Blue Duck Tavern

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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 $50 corkage fee (per 750 ml bottle of wine), with a limit of two bottles, will be charged.
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d
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Took a bit to get staffs attention
Food was good
Place is looking a little beat up for the price point and the Park Hyatt brand...

A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Bone marrows are great! will come back to try their dinner

BP
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my partner’s birthday with my nephew and his wife. We had bone marrow and oysters on hay for appetizers. Both very unique and tasty. For main course, we had sturgeon, duck, and short ribs. All prepared wonderfully. Their wine list was well rounded but extremely expensive. Our waiter was attentive and handled us well even after we got a bit rowdy. We had a very nice time, but it did hit the bank account pretty hard!

AC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Overall VERY mediocre food. It’s not cheap. But not astronomical. You’d think the duck would be the standout dish but it was categorically terrible. Would not return and recommend a complete redo except for the ambience. Very cute restaurant.

FD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. There were so many layered flavors in every dish. we had the duck one night and the vegetable pot pie another night. Also, we had the marrow, the trout crudo, the hay-smoked oysters, the beet salad, and the chocolate pot de creme. The tequila drink with blood orange was stunning and strong. We tried so many dishes and everything more than met our expectations. Plus, the service was top-of-the line. We had David (Iwei) as our server. He was so motivated to make our dining experience sublime. I forgot, we also had the sorbet and after dinner tea. It was not just an amazing meal. It was an amazing experience.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Lovely food - but very very salty - toward the end really felt it. Nice wine and ambience

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and experience was amazing. Will come again!!

e
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

d
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Our server was very difficult to hear / understand, and didn't offer up much context on the menu until we prodded him repeatedly. When he did, it was helpful, but i could only catch 2/3 of what he was saying.
We also had a table that was on the edges, so we missed out on the central part looking into the open kitchen, which seemed to have a better ambiance. We had our reservation for our anniversary for a month plus, so I thought we may get some sort of preference for seating, but unfortunately not.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

While the service was very good, the food was really unexceptional I hate to say. I had the potato and leek soup, which was very good, but my steak, while cooked to the proper temperature (medium rare), was no better than I've had at much less expensive places. The fries were excellent, but dessert, ice cream, was unexceptional.

Also was disappointed with the lack of ambiance--the space seemed quite spare--and the noise level was quite high. It was hard to have of conversation without repeating myself.

JK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a phenomenal restaurant. They were very accommodating and went above and beyond to make sure we had an amazing experience

MM
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch to celebrate Valentines weekend. Our server, Rikki, was wonderful. She was attentive,

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Good food, terrible service. Food and drinks took FOREVER

MT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentines Day dinner. While the meal was nice with a diverse selection of meals it definitely was not the full menu experience The Blue Duck usually has to offer. I know from past experience that the regular menu has a lot more to offer. The crab cakes were probably some off the best I have had since moving here. The crab was fresh and the crab to stuffing ratio was mainly crab. The cavatelli was cooked to perfection and the sauce was delightful. The scallops again were fresh and melted in your mouth like butter. The wagyu steak in the marrow sauce with the spinach reduction left a bit to be desired but was still delectable. This is a great space to impress foodies, loved ones and business associates.

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

While we knew valentines day dinner was prix fixe and we were prepared to spend some money, I wasn't aware it would be one of the most expensive meals I ever paid for. Saying that, the food and staff were terrific and made for a great evening. Just be prepared to spend a lot.

BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. They had a set Valentine’s Day menu that was great. This was the second time I’ve been here and the food was even better. Also, the service was excellent, much improved from the first time I went here. Overall great Valentine’s Day experience and excited to go back again!!

G
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have been twice before at this restaurant and unfortunately this time it did not meet my expectations. The wagyu beef served was at best average and the duck overcooked. The rest was just ok. Service and ambiance remain very good.

CK
Greensboro
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

World class service and impeccably prepared food. Valentines menu was special and restaurant made our children feel right at home.

C
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

One expects Valentine's Day dinner in DC restaurants to be disappointing: overpriced menus, lower quality cuisine, often a wait for a table (despite reservations). We had an early reservation at Blue Duck Tavern, and we were shown immediately to our table. Unfortunately, the table was in a fairly dark back room, with kitchen on one side and a drinks setup on the other--clearly meant for overflow. Disappointing ambience to say the least. Given the price of the set menu, table cloths could have been expected as well (to cover the worn table top).
Service was very attentive throughout the meal. The cuisine, however, was disappointing (once again, given the price): an appetizer crab cake that was a lump of crab meat with no preparation or seasoning evident. Everyone does "Wagyu" beef these days: the Wagyu strip steak main course was an ordinary, small slice of steak, part was very tough. The dessert was the high point of the meal, a grapefruit/bergamot confection that was pleasing to eye and palate. Overall, not a memorable evening, but, as noted, typical of Valentine's Day in too many DC restaurants.

SN
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and great food. The server was extremely attentive and cordial. I would definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love dining at the Blue Duck. Our server was attentive and lovely. The food was amazing. Will keep coming back.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Maybe it was good once. Chicken was dry, fish a few days old , risotto just mushy and the vegetable pie was so-so. Only thing good was the mashed potatoes. Basically it is hotel food in a pretty setting. Service was fine.

k
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Pleasant ambiance; friendly service; good food for brunch but not great.

LB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was very good but our entrees took a very long time to come to the table and we finally had to flag down a waiter to ask about it because no one came by to check on us and let us know there was a delay. People who sat down and ordered after us were finished their meals and received their checks before we even got our entrees.

HD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

No longer the Blue Duck of days gone by. Quite disappointing.

OT
Atlanta
50 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were impeccable. Highly recommend the crab cakes and Brussels. We will definitely return.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

One of my favorites. The service was slow this time but I’ll be back.

P
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Too dark - couldn't read menus. Long wait - more than one hour between appetizer and main course. Food only fair, not worth the high price. Wine selection only fair. Definitely do not recommend

AB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calm ambience & attention staff made for a lovely evening meal at The Blue Duck Tavern. The food was amazing! Looking forward to a return trip and plan to bring friends.

PM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to DC once a year from NJ & always go to the Blue Duck Tavern. This year we were a bit late being seated & ended up near a loud table of seven partying hard. Our waiter Michael & the hostess noticed our discomfort right away, & moved us to a quieter area. They more than made everything right. Blue Duck Tavern will stay on our “must visit” list in DC.

MP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 49th Birthday!

B
Memphis
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was outstanding, food was fabulous our big group was held In high regard

C
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed our lunch and the service - up until we were rather abruptly brought the check without being asked about an interest in coffee or dessert. Not certain of the message we were meant to receive. Two women out for a working lunch

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding as always--great service and an impressive place for a business lunch

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

👍🏻 good service great food! Has tHE best time duck wings were amazing

n
Las Vegas
35 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service but the food was very mediocre. We would not go back there.

OR
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! From start to finish it was very good. Thank you!

M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hadn’t been to Blue Duck since the late summer. Have always enjoyed this restaurant in the past but this visit was uneven. Oysters were fresh and delicious even if it was disappointing that they’re no longer available on the “hay” bed like in 2019. But very nice flavor. The vegetable pot pie, however, was a letdown. Loads of heavy seasoned cream sauce and a thick breaded top totally overwhelmed whatever vegetables were present in the dish. It was actually a challenge to figure out where they were. By the end when I gave up, the pot pie had made the short rib selection that I usually order seem like a diet plate. Now I know why I’m not cut out to be a vegan!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We were extremely disappointed in our experience at Blue Duck Tavern. We were celebrating a special birthday and did not want to dampen the mood by complaining, but our server was very careless and inattentive. She did not bring wine that was ordered until after we had finished our meal, our food and the coffee were cold, and she splashed coffee on my shirt and spilled water on our table. A very expensive and disappointing experience.

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