Duck Duck Goose

4.3
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565 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
A intimate small plates French brasserie located in the heart of downtown Bethesda with an exciting cocktail list and vibrant atmosphere.

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1/2 Price wine night

Save 50% on all bottles of wine

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 3, 2018

Ends: December 4, 2117

Availability: Mon 4:00PM-9:00PM

Weekday Happy Hour

Enjoy 1/2 off all Smalls and discounts on wine beer and cocktails.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 28, 2018

Ends: November 29, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 565 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Duck Duck Goose for our anniversary dinner which was on a Monday night. I booked through open table and let them know that it was our anniversary and that we'd like to sit outside. It was a beautiful evening and while there is some traffic where it's located - there's not a lot of really noisy traffic. The manager came out and wished us a Happy Anniversary and brought us some champagne, which was a nice surprise. The other nice surprise was that Mondays are 1/2 price wine nights and every bottle on the list is included! We had some very very nice wine with dinner. My husband ordered the Duck Duck Burger. I gave him a hard time about ordering an expensive burger at such a nice restaurant but quickly ate my words along with a bite of his burger. OMG...just do it! I had the dry aged duck which was also exceptional. The service was great. Everyone was very nice and the waiter even ran two blocks to catch up with me once he realized I had left my phone at the table. We will definitely be back! Thanks so much for giving us an anniversary dinner to remember.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was nice except the risotto and that was a pile of mush.
The noise level was way to loud for us and it takes away from a pleasant dinning experience.

s
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good. We had two plates to share (risotto and broccolini with lemon custard), and we each had a main course: the lamb shank, and two dishes that were on special (halibut in filo dough and lamb loin. While the taste was very good in all of them, the halibut and the lamb loin dishes were far too small to be considered main courses (and expensive given how small they were). Half of all the dishes were "specials" and do not appear on the menu. With all the noise in the restaurant it is hard to hear the waiter go through the descriptions. Given that I saw at least two of the 6 on my previous dinner there, it may be worth while including them in the menu and make life easier for both the waiter and the guests. We were served the wrong order at first. Not sure if it was the waiter's problem or the kitchen's problem. I would definitely go there again because everything tasted very good but I would be very careful with what I order to make sure I get enough food.

S
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice location. We sat outside but not too much street noise on a saturday evening. We shared an appetizer of roasted cauliflower (good) and then had an order of branzini and an order of the duck magret. Both the fish and the duck were good quality and cooked properly. However, the accompaniments were scarce, a few white beans and small pieces of asparagus with the fish and nothing with the duck but some port/cherry sauce. When we asked for more bread, we were charged for it, which we always find distasteful. We each had a glass of wine, again served on the skimpy side.

CL
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this little neighborhood bistro gem! Spontaneous outdoor dining, impeccable service and tasty food.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Nelson and the food was outstanding --

L
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was clever. Service very uneven. Atmosphere was nothing special.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

This place is highly overrated. My $32 burger was sent back being rare rather than medium rare. Red wine was served in a large snifter glass, difficult to drink from and balance. Loud music was entirely unsuitable as was overall sound level. My companion’s lamb/pasta dish was quite good. My note in Open Table about celebrating our 54th wedding anniversary was not mentioned. Will return with guests but with lower expectations.

CS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Eric was a great waiter. He was very attentive and personable. I would definitely go back. The burger was great, a little pricey. Probably the foie grois on top.

G
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

As the doctors say' "Unremarkable"

P
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DDG is quickly becoming our go-to spot for Sunday brunch. The juices, sweets, and main dishes are terrific. Try them!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food. Music a bit too loud. Crowded but great ambience.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and they brought a nice dessert for my fiancé as we were there to celebrate her birthday! Very tasty food

LL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative dishes!
I had the halibut wrapped in lettuce(?) and then cooked in pastry, UNBELIEVABLE! We shared the charred broccolini and raviolis for appetizers. Finished with raspberry napoleons and a chocolate cake.

C
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable, the food was truly delicious, with unusual twists of flavor which are not found in most restaurants. The sauces, purées and condiments accompanied the food were truly inspired. Perfectly matching and pairing well with the food.

d
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

First visit, chosen by reading OpenTable reviews - and for location. It's in a nice corner spot, with some street parking available. When I arrived early and asked for a quiet table to complete a work call, they were very accommodating.

Service was very good. The food was a bit average. I enjoyed the cream-based roasted cauliflower soup, but the seasoning was a tad strong. Salad was uninspired. My associate enjoyed the duck confit sliders. I had a taste. For duck confit, it was OK, not great.

Pricing was about average for the DC/MD area.
If I was meeting someone for lunch again, this is a nice spot. But I would not go out of my way to go there.

A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Overpriced for what it is. The food is nice, but no burger is worth $32. And the wine list is just poor.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Small restaurant, lots of wait staff, but our waiter couldn’t be bothered to approach us after our first drink and dinner order so our drinks sat empty the whole time. Even our water glasses. There’s only a few tables so I can only assume they wanted us out. What should have been a nice long evening and expensive bar bill turned into a quick and fast dinner so we could go down the street to grab a drink.

G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome and will do it again but too expensive

DA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall, it was very good but we received our food without silverware and napkins. It was a hot brunch meal and they took just a bit to get the silverware to us. Ordered iced tea and didn’t get sugars. Didn’t get salt and pepper. We just had to keep asking for things. The food was top notch and the outdoor seating is great! Overall, a 8+ out of 10.

P
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy ourselves at DDG. Waffles, shrimp & grits, and salmon & eggs were great. Nicely done, crew. We will see you soon!

F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, per usual. The service was also excellent. The waiters were pleasant, knowledgeable, and made great recommendations.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Very poor service. Wine was too warm. They had no carafe for decanting a $200 bottle of châteauneuf. Food was mediocre. Not going back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Portions were small and everything was drenched in butter. My pasta didn’t have much flavor other than the butter it was soaked in. We had to ask for lemon for the water 3 times before they brought it. The asparagus appetizer was excellent and the best part of the meal.

n
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First, the food was super! Ratatouille w/ fried egg, roasted Japanese eggplant, risotto w/ duck confit, and Branzino w/ white bean ragout were all delicious, as was our bottle of Chardonnay. Quite a meal. Second, the service was professional and timely. On the down side, the music was super loud. We had to ask them to turn it down. Also, our table was wobbly, which required an adjustment. But, more than anything, I go to a restaurant for good food, and Duck, Duck, Goose is terrific in that regard!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We came to celebrate my husbands 10 yr Anniversary with his business. Food was excellent. Service was ok. It’s a really small dining area, and the tables are very close to each other, which isn’t my preference, but overall was a good experience! We will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and adorable outdoor seating!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It never disappoints

s
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I ate at this restaurant when it first opened and it was good then. Seemed even better this time. The duck was fantastic, broccoli very good too. The green salad with poached egg was good but not great. Will definitely eat there again.

CM
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative fish specials! Halibut in pastry puff — delicious and beautiful!! (Sorry.... no pic)

V
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The restaurant has an air conditioning issue. Way too hot given the outside temperature. In addition we were fighting off flies inside while dining. I recommend the restaurant change glassware in the summer months. Tiny water glasses are insufficient for diners.

VB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent, with great unique creative food and drink. You can never go wrong with Duck Duck Goose!

SD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Disappointed - food was just barely average - I had difficulty finding mussels and clams in my dish and food was not inexpensive - did my cocktail actually have alcohol in it? and it was expensive Very cozy but very loud as well - most likely will not return

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing juicy halibut in pastry. Inventive cocktails. Great service. A little louder than ideal, but we were able to converse without raised voices.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors, awesome presentation and fantastic staff. Great experience!

IS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a recent cool night we had the best dinner - outside - and a wonderful experience!

JL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great, but you guys need a working A/C if you want me to come back before Nov.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were stellar. We loved everything we had and wait staff were attentive. As noted in other reviews, A/C is not robust but I was not uncomfortable. We will be back.

a
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Wanted the lunch menu but only brunch available. Room too hot and radio too loud. Didn’t like view into kitchen.

BA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive and food was spectacular. We went for brunch and had the poached eggs on toast; the presentation was beautiful and it tasted delicious. The chef is truly an artist. For dessert we had Nutella crepes and the texture of the crepe was PERFECT. I haven’t had a crepe like that outside of France. It was an excellent dining experience and we will definitely be coming back. Compliments to the chef!

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