Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St., NW
Washington, DC 20037


Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown

Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast

Opening Hours:
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: Farragut West, Foggy Bottom-GWU

Price Range: Expensive

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
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.

Price Details:
Appetizers $8 to $18, entrées $18 to $32.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Blue Duck Tavern

No. 7 on this year's list.

The Park Hyatt hotel might be as sharp-angled and modern as minimalist spaces come, but step into its restaurant and you’re immersed in a world of spindly Windsor chairs, cooling apple pies, and antique patchwork quilts. From the showpiece of a kitchen—tricked out with a wood-burning oven and a blue Molteni range—chef Sebastien Archambault works wonders with farm-stand bounty, fashioning Chesapeake crab into lemony, caper-studded cakes and shaving raw Path Valley Brussels sprouts into a cider-spiked salad. Pastry talent Naomi Gallego is a new arrival, and she has already spiffed up the menu with milk-chocolate s’mores and a cinnamony panna cotta dessert that’s a riff on a bowl of cereal. 

Open: Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. 

Don’t miss: Roasted bone marrow; roasted quail over cornbread; suckling pig with pork jus; seared scallops with stewed tomatoes and pickled okra; farro salad with dried fruit; roasted cauliflower with cheddar fondue; grits with Gouda; sugar cookies; apple pie; seasonal ice creams.