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Bardea Food & Drink

4.8
845 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 845 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.8
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
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
11 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
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.

JW
vipJosephW
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
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
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.

RF
vipRickonFederal
London
137 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
1 review
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
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience will be going back soon.

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Johnny
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
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant experience I’ve ever had.

JS
JenS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and food impeccable.

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vipSteven
Philadelphia
42 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!

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vipKSVr
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipFoodCritique
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! My favorite local restaurant!!!

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RonH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best advice... Don't NOT order something new because you think you know what it is. I mean, who would order celery root? ME! Again and again! SOOO DELICIOUS!
Burrata Pop Tart! OMG.

MH
vipMaryH
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best food in town, but very loud. Looking forward to their opening an outside patio. Don’t miss the gnocchi and the burriata pot tart! Great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As you all know the venue is simply too loud! As we are senior attendees we are less appreciative of the loud thumping vibrations which we assume appeal to younger clients. I know you’ve tried to correct the noise level - it just precludes conversation. In fact even younger customers were shouting at each other to maintain their conversations .... we could hear them! As long as you’re filled to capacity we understand your lack of interest to remedy the noise level. The food is wonderfully creative replete with significant delicious flavors. Memorable.

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vipHungrygirl
Philadelphia
104 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was nice. I would go back. Not overly wowed, but it was good. Had a nice time.

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vipRost
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most innovative and interesting places I have been in a long time. The food and drink quality is superb. The service is exceptional. This is a Michelin restaurant at Wilmington prices. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bardea was wonderful!!! Everything from the food to the service was great. I went there for my birthday and felt super special. We got the charred octopus, tortellini and spicy honey pizza and they were all incredible. Can’t recommend it enough!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and service are always great!

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KiraS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is absolutely impeccable, food had a stunning presentation and had innovative and delicious twists in classics (the calamari is insane). The oak wood tart is always my favorite.

DC
DonnaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Dining room was very full, tables were closer than 6 feet and I was very uncomfortable with COVID precautions. Food was great! Service was slow and inattentive. Noise levels make it hard to have a quiet conversation.

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Teri
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bardea! The food and service was spectacular!

CJ
CalebJ
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The service was excellent and the staff is very knowledgeable.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The flavors and spices used to create the food was delicious. I loved getting recommendations from the waiter. The service was exceptional and I really enjoyed eating at Bardea. I can't wait to go back and try something else on the menu!

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vipElizabeth
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding! Food always exceptional. Best dinning experience around. Would recommend to everyone! Great work Bardea team!

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vipBeauxdy
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. I live in Virginia Beach,Va. I would dine here every week if I lived close by. Run don’t walk to dine here. It will not disappoint.

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Momofeel
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere. Food was delicious. Difficult to read menu since lighting is dark. Very loud every table was taken.

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vipAnnie123
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent.

HB
vipHB515
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had dinner for four on Friday night and it was pleasantly full but not packed. The atmosphere and lighting was perfect and our server, friendly and attentive. The homemade pasta was amazing and the bbq flavor of the calamari, unique and memorable. I love octopus and I’d say they overdid the seasoning/sauce here. Sometimes less is more, so I hope they revisit this preparation! Portions are small for the price but a really fun and chic place to have delicious shared plates with friends. One other thing, the fish “for the table” was a really small portion for four adults! That was a little disappointing. We’ll be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cherry bbq wings, calamari, and caramelized bananas & doughnut were to die for! Happy hour prices were unbelievable, bartenders were awesome, music was great, and the little birthday touches from the staff were so perfect! We loved every minute of our dinner! So happy we decided to check it out, will be back ASAP!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, just be careful if you order the porterhouse steak at market price. We didn’t realize it was going to be $138 for ONE steak!!! It was excellent but if I had know the price I wouldn’t have ordered it. The server was slow to take our order and follow up only average. We have eaten here before with better service.

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kcrogers
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I asked if they had chocolate gelato for
my kid, and they didn't. So their wait staff and kitchen went ABOVE AND BEYOND to make my daughter a special kid-friendly dessert with chocolate and gelato. They've probably forgotten about it but it will stay with us for a long time. The rest of the meal was predictably delicious and well paced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere

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 845 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.