Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th St., NW
Washington, DC 20037
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, Breakfast, American
Open Monday through Friday 6:30 to 10:30, 11:30 to 2:30, and 5:30 to 10:30. Saturday and Sunday 11 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 11:30.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU, Farragut West
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Soft-shell crab; crispy sweetbreads; warm Swiss-chard pie; sturgeon rillettes with caviar; roasted chicken; pork weisswurst with red cabbage; short-rib hash and cinnamon-bun French toast (breakfast and brunch); house-made ice creams.
Appetizers $8 to $18, entrées $18 to $32.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch
Cuisine: Rustic American cooking given an upscale gloss—nearly every farm that supplies the kitchen is named on a menu where roast chicken and apple pie share space with rillettes and roulades. Plates are meant to be passed around, as at a family dinner—one that’s about $65 a head.
Mood: The design of the hotel dining room is as severe as it gets—all glass walls and sharp angles—but everything else strives for a gather-around-the-hearth feel: Shaker quilts, Windsor benches, a row of apple pies cooling near the front door.
Best for: Dinner with meat-and-potatoes folks and adventurous palates alike; summer lunch by the fountain on the patio.
Best dishes: Smoky mackerel rillettes topped with shaved cucumber and crème fraîche and served with toasts; airy pumpkin custard with tangy pomegranate seeds; whatever terrine is on the menu, especially if it comes with foie gras pâté; saffron-scented fisherman’s stew; roasted chicken; rack of pork with apples (peaches in summer); crab cakes; macaroni and cheese; baked beans with rabbit confit; house-made ice creams, especially chocolate and strawberry.
Insider tips: Sides tend to be heavy—buttery carrots, duck-fat-fried French fries, bleu-cheesy grits. Eating at the bar here won’t get you any deals: The menu seems aimed at hotel guests willing to pay $25 for a burger and $15 for a martini.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Expensive.