Blue Duck Tavern

4.6
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6734 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 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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M
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, as always! Made the birthday celebration special.

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a good place for a dinner date where you can share entree together.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Blue Duck Tavern! Can’t wait to go back

E
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was very good as always. The waitstaff was obnoxious I believe because they discovered that we ordered a bottle of wine at the bar while waiting for our reservation and didn't order another at our table. Really? we were purchasing from the same institution. Bad behavior for such an expensive place.

OT
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

RB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. I would definitely go again.

MB
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back again to enjoy time in D.C. and staying at the Park Hyatt. Nice to get a great meal when getting later from out of town!

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service, delicious food, grateful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service fantastic, would recommend 100 times over just a wonderful experience from start to finish.

DM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Waiter steered me toward the chicken, which was pretty dry. A big letdown.

OT
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Hostess was highly unaccommodating

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I wanted duck. Blue Duck did not disappoint. Great all around experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

This is not what I expected from blue duck! We had to ask multiple times for the shades to be down since we could not even see each other it was so bright. I’m pretty sure that our waiter did not do anything without us asking. Never asked for drink orders, I told him when we were ready to order, etc.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful.

DN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there several years ago (we don't live in the DC area) and came back because it was so good the last time - and it was just as good this time!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeff was fantastic

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Waiter delivered bone marrow appetizer and asked if I had ever eaten bone marrow. I responded, yes, but typically receive a bone marrow spoon. He asked what a bone marrow spine was.

I ordered NU strip. Got 4 or 5 semi warm pieces of steak. When complete he said the food runner brought a half portion by accident. Would I like the other half? No. I will credit you for half the steak. OK.

Bill comes and he forgets to credit me.

Waiter clearly had somewhere else he wanted to be.

I eat here 2 years ago. Did they lose the chef? I know why the lost their one star.

PC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the great fortune to be seated near the kitchen. Bustling, efficient. Service was outstanding.

DS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Terrible service, slow and food was cold when delivered to table, been there before and it was great. Not sure what happened this time.

5
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

For an established restaurant with "Duck" in the name, they did a very poor job. My husband ordered the duck breast and confited duck leg, which, we were told, was their signature dish. It's been on the menu for 15 years. The breast was way overcooked. We were shocked it even left the kitchen. They replaced it with a properly cooked breast. However, the confited leg was dry. How can a duck leg slow cooked in it's own fat be dry? Probably bc it was from yesterday. I had buckwheat cavatelli. It was very tasty but also very salty. Salt should enhance flavors. It should not be THE flavor.
Our server was polite but not helpful at all. He never made wine recommendations and didnt apologize for the overcooked duck. We won't return and we definitely will not recommend the restaurant. We were very disappointed.

d
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
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 on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

BP
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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 on February 21, 2020
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 on February 21, 2020
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 on February 21, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
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
7 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,

RM
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Blue Duck never disappoints. For a rich and savory treat, get the bone marrow. We were there for brunch and the pecan roll was amazing. Also enjoyed the refreshing cafe park.

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
31 reviews