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DINING OUT/Cozying Up with the Obamas at Blue Duck Tavern

Posted on Jan 03,2013
Filed Under Food And Wine , Local Tastes,

The Obamas on date night, leaving the Park Hyatt Washington's Blue Duck Tavern.

By John Arundel

It's a place which the Obamas have been seen more than twice on date nights, a place which combines dynamic modernism with classic American style. And in the winter months, a cozy snuggle away from home with great comfort food and toasty cocktails with seasonal catering by Executive Chef  Sebastien Archambault.

Private dining at Blue Duck Tavern.

Located in the fashionable West End neighborhood, near Embassy Row, Park Hyatt Washington affords guests convenient access to DC's best shopping, dining, and cultural attractions.

With a Tea Cellar offering rare and vintage tea selections, the largest deluxe rooms in the city with spa-inspired bathrooms, and a personalized, intimate Spa Room, The Park Hyatt Washington provides a truly unique experience.  

The hotel is home to the award-winning restaurant, Blue Duck Tavern, an elegant neighborhood tavern offering menu selections focusing on the freshest ingredients available from regional purveyors.

For 2013, Park Hyatt has unveiled a selection of cocktails for toasting thru the winter months.  

Five seasonal cocktails as well as 10 signature and classic cocktails, and two local beers have been added to the menu, at Park Hyatt Washington’s Lounge and Blue Duck Tavern.

An great gathering spot on a cold winter’s night, Park Hyatt’s 60-seat Lounge and 106-seat restaurant provide a welcoming and festive atmosphere.  

The arrival of new handcrafted cocktails such as the Blood Orange Martini, Prairie Vodka, Triple Sec, blood orange puree and rhubarb bitters; 1600 Penn, Knob Creek, Carpano, dry vermouth, Port City Porter reduction, and Peychaud’s Bitters; Hazel & Bubble, Prairie Vodka, Frangelico, simple syrup and Champagne; Spiced Hot Chocolate, Captain Morgan, crème de mint, housemade hot chocolate, and whipped cream; and Spicy Winter, infused all spice Drambuie, Absinthe, half and half and coffee foam will enliven the dreariest winter night.  Other signature newcomers include Clementine Cachaça, housemade infused Clementine Cachaça, fresh kumquats, brown sugar cube, agave, and a lime wedge; and the Bell Margarita, 1800 Reposado, blood orange Triple Sec, pepper syrup, agave, lime juice, and garnished with a lime wedge.  

Blue Duck Tavern scallops.

For those seeking a traditional favorite, Park Hyatt Washington is also offering a variety of classics including the Widow’s Kiss, Calvados, chartreuse, Benedictine, and Angostura; Classic Sazerac, Wasmund’s rye whisky, Pernod, Peychaud’s bitters and simple syrup; French 75, Plymouth gin, Domaine Carneros sparkling wine, lemon juice, and simple syrup; Hot Toddy, Dewar’s scotch whisky, honey, hot water, cinnamon stick, cloves and a lemon peel; and the Dark & Stormy, Gosling’s dark rum, Reed’s ginger beer; and a lime wedge.  Additionally, two local beers have been introduced this winter including The Gift from Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet, Virginia; and Porter from Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria, Virginia.  Cocktails are priced at $14 each and beers at $8.

Park Hyatt's 60-seat Lounge offers guests an oasis in the nation’s capital with comfortable seating and “Capitol Hill” glass-enclosed booths flanking a distinctive marble and glass bar.
A unique lounge-style power breakfast is served here each morning, followed by a full lunch menu and evening fare ideal for pre or post-theater dining.

There is also a nightly cheese presentation showcasing artisanal cheeses by the ounce. Tempting seasonal cocktails, classic martinis and an extensive wine list, with many special by-the-glass selections complement these offerings.

Adjacent to Park Hyatt Washington’s Lounge, is the Tea Cellar, which features more than 50 rare and limited production, single-estate teas from remote regions around the world.


The dining room of Blue Duck Tavern is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily – breakfast from 6:30 am to 10:30 am; lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; dinner from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm; and Saturday and Sunday brunch from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. The restaurant has seasonal outdoor seating for 45 guests, a semi-private dining room for up to 12 guests, and a Chef’s Table adjacent to the open kitchen, which seats up to 18 guests.   Reservations for Blue Duck Tavern may be made by calling 202 419 6755 or by visiting

To make a reservation for Park Hyatt Washington, call +1 800 778 7477 or visit

Breakfast at Blue Duck

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