Blue Duck Tavern

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$31 to $50
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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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Michael our server went above and beyond to provide some of the best service I ever experienced

OT
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The marrow was cold and flavourless. The duck was stone cold and quite bland. Overall the meal was very disappointing and incredibly expensive.

H
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We make a plan to dine here each time we’re in DC. The service is consistently good, and the food delectable.

SA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Needs better wine service. Prices have now risen to a point where this not where you would not
go a more regular basis

NT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was not very pleased with the steak. It was very dry and no flavor.

PM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We are underwhelmed. Duck and chicken not a hit. Best item was the vegetarian pot pie.

HS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have eaten the same thing for lunch at least half a dozen times. This time, the salad was way overdressed and the chicken was very dry.
The service was very good and it is quiet and a good place to have lunch with friends or a business lunch.

HM
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing time at Blue Duck Tavern. The food and the service is outstanding and the view into the kitchen is breathtaking. We will back soon.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The prices for the rather simple food and casual ambience were very high. While everyone was polite the noise level was too high giving the effect of sitting in someone’s busy kitchen. I will not be returning as the value/experience trade off was poor

MR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It's not that great for breakfast: has that expensive-hotel-food thing going on.

C
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

We brought a friend in from out of town. We were really looking forward to showing him the best of what DC cuisine has to offer but fell vastly short of that goal. A few specifics from our experience:

Buckwheat cavatelli was unbearably salty; chicken biscuits were very dry and the chicken had an odd chewy texture; crab cakes were bland; the presentation of the foie gras mousse was attractive, but the fat coating the mousse was not appetizing.

BDT has been one of our favorite restaurants for years. We live in the neighborhood and it is so nice to drop by and enjoy meals here. When it lost a Michelin star this year we were in disbelief but now we understand why. Unfortunately I do not see us going back anytime in the foreseeable future. There are too many good restaurants in DC these days to justify dining out and receiving a lackluster experience like the one we had.

MB
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael personalized the dining experience and helped to create a very memorable evening.

JK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Took them 20 minutes to send a server to our table... and food was too salty... but okay vibes... pricey for what its worth

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best Duck on Earth.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Poor front of house, okay food, significant decline from a few years ago

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for our son’s birthday. Great food, attentive service resulted in a memorable evening.

NH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place, super nice. Food was really great 😊 and our server was super helpful and nice.

AH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I was hosting my son and his fiancé It was her first visit but my family lives nearby and we’ve come many times for both brunch and dinner. This was my first bad experience and it all centered on my main course which was practically inedible.

I ordered the NY Strip and only ate one or two slices figuring I’d take the leftover home which I did. The steak was so grizzled and fatty that it was quite an effort just to slice it.

I didn’t return it during the dinner ad I was so engaged in our delightful table conversation, but the kitchen should be ashamed for serving it and you should keep a closer eye on this vendor.

j
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Didn't realize the restaurant was inside of a hotel, but the hotel staff were friendly enough to escort us to the check in area for the restaurant. The ambiance is nice but not over the top and the kitchen is completely open, so that provides a lot of entertainment as well. Food was top notch. Bone marrow seems to be the choice here for apps, and it was great, but I have had better at Trummer's in Clifton. The Duck and the braised short-rib were off the charts good and my wife and I both loved them. They even came out with a cool little dessert with Happy Anniversary written on the plate. Would definitely recommend to others.

JL
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as was our server, Michael.

T
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not as spectacular as we expected, and the space is chilly (atmospherically and literally).

BS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We’ve been to Blue Duck a number of times over the years. The restaurant is lovely and we started with two great glasses of wine. A good start. The downside...Our appetizers arrived with our meal. Our steaks were very fatty and bland. We enjoyed the crab cakes. For the $36 price at lunch, we expected that a side would accompany. Had we not ordered appetizers, we would have left hungry. Our waiter, though helpful, kind when present, too often had to be flagged down and was not particularly intuitive.

I hope this visit was just a one-time fail because generally Blue Duck is a lively and fun restaurant.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was noisier than I remember in the past. As a developer myself I would look into possible solutions to reduce the noise level.

e
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve had fresh duck in Wisconsin 35 years ago w a raspberry sauce that I have lived forever. This duck was different but everlasting.

m
Orlando
108 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat in the lounge area for a drink and app prior to dinner. Very nice bar/lounge area and service was great.

Dinner was ok. Very little ambiance, loud and just wooden tables/chairs that are rather uncomfortable. The food was fair, my husband had short ribs and I had the veggie pot pie. For the price and atmosphere, I would dine elsewhere next time.

R
Cincinnati
51 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superior in quality and service. Easily one of the best dining experiences in DC. A wonderful wine list, high-quality food preparation. My favorite place in the city.

OT
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

BDT lost their Michelin Star, which means different things to different people. They still have good food, but we had thought it had been slipping before. Seems like some dishes just reflect too much thought. Example - the hay smoked oysters were beautifully presented and big, plump oysters with just too much spice and garnish. Duck is always great. Wine list is good but expensive.

SS
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Duck is our go to brunch for Kennedy Center matinees and they never disappoint! We always have the bone marrow appetizer and are always pleased by the endless variations in toppings. Banh mi style pork belly Benedict was an incredibly clever fusion.

OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Too loud for my taste, and weird floor plan. But, food and service are superb. Filling portions. You pay for the high-rent location. Third time my wife and I have dined here; our visiting friends from NYC loved it. We will be back.

N
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently had a mother / daughter dinner here on Friday night (11/1) and everything was lovely! Our server (high ponytail / brunette) was such a gem and she assisted with an excellent wine selection all the way through to the apple pie for two! The chicken dish was delicious.. so glad my mom ordered that as I ate half of it : )
I look forward to returning. Thanks!

JS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Used to love this restaurant. Friday the food, service, and entire experience, was mediocre.
Don’t mind paying these prices when it is worth it, but this time - definitely resented the bill.

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday they are very nice.

FF
New England
52 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I have been coming to this restaurant for year. So many I can't remember how long, probably from when it opened. I've stayed at the hotel for at least the past 15 years. None the less, I have had the sad experience of seeing this restaurant slowly fall from when it once was a great restaurant. It has completely lost its perspective of a Mitch-Award restaurant and suspect they may loose it. The restaurant at best is a B rated place to visit and should try to live up to the other standards. This trip, half the duck was over cooked. The wine was bad and didn't touch it. The truffles on the pot pie was tasteless. The wait staff was nice but really didn't want to over extend himself on a "one person" table. I truly hate when that feeling is transferred from the staff to the customer. All in all, if you are hungry, it is late...then eat there. There really isn't any other reason to do so. There are a lot of nice places in DC. FYI, I was shocked that I could get an opentable reservation within 10 mins of me coming in. When it was a great place you could never get in. Hours to wait. Not any more. I think the word is out. Sorry guys. You have some work to do. Hop to it. Change the quality. Change the staff attitude. Change a lot things.

JB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Give them back their star! Every meal I have had there has been stellar. That's all I have to say.

MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Duck Tavern never disappoints! Another great meal with even better service (Lewis). We ordered the harvest salad, duck legs, crab cakes, brussel sprouts, and horsradish mashed potatoes. My visiting family enjoyed the variety of cocktails and local beers on the menu. The duck was so rich in flavor and confit cooking technique kept the meat juicy and tender. It will be difficult to not order it the next time. From seating to finish, BDT's atmosphere and service make it one of our favorite restaurants!

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

I've dined at BDT many times previously and always found it to be great. This was an unbelievably unsatisfying meal -- a celebration for my 70th birthday. I had the Fois Gras appetizer, which was tasteless. I also shared the duck family meal, which was mostly duck fat not meat. The sausage portion of the dish was seasoned so I simply disliked it. None of the desserts were appealing so we went elsewhere. Sorry to have to say this, but you asked.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Duck was not cooked well
What happened ? this is your signature dish
Breast was not crispy on outside
Need to practice

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast on a random Friday. Service excellent

d
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. I understand why the got a Michelin Star. Try it - worth it!!

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