If you were going to coin a term for the Blue Duck Tavern décor, it might be “Sophisticated Americana.” The award-winning restaurant features dark oak, handcrafted furniture—including a 29-foot long Windsor bench and a rocking chair—and a crackling, open-flame oven in the open kitchen. Even the Obamas gave it their presidential seal of approval last year when they shared a cozy date night there. And with a cheese & charcuterie expert on staff, sitting by the warmth of a fire for hours is twice as nice.
Opened in 1960 in a Federal home dating back to the mid-1800s, today this Washington institution has six distinct dining rooms. Be sure and request a table in the John Carroll Room, which comes complete with Currier and Ives prints from George Washington’s presidential days, early maps of the city, American antique furniture and, of course, a roaring fireplace.