Bardea Food & Drink

4.7
761 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 761 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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AIS508
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Arrived early and noticed a nice table was available when I inquired was told that was reserved. Did not notice I could select a individual table when I made the reservation. I hate to say it but I have noticed that when I go to a high end restaurant like Bardea with a black friend we usually get the seat near the kitchen or bathroom. Not the same treatment as when I show up with a white date.

Food was excellent and Bailey was an excellent waitress however due to the way I was treated upon arrival I will never eat there again and would not recommend them to anyone I know.

EI
ExtraordinaryItalian
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service.

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Appreciative
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Well-prepared well-presented delicious dishes. Have dinner before you go.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single menu item is exquisite.

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vipAnna
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Wilmington!

JG
JacquelineG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are originally from Chicago, so we know good food. In the eight years of living in Delaware we have struggled to find a restaurant we love that is consistently good across every dish, every time. Because of this, I was skeptical to try Bardea, expecting it to be another disappointment. I was so happily surprised!

The atmosphere is nice: candlelight, wood floors, a fun wrap-around bar in the front, and wide banks of windows for people watching. The service was good; our server was very attentive while not hovering, and she was able to answer all of our questions fully and accurately.

The best part, of course, was the food. Bardea's menu is meant to be shareable, and we tried five of the dishes. I couldn't believe how flavorful everything was. There were a few things that we were unsure of--like pasta in a pistachio cream sauce--but it was all amazing. The wines were also lovely and not the run of the mill options you get at so many "upscale" restaurants. The prices were pretty spot on as well--good sized portions of amazing food for a reasonable price.

We ate on a Thursday night, during Covid, so I can't speak to the noise level when the world begins to turn normally again. It was very quiet when we were there--only a handful of other diners.

We're excited to return to this restaurant! I would encourage you to not hesitate; it's the best we've had in eight years of living here.

LH
LauraH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice birthday toast and sparkler! Thank you!

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Moni
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and drinks and fast service. Expresso Martini's were Delish!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderfully memorable culinary experience!! Fantastic!!

MK
MKPRGP11172020
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding all around...just a suggestion...when severs bring out the food...maybe have them explain how the dish was prepared... otherwise outstanding.
Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ambiance in Wilmington! Consistently great service, social distancing in full effect, excellent cocktails. The dishes on the updated menu were superb.

TS
vipTammyS
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food and service at Bardea was outstanding!

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vipATLfoodie
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our favorite! The garden dining was a great addition.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service. Mediocre food. Portions have gotten smaller over time. Calamari was tough and tasted burnt. Pasta was over al dente. Ribs are tasty were tender.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In addition to the indoor dining, Bardea has outdoor tent area that is heated. It was really cold this past weekend so we were skeptical but as the host promised it was nice and warm in the tent and it had great ambiance - lots of plants and lights. As usual the food was very declious. We really love The burratta toast, prawns, calamari, and the homemade pasta dishes we each got. Love the coctails there too - especially the limoncello spritzer. Love this place and will definitely be back.

HB
vipHappy2Bout
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Probably our 4th time visiting since Delaware reopened inside dining. Food was the best we’ve had in our 4 visits. So nice to have a legitimate dining option that’s not in Philly. One negative is the music...it’s so flipping loud! Conversation is difficult at best.

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vipSara
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was excellent although the heater turned on with cold air in our direction which was uncomfortable.

BP
BenP
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

fancy and delicious. The portions for a bit smaller than expected for most of the items, even ones not in small plates/appetizers...but this is meant to be a special dining experience. We were seated in the new little outside tent/garden dining area with only 4 tables and we had a party of 8. It was warm when we first entered the tent/garden but then freezing, they could use some more heat lamps. Overall a great time with our friends for a special celebration. Our server was very kind and thorough. Will be back for a date night :)

DD
DruDru
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, personable staff, and the food is the best around. Strong attention to detail. Very thoughtful. Met the owner and head chef. I like 100% recommend.

SV
ShelbyV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going and it was great! The view was beautiful and the food was amazing quality!

LJ
LamarJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every visit is a truly memorable dining experience. Best restaurant in the state.

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vipSuzzy
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time and the BEST meal. Every single thing we ate was amazing.
Ribeye
Catch of the Day
Octopus
Carrots
Banana Pop dessert

AJ
AJP1949
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable evening, loved the variety of flavor experiences.

K
vipKate
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went because of Restaurant Week and was worth it. We tried the avocado (YUM), lamb skewers, meatballs, gnocchi (two orders), a pizza and pastas. The finishing touch was chef's selection of desert. which was small, but appropriate. Instead of only 3 courses, they offered 4. Thinking of going back for take out avocado and gnocchi, it was that good!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe also the fish

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Difficult to order because everything is a la carte or tapas. Food was scrumptious, but details were a bit overwhelming. Not sure what portion suzescwere but our waiter helped tremendously

DO
vipDineOutTravelAbout
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great innovative menu. I like the outdoor seating options - with propane heating.

MK
MaryK
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best meal I’ve eaten in Wilmington. Excellent waiter who made recommendations. Each dish had very unique flavors.

J
Jess
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely every part of the experience at Bardea was out of the world. From the drinks, server’s suggestions, and decor, to the mouth watering and unbelievable reality of every single bite of the menu we sampled. We cannot wait to come back.

PM
PattiM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening with another couple. Service by Willie was exceptional (boy do they wash a lot of plates and silverware) :)

Drinks, food, and company - all 5 stars!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely fancy place

LA
vipLaurenA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Booked reservation for restaurant week but found out when we were seated there was no restaurant week menu, so the meal was a bit more expensive than planned. We were excited to try the food as we had heard such great reviews, and we ordered about 7 plates to share and were mostly pleased with the quality of the food, but much of it didn’t live up to the hype or price tag. The pizza was by far the best dish we had, so next time it’ll probably be one of the only things we order.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall a good experience. My waitress was awesome. Forgot her name but young nice girl that worked Wednesday evening.
Thank you

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Brice
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our 11th anniversary at Bardea, and it was such an awesome evening! The owners wrote us a nice note on our menus, our service was amazing, and the food was so freaking good. Loved the design of the interior, and the complimentary valet is a really nice touch. We'll be back!

SG
SandyG
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bardea was delicious! Food was great, service was fantastic and quick, it was a really aesthetic restaurant and great atmosphere. Only negative - it was pretty loud and noisy.

TM
ThomasM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were here to celebrate October at Bardea. Its become our go to restaurant when we want our excellent dining fix. We ordered small plates and a pizza for our meal. The "Nonna's Meatballs" is my favorite. We had the ribs (Least favorite) and Lamb Skewers which are always a hit with us. The wings were also a hit. We had the Margarita Pizza which was terrific. All in all we had an excellent night.

SA
SaraA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary (belated) with dinner at Bardea. I am a pretty good home cook (if I do say so myself), so when we go out, we want something special. Each plate we shared was interesting, innovative, beautiful and most importantly, delicious. The service was impeccable. We really appreciated the filtered sparkling water for a nominal fee and a full bottle for us to pour as needed (I've gone to 5 star restaurants and waited for a refill of water, which really bugs me). We are already talking about going back in the near future.

BC
BrianC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Bardea for our anniversary. It was our first time out to dinner in a very long time and our first time to Bardea. We could not have been happier with our evening. The food and service was top notch. The atmosphere was elegant but laid back. The staff was friendly and welcoming. I loved the waygu pizzaiola - the broth was amazing. My wife's favorite was the pumpkin cake dessert. Everything was delicious - we also had snapper tartare and the rib eye with mushroom tart. I had the cheese cake for dessert. It is so nice to have this restaurant so close to home. We will definitely be back.

AT
AlexT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very knowledgeable of the menu and recommendations. Food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried was absolutely amazing! Especially the agnolotti. We ordered a few small plates and appetizers and then did the fish and duck for the table. It was so fun getting to try a little bit of everything. We will definitely be back!

FAQs

Bardea Food & Drink offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 426-2069.

Bardea Food & Drink is rated 4.7 stars by 761 OpenTable diners.

Bardea Food & Drink does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.bardeawilmington.com/store/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.