Jardenea

4.5
488 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Pre/post Theatre
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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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Inside The Melrose Georgetown Hotel
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Parking Details
Valet parking only from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm / $7.00. 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, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 488 People Are Saying
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4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Quiet
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

My husband and I enjoyed a delightful early dinner here on a Saturday night prior to a show at the Kennedy center. We were seated promptly and the staff was attentive without being cloying. The food was creative and delicious. I had the beet salad (very good) and wild salmon. The salmon was wonderful, especially given how poor the salmon catch has been these past two summers. Very flavorful and just the right size.
My husband had the crab cake as an appetizer and it was huge, all crab and accompanied by some wonderful, sweet fresh veggies and the Diver Scallops. For dessert we split the lava cake. It was very good maybe could have done with a tad more vanilla ice cream but otherwise delightful. We will definitely recommend to friends eating on this side of town and plan to return if we return to the Kennedy center.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was delicious especially the soft shell appetizer. The service was super. Went for restaurant week.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Met a friend for an early dinner. We weren't going to the theatre but the server was sure to ask when we sat down. Everything we ordered was fresh and well-prepared. My fish was perfect - just barely done! Portions were very generous.

The best part was the ambiance. It was dark but bright, COMFORTABLE and QUIET. I didn't need a light to read the menu. The seats are genuinely comfortable: well-cushioned leather chairs wide enough for real bodies. AND it was not very loud. It was early and the restaurant was probably only 1/3 full however I think it would not be overly loud even a maximum capacity. There is plenty of fabric, carpet and acoustically beneficial decor and tables are a respectful distance apart making it a rarity today where all the hot spots cram you into a super loud industrial space with little thought toward guest comfort.

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4.0Dined on 12 August 2018

Great place for pre-theater dinner. Service was superb. Recommend pre-theater deal if you’re not vegetarian. For vegetarians, it’s cheaper to do a la carte, and they have an entree option not on the menu. The brussel sprouts and lava cake were delicious!!!

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4.0Dined on 10 August 2018

Our pre-theatre meal was an excellent value and the first two courses were delicious. The chocolate lava dessert was overcooked and therefore not molten but it was still tasty. The place was very quiet but we were there between 5 and 7, in order to get to a 7:30 show at the Kennedy Center. I would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on 9 August 2018

Perfect place to dine before catching a show at the Kennedy Center.

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5.0Dined on 8 August 2018

We arrived for a pre-theater dinner with a 5:30 reservation. The restaurant was not immediately noticeable and the Concierge was happy to direct us. There was no one else in the restaurant at the time. We had excellent service and a nice conversation with the Chef. I ordered the summer Mango Gazpacho and the Caesar Salad. The Mango Gazpacho was delicious and served in a bowl rather than cup. The Caesar Salad was artfully arranged with white anchovies (so much better than the oil soaked brown ones) and Brioche croutons.
My friend had the Maine Lobster BLT Salad. The salad was stacked with a generous portion of lobster as the base layered with bibb lettuce, melted tomatoes, haricot verts and avocado puree topped off with pancetta.
Both dishes were creatively presented.
We each left very satisfied with our choices.

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4.0Dined on 7 August 2018

Great place to have pre-theater meal if you have tickets at Kennedy Center. Walking distance to KC, but we Ubered. Food and service was very good. They have a 3 course pre theater menu for $44 which is a good value.

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5.0Dined on 30 July 2018

Fantastic place, a bit hidden away in the hotel, but nice ambiance, incredible food, and fantastic service. It was not at all busy on a Sunday evening. Overall a wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Went to Jardenea before going to the Kennedy Center. The pre-theatre dinner is a great deal. Appetizers and entrees were outstanding, but the desserts were nothing special. Service was first rate.

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Great food, amazing steak, fast service, clean! I would recommend if you have a show at the Kennedy center.

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2.0Dined on 14 July 2018

We were grossly disappointed with our meals at Jardenea. My husband’s steak was over cooked, second time around it was not the freshest cut of steak. My meal - sole stuffed with lobster was salty, my daughter’s salad had a hair in it. The only saving grace was the staff, they were extremely apologetic and was eager to make us happy. At the end of the day, when dining out, it’s the food and Chef that carry the weight.

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5.0Dined on 11 July 2018

This restaurant is a gem! This restaurant was not known to my boyfriend who worked in DC for 40 years. He was astounded that he had not heard of it as it was so good. We both agreed it was the nicest meal we have had in DC in quotes some time. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

We went pre-theater for Hamilton at the Kennedy Center and their prix fixe theater menu was phenomenal. She had crab bisque and smoked duck, I had crab cake and filet mignon, and with two desserts it was $44 each. The walk afterward to the Kennedy Center was quite short.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Outstanding service throughout the meal from Derek. He started off by checking on whether we had a show to catch (we did) and whether we had any allergies or food sensitivities. It's a relief to be asked up front rather than try to ask what's in every dish. The Maine Lobster BLT salad was my favorite -- so delicious, and also felt reasonably healthy. Very creative menu, including the cocktails.

I really appreciate the Pre-theater menu!

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4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

The food was excellent, the service was great, and the pre-theater menu was an excellent value. The server and chef were both conscientious of our timeline for making it to the Kennedy Center for a show. The restaurant was an easy ten-minute walk (for a fit 38-year-old) to the Kennedy Center, so we just left our car nearby and avoided the traffic crush getting to and from the event.

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5.0Dined on 3 July 2018

Visited twice in the past two weeks -- great food, wonderful service and setting at a reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

The food and service were great at Jardenea. We made a reservation before our show at the Kennedy Center and our waiter Joe was attentive and personable, making recommendations on the food and had a great personality. Will definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Brunch was outstanding!! The steak Benedict was fantastic.

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4.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Great place, great food, quality service. I would have rated outstanding, but they don't have enough waiters so while the service is great given their challenges, the establishment would do well to have someone on call as they keep getting busier. It is one of my favorite places in the area.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Thank you Joe for your warm hospitality and wonderful recommendations. We had a fabulous time and enjoyed the creative dishes!

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5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

I was delighted with my goat cheese salad and scallops on sunflower seed ‘risotto’. The restaurant was surprisingly quiet but I understand they are busier when events are at the Kennedy center. I will return when I’m back in DC.

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Spectacular service level - as they were very accommodating to ‘food issues’. Cuisine is very progressive - as they use traditional ingredients in interesting combinations (sunflower risotto with scallops). There are more ‘mainstream servings’ such as rack of lamb, beef tenderloin, and Hawaiian Sea Bass. This was on a trip to the area. But, definitely worth going back to.

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5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

Prompt, professional service in a quiet dining room. Food was excellent, especially the sautéed soft shell crab. Wines were diverse and reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Excellent all around. Food was delicious, nice presentation, and service was top of the line.

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2.0Dined on 1 June 2018

The problem is that service was very slow. After more than half an hour and a couple of requests, a waiter finally came to take our order.

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5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

We had dinner here before a concert at the Kennedy Center. We had wonderful service and our meals were delicious. We both especially enjoyed the crab cake appetizer.

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4.0Dined on 20 May 2018

My family enjoyed brunch at Jardenea. The atmosphere was nice but not quite what I expected. Food was EXCELLENT, service was subpar.

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Delicious meal. Very accommodating. Attentive waiter. Comfortable seating.
Went for a celebratory meal with the family - one gluten intolerant diner, and one vegetarian diner. Good selections for GF, minimal selections for our light-eating veg - but she asked for a fresh fruit (not on the menu), and received a lovely bowl of fresh berries.
Get the Brussel Sprouts for the table to share - they were outstanding! Not inexpensive, but not unreasonably pricey.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

We had a wonderful meal. Dereck was a cheerful and attentive server. The food was delicious. We look forward to our return. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Another wonderful dinner at Jardenea.

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3.0Dined on 10 May 2018

This restaurant came highly recommended. But we found it just so-so. The menu was limited, the food was fresh but the preparation was not. The personnel was very friendly.

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4.0Dined on 10 May 2018

The staff was very nice and the food was great!

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Our first visit to Jardenea was an early one before a concert. We found the service considerate of our eating preferences and our time schedule. Our beet-goat cheese salad was wonderful. My wild salmon was cooked perfectly. My wife's sole was great, perhaps a bit too salty. We were sorry not to have more time to experience the desserts and coffee, and we will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

French toast for brunch is a must try!!!

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Excellent dinner! Was in DC for a work continued education cert, and I found this jewel. The menus was stacked with delicious items, great wine list, service was most helpful, and I walked away full and happy. I even came back for my last night in town. I rarely do that. But this place as worth it!

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Great dining experience! Food was excelllent. Wish the cocktails had a little more variety such as gin, tequila or mezcal drinks, but was happy enough with ordering the Melrose. Thanks for a lovely meal.

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

We chose Jardenea for our anniversary celebration based on reviews. Wanted great food in a quiet setting. Wow! Exceeded all expectations. We will definitely go back. The service was wonderful -- we were able to enjoy the evening at our own pace; our dishes (soft shell crab, goat cheese salad, beef, filet of sole, chocolate cake and creme brûlée) were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. We could tell that all the ingredients were fresh and carefully chosen. The staff helped make the evening extra special for us and we felt right at home. Great options for seating inside and out and very comfortable. Valet parking and the kind attendant who looked after us were also a plus.

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5.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Great food beautifully presented and service beyond superb!

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4.0Dined on 11 April 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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