Having heard so much about the Blue Duck Tavern, I booked a Saturday night table for four to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. It was a lovely June night, so we sat outside. So far so good - the restaurant has a very nice recessed outdoor area, large comfortable tables, fairly quiet despite being right off a main street, with a nice fountain to boot. We were nicely greeted, service was good. All vibes are good, we are in a good mood for our special celebration .....
Unfortunately, the meal was a total disaster. Not one single course or side was memorable. Most were far below average. The country bread came with a butter that was a dark shade of yellow none of us could identify, and whatever the restaurant was trying to do to it, it didn't work. The marrow appetizer was fatty and tasteless, the sardines were salt heaps. For mains, my chicken was decent but was in a cloyingly rich sauce. The sides of mushrooms and lima beans tasted of nothing but butter and salt. The sides of greens tasted only of oil. The short ribs were reported as tasteless. In fairness, the two who had the fish of the day rated it decent, but nothing special.
I'm used to spending fair amounts of money at restaurants. This bill was roughly $350 for 4 people. For that amount it is fair to expect alot, and the Blue Duck Tavern didn't even come close to delivering.
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