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Blue Duck Tavern

4.5
4.5
6481 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 due to DC COVID-19 Guidelines, patrons are not permitted to bring their own wine or alcohol into an establishment.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 419-6755

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Host your next gathering at our Chef's Table, seating up to 20 guests, or our semi-private table, seating up to 12. Allow our chefs to prepare a family-style menu, using the freshest ingredients of the day. The Chef's Table is available for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. For reservations, please contact Frank at frank.henry@hyatt.com or call +1 202 419 6620.

  • Private party facilities

    Blue Duck Tavern offers semiprivate dining for up to 20 people at its renowned Chef's Table. The Chef's Table three-, four-, or five-course, family-style menu, created by our Chef on the day of your reservation, utilizing freshest ingredients from our regional purveyors.

  • Private party contact

    Frank Henry: (888) 925-6007

  • Neighborhood

    West End

  • Cross street

    24 & M Streets NW

  • Parking details

    Blue Duck Tavern offers valet parking at $12.

  • Public transit

    Foggy Bottom Metro Station / GWU - Orange, Silver and Blue LinesDupont Circle Metro Station - Red Line

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,481 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. Z

    Zama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Booked a birthday brunch here and had a simply great experience! Staff were incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The food was excellent- fresh, well thought out flavours and just tasty! We had the brunch burger (which like its lunch/dinner-time sibling was excellent) and the steak and eggs special of the day- all great! The brunch cocktails were also really fun! Brunch was SO good, we had to take some home and so we ordered the apple pie to-go and that on its own is another food review! I highly recommend this lovely spot!
  2. ST

    SiobhanT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    MY Last visit at Blue duck taven was last December 2019 I love this restaurant its cozy and elegant it a special place to enjoy dinner with love ones with covid-19 hitting us I still had a lovely time under the new guidelines
  3. FF

    FallenFromItsThrone

    New England

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I’ve been coming here for years. With the current situation it’s so very sad to see how BDT is operating so limited. Paper placemats. Items missing from menu. Ambiance. Etc. It really isn’t the same. I think with changes, limitations and standard changes.... pricing should reflect as sell. Being honest as I can since I’ve been a customer of your for many years. Ed Travers
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our own glass enclosure and the wait staff wore masks so felt safe. The service and food were amazing. Lovely peaceful date night out!
  5. DS

    DamienS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    All dishes were excellent, especially the fish. Wine list and choice also excellent. A little disappointed by the choice of desserts.
  6. C

    Cameron

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor patio is in a nice sunny spot with heaters and plenty of room to social distance. Service impeccable, food, wine and drinks were delicious. One of the best in DC.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a pleasant surprise. The food was AMAZING! Our waiter Rob was attentive, friendly and funny! The bone marrow was the best of everything.
  8. DF

    DocFoodie

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere. I would definitely recommend.
  9. b

    bloomingbeauty

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't know how this place manages to make the most ordinary dishes taste absolutely amazing! Thank you for providing a memorable experience!
  10. W

    Wren

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    While staying at the Park Hyatt we had breakfast for 3 days and one dinner at the Blue Duck. Every meal was delicious, well-presented and service was excellent. Breakfast for 2 at $120 was well over the top in cost. So I wouldn’t say 5-star on value. Ambience was wonderful and covid safe with the outdoor seating. Indoors lacked warmth and definitely felt like a hotel restaurant. But I believe that was a factor of being cautious due to COVID. I’m pleased they kept tables distant and covid safe. All in all a great place to have a wonderful meal this winter.
  11. B

    Barbie

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor dining was so pleasant and so perfect for my friend's 75 birthday celebration...The evening was outstanding on ALL levels...and the birthday dessert given and served was so thoughtful! The Blue Duck is a favorite of mine and the Richard Nelsons who often visit DC still...We are hoping and planning for a dinner reunion at this restaurant sometime in January...Thank you to the staff and chef and management for making a wonderful evening! Sincerely, Barbara Bennett
  12. K

    Kyne

    San Francisco

    134 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Really great, innovative food and impeccable service in a somewhat modern-generic ambience, and at high prices. Still, a solid food destination, and will go again.
  13. JC

    JamesC

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always impeccable service and delicious food. Farm-to-table
  14. RR

    RichardR

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    not worth it!!!
  15. C

    carenC

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner was excellent! Superb food with many delicate flavors! Duck, scallops, beef tenderloin. Excellent service.
  16. SK

    SamK

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    This was truly a shame. Cold crabcakes, cold scallops, gritty root vegetables, and pockets of raw flour in the bread. This definitely was not what I was expecting at Blue Duck Tavern. I had heard so many good things about this place. The highlight was the waiter, he made some nice drink recommendations that we enjoyed, and seemed to be a nice guy.
  17. DH

    DanielleH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch. Really excellent bloody. And worked out great bringing our 8mo old in a stroller. Will definitely be back
  18. AR

    ARLeats

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2020

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Booked in advance and were also guests at the Park Hyatt. Told everyone it was our 10th wedding anniversary. We were put in a dark corner while many others were in private rooms or sitting by fire towers outside. The door opening next to us for the patio meant we had to wear coats the entire meal. We were up sold on a whole duck (under the courtesy that it was the last one available) before we had a chance to see the menu. One in 50 couples might be able to eat a whole duck- it should only be recommended to groups of 3 or more. What’s worse is that the duck was dry. Our anniversary was forgotten. We spent money a crazy amount of money for a mediocre dinner with terrible ambiance. I was silly enough to expect that Blue Duck would be extra conscientious about caring for those people still willing to venture out for an occasional high class, expensive dining experience on a special occasion during COVID. Mistake.
  19. J

    Jimmy

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sitting outside next to the fountain was excellent. The heat lamps kept the space very comfortable despite the cold weather. The four-course menu with wine pairings was definitely the way to go despite the expense. I recommend the scallops and duck!
  20. S

    Stevenson

    Washington DC

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good food, professional service. Good social distancing outside. It’s a bit expensive but worth it.
  21. S

    Stevenson

    Washington DC

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Social distancing was very good. Servers were not very accessible. Good was good, but not outstanding. I will go back because Blue Duck Tavern is one of the few good restaurants in my new.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic experience!
  23. M

    Mark

    New England

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was wonderful autumn day to enjoy breakfast on the terrace. Service was excellent. The glass of champagne provided a little celebratory moment. The Blue Duck Tavern is a favorite of mine when I’m in DC. I’ll be back to dine again.
  24. M

    Mark

    New England

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From cocktail and appetizer through wine and main course and eventually ending the evening with dessert and espresso, the experience was relaxing and enjoyable. It had been a long day of travel to arrive in DC and the Blue Duck Tavern is a must first stop. While it was a little chaotic arriving at the start of evening service with people queuing up near the host, once seated on the terrace things immediately settled into the Blue Duck standard. Excellent service. Exquisite cocktail and premium wine. Extraordinary entree. And when my colleague was unable to make it, the Blue Duck helped prepare a “to-go” meal to take away. Lots of reasons one comes back time and again to the Blue Duck Tavern.
  25. JR

    JoseRicardoR

    Washington DC

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing service
  26. A

    Ambient

    Austin

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was pricey and the fish was disappointing
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great place for our one-year anni. The staff and experience was great, especially during covid times. We were greeted with champagne, enjoyed good food and lovely service. Ambiance is 10/10 for a romantic date night.
  28. I

    Iman

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great, ambient was superb, service was good. All appt and food was delicious except chicken which was undercooked and we took it home to coock it more at home. But fish plates were one in a kind, fabulous.
  29. CB

    CelesteB

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was, as always, wonderful as was our waiter.
  30. RG

    RozG

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal, great staff! We went for my husband's parents anniversary and everyone we encountered congratulated them on their anniversary which was a nice touch. We ended up ordering the whole duck and sharing it with a few appetizers. Highly recommended!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous spot
  32. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2020

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Food took quite long to come out. Apart from that no real complaints.
  33. DB

    DavidB

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Great place, a little loud on patio but will be back. Short ribs were great
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my favorite restaurant!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Food was awful and found myself longing for fast food
  36. g

    goodfood

    Chicago

    97 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food and service were very good. The salads were both tasty, colorful, and plentiful. The roasted halibut was excellent, as was the duck. The triple cut fries were huge and spicy. We would go back again.
  37. C

    Cacachuli

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2020

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    The duck breast was very, very off. Had a chemical taste, vaguely of formaldehyde. Couldn’t eat it. Short rib was dry. Roasted vegetables were dry and under seasoned. Crab cake and potato purée were very good.
  38. AL

    AnnaL

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for brunch and the French toast was melt-in-your-mouth! The short rib hash was to die for!! It was beautiful ambiance and atmosphere. The servers were excellent as well! 10/10 will go again!
  39. S

    Scott

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was great but food was subpar compared to previous times.
  40. A

    Alex

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service mediocre. Food mediocre. Would not return or recommend

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Blue Duck Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 6481 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    24 & M Streets NW

  • Neighborhood

    West End

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Blue Duck Tavern offers valet parking at $12.

  • Public transit

    Foggy Bottom Metro Station / GWU - Orange, Silver and Blue LinesDupont Circle Metro Station - Red Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 419-6755

  • Catering

    Host your next gathering at our Chef's Table, seating up to 20 guests, or our semi-private table, seating up to 12. Allow our chefs to prepare a family-style menu, using the freshest ingredients of the day. The Chef's Table is available for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. For reservations, please contact Frank at frank.henry@hyatt.com or call +1 202 419 6620.

  • Private party facilities

    Blue Duck Tavern offers semiprivate dining for up to 20 people at its renowned Chef's Table. The Chef's Table three-, four-, or five-course, family-style menu, created by our Chef on the day of your reservation, utilizing freshest ingredients from our regional purveyors.

  • Private party contact

    Frank Henry: (888) 925-6007

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