Blue Duck Tavern

4.6
6848 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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 due to DC COVID-19 Guidelines, patrons are not permitted to bring their own wine or alcohol into an establishment.
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DocFoodie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. I would definitely recommend.

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vipbloomingbeauty
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know how this place manages to make the most ordinary dishes taste absolutely amazing! Thank you for providing a memorable experience!

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vipWren
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While staying at the Park Hyatt we had breakfast for 3 days and one dinner at the Blue Duck. Every meal was delicious, well-presented and service was excellent. Breakfast for 2 at $120 was well over the top in cost. So I wouldn’t say 5-star on value. Ambience was wonderful and covid safe with the outdoor seating. Indoors lacked warmth and definitely felt like a hotel restaurant. But I believe that was a factor of being cautious due to COVID. I’m pleased they kept tables distant and covid safe. All in all a great place to have a wonderful meal this winter.

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Bita
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining was so pleasant and so perfect for my friend's 75 birthday celebration...The evening was outstanding on ALL levels...and the birthday dessert given and served was so thoughtful! The Blue Duck is a favorite of mine and the Richard Nelsons who often visit DC still...We are hoping and planning for a dinner reunion at this restaurant sometime in January...Thank you to the staff and chef and management for making a wonderful evening!

Sincerely,
Barbara Bennett

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vipKyne
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Really great, innovative food and impeccable service in a somewhat modern-generic ambience, and at high prices. Still, a solid food destination, and will go again.

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vipJamesC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always impeccable service and delicious food. Farm-to-table

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vipRichardR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

not worth it!!!

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vipcarenC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was excellent! Superb food with many delicate flavors! Duck, scallops, beef tenderloin.
Excellent service.

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SamK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This was truly a shame. Cold crabcakes, cold scallops, gritty root vegetables, and pockets of raw flour in the bread. This definitely was not what I was expecting at Blue Duck Tavern. I had heard so many good things about this place. The highlight was the waiter, he made some nice drink recommendations that we enjoyed, and seemed to be a nice guy.

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DanielleH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Really excellent bloody. And worked out great bringing our 8mo old in a stroller. Will definitely be back

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Josh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Booked in advance and were also guests at the Park Hyatt. Told everyone it was our 10th wedding anniversary. We were put in a dark corner while many others were in private rooms or sitting by fire towers outside. The door opening next to us for the patio meant we had to wear coats the entire meal. We were up sold on a whole duck (under the courtesy that it was the last one available) before we had a chance to see the menu. One in 50 couples might be able to eat a whole duck- it should only be recommended to groups of 3 or more. What’s worse is that the duck was dry. Our anniversary was forgotten. We spent money a crazy amount of money for a mediocre dinner with terrible ambiance. I was silly enough to expect that Blue Duck would be extra conscientious about caring for those people still willing to venture out for an occasional high class, expensive dining experience on a special occasion during COVID. Mistake.

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Jimmy
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside next to the fountain was excellent. The heat lamps kept the space very comfortable despite the cold weather. The four-course menu with wine pairings was definitely the way to go despite the expense. I recommend the scallops and duck!

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vipStevenson
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food, professional service. Good social distancing outside. It’s a bit expensive but worth it.

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vipStevenson
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Social distancing was very good. Servers were not very accessible. Good was good, but not outstanding. I will go back because Blue Duck Tavern is one of the few good restaurants in my new.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience!

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vipMark
New England
81 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was wonderful autumn day to enjoy breakfast on the terrace. Service was excellent. The glass of champagne provided a little celebratory moment. The Blue Duck Tavern is a favorite of mine when I’m in DC. I’ll be back to dine again.

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vipMark
New England
81 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From cocktail and appetizer through wine and main course and eventually ending the evening with dessert and espresso, the experience was relaxing and enjoyable. It had been a long day of travel to arrive in DC and the Blue Duck Tavern is a must first stop. While it was a little chaotic arriving at the start of evening service with people queuing up near the host, once seated on the terrace things immediately settled into the Blue Duck standard. Excellent service. Exquisite cocktail and premium wine. Extraordinary entree. And when my colleague was unable to make it, the Blue Duck helped prepare a “to-go” meal to take away. Lots of reasons one comes back time and again to the Blue Duck Tavern.

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vipJoseRicardoR
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service

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vipStephenC
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was pricey and the fish was disappointing

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Iman
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, ambient was superb, service was good. All appt and food was delicious except chicken which was undercooked and we took it home to coock it more at home. But fish plates were one in a kind, fabulous.

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vipCelesteB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was, as always, wonderful as was our waiter.

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RozG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal, great staff! We went for my husband's parents anniversary and everyone we encountered congratulated them on their anniversary which was a nice touch. We ended up ordering the whole duck and sharing it with a few appetizers. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous spot

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food took quite long to come out. Apart from that no real complaints.

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DavidB
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great place, a little loud on patio but will be back. Short ribs were great

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Food was awful and found myself longing for fast food

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vipgoodfood
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food and service were very good. The salads were both tasty, colorful, and plentiful. The roasted halibut was excellent, as was the duck. The triple cut fries were huge and spicy. We would go back again.

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Cacachuli
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The duck breast was very, very off. Had a chemical taste, vaguely of formaldehyde. Couldn’t eat it. Short rib was dry. Roasted vegetables were dry and under seasoned. Crab cake and potato purée were very good.

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AnnaL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for brunch and the French toast was melt-in-your-mouth! The short rib hash was to die for!! It was beautiful ambiance and atmosphere. The servers were excellent as well! 10/10 will go again!

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Scott
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great but food was subpar compared to previous times.

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Alex
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service mediocre. Food mediocre. Would not return or recommend

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CSmall
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cake was incredible, and so was the Benedict.

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vipGlennE
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. We had the whole duck for two, which was delicious and a lot of food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience the staff was more than accommodating and very warm. Our server was excellent and the house sommelier did an excellent job presenting the bottle of the last of an amazing poulley fusse that was almost the highlight of the meal. The scallops were amazing truly enjoyed the bone marrow as well. The duck was cooked perfectly but flavor wise left just a little to be desired. The short rib was incredible , and the roasted branzino was quite delicious as welloverall 4.5/5, don’t forget dessert!!

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KatiaA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best in DC. Simply amazing! Food was fantastic, outside area was perfect...heat lamps went up without having to ask...and staff were top notch, especially in respecting COVID-19 safety protocols. Definitely impressed.

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vipUKJay
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

given the challenging times, the staff did a great job in having us feel safe yes also enjoy the dining experience. one of our favorite restaurants in DC

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vipDHPX2
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best outstanding dining space in town! Great food and service

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CordellC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Duck is my go-to DC restaurant as the service, food and overall ambiance is consistently good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

beautiful restaurant, great food, excellent service. will come back

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Blue Duck Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 6848 OpenTable diners.

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