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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.
Washington, DC 20037
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
24 & M Streets NW
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 202 419 6620.
Blue Duck Tavern offers valet parking at $12.
Foggy Bottom Metro Station - Orange and Blue Lines
Dupont Circle Metro Station - Red Line
Brad Deboy Chef de Cuisine
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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