pricey compared to what was advertised on websites. Not very healthy cooking/choices, but tasty. Dessert was not good. Don't order Creme Brulee

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

A very enjoyable dining experience. A server was attentive and accommodating. We told him we were attending a show at The Kennedy Center and he made sure we were out on time without feeling rushed. The food was so delicious and the cocktails fun. Would definitely go back and highly recommend it for a pre-Kennedy Center dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Food was delicious, service was jus the right amount of attention and the ambiance was very nice for a business lunch. I look forward to eating here again.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Fabulous, friendly service. Reasonably priced glasses of wine. Fun version of Caesar salad. Excellent scallop entrée with creative and delicious vegetable accompaniment. Very quiet on a Sunday night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was big reason to return; serving staff was gracious and attentive; chef came out to ask about dishes (pretty unusual for this area at this point). Was not expecting the quality of food and choices available given the surroundings/location -- so was pleasantly surprised.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Amazing food! Everything was beautifully prepared and it was delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Groups
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