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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:
Brad Deboy Chef de Cuisine

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 Thursday, November 24, Blue Duck Tavern will offer a special Thanksgiving Feast from 12 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a three-course holiday meal in Blue Duck Tavern’s inviting ambience. A bountiful selection of starters will be placed throughout the open-air kitchen for guests to help themselves to their first course. Starters will include seasonal salads, breads, seafood, meats, and cheese to be followed by a choice of plated entrées and side dishes showcasing regional produce. Seasonal desserts on display in the Pastry Pantry, will complete the Thanksgiving feast. The holiday menu is priced at $110 per person for adults and $55 for children six years of age and twelve years. Children under six years of age are complimentary.

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

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (87)
Special Occasion (79)
Good for Anniversaries (73)
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Good for a Date (71)
Local Ingredients (54)
Romantic (51)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Notable Wine List (42)
Business Meals (41)
Worth the Drive (40)
Great for Brunch (35)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Seasonal (29)
Great for Lunch (28)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Hot Spot (23)
Good for Groups (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Comfort Food (18)
Organic (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Authentic (17)
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Healthy (14)
Bar Seating (11)
People Watching (11)
Late-night Find (9)
Casual (8)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Scenic View (3)
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Quick Bite (2)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Blue Dock Tavern is beautiful and they produce delicious food. Last night the service wasn't up to usual standards. The glass of wine was poured immediately. But the cocktail took 20 minutes to be delivered. The server was great but the woman assisting was in a rush. She tried to remove the bread while we were still eating it. She took away our bread plates when it was clear we had ordered a side of brussel sprouts to share that didn't make out plates look great as the chef wanted. She removed my plate while my friend was still eating. While our water glasses were low she said "you can't want more water", but we did.

The salmon was very good but nothing extraordinary. Ditto for the brussel sprouts. The chocolate pudding with candy corn was great but I expected the chocolate to be more intense.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent choice when visiting DC. The sides and beef dishes were extremely good. Salmon dish was not quite as good as expected, but otherwise a good overall experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was delicious as I remember. Service was horribly slow and untimely. None of the appetizers came out together and we waited 30 mins after our apps for our entree which also did come out together. Two from our group had to leave before their entree came to return to work after being there for 90 mins without entrees.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was good, but the server seemed like she could not have cared less about us, our needs, or working.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Christmas concert

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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

We have been trying get reservations when we were in town for almost a year...and it was worth the wait. The food was perfect, starting with a charcuterie platter for the table, Duck breast, braised beef rib, tuna tartar with black garlic, and even the MY Strip. The grits were to die for. Topped off with the Grape Aviation cocktails it made for a really enjoyable meal and evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Blue Duck Tavern does not disappoint. Ever. Consistently well-prepared, inventive (yet not too much so) food, great service and a comfortable, yet sophisticated setting. There's a reason they just got a star from Michelin: they do everything they can to provide the best food in a city filled with excellent restaurants.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Anniversary

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Servicr was fast and perfect. But I think the food (we tried chicken and duck) was overrated.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Spectacular breakfast. Best breakfast meeting spot in Washington DC! I love the customized eggs Benedict and my colleague had the hash! Superb coffee too! Our server had the chef create a small fresh fruit plate for both of us, too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Service impeccable and very gracious. Food wonderful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The food was ok, but certainly didn't blow me away. I had duck confit and grits. The grits were delicious but my duck was paradoxically dry. Service was on point. A good experience overall, but the food was disappointing for a Michelin-starred restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We were not given a quiet window table as I had requested on a reservation placed 1 week before, so the ambience was a bit louder than I had hoped for. But the food & service were excellent, and it quieted down as the lunch hour passed, so all in all, it was a very nice experience.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 4, 2017

While I was initially disappointed in the menu ( so much meat, so much bacon) the food I ordered (salmon, salad, brussel sprouts) was wonderful and beautifully served. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and will go back with hopes for a more diverse menu.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My husband and I were there to celebrate our birthdays, and the service and food was fantastic! They even sent out a a charcuterie and cheese to celebrate. We can always count on Blue Duck for a good time.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Perfect as always! A solid 5 star experience.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing. Great service. Great food

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Did not meet my expectations at all. The only dish we enjoyed was the bone marrow, the beef was overcooked, the duck was average, and the pork belly was very oily. My husband and I went there for our anniversary, nothing complimentary was given but the table next to us got a bag of cookies for no reason.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was delicious, the portions were generous, the service was attentive. The menu of mains and sides is not huge but covers all the bases. The wine list offered excellent choices. We had a table tucked in an alcove and it was lovely and quiet and with a good view of things, but not in the main space -- not sure about the noise level in the larger, more open areas.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I wouldn't go back, even tho the food was great. Too loud, too crowded, too informal for me, for a date dinner.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was meh. The duck breast was good but the rest was average.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Some dishes were very good, others unremarkable.

The place is always very busy, and serves as the main restaurant of the Park Hyatt Hotel. The level of noise and number of people made me feel a bit rushed.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went for brunch -- the chicken sausage gravy was barely warm; grits with cheese, also barely warm; while scrambled eggs were fluffy and light, had a little too much butter; bacon was overall a little greasy. Service and dining area were great, though.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Blue Duck Tavern is our favorite restaurant in DC. The marrow appetizer is out of this world and we’ve never had a bad entree or cocktail here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Really lovely. Friday after thanksgiving and so it was quiet. Beautiful setting, great food and great service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

BDT is always a great place to go for special occasions. For the last 5-6 years, we have been going there for Thanksgiving dinner. The food is always exceptional but we were a little disappointed this year with the change in the Thanksgiving menu. Some of us are great fans of lobster, others are not, even others have a shellfish allergy. So the change in the appetizer structure from being able to choose the items we liked and can eat versus being provided with the restaurant's recommendation was not our cup of tea. Also Overall, still a great meal but the increase in the price along with the loss of choice in appetizers was a thumbs down for us.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Loved every morsel! Service was impeccable...friendly , professional and personal. Can’t wait to go back !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Spectacular food coupled with quaint atmosphere and a charming, attentive wait staff. Many thanks.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food and cocktails though the portions are bit small

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We came to Blue Duck for an early celebration for my daughter's 15th birthday. They rolled out the red carpet for her from the moment she sat down until the final presentation of her dessert. Most of the dishes are classics with excellently sourced ingredients that are flavorful and executed perfectly. My duck breast with confit leg was delicious as was the squid ink pasta with scallops.

Expect nothing less than Michelin service with thorough knowledge of the menu, attentiveness to the table, and timeliness of courses. Pricing was anticipated as our three courses with drinks was $85/person before tip.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Amazing! Great place for a date night!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Overstated praise by Michaelin guides makes management unfriendly to customers who praise mediocer food

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Amazing Sunday Brunch! Order numerous dishes and share

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 (London)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent meal with truly lovely tasting dishes. Interesting menu in a casual dining setting. Overall larger portions than used to at a Michelin Star restaurant that in all honesty were a little too large but I guess in the USA everything is just bigger. Service was quite attentive but we were surprised to be presented with the check before being asked about tea coffee, brandy etc. which we did go on to order. Tea was an experience and my comment would be that serving loose tea in a teapot is great but beware of brewing times - the tea came to the table a little late and was already stronger that I like so I needed to have extra water - heat under the tea pot is a bit gimmicky and really not necessary. Overall this is an expensive meal needing to be saved for special occasions but the food was equisite and ultimately that is what a Michelin Star is all about. I would definitely recommend

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner at BDT. It was our 50th anniversary dinner and our server Louis was very attentive and made us feel special. We were treated to a complimentary glass of champagne which was a wonderful way to end the dinner. The braised ribs were the best I have ever had. Every aspect of our dinner was exceptional.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Service was absolutely phenomenal and the setting / lighting was great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is a lovely restaurant. The brunch menu had great offerings. Try the Cafe Park for a cold refreshing espresso drink. The brunch burger had me on a food high. I'll be returning to try dinner.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Sons birthday. Wait staff was amazing gave us extra side and dessert. A lot of food. Only negative. Fun night to remember would recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We went (only restaurant open late near the Kennedy Center) for after-theater birthday dinner
(they took my reservation for 10:30, but close their kitchen at 10:30, so you must get there before 10:30). Elegant setting, excellent ambiance, quiet, glass-enclosed private dining rooms. Succulent duck confit and exceptionally moist, tender and tasty trout. Expensive but delicious mushrooms and squash on the side. Superb service. All ala carte and very expensive. Indicated in making our reservation that it was a birthday dinner, but only acknowledgement was "happy birthday" atop the menu (something like a birthday cookie would have topped it off nicely).

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Go for the Duck Confit. Truly exceptional. Outstanding service, ambience, oh but for the duck, I will return with more people.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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