Corduroy

4.7
2757 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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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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
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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What 2757 People Are Saying
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AK
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Curduroy is not a new sexy restaurant bursting onto the scene with all the hype that comes with that. But it is a consistently excellent restaurant that has been around for 18 years. To be open for that long in a city that sees plenty of hyped restaurants close it’s doors after a couple of years is a testament to it's greatness. Plus they have amazing happy hour deals. I highly recommend this place.

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F
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not our first visit to this fabulous restaurant. They get everything right - excellent food & presentations, service, atmosphere, & ability to chat w/o noise! A+

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l
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service. Delicious meal. Perfect for my business dinner.

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great but service was not what I had hoped for given the other reviews I have seen. The first hour was without food. Bread eventually showed up.

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Z
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! Soft shell crab app
And bison steak....SO GOOD!!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went here for a special occasion and the service was outstanding. We were waited on hand and foot, the wine and food menus were very well explained and the food was delicious. We had a great experience here.

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E
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, creative food but not too fussy, splendid service and quiet restaurant.

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KM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal and good ambiance. Great place for a business meal or a even a date.

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LV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have lived in DC for decades, but not been to a DC restaurant that had me wanting to return before I had even left. The tasting menu with wine pairings was outstanding. Chilled pea soup, heirloom tomatoes, soft shell crab, pork, lamb, cheeses and dessert - plus incredible wines. Well done, Corduroy. We’ll be back soon.

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MC
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service and really fabulous seasonal offerings made this a great dining experience. It is a limited menu but our diverse tastes were all satisfied with an outstanding meal.

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e
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corduroy never fail to enchant from it quiet elegant setting and the attentive service to the innovative cuisine. Amazing soft-shell crabs, big eye tuna and smoked salmon.

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BF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been to this restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. The Chef’s tasting menu is the way to go as you get to try several dishes, each was outstanding. The scallops and the black sea bass were exceptional and the desserts were other worldly. This is my favorite restaurant in D.C.

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g
Washington DC
112 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic night at Corduroy. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. We started with an excellent glass of white burgundy suggested by the sommelier and then had a great red burgundy which was served at the proper temperature (not warm like in most DC restaurants). We both had a special tomato salad which included peeled cherry tomatoes as well as locally grown tomatoes. Its mains, we both had delicious soft shell crabs, pan sautéed and served over greens. We asked for a relaxed timing of our courses and the waiter was more than willing to wait until we were ready to put in the orders. Overall, this was a tremendous evening which we totally intend to repeat in the not too distant future.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine list is incomparable. The values on hard to find and properly aged French wine would be enough to make this a destination....but the food is also incredible. Fresh, seasonal, perfectly prepared with a point of view and no unnecessary frills or cliches. Would recommend for business, dates or just when you’re in the mood for great food wine and company.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

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

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
6 reviews
Dined 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
3 reviews
Dined 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
3 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
6 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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L
New England
5 reviews
Dined 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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E
Oxford
53 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious meals!

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a
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
23 reviews
Dined 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
18 reviews
Dined 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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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 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
21 reviews
Dined 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
38 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best values in DC.

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D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 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
5 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
3 reviews
Dined 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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