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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:
Troy Knapp

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 February 14, Blue Duck Tavern will offer a special Four Course Chef's choice a la carte menu. Our price is $130 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

On April 1, 2018, Blue Duck Tavern will offer our Farm-Fresh which consist of:
Cheese, Charcuterie, & Shellfish buffet along with, choice of appetizer, choice of entree and dessert buffet. Service hours are from 11:30 am-3:30 pm
$125 per person $55 for children 6-12;complimentary for children under 6.

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

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2011

Excellent, imaginative food, great for foodies and for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2011

One of the best meals I've ever had!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 22, 2011

Blue Duck Tavern is hands down one of the most all-around best restaurants I have been to. The food melts in your mouth (everything!), the service is impeccable, and the ambiance is calming. Blue Duck Tavern would make a great outting for an intimate dining situaiton or for a group! Personally, I have an affinity for open kitchens and recommend anyone with the same feeling to check out Blue Duck Tavern - A HUGE thanks to the staff for such great service. Their ellegance makes the delicious food that much better!
Get the Apple Pie desert :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2011

We had a very good meal and I would definitely go back, but it missed the mark for outstanding.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2011

“Bright” is the best description for the cuisine here. Fresh pea soup (not the fall/winer split pea) tasted brighter than fresh peas. Whole red snapper was roasted just until opaque, so that it was still juicy. Crab cakes were mostly sweet crab, lightly seasoned. The fresh summer fruit crumble and the home made ice creams and sorbets (we sampled them all) allowed the intense flavor of the fruits (and other flavors) to shine. If a tea list could ever be called exciting, it would be BDT’s: the white Darjeeling is sublime. Service was as good as the food--attentive without being intrusive, informed, pleasant without being overly friendly. BDT exemplifies American cuisine at its best and I can't wait to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2011

Your restaurant never disappoints. I love the Everett changing menu of fresh foods.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2011

I love Mike the head waiter who trains everyone and our very nice hostess who took such great care of us until our table was ready. Top notch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2011

The Blue Duck Tavern remains one of my favorite restaurants in DC. I have been many, many times and the food is consistently great. The beet and goat cheese salad with walnuts and apple, the short rib, the polenta with blue cheese (when the regular chef is there) - all excellent. The french fries get a second fry in duck fat - superb! I am never able to leave without taking one of their amazing apple pies with me. This time I also took a tin of their sugar cookies home to hubby. I love the open kitchen and the decor is perfect for enjoying conversation and a great meal with a friend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2011

The food is very fresh from local producers. You can tell that absolutely no short cuts are taken. The service is very professional yest not imposing or pretentious. The ambience is great. Love the furniture (seems to be Thos. Moser).

Tags: Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 17, 2011

From out of town - Third time here and I'm trying to figure out how I can get back. We shared the Foie Gras Brulee and Heirloom Tomato Salad. The Foie Gras was OUTSTANDING - I'm going to ask for the recipe - the contrast between the richness of the foie gras and the sweetness of the brulee was just ingeneous. Tomatoes weren't quite ready - needed to ask for sea salt. The server promised me Scallops to perfection - he didn't disappoint - 6 or 7 perfectly cook scallops. My husband had weisswurst and sauerkraut. Took us back to Munich. For dessert we shred the blackberry, necterine and almond crumble - simply delicious - i can still taste it

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2011

Amazingly good. Certainly in the top 3 of restaurants where I've eaten in the DC area. The lamb belly was a first for me and was incredibly rich and delicious. Another first was the rabbit which was moist and had a wonderful flavor. Probably just as good was the heavily smoked slab bacon that accompanies the rabbit. Truly outstanding. Not to be missed are the duck fat fried fries. Thick, crunchy and well seasoned, the flavor was really good for a fry addict such as myself. My companion had the braised rib steak which was braised to perfection. Surprisingly good was the Spanish style rice very reminiscent of paella rice with a nice crunchy texture. A real treat were the low country collard greens. By the end of those courses I was

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2011

Food not as good as in the past. Several items did not work--the flavors clashed.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2011

It was sunday and the brunch menu is rather limited. We ordered eggs benedictine, but it took like one hour for the food to arrive... Some table that arrived after ours were served before... When we complained, the waiter brought free drinks, probably realizing that he had forgotten us... unacceptable for such a high-end restaurant...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2011

Enjoyed a fabulous brunch this past Sunday, and I cannot recommend it enough. Thoughtful menu, outstanding cocktail list (loved the Chesapeake Caeser!), gorgeous outdoor patio, superlative service. Very good looking, chic crowd dining there. It was very hard to choose what to order, something that usually does not happen at brunch! Can't wait to go back for dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2011

Food wasn't worth the price. The crab cakes were microwaved making them inedibly hot in the center and dried out.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2011

My wife and I went here on the recommendation of a business associate for our 30th anniversary. The food was excellent, the service attentive and well paced. We are looking for an excuse to visit DC and this restaurant again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 16, 2011

I learnt about Blue Duck Tavern from "Unique Eats". I first went for lunch a month ago and was seated inside. My server, Andrew, was delightful, very knowledgeable of the menu and took the time to describe several items to me. I selected the crab cakes, asparagus and BDT fries, all of which were outstanding and came in generous portions. For dessert, I was considering the famous apple pie, but Andrew's face lit up when he described the homemade strawberry ice cream, made with only a handful of fresh ingredients. I am not usually a big fan of ice cream, but that one could convert me. I visited DC again briefly and squeezed in a wonderful outdoor Saturday brunch of green salad and chicken & waffles before catching my flight. I will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2011

Excellent food,service and ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2011

I took my wife here for her birthday and we had a blast. I ordered the Duck and she had the beef rib. My entree was fantastic, cook as I requested and very flavorful. I would recommend this place for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 14, 2011

Service was attentive but our waiter was very surly for some unknown reason. I would return for the food but would ask for another table if I got the same waiter.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2011

First time there, and an amazing surprise. After having been in at least 150 different restaurants in DC Area in less than two years (in some of the most expensive and luxurious as well), I can rate this restaurant among the top 10 in food quality, and even higher on service quality. Right from the beginning we felt that a lot of care (without pressing us at all), and a very positive attitude was paid on us.

We will not only repeat there, but strongly recommend it to our group of friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2011

Absolutely awesome.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 10, 2011

This may be the most fabulous restaurant we have ever eaten at!! Everything we tried was OUTSTANDING! The wood roasted bone marrow was to die for as was everything else!! Save room for dessert because you must try the apple pie! We LOVED our waitress who made excellent recommendations on the menu and paired our wines with our meal. We can't wait to go back to DC again next year just for this restaurant

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2011

I remember being in love with my last visit, wish I could remember why. The menu has interesting things, nothing really wow'd us this visit. I did like the sheep's milk and chard pie as well as the asparagus and duck bernaise. The beef ribs looked great on other patrons table, must have tried that previously. Worth a visit if you have a special occasion or some money to throw away, I likely won't be back for a third trip.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 10, 2011

We took our family there for a birthday celebration/Sunday Brunch. The restaurant is in the Park Hyatt hotel but it has a separate entrance. Entrees are small. My wife ordered salmon and bagel entree for 21.00 and what she got was NOT a meal-sized portion, more like an appetizer (she only weighs 110 pounds!). Our side orders did not go in with the main order so we got our sides after we were done with our meal (they comped them, but that's not the point). Crab cake appetizers were small. Fresh squeezed apple juice was excellent as was the bread basket. Overall, I would have to call this one as not being worth the price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2011

Very friendly staff. Interesting, varied menu for brunch. Excellent drink list to pair beverages with food. Most food items were very good - with the cod cakes being exceptional. The eggs with creme freche seemed to be made backwards, with just a little of the veggies on top instead of a generous bed on the bottom covered by potatoes and eggs. Charge for a second cup of coffee was a surprise. Only the second cup seemed individually made or fresh. Spacious setting. Fun to sit near the kitchen. Apple pie as featured on "Cooking" channel was very good, but we can make a better bottom butter crust. Prices pretty good. One of the few places to get "new food" in DC area. I would love to have one in my neighborhood.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2011

Tasty brunch offerings, artfully presented. Unusual and tasty "mocktails" (nonalcoholic cocktails--had the cucumber lemonade, which I enjoyed). Waiters professional and helpful--had to remind them to bring milk for the coffee, though. Pretty decor, and tables spaced far enough apart. Problem is that coffee, espresso, etc., are overpriced at $7.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2011

Wet there for Sunday brunch. Was not impressed in the least with the menu selections. They do a better dinner rather than brunch. For the money, there are better choices out there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2011

Awesome food! We had brunch there and the food was so good and so heavy that I didn't even eat dinner that night! Definitely recommending to anyone else!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2011

wonderful food without being pretentious. A great find

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 5, 2011

The back room by the kitchen is really nice. Would recommend trying to get a table there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2011

the best although I do not know why they cancelled my resie!!!????

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 5, 2011

Was expecting much more after reading all the rave reviews. The fries were good, but probably not worth the calories. I loved the lemonade -- it was excellent. The rest of the meal was good, but not exceptional.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 4, 2011

One of Washington's finest and a Georgetown gem

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 4, 2011

The four in my party were universally pleased with our evening at the Blue Duck Tavern. The food was fantastic, the wine excellent, the service top notch. While it is on the pricey side, it was worth every penny!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 4, 2011

We frequent the Blue Duck, I bring our organizational members from all over the world to this restaurant, and it has always been a wonderful experience. I always say that the wait staff can make or break your evening. This time we unfortunately had a disgruntled waiter and it made for a very uncomfortable and unpleasant meal. It was obvious to us that he engaged all the other tables in conversation and information, but when he came to our table was cold and unpleasant. I am not a complainer, but this was really embarrassing as I brought guests from out of town, and had been talking about my dining experiences at the Blue Duck for weeks. The focus became the waiter's behavior, instead of the exquisite food and atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 4, 2011

Absolutely Amazing Restaurant! My boyfriend and I were looking for a romantic night out for our DC Independence day trip, and found much, much more! We intend on making The Blue Duck a must for every future trip to the area

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2011

Food was very good to excellent as was the service
It is a tavern atmosphere and was loud
Would have liked it toned down for my taste but I would go again

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2011

We took our grandson to Blue Duck for his 13th birthday. Wanted him to have a grown-up dining experience. The waiters treated him like royalty. We were very impressed with the attention they gave us all. The food was wonderful. Enjoyed how the dishes were served separately, so we could pass them around and share the tastes of everything. Excellent menu. Loved the fact that everything on the menu came straight from a farm, with the farm name mentioned. Lovely experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2011

So enjoyed our girls night. Everything we had was so good - crab cakes, short ribs, triple fried fries, rice with peas, asparagus, baked alaska and chocolate cake- loved it all! Even though the food was great, it was the atmosphere and the attention to the little details that really made the night special. I enjoyed walking passed the display of pies and breads, and the prep station where you got a quick peek at the food. I loved that the bread was served with soft room temp butter, that the ice tea was served with simple syrup and that we were offered wooden stools to place our purses on so they did not sit on the floor. Great evening.

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