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About Blue Duck Tavern

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.

1201 24th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

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

Cross Street:
24 & M Streets NW

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 419-6755

Website:
http://www.blueducktavern.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Blue Duck Tavern offers valet parking at $12.

Public Transit:
Foggy Bottom Metro Station - Orange and Blue Lines
Dupont Circle Metro Station - Red Line

Executive Chef:
Brad Deboy Chef de Cuisine

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
On Thursday, November 24, Blue Duck Tavern will offer a special Thanksgiving Feast from 12 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a three-course holiday meal in Blue Duck Tavern’s inviting ambience. A bountiful selection of starters will be placed throughout the open-air kitchen for guests to help themselves to their first course. Starters will include seasonal salads, breads, seafood, meats, and cheese to be followed by a choice of plated entrées and side dishes showcasing regional produce. Seasonal desserts on display in the Pastry Pantry, will complete the Thanksgiving feast. The holiday menu is priced at $110 per person for adults and $55 for children six years of age and twelve years. Children under six years of age are complimentary.

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Details
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 1:45PM - 2:00PM

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.

Blue Duck Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (113)
Special Occasion (106)
Good for a Date (88)
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Creative Cuisine (80)
Good for Anniversaries (73)
Romantic (70)
Local Ingredients (69)
Business Meals (57)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Worth the Drive (50)
Notable Wine List (50)
Great for Brunch (48)
Great for Lunch (45)
Great for Outdoor Dining (44)
Seasonal (37)
Handcrafted Cocktails (36)
Authentic (34)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Hot Spot (33)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Sunday Lunch (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Fun (24)
Comfort Food (23)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Cozy (20)
Organic (17)
Casual (13)
Afternoon Tea (11)
Bar Seating (11)
People Watching (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Tasting Menu (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Scenic View (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Vegan (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

High expectations for breakfast based on all the reviews but was disappointed. I was recommended the pancakes by server, when breakfast arrived there was only one pancake. The texture was different but tasted good, not worth $18 for one pancake. The whip cream melted so was puddle of cream on top. Berries were good. Not sure what the green item was on top. I actually left hungry and went a block away for more food at a pastry shop. Daughter had a basic eggs, sausage, toast. Was not spectacular and she also left hungry. I would have preferred to eat elsewhere And saved some money!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Always impeccable service and Robert went above and beyond preparing my wife's favorite dessert to celebrate our Anniversary!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and fantastic service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 13, 2017

LOVED the meal and experience here. Our server, Kumar, was brilliant and his suggestions were spot on. Trust him and you'll have a great meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 13, 2017

My wife and I were in DC for one week and ate out each night. All the other places were fantastic but this place was a disappointment. My wife's soup was cold. The octopus appetizer was bland.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The food was very good but the price clearly deducted from the overall value

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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Wonderful night out! Ambience and service were outstanding!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was great, but the restaurant is too noise.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I thought a few of the dishes were excellent, but most of them were good, but not worth the price.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The service and the meal was beyond spectacular. Our waiter had wonderful suggestions and WOW did he nail it! Went there for a big birthday and the restaurant had a few personal touches to celebrate - which was so nice. Highly recommend!!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Fabulous food as always. Different pairings were amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Party of six. This restaurant refused to take more than two cards to pay the check. This is an inexcusable policy for any restaurant, let alone a place of this caliber. Highly peeved after having a fantastic meal. Advice - don't serve great food and leave a bad taste in the customer's mouth.

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

We enjoyed every minute of our anniversary dinner - service and food were amazing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Awesome! 1st class everything. Could not be happier. Will be back very soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Booked lunch on Labor Day. Was told the brunch menu was the only option even after BDT staff called to confirm lunch reservation 2 days prior. We wanted bome marrow and it was sold out. Crab cakes and fried chicken brunch items were okay, not great. Did not want brunch food but choices were limited. Butterscotch pudding dessert was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

I was worried at first because the hostess seemed pretentious, but things got much better once we were seated and Zach took over. We had a relaxed brunch on the patio, sharing several complex and delicious dishes. The biscuits and gravy were a mix of complimentary savory flavors and the crab cakes were kept simple so the taste of the crab meat wasn't overwhelmed. The short rib hash was a great mix of flavors and the butterscotch pudding was a heavenly dessert with vanilla ice cream, funnel cake, sea salt marshmallows, and tiny chocolate balls. I see why they earned a Michelin star.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Food was good but not as great as I expected for the cost. Also, the floors were sticky which also a big negative considering that it is supposed to be a nicer place. Service was excellent!

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Our server Lewis went above and beyond for us!! It was our first anniversary and he made sure we had such a great experience that we'll for sure be back next year for anniversary #2!

The duck was "damn good" and everything else we ate was excellent!

Certainly deserving of Michelin recognition. Very proud to have Blue Duck in the district.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I am never disappointed with Blue Duck Brunch. The food and service are always the best. We tried the bone marrow and it was rich and wonderful served with crusty bread. The biscuits and gravy were surprising. I am not normally a big fan of southern style gravy but this chicken sausage version was spicy and had a depth of flavor that I didn't expect. Was that cinnamon? The cornmeal waffles were great, light fluffy, crispy on the outside and not too sweet closer to the savory sidee of things, served with to die for bourbon peaches and creme fraiche.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

CLEAN. SOME UNIQUE MENU ITEMS. OVERALL VERY ENJOYABLE

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We didn't have dinner at 1400 so it's difficult to give an objective overall evaluation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Best meal we have had in a long time. The service and food was outstanding.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great service and delicious food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Delicious food, again. Or I guess I should say "as always!"

Usually I eat outdoors, by the waterfall, so the sounds of the street are muffled. This time it was chilly, so we ate inside. I hadn't realized how noisy the restaurant is.

We were shown to a table by the kitchen, which would've been interesting, but this was lunch with a friend, and we wanted to talk. We asked for a quiet table and were shown to the far window wall, which was fine.

Every meal I've had at the Blue Duck Tavern has been delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The food was good but we didn't believe is worth a Michelin star. The wine selection is good but not all wines were available, we had to switch twice, they were good making it up to us with new suggestions and free deserts.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Absolutely amazing experience. The salads were so flavorful and like no other salad we have tasted before. The bone marrow was on point, my father had got elsewhere and was thoroughly disappointed. The fries are like crispy bricks and and mashed inside to perfection. The tea is the best I have ever had in my life. Highly recommend. Worth it driving from Baltimore to D.C. in rush hour traffic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Berlin)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Es war ein gelungener Abend! Das Essen war gut, wobei das Brioche zur Foie Gras kalt und trocken war und das Hühnchen leicht übergart serviert wurde. Die offenen Weine waren sehr gut und der Kellner sehr nett und empathisch. Nur eine Sache werde ich NIEMALS verstehen: Warum wird mir unaufgefordert um 22:30 Uhr die Rechnung gebracht? Abgesehen davon, dass ich vielleicht noch einen Espresso getrunken hätte, wäre der Tisch nicht noch einmal belegt worden. Das ist eine furchtbare amerikanische Unsitte!

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Amazing food, really good service. It felt like they really cared about our experience there. Slightly pricey but very much worth the cost.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The cost/value ratio is negligible, because portion size fails to equate to cost. $130 for a two-course, non-alcoholic lunch for two (without tip)? Absurd.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Unbelievable quality and service! The lamb and duck are a must. Our waiter did an excellent job of taking care of everything.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Perhaps my expectations were too high but overall this was an average experience. The food is quite good however our server was less than impressive. He was unable to offer the expected guidance at a restaurant of this caliber. I will likely give Blue Duch another chance on my next visit to D.C. in the hopes of better experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Everything was normal putting the local oysters, special dick, octopus and peach cake!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on August 27, 2017

go here 4-6x a year for maybe 8 years, this time for wifes bday! everyone was clearly aware of it! got a special message on the dessert also. service was excellent; i have a hand fracture, with splint and couldnt cut the lamb, and the waiter noticed and cut it for me!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

My niece was in town for the weekend, my wife and I took her to Blue Duck Tavern because we were very impressed of the whole duck ($125) we had last time. Our waitress did not tell us about the whole duck. When we asked about it, she said they no longer had that. It was shocking. She went to check with the chef and came back telling us that there were only a couple of ducks left in the basement. Guess what? We saw several tables ordering the whole ducks last night. It was really confusing.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

As a longtime D.C. resident, I had heard great reviews about Blue Duck. Going in with high expectations, I was very disappointed with the experience. Especially given the newly awarded Michelin star (which I think should be rethought by the Michelin Guide). It wasn't very busy considering it was a Saturday night yet it still took three hours for three people to get a starter and six to get an entree. We sat at 8:30 PM and didn't get our entrees until 10:45 PM. I got their signature entree, the duck, which was good but not worth the wait. Given the ever expanding section of high quality food in D.C., there is a long list of restaurants I would recommend you eat at before Blue Duck.

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 (Cancún)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We expected this to be more upscale. Zagat said business casual, but most patrons were in shorts and even workout clothes. The open kitchen was nice, but the ambiance didn't match the sky high prices. Food was OK, but service was better.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Blue Duck has never been better. The new chef is earning his Michelin Stars for sure.
Vegetable forward, refined food with amazing deserts and service. One of DC's finest
restaurants year after year.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Assessing food and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

As always superb. They changed the bone marrow and this rendition is also delicious. Reserved the whole duck and we were not disappointed. Love this restaurant. Whenever in DC we dine here. It's a must.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

We have been to Blue Duck on multiple occasions. We love the creative approach to the cuisine, and the fact that most ingredients come from local suppliers. We like the open kitchen atmosphere which brings home how difficult it is to present and serve fine food. The food is fresh, and the staff is attentive. This was our third straight time of having our anniversary dinner celebration there. And we will do it again next year.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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