Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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
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.
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
Blue Duck Tavern is worth the hype! It took a while for me to get a reservation here and it was most certainly worth the wait. From the moment we walked in I felt as though everyone very much cared about our dining experience. Someone even brought my friend and I stools for our purses since there was no room on the table. What a nice touch!
Michael brought us this bread with cranberries in it and holy smokes it was so flavorful. Then we had the foie gras creme brulee style and I simply cannot say enough about this dish and the many rich and perfectly combined flavors that were brought out. Collectively our table had steak, duck, pork tenderloin as well as the variety of potatoes and vegetable options. We were so stuffed that we couldn't have dessert but I will definitely be back to try everything on the menu!
We arrived earlier than reservation and enjoyed drinks at the bar...
When we got to our table, they presented us with the menu which had Happy Birthday on top!
So many choices, but the soup of the day was butternut squash and yam...absolutely delicious..
My husband had the Roasted Cauliflower . tahini, cashew butter and golden raisins... beyond delicious! main courses did not disappoint - chicken and a beef choice!! Delicious cookies and coffee for dessert...a real treat!
We were very excited to try this Michelin Star restaurant but was very disappointed with the service. It was 40 minutes after we sat before anyone even talked to us again and finally asked if we wanted drinks. After we finally ordered, the drinks and then food came out in a reasonable time but wasn't anything super special. Everything was good to very good but I guess we were expecting more.
This was by far the best brunch I've ever had. And while the bill hurt, we paid it gladly. I think we'll be talking about this for as long as we are together.
Bone Marrow - It was incredible. I don't have words to describe it.
Pecan Sticky Buns - I thought they were a little dry, but my husband loved them. Made us realized that he likes breakfast pastries a lot more than I do.
Chicken and Biscuit: My husband raved about this. He said that it hit the mark 100%.
BDT Eggs Benedict: This was above and beyond the best eggs benedict I've ever eaten. It hit every flavor profile for me. I'm still dreaming about them.
Chocolate Tort: This one came with duck fat snow and a duck fat caramel. It was delicious.
Poached Pear: I mean, there's never anything wrong with a poached pear.
Rated as Michelin 1 star but I find that surprising. Not on the same league as Inn at Little Washington, or French Michelin winners. Service was slow, poorly paced and stuffy. They acted superior. Abrasive. Then they tried to ply with unrequested, dry desserts. Ir's former incarnation if Melrose was better.
I chose Blue Duck Tavern because we'd never been there and really wanted to try it. It was great. We were given a very lovely, private room. The service was impeccable. Our server filled my water glass as soon as it was half full and was very attentive. I had the roasted cauliflower appetizer, which was delicious, and my husband had the lobster bisque, which he enjoyed very much. We shared the foie gras creme brulee, which was heavenly over the homemade cranberry bread. Since we had eaten all the cranberry bread in our initial basket, our waiter brought us another basket of the cranberry bread, which I polished off (no cranberry bread left). For our entrees, my husband had the duck, which was cooked just as he liked it. I had the braised ribs, which was good, but not quite as moist and delicious as I'd expected. It was also, as I should have expected, a bit fatty. I really wanted to order a fish dish, but the only fish on the menu that night was a rockfish (and I only like really soft fish like Chilean sea bass or salmon) and a whole snapper for two (and my husband doesn't like fish, so he wouldn't have wanted to share that dish), so I ordered the braised ribs. Overall, the meal was wonderful, so I can't complain. We would definitely recommend this restaurant. So glad we finally tried it.
Blue Duck is good. There's no doubt about that. But every time I've come here has been on an expense account and that's a good thing as I'm not sure I think the food is worth the price of admission. The vegetable appetizers tend to be too sweet, and the entree dishes don't WOW the way you'd expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. This is a classic, very good business lunch place, but I don't think I'd want to spend my own money here.
Our salad and the beet salad were very tasty but our entree was less than over-whelming for a starred Michelin restaurant. Whole Red Snapper was under-cooked at medium rare and the waiter did not filet for us or even ask if we wanted it fileted. Left two spoons and for a under-cooked piece of fish it was an ugly chore to eat it.
Not worth the wait to get a reservation.
I have been reading about the Blue Duck Tavern for years and finally got the opportunity to dine there. My guests and I were not disappointed. The bone marrow was excellent as was the halibut, the short ribs, brussel sprouts and the duck. The truffle fries were unbelievable! Our waiter Michael was awesome. explained in detail the menu options and surprised us with a dish of grits since it was our first visit. Everyone should order those grits! I have grown up eating grits and without a doubt those were the best ever! I cannot wait to return!
My wife and I recently went to celebrate my birthday. The food was quite good, we enjoyed pretty much everything we had -- between the two of us we had the oysters, bone marrow, duck, short ribs, grits, and beets. The only dish I wasn't particularly fond of was the duck -- some parts of the breast were perfect, others tediously chewy, and I thought the bit of the leg confit I had was a bit dry, but my wife quite enjoyed it. Considering the service, it was okay. The waiter had a very thick accent but was well-versed in the menu and explained all the options and our questions quite well.
The only sour note we had was in trying to leave. We were quite full but figured we would give the dessert menu a look and honestly nothing really stuck out to us as something we had to get. When our waiter returned, it was as though we actually had to convince him that yes, we would like to leave and spend the rest of the evening with each other and not here arguing with you, and it probably about another ten minutes or a bit more to get the check, have it picked back up, returned with my card, &c.
Had a fabulous pre-Kennedy Ctr meal here. Service was thorough, friendly and quick without feeling rushed. Everything was delicious and perfectly prepared (20oz t-bone to share; halibut; veal). The clear winner in our foursome though was the outstanding veal rack. Brussel sprouts are amazing, even to those who don't like them!
Very good meal, options were a bit heavy for lunch, but we split the dishes. (We got the reuben, brussel sprouts, cheese grits.) The cheese grits were a home run, and I've lived in Nashville, these hold their own! Venue was very bright and elegant and open and service was attentive. I would recommend.
Great food. I like the bone marrow. The veggies are cooked to perfection. Steaks are awesome. Tavern atmosphere. Wonderful cocktails. Book ahead. The only thing that let it down was a mass production style service. In other words, your food will be served by 6 different people, so there is no bonding with a waiter, and you never know who to call for service like another drink
Hip, modern decor. Service was fabulous but food didn't meet my expectations. Had been to another Michelin Star restaurant in the DC area recently that lived up to the hype, unfortunately the food at Blue Duck didn't wow me. I had one of their signature dishes (duck) and it was good but certainly not great. Too expensive based on that.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.