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Corduroy Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.corduroydc.com
  • Email: corduroydc@mindspring.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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "I'd never heard of Corduroy and would have driven right past it if I hadn't seen the valet parking sign. We are really happy we didn't miss this place. Between six of us, we had antelope, wagyu steak, tuna (2 of us) and lamb (2 of us) - it was all exquisite! It's always easy to tell with our crew how the food was - just look for what's on the plate when we're almost done - there was nothing at all left! I'm not sure what was the best of the 2nd plates (entrees), they were all so good, but I definitely would recommend the carpaccio lobster - outstanding! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "A great meal! Three of us went and had the Antelope, Lamb, and Bork Belly. Each was superb. Great choices of wine by the glass. Pistachio Bread Pudding wonderful. And the Lobster Carpaccio was WOW. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Took my wife for her birthday. They seated us in a cozy spot, nice ambience. Waiter very friendly, perfect amount of attentiveness. Had the 5 course tasting menu. Excellent portions, flavors very good. Only complaint is the lamb was a bit tough to cut and not flavorful. Deserts above average but thought it odd they served different desert to each of us rather than tastings. Wine list extensive in all price ranges."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "The maitre d' who greeted us at the door was had a snotty and condescending attitude, but our waiter was a delight. The food was excellent. "
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My wife and I were seated immediately in a cozy nook with a view of the seating area. Staff helped, did not rush. We ordered the 5-course surprise menu. The surprise was a sixth course. All were outstanding. The wine pairings were creative, including varietals we had not had (and we've had many), and all were delicious. A completely positive experience making for a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "It's very difficult to find great service and great food at one location. Corduroy was outstanding in every aspect. Multiple staff members came over to check up on how we were doing, how our food was, and recommended dishes when we were torn among several of the great options. Friendly atmosphere among the staff members are always a key to great success. Definitely a memorable dinner for a special night."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A work dinner with a couple colleagues here. I used to live in DC and Shaw was NO place to be. Now, it's starting to hop and this place is one of the top restaurants in the District. Go and enjoy yourselves. Just great."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Eclectic menu, well prepared, and wonderful selection. It should be on everyone's list of restaurants to try."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Wonderful meal of the (surprise) 5-course tasting menu which included red snapper soup, mushroom tart, sea bass, pork cheeks and lamb. They were all excellent, although the lamb was so mild I'm not sure I would have known it was lamb blindfolded. They provided excellent wine pairings, all dry European choices. Will definitely be back on our next trip to DC."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A fabulous dining experience......I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Enjoyed Excellent food and outstanding service. Staff is especially knowledgeable and helpful."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Couldn't have had a nicer anniversary dinner at Corduroy. The food and service were both lovely, and we appreciated the extra touches to make our night special."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We selected the Chef's Surprise 5 course menu, but added the Red Snapper Bisque (outstanding). We struggled with the wine list to find a white & red to match, but the staff guided us to an excellent white and a satisfying red. Each course was a delight, perfect size, well presented, and delicious. The courses combined arguably common elements, but all the ingredients tasted of the highest quality and were prepared to perfection - which rare these days, as chefs try to impress with exotic or daring combinations. The pacing of the dishes was perfect; never rushed and never left wondering when the next dish would arrive. The decor is simple and elegant, and the noise level very low. The staff was excellent from the moment we walked in."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My sisters and spouses went to corduroy as our big night out. Our father was in the restaurant business so we are all harsh critics. We were impressed with the pace of the meal, the excellent service and best of all the food. Unusual but not weird. Perfect portions. Flavor flavor flavor."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Excellent service. Quiet, romantic atmosphere. Menu selections very unique-good, but not outstanding."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Wonderful food and great service. Would love to return. Best dc restaurant I have eaten in in a while."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "All that assisted in the dining experience were knowledgable and very friendly. Loved it!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Corduroy has a great menu with something for everyone. To start we shared the Tuna Tartar with Crispy Shallots and Mountain Potato. The kitchen was nice enough to split this between two people and it was the perfect portion to start the meal. My favorite item on the menu is the Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope with Chestnut Puree -- yes, I know "antelope???" -- it tastes a lot like a steak, but with the texture of a pork chop. We have gone back several times and someone from our group always orders it and it's always a hit. All of the desserts are amazing, but the Baked Chocolate Sabayon is by far my favorite. It is basically their soufflé and a great way to end a meal! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Sometimes excellent food isn't enough for a restaurant to succeed, because the service stinks, or the staff is snooty, or the ambiance is too trendy, or it's too loud... Thanks to the affable staff, especially our waiter (Mark?), and a simple, yet sophisticated ambiance, the excellent food is able to shine."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I selected Corduroy for my wife's birthday dinner because it was highly rated, offered a tasting menu (which we like to take), and everything on the regular menu looked like something I would select. We were seated in an intimate two-person alcove. Mark, our waiter, described the food as "American fare with French sauces and an Asian flair". Although not on the menu, there was a wine pairing for the 5-course tasting menu. Every dish was de-lish! The soup, the cremini blintz, a lobster carpaccio (melt-in-your-mouth), the pork cheek, the Wagyu beef and the desserts were excellent - hard to pick a favorite. Each paired wine went very well. We left impressed, satisfied and with good memories of the entire experience."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "As a DC native, I consider myself pretty well-versed in the local food scene. My fiance and I had yet to try Corduroy, so I took him here for his birthday. From start to finish, our dining experience was absolute perfection. The setting was effortlessly chic, the service attentive without being overbearing, and the fare exceptional. This restaurant has quickly moved into our top five favorites; I'm already looking for reasons to come back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I was struck by several things during my first visit to Corduroy. First was the neighborhood, which has changed dramatically in the last few years, so if you have put off going because of the location that is no longer an excuse. The space is terrific! There are nooks and crannies all over the place so you not sitting on top of your neighbors. The menu is small but each dish is well thought out executed flawlessly and highlights seasonal ingredients that the chef and staff are passionate about. The wine list has a lot of options and the pricing is fair. The staff was terrific, engaging without being smothering and they know the menu and wine list very well. Corduroy is a press darling and I can say it lives up to the hype"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is the fourth time I have frequented Corduroy. Its food and wine selections are second to none. The ambiance is quiet and reserved. Each time I am in Washington, D. C., I try to have dinner at Corduroy to make my visit a truly memorable one."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Loved the discrete constant attention, food was fantastic from bread to unique appetizer to melt-in-your-mouth entree to presentation of dessert to coffee. All aspects with brilliant flavor-the ambiance was intimate. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The service is professional but not fake, the food is wonderful but not too complex to enjoy"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We had out of town guest that we want to take to nice dinner and be able to talk. Corduroy was our choice and we couldn't have been more happy. Everything from the service, to the food, to the atmosphere, all was perfect. Our out of town guest were VERY impressed. Thanks for making it a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I had heard Corduroy was a bit uneven and found that to be true. The appetizers sounded special but weren't all that creative, the presentatons lacked and the flaovrs did not pop. We tried the Lobster Carpaccio (lacked flavor, covered with sauce), Tuna Tartar (good), Scallop Tartar (subtle but not impressive) and the Snapper Bisque (best item of the night). The wine selection was good, and kept at 55 degrees, and our Pinot Noir was served at that temp, which didn't suit us. For Dinner, 4 of us had Scallops with Grits and 2 of us had Sea Bass. Both had good flavor but lacked elements I would expect. BTW, never saw the Chef in the kitchen (Friday Night) just the cadre of little ladies....which could explain the lack of attention to detail."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "He had a fantastic experience the other night! The only thing better than the food was the service."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Outstanding meal - fantastic menu - amazing, fresh local ingredients in well constructed dishes with intricate, layered flavors - but really approachable. Fantastic service and a unique wine list where the I tags is absolutely appropriate the the verital."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great selection of drinks, fine flourless chocolate cake, very good coffee with dessert. Great atmosphere for a special occasion. You can get a better meal elsewhere for half the price, so you're paying for the white tablecloth and a crumb sweep."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "No complaints. They took care of a party of 9 with ease. Wonderful night out."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal here the other night. We ordered the tasting menu, and each dish was a surprise package that was a delight--varied and wee-prepared. THe service was outstanding--personal and informative without being intrusive. my dinner companion and I were able to split a wine pairing--just perfect,"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "I don't get to Corduroy as often as I would like but I recommend it to friends and coworkers often. If you want a dining experience it guranteed great service and great food in a inviting setting then choose Corduroy. You can't go wrong."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed my experience, but would have liked our waiter to keep his comments about the way I choose to eat to himself. The waiter was very experienced in his knowledge of foods and beverages."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "4 of us ate here on a Sat.@ 6:15. Seated promptly & the floor manager took our drink order (3 wines 1 cocktail) right away. The wine came immediately. The waiter never introduced himself but started by suggesting dinner wines, before we even looked at the menu. He came by 3 times to take our order & the cocktail still had not arrived. We finally mentioned the oversight & he was apologetic but it still took 10 minutes to get the cocktail. We placed our order and the 1st course arrived but the waiter never came by. I finally had to signal him across the room for a pepper mill. When we requested a 2nd bottle of wine he said "oh I forgot to tell you, that was the last one" It was like that all night. The food however was fantastic."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Mark was our waiter and made the evening. Ask for him."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great restaurant in Washington, DC. Don't be put off by the neighborhood. This place is a real gem, with excellent food."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "While in DC sometimes you get lost in the crowded loud hot spots with sometime yt? Estimable service. Every detail on the food, set up and service was focused and on point. Whether it is a romantic dinner or a business meeting you will be well taken care of."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We came here looking to celebrate at a special restaurant and this place fit the bill. Our waiter, Mark, was so wonderful and clearly passionate about the food and the restaurant. The pace of the meal was perfect and the food was absolutely delicious. Didn't make it to the dessert round but was a little disappointed that nothing really jumped off the menu to sway me to indulge. I had called ahead to request glasses of champagne be brought to our table upon arrival and they not only happily granted my request but brought glasses of a really top-notch "house" sparkling wine. If you can, request a booth - they're on the edges of the restaurant and a bit quieter. Overall. a wonderful experience and I highly recommend. We'll be going back!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We've dined here many times but this time hosted very special guests - two young but sophisticated dining friends. Our dinner was perfect, from the quiet table that allowed good conversation to the deeply knowledgeable server - and of course, delicious, creative flavors. And a lovely wine list with a range of very good bottles and prices. Merci Merci! We will return again and again."
    Dined on 1/4/2014