Blue Duck Tavern

4.7
5822 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Blue Duck Tavern, a contemporary neighborhood restaurant, invites its guests to gather and celebrate in good taste with a menu focusing on the freshest ingredients available from local purveyors and artisans. The menu notes every farm where the main ingredient for the dish was raised before its journey to the table. Dishes are genuine, time-honored and traditional -- slow roasting in wood embers, braising, preserving and smoking techniques bring the true flavors of America's great, simple and wholesome foods to the Blue Duck Tavern.

The restaurant has an elegant residential feel through the open staff pantry and kitchen, wood-burning oven and the showpiece Molteni range.

*Please note that for diners bringing in wine, a $35 corkage fee (per 750 ml bottle of wine), with a limit of two bottles, will be charged.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 6:30am - 10:30am
Lunch (Monday - Friday): 11:30am - 2:30pm; Weekend Brunch (Saturday & Sunday): 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner (Sunday - Thursday): 5:30pm - 10:30pm; (Friday - Saturday): 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 419-6755
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Troy Knapp
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Catering
Host your next gathering in our private Chef's Table, seating up to 18 guests, or our semi-private table, seating up to 12 guests. Allow our chefs to prepare a family-style menu, using the freshest ingredients of the day. The Chef's Table is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For reservations, please contact Marvina Tribbey-Williams at marvina.tribbey-williams@hyatt.com or +1 202 419 6620.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
24 & M Streets NW
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Parking details
Blue Duck Tavern offers valet parking at $12.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom Metro Station - Orange and Blue Lines
Dupont Circle Metro Station - Red Line
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Special events & promotions
On February 14, Blue Duck Tavern will offer a special Four Course Chef's choice a la carte menu. Our price is $130 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

On April 1, 2018, Blue Duck Tavern will offer our Farm-Fresh which consist of:
Cheese, Charcuterie, & Shellfish buffet along with, choice of appetizer, choice of entree and dessert buffet. Service hours are from 11:30 am-3:30 pm
$125 per person $55 for children 6-12;complimentary for children under 6.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Blue Duck Tavern offers semi private dining for up to 18 people at the Chef's Table. The Chef's Table 4 or 5-course, family-style menu, created by our Chef de Cuisine on the day of your reservation, uses the freshest ingredients available in the kitchen from our regional purveyors.

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Mon - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 1:45PM - 2:00PM

What 5822 People Are Saying
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4.6
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Service was fabulous and food outstanding. Definitely recommend it

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Earns its 1 Michelin star with ease. The waiter Tibour was insightful regarding menu detail and he was spot on with level of attention and frequency.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Amazing service and amazing food!!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely fantastic meal with a well educated staff to help navigate decisions on the menu.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food and great overall dining experience. Will definitely go back. If you go, you cannot miss the pork chop. Easily the best cooked chop I’ve ever had.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Celebrated our wedding anniversary and it was a great experience. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious, they went an extra mile and made the occasion feel very special. If you are celebrating or just grabbing dinner while out in DC, this is definitely a place to visit.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

A great find very interesting decor prompt and attentive staff kitchen techniques very imaginative
loved it

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Waitress was terrible but food was good.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

We had an incredible dinner at Blue Duck Tavern. The food was all of excellent quality, and the service was so attentive without being overbearing. The scallops and the duck were the winners of the evening.

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Very disappointing. I made the reservation many weeks in advance for my husband’s birthday. We arrived, had a drink in the bar and were told our table was ready. No one took us to a table, we wandered in looked around, we grabbed a waiter, he found the hostess and we were seated- strange and unwelcoming. We had a back table next to the servers computer- hardly a special spot. After our waiter failed to come back, my husband spoke to a server/ manager? who took care of us. We ordered. My husband was served his soft shell crab and my daughter and I had no food - we had ordered the foie gras to share. Grabbed the waiter— there had been a mix up in the kitchen. So 10 min after he was served, we got our dish. Why would you serve only one person at the table? We got our main courses which were fine. As we were close to the servers work area there was a toddler running around a yelling for a while on the back ramp area.
We had dessert and got the bill and it was incorrect- the champagne was left off -which my husband pointed out—so they recalculated.
It was one of the oddest, most poorly paced meals I’ve experienced. Our menu said “Happy Birthday” but there was no acknowledgement from the waiter. I see so many glowing reviews, but I felt as though we ate at a different restaurant. One three occasions we had to search out someone to fix a problem. On the level of service, ambiance, pacing it was in no way a Michelin Star experience. The food was nice, not exceptional, but everything around it was so poor it took away from the fun of a special night out.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Liked it a lot. All good.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Must try any menu item that includes their version of “French fries”.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The bone marrow was fantastic, as were the duck, fries, and short ribs. Great wine selection. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Been here a few times and has always been good. This was our anniversary and they printed a special menu for us wishing us the best at the top of the menu. Service was great as my wife has a few food allergies and they never complained. They handled it all willingly. Food was also fantastic.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Blue Duck is an affordable Michelin star rated Restaurant. The food is phenomenal, drinks are hand crafted, service is second-to-none, and don’t get me started on their hand cut fries!! Drool!!! I recommend 100 times over!

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

his is my second visit. Went for Breakfast. ordered eggs with chicken sausage (OK), pecan sticky buns (amazing), pancakes (amazing), lemon french toast (way too sweet, and I am known for my sweet tooth). Matcha latte (Perfect). Iced-coffee that came as ice in a glass with a can of coffee.
Waitress got us the check then she forgot about us, I had to walk to the front to pay the check. I like the place, but for me it's not a sure thing, it's a hit & miss.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Gladis made the evening amazing. We loved the Foie Gras

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Always a pleasure to come to the Blue Duck whenever I'm in DC

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

1) The food is great, 2) the price is reasonable. We had brunch there. These were we ordered Bone marrow, burger, short rib hash, and mushroom. It is a lot for two people, but we want to try multiple items. The bone marrow is very rich, paired with tomato vinegar and sugar, with toasted sourdough. We happened to be very hungry so we swiped all. We have been to world wide, it is the first place serves the bone marrow. The burger meat is very tasty, not like most burger. The waitress told us the burger meat was a mix of three kinds of meat. The burger is huge, only sitting on the half bread, not a full bun. The short rib hash has lots of short rib, kind of teriyaki taste with small amount of potato. The mushroom side is all full of favor. Overall, the food is in good quality. We will go back. The only problem is the noise, due to the decoration of the dining hall, the noise is very loud.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Count the hostess, waiter, and server; this is always a best experience locale. One of my top 10 indulgent foodie venues in 30 countries!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We went for brunch (anniversary), and this was our first time at Blue Duck Tavern. It was a wonderful experience! They had special "Happy Anniversary" menus (which was a nice touch), and brought us each a glass of Champagne on the house (another nice touch!). The service was impeccable, the food was delicious, and the drinks were also tasty! They followed up the meal with a surprise dessert with "Happy Anniversary" written on the plate. All the special touches helped to make our anniversary celebration special!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Anniversary

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Service was fantastic but the food was horrible. The meat was so fatty (pool of grease at the bottom of the plate), almost got sick after the meal. Waffles were ok, but not worth the price. Good coffee. Overall, will not return and would not recommend

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Delicious food. Waiter was friendly and appropriate to kids. Wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The food was delicious and our server was outstanding

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Simply wonderful. Service is attentive but not intrusive.

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Robust fare, slightly pricey and medium quality (slight fall in quality this year) but overall convenient location for downtown business meals and has good breakfast and drinks menu too with a generally vibrant scene. Service good but, as a frequent user, can fluctuate slightly.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Food, drinks, and service were excellent. An exceptional dining experience for our wedding anniversary.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Great food and fantastic service!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

The blue duck has a lovely atmosphere. All the dishes we got were amazing. My fiancé’s scallops were delicious and I have never had fried soft shell crab before-amazing! We also ordered the bone marrow which was delicious but be aware-there isn’t that much actual marrow. Just so you are aware. It’s fantastic but don’t order it and think you are getting a lot.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The wood oven fish was fantastic as was the goat cheese grits, cornbread, Summer squash and the cherry dessert with homemade ice cream.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We were celebrating a colleague’s retirement and had a wonderful evening. The restaurant accommodated a relatively large group (11 people) very nicely in a semi-private space. The service and food were excellent and the cost was less pricy than other fine restaurants in DC.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Reliably delicious. I love the changing menu but never take away the fabulous fries!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Top notch! The best meal I have had in DC and with all the great restaurants that’s saying a lot!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Full description available on my TripAdvisor account

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

The service was impeccable and the food delicious!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

It is a beautiful restaurant with some of the best food I’ve had! Everything we had was fresh and delicious!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Food was so good and service was even better

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The food tasted excellent. The service was excellent, and most of all the outdoor seating next to the water fountain was so relaxing. My only gripe with the experience is the portion of the food and the price you pay. I didn't think the amount we got was proportional to the price we paid. Therefore, we will reserve this for special occasions only. For brunch and occasions such as that, its not ideal.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Loved the atmosphere and food. And the Thos Moser furniture adds that special touch.

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