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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

Fit for Foodies (77)
Special Occasion (75)
Good for Anniversaries (65)
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Good for a Date (59)
Romantic (50)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Creative Cuisine (43)
Business Meals (39)
Local Ingredients (38)
Notable Wine List (31)
Quiet Conversation (30)
Great for Lunch (28)
Great for Brunch (28)
Seasonal (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Cozy (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Comfort Food (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Fun (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Authentic (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Bar Seating (11)
People Watching (11)
Organic (11)
Casual (10)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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Spicy (2)
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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined 3 days ago

Really good food and wine list

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

It was such an Inspiring experience ! Even it’s has become a more mainstream spot, it keeps its essence.

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Breakfast here is always wonderful. A DC favorite when we go.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Always go to the Blue Duck anytime I'm in Georgetown!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Went for brunch with the family. The pecan buns were delicious. The breakfast sandwich and brown butter pancakes were awesome. Will definitely go back to try the other menus.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

Starters:

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.

Mains:

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.

Desserts:
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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My girlfriend and I️ were celebrating Valentines Day a little early and decided Blue Duck was the way to go. The food was fantastic, as was the service. Shankar and Craig were very helpful and the night turned out wonderfully. Can’t wait to come back!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Must have the braised short rib and mash potatoes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

First Michelin experience and it was worse than a pizza store. Server was not friendly. Food was cold. Food is not at Michelin level at all. I can cook better omelet.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Amazing! Always enjoy dining here

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The waiters are so sweet, every of them keep saying “happy anniversary “ to us, and even gave us two scoops of ice cream and a bag of cookie as gifts

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Always an outstanding by experience. Our server heard us wish my daughter’s friend happy birthday and brought over a cookie to go pack and a plate with a candle to sing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was excellent and menu was interesting.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was all excellent except the “fries”, which were odd and not well seasoned.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food & service were outstanding. Had the house special duck for two. Worth another visit to repeat the same entree.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 30, 2018

He beef tartare and bone marrow were amazing and the burger was the best burger I've ever had. Great meal!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Amazing! Ordered the bone marrow, braised rib & brussel sprouts, everything was so flavorful & absolutely delicious! Our waiter David was the best!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great experience. Food was fresh, interesting and delicious. Excellent wine list and wines by the glass. We will be back when we are in DC.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food and superb service!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was ok. When we walked in, we were made to wait until our reservation time even though the restaurant was empty. We were only a few minutes early.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The menu changes are underwhelming. How did this place get a Michelin Star?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was a wonderful experience for our anniversary dinner

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything was absolutely fantastic, from the service to the food and ambiance. Everything was cooked perfectly and we appreciate all the small details that was put into the evening as we celebrated our anniversary there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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!

Tags: Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Fabolous meal from Ramey Chardonnay to little gems carrot salad to halibut to brussel sprouts to butternut squash to awesome custard desert! Great food, great service, great experience!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Was completely blown away by the duck. Simply can not wait to eat it again the next time I am in DC

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Amazing service, incredible food, literally one of the best places I’ve ever been.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Outstanding food. Good wine and service.

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