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Loooooooooong wait for entres with no explanation. Unexceptional pork dish. Guest who ordered medium well received pink beef. Duck was delicious
The food was good, but not enough to make us forget the other low points.
We waited more than 45 min. after the first course before our second course was brought out.
Management knew they had messed up, because they came over multiple times to apologize, and sent out complimentary soup. We ordered a second bottle of wine to pass the time between first and second courses. It seems the better option would've been for the restaurant to comp a bottle instead of offering a few spoonfuls of soup.
The restaurant was NOT busy at all. It was early in the evening and there were many empty tables. We checked the rest of the restaurant before leaving and it was not busy elsewhere.
The restaurant was also VERY cold.
Corduroy is a very good restaurant serving well prepared classic dishes. I would say the emphasis is on the quality of the preparation & ingredients, rather than a sense of culinary adventure. My wife and I had the same dishes: a sea bass bisque, duck confit for our main, and an apple tart we shared for dessert. The wine was a fantastic 2010 Chehalem Ridgecrest that was at its peak. Service was excellent, and it's a quiet, hushed room, even with quite a few people in it. I'd be happy to go again.
Great food - great service!
Great food, quiet environment, and excellent service from the staff
Just right for a gracious evening. Excellent food-the duck, snapper soup, Tarte Tatin were all outstanding. Knowledgeable waiter who recommended an excellent wine, choosing the least expensive of the three we proposed. Atmosphere is understated and contemporary, tables oriented nicely for privacy. As good as we remembered. Highly recommend.
Great food and great service made for a great evening.
What a delightful dinner at this new find for our travels to DC. Service was excellent and my husband and I raved about our dishes. My red snapper bisque was so good (though as word to people like my husband who have shellfish allergies: the broth includes broth from shellfish) and he really loved the tuna tartare. The special scallops for me were divine and he loved his black bass. Don’t let the dumpster our front fool you or make you miss the entrance (locals who kindly saw our bewildered looks asked if we were trying to find Corduroy (!) and directed us to the flickering gas lamp at the top of the outside porch steps). The inside is immaculate.
Except for parking (no valet, must find a space on the street), this restaurant is very attentive to detail, both with respect to the food and the drinks. We were pleased to see four Turley wines (our favorite) on the wine list. Both the appetizers and main courses were quite original and flavorful.
Service was particularly slow. They didn’t have their act together. Otherwise everything else was fine.
We’ve been to Corduroy twice before and we found the food this time around just okay. Surprising lack of vegetables in their dishes. The restaurant also seemed a bit dingy (dirt on the stairs, menus tattered). Nice servers.
From Colin the host through the waitstaff and kitchen. All are eager to make your experience at Corduroy top notch!
I would recommend Corduroy to a friend with the caveat that the food was very good but not great.
Excellent experience overall.
A PERFECT restaurant experience. Beautiful
Room. Gracious and Helpful staff. Interesting menu and brilliantly prepared and delicious food.
Since we don’t live in Washington,D.C., we relied on Open Table for dinner reservations. I can’t express how delighted we were with this restaurant. It is a bit pricey, but well worth it. The food and service were some of the best I have ever had.
Our server was outstanding. Food was great. Pace was perfect. Very soothing which was just what we needed as we’d just suffered a sad loss.
This is a place that I return to on a regular basis. The food is excellent with menu options that make it hard to choose from since you are tempted to order everything on it. And that goes for all the courses. So, that is why I return - to have what I had to pass up. Be aware that this restaurant is in an historic building so it is not handicapped accessible with steep stairs at the street entrance, restrooms upstairs, overflow dining area and bar also upstairs, so if necessary, when making the compulsory reservation request to be seated on the floor where you will be comfortable. Otherwise, expect to have a meal of memory that will make you want to plan your next visit even before you finish the current one.
Main course took over an hour
Our party of six dined at Corduroy on an extremely slow night so there was no issue whatsoever with service. The charcoal grilled quail appetizer was delicious: perfectly grilled and beautifully presented. The beef cheeks served with white beans were melt-in-your mouth good and were a perfect entree for a cold winter evening. We all enjoyed two beautiful cheese plates and a couple of us ordered desserts and after-dinner drinks. All was very good. However, there was. . .
ONE MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT: When the maitre 'd presented the check to my companion, he failed to mention to her that there was ALREADY a 20% gratuity added to the total. Because the venue is appropriately lit for dinner (i.e. pretty low lighting), this line of the check went unnoticed by my dining partner and she added what would have been a VERY GENEROUS tip in addition to the 20% already on the bill. The effect was to provide a 47% gratuity. So, there's that.
First time at Corduroy and had an excellent experience. We had a large party to celebrate some birthdays and they accommodated us with flexible menu, food was amazing, service was excellent, staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and entertaining, desserts were delicious, atmosphere perfect. Just wished there were parking garages in the area, instead only street parking and though the gps led us exactly to the location, the restaurant sign was so small we passed it twice without realizing. But once we got there everything exceeded our expectations.
One of the best meals we have enjoyed! Each course was amazing and we all wanted to share the deliciousness with each other!
Birthday dinner. We were interested in something on website menu. The item was not on the evenings menu, but they were gracious enough to make it anyway, for both of us And the red wine went perfectly.
Shockingly good. Been passing the window for some time and decided to dine “at risk” for my wife’s birthday. Glad we did, everything was wonderful and we’ll be back soon!
Superb service from a knowledgeable server. His enthusiasm for the food and recommendations for wine pairing helped make the evening quite enjoyable. The food was excellent. Pricey but worth it.
An outstanding dinning experience. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and eating at Corduroy was a great choice (it was our first time there). We both had the Chef's Surprise Tasting menu and all courses were delicious. The service was equally outstanding. We will most certainly go back.
Tasty, creative dishes served by expert wait staff in quiet, intimate setting.
So both the duck and the chicken were a little over salted.
Excellent food and service. Terrific wine list. Quiet ambiance
Simply one of the best restaurants in DC. The tuna is the best we have ever had - anywhere. If you are looking for an elegant but unpretentious atmosphere with great food and service this is it. We have been customers for years and if you go, you will too.
Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was excellent.
Great place! I've now been there three times. The food is innovative and very well done, the service has alway been first rate, thoughtful and timely, without being too present, and the sound level is such that conversation is easy. The rooms are beautiful nut not overdone. I've been there with a party of 4 twice and a party of 2 once. It is a great place for a quiet working dinner or a romantic dinner or just enjoying a very civilized dining experience. Highly recommended.
Delightfu!l Service wwas excellent, and chef accommodation for dietary issues were outstanding. Always love this quality place.
Had dinner for 2 Friday night before going to a concert. First time here; was very quiet with good service. Menu is limited to first and second courses, not a lot of options. Had the squash soup (delicious) and swordfish on lentils, very tasty. Husband had kale salad, pork roast and brussel sprouts. We shared the apple tart for dessert.
Consist in the quality and creativity of their food. Great wine selection and service. A real gem.
Once again thank you chef and staff, for a wonderful dinner.Everything was exceptional the food and wine was paired so nicely. Our December party was perfect at corduroy,happy holidays.
We were very pleased to go back to Corduroy after a few years. The food is as good as ever, though perhaps not as innovative as some places if that's what you want. The room is pleasant and quiet. The service was just right, helpful and interested but not obtrusive.
The portions were not huge, which is a good thing. We felt satisfied without being stuffed. Aces all around.
We visit Corduroy once every year or so, on probably each of our visits to Washington DC. IT is often the very highlight of our trip. The chef's tasting menu is delicious, the ambiance quiet and gentle and all the dishes are presented with a lovely grace.
I have eaten at Corduroy many times over the years. It is always great food and wonderful experience.
I would highly recommend Corduroy to anyone who wants excellent food and a special evening out.
Indelible thanksgiving meal. Tons of salt, no real flavor, poured full glass of wine without asking me to taste, waitress didn’t offer us options other tables were given. Awkward experience. They took the food off our bill. Wasn’t about to pay $200 for Food I barely ate. GM was nice. Won’t be back.