Corduroy

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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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TN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Loooooooooong wait for entres with no explanation. Unexceptional pork dish. Guest who ordered medium well received pink beef. Duck was delicious

CD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

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.

r
Raleigh
245 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - great service!

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, quiet environment, and excellent service from the staff

C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service made for a great evening.

CS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

TL
Washington DC
178 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was particularly slow. They didn’t have their act together. Otherwise everything else was fine.

KH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From Colin the host through the waitstaff and kitchen. All are eager to make your experience at Corduroy top notch!

OT
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I would recommend Corduroy to a friend with the caveat that the food was very good but not great.

MO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience overall.
Strongly recommend

K
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A PERFECT restaurant experience. Beautiful
Room. Gracious and Helpful staff. Interesting menu and brilliantly prepared and delicious food.

CH
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

w
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

P
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Main course took over an hour

C
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

RO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have enjoyed! Each course was amazing and we all wanted to share the deliciousness with each other!

OT
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

AW
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

DD
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

CM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty, creative dishes served by expert wait staff in quiet, intimate setting.

AM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

So both the duck and the chicken were a little over salted.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Terrific wine list. Quiet ambiance

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was excellent.

DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightfu!l Service wwas excellent, and chef accommodation for dietary issues were outstanding. Always love this quality place.

t
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

E
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consist in the quality and creativity of their food. Great wine selection and service. A real gem.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

J
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

RA
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

BL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

v
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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.