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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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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Whitney F.
    Whitney FishmanMay 3, 2015
    Locally sourced and solid brunch. Get the sticky buns, hash browns and anything egg.
  • DCist
    DCistJanuary 10, 2017
    Park Hyatt Hotel puts their focus on the rare tea selection served in their Tea Cellar. Read more
  • Stephanie H.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie HellermanAugust 10, 2016
    Outside patio with water fall, summer salads and ice tea. Great service.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BoomSeptember 9, 2023
    The duck is amazing, and so are the crab cakes. Among the best ever!
  • Ohsonattral
    OhsonattralApril 12, 2013
    Great food and service. The pastry chef makes chocolate truffles -- I highly recommend them. Your taste buds can thank me later.
  • Tim C.heart icon on user image
    Tim CummingsJanuary 13, 2020
    The duck was excellent and served multiple ways. Also need to get the apple pie.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchJanuary 12, 2014
    Bitches Who Brunch voted Blue Duck Tavern as the Best Bread Basket and Best Fruit Plate in 2012!
  • Sylvie H.heart icon on user image
    Sylvie H.September 14, 2015
    Bone marrow is behemoth and excellent
  • Nouraheart icon on user image
    NouraOctober 31, 2022
    Great food, quite good service 😊
  • Es T.
    Es TeeFebruary 21, 2016
    Crispy chicken sandwich and BDT FRIES (cross between a hashbrown and mashed potato)
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJanuary 4, 2013
    For a hearty breakfast, head to the tavern and feast on short-rib hash and pecan sticky buns.
  • Aline N.
    Aline NoizetSeptember 18, 2018
    Amazing food! Highly recommend Mushrooms and steak!
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChiuAugust 22, 2012
    The apple pie is so good I want to violate it American Pie style
  • YLheart icon on user image
    YLOctober 1, 2016
    The sweet potato pancakes were delicious
  • Our Man On The Ground
    Our Man On The GroundSeptember 19, 2011
    Blue Duck Tavern has an amazing reputation in DC – a real home cooking experience – everything is delicious – do try the Crabcakes & the Apple Pie! Read more
  • John G.heart icon on user image
    John GraysonMay 7, 2018
    Everything was great! Even the service was top!
  • Stya
    StyaJanuary 2, 2014
    The braided beef is the best. The crab cakes are the best you will ever have!
  • Plwm B.
    Plwm BwmMarch 17, 2011
    Short Rib Beef with side of Blue Cheese Polenta could be the nicest thing I've ever eaten. Crab Cakes also very good.
  • Annie J.
    Annie JengMarch 29, 2013
    Honey vanilla ice cream, apple pie, and pumpkin creme brûlée!!
  • Blair
    BlairMay 8, 2014
    Great Vesper martinis, and fried green tomatoes! Amazing service.
  • Carlosheart icon on user image
    CarlosSeptember 25, 2015
    Seared foie gras is the best I've had.
  • Sarah T.heart icon on user image
    Sarah TortoretiSeptember 12, 2015
    the burger was one of the best I've ever had.
  • Leora G.heart icon on user image
    Leora Goldfarb 💕October 14, 2013
    roasted cauliflower, duck fat fries, and the short ribs are all musts.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 24, 2011
    Bitches say B+! While Blue Duck’s design, service and quality of cuisine are impressive The fluffy pancake concoction saved the day, but the rest of the food was blasé.
  • Nabeel H.
    Nabeel HyattOctober 8, 2012
    Skip the French Fries - leaves room for the amazing Apple Pie (get w/homemade ice cream)
  • Britt A.heart icon on user image
    Britt AntonyJanuary 27, 2015
    Great place for brunch. I love their soft boiled eggs
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchApril 11, 2016
    The Bitches say: A+ brunch for impeccable cuisine in a pristine ambiance. Read more
  • Samantha G.
    Samantha GrossMarch 30, 2010
    The bone marrow with uni is the saltiest, yummiest thing ever. Definitely the standout. Rabbit rilette too. Check out the tea lounge next door.
  • Jacob W.heart icon on user image
    Jacob WiseApril 12, 2022
    Amazing chicken dish and best crab cakes in the city
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PhillippyAugust 28, 2012
    Must order apple pie and sweet honey vanilla ice cream
  • Bob S.
    Bob SomervilleApril 4, 2012
    Try the spinach and smoked ricotta tart and the grits with smoked Gouda. Service and food both primo.
  • Āndrew Å.
    Āndrew ÅvizaJuly 6, 2014
    For breakfast be sure to order the pecan sticky bun. Perfect!
  • 鰆 大.heart icon on user image
    鰆 大葉May 2, 2015
    Try very garlicky bone marrow with a seasonal cocktail.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 29, 2010
    Great comfort food, amazing tea list. And one of the most beautiful stoves I've ever seen. -Stephen Hopcraft, Top Chef
  • R Q.heart icon on user image
    R QJuly 23, 2015
    Excellent for brunch
  • Olivia
    OliviaFebruary 18, 2017
    A perfect chicken & biscuit for brunch.
  • Anna S.heart icon on user image
    Anna SotnikovaNovember 17, 2018
    Disappointed. Main courses -nothing interesting. Just a burger, but for 22$, spicy pepper is unnecessary. Duck confit was quite tough. Hot chocolate was a cacao with too sweet cheap taste.
  • Shayna K.
    Shayna KulikDecember 31, 2011
    Pretty fantastic. Welcome homecoming after returning from Asia. Carrots, cookies & veg dish are exceptional.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BennettJuly 14, 2013
    Had an outstanding birthday brunch; honey vanilla ice cream FTW!
  • Ericheart icon on user image
    EricJune 2, 2015
    Amazeballs! Get the potato gratin and bone marrow
  • Patty K.
    Patty KreiserDecember 22, 2013
    It was amazing. Try the fries... you won't be disappointed!
  • James H.
    James HNovember 16, 2017
    The Apple pie is money.
  • Shane G.heart icon on user image
    Shane GallagherDecember 24, 2014
    Great menu with a wonderful atmosphere
  • Rodrigo B.heart icon on user image
    Rodrigo BJuly 25, 2017
    The Moulard Duck Breast is amazing
  • Roman B.heart icon on user image
    Roman BedinerJanuary 17, 2015
    Bonemarrow and Lobstertail sandwich are absolute musts!
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    12-Hour Roasted Suckling Pig is incredible. Enough for two
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