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About Blue Duck Tavern

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.

1201 24th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 6:30am - 10:30am
Lunch (Monday - Friday): 11:30am - 2:30pm; Weekend Brunch (Saturday & Sunday): 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner (Sunday - Thursday): 5:30pm - 10:30pm; (Friday - Saturday): 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
24 & M Streets NW

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 419-6755

Website:
http://www.blueducktavern.com/

Catering:
Host your next gathering in our private Chef's Table, seating up to 18 guests, or our semi-private table, seating up to 12 guests. Allow our chefs to prepare a family-style menu, using the freshest ingredients of the day. The Chef's Table is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For reservations, please contact Marvina Tribbey-Williams at marvina.tribbey-williams@hyatt.com or +1 202 419 6620.

Parking Details:
Blue Duck Tavern offers valet parking at $12.

Public Transit:
Foggy Bottom Metro Station - Orange and Blue Lines
Dupont Circle Metro Station - Red Line

Executive Chef:
Brad Deboy Chef de Cuisine

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
On Thursday, November 24, Blue Duck Tavern will offer a special Thanksgiving Feast from 12 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a three-course holiday meal in Blue Duck Tavern’s inviting ambience. A bountiful selection of starters will be placed throughout the open-air kitchen for guests to help themselves to their first course. Starters will include seasonal salads, breads, seafood, meats, and cheese to be followed by a choice of plated entrées and side dishes showcasing regional produce. Seasonal desserts on display in the Pastry Pantry, will complete the Thanksgiving feast. The holiday menu is priced at $110 per person for adults and $55 for children six years of age and twelve years. Children under six years of age are complimentary.

Private Dining

Blue Duck Tavern offers semi private dining for up to 18 people at the Chef's Table. The Chef's Table 4 or 5-course, family-style menu, created by our Chef de Cuisine on the day of your reservation, uses the freshest ingredients available in the kitchen from our regional purveyors.

Blue Duck Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (86)
Good for Anniversaries (77)
Special Occasion (75)
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Good for a Date (70)
Romantic (51)
Creative Cuisine (47)
Good for Birthdays (46)
Business Meals (45)
Local Ingredients (45)
Worth the Drive (34)
Notable Wine List (34)
Great for Brunch (33)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Seasonal (28)
Great for Lunch (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for Groups (21)
Cozy (20)
Fun (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Organic (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Authentic (12)
Healthy (10)
Casual (9)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Late-night Find (8)
People Watching (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great Beer (2)
Spicy (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Lovely attentive service and food. A bit too noisy for good conversation however.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Exceptional way to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary. The roast chicken was heavenly and the “Happy Anniversary” on the top of the menu was such a kind, thoughtful touch.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was to die for and customer service was beyond what words can describe. AMAZING!!!!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Birthday
Beautiful dining room
Elegant Service
Delicious interesting Brunch menu

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

When my son recommended the tavern, my wife and I pictured a small pub like place with pub food and a good beer menu. The restaurant is semi upscale with a menu , wine list and yes price to match. The food and wine were very good with interesting choices. Warning, all the entrees are a la carte. Service was very good with a caveat. Our waiter was very attentive but the food was a bit long in arriving. If you don't mind spending the extra money this is a nice choice for a nice dinner out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Great southern comfort food! The server was incredibly friendly and attentive. Looking forward to going back soon!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding food and service. Highly recommend Blue Duck Tavern for a special occasion. The BTD breakfast sandwich and chicken biscuit were excellent, but the roasted bone marrow stole the show.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Everything was great except for the beginning. Nobody was at the host desk - 3 separate groups were waiting and someone finally showed up. This left a sour taste. The waitstaff were excellent and the food was good.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was good, not great. Restaurant was filled with cooking smoke, so it was not a pleasant evening.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great place for brunch and food was delicious - have to try to short rib hash.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food at Blue Duck is always superlative. Unfortunately, our waiter had an accent that made it hard to understand what he said. Additionally, it took about 30 minutes after the first course was cleared and the dinner was served.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Mediocre food and service, I have no idea why this place has a Michelin star.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I have been here a few times as was extremely disappointed. It was a special lunch where I take my mothers assistant to lunch every year on the anniversary of when my mom passed. My mother was a financial advisor around the corner and her assistant is still at the firm. She loves Burgers so we both had one. They were horrible and the fries un edible. They could tell that we didn’t eat our lunch when they came to get it and asked and we just said it was okay and fries were undercooked. They came back and said the fryer was not high enough. I looked around and no one was finishing their burgers or fries. Burger was less than mediocre especially for $22. Bun too big, burger small and greasy. Staff - try it and fix it. We then ordered apple pie which my mom’s assistant loved. Having had it a few times again thought quality dropped. It wasn’t hot. They did comp pie which was nice but for two crappy burgers and pie and one ice tea I think with tip I walked away at over $70.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great farm to table cuisine. Standouts consisted of the bone marrow appetizer, whole fish, beef short rib, and the squash and Brussels sprouts sides. The atmosphere was pleasant in an open and airy space, and the service was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great overall restaurant !
We had a great dinner, the foie gras mousse was particularly amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Not a Michelin Star quality restaurant (at least not based on European standards). The scallops/halibut, and foie gras/duck were excellent, although the foie gras was an unusual preparation. Very casual atmosphere, as was the dress for most customers. More for everyday relaxed dining rather than special occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with ezcellent service, but we found the food underwhelming. The salad was too simple, the veal was half gristle with bland sauces, the BDT fries were a bit mushy, and the brussel sprouts were too sweet.

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Very average experience. Went on New Year's Day so maybe an off night. From check-in to the check everything was very average for a one Michelin starred restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Blue Duck never disappoints!! Our food was amazing from the duck, to the Brussel sprout sides, to the bouillabaisse! Everything was perfectly prepared and served. My only complaint, and it is small, was our waiter never returned to refill wine or water glasses - but we were quite able to do our own. It was lovely and we will return soon!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service was not great. Food was ok. It didn’t feel like a high end restaurant. For the price, you can get better food and service elsewhere.

I understand that this restaurant is in a hotel, however, the amount of people in sweatpants greatly outnumbered the people who had taken time to shower at noon on a Monday.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Amazing restaurant. Our waiter didn't speak English well which made asking questions confusing. Coffee is overpriced ($7 per person), but the brunch burger and pecan sticky buns were incredible.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

NYE family brunch

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I may have had an unrealistic idea of what this restaurant would be like. The decor and ambiance is fair. I was anticipating an upscale nicely appointed restaurant, but there was really nothing to write home about. We originally were seated in a section where the tables were inches away from each other, and while that may work for others, I don't prefer to eat with strangers and sit on their coats because there is no room. We waiting for about 20 minutes a bigger and quieter table which was great. Unfortunately, moving to the quieter table meant we were moved to the "trainee" section. The server we had is in desperate need of re-training. They apologized for forgetting to bring us food we didn't order, and we had empty glasses and dirty dishes on our table for more than 15 minutes while we waited for them to ask about dessert/coffee/etc. Once they did come by they had no idea what type of tea they had, and it took another ten minutes after I asked twice for the menu of tea options. Lastly, when clearing the plates, the waiter took all of the dirty dishes AND my food that was to be boxed in one hand. It is unclear as to why they couldn't quickly take my food, box it, and then take the remaining dishes. Just strange. The entire experience was unfortunately very negative due to the service issues. The server was a very nice person, but seriously.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants unfortunately this Visit was a total miss. All the dishes were changed with the new seasonal menu and everything we Ordered was terrible and not cooked properly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The duck was out of this world delicious: served both on the bone and a smokier version off the bone. The side dish of cheese grits was notably wonderful as well. Lovely setting.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

First they could not find my reservation till I showed them the confirmation e mail. The wait staff failed to supply us with bread untill asked. The drinks were not brought out together. The steak was ordered rate and arrived medium (No pink or red center) The waiter was a wok most of the time even while the dining room was half full. After we were getting our coats the hostess rembered to give us after dinner chocolates @ the host stand. At least the cocktails and deserts were excellent. A disappointment for a Michelin one star.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Interesting restaurant with lots of beer selections.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Everything was perfect. The staff, service and food were top notch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had eaten lunch at the BDT last New Years time and had enjoyed it immensely so when we once again came to DC at the New Year to visit friends we suggested the BDT. Unfortunately the service was slow and disjointed and the food was not up to the standard set last year or what one would assume for a restaurant of this quality and price point.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food. The sides are especially great—make sure to leave room. The foie gras brûlée was a nice treat. Butchers cut was good. Service was excellent—informed, pleasant, fast.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Seasonal, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Organic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Duck was incredible. Creative and delicious new dishes that provided a fun surprise. Service did not align to what was expected but not bad

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our dinner at the Blue Duck Tavern was one of the best meals that I have ever had! From the friendly waiters and staff, to the hip yet casual atmosphere, to the delicious food, I cannot say enough about what an amazing meal my husband and I had. We started with an appetizer of bone marrow and then went on to enjoy finely cooked duck and perfectly cooked halibut. Along with brussel sprouts, wild mushrooms and spinach and hand cut fries. We ended with homemade vanilla ice cream. The pace of the dinner was perfect. We were seated in a special glass cube table that made us feel as if we were VIP's. Our waiter Kenneth was helpful and attentive without being annoying. His service was superb. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys excellent food in a hip atmosphere. Awesome experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

What a delightful restaurant. The staff are warm and accommodating, the ambiance warm and inviting and the food warm and exciting. Yes, it was cold the day we went for lunch. You can see my theme.

I had heard a lot about the Blue Duck Tavern. Sometimes that sets the bar too high and you get disappointed. That is not the case at The Blue Duck Tavern.

I’m a former cook so I enjoyed the fact that the kitchen is right in the dining room. There is no sense hiding that $100,000 Molteni range and wood fired oven. It is a work of art, as is the food the kitchen staff creates on and in them. They are cooks who develop complex flavors without hiding the taste of the main ingredients, not a simple task. The wine list is interesting and goes perfectly with the food. Do yourself a favor and take your significant other there for a treat.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My girls and I splurge every year during the holidays on a special dinner out. After looking at reviews, ratings and recommendations I choose Blue Duck Tavern. We were seated at a corner table that was terribly cold. There was no ambiance whatsoever. When I asked to be moved to a table inside, I was told nothing was available. Yet when I walked around the place, it was nearly empty. The menu is not large so to be out of a dish was a bit annoying. (They were all out of the oysters) Service was so-so, and the food ok. The recommended dessert of apple pie with ice cream (which cost $30+) was lukewarm. All in all not a great experience for me and cannot understand the Michelin star rating.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

My meal came out coldish warm. I thought it would come out hot. The vegetable on the bottom stuck to the pan because it wasn't hot enough.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

very nice breakfast. great hot chocolate. would eat the hot chicken everyday if i lived in dc

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Superb service. Food was excellent. I would definitely go again.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Another wonderful Blue Duck Tavern meal. thanks again for great service

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I have been to Blue Duck many times and every time I go back I am even more impressed! The food completely stands on its own but it is the service that always impresses me most. Every employee seems genuinely happy to be there and happy to help you in anyway they can! I will continue to recommend Blue Duck and plan on visiting anytime I am in the DC area!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went here for lunch on Christmas Eve and were impressed with the level of sophisticated comfort. We could actually hear one another speak at a reasonable volume. The wait staff was excellent and made good recommendations. The food was so well done - hats off to the whole kitchen team. Just delicious!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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