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Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blueducktavern.com
  • Email: blueduck.tavern@hyatt.com
  • Phone: (202) 419-6755
  • 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 - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Sebastien Archambault & Chef de Cuisine Daniel Singhofen
  • 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 & Promotions: Masters of Food & Wine - Cherry Sips & Bites
    March 22, 3:00pm

    Celebrating the city’s famed cherry blossoms, Blue Duck Tavern Sommelier Gene Alexeyev, guests will take an educational journey, learning the art of fine wine. Each of the wines selected by Gene will be paired with delicious cherry blossom-inspired bites prepared by Chef de Cuisine Daniel Singhofen & Pastry Chef Naomi Gallego. Tickets are $55, inclusive of tax & gratuity. Reservations: +1 202 419 6768 or masters.phwashington@hyatt.com.

    Gather & celebrate this Easter Sunday with family and friends over Blue Duck Tavern's holiday brunch. On April 20, from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm, join us for a 3-course meal, including first course starters set throughout the open kitchen, followed by choice of a plated entree and sides. The brunch concludes with seasonal desserts on display in the pastry pantry. Brunch is priced at $95 per person & $45 for children between six and 12 years of age.

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Good food - décor and ambiance left something to be desired. Table service good but despite our 5:30 reservations - restaurant did not open until 5:45 with no explanation by staff. Would only recommend for folks who like modern American. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great food and service! Top notch restaurant in Washington DC! "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I gave eaten here at Keaton four times previously and this was my first lunch meal and I was disappointed - the duck leg confit was tough and dry. The mushrooms were perfect. The bread which is usually warm was cold. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "AMAZING food, FANTASTIC service. All around such a wonderful experience. Our server, David, never hovered but was always there when we needed him. He was absolutely incredible and contributed to the overall excellence of the dinner. The food was presented beautifully and tasted even better. We LOVE Blue Duck Tavern!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "What a heavenly meal. At the table we had : Beef tartare, crab cakes, bone marrow, the daily vegetables (grilled ramps, asparagus, leeks with a little guanciale), short ribs, Carolina Gold rice w/ asparagus & a coddled egg. Delectable desserts: milk chocolate pot de creme, chocolate ice cream scented with tobacco. Wonderful wine & wonderful cocktails. We could actually speak to each other & be heard. Fantastic!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We really looked forward to our first time here but were somewhat disappointed. The drink prices are way too high($18 for a Makers Mark Manhattan-- ouch). The food is good but not great. The bread wasn't warm. :(. The rocky road dessert was pedestrian."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Each dish was outstanding. The staff was attentive and took good care of us. This is the second time we have dined at Blue Duck and both time it has been great. Each dish is flavorful and something worth savoring."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Classic dishes done right. The roasted none marrow was awesome . The sticky buns pretty good."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Blue Duck Tavern was a wonderful surprise. We were in town to see the Cherry Blossoms and I had read about this place and decided to give it a try. The entrance is from the outside - if you go inside the Park Hyatt Hotel as we did you will be directed to enter right through the middle of the kitchen! This must happen a lot as the staff was totally non-plussed. We sat outside as it was such a pleasant evening. The food was delicious. Highlights were the bone marrow appetizer - totally melted in your mouth. Entrees: beef short ribs and the crab cakes. Save room for the fabulous apple pie for dessert. There were four of us and no one was disappointed. Cannot recommend it enough. We will definitely be back the next time we visit."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Loved appetizer and dinners. Portion, presentation and flavor swede excellent. But the apple pie for two was way oversized, out of proportion with the rest of the meal. The bar staff was pretty good but seemed to be unaware of some of the needs of us at the bar."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This restaurant exceeded our expectations and deserves its outstanding reputation for food and serve. I consider myself a foodie and I rate this restuarant among the top in the country."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Soo much uniqueness here, for the eyes, the pallet... Total enjoyment."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Blue Duck. Our table ordered the sea bass, pig and short ribs which were all fantastic. However, the waiter pushed us to share the apple pie which looks incredible when you walk in the restaurant but for $12 it was not very tasty. And he served it ala mode with out asking us if we wanted it that way which was another $4--for a $16 dessert it better be fantastic. Still, we love this restaurant and will be back!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Excellent food. Staff were very engaging and professional. Only complaint was around wine pairing. We asked them to pair wines and they picked one and just kept pouring same wine for course. There is a great wine list so pick your own!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food was not very good at all. Heavy butter and cream used in various entrees and sides. we ordered two very high end bottles of wine, and they ran out of proper red wine glasses, and poured our wine in water glasses. Very loud, noise bouncing off the walls.,.."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Everything is delicious, servers are very kind and patient. Lives up to it's reputation 110%. Smoked trout is unreal. I am still dreaming about the lemon curd dessert. They even brought us a glass of dessert wine to celebrate our anniversary. Top notch."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Blue Duck is my favorite DC restaurant. Service is always excellent and I've never had a meal there that I didn't fully enjoy from start to finish! Bon Apetit! gnj"
    Dined on 5/9/2013
  • "What a great experience! From the moment we entered to the time in which we departed what an excellent experience, Staff was exceptional and if possible the food was even better. Definitely lives up to its reputation."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We flew in from LA. We met family from Boston. The food was good for 20 somethings to 70 somethings. We could actually talk, and the tables were not on top of each other."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I have been a long time client, been for many business events, special events, simple lunches and dinner. Not sure what happen, but my last experience was BAD and I will never return. The front end manager was rude, and not care about our experience"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "It was a great experience for me and my family when we were in DC. I would definitely return and recommend to friends."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Perfectamente situado, con un ambiente muy amable y calmado, que permite disfrutar una comida muy bien preparada y sencillamente deliciosa, a unos precios muy razonables, con tendencia a baratos para el nivel del restaurante. Magnífico lugar."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "No enough english to write a review but we can recomend the food absolutly"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite DC restaurants, but I must have hit it on a bad day for lunch. We both had fish dishes and they were only good instead of the usual outstanding. We still enjoyed the great service."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Everything aout our evening at Blue Duck was superb, from the friendly greeting at the door, to the table service (friendly, knowledgable, efficient without hovering), food preparation and presentation, recognition of our family event, to our departure. We are far from "regulars" but our dinner at the Blue Duck exceeded our very high experience-based expectations."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "At a Sat night dinner for two, the best dishes for us were the mushroom flatbread and the crabcake -- both items that my husband ordinarily doesn't like, but really enjoyed (and I mean, he really dislikes mushrooms but *really* liked the flatbread). The suckling pig and roasted cauliflower were good but not impressive in the same way as the other two dishes. All in all, a very good meal. Minor complaints about the ambiance: the room was a bit too cold for comfort, and while it was pretty easy to hear each other, it was sometimes hard to hear our server (not sure whether b/c he was talking low, or because he was too far above the table)."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The bread was good, but not warm. The special fish of the night was swordfish, my favorite. Can you mess up swordfish? Yes, especially if it is not fresh. My fish was bland, despite being covered in a mysterious yellow sauce and garnished by mushy over-cooked spinach. Oy. I ate about a quarter of it. The side dish of wild mushrooms was delicious. Order that. I ordered the kale salad, which was a few pieces of kale covered in dressing and cheese and nuts. If I wanted cheese and nuts, I would have ordered that, not the kale salad. I sent the salad back, asking for less dressing and toppings. The waitress was very nice about it, and quickly brought out another salad. Still a lot of toppings, still no kale, but edible."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Breakfast--not so very different from brunch--was possibly the best I've ever had in my adult life. That's right--the best ever. Hash is my go-to yardstick for breakfast joints. The prime rib hash here is on a different plane--a celestial plane. Combined with smoked Gouda grits and a biscuit with gravy, it makes up the most ambrosial breakfast dish ever created. Service was equally superb, and the room is gorgeous. I was thrilled by the experience, and judging from the sounds and faces around me at other tables, everyone else breakfasting there felt the same. Don't miss Blue Duck--really, don't miss it!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I went on a spring rainy Saturday for brunch and loved the place! I had the short rib hash and my friend had the flat bred with mushrooms. We finished with the apple pie for two and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The hash was out of this world and my friend loved the flat bread, on this alone I will be back and would recommend this restaurant to anyone!!! The apple pie for two weasel an amazing presentation but I thought the dough was slightly overworked and a little tough and the filling could have used a lit tile plazass. However I am very critical of desserts! I am definitely returning, because I loved this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I thought the food lacked flavor. Food was more show than quality. I ordered the 12hour suckling pork, it was servered luke warm. The Roasted Trouted was also served luke warm. Nothing had the taste of something that was serve straight from the stove. Do not let the open kitchen fool you."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have made coming to the Blue Duck Tavern whenever in DC a habit and remain deeply impressed with the quality and presentation of the food, the ambiance and the service. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It's not often I see everyone who greeted us from the valet, to the front desk, to the wait staff, extend courtesy, professionalism, and enthusiasm about their work. The front desk went the extra mile to help retrieve the cell phone I left in the valet parked car. They offered birthday greetings on several occasions, as did the wait staff. The food was artistically presented and amenable to sharing. The food was very good, with shades of excellence at true French bistro proportions."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My friends and I were going to the Kennedy Center for a concert so we wanted to make a night of it and find a place close by. We had all heard great things about Blue Duck and they were all true. Service was exceptional, it's the little things like a stool for a purse so it doesn't sit on the ground. The food was delicious, I had the suckling pig which I could have kissed on the mouth. Everyone should go at least twice."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We did the Valentine's day pre-fixe menu. I'm writing this a month later and I still remember the details of every course. It started with fois gras, which was simply the best thing I've eaten in a very long time. The flavor of meat, the consistency and texture of butter. Incredible. It ended with a chocolate ganache cake, with ice cream and a pair of sauces on the side. The best dessert I've had since I don't remember how long. In between, we had lobster ravioli and wagyu ribeye, also fantastic and would've earned 5 stars on their own right, but not quite as good as the fois gras or the cake. Wine list was very good, I also had a very good Manhattan. Server and sommolier were both extremely pleasant and endlessly knowledgeable. Cheers."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were celebrating our friends' 40th anniversary with our friends from Cape Cod. The staff made a special effort to set up one of the glass dining areas for us so that our 95 year old guest could hear the conversation. The entire staff was exceptionally attentive and added a couple of complementary food items in honor of the occasion. The only reason I didn't give a top rating to the food, which is usually perfect, is that we had a slight problem with the duck confit. However, they corrected the problem as soon as it was brought to their attention. I hesitate to even mention this, but wanted to tip my hat to the attention we received on all fronts."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Had a business lunch and was happy that my guest had been looking forward to eating here...The best part of the meal turned out to be the filtered water that is served— bread was okay and the trout was over salted and served in an unappetizing way. Moreover, although I had trout as a lunch entree and my guest had trout as an addition to his salad, they were both served the same way and the presentation was mediocre. There were three fingerling potatoes with my entree so I asked for a side of mashed potatoes, The potatoes were like soup and had to be eaten with a spoon."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We went to the Blue Duck Tavern over the weekend. My daughter lives in D.C. and she had been to the Blue Duck Tavern several times, highly recommending it. Now I know why. I thought the food was truly outstanding--fresh and innovatively prepared. The service was also outstanding. We will be back the next time we're in D.C. If you have a chance to try this restaurant, do it."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My husband and I each enjoyed an appetizer and entree and shared a dessert. The cocktails were great and the wine list (by the bottle) was quite extensive. Blue Duck Tavern is a little pricey, but the food was wonderful and the server was well attentive and knew the menu very well. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The Blue Duck is always fantastic. I have gone here for many special occasions (even held my bridesmaid's luncheon here) and I have never been disappointed. Delicious food, fabulous service, and fun, pleasant ambiance. Definitely a favorite!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "After trying for several weeks, we were able to get a table at Blue duck tavern but I still had to make the reservation several weeks in advance. The demand for this place is high but I can see why. The bone marrow appetizer was amazing and so was my pork chop. The service was very good. The place is beautiful but a bit loud. The dessert was my favorite part of the meal. I will definitely be going back for that."
    Dined on 3/21/2014