Blue Duck Tavern

4.7
6861 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 due to DC COVID-19 Guidelines, patrons are not permitted to bring their own wine or alcohol into an establishment.
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Zama
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Booked a birthday brunch here and had a simply great experience! Staff were incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The food was excellent- fresh, well thought out flavours and just tasty! We had the brunch burger (which like its lunch/dinner-time sibling was excellent) and the steak and eggs special of the day- all great! The brunch cocktails were also really fun! Brunch was SO good, we had to take some home and so we ordered the apple pie to-go and that on its own is another food review! I highly recommend this lovely spot!

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SiobhanT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MY Last visit at Blue duck taven was last December 2019 I love this restaurant its cozy and elegant it a special place to enjoy dinner with love ones with covid-19 hitting us I still had a lovely time under the new guidelines

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vipFallenFromItsThrone
New England
59 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve been coming here for years. With the current situation it’s so very sad to see how BDT is operating so limited. Paper placemats. Items missing from menu. Ambiance. Etc.

It really isn’t the same. I think with changes, limitations and standard changes.... pricing should reflect as sell.

Being honest as I can since I’ve been a customer of your for many years.

Ed Travers

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our own glass enclosure and the wait staff wore masks so felt safe. The service and food were amazing. Lovely peaceful date night out!

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DamienS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

All dishes were excellent, especially the fish. Wine list and choice also excellent. A little disappointed by the choice of desserts.

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Cameron
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio is in a nice sunny spot with heaters and plenty of room to social distance. Service impeccable, food, wine and drinks were delicious. One of the best in DC.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a pleasant surprise. The food was AMAZING! Our waiter Rob was attentive, friendly and funny! The bone marrow was the best of everything.

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DocFoodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. I would definitely recommend.

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vipbloomingbeauty
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know how this place manages to make the most ordinary dishes taste absolutely amazing! Thank you for providing a memorable experience!

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vipWren
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While staying at the Park Hyatt we had breakfast for 3 days and one dinner at the Blue Duck. Every meal was delicious, well-presented and service was excellent. Breakfast for 2 at $120 was well over the top in cost. So I wouldn’t say 5-star on value. Ambience was wonderful and covid safe with the outdoor seating. Indoors lacked warmth and definitely felt like a hotel restaurant. But I believe that was a factor of being cautious due to COVID. I’m pleased they kept tables distant and covid safe. All in all a great place to have a wonderful meal this winter.

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Bita
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining was so pleasant and so perfect for my friend's 75 birthday celebration...The evening was outstanding on ALL levels...and the birthday dessert given and served was so thoughtful! The Blue Duck is a favorite of mine and the Richard Nelsons who often visit DC still...We are hoping and planning for a dinner reunion at this restaurant sometime in January...Thank you to the staff and chef and management for making a wonderful evening!

Sincerely,
Barbara Bennett

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vipKyne
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Really great, innovative food and impeccable service in a somewhat modern-generic ambience, and at high prices. Still, a solid food destination, and will go again.

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vipJamesC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always impeccable service and delicious food. Farm-to-table

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vipRichardR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

not worth it!!!

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vipcarenC
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was excellent! Superb food with many delicate flavors! Duck, scallops, beef tenderloin.
Excellent service.

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SamK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This was truly a shame. Cold crabcakes, cold scallops, gritty root vegetables, and pockets of raw flour in the bread. This definitely was not what I was expecting at Blue Duck Tavern. I had heard so many good things about this place. The highlight was the waiter, he made some nice drink recommendations that we enjoyed, and seemed to be a nice guy.

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DanielleH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Really excellent bloody. And worked out great bringing our 8mo old in a stroller. Will definitely be back

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ARLeats
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Booked in advance and were also guests at the Park Hyatt. Told everyone it was our 10th wedding anniversary. We were put in a dark corner while many others were in private rooms or sitting by fire towers outside. The door opening next to us for the patio meant we had to wear coats the entire meal. We were up sold on a whole duck (under the courtesy that it was the last one available) before we had a chance to see the menu. One in 50 couples might be able to eat a whole duck- it should only be recommended to groups of 3 or more. What’s worse is that the duck was dry. Our anniversary was forgotten. We spent money a crazy amount of money for a mediocre dinner with terrible ambiance. I was silly enough to expect that Blue Duck would be extra conscientious about caring for those people still willing to venture out for an occasional high class, expensive dining experience on a special occasion during COVID. Mistake.

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Jimmy
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside next to the fountain was excellent. The heat lamps kept the space very comfortable despite the cold weather. The four-course menu with wine pairings was definitely the way to go despite the expense. I recommend the scallops and duck!

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vipStevenson
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food, professional service. Good social distancing outside. It’s a bit expensive but worth it.

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vipStevenson
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Social distancing was very good. Servers were not very accessible. Good was good, but not outstanding. I will go back because Blue Duck Tavern is one of the few good restaurants in my new.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience!

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vipMark
New England
90 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was wonderful autumn day to enjoy breakfast on the terrace. Service was excellent. The glass of champagne provided a little celebratory moment. The Blue Duck Tavern is a favorite of mine when I’m in DC. I’ll be back to dine again.

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vipMark
New England
90 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From cocktail and appetizer through wine and main course and eventually ending the evening with dessert and espresso, the experience was relaxing and enjoyable. It had been a long day of travel to arrive in DC and the Blue Duck Tavern is a must first stop. While it was a little chaotic arriving at the start of evening service with people queuing up near the host, once seated on the terrace things immediately settled into the Blue Duck standard. Excellent service. Exquisite cocktail and premium wine. Extraordinary entree. And when my colleague was unable to make it, the Blue Duck helped prepare a “to-go” meal to take away. Lots of reasons one comes back time and again to the Blue Duck Tavern.

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vipJoseRicardoR
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service

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vipStephenC
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was pricey and the fish was disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place for our one-year anni. The staff and experience was great, especially during covid times. We were greeted with champagne, enjoyed good food and lovely service. Ambiance is 10/10 for a romantic date night.

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Iman
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, ambient was superb, service was good. All appt and food was delicious except chicken which was undercooked and we took it home to coock it more at home. But fish plates were one in a kind, fabulous.

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vipCelesteB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was, as always, wonderful as was our waiter.

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RozG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal, great staff! We went for my husband's parents anniversary and everyone we encountered congratulated them on their anniversary which was a nice touch. We ended up ordering the whole duck and sharing it with a few appetizers. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous spot

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food took quite long to come out. Apart from that no real complaints.

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DavidB
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great place, a little loud on patio but will be back. Short ribs were great

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite restaurant!