Corduroy

4.6
2743 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
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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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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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.
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Phone number
(202) 589-0699
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tom Power, Chef/Owner
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ninth Street between L and M Streets
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Parking details
Valet parking available Friday and Saturday only.
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Public transit
Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

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

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Reviews from verified diners
2,743 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
71%
Very Good
21%
Good
4%
Fair
2%
Poor
2%
4.7
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Quiet
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurante in DC. Visit after visit, I’m always gladly surprised

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Highly recommend the Chef’s tasting menu. Incredible.

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent old world service. New world Excellent food. Overall a lovely experience

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Denver
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect- great service and food, elegant restrained decor, low noise level

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HR
Washington DC
2.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I had the Chef's tasting menu. Unfortunately, almost every dish was so over salted, that barely any other flavors came through.

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L
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. Each dish was excellent. The drink selection was good and the cocktail I chose was marvelous. Tables not too close together. Sound level was such that we could have a pleasant conversation without any trouble.

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j
Baltimore
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a shot during a busy conference, glad we did. I got the soft-shell crab, and for this Maryland based boy they were simply outstanding. Oysters on the half shell were fresh and unique. I also had the specialty gin and tonic... very well done. Our waiter was attentive and on point. When I am back in the area I will return.

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J
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, I enjoyed creative, garden fresh greens, perfectly seared tuna fish with tasty rice and seaweed accompaniment. The wine pairing was exquisite, as was the shared dessert of the freshest blueberry pie with a strawberry sorbet iced-popsicle. I will return to Corduroy as often as possible and certainly when my friend, who shares the same foodie sentiments as I do, is in town!

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L
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I left there hungry!!! Had the 5 course meal. The food was great but the portions were extremely small. Very disappointed and was very frustrating to pay a good amount of $, left feeling like I just had an appetizer.
The chocolate cake however is the best in DC I’ve tried.
Maybe Corduroy should base portions on the size of the person? I’m 6’2. There wasn’t enough to eat!

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OT
San Diego
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic gem. The food was outstanding. We ordered several different dishes and each was beyond expectations. We ate upstairs and the noise level was very low. Good place for conversation. Service as also fantastic. Our server was friendly,knowledgeable and very prompt and attentive when needed. An all round great place for dinner.

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MJ
Richmond
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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L
New England
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly. Great soft shell crab. Sea bass was also excellent. Michael took good care of us.

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Oxford
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The menu was varied, and the food was well prepared and seasoned. The front room was quiet, but the larger back room was a bit noisier. Service was very good, and prices were appropriate for restaurants of comparable quality in the area. We would definitely return if we lived in the area.

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DL
Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific ambience - quiet, easy to talk, totally pleasant. Food and service were excellent

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OT
Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious meals!

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Washington DC
4.0Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We did not experience the same level of service we are used to from Corduroy or that we would expect from a restaurant of this class. They forgot to put the order in (I guess?) for one of our group of seven. She did not get her meal until everyone else was done eating and only after two prompts. I did not heart anyone apologize, though after the second prompt, they brought her a taster of soup. I frankly had not expected to be charged for her meal, but we were. I will not be returning to Corduroy.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Service was okay the food took a bit too long

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R
New York Area
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed both our food and the staff of Corduroy. Our waiter seemed to become rather dismissive as the meal wound down hence the 4 stars for service. Not sure why he seemed to switch off but it really was noticeable to my guest and I. I will likely return, hopefully on a night that works better for the wait-staff. That said the kitchen accommodated dietary issues and the waiter and somm our wine and food questions quite nicely.

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MP
Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brilliant food and we could hear our conversation with enough light to read the menu! First course soft shell crab with salad greens was the best we’ve had. Entrees were equally terrific: full of flavor and beautifully presented. We will be back soon.

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Washington DC
3.0Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was very good except chicken. Service was poor. Even though restaurant was nearly empty waiter was distracted and didn't check on us after dinner was served so drank water with dinner.

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JB
Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Inventive menu, with some imaginative additions. The raw scallop salad was much more complex than expected. The bison was cooked perfectly, which is to say it was not overcooked. Thanks truffle mashed potatoes were the best I've ever had. The wine list is extensive, interesting and not obscenely overpriced. The restaurant space is warm and cool at the same time. The service was spirited. I will be back.

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OT
Washington DC
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best values in DC.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our anniversary dinner here on Saturday night. The whole experience was delightful and delicious. We chose to do the tasting menu. Every plate was delicious and beautiful! The soft shell crab and sauce with it was extraordinary. We will be returning!

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Minneapolis
3.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Came here on a recommendation from a friend. Wanted to do Chef’s Tasting menu but they only serve this if the entire table orders it and unfortunately two people in our group did not want to do this as they weren’t very hungry, so we missed this opportunity. Food was good in any case and the restaurant was quiet which facilitated easy conversation in our group. However, our server seemed more bothered/annoyed than willing to help or make suggestions. I don’t think he smiled even one time during the course of the evening. No regrets trying it out, but this place is not on the list to return to.

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DB
5.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This a terrific place for a special meal, the waitstaff are personable, can talk about the menu, and have a comfortable manner. Then there’s the food—creative, best quality often with a touch of Japanese influence—I’ve always enjoyed going there—and the place is exquisitely designed.

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j
Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quiet, comfortable, really excellent food, knowledgeable waiter. All around classy. But dont count on finding a parking spot.

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LF
Washington DC
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE Corduroy!!! One of my favorite restaurants!!! The tuna, and the salmon appetizers were incredible! All of our entrees were phenomenal!! My Wagyu steak was one of the best steaks I’ve had and was perfectly prepared.

Will definitely be back!

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San Francisco
1.0Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. We waited over an hour between our salad and entre. When we asked the waiter why it took so long, he said “they are not McDonalds.’ Food was ok but we just weren’t very hungry after waiting two hours from the tine we ordered our meal until we got our entre. They were not busy, so that wasn’t the problem. They did give us a discount because the service was so bad.

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MB
Washington DC
5.0Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and food. Lovely atmosphere, leisurely and friendly. I definitely would recommend this restaurant to friends and family. Our waiter was particularly delightful and attentive.

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OT
Washington DC
5.0Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and great service.

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MK
5.0Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food in a classy, quietly elegant setting. A polished, confident tasting menu showcases the chef's skills without straying into self-indulgent strangeness. Highly recommended.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corduroy is our favorite neighborhood restaurant, that we love to share with family and friends. The dining experience is elegant linen service. A quite, ambient atmosphere, where you can actually have a conversation. Impeccable service, consistent fine dining with an outstanding menu and always changing specials. It is always a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend to anyone,

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Charleston
5.0Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corduroy is an oft overlooked gem which has one of the District's best chef's. I don't live in the area, but I visit this Northeast spot whenever I'm in the city.

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TJ
Las Vegas
5.0Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I originally chose to host an important business dinner at Corduroy based on Zaggat's positive reviews and its close proximity to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. I chose to host a smaller, and even more important dinner the following night and plan to host many future dinners based on the amazingly authentic, refined, personal and truly delightful total dinning experience my guests and I enjoyed. I stumbled onto a rare gem, and while I might be included to keep it a secret for my selfish use in the future - I'm more compelled to share the find with others who might appreciate this unique little restaurant with a big heart and warm vibe. And the food, you might ask? As creative and delicious as the staff was accommodating and appropriately engaging. Mike (Mikie, to me now) is an energetic delight, Maria at the welcome desk would be at home at the finest establishments, and Chef's devotion to both the menu breadth and total execution place him within the Chef-elite in my experience. Surprise and Delight are the two words I would choose to describe my consecutive evening dinning events with Corduroy, but I also note each evening was uniquely separate and rewarding...not simply repeats of the same great meals - (though I did have some of the Chocolate Bourbon ice cream on both occasions) Speaking of, the desserts options (I had some of all) would easily stand alone as a feature worth going for.

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l
San Diego
5.0Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and good food. Strongly recommended. Price is reasonable

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MS
Washington DC
5.0Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, outstanding service and a subdued atmosphere made for a truly lovely and relaxing way to spend a special occasion. This was my second time there and we would definitely go again.

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Denver
5.0Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael was great!

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Washington DC
3.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Having dinner at Corduroy previously, we felt extremely lucky to get a last minute booking on a Friday night, but when we're seated we realized why. We we're put at a table right next to a large party that got louder and louder throughout the evening. And we had the same waiter assigned so we we're essentially left without service for multiple, long stretches.

Yes, there was plenty of acknowledgement of the noise and apologies for the delays, but after the fifth time or so you don't want an apology, you want a correction; they should have augmented or shifted wait staff, or thrown in a glass of dessert wine, or something.

The food is excellent, but for the price you expect a special night out, not an especially poor service night out.

Disappointed when the quality and creativity of the food deserved much better.

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KF
Washington DC
4.0Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful new American cuisine, exquisite wine list, incredible service. Love the quiet restrained atmosphere and peaceful decor.

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Where do I begin. Took my wife to DC for a quick weekend getaway and wanted to go somewhere special for our anniversary. I choose Corduroy for the great reviews and the fact that it had a chefs tasting on the menu. We were not disappointed. From the hostess to the servers to the manager to the chef to the AWESOME sommelier Mike...it was a beyond special night. Chefs tasting menu was wonderful, my favorite being the jersey scallops with grits. The kitchen even adorned our dessert plates with “happy anniversary” In chocolate! It was such a special night and the restaurant went far beyond my expectations. Will absolutely return. The manager even fulfilled our request to write the chefs menu down on paper for a keepsake.

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