Blue Duck Tavern

4.6
6243 reviews
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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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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. One of the few restaurants in DC that brings together quality, service, and consistency. It understands New York level hospitality.

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K
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Surprisingly disappointing experience. First, the hostess was rude to my husband. Second, the brisket was fatty and dry (basically an oxymoron), and Third, my husband’s burger was “meh”. Pretty forgettable experience in my opinion.

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RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Each course was interesting, impeccably prepared and well explained by incredibly attentive, unobtrusive waitress. Superb on every level

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SS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I had requested via Open Table to be seated outside on the patio for our special bday celebration. And, I called the day before to ensure they had received my request! So, I was not happy when they showed us to a table inside. Our waiter Craig was a sweet heart, but he was the only server working the patio area thus service was super slow. However, the outside patio is lovely and the food was absolutely delicious!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but oddly the service staff were not personable, seem to have a bit of an attitude. I'm sure it's not normally like this, and it was a busy lunch hour, but would expect better attention and personality.

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MP
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. A bit too loud, but fun.

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MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

David provided us with excellent service. Food was great as was the wine selection by the glass. Thoroughly enjoyed visiting with friend who was in DC for the night.

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MM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Absolutely one of our favorite DC restaurants.

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KZ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointing Mother’s Day Brunch. I have been to this restaurant many times, including for Mother’s Day, but this year our experience was really sub-par. The menu is quite limited for the Mother’s Day brunch - much more so than the regular brunch. If you have kids under 12, they will be hard pressed to find food they’ll like. 2 of our 3 entrees were overcooked. I will come to this restaurant again, but not for Mother’s Day. It’s unacceptable to spend their massive fixed price tag on a meal that is not very good.

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RO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time dining at Blue Duck Tavern. Exceptional culinary experience. Loved it!

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All great as my daughter and I had breakfast there this past Sunday and Monday!!!

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MA
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go to Blue Duck Tavern every year on our anniversary in May. It only gets better and better. The food is divine, staff is top notch, and though it is quite loud, it's a nice place for a date night or special occasion. This year we had the duck and the short ribs. The duck was cooked to perfection and crispy on the outside. The short ribs melted in our mouths. Finished off with the apple pie for 2 which is incredible.

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EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was exceptional. My husband tried the porchetta, closed his eyes, and said "I don't know what I've done in my life to deserve something this good." Everything we had - cocktails, appetizers, desserts - was outstanding and beautifully plated. The atmosphere and decor were great, and we had good service. I'm pescatarian and asked if I could have a fish dish without ham and was easily accommodated, which I appreciate.

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S
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Presentation, taste, service are all what you expect it to be at this high end brunch.

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Good suggestions for wine and sides from our server.

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B
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants - we go here at least once a year to celebrate either birthday or anniversary!

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FD
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience!!

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b
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every facet of the dining experience was familiar yet surprising at the same time. To start, we were seated promptly even though we were 15 minutes early. The winelist had all the staples with a few surprises as well. Our first course and entree were both excellent and the portions more than generous. We declined to order desert as we felt it would be too much to eat but our server, ever attentive, noted our comments about the offerings and brought us a sample gratis.

Make reservations, this place is busy late into the evening. It’s well worth the effort.

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BV
Dallas
38 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern decor with lots of nooks and crannies for intimate dining. Food was fantastic and service not pretentious at all.

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S
Denver
86 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Interesting food creations and a very nice wine list. Be prepared for high prices, but perhaps not so far out of line in this city.

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DJ
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Duck Tavern is one of my favorite DC restaurant - try to eat here every time I visit Washington. Food is excellent and the wait staff are exceptional, truly top notch. Menu variety and ability to meet dietary needs is excellent.

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food - everything is original, hand made - great wait staff, pricey, but you get what you pay for, quality food and service.

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n
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Most things were good, though portions were overly generous...but three problems: bone marrow was mostly meat, as if chef didn't trust patrons to like marrow; gnudi were hard and tight, instead of light and delicate; porchetta was crisp on the outside, but dry in the inside...

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BE
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Ceiling panels look like they are about to fall.
We were ignored for a long time before being seated.

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E
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Time and time again, this restaurant manages to surprise us, even though at this point we should really be used to the outstanding food, service, and value.
Don’t skip the bone marrow and the grits (yeah, I know).

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Reservation for 1115, no one in restaurant. Waiting area filled and we were seated at 1125. Got water and wine menu quick, didn’t see the server for another 20 minutes. Ordered drinks - just ok, small. $120 for two breakfasts, one drink, coffee and a pastry basket. For me, one and done. Totally let down compared to the other Michelin rated restaurants (Fr. Laundry, Plume, Rest. GR), must have been a slow day for Michelin to give them a star.

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RW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and waitstaff. Food was delicious and interesting.

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AG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Two main dishes extremely over cooked, which is unacceptable in the price range.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, great food and excellent service

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AM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious seasonal food, great service, and a warm, inviting venue!

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H
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food and great service as always. One of my favorite DC spots. Roasted oysters were a big hit and scallops were wonderful as usual. Unfortunately our table was a bit 'on the main road', interesting because there were other 2 top tables available farther back.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is overpriced - it's delicious, but 30 plus bucks for three to four scallops is too much.

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V
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the food. Simple fresh marketfood. Perfectly cooked. Service was not bad but not michellin stared. Waiter was nice, but the girls in reception when we arrived were all confused. I think it was the first day at work for both.. on the other side food is simply outstanding. Totally worth it

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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, seasonal food that’s not pretentious. Attentive service that doesn’t hover. Clubby setting that’s not a cave. Memorable meal and I’ll be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and wonderful as always!

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RG
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Can not go wrong with anything you order. Highly suggest the grits for a side item. For a Michelin Star restaurant you get great value for your dollar. Paid twice the amount at others for not as good service or food. Will be back next visit to DC

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Blue Duck has been our go to place for special occasions. Unfortunately, we were rather disappointed by the food this time. The best course was the salad, a lovely combination of very fresh and complimentary flavors and textures. Our main courses, the halibut and the suckling pig, both were way too salty. So salty they were actually unpleasant. The halibut was tasteless. The mushroom side dish was okay but not special. A complimentary sorbet for dessert, this was a birthday, was a very nice finish, with bright ginger flavor. Topping off my disappointment was a too sweet martini, probably due to the choice and amount of vermouth. I limit my drinking to when I go out so was extra put out.

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r
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was an experience - flavorful, innovative and unique. The service was impeccable. And they made special efforts to make our date even more memorable!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and dinner was exceptional!

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W
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was my first time at BDT for brunch and one of my less enjoyable experiences. My husband and I have eaten here several times previously for dinner and always enjoyed it. I wanted to treat my daughter to brunch before shopping. We had a reservation and arrived promptly. Two tables (also couples) without reservations were seated prior at what I perceived to be more desirable tables.

We did not seem to have a dedicated server that I could identify and as a result the service was inconsistent. We ordered starters - bruleed grapefruit and smoked salmon followed by entrees of the brunch burger and short rib hash. The food was good and arrived quickly, but my hash was missing the toast and no one came to check on us. What made it more annoying was the very attentive service the young couple next to us was receiving, including several comped items. They clearly had a dedicated server.

We finally got the attention of one of “our” servers and asked for the check. 15 minutes elapsed and we asked a random server for the check again. It was taken care of quickly.

I was staying at the Park Hyatt so the next day my daughter joined my husband and I for breakfast. Excellent, attentive service. I would like to think the disappointing brunch service is the exception rather than the rule.

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