Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blueducktavern.com/
  • Phone: 2024196755x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: 6:30am - 10:30am
    Lunch (Monday - Friday): 11:30am - 2:30pm; Weekend Brunch (Saturday & Sunday): 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner (Sunday - Thursday): 5:30pm - 10:30pm; (Friday - Saturday): 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan LaRoche
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Host your next gathering in our private Chef's Table, seating up to 18 guests, or our semi-private table, seating up to 12 guests. Allow our chefs to prepare a family-style menu, using the freshest ingredients of the day. The Chef's Table is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For reservations, please contact Marvina Tribbey-Williams at marvina.tribbey-williams@hyatt.com or +1 202 419 6620.
  • Special Events: This Thanksgiving, join us for a special “brunch into dinner” service from 11:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. the 3-course holiday meal includes a bountiful selection of starters set throughout the open kitchen, followed by a choice of plated entrées and side dishes showcasing produce from regional farms. Seasonal desserts, on display in the Pastry Pantry, will complete the Thanksgiving feast. $100 per person for adults and $45 for children six years of age and up. Children under 6 are complimentary.

    Or, opt to enjoy Thanksgiving at home with our holiday feast to-go. Orders must be placed by November 21, and include a free-range roasted turkey, two freshly baked breads, four traditional sides, and two seasonal pies. The meal feeds 6 to 8 and is priced at $350, plus tax. Orders must be placed by November 21 at 5pm, with pick-up available on November 26 from 1pm to 5pm or November 27 from 11am to 2 pm. To place an order, visit https://www.giftrocker.com/BlueDuckTavernThanksgiving

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 24 & M Streets NW
  • Public Transit: Foggy Bottom Metro Station - Orange and Blue Lines
    Dupont Circle Metro Station - Red Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Blue Duck Tavern offers valet parking at $10.
A word from Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern, a contemporary neighborhood restaurant, invites its guests to gather and celebrate in good taste with a menu focusing on the freshest ingredients available from local purveyors and artisans. The menu notes every farm where the main ingredient for the dish was raised before its journey to the table. Dishes are genuine, time-honored and traditional -- slow roasting in wood embers, braising, preserving and smoking techniques bring the true flavors of America's great, simple and wholesome foods to the Blue Duck Tavern.

The restaurant has an elegant residential feel through the open staff pantry and kitchen, wood-burning oven and the showpiece Molteni range.

*Please note that for diners bringing in wine, a $35 corkage fee (per 750 ml bottle of wine), with a limit of two bottles, will be charged.
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Blue Duck Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
410 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (297)special occasion (245)great for outdoor dining (170)notable wine list (132)romantic (130)great for brunch (118)neighborhood gem (105)great for lunch (80)hot spot (77)good for groups (53)vibrant bar scene (35)kid-friendly (20)scenic view (18)late-night find (18)Show More
  • The BDT experience
    paladar
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    From start to finish, amazing. Service is perfect, friendly and never bother you or push you to order. They suggest and explain in detail any questions you may have. Another note, they bring the bottle of wine you ordered (by the glass) so you know you are getting what you actually requested. Their patio is great and ready with propane heaters to make the experience that much better. In a nutshell, a great desta uranium and the service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    EaterofGoodFood
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great Service! Really loved our waiter! The food was fabulous. Flavorlicious! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fitting End-of-Vacation Brunch
    Peebs
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Took my mother here for breakfast; literally the most gorgeous restaurant I have ever been to. Food was excellent, and their morning cocktails were simply divine. Definitely need to come back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • sseatsVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Good vegetarian offerings and very good crab cakes. Too bad conversation needs to be shouted.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I love Blue Duck Tavern. It's my favorite restaurant in DC hands down. Their food is always delicious and perfectly balanced. I am continually surprised by how good their food is because when I read it on the menu I don't get especially excited; having eaten many many times I no longer question. It's always really good. I'll continue to go back. I don't know what I would do for special occasions or just a great meal if it were no longer around. I do feel our service this time around was below average, which is not the norm. Our server was slow, not very pleasant and seemed indifferent to us at best. He eventually swapped with someone else right at the very end of the meal and the service instantly improved.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything is Excellent
    nessaVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    EXCELLENT...I recommend this restraunt to EVERYONE!!! Everything on their menu is FABOLUS
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovingtheblueduck2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My family and I discovered this restaurant about a month ago. We've eating here for brunch a few times, by the request of my Mother she wanted to have her birthday dinner here. The food was absolutely on point. Our waiter Will was outstanding!!! He stayed on top of providing excellent service and was extremely baby friendly. The set-up for my mother's cupcakes was out of this world. Thank you Will and all staffers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening.
    4ukfoodies
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My husband and two grown up children ate here on our last night in Washington, and were very impressed. By far the best place we have eaten at in the USA for a long time. The staff were friendly, but professional and very helpful. The duck main course was gorgeous and perfectly cooked. My son had the bouillabaisse, and that was really good. The sommelier recommended a Pinot Noir from Oregon, which was excellent. I would definitely recommend and return to the Blue Duck Tavern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    BillVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I've eaten and drank at the bar before, but this was my first time for brunch and it lived up to expectations. Very good meal, especially the apple pie dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    krdugg
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had brunch here on Saturday morning. Wow great food & service. Would come back again for brunch and to try other meals. So good would have liked to come back Sunday & try other items on brunch menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Possibly my best DC experience!
    Perk
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've been to some great restaurants in DC but this may be one of my best if not THE best! Great wine list, unique dishes, and the service was exceptional! Dined outside and the atmosphere was very romantic. Indoors has a great ambiance as well. Strongly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • very nice meal
    love2eat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Service, food, wine all good no complaints. As advertised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Dbf22VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had a very tasty lunch accompanied by some great wine. Would go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapopointed
    Happy2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We have been many times to Blue Duck Tavern and looked forward to it for a treat. This last time we went with out of town guests we were very disappointed. It was early on a thursday night, very loud, the service was inattentive, and our waiter was misleading regarding our questions about the menu. The food was only fair. Sadly we are taking it off our list of restaurants we like to go to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect, as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I have now gotten the short ribs there twice and both times they've been cooked to perfection. I love that place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite in DC
    GWR1VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    BDT never disappoints. We have visited on several occasions, and while pricey, still a great value for the price relative to other high end restaurants. Service staff genuinely want you to be informed of the menu selections and satisfied. Sommelier was helpful and not pretentious. The display kitchen gives the ambience an interesting vibe. The menu items are always inventive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion
    Driqfx
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    If you haven't been, you MUST. My initial visit was for Easter brunch. The spread was divine! ....foods you never knew you loved along with all time favorites. The Blue Duck experience is unique. You'll enjoy it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moose
    Moose
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Nice and friendly service even though it took quite a while to get our meals. They comped the appetizer even though we had not combined. Salad dressing was incredibly salty as was the broth in the bouillabaisse. Pork chops very fatty.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had been excited to try BDT. The food took absolutely forever. At every step of the way. The waiter was very gracious and apologetic but we sat down at 8:00 and left at 11:30. Probably wouldn't come back because of that. The food was good but not outstanding. The restaurant was beautiful.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Fabulous
    ekaviraVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Perfect romantic outing, pre-Kennedy center. Outstanding food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good first visit
    AmazeMeWithFood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our group went for Saturday brunch (11:45 reservation; 3 adults, one child-8yrs). The staff we encountered were courteous, attentive, and informative. We waited less than 5 minutes to be seated, waited less than 5 minutes for our server to meet & greet us and bring menus. The arrival of our drinks, appetizer, and food was timed just right. Anything we needed (ketchup, sugar, etc.), our server brought to the table immediately so we didn't have to wait to begin eating our food. This was a plus+ for me. Our server checked on us for drinks, and in general, just enough for my taste--that is, he didn't hover but he wasn't MIA, either. All of our dishes were delicious. We have reservations to revisit in a few weeks to try the dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My husband and I had a lively dinner here in the herb garden which is amazingly quiet given its setting right on 24th St. Food was delicious and creative and portion sizes were perfect. Service was solicitous at first but we were never offered a refill on coffee and water fell off after dark. Still a great meal and we will keep on our list of places we want to return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Impressed.
    FoodDad
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Due to business travel, I've dined in a number of great restaurants around the world. I would put Blue Duck at the top of my list. Great location, the perfect ambiance, inventive cuisine and impeccable service. Top notch experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably Awesome
    marinastrez
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My husband and I celebrated my birthday with lunch at Blue Duck. It was completely lovely. The food was sublime, and the service impeccable. Thanks, too, to our wonderful server and to the pastry chef for the candle in my ice cream. :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved blue duck tavern
    YellowpurseVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Everything we ordered was wonderful! Suckling pig, short ribs, grits, fingerling potatoes, hanger steak. All were so delicious. Finished it off with the ape pie for two!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    we spent the weekend in Washington and ate at many great places (Nora, Zaytinya, Mio, Mitsatam, DC). We loved the service at the Blue Duck, attentive but unobtrusive. And the food was terrific. When i booked this restaurant for our weekend i didn't know we were staying at the Park Hyatt (it was a surprise). And everything at this hotel was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Never again
    Stroller
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    At a mid week lunch when the restaurant was not full, the service was careless and slow. Given its prices I will not return.
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  • fantastic food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food at Blue Duck Tavern is always phenomenal - and it's often hard to stray from favorites to try new things (even though every dish is equally as pleasing!). The service is always what differentiates this restaurant - good food, cocktails, and service. However, on our recent visit, we found the service to be lacking - misinformed about the menu, ingredients, and a bit slow. That said, the food was phenomenal and we'll happily return to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    quiltncookVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We celebrated my birthday with friends at Blue Duck. A fabulous experience. Everyone had marvelous food and great service. Luckily the restaurant wasn't full so the noise level diminished as the meal progressed. Expensive but with the price.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good
    Alex
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Was recommended here from multiple friends stating that it was the best dining in DC. Was not disappointed. Got the wagyu beef and pork tenderlion with the grits on the side - very rich and delicious. Only complaint was that they don't seem to know how to properly mix a negroni
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining with a Diplomat
    DeliciousDiplomat
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I took my friend to Blue Duck Tavern because she's moving out of the country since beginning her job with the U.S. State Department. We had a lovely evening dining at Blue Duck Tavern. The food was delicious, as always, and the service was prompt. I'd highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Anniversary Dinner
    Josh
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We went for our anniversary and had a ball. The food was amazing on so many levels. Our waiter was amazing (great recommendations on food and perfectly paired wine), and timing of food was perfect.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding meal
    RestlessDiningVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Best dinner we had in DC. Sophisticated food and professional service. Eat here now!!!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    sle200
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had a great experience at Blue Duck. While we were waiting at the bar for the rest of our party, the bartender gave a great rundown of the menu. She was excited about everything they served. We were told to order the bone marrow. Seemed a bit odd, but it was delicious. Everything we had was excellent, and the wait staff was very attentive, although they were sort of pushing a specialty wine that I didn't think lived up to the hype.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Had lunch for a change, food is always very good, on the other hand, dinner service is more professional than lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More than we imagined!
    Puddin
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The Blue Duck Tavern was amazing.....stellar food, friendly and knowledgeable staff. We will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Overall I was disappointed by Blue Duck Tavern. It had received a great deal of hype in the 100 Best Washington Restaurants list and Tom Siestma from the Washington Post but in my opinion it clearly failed to deliver to expectations. I like a quiet dining experience. That simply isn't possible the way the restaurant is designed. Also, the service was slow. It took far too long to get our drinks initially and at various other times the service was slow in coming. The food was pretty good however. Finally, the restaurant looks nothing like a tavern. It should be renamed the Blue Duck Cafeteria.
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  • Excellent food
    kingVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The service was very very slow but the food made up for it
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Victoria
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here from out of town for our anniversary. It was an amazing dinner, both food and experience. Our server was very helpful and recommended the most amazing dishes (the bone marrow was perfect!). She even explained how to eat it, as we had never experienced bone marrow before. We will definitely be back here next time we are in DC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect as usual
    SelbyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Brunch at the Blue Duck is consistently excellent.
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