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“Great Dinner and Atmosphere”
Review of Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern
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Ranked #10 of 3,259 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$40 - US$50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Dinner and Atmosphere”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

The service was excellent as well as the restaurant itself. We made sure to order the braised ribs and were not let down. They had bearly any fat on them, but were still so juicy and tender we almost fought over the 3rd piece :) The only thing that was great were the fries, they were raw and undercooked in the middle. The apple pie was another not to be missed and although we could only eat half that night we had it soon after the next day. We will definetly be back next time we are in DC. Thanks for a wonderful time :)

  • Visited February 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Wonderful Brunch”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

Hard to choose from a deliciously curated menu. From sweet to savory (shaved vegetable salad to pumpkin pancake), everything we ordered was on point and delivered with a smile and sincere concern for our enjoyment. The Magnolia Olong tea is highly recommended for tea lovers.

Visited February 2012
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BlueDuckTavern, Public Relations Manager at Blue Duck Tavern, responded to this review, 28 February 2012
Dear lotuslight73,

Thank you for posting about your recent brunch experience at Blue Duck Tavern. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed both our menu and team of servers. We value your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best,
Renee Sharrow
Director of Public Relations
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Seoul, South Korea
Level 5 Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Delicious and ingredients are wholesome from local.”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

Everything I had was fabulous and really like the way they choose their ingredients from local farmers.

Visited February 2012
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Washington DC
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“My go-to restaurant”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

The open kitchen is fun to watch and the family-style food is always excellent, unusual and totally dependable.

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BlueDuckTavern, Public Relations Manager at Blue Duck Tavern, responded to this review, 23 February 2012
Dear snf_9,

Thank you for choosing Blue Duck Tavern as your "go-to restaurant." We value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best,
Renee Sharrow
Director of Public Relations
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New York, NY
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Braised Rib should not be missed!”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Wow. I'm so glad I made reservations (despite the embarrassingly early hour that I made them at) to dine here while on a girls weekend trip to DC. This was a food highlight of our 5 days there. The service was impeccable and so accommodating and friendly, the space was such a lovely blend of spacious and minimalist glass and quaker style wood tables and chairs, and the food was divine.

We loved the braised rib (you cannot miss this - it's pure joy), which simply melted in the mouth. The chicken/lobster combination was also full of flavor. I'm not usually a grits fan but I could have ordered seconds on this side. The sprouts were good, but too dense (best sprouts I've ever had could easily be from Zaytinya, another DC restaurant). Two of us also ordered the crab cake, and we were both really let down by this order - we felt heart broken, especially since the other plates were such knockouts! They were dry, mine had a shell in it, and they didn't have a fresh taste to them. Bummer. Do not order the crab cakes, you will be disappointed.

A lovely, un-rushed meal by a great team. A must visit!

  • Visited February 2012
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BlueDuckTavern, Public Relations Manager at Blue Duck Tavern, responded to this review, 23 February 2012
Dear islabery,

Thank you for posting about your recent dining experience at Blue Duck Tavern. We value both, your positive feedback and concerns, and will be sure to share them with our culinary team. It is great to read that we were your "food highlight" of DC!

Best,
Renee Sharrow
Director of Public Relations
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