Blue Duck Tavern

4.6
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6824 Reviews
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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 due to DC COVID-19 Guidelines, patrons are not permitted to bring their own wine or alcohol into an establishment.
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Food was awful and found myself longing for fast food

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vipgoodfood
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on October 16, 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.

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Cacachuli
Washington DC
1 review
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.

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AnnaL
Orange County
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!

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Scott
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great but food was subpar compared to previous times.

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Alex
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service mediocre. Food mediocre. Would not return or recommend

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CSmall
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cake was incredible, and so was the Benedict.

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vipGlennE
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. We had the whole duck for two, which was delicious and a lot of food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience the staff was more than accommodating and very warm. Our server was excellent and the house sommelier did an excellent job presenting the bottle of the last of an amazing poulley fusse that was almost the highlight of the meal. The scallops were amazing truly enjoyed the bone marrow as well. The duck was cooked perfectly but flavor wise left just a little to be desired. The short rib was incredible , and the roasted branzino was quite delicious as welloverall 4.5/5, don’t forget dessert!!

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KatiaA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best in DC. Simply amazing! Food was fantastic, outside area was perfect...heat lamps went up without having to ask...and staff were top notch, especially in respecting COVID-19 safety protocols. Definitely impressed.

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vipUKJay
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

given the challenging times, the staff did a great job in having us feel safe yes also enjoy the dining experience. one of our favorite restaurants in DC

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vipDHPX2
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best outstanding dining space in town! Great food and service

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CordellC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Duck is my go-to DC restaurant as the service, food and overall ambiance is consistently good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

beautiful restaurant, great food, excellent service. will come back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Will definitely go back and recommend for celebrating a special occasion.

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Pablo
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good dishes, but overpriced. At $85 a fish dish with vegetables it's rather on the expensive side. Plates arrived a bit cold. Drinks were good. Service OK.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was fantastic! Great experience.

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vipCrouton
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were wonderful. A must do again.

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vipthegodmother
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was excellent but it could have been delivered hotter, especially considering there were so few diners.

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DeirdreM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Friendly, professional and inviting!

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vipCharles
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This is a brunch experience during covid. First of all, they have a electronic version of menu. This is a plus to the general safety concern. I had pork belly Benedict,
Wood Oven-Roasted Bone Marrow and Pastry Basket. Egg in benedict is perfectly cooked but pork belly is a bit lean for me. Seasoning for pork is fairly plain. Bone marrow is a bit of disappointment. Marrow is dry and seems overcooked a bit. Garlic is strong but too salty even with the bread. Pastry basket are made with great wheat and croissant is crispy. However, butter lacks a bit of work. I like my organ juice where it not too sweet but also no bitterness. On top of that, the taste is smooth without much texture. On the other hand, my partner has two glasses of grapefruit juice, which come in two different colors and different taste according to her. I wonder why is that. Maybe I will try again for dinner experience but brunch is so-so. Will not recommend.

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vipHungryAF
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Ate outside and a rat ran right next to us. Yuck!!!!!

UPDATE- in response to the manager’s comment.

It was not a mouse,Sir, it was a full size RAT. Disgusting. And no we won’t be back.

Blue Duck Tavern
Responded on September 21, 2020

Dear Great Complainer, I would like to appreciate your honest feedback on the dining experience in our patio on Sep 19. On behalf of the team, I would like to sincerely apologize for the experience that was ruined by the mouse in the garden. I can assure you that we've taken all the necessary actions to prevent any unfortunate incidents like this to happen again in the future. Please accept our sincere apology and let us know if you plan to come back. Kyle Cho Asst General Manager 202-419-6783

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the patio on a beautiful Fall day in DC. Service friendly, polite and efficient. We went for brunch on a Saturday afternoon to get out of the house and enjoy the day. Had poached eggs, croissant with jam, latte, hash-all excellent! Within a 1.5 miles of our house so will do this frequently!

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vipDClady
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!

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vipKentK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely space, excellent service, delicious food. Would have given 5 stars except my halibut was overdone.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was good. Not anything spectacular but good. For the price point, however, it was average at best. I was surprised that it was Michelin rated. Again, the food was good, but my date and I were both underwhelmed. I’m glad we went but I doubt I will be back.

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AbolhassanA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent the wine list needs some better wines maybe a sommelier? Was seated in the bar area, which was ok wooden chairs get uncomfortable after a while

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first date night in 6 months- BDT was AMAZING! We split the heirloom tomato and eggplant salad- which was a regret because I wanted all of it-good balance with the tomato acidity and rich eggplant- 2 ways as pieces in the salad and as purée- perfect! I had the scallops and partner had the steak- of course we also had the BDT fries. It was a perfect meal! We had wine by the glass since we had different meals but the by the glass selection was great quality - they go the extra mile there as well. As for the service? It was top notch - we expected less apres Covid but no- it was exactly as before - very professional. We only had espresso, next week I will try and save room for dessert;)

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vipItalophile
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Love the outdoor area!!!...even before Covid! It was a beautiful day, great food and really terrific service ! Couldn’t ask for more.
One suggestion...get heaters so you can keep that area open whenever possible!!!

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vipAshleyH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best duck I’ve ever eaten. Simply lovely.

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FionaEversall
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

The brunch menu looked exciting and sounded delicious but really fell short. Food my room temperature. Service was a 10 out of 10.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid rules observed and the staff was courteous and careful with all interactions with our table.
Perfect outdoor space

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely be back. Had a great meal dinning alfresco.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable!

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vipJeffB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great outdoor , great Gladis and great Sebastian

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benC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The waiter forgot the ducks and potatoes we had cooked so the kitchen chef brought us the dishesThe waiter forgot the ducks and potatoes we had cooked so the chef serving us the dishes but unfortunately the ducks have cooled down

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vipdcrealfood
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual BDT exceeds expectations. Wonderful food and service - excellent hygienic operations in the COVID environment. We had a great evening.

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Exceptional
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Duck Tavern never disappoints. We spent a lovely summer evening dining on the patio, a perfect evening. The scallops, branzino, fluke crudo and eggplant and tomato salad were all excellent (and devoured, as was their homemade bread).
When we return for the colder weather, we will then indulge in their wonderful meat dishes.

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Blue Duck Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 6824 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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