Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blueducktavern.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 - 11:00pm
  • 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
418 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (299)special occasion (250)romantic (135)great for outdoor dining (131)notable wine list (127)great for brunch (112)neighborhood gem (105)hot spot (85)great for lunch (74)good for groups (68)vibrant bar scene (33)late-night find (22)kid-friendly (13)scenic view (11)Show More
  • My experience at Blue Duck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/14/2008
    My experience at Blue Duck was disappointing. I had heard wonderful things about the restaurant and was really looking forward to trying it. However, my meal was simply not good. I, as well as one of my fellow diners, had the salmon salad. The salmon was poached I believe, came out white and slimy. The dressing on the salad tasted off. Overall I could barely eat the salad, which was a shame considering how much it cost! We did order the fries on the side, and those were very good. But our main dish just did not live up to expectations. I don't think I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could have used some advice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/13/2008
    Could have used some advice from a sommelier - waiter not very knowledgeable about wines.
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    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this restaurant and I've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/13/2008
    Love this restaurant and I've become a frequent diner here since my office is nearby and I entertain clients. The decor is lovely. They provide a warm welcome. The food is thoughtful. The service is always a bit slow though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good venue for drinks before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2008
    Good venue for drinks before heading out to another restaurant for better food at fairer prices. Overall, I was disappointed with the food after hearing fairly decent reviews. I eat out quite a lot both personally and with clients and I cannot say that I would be eager to return to BDT.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The high ceiling & the wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/12/2008
    The high ceiling & the wonderful view of the fountain outside were major pluses for atmosphere. The food was good but for the price could have been better: lobster was almost chewy; scallops were good but not flavorful enough; the asparagus was drowning in butter; the rabbit was very tender but again lost its favor. The best part was the crispy bacon/proscuitto on the rabbit. Also good were the cookies that we got instead of the chocolate cake we wanted but we ran out of time which is why the service got mixed review. We indicated our need to leave at a certain time from the very beginning & repeated it when we ordered the dessert. Yet ten minutes after our deadline, we had to dash without the cake. Cookies were great but...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for lunch and while the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/12/2008
    Went for lunch and while the food I had was good, there were a couple of items that could have been better. 2 out of the 4 soup/salad appetizer courses were unavailable. and, I had the exotic fruit with coconut cream for dessert. While the fruit was very good, the amount of fruit offered was very skimpy.
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  • Went for Mothers day brunch,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    Went for Mothers day brunch, and had a very poor experience. Our server was not friendly or service oriented. We were seated right away, there we only a few table occupied in the restaurant. The waiter was not very friendly, did not tell us his name, did not have a name tag. He matter-of-factly explained the service to us. We ordered an expensive bottle of Champagne. He refused to serve my 22 yr old daughter w/o an ID. My wifes entree came out of the kitchen, and it was cold and dried out. It was apparent that it had been waiting for the others to get finished. The waiter reluctently took it back. That was the last we saw of him until 15 minutes later we flagged down another waiter who found the second entree sitting on the counter cold.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our first time but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    This was our first time but definitely not our last! Everything was excellent! We went for Mother's Day brunch and now looking forward to going there for lunch and dinner as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best brunch in the area.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    The best brunch in the area. So many dishes to choose from, all of them outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for an early Mother's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    We went for an early Mother's Day breakfast and were seated in the lounge, not the restaurant proper. Breakfast was fabulous.
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  • My husband and I had an incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    My husband and I had an incredible anniversary dinner at Blue Duck Tavern. We love the flavors and the light, healthy feeling each dish left us with. The decor is beautiful and truly unique. We will come back for any special occasion! I had the rack of lamb and he had the lobster; both were wonderful! Our only disappointment was with dessert. We ordered the apple pie with vanilla ice cream. The pie was boring. We were expecing something unique, and instead had dull. The ice cream was too hard (served too cold) and was had an undistinct flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our second time at Blue Duck
    Frenchie1974
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Our second time at Blue Duck Tavern and the experience was outstanding. Food, service, ambience, wine! Excellent quality ingredients prepared with flair and care. My current favorite restaurant in Washington, DC
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food at Blue Duck is always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    The food at Blue Duck is always good. The only issue that I had with this visit was that while we waited for our table in the bar area we eventually received menus for drinks, but no one came back to see if we wanted to order drinks for at least 15 minutes. By that point our table was almost ready and in fact that was between 9:15 and 9:20p and our reservation was for 9p. So no service at the bar and being seated a little late didn't get us off to a great start. Once we sat down and had dinner everything was great, but up to that point the service was questionable.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and atmosphere did
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    The food and atmosphere did not meet Blue Duck Tavern's reputation. Our dinner was surprisingly expensive for the quality level. Overall, we had a disappointing experience. Our server did tell us that the menu had changed only a few days before our dinner, which may have been the reason for our negative experience.
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  • My husband and I took our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    My husband and I took our mothers as part of an extended Mother's Day weekend. We were looking for something special and this fit the bill. In particular, the service was outstanding. This will be at the top of my list for future client dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • The ambiance and mood at Blue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/8/2008
    The ambiance and mood at Blue Duck Tavern was fantastic. The food was superb. Great experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Blue Duck Tavern was an enjoyable
    RandyVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2008
    Blue Duck Tavern was an enjoyable experience though the lighting by many tables was poor. I also found the food presentation a bit clunky. Offering separate recepticles for each food item was a bit much, especially the ice cream! Drinks were potent, and wait staff very competent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal and great service.
    LindeoEats2014
    Dined on 5/7/2008
    Great meal and great service. The only thing that went wrong is that the waiter forgot our take home items
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Blue Duck was surprisingly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/5/2008
    The Blue Duck was surprisingly good. It was more modern and contemporary in style than we expected from the name. A refreshing surprise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was phenomenal. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    The food was phenomenal. We enjoyed every course. It was simple yet inventive, perfectly seasoned and prepared. It was very special, everything tasted of the care that went into it's preparation, one of my best meals ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The other times we dined at
    Marv
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    The other times we dined at BDT the service was outstanding. This time it was snobbish past the point of irritation. Might influence me to not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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  • A wonderful experience! We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    A wonderful experience! We will definitely be back and tell all our friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • About 10 minutes into the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    About 10 minutes into the meal, I picked up my glass of wine, and the bulb of the wine glass shattered in my hand. Depite the fact that there was red wine all over the table, and my hand was bleeding, the waiter did not come over to our table to see what he could do. We had to track he waiter down, and ask him if we could move to another table. Once we moved, we had to track the waiter down again to ask to be served more wine and water. The hostess was the only staff member who responded to the incident, by asking if I needed band aids.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service wasn't as good
    DCjoshy
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    The service wasn't as good as when it first opened. Would have been liked to be reminded that the entrees are designed to be shared, not one per person. I specifically asked how we should approach ordering side dishes; the waiter said they're to share. But how come he didn't say that was the same for the mains? And the desserts-- we ordered 3, but only needed 1. The apple pie was an entire pie. We went home sick and feeling like we were treated like tourists. They were too interested in making the bill high (also, they were pushing cocktails, wine, etc., from the moment we sat down) than to make sure we had a great experience. The food was great though, which is why I am writing in-- if the service improves, we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blue Duck Tavern is a new
    leniVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Blue Duck Tavern is a new favorite! We were there pre theater and had superb and knowledgeable service. The menu is mouthwatering and the resultant food even better than what I hoped for. We will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were seated inside, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    We were seated inside, and when the staff saw that we were eyeing a table outdoors, they volunteered to move us without us having to say a word. That type of service is typical of what we receive every time we are there. The food was, as always, outstanding.
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  • This is the most chic, best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    This is the most chic, best designed restaurant in DC. Great food and attentive service. Delicious wine by glass selection.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The design of the room is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    The design of the room is very hard edged, leading to a somewhat noisy atmosphere. It looks like they took a part of the lobby and created the restaurant. Not an intimate dining venue. Our waiter, Mike, was absolutely great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've eaten at Blue Duck Tavern
    wilde
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    We've eaten at Blue Duck Tavern numerous times, and enjoyed our meals. BUT... the restaurant staff has the annoying habit of continuing to serve ever new bottles of water, UNASKED -- running up the bill, inexcusably; if people want more water they'll ask, or the staff could enquire.... This sort of practice is beneath the place.
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  • Excellent place. Food was
    liquidpaper
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Excellent place. Food was extremely impressive, if a bit unimaginative. That is to say except for their Foie gras; very different. Absolutely amazing. The beef was very good (I had the long rib), and the Apple Pie was probably the best I've ever had (get it with the vanilla ice cream). If you want a truly excellent version of dishes you've had before (save the foie gras), this is the place. Beware of the pricing though. Online prices are not accurate.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Great food and outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Great food and outstanding service. My only complaint was the loud woman sitting behind us, but that's nothing the restaurant should be blamed for. I highly recommend this restaurant as a special dining experience. If ever at the bar area, try their cheese platter....it's to die for. SY
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Blue Duck has a very unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    The Blue Duck has a very unique set-up and environment. Everything was very lush. I had the tavern steak, and found it to be a very poor cut of meat, fatty and loaded with tendons. It's pretty much a london broil with a fancy name. My date ordered the scallops which were very good. Sides were overpriced and mediocre. Our server was excellent, friendly and polite. I wouldn't go back for the food the the atmosphere was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chicken and duck were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    The chicken and duck were spectacular, as were the mashed potatoes. Setting was nice. Dessert was good (we had the huckleberry/pineapple crumble) but it was warm on top, cool underneath.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had the worst meal at Blue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    I had the worst meal at Blue Duck Tavern that I have had in 18 years in DC. The service was so bad they comped our entire meal. My husband had to go to the bar and pay cash for our drinks that never came. We were about to leave when they said our meal was on its way and would now be free - so we stayed. I wish we had left the food was awful.
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  • wonderful food and great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    wonderful food and great service. It is better for 4 people or more rather than 2 since portions are huge. Expensive, but good for a special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • loved the "family style" presentati
    dcfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    loved the "family style" presentation where food was not plated but presented in chafing dishes; would work for families with kids who like good food and know how to behave in a white tablecloth environment mixed drinks were ridiculously pricey
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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  • Outstanding meal, wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    Outstanding meal, wonderful service, and excellent wine. Highly recommend the scallops and the mixed mushrooms. Will definitely go back and have already recommendeded to many friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a beautiful space
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    This is a beautiful space with a very healthy menu for food lovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great concept. Innovative
    MikeDVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    Great concept. Innovative menu. Nice use of space.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Blue Duck was, as usual,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    The Blue Duck was, as usual, terrific. It was my first time this season dining outdoors, and the service outdoors has sometimes lagged the service indoors. Not the case this time. The service was incredible. The staff spoil me every time I come in. Food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate