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Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern

New American Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
West End, Washington
170 Tips and reviews
  • bone marrow
  • good for dates
  • apple pie
  • crab cakes
  • cocktails
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  • Melissa C.
    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 Apr 26
  • Armaghan S.
    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.
  • Ra O.
    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.
  • Dalal D.
    Dalal DSeptember 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 ☕..
  • 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.
  • 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]
  • 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
  • John A.
    John AntosJuly 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nicole M.
    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.
  • Sam H.
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sofia C.
    Sofia CaseNovember 9, 2015
    The weirdly slick atmosphere doesn't match the amazing down-home cooking at Blue Duck 💙 Absolutely incredible food.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Tonianne
    TonianneSeptember 13, 2011
    Beyond a menu unparalleled in DC (don't miss creme brulee of foie gras & roasted marrow bones), the chef's vision coupled w/Christina's attention to detail gave us the dining experience of a lifetime.
  • 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
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FerreyrosFebruary 22, 2016
    Have been here for brunch multiple times. Always a great meal. The Bircher Muesli is light and delicious starter!
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheaJanuary 13, 2012
    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
  • 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.
  • Dick R.
    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.
  • 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
  • ian r.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • CJN
    CJNMay 19, 2012
    A contender for best Brunch in DC. Sit outside and order the short rib hash, side of their seasonal veg. Next level status.
  • 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.
  • Rebecca M.
    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.
  • 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.
  • naveen
    naveenJuly 4, 2013
    gin martini (with blue cheese stuffed olives). bone marrow to start. duck breast. baby vegetables.
  • Brian M.
    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!!!
  • 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
  • Dana A.
    Dana AllenJune 17, 2016
    Great food & service - acoustics in room make it quite loud but overall lived up to it's reputation!
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChiuAugust 22, 2012
    The apple pie is so good I want to violate it American Pie style
    Upvoted Apr 5
  • DCist
    DCistJanuary 10
    Park Hyatt Hotel puts their focus on the rare tea selection served in their Tea Cellar. Read more
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJanuary 4, 2013
    For a hearty breakfast, head to the tavern and feast on short-rib hash and pecan sticky buns.
  • Kai C.
    Kai CaoMay 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The bone marrow was amazing. Cocktail was also good.
  • Adriana
    AdrianaOctober 9, 2016
    Benedicts and french toast, and a delicious white tea, while reading the day's newspapers.
  • 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
  • Nabeel H.
    Nabeel HyattOctober 8, 2012
    Skip the French Fries - leaves room for the amazing Apple Pie (get w/homemade ice cream)
  • Whitney F.
    Whitney FishmanMay 3, 2015
    Locally sourced and solid brunch. Get the sticky buns, hash browns and anything egg.
  • 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.
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