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Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern

New American Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
West End, Washington
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    Sam H.
    "Amazing marrow, braised short rib, and duck breast."(24 Tips)
    Elizabeth B.
    "Had an outstanding birthday brunch; honey vanilla ice cream FTW!"(5 Tips)
    John A.
    "pecan sticky buns"(6 Tips)
    Annie J.
    "Honey vanilla ice cream, apple pie, and pumpkin creme brûlée!!"(25 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon202 Tips and reviews
  • bone marrow
  • good for dates
  • apple pie
  • breakfast food
  • short ribs
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  • Melissa C.heart icon on user image
    Melissa ChaiMarch 14, 2016
    Delicious brunch and excellent service. The Cafe Park was the perfect boozy iced coffee for a Sunday afternoon. Brussels sprouts and short rib hash were outstanding. Coming back for the apple pie
    Upvoted Feb 22
  • Armaghan S.heart icon on user image
    Armaghan SanatiNovember 15, 2016
    Pretty for dates and occasions. Have private room for small events. Try their amazing fries. Desserts are very delicious and you can walk through the kitchen.
    Upvoted Feb 8
  • Dee
    DeeSeptember 7, 2013
    One on DC's best Breakfast/Brunch Spots.. their open kitchen makes for unique indoor decor and ambiance... Amazing Eggs Florentine,the yummiest sticky bun 😍 complemented by a good cup of coffee ☕..
  • Ra O.heart icon on user image
    Ra OsolageJanuary 19, 2015
    I had the Belgian Waffle, a side of bacon, and a soft boiled egg. Also had a side of brusel sprouts, which turned out to be the best thing on the table. Was pricey, but delicious and great service.
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    This West End American spot is a sexy little place to eat the night before the inauguration. Big hits: bone marrow w/ red wine apple, the 12-hour roasted suckling pig, and the short-rib hash at brunch Read more
  • Emily
    EmilyAugust 19, 2014
    The patio is perfect for summer evenings. Great wine list, lots of options from Napa! Loved the crab cakes, Bloody Mary broth was legit. The apple pie was almost as good as grandmas.
  • Renaud #.
    Renaud #May 12, 2018
    Great service, great food. A bit noisy so I would not recommend for a date night. We enjoyed the fluke crudo, hand-cut fries, moutard duck and the butcher’s cut.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 23, 2013
    Stick with wine and charcuterie in the lounge or peer into the open kitchen from the dining room over a meal of fried sweetbreads, muscovy duck, and 12-hour roasted suckling pigs. [Eater 38 Member]
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 27, 2016
    The namesake fries at this elegant restaurant are like little bricks of mashed potatoes, which are basted in duck fat before being fried to crisp perfection and served with spicy smoke pepper aioli. Read more
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 20, 2015
    One of our reviewers, Frommer's, says, "Chef Brian McBride likewise combines traditional and state-of-the-art cooking methods and equipment to prepare exquisite, one-of-a-kind dishes." Read more
  • Ailie C.heart icon on user image
    Ailie ChangSeptember 10, 2018
    Amazing dinner! My favorite was the Wood Oven Roasted Bone Marrow. Other top dishes were the Cherry Tomato Salad and Herb Roasted Scallops. Finish off your meal with the Peach Pie!!
  • John A.heart icon on user image
    John AJuly 12, 2015
    Yummy rich food make a nice brunch. Sit outside if possible. Recommend: sorbet mimosa, bone marrow, pecan sticky buns, shrimp and grits. Crab cakes are ok, but shells inside were not.
  • Grahame B.heart icon on user image
    Grahame BussFebruary 14, 2019
    Sometimes close to perfect. Cauliflower salad with chilli oil and shredded kale. Scallops with poached pears, soft grits with jam, crunchy, slightly blackened sprouts. Tart Key lime pie. Wonderful
  • Sam H.heart icon on user image
    Sam HAugust 17, 2015
    Amazing marrow, braised short rib, and duck breast. Finish off with apple pie to share with vanilla ice cream and surprisingly good coffee.
  • Nicole M.heart icon on user image
    Nicole McKinneyJanuary 11, 2015
    Always the duck fat fries. Homemade ice cream is also on my always order list. They have an open kitchen so a table nearby is really fun.
  • Sofia C.heart icon on user image
    Sofia CaseNovember 9, 2015
    The weirdly slick atmosphere doesn't match the amazing down-home cooking at Blue Duck 💙 Absolutely incredible food.
  • Earl M.
    Earl MooreJuly 29, 2015
    Crispy head cheese, bone marrow and crab cake for starters. Duck, swordfish, Cheshire pork chop for entrees. Don't miss the apple pie and banana cream pie for dessert. Each will serve 2
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeMarch 7, 2018
    Food is certainly good here, but don’t try to eat light, where Blue Duck falls flat (gem salad dressing is so tangy, cauliflower is undercooked). If u come, u gotta go for it
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 15, 2014
    Despite being a hotel restaurant, Blue Duck does an admirable job of maintaining its own identity as a stellar spot for expertly and creatively crafted American cuisine.
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsDecember 22, 2014
    Washingtonian says don't miss: Roasted bone marrow; roasted quail; suckling pig; seared scallops; farro salad; roasted cauliflower; grits with Gouda; sugar cookies; apple pie; seasonal ice creams.
  • Tim S.heart icon on user image
    Tim SheaJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite restaurants in the city, I have never had anything I haven't absolutely devoured and loved here. Dessert is truly where the gem lies - save room :)
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneApril 1, 2015
    Baby gem salad $8 with seared salmon $8. All desserts were amazing incl banana cream pie, apple almond galette and caramelized crust apple pie
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 16, 2012
    This breakfast heavy tavern features trendy brunch plates like short rib hash w/ horseradish sauce and pork belly eggs benedict. Pork belly eggs benedict!? What could possibly be better than that? Read more
  • Andrea F.heart icon on user image
    Andrea FerreyrosFebruary 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Have been here for brunch multiple times. Always a great meal. The Bircher Muesli is light and delicious starter!
  • Julia I.heart icon on user image
    Julia IvanApril 8, 2019
    probably the best dinner and service so far in DC! high quality ingredients and beautiful tasty meals. needless to say that it is not a budget option.
  • Casey C.
    Casey ChesterMay 10, 2014
    Our dinner was outstanding. The beef short rib and the duck were exactly what we needed. With a side if grits and a side of garlic mashed potatoes, it was absolute perfection.
  • Megan W.
    Megan WilliamsDecember 17, 2013
    The chefs table was perfect for our celebratory dinner- every course was amazing and the service was outstanding. Also Marvina was a pleasure to work with for setting everything up!
  • John (.heart icon on user image
    Get the avocado toast with the egg sunny side up, it will turn your cloudy morning sunny side up! 😋
  • Annie J.
    Annie JengMarch 29, 2013
    Best homemade honey vanilla ice cream in the world!!!!! Honey after-taste is deliciously strong...highly recommend!!!! Pumpkin creme brûlée and apple pie are delicious too!!!
  • Akhil B.
    Akhil BeryAugust 21, 2013
    A bit noisy due to its popularity but the food was first class. Charcuterie board adventurous, crab cakes full of meat. Book early; one of the hotspots now
  • Stuart W.heart icon on user image
    Stuart WrightJuly 7, 2017
    The steak, duck, and bone marrow are really good! But price wise it's not a great value, when there are so many other restaurants to go to.
  • Brent G.heart icon on user image
    Brent GatewoodJanuary 23, 2018
    I was there for lunch and had the soup and salad. It was fantastic. I’ll be back to try dinner sometime. Be warned, it is expensive.
  • Dick R.heart icon on user image
    Dick RiveraSeptember 27, 2015
    Breakfast/brunch is great; good service, great staff, interesting and tasty food, well presented. Dinner was good, atmosphere not as good for dinner.
  • ian r.heart icon on user image
    ian rNovember 19, 2014
    The duck, braised beef, crab cakes, bone marrow and pumpkin soup with foie gras. All delicious. Didn't have room for dessert unfortunately.
  • 4SqR Expert M B.
    4SqR Expert M BoudreauOctober 25, 2012
    Roasted Maine scallops, tomato relish, pickled mushrooms and bacon powder Bacon powder is this West End regional American’s clever way of adding meaty flavor to a dish.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 16, 2013
    Handsome quilts create a restful backdrop to the assured, farm-to-table cooking of the Texas-born, French-trained Sebastien Archambault.
  • Titi P.
    Titi P.August 4, 2017
    Great server, only plus in this experience. Having a reservation, we got the table nearest to the kitchen when plenty others were open. We ordered BDT Benedict and all were over cooked! Not going back
  • Matt D.heart icon on user image
    Matt DePasoOctober 3, 2018
    2018 recipient of ⭐️ Michelin Star. Incredibly designed cocktails. They have a community high top table in the bar area.
  • Rona.heart icon on user image
    Rona.July 27, 2019
    Everything looks delicious and please try the brunch hamburger 🍔 cause it’s verrry nice
  • Dana A.heart icon on user image
    Dana AllenJune 17, 2016
    Great food & service - acoustics in room make it quite loud but overall lived up to it's reputation!
  • yy 9.
    yy 9dorfJanuary 13, 2013
    Amazing food and service. Take advantage of the open kitchen. We were treated to a mini lesson on shucking oysters by a chef!
  • Rebecca M.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca M.May 26, 2013
    Come on Sunday and enjoy a pomegranate mimosa, hash or their breakfast sandwich on the patio before sneaking off to West End Cinema for a movie.
  • Brian M.heart icon on user image
    Brian MichaelMay 26, 2014
    Hands down the best restaurant in Washington, D.C. Don't forget to get the apple pie and the Rocky road cookie!!!
  • James
    JamesAugust 4, 2012
    Great bar with service and original cocktails to match. Will have dinner there the next time I'm in DC. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Colin L.heart icon on user image
    Colin LeeJuly 12, 2018
    Believe breakfast (muesli) is more impressive than dinner (grits and duck breast were standouts)
  • Adriana
    AdrianaOctober 9, 2016
    Benedicts and french toast, and a delicious white tea, while reading the day's newspapers.
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    We gravitate to this high-toned farm-to-table destination whenever we’re in the mood for brunch and whenever we’re trying to satisfy a group of disparate personalities. Service is attentive & polished
  • Kai C.heart icon on user image
    Kai CaoMay 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The bone marrow was amazing. Cocktail was also good.
  • Bruce L.
    Bruce LinJuly 25, 2012
    Suckling pig is incredible. They're also known for their apple pie and tea selection, be sure to get both to finish off the meal.
  • DCist
    DCistJanuary 10, 2017
    Park Hyatt Hotel puts their focus on the rare tea selection served in their Tea Cellar. Read more
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