Corduroy

4.7
2774 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

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Corduroy can accommodate all of your special event needs.

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What 2774 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
128 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
58 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
8 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
103 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
23 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
20 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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g
Washington DC
113 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic night at Corduroy. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. We started with an excellent glass of white burgundy suggested by the sommelier and then had a great red burgundy which was served at the proper temperature (not warm like in most DC restaurants). We both had a special tomato salad which included peeled cherry tomatoes as well as locally grown tomatoes. Its mains, we both had delicious soft shell crabs, pan sautéed and served over greens. We asked for a relaxed timing of our courses and the waiter was more than willing to wait until we were ready to put in the orders. Overall, this was a tremendous evening which we totally intend to repeat in the not too distant future.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine list is incomparable. The values on hard to find and properly aged French wine would be enough to make this a destination....but the food is also incredible. Fresh, seasonal, perfectly prepared with a point of view and no unnecessary frills or cliches. Would recommend for business, dates or just when you’re in the mood for great food wine and company.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurante in DC. Visit after visit, I’m always gladly surprised

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Highly recommend the Chef’s tasting menu. Incredible.

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent old world service. New world Excellent food. Overall a lovely experience

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect- great service and food, elegant restrained decor, low noise level

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HR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I had the Chef's tasting menu. Unfortunately, almost every dish was so over salted, that barely any other flavors came through.

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L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. Each dish was excellent. The drink selection was good and the cocktail I chose was marvelous. Tables not too close together. Sound level was such that we could have a pleasant conversation without any trouble.

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j
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a shot during a busy conference, glad we did. I got the soft-shell crab, and for this Maryland based boy they were simply outstanding. Oysters on the half shell were fresh and unique. I also had the specialty gin and tonic... very well done. Our waiter was attentive and on point. When I am back in the area I will return.

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, I enjoyed creative, garden fresh greens, perfectly seared tuna fish with tasty rice and seaweed accompaniment. The wine pairing was exquisite, as was the shared dessert of the freshest blueberry pie with a strawberry sorbet iced-popsicle. I will return to Corduroy as often as possible and certainly when my friend, who shares the same foodie sentiments as I do, is in town!

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L
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I left there hungry!!! Had the 5 course meal. The food was great but the portions were extremely small. Very disappointed and was very frustrating to pay a good amount of $, left feeling like I just had an appetizer.
The chocolate cake however is the best in DC I’ve tried.
Maybe Corduroy should base portions on the size of the person? I’m 6’2. There wasn’t enough to eat!

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