Corduroy

4.5
2818 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We had a late reservation. It was not very busy but for some reason it took a long time to get our enteees. Service was great and food was delicious. The ambiance was less than romantic which was what we were looking for and what it was listed as in my search. Most likely an once and done experience for us.

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

Never disappointed here. Quiet, excellent food, never hard to find a street pkg spot vs paying for a lot. Lamb and creamed spinach amazing. Still remember the venison and pureed chestnut I had there years ago.

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TN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing meal this last weekend. I am convinced that they simply forgot we were there. Our cocktails took 25-minutes to come to the table. Add another 15 minutes for our orders to be taken, and another 1/2 hour for the bottle of wine to be delivered. We finally got served our mean at the 2 hour mark. All of this after we had requested a rush as we had other plans after dinner.

As far as the food, it was ok at best. The salmon appetizer was inedible, with nothing else to be excited about. We had been before and found it a nice place when you are in that area, but I would have difficulty ever going back.

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C
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here once or twice a year for many, many years. Never disappointed in a single sip or bite.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well received when entering the restaurant , great out of the way bar to sit and relax prior to dinner, the waiters had a high degree of knowledge from food to drinks and locations from where.
Overall it was a very exciting place to enjoy a lovely meal, business or family and friends

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G
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Congratulations to chef-owner Tom Power for his long dedication to his kitchen. In an age when chefs have megalomanic ambitions of expansion, writing cookbooks, etc., it is a pleasure to enjoy the serious cooking of someone who not simply concentrates on his long-established restaurant, but whose name does not even appear on the restaurant's website! Everything here is top rate, from the quiet (what a rarity in D.C.!) and handsome ambience, to the excellent food. The menu is limited, more than in most restaurants, but to judge from our orders of red snapper bisque, a salad, tuna, and chicken roasted and confit, what is offered is made with love. The wine list is much longer and reasonably priced. Bravo Tom Power.

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F
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A spectacular meal!

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h
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was perfectly delicious, but especially the lobster carpaccio! My friend thought the wagyu beef was outstanding.

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CC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a grown up restaurant. The menu is small enough to be understood but the variety is amazing. The food and service were absolutely first class. Loved my evening at corduroy.

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MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were delighted by the inventiveness and taste of the prix fixe tasting menu. Our waiter was deservedly enthusiastic about the food, and the presentation was excellent. I can't recall the last time I had prime rib that good. I would gladly go back to Corduroy for a delicious, extravagant meal that is not extravagantly priced.

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M
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CORDUROY is an absolute MUST for those who wish a perfect meal. DELICIOUS FOOD. GENEROUS PORTIONS, THE BEST SERVICE, we booked for VALENTINE's day when we were there on my birthday on January 26. Had the chefs 5 course tasting menu -- so delicious and satisfying. Cannot express how satisfied we were with everything, especially the food!!!!

THIS restaurant is much PREFERRED over the 2018 and2019 restaurants just opening in DC that are "in" because the critics (whose validity is questionable in many peoples minds) suggest them and give them great ratings -- their menus lack and food quality really disappoint.

GREAT QUALITY IS AT CORDUROY

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DE
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come to Corduroy for special occasions where failure is not an option. This was a third anniversary dinner. My lady chose Corduroy. And, as usual, Corduroy delivered.

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice setting, great food and wonderfully quiet. The service was friendly though a bit slow to respond to requests. I am looking forward to going here again and bringing other friends to enjoy the experience,too.

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L
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner but some dishes were not quite as we expected: smoked salmon was more of a smoked crudo dish

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was way too slow. The website promised valet parking on Friday and Saturday, not so on s Friday.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu. Very creative. Everything we had was perfectly cooked.

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DC
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional dining service. Drinks were great, service attentive and knowledgeable. Cannot wait to return on my next DC visit. This restaurant is a treasure.

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V
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic wine list. Relaxed atmosphere and impeccable service.
Highly recommended! The tuna was to die for!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was well informed. Food was magical.

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MA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb restaurant - outstanding cooking and perfect service .... one of the very best restaurants anywhere.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The decor was unique fit with the name of the restaurant. The staff was very knowledgeable about the food and wine pairings. Very friendly staff. Food was excellent and I strongly recommend following the course recommendations offered by the staff.

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g
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went back to corduroy and loved everything about restaurant. Menu was imaginative and service was outstanding. We started with half a dozen oysters which were served quickly and were delicious. Followed that with kale salad and tuna tartare as starters and both were simple and excellent. For our main course, we both chose antelope, which was a special and it was indeed! Two large filets were cooked perfectly and served with chestnut puree and sautéed vegetables. We had a wonderful red wine which had been recommended by our waiter and it perfectly complemented the dinner. Overall, we had a delightful experience at a very adult restaurant.

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CM
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At First the place was empty! But after 1/2 hour folks started to come and became packed. Our server, Michael did not miss a beat and was on top of everything. Everyone’s meal was delicious and exceeded our expectations.
I will totally go back again.

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LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and ambience! Truly a wonderful place!!

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SD
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting menu for New Year’s eve!

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E
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a dual purpose, birthday and new year's eve, dinner this past Monday which included the Chef's 6 course tasting menu. As usual Corduroy delivered on all accounts. They atmosphere is great for conversations, the food was over the top spectacular, and the recommended wines by the glass worked perfectly. The dessert course gave us both different dessert tastings for a total of about 6 flavors between the two of us. Having been to Corduroy several times in the past couple of years they ALWAYS deliver.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

The food is spectacular, truly one of the better meals to have in the District.

However...

I would not recommend Corduroy as the service and experience were as poor as the food was good. We went as family for Christmas dinner as we had traveled to DC on Holiday.

The table wasn’t ready although we arrived on time and we were directed to wait in the bar. We met another family who had been waiting 30 minutes for their reservation and there was no bartender.

After another 10 minutes a waitress showed up and went behind the bar to service one of her tables and reluctantly accept our order. We waited another 10 minutes for our drinks, at which time we were seated.

Our waiter was rude at worst, dismissive at best, and not really forthcoming about anything regarding a restaurant no one in our party had visited before. The pace was tedious for food, wine, water, bread - everything accept the check. About $120/person, including the included tip.

Dear Corduroy, If you’re going to be open for Christmas, please be actually open as families are planning around your commitment to serve a Holiday dinner.

I do not recommend thIs restaurant.

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R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

At Christmas dinner, restaurant felt understaffed with no bus service so we waited a long time for drinks, dessert course, etc. Food was exceptional though.

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SF
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate Christmas dinner at the restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was delicious and beautifully presented and the service was very good.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a Christmas Eve dinner with friends. Everyone ordered different appetizers and entrees and everyone was sublimely happy with his choice. I highly recommend the lobster carpaccio and the tuna steak with coconut rice. Our evening was perfect in every respect.

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p
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level made for easy conversation even for our hard of hearing friend. The service tempo was just right. Our food was delicious...loved the quail starter and the seared tuna was perfect.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food and our waiter. Almost like we were in Europe. Well done.

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ES
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
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 on December 14, 2018
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 on December 11, 2018
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
8 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
24 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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