Blue Duck Tavern

4.7
5930 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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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
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Phone number
(202) 419-6755
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Troy Knapp
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
24 & M Streets NW
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Parking details
Blue Duck Tavern offers valet parking at $12.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom Metro Station - Orange and Blue Lines
Dupont Circle Metro Station - Red Line
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Special events & promotions
On February 14, Blue Duck Tavern will offer a special Four Course Chef's choice a la carte menu. Our price is $130 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

On April 1, 2018, Blue Duck Tavern will offer our Farm-Fresh which consist of:
Cheese, Charcuterie, & Shellfish buffet along with, choice of appetizer, choice of entree and dessert buffet. Service hours are from 11:30 am-3:30 pm
$125 per person $55 for children 6-12;complimentary for children under 6.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Blue Duck Tavern offers semi private dining for up to 18 people at the Chef's Table. The Chef's Table 4 or 5-course, family-style menu, created by our Chef de Cuisine on the day of your reservation, uses the freshest ingredients available in the kitchen from our regional purveyors.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Farm-Fresh Feast Hours 12:00 pm- 8:00 pm

$135 per person $55 for children 6-12; complimentary for children under 6. Three-course, market fresh menu. Feast begins with first course, by choice of entrees from the menu and final course served buffet-style in the pantry kitchen.

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What 5930 People Are Saying
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Columbus
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! We arrived almost thirty minutes early but since it was a later reservation and there weren’t a lot of people dining, they seated us immediately. We had a great talk about food with the assistant general manager, Nick. He explained us to what the Blue Duck Tavern was all about. I have to say that the dim lighting, hand crafted wood chairs, and the hearty food I had just eaten made me feel as if I were dining at a roadside tavern circa 1800.

Rabbit fricassee is what I came for but I was informed it had just been recently taken off the menu. Nick suggested the pheasant which was the rabbits replacement on the menu. I went with that as it had many of the qualities that made me desire the rabbit in the first place. After the first bite I was disappointed no more. It was the tenderest pheasant I had ever eaten. It just melted in my mouth. It was so good I had to request some bread to sop up the rest. Can you do that at a Michelin restaurant? I wasn’t leaving a drop behind regardless!

Awesome staff! Great food! Unique atmosphere! The star is well deserved!

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch on Saturday and overall it was exceptional. Great service and atmosphere, plus excellent food quality.

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ER
New England
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Our server was fantastic. Frank was engaging and knowledgeable. We had bone marrow and oysters for appetizers, then duck, pheasant and pork chop. Delicious, especially the pheasant. Desserts were creative and very good. Definitely would go back again.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Disappointed about the main courses : cheeseburger was nothing impressive, and spicy pepper is unnecessary, duck confit was tough. Horrible hot chocolate - tastes like too sweet cheap cacao, costs 10$, but good for 2-3 people.
Liked: brussel sprouts and hazelnut mousse. These two were great. Crab cake is good too.

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LH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, excellent and delicious portions, great ambiance.

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, foie gras appetizer was amazing!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had the duck and omg it was out of this world! I don’t say that a lot . Wife had cavatelli and is was made with rye flour

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Brunch burger was good overall. However, the egg was not as requested. Requested over medium instead of sunny and it was cooked a tad too long. Pecan sticky bun was dried out almost hard. The fries were great and I also enjoyed the sorbet mimosa. I would return as the service and food was good overall.

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LH
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

It was terrible. The steak was tough and full of sinew. My sister ate two bites. The vegetable pot pie potatoes were undercooked and hard. I couldn’t eat them. The bone marrow was so overpowered by other things it was like eating barbecue. My father’s fish was the only decent thing and it was nothing special. The wine just ok. The restaurant was loud and uninviting. The service was meh. Our waiter was nice but not helpful. Overall, for the price this place is not worth your time. Go anywhere else.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic! Highly recommend this restaurant.

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JE
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drink, very knowledgeable and attentive servers. We had a very memorable evening.

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m
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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TT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Did not live up to the expectations of a Michelin Star restaurant. The Michelin Star review was mostly focused on the decor of Blue Duck Tavern. The food quality was fine for the most part BUT not Michelin star quality at all

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VH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Duck Tavern was one of my favorite experiences in DC. The food was delicious, fast and well worth the price. Our server Craig was extremely knowledgeable and made the whole dining experience even better. I would definitely recommend Blue Duck Tavern to everyone.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and one of the best brunch menus I’ve ever tried. Also gluten free pastry trio? What’s not to like?

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MZ
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation for my sister's birthday and were very impressed. When making the reservation I indicated that it was for a birthday and when we arrived we were given menus that said happy birthday at the top. The service was friendly and prompt and the food was outstanding.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my brothers wife’s bday and it was incredible! Food, service and everything was a 10!

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ET
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING!!! Picked this for a going away lunch with and colleague and was not disappointed.

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NL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent farm to table menu with wonderfully prepared vegetables.

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AH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food, service second to none. For a birthday they even print your name on the menu. The bass from the SoulCycle studio next door was a little shocking for such a fine restaurant, but it goes away once the classes are over. Definitely worth the time and money.

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C
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

First time I had a bad experience here, it was disappointing because it’s one of our favorite restaurants and we were entertaining a friend. Seasonal menu changes are great and welcome, but please retain the integrity of the dishes that made you great!

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S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The BDT is consistently remarkable. My favorite restaurant in DC since the day it opened.

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KP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Kushma was great, friendly, discrete and quick. Took very good care of our wedding anniversary dinner.
Blue Duck Tavern has increased overall quality, even higher than before.

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GB
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was excellent. i don't know that i have had better food in dc

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RB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely service and creative tasty food.

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j
Austin
24 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When in D.C. I always try to work in visit to Blue Duck Tavern.

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was impeccable. Some of the dishes were definitely shining stars, but overall the food was a little underwhelming.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time dinning at the Blue Duck Tavern. Great food, atmosphere, service, etc!

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TN
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just plain outstanding! If you're thinking of going to Blue Duck Tavern, stop thinking and go!

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HM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Starters were a good start but it was downhill from there.
Decent grub but definitely not worthy of a star.
Sorry.

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d
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful consistent awesome

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AW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I took my husband's assistant for an annual special birthday lunch with a glass of champagne to start. I had written that it was a special birthday lunch, so they had it printed at the top of the menu, which she loved. The food was beyond spectacular... each and every dish was over the top in quality, taste and presentation. I will return for the next special lunch I am planning with other friends!

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E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful evening at Blue Duck Tavern. As soon as my significant other and I were seated, our server, David, greeted us and acknowledged our reservation note for our 8:00 pm show at the Kennedy Center which I very much appreciated. I have to say this - what keeps guests returning to a restaurant is not just the food, but the service - David was truly wonderful, very professional yet personable and charming.

As for the food, our appetizers and entrees were delicious. I appreciate the seasonal menu and the unique twists on the food. For instance, the entree chicken dish had grapes in it which you think would be odd but how they were prepared made them taste like a root vegetable, sort of like a radish, so it worked beautifully with the dish.
The seasonal cocktail menu looked interesting, I opted to try the pumpkin pie pisco sour. A bit sweet for my taste but would make a great dessert cocktail.

That said, I would absolutely return to BDT and have already recommended it to my friends and family.

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GA
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect service and food was delicious. A little on the pricey side but would highly recommend. Staff was super at tentative and catered without problem for food allergies.

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AT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was great. The only improvements I would make would be:

1. When serving coffee in carafe/pot, it should be on a burner or wrapped in a cozy to keep the remaining coffee hot.
2. We were seated near the windows on 24th St and it was quite cold. The morning was breezy and cold and sitting there made it feel a bit too cool.

Otherwise, everything was perfect. Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Expensive, bathroom out of service. Food very average

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I had heard about BDT since I moved to DC 2 years ago and all reviews were very positive. Decided it would be a great spot to take family visiting from out of town. I played up the Michelin star and all the great things I had heard. Unfortunately, BDT did not meet expectations.

First Impression: When we first walked in the door the three girls up front looked at us then went back to looking at their phones. Thinking that must not be the host stand, we continued walking until another hostess saw us, led us back to the front, pushed aside the other three and took us to our table. We had a 5:45pm reservation so assumed that they must just be getting into work for the evening or something.

The Food: 1 of the three bone marrow pieces was off and tasted almost like oysters, the other two were very good. The foie gras mousse didn't have much flavor and we did not get the johnny cakes until asking about them. The branzino was nothing special and mostly just tasted like dill. The duck was overly charred. Then the pumpkin and pork side was terrible. The pumpkin was burnt on one side and untouched on the other while the pieces of pork were just charred dry chunks. Only dishes that did not receive complaints from the group were the braised beef rib and horseradish potato puree which were both delicious. Again we had an early reservation and the restaurant was not that busy so I don't understand the quality issues.

My aunt wanted to pay for the dinner so I did not raise any concerns while at BDT. She was happy we were together and really enjoyed the wine we had selected. Today she and my cousin commented that the restaurant was nice but the food was nothing too special. I was embarrassed that I suggested BDT instead of the steakhouse they had wanted to try.

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LE
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my fiancé here for his birthday and had requested in advance that they write a special message for him, perhaps for the dessert. They went above and beyond and wrote it on our menus, and also on his dessert. The food was excellent — highly recommend the bone marrow and duck breast.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best duck ever!

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JD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Pricey . . . But wonderful.

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