About Corduroy

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.

1122 Ninth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American

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.

Cross Street:
Ninth Street between L and M Streets

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 589-0699

Website:
http://www.corduroydc.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking available Friday and Saturday only.

Public Transit:
Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center

Executive Chef:
Tom Power, Chef/Owner

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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

Corduroy Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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4.4

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4.1

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Business Meals (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
Cozy (10)
Seasonal (9)
Healthy (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Authentic (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Organic (4)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Pre/post Theatre (2)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 23, 2010

The wait staff were always there when you needed them and extremely helpful in assisting with menu selections. It was my daughters birthday; the waitress must have heard this in passing and presented her with a wonderful dessert at the end of the evening. They made us and especially my daughter feel special. The food was fantastic. The Japanese flavor accents worked very well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 22, 2010

We had a wonderful evening with great food and wonderful service. The staff was most accomodating and made sure we had a special dinning experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2010

the food at corduroy was excellent--lovely menu and wine list. however, we had an 8:30 reservation, later than what we would have preferred, but worth it for a great meal and an evening out. the hostess told us upon our arrival that the table would not be ready for 17 minutes. it was, in fact, longer than 17 minutes before we were seated. our first course was served at 9:15. we did not feel that this was acceptable and made us uncertain as to whether we will return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2010

This restaurant was fabulous. It was our first visit. The only downside was that we had an 8:15 reservation but didn't get seated until 8:45. However, Michelle, the hostess was wonderful, very upbeat and courteous. She even went outside and hailed us a cab as we were leaving. She gives a wonderful first and last impression.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2010

Our first experience at Corduroy and it was well beyond our expectations. The food was presented beautifully and tasted divine. And the service was impeccable. Our waiter Peter was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Four of us dined and tasted many appetizers, main courses and desserts. We will definitely recommend to friends and return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2010

Enjoyed the experience. No side-dish vegetables were offered on the menu though. That seemed odd.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2010

I had taken my husband here for his 35th birthday surprise dinner. We loved the place. The food was excellent and the service was truly outstanding. Leah our hostess had made a note of my hubby's b'day and brought him a surprise dessert. The drinks were awesome - I loved the Spicy Mango which is basically a mango martini with a salt and sugar rim. Very tasty. My husband got the Schezarac (sp?) - rye whiskey and absinthe - not for the faint hearted. But her really enjoyed it. Our food - we especially enjoyed the lamb appetizer and scallops with the scrumptious porridge for main course.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2010

First class. Eclectic menu Pork belly to die for. They even remembered the wine I had ordered on a previous visit

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2010

I took my boyfriend to dinner at Corduroy last night and it was exceptional. I highly recommend the hen egg with duck leg salad. The meal was great from start to finish and we were already planning our next visit before we left the building. Our server was Megan and she was well informed, personable, and efficient.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 15, 2010

We really enjoyed Corduroy and wondered why we did not go there more often. We were very pleased on all fronts, food, service, surroundings.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 15, 2010

great food - great service - a quiet romantic setting -already highly rated - should be even higher!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2010

Very lovely restaurant whit great service. God bar and bartender too. Food was looking good on plate. Tasting very well. Good wine list and nice beer. Friendly staff. Clean. The seating was well private.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2010

Cozy restaurant hidden in a nondescript brownstone just outside the convention center. Small, intimate venue with equally tiny but very attentive wait staff. The tuna tartare app special wasn't as flavorful as I might have expected, and the enticing tuna dish on the front of their website did not seem to be available. Mushroom app was fantastic, and the steak and reduction are out of this world, though the portions are a bit smaller than you get from a chophouse. Wine list is more than adequate, while still filled with dozens of reasonably priced bottles for casual dabblers like me. We have been trying to find the next David Greggory ever since they shut down, and while Corduroy is not exactly it, it's along the same lines but quieter.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2010

For having been open in terrible weather, Corduroy was a perfect pre-Valentines' Day date. Service was great. The tables didn't feel jammed together and we could converse without being obtrusive or bothering other people. Our cocktails were superb, food came in a timely manner and was excellently prepared. Presentation was attractive but not excessive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2010

Nice space with great apps. Dining experience takes too long for people who are just out to enjoy great food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2010

It was a nice, quiet Ground Hogs Day Tuesday evening with very good food and very good service in a relatively empty restaurant (the snow and threat of more snow apparently kept people away, which made it all the better for us).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2010

One of my favorite DC spots!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2010

Very difficult to find this restaurant and not best location(poor signage). Overall service could have been better, had to wait more than 10 minutes for valet to collect our vehicle. Food was ok, but not worth the trip.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2010

Our dinner was phenomenal - every aspect of the meal was great, from the handcrafted cocktails in the bar to the appetizers, entrees, desserts and wines. Several of us were intrigued by the pork belly entree and we were not disappointed. Rich, almost sweet, fork-tender meat - so delicious! Even the "faux" ribeye steak was elevated to another level with herbs that we couldn't quite put our finger on. And our waiter steered us to several appetizers that amazed - the lamb sausage, the mushroom blintzes. Our waiter also helped us with terrific wine pairings and couldn't have been more dead-on. We'll be running back for more!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2010

Hidden gem directly across from Convention Center. Would return again with pleasure. Quiet, excellent service, great food, good wine selection.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2010

Wait service could not have been better! While the chef made me an excellent vegetable plate, there was only one vegetarian option (an appetizer beet salad).

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2010

The decor was understated and elegant. The pleasant murmur of other diners to accompany our own blissfully quiet conversation. Kyle was our perfect waiter; knowledgeable, polished and warm. His description of the specials and dishes we asked about was a piece of salivation-inducing performance art in itself. We settled on soups -squash and red snapper bisque- for our first course. My husband, no stranger to seafood dishes, said the bisque was the best balanced and most delicious he has ever tasted. My squash soup was divine. My cornish hen was a masterpiece of crispy skin on the outside with succulent meat underneath FANTASTIC There was a hint of anise in the delicate mix of flavors in the sauce. My husband's snapper was equally spectacular

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 25, 2010

Many items from the bar and menu were "unavailable," as was valet parking, at least on Mondays. The items we could get were very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2010

I rated the service as fair not because of the server (he was very good) but rather because the host seated us 45 minutes after our reservation. Despite having an 8:15 p.m. reservation last Saturday night, we were not seated until 9:00. Additionally, there was at least a half hour delay between the time we finished our first course and when we received the second course. No explanation was given for the late seating.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2010

The food was fabulous--limited menu (which I like), dishes with a lot of depth and warmth. Had the pork belly and would recommend that to anyone. We went while visiting DC and will definitely plan to come back next time we're in town.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2010

We had a wonderful experience at Corduroy. The service by our waiter Peter was outstanding. His service makes you feel very comfortable and “taken care of” we stayed late but there was no sign of animosity toward us or that we were keeping him from anything. He seemed to be there to make us happy in any way possible. The food was also terrific we split the Kabocha Squash Soup and a duck egg and leg salad. Both courses we used the delicious bread to sop every last bite up. The red burgundy list is extensive and was a great match for Tom Power’s cooking. Our 1987 Napa Cab fit beautifully with our deliciously braised Pork belly. It was a truly memorable night for all of us.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2010

A fabulous experience - food and service were fantastic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2010

I chose this restaurant for a 50th birthday celebration based on reviews in the Wash Post. Excellent decor - very modern and clean lines. The food was mostly superb. The duck leg and egg salad was very enjoyable, but pairing that with the braised pork belly for the main course was a mistake on my part. The flavors were too similar. While I don't regret the pork belly, I think the lamb (my other choice) might have been the better choice based on the raves from my dining companion across the table. My other dining companions had the scallops, which drew multiple compliments. The service was great. I might have liked a "Is this your first time" question leading to an explanation of the chef's philosophy and the historic location. I recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2010

We spent 4 hours at Corduroy on a Saturday night. We never felt rushed, and the staff seemed happy to let us have the table for the entire evening. The service is a delight. Our waiter helped us pair wine with our dinner selections, including a very nice white burgandy by the glass and a half bottle of French red. Recommendations: duck salad, local beet salad, cauliflower soup, squash soup, and, by all means, the pork belly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2010

The food and wine were fantastic and reasonably priced. In addition, the chef made up a great vegetarian platter for the non-meat eater in our party.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2010

I had been wanting to go to Corduroy for months, and after seeing that it was ranked #20 on Washingtonian's 100 Best Restaurants list, I finally made a reservation. I started with the squash soup, which was heavenly - probably because there was bacon and foie gras cooked in there. My friend had the lobster carpaccio. It was not a large portion, but very rich. Next I had the lamb loin with lentils and their house-made sausage. Wow! Please order this - you won't be disappointed. My friend had the ribeye steak - it was one of the most flavorful cuts of steak I've ever had. It was seared in grapeseed oil and paired perfectly with a little thyme-flavored potato square side. For dessert, we ordered the homemade vanilla ice cream - delic!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2010

Overall the meal and experience were great. It was very quiet and the meal was phenomenal. Our server, Chris, did a fantastic job. The Strip Loin and green beans were some of the best I've ever had (particularly the beans). The only thing I did not enjoy was the Burrata with Arugula - the cheese seemed bland. But that was a small complaint as it was the appetiser and all of my date's meal was exceptional.

Please note that the place is pricey, but it is definitely worth it for a special occasion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2010

Our dining experience was EXCELLENT!
Very comfortable setting with good decor, good value & truly fine cuisine. Staff was most gracious, hospitable.

SO MUCH better than the very much over-rated & over-priced Komi.

The menu offered a good selection of most interesting dishes. We'll be back to try some more next month.
What we had this week was very well prepared and artfully presented.

A great restaurant for that special evening, and more often as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2010

My first time there. My guest and I really enjoyed it, though the wine wasn't initially chilled properly. The good news is that our server took care of that promptly, and we very much enjoyed the rest of our evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2010

Lovely, elegant and warm environment joined with refined service is hard to beat.......and then the food is quite good as well. Especially impressed with the black ink fettucini and crab served with the snapper. Only disappointment was the tarte tatin, that was just ordinary.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2010

The food was excellent and the dining room was lovely. The sommelier recommended a fantastic wine after he found that our choice was no longer available. A wonderful place for a special event meal!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 9, 2010

While a tad expensive, this is a food lovers' dream. Try the tuna, it is to die for! Went for our anniversary, and it was a wonderful, quiet, night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2010

Knowledgable and friendly service staff. Limited menu(~ 8 first course items, ~ 8 second course items plus a couple of specials) but the Chef does it superbly. Simple but elegant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2010

The hostess, bartender and our waiteress were all great! Food excellent. I see why they say plan on 2 hours because they take extra care in cooking what you ordered. It was worth the wait. The atmosphere, which is modern and elegant was very nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 7, 2010

Table was a little large for the party, but hte food was very good and the ambience fantastic. Lots of work went into this place.

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