Bardea Food & Drink

4.9
915 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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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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 915 people are saying
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Micheles
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing dining experience. We all loved everything we had. It’s pricey but you will not find these pairings anywhere else. Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Rusty
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really love Bardea. It is the very best restaurant in Wilmington. Everything is excellent, but we really enjoy the meatballs and gnocchi. I had the rigatoni and my wife had the messe penne. They were both very good. We also don’t want to forget the grilled romaine that was a great start to our meal. On top of all the great food, the service was attentive and very professional. We give Bardea top grades all around.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. Loved the small plates.

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Grey
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Modern concepts applied to traditional dishes. Unique flavor combinations and spice pairings. Great for date even better for a group as dishes are designed to be shared.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service.
One request would be for more of a veggie or salad selection for the side dishes. Otherwise never disappointed.

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vipapettinaro
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bardea! I’ve been many times it never disappoints. The food is always incredible & they have a great wine selection. The margarita sorbet cocktail is my fave it’s so good! Most recently we came here to celebrate my friends Emmy nomination, we were greeted at the table with champagne and had excellent service throughout. I can’t wait to come back!

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vipMunchieguys
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited before many times, and we always like to sit at the bar, but we have been seated in the dining room as well. Our bartender Zack is simply wonderful and always gives us the best service. The food truly is outstanding and well-presented. We will always come back as we know that they consistently provide excellent food, service and care for their customers.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we entered the building we knew it was going to be a wonderful experience. The host was professional & above all had a wonderful attitude. Our server was very professional, knowledgeable of the menu & very accommodating.

The food was above average. I was particularly a huge fan of the cheese board as it had some solid choices on it. Cocktails were also great. I rate my overall experience A+

We will be returning 😎

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food, slow service. Apps and drinks came out fast and then it was 45 minutes for the entree and 30 minutes after we finished eating to pay.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate and drank was absolutely delicious. The restaurant is beautiful and the service was exceptional. I would highly recommend dinner here to anyone.

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vipQueenie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great atmosphere. Went here for early dinner on a Saturday night. recommend the calamari, spicy honey pizza with an spritz. We’ll definitely back.

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AnnMarieM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the most original food I have had in many years. Each dish was a gastronomical delight served with impeccable attention and panache. The cuisine, staff and service come together to deliver a symphonic experience. You will be talking about your dinner for days, as have I.

Thank you for doing what you do so well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants we’ve ever eaten at! Such a diverse menu, with every bite being better than the next! In addition, being a vegetarian provided a lot of great options!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was inventive and delicious. Service was great. Highly highly recommend for either a special occasion or just a fun night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Chris our waiter was fantastic and knowledgeable about everything on the menu. Highly recommend.

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David
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in town: multiple small portions, meant for sharing, of really creative and inventive dishes that you'd never get anywhere else. It's also one of the most expensive restaurants in town. Service is very attentive, though for some reason the main meal is frequently delayed; so not good before the theatre. Trendy music, trendy people ... energetic, and loads of fun: definitely a "special occasion" place. But take time to savor - my friend and I met there for a meal, and never felt rushed, even though we sat and talked for 3 1/2 hours! Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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vipTammyS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! I mentioned when booking the reservation that we would be celebrating a birthday, and from the moment we arrived and throughout the dinner, the birthday celebrant was pampered!

As always, the food was exceptional!

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JaniceC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW!!!
We loved our dinner, the server, the hostess and the owner. The small plates and sharing were excellent. I highly recommend the fries, the pastas, the lamb. But the best part was the banana desert and the chocolate peanut butter dessert. I forget the names.
We can-t wait to go back.

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vipBethie521
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, beautiful ambience. Food was delicious- loved the small plates and plates for sharing. We had a wonderful time celebrating together!

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George
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bardea is a great place, on Friday 5/21 it was the greatest place... going in as the first group of mask-less customers and seeing the smiling faces of the greet and wait staff was very uplifting -- it was a celebration

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SophieS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to visit since COVID, and to celebrate our anniversary. Everything is terrific. Cannot wait to go back and try more.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

First time here - didn’t really know what to expect. Tapas style with a unique twist on Italian food. The portions are small and the food is not what you would expect as typical Italian. Beautiful presentation but some items lacked luster in flavor. It may just not be my preferred style but one should be open for an experience when dining here.
The staff was super friendly from the hostess to the food runner, to the server and to the owner who came by and checked on meals.
I can tell you one thing, the fries and bread were fabulous. The grilled romaine and the meatballs were good, the ravioli sub par - tiny portion, undercooked (much below al dente) and the cheese just wasn’t great, the ribs were a bit fatty and not my favorite but that may just be a preference. I definitely recommend to try the place at least once for an experience and this place is not for the picky eaters. The menu is hard to understand as there are a lot of terms not easily understood to the public.
The owner however did bring it all back with dessert. The strawberry pop... incredible. A gourmet version of the strawberry shortcake ice cream and it was devine. The donut with caramelized bananas left us wanting a dozen more.
Overall I would definitely recommend the place to be experienced with an open mind. The small plates are meant to be shared but are still small portions so it is a good idea to order a bunch of things to try. And don’t forget dessert!
Drinks from the bar were also great.

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Stefanie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and great pacing of the meal. Great place to go and enjoy a good time with friends and have a great dining experience.

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globalgranny
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really outstanding food. Very unique! No same old, same old here. Special and scrumptious!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply Devine

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The entire staff was well informed and graciously entertained my questions about wine pairings, aging and tannins of such as I glided from course to course matching fork to mouth and palette to fulfillment.

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vipStephanieJ
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I went with a group of 4. The service was excellent and the food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walked off Market St in Wilmington into Rittenhouse square. The food, atmosphere, drinks, really everything was excellent. We had a lot of food and there wasn’t anything I didn’t want more of as we were eating it. The burata pop tart is stupid good. So was the veal cheek pasta. Everything we got was so good that I’d def go back and order all different things just because and I’d know I’d be happy!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual

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DianaP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere ~ delicious food ~ great experience! Even had complementary valet parking.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Bardea, but it definitely won’t be our last. We wanted a special night out to celebrate our anniversary, and from beginning to end, everyone made the night magical. We were greeted with a personalized menu wishing us “happy anniversary” and received small flutes of champagne to sip on while our first drinks were prepared. The food was amazing, and we ended up ordering ten dishes in a mix of the raw bar, snacks, small plates and desserts. Our only regret was not being able to try even more!
This is a gem in downtown Wilmington that you don’t want to miss!

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HaileyS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Chris and he was absolutely amazing. He knew the menu extremely well and was able to give great suggestions. The food was the best food I have ever had or at least in a extremely long time. The chef really knew what he was doing. Thank you to the Chef and staff for such a wonderful time. We will be back time and time again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding!

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VanessaH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & atmosphere! Recommend for those with adventurous dining spirits.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here was just as delicious as the first. Can't wait to return.

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Rusty
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Wilmington. Has lost nothing in terms of its quality during the pandemic. We cannot say enough good things about the entire experience from the time we walked in and the time we finished our wonderful meals. We will be back frequently.

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vipLavoy
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and explanation of food was excellant. All food flavors fantastic, some a little difficult to eat, as creation was beautiful and breaking them down to bite sized portions hard without making a mess. Maybe planned by chef to make you slow down and concentrate more!😃

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Jeremy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bardea is an impressive spot in Wilmington. Our server, George, was incredibly accommodating and had great suggestions. I ordered a cocktail that was no longer being served due to a missing ingredient. He recommended two other types of cocktails which the first had riffed off of. He also walked us through their wine list and helped pair our meal. I booked a reservation a day in advance and was lucky to find a time. Statewide COVID protocol was met in all aspects of the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First date night out in ages! Wonderful food wonderful experience. Felt very safe. Our favorite restaurant in Wilmington.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bardea is quickly becoming our go-to preferred location for date night. The food is incredible, creative, and always hits the spot. The setting and ambiance of the restaurant is elevated and romantic. Our server, Emily, was prompt, knowledgeable, and kind and we must mention Eric who recommended a lovely wine to pair with our food while stopping in to refill our waters. Our best date and meal in a long time! We will 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 4.9 stars by 915 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.