Went to Corduroy to celebrate our five year anniversary. We loved the location, the ambiance, the service, the atmosphere. The hostess took our jackets and seated us, and we immediately liked the restaurant.
Service was a bit slow to begin; not sure why, since there were only a few tables seated, but we weren't in a hurry and didn't mind. If anything it reminded us of eating in Europe a bit.
The drinks were good--nothing particularly amazing, but nothing disappointing, either. I think Del Campo has better cocktails, for instance, but I enjoyed my drinks well enough. I had a Blood Orange 75 (tasty) and a St. Croix Mule (good).
For our dinners we decided to try the Chef's Tasting Menu for $70 each. This turned out to be a little ambitious--you get quite a bit of food, particularly if you start off with the bread and better. (My recommendation would be to skip the bread, if you plan on doing the tasting menu.)
Working from my memory, our dinners consisted of
1) red snapper bisque
2) a tuna tartare with arugula
3) scallops and grits
4) Amish chicken
5) Wagyu beef with spinach and potatoes
6) flourless chocolate cake / apple tart, topped with ice cream
There were interesting flavors, and we really wanted to love our meals, but unfortunately many of the courses were too salty. The bisque was too salty, as was the tuna tartare, as was the scallops. The chicken and the beef were fine, though I wonder if it had to do with our palates shifting by that point. The wagyu beef was simply a nice steak--it was not marbeled beef as I had expected wagyu to be. Tender but not buttery, and as someone who used to live in Japan and had eaten plenty of wagyu, I felt like there was some kind of mislabeling going on.
I enjoyed the cake and the ice creams, wasn't as big a fan of the apple tart.
We had a good time, and we really enjoyed the service, the atmosphere, etc. It's just unfortunate that for the price we paid, we had difficulty enjoying the food.
Well prepared, well presented New Am/evolved Continental menu. Service polished, beautiful room. Accessible wine list. Recommended to friends, lIve in NY but would go back next time in town. Upstairs bar $30 3-course looks like a find. NB: I did not see bill so my value rating (which survey required me to answer) is based on a guess and the bar prix-fix option.
The corduroy is a nice formal restaurant fit for special occasions. The menu is very well crafted and served impeccably.
The place itself is sober, but may seem too simple in terms of interior design/decoration for a special occasion.
In the past our experience with Corduroy has been incredible, so we decided to book our Valentines dinner based on our past experience, we were very disappointed. It started with the waiter not offering us a drink prior to ordering our courses, he couldn't remember the chef's specials and not even explaining how the evenings special menu was going to work. We had to stop him after he dropped off the menus to ask if we could order a drink. The thing that I noticed and was the most disappointed about, was when he was taking our course order, he would look away while we were speaking to him, like we were wasting his time. The first course arrived by the runner, no one presented the dish with any description, about 5 mins into eating our first course I noticed the runner approaching the table with our second course, realizing we had just got it and were still eating our first course, he returned the plates to the kitchen. Once again I had to stop the waiter to ask if we could order a bottle of wine with our second course. When the runner served our second course another waiter thankfully came over to our table to present the dishes. During the second course, every time the waiter poured the wine he spilled it on the table. We ordered coffee with our dessert and it was cold. Overall we were very disappointed with the service, the food was very good, but the services was horrible! Unfortunately we will probably never return or recommend Corduroy.
It was Valentine Day and a lovely evening. The food was fixed price with many choices. We enjoyed every bite!! Our server was very knowledgeable and generous- when the meal was slow to arrive, he comped us 2 glasses of wine.
Great service and atmosphere - food very good but not so amazing or unusual to be worth the price (although would go back).
The four of were all exceptionally pleased with the food and presentation. Easy to find wines in our price range. Service was also exceptional. This was our first visit and we plan to return. An added bonus is that it was easy to hold a conversation!!!
Amazing for first dates
Have eaten here once before and enjoyed it- did the tasting menu with wine pairings- the service was sub par- nothing friendly or informative- the descriptions of the wines was memorized and said in hushed rushed tones...
None of the courses were memorable- tuna was oily; scallops were dry;
VERY impressed. Quiet scene, quality food, excellent and properly attentive service. While the table next to us cycled twice, the waitstaff saw my guest and I were reconnecting and engaged, and allowed us the proper time-space to converse, approaching the table when required, and never intrusively. Bravo. The wagyu beef special was perfectly prepared, but the sides could have used some creativity. Short cocktail menu, but sufficient. A definite return-to spot.
We’ve been to Corduroy many times, and it was just as outstanding as usual on our most recent visit. We love the pace of service. You’re never rushed. The atmosphere is cozy, too, with warm colors and dim lighting. Very romantic. The service is top-notch, too. And the food is excellent. The smoked-salmon terrine appetizer was delicious, and the pork loin and Wagyu entrees were wonderful. We can’t wait to go back again soon.
We had the chef's tasting menu and the food was really good. The service was a little over attentive and chatty for my taste but I guess that's better than lack of service. I will say that the mechanics of the service seemed to be off. There were two occasions when a server showed up at our table with a course that we had just finished. I believe they may have been understaffed.
We have been to this restaurant many times in the past and always had an exceptional experience. Sadly, this was not one of them. From the time we arrived and were told that the valet had not shown up for work (we ended up parking 4 blocks away).While the service was attentive there were many mix ups with our orders. Soups were poured over the incorrect base and delivered to the wrong diner. When pointed out to the server there was no apology or attempt to correct. Dinner was inconsistent. The lamb and the chicken were delicious as always however the Waygu beef was not tender and once again dinners were served to the incorrect members of our party. Dessert was also confusing as we received something we did not order and when our correct order arrived it appeared to have been microwaved to warm it up.
I realize that resturants have "off nights" but the continued missteps throughout the evening did not give us the desire to return again soon which is very unfortunate as this was one of our favorite dining experiences in DC.
Outstanding in every way! Michael was amazing as our waiter - the best in DC!!!
Excellent dinner with my son at Corduroy on Saturday night. The food presentation was elegant. My dinner was excellent, the tuna tartare was delicious as were the scallops with antebellum grits. My son thought the squash soup was very good but nothing outstanding, however the lamb loin was sublime. The food is unique, even traditional dishes are creatively reinvented. This was my third visit to Corduroy and I have only had wonderful food but what really knocks this restaurant out of the ballpark is the remarkable staff, everyone is so nice and create a very welcoming environment.