About Corduroy

1122 Ninth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Corduroy serves the best of the season with much of the restaurants produce coming from local farms. Corduroy is not handicapped accessible due to the historic nature of our building. No shorts are permitted.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday through Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Corduroy is available for private dining and receptions during the day and on Sundays.

Cross Street:
Ninth Street between L and M Streets

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 589-0699

Website:
http://www.corduroydc.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking available Friday and Saturday only.

Public Transit:
Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center

Executive Chef:
Tom Power, Chef/Owner

Private Party Facilities:
Corduroy offers two private rooms. One room can seat up to 16, the other can seat up to 24 and they can combine to seat 40. The entire restaurant can be made available for a sit down dinner for 100 or a cocktail reception for 200.

Private Party Contact:
Pete Poling: 2025890699x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar

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Corduroy Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

fit for foodies (75)
special occasion (68)
romantic (54)
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notable wine list (36)
neighborhood gem (29)
good for groups (15)
hot spot (6)
late-night find (4)
vibrant bar scene (3)
great for lunch (1)
scenic view (1)
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Excellent, knowledgeable wait staff, del ...

vip
Dined 3 days ago

Excellent, knowledgeable wait staff, delicious food and soothing classy ambiance.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

corduroy presents excellence

vip
Dined on April 21, 2016

the food was creative, inventive and excellent in flavor! The wine list is not extensive, but well selected and rationally priced. we had been before on many occasions as the noise level was moderate. Perhaps because of 2 larger tables, this time was not quiet. Nonetheless, we had a superb time.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great for special evening out

Dined on April 19, 2016

This was a great place to have dinner and catch up with an old friend. We sat in a cozy nook and talked, never felt rushed, never had a problem with the noise level. The service was terrific. They have a great wine list, and we took their recommendation, which was excellent. I would highly recommend the rare tuna - it was absolutely delicious.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Never Fails to Impress

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

My husband and I have been to Corduroy on several occasions, most recently to celebrate my birthday. Corduroy has what many restaurants lack: excellent food, outstanding service and a pleasant atmosphere. Most restaurants cannot do all three well. It is one of the few restaurants where they are not jamming tables in on top of one another (tables are comfortably spaced). Wait staff are very professional and well-versed in the menu and wine selection.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

The food was interesting and well prepar ...

Dined on April 13, 2016

The food was interesting and well prepared. I chose the specials of the day for both my appetizer and my main which was fresh scallops with seaweed and cabbage salad, and soft shell crab. They were both delicate and interesting flavors. The salad could have been improved with maybe some ponzu, but it was very good nonetheless. I was really impressed with the soft shell crab. Great flavors and beautiful presentation. My husband had crab blintz and fluke dish for his main which he enjoyed very much.

food3
ambience3
service3
value2

Overall a bit disappointing.

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

Corduroy has been around a long time and I had long wanted to try it because of the generally positive reviews, including from the Wash. Post critic. But there was just nothing special about the place, and at the prices it charges, you want something special. The waiter hyped the tuna as life-changing and while it was good, it was nothing different than high quality tuna available most anywhere over the last decade. The menu is limited and there was just nothing that really stood out, the lobster carpaccio was stunning visually but modest in taste, and the rest of the food was good but nothing that would make me return. The waiter, while affable, was a bit too directive and his help with the wine list always led to a higher priced wine, something that most restaurants have gotten away from. Don't get me wrong, it was a perfectly pleasant evening but for the prices it charges, one wants more than perfectly pleasant.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service3

The waiters were very nice. The food was ...

Dined on April 6, 2016

The waiters were very nice. The food was very good but it took what appeared to be a long time for the food to be served.

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Corduroy never disappoints

Dined on March 26, 2016

Our group of 4 was celebrating two milestone birthdays and selected Corduroy as the special occasion restaurant. Everything was excellent. We loved the lounge, a cozy spot where we enjoyed specialty cocktails before dinner. Service was, as always, impeccable. The quality of the dishes was very good to outstanding--one diner's dish of pork belly and beans (yes, pork and beans, but unlike any you had as a kid) was outstanding. The scallops, the special of the evening, were a little on the small side, but perfectly cooked and served with a delicious sauce. Only complaint (minor) was that the green beans that were served alongside were tough. Desserts were excellent, and the restaurant acknowledged our occasion with a special dessert service. Nice touch. It's a pleasure to dine in a restaurant that caters to adults--no "buzz," no "edge," just delicious food served impeccably in a beautiful setting.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Quiet Excellence

vip
Dined on March 17, 2016

Corduroy quietly does a very nice job - from the unpretentious, friendly host; the careful, unobtrusive service; the attractive but not overly dramatic food presentation; and the quality of the food itself. I have been there twice while in Washington and would certainly return.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Worth the trip.

Dined on March 16, 2016

Although on the expensive side, worth the trip. Excellent food and great service.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Just a great dining experience.

Dined on March 6, 2016

I've been wanting to try Corduroy for years and I'm so glad I finally did! From the beginning they emphasize providing an unrushed dining experience, and they definitely deliver. The food was fantastic--each course wowed. The service was very attentive but completely unobtrusive--we barely had to make any requests, and never more than once. This was absolute one of my favorite dining experiences in DC!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Solid upscale dining

Dined on March 2, 2016

Traditional upscale "New American" cuisine done well, but feels slightly more expensive than it should be. Cocktails were very good, as were the options on the extensive wine list. Menu leans very meat-heavy -- no veggie entree option (though the chef will put together a medley dish that is basically a hodgepodge of the sides from the various entrees) and even some of the veg-sounding appetizers ended up containing meat. Service was excellent and ambiance felt like "classic" upscale dining. Overall a solid spot to celebrate an occasion, but probably a little too pricey to consider otherwise.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

Very elegant but modern and upscale sett ...

Dined on February 22, 2016

Very elegant but modern and upscale setting. Wine list had some very pleasant surprises. Food was perfect for our foodie group!

food2
ambience4
service5

The salad and bread were very good. We o ...

vip
Dined on February 21, 2016

The salad and bread were very good. We ordered the two fish dishes on the menu. The fish itself was tasty but the sauces, accompaniments were much too salty and odd tasting. The waiter was very nice about it though and comped our meals.

food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Wonderful evening

Dined on February 18, 2016

food was excellent, service was excellent (although our extremely attentive server was a little soft spoken) Only downside is that one person in our group wanted a cocktail that the bar could not make. That was fine but three requests in a row were unable to be made at the bar! Granted he wanted some old style drinks that are not that popular, but it was an issue since he was my guest of honor, and he gave up and just had water. not good. Otherwise lovely evening, wine list was fabulous, food was excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

We travel overseas frequently and apprec ...

Dined on February 17, 2016

We travel overseas frequently and appreciate restaurants that not only feature outstanding cuisine and wines but also provide excellent service. Based on our recent dining experience Corduroy has it all. We were very impressed and look forward to returning again soon!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Nice upscale restaurant and the food was ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

Nice upscale restaurant and the food was really good. Went for a friends birthday dinner.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Excellent, but very expensive

Dined on February 13, 2016

Don't let the half-vacant block fool you (it almost fooled me!), this place is top shelf. The food, service, and ambiance are amazing. I loved every moment that we were there. Of course, you pay for that kind of experience, and we paid dearly. Our bill came to $88 person with tip. Just something to keep in mind... definitely save this place for special occasions.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food2
ambience2
service3
value1

Almost, but not quite

Dined on February 9, 2016

We came in as a party of five. The experience was good but far from great. The restaurant is a little tired. Not terribly warn just a little warn around the edges. The food was good. Not great. I had the wagyu beef and it was tough; not usually the case with wagyu. There were also a number of items that were "substituted" on the menu. Service was just off a bit. "Check backs" were slow to happen. Dinner was about $500 for the five of us. Not a terribly expensive meal had they been on the mark. But when you charge these kinds of prices you need to be on your game.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Corduroy Exceeding Expectations

Dined on February 7, 2016

The corduroy experience was wonderful. It exceed our whole parties' expectations considerably. The ambience, service and food was simply amazing. Wine list was good and complete. Presentation of food was quite nice. Everything was great!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service2
value2

Uneven and Slow

vip
Dined on February 3, 2016

Corduroy's outstanding rating lured me in on a recent evening to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. She had been there before, and often commented that it was the best service of any restaurant in DC. So the only thing I can attribute our experience is perhaps an "off night" because despite a relatively late seating, these folks were slow, uneven, and the food, a fixed prix menu, took forever to arrive. The dishes were fine and well prepared, but not that unique in style or presentation. By the time desserts were due, my girlfriend asked if we could simply have the dessert put in a to go box because we had long since finished our bottle of wine and nothing had arrived. The ticket topped $350 so I was disappointed in our overall experience. I'll give this place another try, but not for a while.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Absolutely superb!! The food was outstan ...

vip
Dined on January 30, 2016

Absolutely superb!! The food was outstanding and the service given by Jon and the other staff was excellent. It's wonderful to be able to talk without shouting! We celebrated our wedding here seven years ago and today it's still one of our favorite DC restaurants.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

CORDOROY was crazy good!

Dined on January 30, 2016

This restaurant was highly recommended from friends--and we were overwhelmed with the ambience, the food, and the service! The menu selections were fun and interesting--and out of this world delicious--everything we ordered was superb! Joy was our server and she was phenomenal--so fun and she made great recommendations for us! We cannot wait to make another reservation at CORDOROY!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We plan to return!

Dined on January 30, 2016

My husband and I visited for the first time last month and enjoyed it so much that we will return soon for a birthday celebration with more family!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service4

Food is always fantastic. Kudos to the c ...

vip
Dined on January 16, 2016

Food is always fantastic. Kudos to the chef. We had the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings. And, they were able to accommodate an off-the-menu pasta dish for our son. Overall service was awesome with few minor hiccups from our main waiter. No big deal. We found out he was new. But, I have to give one less star due to one young fellow with full suit on who brought out our celery soup. Not only he wasn't courteous, he actually reached out over our short table gesturing for us to take the bowls and place them ourselves into our table. Odd way to serve in this type of restaurant, don't you think? Oh...I think the soup was chef's amuse bouche.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Birthday Dinner

Dined on January 16, 2016

I booked one of their private room areas for my daughter's 18th birthday party. They were very accommodating. They offered, and did, to print a special menu that had "Happy 18th Birthday, Taylor" on it. We were under a very tight time frame, and they served 3 very good courses on time.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Fresh food, innvative and flavorful

Dined on January 16, 2016

Innovative preparations of fresh food prepared innovatively. Delicious, tasty. Knowledgeable waiter. Not fast food. Delightful evening.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Excellent food near Convention Center

vip
Dined on January 9, 2016

Stayed at the Marquis and read positive reviews, so ventured north to Corduroy. This area is still in transition, an once the day is over there is not much activity from the Convention Center. The menu is an interesting blend of fresh options with a Japanese flair. Did not try the tasting menu, but sounded interesting in concept. Wait staff is excellent and well informed of all dishes.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Lovely Food & Service

vip
Dined on January 8, 2016

Food is excellent; the fish was outstanding. Wine was delicious and fairly reasonably priced. Had a bite of bread pudding that was fabulous. Will go again and again.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Neighborhood Gem

Dined on January 7, 2016

To begin with, the restaurant provides a tranquil and QUIET atmosphere which tremendously enhances the dining experience. The menu is interesting without being weird and the food is well prepared and attractively presented. Check out their creative custom cocktails too!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Great find

vip
Dined on January 2, 2016

We have been eating our way through a local magazine's 'best of washington restaurants' list, and after eating at Corduroy were surprised it's not ranked higher. We both ordered the tasting menu, which at $70 is a great value. My wife requested a vegetarian selection, of the five dishes, three of them were very good, a couple were good but not great. This is still better than what you get at most places when you try to eat vegetarian. The regular tasting menu was excellent, particularly the antelope special as well as a crispy monkfish dish. Overall, we would definitely go back.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Hands down one of the best dining experi ...

vip
Dined on January 2, 2016

Hands down one of the best dining experiences I have enjoyed in DC.

food5
ambience5
service5

New Year's eve dinner. Menu was absolute ...

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

New Year's eve dinner. Menu was absolutely fantastic!!! Chef's offered a 6 course menu including big eye tuna, pork belly and antelope!! A must try in DC.

food4
ambience3
service3
value4

Great food, good service, ok ambience

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

I picked this restaurant for dinner with visitors from out of town on New Year's Eve because 1. they have good reviews, 2. I've heard good things from friends, and 3. they had availability on relatively short notice. The special NYE tasting menu was very good; the service was good but very slow to start--we had to ask for serving to begin; and the corner we were in was chilly and that didn't change despite our bringing the issue to our waiter's attention. The overall ambiance for NYE was lower-key than we were hoping--it didn't feel special or celebratory. I would go here again but not to kick off a big night. Perhaps a date or quiet dinner with a few friends.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience4
service2
value3

Experience was just ok for the price. T ...

Dined on December 30, 2015

Experience was just ok for the price. The main courses were strongly over salted, the waitstaff inexperienced, and the wines were a bit overpriced. Not what we were expected from such a highly rated restaurant. The first course (lobster carpaccio) was delicious and the restaurant decor was understated and pleasant. Unfortunately it just wasnt enough to save the experience.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Continues to be a great place to eat

Dined on December 29, 2015

We've been going to Corduroy for many years at this and its prior location. It has always had excellent food. We've never had a bad dish cooked by chef Tom Power. They always have a bunch of appetizers with raw osters and soups topping the list. This visit our entrees were Crispy Striped Bass, rare big eye tuna, and guinea hen; all great. They have a choice of desserts and/or a variety of cheeses. Its a pretty room that has good sound deadening, so holding a conversation is easy (unlike most restaurants today).

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Corduroy rocks

Dined on December 26, 2015

Everything went exactly right for our Christmas Day dinner! The table was ready on time, the bar tender was knowledgeable and recommended appropriate cocktails, the prix fixe menu had items on it that everyone in our party could eat, special requests were accepted, wines were recommended for the appetizers and main courses which were as varied as the 7 people who were dining, the food was excellent and without fault, dessert choices were a bit limited but all the offered items were excellent and to each person's taste. If they offer a Christmas Day dinner again next year, we will certainly return, and we will be dining often during the coming year.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service2
value4

Fabulous food. Service so-so

vip
Dined on December 26, 2015

We went to Corduroy for the Prix Fixe Christmas dinner. There were many choices for all three courses and the food was wonderful. First, the bread was soft and crunchy. We tried two different appetizers (Lobster salad, crab crepe) and the soup and we were all happy. The pork belly was the best I've ever had. It was more like a good short rib. Unfortunately, despite being told that only one of us could order the last sea bass we were told 15 minutes later that there were none left. We were offered salmon instead. We didn't try it. We got another pork belly The bread pudding, crisp chocolate bars and apple tart were all fabulous. However, our waiter was very friendly but made mistakes on the wine, my coffee, wrong on what was gluten free for one of us who is allergic, and the busmen never knew whose food went to whom. However, that would not stop us from returning for the great food.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Lovely Christmas Dinner

vip
Dined on December 25, 2015

We brought friends with us on Christmas and enjoyed a delicious dinner. Between all of us I think we tried each of the choices and everything was perfect.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Very good food

Dined on December 23, 2015

Very good food made from fresh produce. The bst restaurant I've been to in DC in the past year.

Tags: fit for foodies

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