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Bardea Food & Drink, Wilmington, DE

Bardea Food & Drink

4.8
4.8
1462 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Bardea, pronounced: bar-DAY-ah, is the Italian term for "the goddess of food and drink." The stunning, 120-seat restaurant utilizes ingredients from local Delaware Valley farms and purveyors, and features modern interpretations of traditional Italian and Mediterranean dishes. In 2019, Bardea Food & Drink received a semifinalist nomination in the James Beard Foundation’s “Best New Restaurant” category.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (302) 426-2069

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Antimo DiMeo

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Cross street

    7th and Market

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,462 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Italian

  • Delaware

    Best Overall

  • Delaware

    Best Food

  • Delaware

    Best Service

  • Delaware

    Best Ambiance

  • Delaware

    Fit for Foodies

  • Delaware

    Hot Spot

  • Delaware

    Notable Wine List

  • Delaware

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Delaware

    Italian

  • Delaware

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic experience at Bardea. Our server George was great and the food was spectacular. It was our wedding anniversary and they added some lively touches to make the evening special.
  2. JA

    JoeA

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food, service and overall decor were excellent. We really enjoyed everything! Only thing I’d mention is that they had a ton of tables squeezed into the dining area. That made it feel a bit cramped and this also making the noise level high as well. Ultimately, wouldn’t deter us from going back to this great spot!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Once you discover that the plates are extremely small it is very overpriced. Not really Italian I am not sure what you would refer to it as. Food taste wise was ok/good but there is just not much overall value. It’s Wilmington DE, which has been ranked the 9th most dangerous city in America, we need to “cool our jets” on the NYC pricing.
  4. SR

    SteveR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this meal was amazing, would visit Wilmington again just to eat here.
  5. M

    Mitch

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Have the avocado dish. It was outrageously delicious! Skip the donut.
  6. k

    kayleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Our server Alyssa knew exactly what was used to make every dish! Definitely coming back soon.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was excellent
  8. RM

    RobynM

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Here for a graduation! Did not disappoint
  9. LC

    LynnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was wonderful and made my sons birthday dinner so special. The food was amazing and. We’ll definitely be back
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was perfect
  11. o

    outnabout

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    I have no doubt that many diners, included many who were at Bardea with us last night will disagree strongly with my criticisms, and I fully admit that they are base largely on personal preference rather than objective failures, but this is my review so...Bardea failed my 3-strike rule for returning to a restaurant: Despite making a reservation over 3 weeks ago, when we arrived we were shown to a high top in the bar. Sorry, guys. High tops in the bar are for overflow and walk ins, not guests with reservations. We asked for a table in the dining room, and whaddya know, one just happened to open up. Our request was handled graciously and without complaint, but still. Strike one I'm all for a lively atmosphere and I like Techno. But, by logic, patrons will need to speak louder than the music, increasing the decibel level beyond the music volume. The result was an environment where conversation with my wife across a small 2-top, let alone communication with out server was difficult, at best. Setting the music volume down a notch or two would solve the problem. Strike 2 When you're already running out of multiple menu items at 7:30, that's just poor inventory management. Strike 3. Again, I fully acknowledge this one rests on personal preference, but for me, artful presentation does not compensate for excessively small portions when it comes to calculating value. I'd rather pay for more ingredients than the extra time spent in the kitchen pretentiously arranging the plate. Strike 4 Overall the food was good (shout out to the mushroom tart - ironically the most mundane looking dish, by far) but there was nothing I'll likely remember a month from now, let alone want to come back to try again. As noted above, I'm sure all of these complaints fall flat with many diners, so if this is your kinda place, knock yourself out.
  12. DV

    DaniellaV

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely would visit again and would recommend! No complaints! Great food, great service. Thank you for making our night feel special!
  13. KS

    KiraS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Had to wait 45 mins didn’t get seated until 8:30 for a 7:45 reservation :( all of my other experiences have been much better but the food was still superb.
  14. BL

    BrettL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appetizers and entrees were imaginative and really well prepared. The meatball appetizer is incredible.
  15. RR

    RuthR

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was excellent. The system of food delivery (no course pacing, all “family style”) detracts from the overall dining experience. Again, the food is fantastic. We’ve dined here many times and will continue to return. I just wish they’d manage food delivery to the table better. We had long periods with nothing and then many plates at once.
  16. J

    John

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Too noisy would be my only complaint. Otherwise best dining experience 50 miles around.
  17. MM

    MMD14

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience1
    Long wait dropping car at valet and upon arrival with hostess. Finally seated 20 minutes after reservation time. Restaurant clearly and intentionally overbooked. Another 20 minutes before we received first drink and subsequent drinks hard to come by. With all that said, food was fantastic. NY Strip and cuddle fish very good. Best meal in some time but hard say it was all worth the wait. Waitress was great but clearly she was stretched thin based on number of tables she was covering. Definitely room for improving overall customer experience.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Absolutely outstanding. The food is absolutely incredible! You must try the king salmon. Hands down the best piece of salmon I’ve ever had!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    How is the food that good? Every single dish was interesting and delicious. I will be back again and again to eat those Amazing dishes. The avocado, the mushroom tarts, the freaking carrots, the Kobe beef, the risotto, the ramen, the steak. Geez… even the bread plate was scrumptious. The service was slow at times. They brought extra dishes to our table repeatedly- not sure what was going on with service. We usually have better service there. The restaurant is loud. Makes it difficult to have a conversation with everyone at the table.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great experience!! Loved it
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!
  22. RC

    RobC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and great service. The small plates were all delicious. I especially liked how the server explained how each dish was prepared when it was brought to the table. The only negative was the noise level - simply too loud.
  23. S

    Suebee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic and service was outstanding!! Thanks for a wonderful experience!
  24. R

    Rufus

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We tried the appetizers and quite a few small plate items. Everything was delicious. The drinks were awesome. And we can't say enough good things about our server George. He's a real gem.
  25. AJ

    AndrewJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service. Great Food. Great Cocktails. Thank you for making our anniversary amazing.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bardea is amazing. The food, the drinks, the ambiance - amazing. If you haven't dined here, you need to.
  27. BL

    BLR21

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience1
    Too noisy. Tables too close and poorly arranged. Impossible to have a conversation. Service was very good.
  28. CV

    CaitlinV

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything we ate was very tasty and the food came out extremely hot. The restaurant is on the louder side, but other than that we had a great evening.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BARDEA IS ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN DE. THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL WITH FOOD AND DRINKS IS OUTSTANDING!! MY SON AND I HAVE BEEN GOING HERE FOR QUITE SOMETIME AND IT NEVER DISAPPOINTS! WE CELEBRATED MY SONS 7th BIRTHDAY THERE THIS WEEKEND AND THEY MADE HIM A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY MOCKTAIL! ALONG WITH THE WHOLE RESTAURANT SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HIM!
  30. J

    Janigan

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal experience every time we come! Menu is so unbelievably creative; we always find something we've never seen on a menu anywhere else - and it's beyond our expectations! Each plate is an artistic expression with an eclectic blending of flavors you'd never consider would go well together, but they DO! The bar and dining rooms are beautiful and crisply decorated, especially the decorative wall with the accent lights. Even the restrooms are spa-like. Everything immaculately clean. Our waiter, Ryan, was so knowledgeable and offered wonderful suggestions and background information on selections we considered. He timed the courses perfectly, and with his team members, the transition from one to the next was seamless and unobtrusive. The only negative we might offer is the noise level. We love an "energetic" atmosphere, but it is almost impossible to have a conversation even when you are directly across from one another. Perhaps an acoustic adjustment would help....? Overall - ALWAYS a memorable and delightful experience!
  31. EM

    EMM1969

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful restaurant experience. Everything is prepared with such care, quality and exquisite taste. My daughter has many food allergies and the kitchen took great care with the options on the menu for her and for our table. Absolutely love this place!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time I return to Bardea I’m amazed. Everything on the menu is so good. I ordered the pork and it had the best flavor and literally fell apart.
  33. SA

    SusanA

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    OK. So the food was good. Not unusual for Italian in Wilmington. Packed and loud, aka Covid Central. $2 per person for basically tsp water. $5 if you want a piece of bread. Pasta dishes that the waiter tells you up front “ won’t fill you up” Somehow they managed to commandeer precious Market St. parking for valet service. Have to wonder who’s palm was greased for that? At the end of the day, we have many places, especially N. Wilm, Glen Mills, Chadds Ford, Little Italy, that are at least as good, more comfortable, and more reasonable. This was our second, and probably last visit.
  34. B

    B3autifulmahogany10

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came in for my best friends 28th birthday and all the staff was so accommodating. We were running late and they were able to still accommodate our table passed the 15min grace period. Our server George was excellent!! He had such a great attitude and lively personality; made our dinning experience not only fun but welcoming and enjoyable. This was my first time in and I will definitely be back for another Smokey Old Fashioned!!!
  35. KL

    KLRB

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    We were in town for a family reunion; and i was intrigued by the James Beard nomination, as well as the menu. Well, when we arrived, it went exactly the opposite of how we were expecting. Portion sizes were small, and I guess we were expecting the 'small plates' to be entree size. The menu isn't explained well online so people know what to expect when they dine (at least, not on the actual menu page). It's very much of a 'order a lot to share so you end up with a giant bill at the end'. We left hungry, so went back to our hotel room and ordered a pizza for delivery from up the street, which filled us up.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my daughter and her boyfriend graduating from high school. It was everyone’s first time dining at Bardea. We had the bread board, gnocchi, wings, burrata pop tart, feed the table bronzino, streak and prime rib steaks. Everything was outstanding! The service by Jenna was warm and very informative. Definitely a must visit if you’re in Wilmington!
  37. AO

    AaaaOooo

    Philadelphia

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Much thanks to all of the wonderful, hard working, and professional staff at Bardea. We had a wonderful evening of cocktails, appetizers, wine, pasta, meats, fish, dessert, coffee, and digestifs. The hostesses were accommodating and this place gets it. Thank you!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent and the staff treated us exceptionally well, helping us celebrate the week before our wedding. The food was delicious.
  39. N

    Noah

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with thought put in throughout the entire menu.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant in Wilmington.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bardea Food & Drink using the Order Online button. Bardea Food & Drink also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 426-2069.

Bardea Food & Drink is rated 4.8 stars by 1462 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Bardea Food & Drink

620 North Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801

Additional information

  • Cross street

    7th and Market

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Antimo DiMeo

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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