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Blue Duck Tavern

24 & M Streets, Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20037
202-419-6755
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Ranked #10 of 2,627 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $40 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 24 & M Streets NW
Transit: Foggy Bottom Metro Station - Orange and Blue Lines Dupont Circle Metro Station - Red Line
Description: 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.
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

My husband and I had wanted to eat in this restaurant for years when we were in DC because of the great reviews it receives. We did have a chance to try it on this visit to DC. Unfortunately, the food was not that impressive - it did not live up to the hype. My husband had duck and it... More

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Paris, France
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

By European standards this place is really in a league of it's own. I shudder to think how much we would pay in France to eat the equivalent, not that I'm sure it actually exists. Everything is timed to perfection, the apple pie with an extra scoop of vanilla with caramel sauce is a must.

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Washington DC
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Blue Duck Tavern in Washington DC has been one of my favs in the whole world. I have measured restaurants all over the world to Blue Duck. The thing about Blue Duck is that they have always cared a great deal about every detail. Went there for brunch today. Wow. 1. Our daughters' pasta dishes had water in the bottom... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is probably my wife's preferred restaurant in DC. I'm also a big fan. Food is great, but not 10. Ambience, on the other hand is top.

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London
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The food was absolutely excellent was was the service. Particularly liked the local souring of food.

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Singapore, Singapore
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623 reviews 623 reviews
352 restaurant reviews
302 helpful votes 302 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Not really a tavern, but a classy restaurant in the park Hyatt. Walked in without a reservation but since it was 2pm , I got a seat. It was still fairly crowded at 2pm Started with a watermelon gazpacho with proscecco and crab. Didn't taste the proscecco and the soup was full of crab shells. Mentioned to the server when... More

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Connecticut
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

One of our twin sons lives near the Blueduck so, from what he had heard, he figured it was a great place to have his parents take him and his brother for their 20th birthday. We were not disappointed. The food was exquisite, and the service was very attentive and personal. We had a quiet table, which was good because... More

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BlueDuckTavern, Public Relations Manager at Blue Duck Tavern, responded to this review

Dear MadameCoco, Thank you for dining with us for your sons' birthdays. I am pleased to read how much you and your family enjoyed this special occasion. I think you will just need to join us again and sit out on the terrace! Best, Renee Eisman Director of Public Relations More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It had been some time since I'd been to the restaurant and how sorry I am. With 5 of us, it ws even more fun for brunch since we could do a tasting of a number of appetizers and desserts while each relishing our own entrees. The presentation of the food was spectacular. Each dish was presented with flair by... More

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BlueDuckTavern, Public Relations Manager at Blue Duck Tavern, responded to this review

Dear JLEDC, Thank you for sharing such a wonderful review of your recent brunch experience. It sounds like a very delicious gathering with some of my favorite dishes being enjoyed. It is a pleasure to read how much your party enjoyed their meal, including the service of our team. We look forward to welcoming you all back again soon. Best,... More

Asheville, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Totally upscale, modern, farm-to-table concept restaurant which won't disappoint. The menu as well as the wine list is varied. Sit outside if possible by the waterfall and watch the people go by. Very enjoyable atmosphere and food.

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BlueDuckTavern, Public Relations Manager at Blue Duck Tavern, responded to this review

Dear 206bw, Thank you for sharing such delightful feedback from your recent dining experience. What a treat to sit outside by the fountain. It really is so lovely to dine by the garden, etc. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best, Renee Eisman Director of Public Relations More

Port of Spain, Trinidad
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

"This is not your typical steakhouse ... I had sweetbreads, i had foie gras, I had a pork and lobster claw croquette. The chefs vision is quite authentic ... he is very in touch with the local farmers and even gets involved in fabricating the animals himself.... The food and service were both divine and i cannot wait to return.... More

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BlueDuckTavern, Public Relations Manager at Blue Duck Tavern, responded to this review

Dear Food T, Wow! Thank you for sharing such wonderful feedback! It is terrific to read how much you enjoyed our restaurant - from your choice of dishes to the service demonstrated by our team. We certainly hope to see you again soon. Best, Renee Eisman Director of Public Relations More

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