Heavy rain meant my father and I did not leave the Park Hyatt Washington, DC and enjoyed a succulent dinner at Blue Duck Tavern.
Blue Duck Tavern Review – A Washington, DC Gem
When I lived in the District, my father and I had a favorite restaurant called Old Ebbitt Grill. It’s located just around the corner from the White House and offers excellent food and a very cool ambiance. I had a dinner reservation here, but it was pouring rain outside and my dad told me he did not feel like going out and asked if the hotel restaurant was any good.
I had to chuckle. Yes, the hotel restaurant is quite good. In fact, Blue Duck Tavern is one of the best restaurants in the District and once had a Michelin star (which it lost in 2020). I called downstairs from our suite and asked if we could get make a reservation, but was told hotel guests did not need one.
While practically true, when we did go downstairs about an hour later, it meant we were seated in Blue Duck Lounge, a bar area connected to the restaurant. It was not a big deal, but you should make a reservation if you want to sit in the main dining room.
My dad (and I suppose me too) are men of simple tastes and we kept the meal rather simple.
To begin, we each ordered a harvest salad, which included arguala and strawberries.
It was refreshing, though nothing special.
For my main course, I ordered lamb.
Summer squash, pomegranate yogurt, spring garlic, mint-cumin relish
This was succulent and perfectly cooked medium-rare as requested.
My father had chicken:
Pasture-raised half chicken
broccolini, sweet tea jus
He enjoyed it (and I helped him finish it).
We shared a side of potato puree with garlic.
No dessert…we had a huge bowl of fruit in the room.
It wasn’t cheap, but very convenient and also not outrageous:
I’ve had breakfast many times at Blue Duck Tavern, but this was the first time I had enjoyed dinner here…and it did not disappoint. I would sit in the dining room next time to get the full experience, but the meat and poultry were succulent and I appreciate that hotel guests at the Park Hyatt do not need reservations.