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 $35 corkage fee (per 750 ml bottle of wine), with a limit of two bottles, will be charged.
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Blue Duck Tavern will serve an à la carte dinner from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM, offering a variety of holiday market selections for guests to enjoy with family and friends.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Blue Duck Tavern will offer its famous “lunch into dinner” service from noon until 8:00 PM. A bountiful selection of starters will be on display, followed by a choice of plated entrées and family style side dishes. Seasonal desserts will be on display in the Pastry Pantry.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Executive Chef Adam Howard will present a four-course dinner menu. Diners will choose from a variety of chef’s market selections, along with a Champagne toast for the table. Priced at $175 per person (exclusive of beverages, tax, and gratuity).

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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RR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Before this weekend, I had eaten at the Blue Duck Tavern several times and thoroughly enjoyed the meal each time. However, the quality seems to have fallen off a cliff. My wife and I went there to celebrate our anniversary and were sorely disappointed. The food was awful. The roast chicken ordered by my wife was dry and flavorless. And who wants to see a long claw, supposedly from a chicken, sitting on the plate next to the thigh and the breast. That’s a fine culinary experience? I ordered the short rib, which had a sauce overloaded with lemon and onion that left me with indigestion all night. Maybe there’s a reason why the restaurant has lost its single Michelin star. We will not return to find out.

S
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Meh. Steak and duck were both way undercooked. Service felt more Appleby’s than high end restaurant. It was fine but definitely not impressed. Won’t be back.

F
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our server was extremely pleasant and let us take our time w 6 yr old granddaughter. His name was short and began w an N. He did forget to bring a couple things but I would give him a B+. Otherwise all was as expected in our annual time with our granddaughter who lives nearby and likes pommegranete juice.

p
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Duck Tavern has become one of our top beloved restaurants. It has an approachable menu with excellently executed gourmet details. We travel to DC once a year and always make a visit.

D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice lunch place in West End. On the more expensive side, but service is excellent

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Per usual.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service and ambience!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The service was delightful. A champagne toast to start our birthday dinner, friendly and courteous staff. The food was less than desirable. Skip the bone marrow. It was dry, overcooked, and there was basically nothing to smear on our bread. The foie gras was a basic cold pate, but the charcuterie board was delicious. For main, the duck was delicious and the short rib was just average. We had a table near the entrance and it felt cold, literally and figuratively. Tablecloths would be a nice touch. Wish we had been given a table deeper into the restaurant for better ambience.

LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

we were sad they didn't serve duck. i saw they had a prefix menu for thanksgiving with 4-5 options and just assumed Duck would be one of them. didn't care for the family style buffet for appetizers and deserts

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Duck Tavern has become a Thanksgiving tradition for us over the last five years, and this year was the best yet. After being forced to miss last year due to unexpected travel, we were thrilled to see that the open kitchen for appetizers had returned. The butternut squash soup was fantastic - big flavor but not at all heavy. For entrees, the turkey and short rib were again spot on, with plenty to bring home for leftovers. The dessert bar was also again great, with the chai panna cotta being the best panna cotta we’ve ever had (we ended up eating several of those and bringing the rest of our desserts home, they were so good). Service from Adrien was perfect, as she really made us feel welcome and brought great energy. Summing up, it was the perfect continuation of our annual tradition, and we’ll be back again before next year!

NC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner was expensive but well done. Good service, good selection of wines.

L
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Duck has always provided an overall excellent dining experience. The Thanksgiving dinner was delicious and our waitress Gladis provided excellent service. I’ve been dining at Blue Duck since it opened and it’s always been wonderful. From a luncheon I hosted in their private dining room to lunch or dinner with a few friends, Blue Duck is consistent and a pleasant dining experience.

KC
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food fantastic. Best brussel sprouts ever. Wine steward was very helpful.

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I came here to celebrate our first anniversary together. Blue Duck Tavern did not disappoint. From the extremely cordial and attentive staff, to the excellent table service, we felt like we were the only customers in the restaurant, despite the fact that they had drawn a sizable crowd for a Sunday evening! The quality of the food was excellent, and absolutely deserving of the Michelin Star that was somehow take away from this establishment.

DS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Very loud and sterile decor typical of a hotel restaurant. Lacking ambiance. So dark that guests at tables were using phones to view the menu. Almost comical to watch.
Guests had to slice and serve themselves a whole red snapper for two people, family style. Though the food was good, it was not terrific. Washington, D.C. has many restaurants where the ambiance and food have higher ratings.

H
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location for a business dinner...was quiet enough to discuss business strategy but lively enough to be enjoyable.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

Q
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff made for a great brunch date

OT
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

PM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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

HS
Miami
5 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
6 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
24 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.

KF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the appetizer to desert a 10. The grilled sturgeon absolutely awesome.

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.

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