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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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...
Bone marrows are great! will come back to try their dinner
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!
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.
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.
Lovely food - but very very salty - toward the end really felt it. Nice wine and ambience
Food, service and experience was amazing. Will come again!!
Great food, great service!
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.
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.
What a phenomenal restaurant. They were very accommodating and went above and beyond to make sure we had an amazing experience
We had a wonderful brunch to celebrate Valentines weekend. Our server, Rikki, was wonderful. She was attentive,
Good food, terrible service. Food and drinks took FOREVER
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.
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.
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!!
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.
World class service and impeccably prepared food. Valentines menu was special and restaurant made our children feel right at home.
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.
Excellent experience and great food. The server was extremely attentive and cordial. I would definitely return.
Always love dining at the Blue Duck. Our server was attentive and lovely. The food was amazing. Will keep coming back.
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.
Pleasant ambiance; friendly service; good food for brunch but not great.
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.
No longer the Blue Duck of days gone by. Quite disappointing.
The service and food were impeccable. Highly recommend the crab cakes and Brussels. We will definitely return.
One of my favorites. The service was slow this time but I’ll be back.
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
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.
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.
My 49th Birthday!
Waiter was outstanding, food was fabulous our big group was held In high regard
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
Outstanding as always--great service and an impressive place for a business lunch
👍🏻 good service great food! Has tHE best time duck wings were amazing
Great service but the food was very mediocre. We would not go back there.
Great food and service! From start to finish it was very good. Thank you!
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!
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.