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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! Excellent food and service.

MK
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time dining at blue duck and it did not disappoint. We were there for brunch on Saturday and it was tremendous

KW
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The service here was terrible! Upon entering the restaurant for my reservation on the evening of the 10/18/19, the hostess could not hear my name over the noise so I pointed to my name on her list on her iPad. At this time a second hostess came over and interrupted our interaction and in fact raised her voice asking for my name. It was completely uncalled for as she had just arrived and her interaction with myself tainted the entire evening for us.
On arrival to our table, we noticed it was still littered with crumbs and food left over from the previous seating. The hostess cleaned up a little bit of it but she did not notice all of it. While none of the other waitstaff raised their voice to us only some were friendly.
The food was average and certainly the issues mentioned above would have influenced our experience this evening.
I will never return to this establishment and will recommend against anyone else visiting the same.

H
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great as always and I go expecting expertly prepared hearty food. But some lighter choices would be welcome.

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Overall food was great, service was sub par for this sort of place (friendly but not very experienced seeming).

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night of vacation with my sister and brother in law. Great way to end a fun week.

w
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent good and atmosphere. The whole roasted duck was incredible.

WI
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Uninspired Food, no wonder the Guide Michelin has taken away the star. Rather disappointing.

j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kushma and the service team really know how to take care of their customers. Felt like eating at his home - in a very high end home... great whole duck

a
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Wow, so server was great, HOWEVER, for a Michelin or not, the timing was terrible. The food was tasty, although in their rush the steak was not cooked to order. We were not even able to finish a drink or enjoy a breather when the main course appeared .
It took longer for the General Manager, that we asked to come by, longer to show up than our dinner

They were not busy or over booked so we were not lingering.

This should have been a great experience, instead it was rushed and not a pleasant experience at the end

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waiter. Made good food suggestion. Recommend: oysters, duck and scallops. Delicious.

FG
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience.

AS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was extremely helpful & accommodating for a party member who had an allergy.
The food was amazing.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderfully organic. Fresh squeezed orange juice and great coffee. Many items made from scratch. The chicken and waffles are a home run!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a just fine experience at Blue Duck Tavern. For a Michelin Star restaurant and matching price tag, however, we expect much more. The overall customer experience left much to be desired - despite having a reservation and the restaurant being empty, we were kept waiting until exactly 5:30pm, and then escorted to our table after several other parties who had also arrived a bit before opening time. Nobody offered to take our coat, or to arrange our chairs for us. The server was overly fussy and chatty with us, when we would have preferred being left alone, but then not there when we needed something or had questions. The wine list by the glass was limited (ok, we get it, you want us to buy a bottle.... but we had a show at the Kennedy and were not interested in being buzzed theater attendants). The food was just ok, with the delicate bone marrow over-powered by the acidic vinaigrette sauce and the spiced halibut lacking any complexity or layering. The duck was good, but also lacked complexity. The best part was the champagne, were it not for the fact that the waiter asked to see our ID (we are in our thirties and it shows). Quite disappointed overall by the experience as we had high expectations for a the Michelin Star rating.

B
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Deserving of its Michelin star. Waiter was knew the menu very well. Foie de Gras was superb.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The kitchen staff was awesome.

JW
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My colleague had the duck confit which he said was fantastic. I had the cheeseburger which was excellent. However the fries were sub-par. They were only warm when served. Not what I expected from BDT.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, David was phenomenal. He was knowledgeable and we never had to ask for anything. The food was outstanding!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food...great service!!!

M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I hosted a small Birthday Brunch for my family and while the food was very good, the service was extraordinarily poor. We were seated after waiting 15 minutes past our reservation time and then waited 30 minutes to have someone take our drink order, 15 minutes for the drinks (not all of them arrived at the same time) and another 20 minutes for them to take our food order. Pretty much ignored us the entire time except the water service was decent. We enjoyed our time talking with each other and were not in a hurry, but being ignored never creates a nice dining experience. The food came quickly so this is definitely not a kitchen issue. I will not return because I can find equal or better less expensive places to dine where the staff actually seems grateful and happy that you are dining with them. You would think after losing a star you would step it up.

JL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Tasty roast garlic was missing from table. It was replaced by very sore stuff and made me uncomfortable. Had to drink more water to wash out.

JL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

we came early. I thought we were walking through the kitchen, but it's how the rest is set up. Same path to restrooms. Slow to be greeted. long wait 4 food when Maitre D explained. He comped us grits and took one item off bill. Staff in this rest need to put clients first. Woman who seated us wouldn,t let my elderly husband sit in a comfy chair while our table was set. I toured a king room with Hotel staff that were.most gracious. The waitress we had at the duck was excellent. Place needs some help and it's not a ,tavern. look at all. good food helps. Sorry the whole experiencew wasn,t good.

M
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Duck is one of the best restaurants in Washington, DC. It is unique, beautiful, the food is
excellent and it is excellent in service as well. Our waiter, Armando, was superior, always asking
what we wanted, if we were okay, knew when to approach us with questions ...did not bother us..
knew the distance was important...but a perfect lunch yesterday! Perfect location for me as I
live very, very close by.

Thank you.

h
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve had in a long time!!

A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We try to go to BDT for special occasions and we always leave impressed. David G always treats us like royalty and the service there is impeccable. Overall everything was great. The duck confit I had was a little dry but still enjoyable. Because I was there for my birthday I wanted to indulge in a dessert and I did not find the expected desserts I’ve enjoyed in the past. The A/C was also very high and it was extremely cold even though I had dressed in long sleeves due to the cooling of the weather that evening.

Overall no complaints just sharing some small adjustments.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was uninspired, tasteless, and poorly prepared.

J
Philadelphia
390 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unusual menu clearly limited for diners with food allergies. The short rib was awesome but the halibut accompaniment was too salty to eat. Each of the desserts were excellent.

The server Michael was the best server we have ever had at the hundreds of restaurants at which we have dined. He is the restaurant’s greatest asset

LK
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service, relaxing and quiet atmosphere...would definitely go back.

TD
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I very much enjoyed my recent lunch at Blue Duck. Had the scallops. They were excellent. Friend had a Reuben, and it looked amazing. Service was flawless.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff went extra to make sure our first wedding anniversary was special!

a
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not what we expect from a highly rated restaurant. Food is average. Service is average. We’ve had MUCH better food for comparable prices. Overall experience is marginal to somehow disappointing

c
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional

LF
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always try to book a table at Blue Duck when we are in town for a long weekend, and we have never been disappointed. For those who have not had the pleasure of dining at Blue Duck, I would advise saving room for dessert! That will be difficult, but you must try!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My family had a great dinner eating outside at the Blu Duck Tavern. The ambience was great and so were the staff. Be prepared - the portions are very large.

A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It was my first time seating in this room, right to the entrance. The food and cooking smells were not pleasant. It’s way too dark and noisy for a friend get together. It was not pleasant.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Pre-ordered a whole duck as I was strongly recommended to try it. Yes, the texture of the meat is amazing, but overall the Duck feels very very over salted. We had to drink glasses of water to ease the saltiness.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Expect to pay a lot

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Service wasn’t great. Took a long time to order after we said we were ready. Waiter just walked off when we said that and came back a long time later when we finally flagged another waiter for help.

c
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We picked Blue Duck Tavern because it had received a Michelin star and we wanted something special with good food and wine to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary. I called ahead of time to tell them. The five of us were greeted warmly as we arrived separately by the parking valet, the receptionist and the waiter. They were very accommodating as we settled in. They even brought the house champagne, as asked, just as we arrived, right on cue. The waiter was awesome. They had printed up Happy Birthday (+ name) on the top of all the menus which was a very nice touch. We ordered several plates to share for dinner which were creative and excellent and the service very attentive. We ordered a single apple pie a la mode for dessert. They brought the apple pie and treated us to 4 separate dishes of ice cream and had written on the side of one plate: 'Happy Birthday' for the birthday person and 'Happy Anniversary' on two plates for the anniversary couple. So sweet of them to do so. They also had the chef, waiter, etc. sign the menus. Amazing. We felt very honored.
With the very attentive service, the special touches for the birthday and anniversary and the outstanding food, we felt like it was a perfect choice for us and a very special evening. Hard to beat that! Thank you Blue Duck Tavern.

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