Jardenea

4.3
515 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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 5:00 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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Jardenea will be offering a special four course Prix Fixed dinner for $65.00 + our regular dinner menu, will be open from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 515 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered tasted great. They came in big portions too. Service was excellent.

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KH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jardenea was great! It was super close to the Kennedy Center which made it perfect for a pre-theater dinner! We both had the pre-theater fix meal and it was great! The chef came out and asked us about our meal.

Like other comments mentioned, it was hard to actually locate the restaurant as there is no sign and it is hidden, but the hotel desk was able to assist us promptly.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was one of the best meals I’ve had. Everything was presented beautifully and tasted magnificent. We found on google maps as we were staying nearby... so glad we did! Would highly recommend!

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BH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I arrived (with a breakfast reservation that was unnecessary). I had to search and walk into the kitchen to get someone to seat me and my guest. I took forever to get my order placed. And it took forever to get my bill. COmplete lack of attentiveness.

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KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late to the reservation due to traffic, and they worked extra hard to make sure we made our Kennedy Center show. The scallops were amazing!

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

We did the pre-theater menu and the food was good, I had the Grouper she had the Sea Bass, though the crab bisque was maybe a touch too salty. But that was the end of the positives.

When we got to the restaurant there was no maitre d', nor any hosts or servers so we just sat down randomly at a table. I went up to the bar to ask what the deal was and then a server finally came with our menus. There wasn't even a distinction between where the hotel lobby ended and where the restaurant began. The service felt very off the entire night. Also, for a pre-theater menu, the food came fairly slow.

The website also says you can valet park for $5 when you eat at the restaurant. This is a bait and switch. They don't abide by that and tried to charge me $29. I then complained and got them to lower it to $15 but that's still $10 more than I should have paid per the website. It was hard to understand the valet guy when i dropped the car off. When picking up the car at the end of the night, Stanley got us the car but he was wobbling when he walked and the car smelled bad when i picked it up.

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GM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was traveling to DC alone and staying at the Melrose. This was a perfect place for a glass of wine, a light dinner. Service was great. Thank you for a quite, perfect evening.

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect for us because we didn’t know Jardenea was inside of the Melrose Hotel. The Melrose Hotel and where we got engaged in 2015.

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A
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and innovative food, attentive and unobtrusive service.

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MP
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jardenea was delightful! We celebrated my mother's birthday and the food was terrific. The really nice part is that the way the restaurant is laid out it was quiet in our corner so everyone could hear.

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L
Nashville
32 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course was beautifully prepared and served. Rich crab bisque, delicious bread, perfectly prepared sea bass, and caramel creme brûlée. I would return just for the Manhattan. Service was the best, and we would choose 10 stars for server Joe if that were an option. Great evening.

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LM
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our dinner at Jardenia was absolutely delicious! We shared the crabcake, each had a salad and each had a fish entree. Absolutely spectacular flavors and we were very glad to celebrate our anniversary there. Our only concern was upon arrival there was no one to be found to let them know we were there and had a reservation. There was a piece of paper on a table near the entrance with the list of reservations for the evening. Between one of the chefs and the one wait staff for the evening they eventually managed the seating.

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GG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for the pre-theatre and enjoyed every bit. Thanks Joe!

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m
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good. We liked the locally sourced and organic dishes. The only negative was very poor service. The staff were friendly and helpful but there weren't enough either in the kitchen or on the floor as we had to wait a very long time for our meal and then for our dessert and there were only a few tables occupied.

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J
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I love coming back to Jardenea. The food is delicious, no matter what we pick, they have excellent options. We have tried the crab cakes, duck, lamb shank and many seafood options. Every dish is a great choice. You can tell the chef takes pride in their work. And the servers are helpful with selection of food and drinks. They are extremely accommodating.
We will definitely keep coming back to celebrate our special occasions.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Vastly overpriced and mediocre food on the dinner menu. Main courses small and either bland or over spiced.

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AC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh meal. My husband and I both had the “fixed” 3 course menu prior to a show at the Kennedy center. The fish was perfectly cooked and the cook even came out to check on us!

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M
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was especially very professional, friendly and since I was eating alone, made me feel very welcome

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n
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We started with the fried brussel sprouts w/ goat cheese...very good. My husband got the duck and I had the sole w/ crab. We both enjoyed those very much. The sole was so buttery....so good. The chocolate molten was average. I thought the service was a little slow considering we were at the table by 5:20pm...I think it was an hour before our actual meal was served. Other than that, I would definitely go back again.

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F
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ribeye with maple bacon, so delicious! Soft shell crab was very tasty. Also lobster blt salad was unique and quite good! Surprised this place was so quiet. Good service too! Highly recommend!!

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MS
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here every month or so. Always a great experience. Excellent food, beautifully presented in quiet atmosphere. Inside hotel so no sign or this would be packed. Better food and value than most Georgetown/West End restaurants.

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JO
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we walked in no one was there! We thought this isn’t a good sign! But from the waiter to the menu to the comfortable seating we were game to try it out! First came 2types of fresh baked breads in a basket, delicious cocktails and wine! Then the crab bisque AMAZING! Then fois gras and crab cake all were exceptionally interesting and delicious!
Then the 3 of us had a crab salad entree, lamb and a Sea Bass entree’s all with incredible flavor and perfectly cooked sides. We really couldn’t pass up dessert at that point and it did not disappoint. With all the restaurants around DC and Georgetown we could not believe this hidden gem in the Melrose hotel! A MUST TRY!

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MV
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I gave a two star review just because our server was very nice. I must say they need to staff that large space with more than 1 person doing their job. I had to walk around the entire lobby to find a person to check me in a seat me. The table was not completely set and we sat next to a dirty table for half our meal. The food is not worth it.

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l
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Appetizers were delicious. Water filled in five of six glasses. Had to ask twice for last glass to be filled. Brussel sprouts made perfectly. After they were done though the waiter thought to ask us for dinner order. Filet and Salads nicely prepared and sized. Two of us had the scallops. They were definitely frozen then thawed twice as they were ammonia smelling. Check presented with 20% service charge and tax on top. Never been to a good restaurant that charges tip on six people and no restaurant has ever taxed my tips. Good for government but not restaurant or diner.

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h
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Gardenea and we were very impressed by the food & Service

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CW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed being back. Our server, Derek, remembered us which made the evening feel even more special. Great service. Soft shelled crab and coriander dusted sea bass were outstanding! Thank you, Jardenea. We'll be back!

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j
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I discovered Jardenea a couple years ago right in my Foggy Bottom DC neighborhood!! Close, convienient and always good!! Their de-constructed Ceasar salad is my go to fav.

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p
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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B
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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MC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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BG
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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O
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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JS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NE
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

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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CJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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