100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Blue Duck Tavern


Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Blue Duck Tavern


1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

This glass-walled dining room in the Park Hyatt sports a woodsy-chic, West Coast vibe, though the farm-to-table menu is grounded in the Mid-Atlantic. Reservations are a must, but spontaneous souls can head to the restaurant’s romantically lit lounge. The same Modern American menu is served in both places, so you won’t have to forgo classics like thrice-cooked duck-fat fries that couple perfectly with prime steak, or whole fish from the wood oven. Don’t stop with spuds—the kitchen wants you to eat your vegetables, dressing up crispy Brussels sprouts with bottarga and tonnato sauce or pairing parsnips with toasted oats and pickled grapes. For dessert, another tavern classic beckons: buttery deep-dish apple pie for two, or for an indulgent one. Expensive.

Also great: Baby Gem salad with Green Goddess dressing; tagliatelle with sweetbread Bolognese; cheesy grits with charred onions; sugar cookies.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.

Kristen Hinman
Articles Editor

Kristen Hinman has been editing Washingtonian’s features since 2014. She joined the magazine after editing politics & policy coverage for Bloomberg Businessweek and working as a staff writer for Voice Media Group/Riverfront Times.