Blue Duck Tavern

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6657 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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 $50 corkage fee (per 750 ml bottle of wine), with a limit of two bottles, will be charged.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had higher expectations for the food especially what they were charging per dish

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of favorite meals. Best duck in DC, seriously

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic high end dining experience. Great food and ambiance. Highly recommend.

L
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pamela’s birthday

PL
New England
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

So the mighty has fallen. When in town over the last five years Blue Duck was a must dine destination. We noticed the decline beginning last year thought it was just a fluke. Today’s brunch confirmed the party is over. We had eggs Benedict with pork belly , hollandaise and pickled vegetables on a piece of French bread. Supposed to be evocative of a bon mi sandwich. Unfortunately It was served barely warm and the vegetables were too lightly pickled so they did not serve their intended purpose of balancing the richness of the pork belly. By the way serving barely warmed pork belly is a sin as it’s unctuous nature turns greasy when served at just past room temperature. Completely uninspiring. Also had the fried chicken thigh on a waffle with a sorghum syrup. The syrup had no flavor. I asked for some maple syrup to try to rescue the dish. Again the waffle was obviously pre-made and not warm. The chicken was barely warmed. Served with same pickled carrots as the previous dish. Odd taste to carrots slightly musty. A poor rendition of the dish. We had a bagel that was fine. The coffee was meh. At this price point I expect freshly made food served hot and with skillful preparation. They missed on all points. All in all not an $80 dollar breakfast value. I am sorry to say take the Blue Duck off your list DC has plenty of other options that will do you better :(

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I sent my parents here for their 50th wedding anniversary. The restaurant and staff couldn't have been better -- from the menus saying happy anniversary, to the champagne toast, to the wonderful waiter, and the fabulous food. Nailed it!

a
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very good as usual. Duck was a bit overcooked, which was a disappointing surprise given the otherwise extremely high standard here.

JP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food.... excellent service - this is very close to my office so it is a great lunch option - you can get in and out in an hour

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary - great experience!

R
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful space, delicious food, and fabulous furniture by Thomas Moser. Highly recommend

HS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I have eaten lunch here many times having a salad and side of chicken.. always very good. This time I ordered the short ribs... I cannot believe that the waiter didnt tell me that it comes with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING... out comes an empty plate and a pan with a slab of short ribs and nothing else!
consider yourself warned.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary

SR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

MM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We really enjoyed the unique combinations of flavors paired with everyday items, like pasta and chicken. We also enjoyed the unique whimsical take of various dishes.
Service was impeccable. Also the atmosphere was that of one of the highest end restaurants.
We highly recommend and can’t wait to go back.

AT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, and the service was outstanding! I’d highly recommend it! Cheers and enjoy!!

JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always phenomenal. Superb service. Jeremy is the man. Food is always above and beyond superb. Always enjoy coming in.

j
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful presentations of wonderful food; exceptional service by all staff - would definitely return

c
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Family was in town staying nearby wanted to bring him to one my favorite places in DC.

MA
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The waiter was very attentive. We were so full, and didn’t want dessert but were intrigued by the guava and kefir sorbet, so he brought us a small taster.

JB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Nothing will disappoint. The duck was amazing.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time here. Our server Andria was truly outstanding! We will definitely be returning.

JI
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! The sides were a little overpriced, but maybe that’s standard for DC. I would definitely go back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael was an excellent server! My sweetie and I really enjoyed the Brussel sprouts, short ribs and duck.

A
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted a special meal for my sister-in-law who was in town visiting. Blue Duck delivered in every way!

CG
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner, server did an incredible job. His suggestions were all great and we enjoyed way too much! We will definitely be back.

f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything GREAT, after all these years no decline

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Went for the $175 per person New Years Eve fixed menu. Food was terrible. Everything from the 1st through main courses were over salted to the point where we did not finish our plates. Waste of money. Never going back. Couldn’t recommend less.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there for my birthday! The service was excellent! I like the menu has Happy Birthday on it. I got the garden salad, Duck and Brussels Sprouts. It was excellent! Definitely will go back again!

DC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I was expecting better service. For instance - when we entered with a reservation, no one asked to take our coats, however- the party in front of us were offered that service. The duck was overcooked/dry

T
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was delicious! I heard they had a great tea menu but when I asked for tea, the waiter just asked me if I wanted "black, green, chamomile, or mint." Later when my friend asked for the tea menu during dessert, he brought it over and we found that they had WAY more than what he previously offered me. Just wish I had that option at the beginning of my meal.

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

This is not my first time eating here, but it is probably my last; while the food is consistently very good, at the end of the night the service insults me. I understand why they are no longer a Michelin star restaurant with this sort of service thinking. If the services is going to be as insulting as Red Lobster they should probably lower their prices to be more inline with Red Lobster.

Z
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrated a father/son birthday dinner at Blue Duck Tavern. Very good food and service.

FD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Terrific service from our waiter, David. Nice attention to detail from all staff.

d
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing restaurant! We ent for their Christmas Day feast and we were not disappointed.
The food was absolutely delicious, beautifully cooked and presented.
Dave, our server, was attentive, polite and knowledgeable.
We will return one day!

k
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Duck Tavern is one of our favorite restaurants in DC. This was our first time enjoying the Christmas Buffet and it was absolutely outstanding! What we especially love is the upscale but casual vibe. Some fine dining in DC is a little too stuffy for us - Blue Duck Tavern is the perfect balance!

C
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Christmas Merry and Bright ay Blue Duck. Everything was fresh and a holiday joy. We especially enjoyed the seafood at the appetizer station, although the foie gras mousse was a treat. The tasty entrees came with 3 equally delicious sides. The desserts were festive and the perfect way to end our dinner.

NS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience2

We were seated near the bar on Christmas Eve. Nothing special on the menu and service was slow. He messed up our Oder several times. Definitely not worth $$$

CM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Christmas Eve dinner

FE
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BDT is one of my favorite places to eat in DC -- excellent and imaginative food, great drinks, wonderful service. Always a pleasure.

RD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I ordered a cheeseburger for me 5 year old from the kids menu, when our server returned and mentioned that the oven had a slight fire and that we couldn't order burgers. Fine, so I than placed an order for chicken and waffles, but couldn't understand why my little one wouldn't eat his meal. Once we got home I warmed the meal up for him and tasted the chicken and to my surprise it was spicy! So I ask him again why he didn't eat his food and he said mommy my the food was hot and spicy. My mother also said to me the following day, I failed to mention at the resturant that the chicken was spicy and it made since to her later as to why he didn't eat his meal.

I thought that the servers sample the food at the resturants that they work for so that they can give feed back to the customers. Had I known that it was spicy, I would've NEVER ordered that for my 5 year old. So not only did a meal go to waste, but also my money.

Kind regards,
Charlene Dillard

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