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Blue Duck Tavern

4.6
5693 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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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
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Phone number
(202) 419-6755
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Troy Knapp
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
24 & M Streets NW
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Parking details
Blue Duck Tavern offers valet parking at $12.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom Metro Station - Orange and Blue Lines
Dupont Circle Metro Station - Red Line
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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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 5693 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Blue Duck is consistently good and one of my favorite restaurants

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Michael was our server and he was outstanding. He had excellent recommendations based on experience. He was the perfect balance of friendly and attentive but respectful of our space. He was extremely helpful in accommodating my dietary restrictions . Because of him, this was one of the top 5 restaurant experiences that I have had anywhere. The food was delicious, but the service made our visit completely worthwhile.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

What a special place. From the minute we walked in until three hours later when we left, everything was perfect. Delicious food, attentive service, plenty of personal space, great attention to detail. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always EXCEPTIONAL at Blue Duck, exactly why we always return when in D.C.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Totally terrific in every way. We came into this oasis from a rainstorm of Biblical proportions - wet and bedraggled and made to feel very welcome. The food was wonderful - I'm still describing the pea shoot salad which rested on butter sauted finely chopped almonds. Ummm.
Will be at the top of our list when we visit DC.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Extremely knowledgeable staff and excellent service. Gifted kitchen staff, creative menu. Not exceptionally comfortable where you linger. Wood tables, wood chairs, modern decor.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Everything we ordered from the soup to our Rock Fish, was outstanding. Cornbread, mushroom, the vegetables, grits, cherry cobler. Loved their Cranberry Walnut bread. Our server, Jeremy was the best.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

This is truly one of Washington's great restaurants. Perhaps most surprisingly, they deliver Michelin-star rated food three-meals-a-day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. The service is unparalleled. After every visit, I find myself thinking about when the next time is I can plan to go back. It is simply fantastic. Thank you for treating me so kindly every time I'm there. Shout out to Zach, who always treats me like a king.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Celebrated Mother’s Day and it was exceptional!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

What an amazing experience. We dined with friends celebrating my husband’s birthday. Our waiter Michael was incredible. He made excellent food recommendations with wine pairings and when my husband’s dish ((which was delicious by the way) wasn’t presented as requested, they compensated us noting the restaurant’s expectations are to meet the customer’s requests. Now that’s class. The food was delightful and the ambience quite lovely. We will certainly return when back in DC.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Superb food. Try the bone marrow appetizer... and the duck was cooked perfectly.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Good fresh and very tasty but a bit pricey. Excellent service with nice ambience.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Wonderful experience. The "french fries" are literally potato logs that are served with a spicy dip. Do not order more than one order per every two people. One order is probably good for four people, but if you only have two people you will have to just eat a lot. So, good! Foie Gras Brulee, delicious. Chocolate Cake dessert, delicious. Service, excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

I loved it last time but this time each dish had a weird ingredient that we had to eat around.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Fabulous, especially the service. Our server walked us through each part of ordering and menu options. He took time nd food was delivered in a good pace to have a discussion Nd enjoy the food. Food was outstanding and with some great combinations. I will definitely return. Great for all occasions.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

The roasted Bone Marrow was excellent!
I would definitely come back with my friends.
Only I didn’t care for server’s attitude who was a bit arrogant.
They also didn’t clean up bread crumbs before my dessert.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had a group of five, and were seated promptly in a large corner table. Positives first - the food was spectacular. We had the bone marrow and beef tartare to start (both awesome), and the cauliflower soup was out of this world. For entrees had the duck (if your restaurant is called the Duck, you better get THIS right, and they did), and the short ribs, also fantastic. Genuinely, all the food lived up to the Michelin star-level expectation.

As far as things that I was less impressed with... Not sure if they were understaffed that night, but our server was surprisingly absent for long periods of time. Considering the super positive things we had heard about the service at Blue Duck, I was kind of taken aback. Three of our waters had floaties in them, and our server replaced two, not all three (!). Just some weird choices.

And the thing that would keep me from coming back: noise level. Holy moley, ambient noise was a crusher. We all had a really tough time having a conversation with the person next to us, never mind across the table. I think it was a combination of hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and being in the corner, but still. I can’t imagine what it would be like on a BUSY night.

For all of the accolades and Michelin stars and such, I felt like the Blue Duck was just a nice-looking but really loud place, with mediocre service and really, really good food. Again, maybe we just caught our server on an off night. I’d say based on that one experience, the Blue Duck is worth trying once, but I don’t know that I would go out of my way to go again. Maybe just order something for takeaway.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Our waiter Michael was attentive had great suggestions and overall gave us excellent service

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent brunch!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Really liked the atmosphere of the restaurant, as well as enjoyed all of the creative dishes we had.

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Device was ok-ish. Nothing when compared to the old days of blue duck tavern where service was completely exceptional. I came here to give the place another chance after a horrible experience with tremendously bad service and suffering a gluten contamination which left my celiac aunt suffering for 3 days. I had called to complain and received no response. I thought (given that BDT is a Michelin Star restaurant and one of the best of DC) that they were going to respond or at least record this experience somehow. It is clear that they have not

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Amazing food and outstanding service!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Wonderful food, great atmosphere, perfect service - came highly recommended and lived up to the recommendation!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

My favorite breakfast spot in Washington DC. Incredible coffee.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Wonderful food and even better service.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

I loved my duck confit and Zachnour server was a gentle, efficient presence.

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Food was too sweet, service too slow. Disappointed given previous meals and reputation of the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

The food was fresh, unique & tasty. We savoured every mouthful !

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1.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Worst experience
ordered duck got chicken meant for adjacent table
Pork confit tough piece of leather
Chef should be incarcerated for serving it
Very noisy
Blight on Michelin
Overhyped do not waste your hard-earned money here

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2018

My second meal there. Lunch menu this time. They try very hard for inventive cuisine. Hits and misses. In general, many items this visit seemed under-spiced. Roast chicken and reconstituted french fry "bricks" were bland. Grilled octopus looked spectacular, but lacked something in taste as well. Breads are excellent. Seating along the windows is very nice indeed. Higher sound levels in the interior. Servers are warm and gracious -- could not ask for better service. But for nearly $150 for 2 for lunch, with only mineral water to drink, not a great value.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The food is as wonderful and delicious as you would expect from a Michelin-starred kitchen. Every dish is a presentation masterpiece and a delightful combination of farm-to-table ingredients and perfect, creative seasonings. The best tomato soup my hubby had ever had anywhere, unctuous roasted marrow bones with a whole roasted head of garlic to scoop and spread on toasted bread. Breathtakingly gorgeous platter of roasted rack of lamb for two with “mole” sauce and grilled lime. Don’t skip the signature BDT fries, which achieve a crispy creaminess previously unknown for mere potatoes! And desserts, oh wow. Cherry cobbler beyond belief. And a chocolate layer cake with mind-blowing smoked vanilla ice cream and duck fat caramel. The stuff foodie dreams are made of.

On the down side, the chic and beautiful interior design of handsome carved wood provides no soft buffer to absorb sounds, making the noise level higher than comfortable for talking at the table. And elegant but ineffective lighting made reading the menu a challenge; interestingly, the soft spotlight was exactly located to highlight the lamb platter when it was ceremoniously places on the table, but our individual plates were deeply shadowed. Service was appropriately attentive, with a few slow spots. (We didn’t get bread until we were well into our cocktails.) The wine list is strangely organized.

Perhaps a function of a Sunday night reservation, but a notable and total absence of female waitstaff and only two women in the open kitchen, one on salad station and one on dessert. What’s up with that in today’s environment ?

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Visiting from out of town and we made it a point to stop by BDT.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Absolutely awesome! Staff was SO friendly and accommodating. Louis and the other bartender was so much fun, Louis, our server was the best. Andrea is as super sweet! Food was incredible especially the bone marrow and foie gras. Blue Duck made a special evening memorable

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Delicious food and wonderful service! Thank you to the excellent staff at Blue Duck that made the occasion even more special for my friend whose birthday we celebrated!

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Everything was ok but lackluster from other Michelin experiences I’ve had in the past. The pea salad and bone marrow were to die for. The Fois Gras was interesting but not what I was expecting. It seemed more like a creme brûlée more than Fois Gras. I ordered the whole fish for entree. When the entry arrived it was just that, a whole fish, and nothing more. I asked the server if we could get someone to come over and debone the fish and he whisked the entree away back to the kitchen. The primary server stopped back by to check on us and we mentioned that they take our food. In other great restaurants the server deboned the whole fish table side. So after the fish was sorted out, there were still a lot of bones to deal with and it was very “fishy”. Yes, I know, some fishes are stronger than others but I can tell the difference between fresh catch and catch from a few days ago. I also felt that the primary server could have been a little more knowledgeable on the ingredients and food preparation of the foods we ordered. This was my second time to dine there. It was good but I’m a little disappointed with some of the food, service, knowledge, and presentation. As you can see I left 4 stars which is still really good just not over the top

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Excellent take on creative menu. Good wine list and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Just amazing breakfast. French press coffee and the chicken and biscuits was perfect. I will return.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It was not a good experience today. I’ve been the the Blue Duck tavern many times and I always walk away so happy. Today my ice coffee was terrible. It was miserably cold inside the restaurant. Our services wasn’t good. We sat at our table for a good 5-10 minutes before anyone even spoke to us let alone bring us water. Our entree’s were ok. I hope this isn’t the beginning of the end of my previously amazing relationship with this restaurant. But your prices are too high for a terrible experience.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Amazing meal. The beef short ribs, duck and pea salad were delicious. The service was good, not great.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food. The service was slow. It took two hours to get served our main course.

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