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Corduroy
Corduroy

Corduroy Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.corduroydc.com
  • Phone: (202) 589-0699
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday through Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Corduroy is available for private dining and receptions during the day and on Sundays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Tom Power, Chef/Owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Corduroy offers two private rooms. One room can seat up to 16, the other can seat up to 24 and they can combine to seat 40. The entire restaurant can be made available for a sit down dinner for 100 or a cocktail reception for 200.
  • Private Party Contact: Pete Poling (202) 589-0699

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ninth Street between L and M Streets
  • Public Transit: Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available Friday and Saturday only.
A word from Corduroy
Corduroy serves the best of the season with much of the restaurants produce coming from local farms. Corduroy is not handicapped accessible due to the historic nature of our building. No shorts are permitted.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Went for dinner with a friend, before a movie premier. She had on shorts, which we didn't notice from the email, weren't allowed, so the maitre d' had her put on a wrap. (Wha?) The guy with the suit pants and running shoes was ok though, I guess, as I heard the word 'appropriations' come from the table. Loved our waiter, but the venue seemed to choose formality over substance, especially given the views of 9th street and the convention center wall across the street. Too many choices in DC to ever go back."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful dining experience from the time you enter you feel like you are the most special person in this restaurant. Service is gracious Knowledgeable and not intrusive. The chef never misses cuisine is excellent not a bad choice to be had! The lobster carpaccio is a treat and the corn soup is a wonderful velvety texture and flavorful experience. The crispy salmon was excellent and if you are a chocoholic the chocolate torte is the way to finish your meal but is not for the faint of heart. The wine list is excellent and wonderful selections by the glass as well. A special place in DC that is always at the top of our list."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Had the chef's tasting applied to our Paleo diet! Wow! Every dish was outstanding. Our server(s) were very engaged and engaging. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was excellent, but with two apps and one entree each, the bill was over 250$ for four people wirhout wine. This is a great place if you don't mind spending an arm and a leg. It is worth noting that the service was impeccable."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I booked for a large international group at Corduroy one evening. Upon arrival, we had a few extra people show up. The staff was calm and very accommodating! We were seated w a party larger than expected, served w amazing service, the food was superb, the wine list encompassing (for the wine enthusiasts in the group), and desserts to die for! We didn't realize that the restaurant closed during our dinner that went later than expected, but never once did the staff rush us or mention anything to us. We concluded our night and departed w a very memorable experience. Oh! They tailor for gluten-free too!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Knowledgeable and friendly service, creative menu, good food throughout the menu. A very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Went here for the fixed price dinner and was thoroughly impressed. Delicious, perfectly filling, and varied enough that you can taste most of the food pyramid in one night. Excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "From the cocktails to the first course to the entree, nothing we had at Corduroy lived up to expectations. Even their limited menu contained inaccuracies, of which we were not informed. Service was awkwardly timed, coming sometimes as an unwelcome interruption and sometimes far too infrequently. On the weeknight we visited, the dining room was not remotely crowded, leaving us to wonder why an ostensibly upscale restaurant was having such difficulty providing a positive experience. There are too many other options that area diners can enjoy for me to recommend Corduroy, unless you're at the convention center and need a white tablecloth restaurant within a 1 minute walk."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Lot's to like about Corduroy: the environment, food, staff, and location. A $7 cab ride from the Verizon Center, it's easily accessible. If it's just you and your date/guest, ask to be seated at the two person booths as they are tucked away in what seems like a private area of the dining room. The service is quick, attentive, and informed without being annoying. The best part of the restaurant, as it should be, is the food. My girlfriend and I both did the five course chef "surprise" tasting menu -- but the waiter was kind enough to take "recommendations" as to what courses we would like to try. Perhaps most reassuring is the relative value of the experience, as the tasting menu (consisting of 5 courses and 1 dessert) amounts to ~12/plate."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "On a Friday, we had rushed to Fringe Festival to see a play but were denied entrance since we were 5 minutes late. It set the evening off in a bad way. However, after catching a different play, we dined at Corduroy and were delighted on all accounts. They made us feel welcome, took care of us unobtrusively. I had antelope which was delicious, ranch raised in Texas we were told. My wife had guinea hen, which was remarkably good when she gave me a piece to taste. She had carpaccio lobster that she said was out of this world. I had heirloom tomatoes in delicious dressing. We ended with home made ice-cream, 3 different flavor scoops. As the waiter pointed homemade raspberry ice-cream is not red with coloring but pale purple."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We have eaten at Corduroy a number of times and have never had a meal that is less than our expectations. Chef-owner Tom knows how to take simple fare make it elegant but not strange, and at the same time very tasty. The service is totally unobtrusive but there when you need it. And the noise level is such that you can hear the people in your party without straining. If you happen to be out for a romantic evening, they have a several alcoves where you feel as though you are the only two in the place."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was excellent & service was competent. We had a party for 7 for a business dinner. Everyone was complimentary of their meal."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Food, drink, service and surroundings were exemplary. The tasting menu was outstanding, and at $70 has to be the best value in town!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I ate in this restaurant a number of years ago (other location) and really enjoyed it. We were there recently on a Saturday night. The food was ok- not really inspiring. Otherwise nice time."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Really lovely restaurant - a place that grown ups should try. Discreet service, very professional, excellent bar and the food is inventive but not trendy. This is the sort of restaurant that foodies like myself talk about with other foodies."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • " THE FOOD -My wife and I had a wonderful meal on Friday night , We both had the Tuna Entree , prepared Ahi style, was excellent! Salads were very creative and the Tuna Tartar was delightful. love the desserts ! THE WINE LIST - NOT SO GOOD - Only 3 white and reds by the glass . Many restaurants of this caliber offer more of a selection ( my wife likes white , I like reds ) Ambience- The restaurant needs operational attention , the ceiling above us was damaged , windows dirty , painting needed etc - a little back ground music would be welcomed . Bottom line , as a frequent DC high end diner , I would highly recommend Corduroy for the food , once they expand the wines by the glass selection and clean up the place , I'll be back !"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "had the tasting menu - nice place, terrific service, excellent food but wine pairing so/so."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My new husband and I celebrated our honeymoon dinner at Corduroy and it was AMAZING. We were treated to glasses of champagne upon our arrival and tried the 5-course chef's selections for our dinners. The food was outstanding. By far the absolute BEST meal we had in DC for our wedding week. Expensive, but well worth the cost. Trusting the chef is a must - he has an amazing ability to piece together such a wonderfully flavorful meal that shined throughout the entire dining experience. Servers were on top of their game and very professional in their presentations of the food. We loved it and will certainly return next time we're in DC. A gem of a restaurant in a not-so-nice looking neighborhood, but once you're inside, it's all good."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "A buddy of mine was giving suggestions on restaurants for my anniversary dinner and he couldn't stop raving about Corduroy. I decided to give it a shot and the wife and I were thoroughly impressed. The waiter was informative and attentive without being overbearing. The ambiance was subdued without feeling sleepy and most importantly the food was absolutely amazing without being pretentious. The tuna tartar was one of the best things I've had in a very long time. A lot of places talk about letting the ingredients speak for themselves but very few places pull that off like Corduroy. I don't usually write reviews but I just had to share how awesome I think this place is."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I celebrated my birthday and a friend's at Corduroy which was on both of our bucket lists for "must do" restaurants. Corduroy lived up to its name. The service was seamless; ambiance was perfect and intimate; and the food was sensational-we both had salmon-was well cooked and presented. The restaurant topped off our dinner with mini-birthday desert plates with candles. Really sweet. Absolutely a totally wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Surprising interior if one judges from the exterior of the restaurant. All for the better. Impeccable service. My tuna was out of this world, while my wife's Pork Tenderloin left much to be desired. The Tenderloin was removed from the bill. Heirloom tomato salad was wonderful and the cheese platter for my dessert was delicious. Very nice wine list as well and the server was very helpful in choosing a wine to go with both entrees. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The waiter was rude and careless spilling water, beer and wine on table and diners. Service ruined good cuisine!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Delicious food. Try the tasting menu. And request that it include the tuna tartar, which is out of this world. Simply the best bite of food you'll ever have."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My husband and I choose this restaurant due to recommendations from a coworker and positive reviews online. It is extremely convenient to those attending conferences at the DC Convention Center. The food was fantastic and the service impeccable. We opted to try the Chef's Five Course Tasting Menu and were very pleased with the selections served. Great restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Wonderful meal with exceptional service. I would return again in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The five courses plus amuse-bouch were elegantly prepared and served, paired with wines that enhanced their exquisiteness, Certainly, on par with some of the best. Thanks to Sam for making our celebration special."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 9th anniversary here and had a great experience. The beet salad was fresh and delicous and the scallops and hen were out of this world. Sam was great in assisting us with a perfect Pinot Noir with our meal."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great food and drinks. The waitor was very knowledge about menu and ingredients for various food items which aided in selecting my dinner choice. Since I have food allergies, this was a huge help to ensure I was able to enjoy what I ordered."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "You can count on Corduroy for a sophisticated dining experience. I am very happy to have it in my neighborhood. The food was delicious, well prepared and nicely served. The service was just fine, appropriately attentive."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Second visit to Corduroy, and it was excellent, again. The food was spectacular (Soft Shell Crab exquisite), and the wine list, while smallish, is perfectly suited for the fare from the kitchen. Service was flawless."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Everything was excellent except pork loin not well done and too pink in center Otherwise all 5 of us loved it"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "second visit, even better than the first. Come early like we did and get even better service and less noise. The menu was completely new and exciting. Our wait staff and the bar tender were all excellent. Had the Antelope. Divine. Only minor complaint is that parking isn't too easy around there. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Had been there once before on business and thought it a great choice for a romantic dinner with my wife. EXCEEDED expectations on every front. Absolute best experience for well conceived food options, beautiful plating, and exceptional service. When in DC, will always try and go back. Outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Went here with a group of friends for a celebration. Dinner was awesome and the service was excellent. It's kind of nestled away between some houses so you have to keep an eye out for it. I was a particular fan of the antelope entree and pistachio bread pudding dessert. ...wear pants and real shoes, a friend of mine did not and regretted it."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My husband & I were celebrating our anniversary; we had read about Corduroy. We chose the Chef's $70/pp tasting menu - the food was amazing & beautifully prepared. We had tuna tartare, a lump crab blitz, pork tenderloin & antelope. My only complaint was that our waiter said we could only have one exception (per table & not per person) to the tasting menu. I was skeptical to try the antelope but my husband really wanted it. I'm a foodie so I decided to give it a try; it was delicious. Had we been two friends dining together, it would have been nice for each of us to have had the option, if we chose to, to have that one exception to the tasting menu. Other than that, we loved our dinner and would absolutely recommend Corduroy."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I know there are a few bad reviews on here for Corduroy, but we didn't find any of the flaws they suggest. Every single staff person was easy, fun, a bit playful (even when I made bad jokes), and very helpful. The food was all excellent (as were the cocktails). It's expensive, but if you don't know that going in, shame on you. The drama free bottom line is - yes, it's all that it's cracked up to be. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were visiting DC over our anniversary and decided on Corduroy. It was a first-class experience. We had the tasting menu which, for $70, provides 6 courses (five plus the amuse bouche soup). The courses were tasting sizes of things on the menu. The chef picks the courses, but we were allowed to request one thing from the menu that we could "guarantee" to be a choice. Each of us got two different desserts, so 4 in all. Our waiter was the "Chicago guy" you read about in the reviews and he was friendly and charming without being overbearing. He is a wine expert, but we each only had glasses of wine. I positively recommend Corduroy. $70 is fair for these courses and the food is high-quality and very well-prepared. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We were made to feel very welcome and had a great meal.The staff went to a lot of trouble to explain the different courses and the food was all delicious. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Took a lady here on a first date. Thought it was a little aggressive to go to such a nice place but the lady loved it. Our server, the guy with a thick Chicagoan accent, knocked it out of the park. He was funny and polite all at once. The food was incredible and we had good wine paired with it. I will be coming back. Many times more."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Highlights: antelope was superb, tuna starter excellent. Wonderful staff but didn't see a female employee (I always wonder why??). "
    Dined on 6/4/2014