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Jardenea

4.4
450 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Quiet Conversation
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary European, Global, International
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Hours of operation


Breakfast:

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


Lunch:

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


Dinner:

Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 955-3863 ext. 7240
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nelson Erazo
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Inside The Melrose Georgetown Hotel
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Parking details
Valet parking only from 5:00pm-7:00pm $5.00. from 7:00 pm - closing $15.00, based on availability.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom Metro
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
What 450 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.3
service
4.2
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4.0
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Noise · Quiet
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food beautifully presented and service beyond superb!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

This is a great place for a pretheater dinner, about 15 minutes walk from the Kennedy Center. The menu is short, but everything is really delicious. I don't think you can go wrong no matter what you order. This time I had the sole, which was very good. Coffee is also very good. The dining room is comfortable and cozy, broken into several small spaces. Service is professional and fairly efficient.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Both the food and the service were impeccable. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We went on a Sunday evening. The restaurant was quiet so that we could easily talk. The service was outstanding. The food (locally sourced) was very good. My salad (goat cheese) was outstanding -- and who thinks of salad as being a standout? The soft shell crab was very good- albeit a little salty.

Both of my dining companions had the beef wellington and raved about how good it was.

We'd definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We sat in the lobby dining area, by request, for Sunday brunch and loved it. The service was great, and our brioche French came with a lovely assortment of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries; all delicious. The Atlantic breakfast came complete with eggs, home fries, bacon and toast and was an ample portion. Coffee was served in a small pot for each diner; very nice. We will go back to this restaurant for sure!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was fantastic, with everything from the bread to the dessert being 5 star. I had the grass fed beef and enjoyed every mouthful. My wife had the duck and couldn't stop raving. The only slight issue was it being marked as a two dollar sign restaurant. While being worth every penny, the price with tip was over $120 for three people with no appetizers, one shared dessert and one glass of wine for me. This "compliant" is more a reflection of the OpenTable rating that the restaurant itself. I would highly recommend Jardenea

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great place to meet friends and talk or have a romantic dinner

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We loved our dinner at Jardenea. We went with our parents who are considering hosting an event there.

We had a great experience: the food and the service were both fantastic and we could have a conversation without screaming.

Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We received great service and food at Jardenea. My colleagues had crab sandwiches, which they said were very good and I had the shrimp parpadelle, also excellent. We shared the profiteroles, which were fine. Coffee is really good too!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Quiet. One can talk and can hear one's friends.
Very good duck. Friends enjoyed their entrees, too (scallops/ steak)

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Lovely place, professional and pleasing service. One of my favorite places. Best of all, it is relatively quiet so you can hear your table mates.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This was our first time to DC and to Jardenea. My son had the filet, I had the sea bass and my husband had the Duck Wellington. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We also had the lava cake and cream brûlée for dessert; delicious. Pricey but good!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Jardenea is one of my favorite restaurants largely because of the excellent food - have never been disappointed in a meal - and because it is that rare place in Washington that one can have a conversation without competing with loud music that leads people to shout to be heard. It is a calm oasis with well-sourced, seasonal menus beautifully prepared. At my last meal, I swooned over a brilliant short rib while my companion equally loved her scallops - the brussel sprouts were to die for. It is my go to.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We are foodies and felt the food was amazing. We had the sea bass and duck Wellington. The service was pretty good, but nothing that stood out like it would at a great fine dining place. We were there on a quiet evening.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Lovely staff, attentive and friendly; warm, inviting decor/atmosphere and good food. I enjoyed meeting a college friend for a reunion lunch there and we had a wonderful dining experience. I plan to visit again.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

A friend and I came here for sunday breakfast before his flight left. It was located inside the hotel. If we had been guests of the hotel it would have been very convenient and a decent option but the food wasn't amazing. it was good, but there are other places in the area I would have tried if I had known it was primarily just a hotel restaurant. The service was great and everyone was very friendly, though!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Lovely place set in the Melrose Georgetown. Quiet setting in a nice-sized, not too big. Enough room between tables to converse. Food was excellent, waitstaff polite and unpretentious. Would refer to a friend-

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We arrived on the early side for a weekend dinner (5:30) because we were attending a concert at the Kennedy Center afterwards (8 pm). There was no one at the entrance at first, so we had to wait a few minutes to get seated. At times throughout the night we had trouble flagging down a waiter, especially to pay for the bill and make it to our event. It was a nice setting, very quiet. It would have been walking distance to the Kennedy Center, but it was raining so we took the bus from the Foggy Bottom metro.

The food was good. One of us got the pre-theater prix fix menu (appetizer + entree + dessert), and the other got a single entree. This was the perfect amount of food for the two of us. The crab cake (appetizer), scallops (main), and sea bass (main) were all delicious. The seafood was cooked very well - crisp on the outside and soft in the middle. However, by the end of the meal, everything seemed a little bit salty. The chocolate lava cake (dessert) was good.

We were celebrating an anniversary and marked that in the Open Table reservation, so they gave us each a complimentary glass of champagne.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great cosmopolitan feeling walking in but totally void of personnel.
No one to meet/greet. No one to address our table for at least 10 min and we were a party of 8 in the first EMPTY room.
The waiter then came with water - nothing else. This service continued throughout and we all felt that waiter was either high or brain dead.
Kind of hard to address the good food when we had to constantly ask for service.
Go for drinks but plan on spending a lot of time waiting for one

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was superb, the service- fantastic, the ability to hold a conversation without shouting -appreciated. Lived in the area for years but never heard of this restaurant and based on the quality of the food this is one of Washington's best kept secrets.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Nothing wrong with the food and service - both good. Duck Confit appetizer was yummy. However, good luck if you plan to use their valet parking. The web-site for the Melrose Hotel stated parking was $5, but they insisted on charging $15. The valet sent me to the front desk and the front desk sent me to the valet. Even though I showed the ONE SENTENCE on their site that said how much the parking was, both the front desk and valet just stared at it as if it was highly technical or in another language. Very frustrating. As a result, I was stressed going to the theater and made it to my seats at the Kennedy Center maybe 2 minutes before the performance. If you go, allow an extra 20 minutes to haggle over the cost if you use their parking...

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Service was attentive, food delicious with very reasonable prices, nice decor.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

4 Star quality food with a two star price! Need I say more.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Took advantage of Restaurant week - I had the filet and my wife the scallops. Both delicious and perfectly prepared. The crab cake appetizer was delicious and almost a meal unto itself.

We shared a carmel creme brulee and a chocolate lava cake. I know chocolate lovers will love the lava cake - it was more than I could handle - but my wife indicated it was very good.

The appetizers and main course were excellent. The ingredients were fresh, and the combinations kind of "danced" on my tongue. Definitely visit again. Highly recommend and a GREAT value for restaurant week.

The restaurant wasn't too busy, but I did notice the service was a bit inconsistent. Initially, it was great, but our waiter became distracted with new arrivals and it did take about 15 minutes to get the attention of our waiter for our bill. Not a big deal. It's a comfortable 15 minute walk to the Kennedy Center - the perfect distance to make you feel like you earned the meal, I would absolutely consider it as a "goto" spot before a show.

Based on the conversations at nearby tables - we were not the only theatre goers in attendance.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The food and atmosphere were great! We were able to have a nice conversation while enjoying the experience. The wait staff was very attentive.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The Restaurant Week menu (3 courses for $35) was excellent value for a delicious and satisfying meal. The crabcake was exemplary with large flakes of perfectly seasoned crab and fresh local salad leaves. The filet mignon arrived in two thick chunks -- I could only manage to eat one of them -- and was tender and cooked exactly as ordered. The accompanying truffle dauphinoise was exquisite. Creme brulee was something of a let down, with a very thin caramel crust and the custard slightly grainy as if scalded. Brewed coffee was very strong and smooth, and I recommend it very highly. The ambience was discreet and low key, and Derek's service was solicitous and friendly.

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2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Unorganized

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Dined during Restaurant Week but will definitely go again. Excellent service and the food was exceptional .

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Love this place for a pre-theater evening. The food is delicious. The beef and fish dishes we chose were both perfectly cooked. The service is attentive - esp. if you alert the staff to the need to make it to the theater at a certain time. We went during restaurant week - an added plus for cost. Even during reg. times, the restaurant prices are totally appropriate for the location and food quality.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

My wife and I had dinner here before a Kennedy Center show. We were quite pleasantly surprised. We order the pre-theater price-fixed dinner and thought the food was great and very reasonably priced. The place was empty (it was a Sunday night) and therefore very quiet. Our waiter, whose name unfortunately I cannot recall, was great. Overall, it was very enjoyable and I would highly recommend it, especially for a pre-theater dinner.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

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2.0Dined on January 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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