We did not experience the same level of service we are used to from Corduroy or that we would expect from a restaurant of this class. They forgot to put the order in (I guess?) for one of our group of seven. She did not get her meal until everyone else was done eating and only after two prompts. I did not heart anyone apologize, though after the second prompt, they brought her a taster of soup. I frankly had not expected to be charged for her meal, but we were. I will not be returning to Corduroy.
Great food and atmosphere. Service was okay the food took a bit too long
We really enjoyed both our food and the staff of Corduroy. Our waiter seemed to become rather dismissive as the meal wound down hence the 4 stars for service. Not sure why he seemed to switch off but it really was noticeable to my guest and I. I will likely return, hopefully on a night that works better for the wait-staff. That said the kitchen accommodated dietary issues and the waiter and somm our wine and food questions quite nicely.
Brilliant food and we could hear our conversation with enough light to read the menu! First course soft shell crab with salad greens was the best we’ve had. Entrees were equally terrific: full of flavor and beautifully presented. We will be back soon.
Food was very good except chicken. Service was poor. Even though restaurant was nearly empty waiter was distracted and didn't check on us after dinner was served so drank water with dinner.
Inventive menu, with some imaginative additions. The raw scallop salad was much more complex than expected. The bison was cooked perfectly, which is to say it was not overcooked. Thanks truffle mashed potatoes were the best I've ever had. The wine list is extensive, interesting and not obscenely overpriced. The restaurant space is warm and cool at the same time. The service was spirited. I will be back.
One of the best values in DC.
We had our anniversary dinner here on Saturday night. The whole experience was delightful and delicious. We chose to do the tasting menu. Every plate was delicious and beautiful! The soft shell crab and sauce with it was extraordinary. We will be returning!
Came here on a recommendation from a friend. Wanted to do Chef’s Tasting menu but they only serve this if the entire table orders it and unfortunately two people in our group did not want to do this as they weren’t very hungry, so we missed this opportunity. Food was good in any case and the restaurant was quiet which facilitated easy conversation in our group. However, our server seemed more bothered/annoyed than willing to help or make suggestions. I don’t think he smiled even one time during the course of the evening. No regrets trying it out, but this place is not on the list to return to.
This a terrific place for a special meal, the waitstaff are personable, can talk about the menu, and have a comfortable manner. Then there’s the food—creative, best quality often with a touch of Japanese influence—I’ve always enjoyed going there—and the place is exquisitely designed.
Quiet, comfortable, really excellent food, knowledgeable waiter. All around classy. But dont count on finding a parking spot.
LOVE Corduroy!!! One of my favorite restaurants!!! The tuna, and the salmon appetizers were incredible! All of our entrees were phenomenal!! My Wagyu steak was one of the best steaks I’ve had and was perfectly prepared.
Will definitely be back!
Terrible service. We waited over an hour between our salad and entre. When we asked the waiter why it took so long, he said “they are not McDonalds.’ Food was ok but we just weren’t very hungry after waiting two hours from the tine we ordered our meal until we got our entre. They were not busy, so that wasn’t the problem. They did give us a discount because the service was so bad.
Fabulous service and food. Lovely atmosphere, leisurely and friendly. I definitely would recommend this restaurant to friends and family. Our waiter was particularly delightful and attentive.
Excellent meal and great service.
Great food in a classy, quietly elegant setting. A polished, confident tasting menu showcases the chef's skills without straying into self-indulgent strangeness. Highly recommended.
Corduroy is our favorite neighborhood restaurant, that we love to share with family and friends. The dining experience is elegant linen service. A quite, ambient atmosphere, where you can actually have a conversation. Impeccable service, consistent fine dining with an outstanding menu and always changing specials. It is always a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend to anyone,
Corduroy is an oft overlooked gem which has one of the District's best chef's. I don't live in the area, but I visit this Northeast spot whenever I'm in the city.
I originally chose to host an important business dinner at Corduroy based on Zaggat's positive reviews and its close proximity to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. I chose to host a smaller, and even more important dinner the following night and plan to host many future dinners based on the amazingly authentic, refined, personal and truly delightful total dinning experience my guests and I enjoyed. I stumbled onto a rare gem, and while I might be included to keep it a secret for my selfish use in the future - I'm more compelled to share the find with others who might appreciate this unique little restaurant with a big heart and warm vibe. And the food, you might ask? As creative and delicious as the staff was accommodating and appropriately engaging. Mike (Mikie, to me now) is an energetic delight, Maria at the welcome desk would be at home at the finest establishments, and Chef's devotion to both the menu breadth and total execution place him within the Chef-elite in my experience. Surprise and Delight are the two words I would choose to describe my consecutive evening dinning events with Corduroy, but I also note each evening was uniquely separate and rewarding...not simply repeats of the same great meals - (though I did have some of the Chocolate Bourbon ice cream on both occasions) Speaking of, the desserts options (I had some of all) would easily stand alone as a feature worth going for.
Good service and good food. Strongly recommended. Price is reasonable
Fabulous food, outstanding service and a subdued atmosphere made for a truly lovely and relaxing way to spend a special occasion. This was my second time there and we would definitely go again.
Michael was great!
Having dinner at Corduroy previously, we felt extremely lucky to get a last minute booking on a Friday night, but when we're seated we realized why. We we're put at a table right next to a large party that got louder and louder throughout the evening. And we had the same waiter assigned so we we're essentially left without service for multiple, long stretches.
Yes, there was plenty of acknowledgement of the noise and apologies for the delays, but after the fifth time or so you don't want an apology, you want a correction; they should have augmented or shifted wait staff, or thrown in a glass of dessert wine, or something.
The food is excellent, but for the price you expect a special night out, not an especially poor service night out.
Disappointed when the quality and creativity of the food deserved much better.
Wonderful new American cuisine, exquisite wine list, incredible service. Love the quiet restrained atmosphere and peaceful decor.
Wow. Where do I begin. Took my wife to DC for a quick weekend getaway and wanted to go somewhere special for our anniversary. I choose Corduroy for the great reviews and the fact that it had a chefs tasting on the menu. We were not disappointed. From the hostess to the servers to the manager to the chef to the AWESOME sommelier Mike...it was a beyond special night. Chefs tasting menu was wonderful, my favorite being the jersey scallops with grits. The kitchen even adorned our dessert plates with “happy anniversary” In chocolate! It was such a special night and the restaurant went far beyond my expectations. Will absolutely return. The manager even fulfilled our request to write the chefs menu down on paper for a keepsake.
The food was great. The service was good, however our server tried to fake his knowledge of wine and subsequently left us with a really poor pairing. What could have been a legendary meal was left wanting for a decent wine choice. My bad for thinking a nice suit meant knowledge. By the end of the evening it was clear he did not have a clue.
This is a wonderful restaurant; everything is excellent!
Chef does such a great job!!
While we were in DC for the March for our Lives we had dinner at Corduroy. We choose the chef tasting menu. The snapper soup, tuna tartare, and the scallops on grits were delicious. The meal was topped off with two different wonderful desserts. It was a relaxing meal with very attentive service. I would definitely return
Excellent food and service but not accessible for anyone with even a mild disability. Must go up steps to enter and then the bar and rest rooms are up another flight of stairs.
Excellent new American food. Large, well-balanced wine list. Stylish-quaint dining room and building. All good.
Polished service and well executed menu - well worth a visit
Professional prices, amateur service.
I love this restaurant. I usually go to the upstairs bar for their fixed price menu but this evening we splurged. We ordered the tasting menu and it was one of the best meals I've had in a very long time. I have a number of dietary restrictions and Chef Tom and the staff were great about dealing with them. From the baby Kale salad with freshly shaved Parmesan cheese to the smoked salmon tureen and his infamous sushi rice with lightly seared tuna, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. These were only a few of the dishes were were served. Each dish had its own balance with the flavors, textures and temperatures coming together perfectly on the palate. I was ready to lick my plate clean! The adult themed kit kat bars were also a huge hit. The wine recommendation was superb! I'm waiting for his cookbook to come out so I can feast on his sushi rice, one of my all time favorites. I can't wait to go back!
Had a blast. Food was great!
Excellent food service impeccable
We were quite disappointed in our meal. First courses were great, main courses ver ordinary. There were two mistakes on the bill. And the meal was rushed Friday m beginning to end.
Not my first time dining at Corduroy but it has been a while since I've visited. The food is still delicious and a visual delight, the staff are obvious professionals, however the pacing of the meal felt a sporadic this time. We enjoyed a few half-bottles of wine with the meal but would have preferred a defined pairing with the courses.
Great service and great food. I love getting the tasting menu and letting someone else decide what amazing thing I should eat next.
Once again,superb service greeted by a warm smile by Maria,service was very warm and professional unrushed service, beautiful contemporary ambiance,food always wonderful,and wine list is amazing,what a gem of a place, I recommend this restaurant to everyone,top notch in every way,thank you corduroy for an excellent experience,my wife Simone and family loved it,thank you corduroy .
Great food, great service, great restaraunt!