Blue Duck Tavern

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6765 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 due to DC COVID-19 Guidelines, patrons are not permitted to bring their own wine or alcohol into an establishment.
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AbbyG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was AMAZING; Full of flavor. Only thing was the pasta that was a little dry, although the flavor was there.

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CordellC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took my family to BDT for a birthday brunch. Glad we had a reservation as they were turning people away. Service and food were well above average. It lacks the energy and international flavor of their normal business but I hope the old staff is able to return as business picks up. This is my favorite restaurant in all of DC.

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GlennL
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Vegetables were cooked to perfection....in-season veggies. Duck was even better than in Canada and shirt rib was delicious. Wait staff woregloves, masks and some even with shields. We ate outside, well-distanced from other diners.
Delightful evening, highly recommend Blue Duck Tavern!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food but pricy. However you get what you pay for great service and an upscale dining experience

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goodfood
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there during this social distancing time, there were very few people. Food & service were excellent. It is a nice place to go with friends. They seating outside also. Highly recommend to go with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue duck never disappoints! Great staff and wonderful food!

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vipDiningDad
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a first class experience for casual dining. Service is impeccable; menu is limited but always seasonally appropriate and flawlessly executed. A reliable gem ...

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Damiean
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was just happy to be apart of history. They accommodated my Mom and I at the last minute and we experienced service above self.

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vipKenneth
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Cold corn soup was fabulous. Duck and braised ribs were excellent. We ate inside as no outside tables were available but plexiglass barriers above the booths have been added for pandemic privacy.

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Reviewer
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Food was mediocre and not worth the money paid. Service was subpar.

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JamesS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff from the moment we walked in treated us as family and went above and beyond to ensure we were properly taken care of. Look forward to returning soon to eat at another time of day.

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StephenJ
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, fantastic service and respectful initiatives considering Covid and social distancing (masks, table spacing, hand sanitizer)

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DeborahR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

I was surprised at the food. There wasn't one item that jumped out as excellent. That's odd considering the prices and the michelin rating.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around amazing! This is an expensive restaurant but it is worth it for a nice dinner. The wait staff was super friendly and we even got a free glass of champagne!

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PeterR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite the heat, it was a marvelous meal. The food and service were fantastic and the pandemic accommodations were effective without being the least bit intrusive. I highly recommend Blue Duck Ravern.

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SaadB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and wonderful food. This is one of the best places in DC and although it’s not cheap, it’s most certainly worth it. The only negative in my experience was that the restroom could have been kept in slightly better shape.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Food was very poor and overpriced

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vipfoodie
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect on the outdoor terrace in every way

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DawnK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner for my daughter's birthday. Food was amazing as usual and the service was excellent. They followed the recommended social distancing guidelines and everyone had on their masks. We used our smart phones to access the menu. Can't wait to return!

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vipYH1026
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Blue Duck Tavern.
Food was great (as usual)! Service was excellent.
This is the reason we keep coming back here.
Highly recommended.

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vipCHER
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food. Excellent service. The apple pie can actually be shared by four, even though is says for two.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luis was the best waiter I’ve ever had a Blue Duck Tavern.

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AlexZ
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 2nd time back to DC and dining here again was such a great experience. Especially with how the pandemic has affected the restaurant industry it was good to see all the safety precautions and cleaning measures taken by the staff. Food was exceptional as always. The roasted duck and the vegetarian pasta were the highlights for me and my wife. The bartender was one of the servers that kept us coming back as well as the awesome drinks and recommendations he had with such a lively and genuinely fun personality. We dined here twice since we were already staying at the Park Hyatt and each time was just plain wonderful. We will forever be loyal customers and dining patrons to this establishment whenever we come back again to the DC area. NY foodies would definitely love this place. Highly recommended.

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vipSally
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. We need the craft cocktail menu back. Glad to come to lunch, I missed the BDT!

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camdenm
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had one of the best meals I have ever had in DC at Blue Duck. Granted, you are paying for it, but each dish was exceptional. I am still dreaming of the steak I had while my girlfriend swore it was the best leg of duck she had ever had. My only regret is that we only ordered one order of the scallops instead of getting two dishes. Service was exceptional and friendly. Answered all our questions and helped us pick a great bottle of wine in our budget (we're not the $200 a bottle crowd). Can't wait to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff, great food, and ambiance!

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vipKeither
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Blue Duck several times and it still is my favorite restaurant in DC and one of my favorites of all the cities and restaurants I’ve experienced. The food is always excellent, the ambiance is sophisticated but approachable and comfortable and the service is always top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We had reservations at 8pm but didn’t get seated until 845pm. Waited another 45 mins and had to go request to get waited on so we can order dinner. Understand we are in a new normal but to not get waited on for roughly 45mins deserves for a poor rating. I expected better from this establishment

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vipSpectacular
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blue Duck Tavern has returned from their pandemic closure and has not lost a step. The food is amazing and the service remains unparalleled.

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vipAprons
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing, service was a bit too attentive. The host was judgmental about the fact I was dining alone and about my shoes. Since I was dining alone they placed me in the back corner next to a very loud waterfall

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vipMaggles
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, as always! Made the birthday celebration special.

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Scott
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a good place for a dinner date where you can share entree together.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Blue Duck Tavern! Can’t wait to go back

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vipEric
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was very good as always. The waitstaff was obnoxious I believe because they discovered that we ordered a bottle of wine at the bar while waiting for our reservation and didn't order another at our table. Really? we were purchasing from the same institution. Bad behavior for such an expensive place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. I would definitely go again.

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vipMichaelB
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back again to enjoy time in D.C. and staying at the Park Hyatt. Nice to get a great meal when getting later from out of town!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service, delicious food, grateful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service fantastic, would recommend 100 times over just a wonderful experience from start to finish.

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DMM21
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Waiter steered me toward the chicken, which was pretty dry. A big letdown.

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