Corduroy

4.6
2785 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Corduroy serves the best of the season with much of the restaurants produce coming from local farms. Corduroy is not handicapped accessible due to the historic nature of our building.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday through Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Corduroy is available for private dining and receptions during the day and on Sundays.
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Phone number
(202) 589-0699
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tom Power, Chef/Owner
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ninth Street between L and M Streets
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Parking details
Valet parking available Friday and Saturday only.
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Public transit
Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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4.6
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ES
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Small but good menu beautifully prepared. Lovely ambiance. We had first class table service and the food was, as usual, very good and generous portions. My only complaint is that the website says valet service on Friday and Saturday. When I arrived Friday, in the midst of a downpour, I had to run into the restaurant to find the valet only to discover that there is no valet parking on Friday! Aggravating and no way to start out a nice evening. My table service was extra good but had someone offered me a nice glass of wine to compensate, or some other expression of apology other than how hard it is to get good valet services, I would probably have forgotten the whole thing.

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food, ambiance and service very good. Wine was overpriced and slightly subpar.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to all staff and chef, our dinner was fantastic as usual, the food was incredible the black bass and lamb tenderloin was the very best quality.They seemed very busy with guest , our dinner came out properly never rushed thats what we love, great personalised service,we always recommend corduroy to everyone. Thank you chef Tom.

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F
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Delivered a fake substitute of the drink I ordered apparently hoping I wouldn’t notice.

Understaffed and hence slow and inept.

Food was dried out with very little taste.

Even the coat check was a bit rude.

Perhaps there’s an in group but we’re not members I guess.

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JK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The food at Corduroy continues to be excellent after decades of consistent attention in the kitchen by Chef Power. Wonderful food, and the service is very congenial. However, there seems to be a very unfortunate and increasing trend that causes the servers to find themselves apologizing all too often for a slow kitchen. "Thank you for your patience. Your food will be right out." "I'm sorry for the delay, but I hope it was worth the wait." Even though the food is outstanding, this kind of thing should be the exception, rather than the rule, but it has happened repeatedly over a period of several years. Not sure why it happens, and certainly wouldn't know how to solve the problem, but a problem it is, and it causes concern for the future of this establishment.

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T
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This place was fantastic. We all loved every dish of the Chef’s Surprise Tasting Menu. Can’t wait to go back.

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n
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We haven't been there in a few years. The atmosphere was warm and quiet as I remember it . The food was good but each dish seemed have something I didn't want to eat. But we were shocked and quite troubled by the lack of parking which has never been a problem before . And when someone went inside to check if there were recommendations for where to leave the car, they were told "Oh, I think there's a parking lot about 3 blocks away...somewhere, 'over there' "... I think you should be a little more helpful as it put a real damper on my evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waiter, superb service, delicious food – professionalism through-and-through.

Had a belated Thanksgiving dinner with my sister and couldn’t recommend this restaurant more to new-comers in the area looking to have a proper meal.

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JL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. The lobster carpaccio had a wallop of flavor for what looked like transparent slices. The lamb Lon was perfect. Best martini I ever had. Cheese course was delightful

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g
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food! Priced point is lower than competitors

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L
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely special occasion meal. Scallops and antebellum grits, roasted lamb, and pumpkin soup. All excellent and well-flavored. Service was gracious and attentive. And we could hear ourselves talk! Much appreciated ambiance!

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v
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely over the top everything. Nice and quiet. Outstanding food. Impeccable service. Took some dear friends we don't see often and there was a great atmosphere for catching up. Relaxed and no rush experience, we left the by the glass choices to pair with our dinners to the waiter and we were WOWED by the result. Thank you Corduroy! We'll be back!

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JA
Washington DC
129 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've loved Corduroy since the days that it was on K Street. This time, we were seated near a large party and, for a while, they were noisy. Also, my salmon and rice were tepid in temperature. I didn't send them back because I had company.

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BS
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Creative menu -- lobster carpaccio anyone? -- served in a row house remodeled to have more intimate seating spaces instead of a large room. Look forward to enjoying the tasting menu next time. Are Corduroy and Baby Wale next door related? The server said their billing systems are somehow connected. I discounted ratings because of a full power failure near the end of the meal. The emergency generator kicked in immediately but stairs were shadowy and restrooms blacked out with only a tea candle for lighting.

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c
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

There was a mouse near our table. We have to wait too much time for the plates.

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G
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took some European friends there for dinner during their visit. They were impressed with the food and the quiet setting. One of them had the tuna and found it excellent.

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i
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely oasis to enjoy excellent food and impeccable service!

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MV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Corduroy for a nice date night on Saturday and everything was phenomenal. We both did the tasting menu and each dish was plated nicely and tasted great. I had the wine pairing - the wines were very good and well-paired, with some interesting flavors I hadn't had before and was pleased to try. Everything was great, even the iced tea and coffee! Highly recommend the tasting menu - great price too. We'll gladly come back.

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SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Had heard good things but really was not impressed. I ordered the buffalo, and my boyfriend ordered the scallops. Buffalo came in 4 pieces, and the two end pieces were very chewey, so really only half of the meat was nice to eat. The scallops were nice but nothing great.

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ME
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Surprised how few customers were there on A Friday night. Glad it was not busy as it was easy to converse. Good place if looking to dine near the convention center. I thought the menu was very limited. I also would have like to have seen a selection of California wines.

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MM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was warm and impeccable, with plenty of detail and responses to questions about menu, unobtrusive thereafter. Our waiter was charming, open to letting us have a taste of several wine options and added a few goodies to one of our friend's take home bag. We and they will return for sure!

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique & creative flavor combinations, delicious food & lovely presentation. Could not ask for more. Best chocolate sabayon ever had. Try this restaurant.

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m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant. I've driven past it hundreds of times but never knew it was there. Attentive professional service and a great ambiance. Soft shells, big eye tuna, scallops were all winners!

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JL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travel the world to eat...it's our hobby. Corduroy is always fabulous!

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DK
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

We were the only people in the restaurant for a 7:00 reservation which should have been our first clue. First time that has ever happened anywhere ! Restaurant was nice enough but it was a weird experience. Server kept apologizing for how dead it was. Food was average at best.

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b
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was local and delicious, and the salads and soups we consumed simple but outstandingly good. The mains were made with first-rate ingredients, but not especially stellar. All of us appreciated the low noise level, which made conversation among friends possible & enjoyable. Service was excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary dinner and it was perfect. Food was modern French twist, elegant but contemporary atmosphere, great service from Michael and an environment where we could have a conversation. All in all excellent.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for a delightful evening. First class food and service.

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AK
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Curduroy is not a new sexy restaurant bursting onto the scene with all the hype that comes with that. But it is a consistently excellent restaurant that has been around for 18 years. To be open for that long in a city that sees plenty of hyped restaurants close it’s doors after a couple of years is a testament to it's greatness. Plus they have amazing happy hour deals. I highly recommend this place.

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F
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not our first visit to this fabulous restaurant. They get everything right - excellent food & presentations, service, atmosphere, & ability to chat w/o noise! A+

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l
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service. Delicious meal. Perfect for my business dinner.

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great but service was not what I had hoped for given the other reviews I have seen. The first hour was without food. Bread eventually showed up.

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Z
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! Soft shell crab app
And bison steak....SO GOOD!!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went here for a special occasion and the service was outstanding. We were waited on hand and foot, the wine and food menus were very well explained and the food was delicious. We had a great experience here.

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E
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, creative food but not too fussy, splendid service and quiet restaurant.

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KM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal and good ambiance. Great place for a business meal or a even a date.

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LV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have lived in DC for decades, but not been to a DC restaurant that had me wanting to return before I had even left. The tasting menu with wine pairings was outstanding. Chilled pea soup, heirloom tomatoes, soft shell crab, pork, lamb, cheeses and dessert - plus incredible wines. Well done, Corduroy. We’ll be back soon.

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MC
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service and really fabulous seasonal offerings made this a great dining experience. It is a limited menu but our diverse tastes were all satisfied with an outstanding meal.

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e
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corduroy never fail to enchant from it quiet elegant setting and the attentive service to the innovative cuisine. Amazing soft-shell crabs, big eye tuna and smoked salmon.

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BF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been to this restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. The Chef’s tasting menu is the way to go as you get to try several dishes, each was outstanding. The scallops and the black sea bass were exceptional and the desserts were other worldly. This is my favorite restaurant in D.C.

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