Blue Duck Tavern

Farm fresh food, sourced from small farms around the country, an open kitchen, and a sprawling, airy dining room, bathed in natural light are just a few of the things I first noticed at the Blue Duck Tavern in Washington, D.C.

Recommended to us by several different people, the Blue Duck Tavern is quite popular, so popular that we could not get a dinner reservation, so we went for brunch instead.


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The décor of Blue Duck Tavern is elegant but comfortable, city restaurant meets farm kitchen. Little touches, like a basket of Virginia peanuts are sprinkled throughout the space, making it feel homey and giving it a little local flair.

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blue duck tavern

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The kitchen is completely open. I literally walked through it on my way back from the ladies room. It is basically takes up several islands and countertops in the restaurant.

blue duck tavern


blue duck tavern

While we waited we watched the busy kitchen staff cutting meats, peeling apples, and bustling around getting our meals made.

blue duck tavern open kitchen

I loved reading Blue Duck Tavern’s menu because it tells you exactly where so many of their ingredients come from.

blue duck tavern menu

With all of the items on the brunch menu, we both had a hard time deciding. But since it was past 2:00 by the time we arrived, I went for the Sunnyside Eggs with Cod Cakes and Spicy Buttermilk Sauce.

My beverage of choice was not a tough decision; Gloria Ferrer Va de Vi, one of my favorites when it comes to bubbly. I was a little disappointed that we did not go to Blue Duck for dinner because they do have quite a few Virginia wines on their wine list, and I wanted to try more of those. Next time!

va de vi gloria ferrer

As you can see, the eggs came out bright, soft, runny egg yolk perfection. Resting atop cakes made of fresh, flaky cod and toasted bread rounds, sitting in a shallow pool of creamy, spiced buttermilk sauce, this was truly a brunch like no other.

eggs and cod cakes

eggs and cod cakes

eggs and cod cakes

No words.

In addition to a sublime taste adventure, the meal was so perfectly timed, and the staff at the Blue Duck Tavern, minus the host, bent over backwards, were warm, friendly, and on top of everything. The very young host pulled the “let’s see if there is room for you” disappearance trick in a restaurant that had one table of people eating. Luckily everything else was spectacular.

Blue Duck was a fantastic recommendation; it was great that Eat, Write, Retreat gave me the opportunity to meet some locals and to find out where they would go on a date!

What is your favorite place to have brunch?Is it a restaurant, or do you whip up something incredible in your own kitchen?

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Tags: brunch, Food, Travel, Washington D.C., wine

  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Those eggs look stunning, as does the space. I’d love to go there next time I’m in DC


  2. Shannon’s avatar

    Wow! Your meal looks fantastic! I love open kitchens… makes everything seem that much fresher!


  3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Love that shot of the runny yolk! I don’t go out for brunch enough, too much running around. I’m hoping that will change this summer!


  4. Michelle’s avatar

    I go to D.C. a few times a year so I’m going to add this to the list of places to try out!


  5. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Wow! Those eggs look perfect.


  6. Daisy’s avatar

    that kitchen layout looks really unique. and the eggs, wow!! no words pretty much covers it.


  7. Charlene’s avatar

    I love Blue Duck tavern! I’ve been there for brunch as well and agree with you that the service, space and the quality of food are all fantastic! I also really love Woodberry Kitchen which is outside of DC in Baltimore. They have an open kitchen, creative menu and also list where they source their ingredients from. Around Boston area, I like going to Blue Room in Cambridge for brunch – I appreciate their making each item in small batches for better quality control and to ensure little goes to waste!


  8. Megan’s avatar

    Those eggs look perfect! I actually like checking out new places for brunch, but Henrietta’s Table is my standby for when I’m craving their fruit and granola parfait.


  9. Sues’s avatar

    Those eggs look perfect!!!! I prefer to have brunch out simply because it means I can totally relax… And sip a bloody mary that I didn’t have to make :)


  10. Jason Phelps’s avatar

    At first I was wondering why the duck was blue, but then I started reading about the food and th menu. You certainly weren’t blue!

    I haven’t been down to DC in a really long time, but I am imagining a playground of food and drink these days.



  11. alicia’s avatar

    Your eggs look delicious!!! I LOVE brunch – I like the concept of serving the eggs over fish cakes…YUM!!


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