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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Good for a Date (18)
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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Romantic (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Business Meals (12)
Cozy (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Tasting Menu (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Authentic (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Seasonal (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Great restaurant

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

It took an hour for us to get our drinks served. The recommended wine was pedestrian and a disappointment. The food lacked imagination. Don’t think I will return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We very much enjoyed our dinner for 5. I had the antelope special which was delicious! My friend's fish special was very good as well. excellent service, accommodating of dietary preferences.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants, but after dining there last Friday with friends, we will not be back. Where to start? Perhaps with my husband's $16 scotch, which may have had as much as a tablespoon full of liquid buried among a dozen ice cubes -- but it may have been less than a tablespoon. Or with the kir I ordered; I specified (and had to repeat this twice to the waiter, who seems not to have known what a kir is) that I wanted it "light on the cassis." What I received was deep purple, and my guess is that it was 2/3 cassis and only 1/3 white wine. The service was generally awkward, and our waiter literally hovered over us, watching us, waiting for us to order while we chatted with our friends. He had no sense of when to approach our table and when to stay away. Then there was the food. We had raved about Corduroy to our friends, who were from out of town, on the basis of past experience. The food this week, however, was ordinary. Three of us had a salad of tomatoes with burrata -- good but nothing special -- and I had a squash soup that was quite good. The entrees, however, were humdrum. One of us had roast chicken -- again, not bad but nothing out of the ordinary -- and three of us had sea scallops with grits. Boring; not even any herbs sprinkled on top to mask the bland flavor. And the menu in general contained nothing that seemed inventive or special.
This is a beautiful restaurant. It's a shame that the quality of both the service and the food is not what it used to be.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

In town for a few days and Corduroy was recommended. Did the tasting menu which exceeded my expectations. Lovely experience from beginning to end.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

They had my flourless chocolate cake so all was good. Had a new waiter who was attentive, engaging and fun. Friends' first time and they loved Corduroy. Waiter caught on we were celebrating bdays and on his own had special dessert design 'Happy Birthday'. Fish was flavorful and cooked perfectly; I even ate the crispy, seasoned skin. Homemade ice cream selection is always a must-have. All-around dinner was excellent, which is why 5 yrs later Corduroy continues to be a top dining favorite of mine, I always recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was a very special day to celebrate my best friend/boyfriend’s birthday for the first time after our loss of most precious family members. We both were emotional so easy to get sad but the atmosphere of this restaurant, all the great dishes, and the best server we had ever had made us really relax and happy. He was so kind and amazing. We had been many countries and many restaurants all over the world but we will definitely go back to now, one of our favorite restaurants in the world, (the best in DC for sure!) Corduroy. Thank you for the amazing night!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The service was impeccable!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Corduroy is kind of a hidden gem in its neighborhood, due to the construction going along. Once you get inside, it is a pleasant surprise, nice interior, nice friendly staff. The dinner we had was excellent, from starters to desserts. Very pleasant service, too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Actually a business mtg.
Love this place!!

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I have eaten at Corduroy several times over the last several years.. and every time my meal and the service exceeds my expectations.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Birthday. Service was an odd combination of frenetic and late. Has front of house staffing changes?

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Terrific meal and comfortable elegant space. Good service made the evening better. Acoustically awesome for good conversation.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful all around as usual. Not much more to say past wonderful but website required 50 characters. I could do it in three: YUM

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Corduroy is reliably wonderful. The menu is innovative, clever and always very well executed. The service and staff were terrific. One of the reasons I especially like it is that it is quiet. I cannot recommend it too highly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 9, 2017

this is a must for anyone who enjoys fine food and stellar service. It is imaginative and the plates are well executed. a home run for sure

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Fine Dining at its best!
Chef Tom Powers' surprise tasting menu is to be strongly recommended for special occasions.
And get the wine pairings as well.
A nost enjoyable evening!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I have been to Corduroy many times because the food is lovely and it is a very quiet and non-hassle restaurant. I was very disappointed in the professionalism of the service this past visit. Perhaps because it was a Monday evening. It felt like we had the J.V. team. My guest noticed it as well. I will be back, and hope the service is back to normal.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food and service were excellent.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Average food, below-average ambience

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Wagyu beef special and lobster carpaccio were pretty good. That’s about it. Otherwise, the bad..... Service was odd, ambiance (on the second floor, the first seems better) dated, and the majority of the food over/undercooked and over salted.

The pork came out very undercooked; and I don’t mind a little pink. I asked to have it cooked a little more and it came back gnarled and smelling of cooking fuel. We ate two bites, they still charged us for it. We were too polite, not a good idea, as the service though relatively prompt could have cared less that the food was bad. My expectation of a restaurant like this is that they should have recognized the problem and taken it off the bill.

The steak and pork came with the same mediocre pseudo A1 sauce. Wine by the glass and 1/2 bottle selection bad (that’s not a huge deal though, just a comment). Wine menu broken and crusty, literally. Pages were falling out. I’m guessing it was from a time the restaurant cared, long ago. Cocktails watered down.

I think this place was good once, but it was a very off night or now it’s just plain bad. It rates around college dinning hall food, with better but poorly executed ingredients.

Plenty of choices in DC. I wouldn’t risk a night out here.

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 (Key West)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Spectacular Dining Experience!!!!
The bar excels at creativity. Small batch everything. You will get to try same truly creative ideas, and the bar is warm and welcoming. As far as the menu is concerned - It Is Amazing. Creative and delicious are the best two words to describe the chefs creations. Special!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food at very reasonable prices. The vegetable as well as fish and meat are fresh and tasteful

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I have always liked this restaurant. It is as lovely and pleasant as ever. My starter of a mild slaw with shiso was delicious. Crunchy and refreshing. Main of lamb was perfectly cooked. My guest had the Wagyu beef special and was also pleased with it. Dessert apple tart tartin was also perfectly cooked. The table service was outstanding.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great food but a limited menu and wine by the glass listing. Waitress was excellent and went out of her way to find my Mom a “sweeter” wine that was not on the current “by the glass” menu.
My second time here and it was a good as remembered.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Delicious and very pricey. The service was excellent.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent food, but ambience and service were a little odd.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The service was outstanding by all, especially Byron who went out of his way to assist two senior ladies with a parking challenge. The food was equally outstanding: the heirloom tomato salad and seared scallops and grits for me, and the tomato soup and lamb for my friend who was celebrating a birthday. Would definitely come again and recommend to others.

Tags: Organic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Corduroy is consistently great. Chef Power has a diamond on his hands and its CRIMINAL that the restaurant press routinely ignores this place in favor of places with trendy half-thought-out food served by waiters with ironic beards and pants that don't fit.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Authentic, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

After wanting to get back to Corduroy after quite a few years absence it was gratifying to see that it's still amazing. The rooms are soothing and quiet. The wine list is superb, the cocktails very well made and the food is outstanding. We had Tomato Tonnato which pairs dices raw tuna with a deep, rich sauce of tomatoes. Sounds like an unlikely combination but the dish was stellar. Amazing crispy soft shell crabs without breading paired with frissee salad and flash fried strands of very thin spaghetti. Crazy good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We arrived at 6:30 in a Tuesday and were the first diners. Very nice to have the quiet. Soft shell crabs were put together so well with greens. Tuna steak perfect. Presentation of all beautiful. Chef's sauces impeccable.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Ambiance - This place has gone downhill. When we went, they still had he boxes out from the delivery of that day or week? Boxes of wine or maybe food were literally out in the open not put away or emptied. This was a sign to the rest of the place. It reminded me of some place that was amazing 5 years ago, got a high rating in Zagat, and then gave up. Lights in the place were not installed, carpet and wallpaper were dirty - the place was run down.

Food - Not good. The food ingredients do not compliment each other at all. Each dish has major ingredient that does not mix. This goes to the salads, the tuna steak, and the pork.

Service - Amazing. Literally some of the best, but the food is really not worth the price.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Continues to be a go to restaurant when we want a great meal without a lot of noise.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent as always. My new favorite restaurant in DC. The Soft shell crabs are the best I’ve ever had.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very good service and good product. Menu could be expanded and creative.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Two San Francisco and two Chicago foodies truly enjoyed the professional, courteous service and excellent entrees at Corduroy on a recent Saturday evening. Our entrees included tuna, steak, and lamb. The bartender was also wonderful and accommodating to two of us who arrived early.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Service was awful, everything took so long to happen, starting from taking the order. The main course arrived lukewarm. We left frustrated.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Food was good not great last night. Went here a couple years ago and LOVED it but last night was underwhelming.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Absolutely a beautiful well designed and intimate space for wonderful seasonal fine dining and
quiet conversation.....
It made our 5 th wedding anniversary memorable...

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Marvelous food, terrific service, quiet for conversation, upstairs 3 course prices fix $30 dinner is fabulous. Beware, it is at the bar ant not at a table, but that was not a problem for 4 of us. Awesome bread from Panorama.

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