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Bardea Food & Drink

4.8
882 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 882 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.9
service
4.8
ambience
4.6
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HaileyS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding!

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VanessaH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRusty
Philadelphia
69 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
44 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!

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vipDeborahR
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing service! Love this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This visit, as always, was phenomenal. We will never get tired of coming here. The service is always top notch. Our server, Willie, is always on point and provides the best care. You can’t keep us away from this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had to wait a little longer than expected but the bartender was very friendly, the drinks were great and the management sent over wings. Once seated the service was prompt and friendly. For our meal we chose multiple small plates which were all delicious!
Will definitely return.

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DJFDMD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had 4 small plates each better than the one before it.

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George
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best places to dine in the entire Delaware Valley!!! Consistently great.

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vipLibbyS
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Excellent food, incredible service, great menu. We have have been twice and had exceptional food, exceptional waiters-Chris and Eric.

BUT
So noisy you cannot hear yourself think or hear your guests say a thing.
What are the owners/managers thinking?
The acoustics are awful, the music is super super loud.

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vipMarkG
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, food was fantastic. Music is very and makes it difficult to hear your party and even waitress at times. Should turn music down alittle.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing. Creative small plates and tapas. Highly talented chef. Staff are highly attentive and provide a fantastic dining experience. Ambiance is on point as well.

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John
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and cocktail. Tapas style plates.

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LeighF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night- gnocchi remains amazing and the special French onion risotto was great

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DanM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in the city - hands down. Our meal was excellent and the waiter's recommendations were spot on.

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vipAnnie123
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are consistently top notch. Love calamari new small plate swordfish appetizer.

AW
vipAnneW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Completion of family vaccines. A favorite for all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 as always. The food, drinks, service, and ambiance are consistently amazing. The best restaurant in Wilmington by far

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vipTheHowers
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is above and beyond. This is not a steak place, or burger joint, or seafood house. This is where foodies go. The dishes are artistic and savory. I’m in awe of the creativity.

JD
JtDine
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Flavors were wonderful and such unique interpretations of familiar foods. The Chef created so many great menu choices. Small plate choices make it possible to try different foods. Only negative is that the food comes out in the order it is ready in the kitchen. If you aren't sharing 100% of the dishes with the entire table, one person may be eating alone. We ate several appetizers, then our bread board came out. One person in our party ordered a pizza and was the only one with food to eat. Then our large plate fish dish came out after he was finished and 2 more people were eating alone. Plenty of choices to accommodate a shell fish allergy. The desserts were the perfect size, reasonably priced and delicious! We will definitely be going back.

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vipJosephW
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is always good but it is hard to carry a conversation with the noise level. While I prefer the bronzino, the restaurant had red snapper so I decided to try it. What was represented as a pound and a half fish only yielded about 5 ounces of meat. At a cost of $45 for just the fish, I won’t be getting that again.

JP
vipJillyeatsPhilly
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS fantastic. Never disappoints. Foodie heaven

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my boyfriend’s birthday and I feel like all the staff involved in our dining experience made it so special and memorable! The food was also great! Can’t wait to go back next time we are in town!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great time. Great staff. Love the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time here and our group absolutely LOVED everything. The atmosphere is so relaxing and up scale that you don’t feel like you’re in Wilmington. The food was absolutely amazing, we even had picky eaters that were trying new foods. The waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu and that made it more of an experience than just dining out. I’ve already recommended Bardea to all my co-workers and family. Will definitely be returning.

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Rahemma
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious... A little on the pricey side, i would definitely recommend this place to anyone who enjoys fine food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, love this place.

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vipRickonFederal
London
139 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so special. Bardea exceeded our expectations...and we came with very high expectations, indeed. We all loved every plate we ordered but the gyoza, the octopus, and the gnocchi were all memorable. And then our pizza arrived. The pizza alone makes Bardea a world-class place. It is equal to or better than the best places in Philly and NY. We will return very soon

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dwright
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

We love the food here enough to brave the atmosphere once a year or so. Forget about having a conversation there. There's little in the way of sound dampening, and the music is just WAY too loud. My hearing is fine, but with a mask, music and patrons, it was nearly impossible to hear the waitress.

Food though. Worth the ear splitting ambiance every once in awhile.

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RobertH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience will be going back soon.

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Johnny
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks/cocktails. Appropriately distanced. Service is fantastic and host staff are very friendly and helpful. Great place for a celebration dinner with class or romantic meal

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant experience I’ve ever had.

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JenS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and food impeccable.

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vipSteven
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat regularly at Bardea. Each time we visit the restaurant the food seems to be better than the last time, if that is even possible.
Anyone looking for fine imaginative food in this area in a relaxed atmosphere, Bardea is for you.

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LeslieE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Will deifinitely come back if in Wilmington again. Im from NYC and hard to impress, but Bardea did!

FAQs

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

Bardea Food & Drink is rated 4.8 stars by 882 OpenTable diners.

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.