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Apr 02, 2005



They had a problem two months ago:


I'm not sure if I should look at the dchealth website anymore. It seems that every business has been on the list...


OK. JUST TO BE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS THE REAL FACTS BEHIND THIS STORY. The closure was due to "a leaking garbage disposal under a sink used for spraying food debris from plates before they enter the dish washing machine." These are words from Tom Power himself on the DCist.com post where this story originally surfaced. Surely, nothing worth closing a restaurant down for a whole day, I can say.


I absolutely love Corduroy - and want to say that on Saturday I went with several wine-biz people and we brought several bottles to taste with some customers. They did not give us an ounce of trouble, the service was impeccable, and we were able to conduct business with very little difficutly! On a Saturday evening, no less!
The beef cheeks were divine, the soft-shell crab was decadent, the scallops delicious, the desserts - outstanding. Bravo Chef Tom!


My college roommate, my mom, and I went to Corduroy last on the first night of restaurant week. This was all of our first time eating at Corduroy. When we got to 1201 K street, we were surprised to find the restaurant atop a flight of stairs inside a hotel. We continued upstairs to find the restaurant dimly lit and dully decorated. I wondered what all the talk I read on this website was all about. Could this really be the place? We sat down and looked at the menu. The restaurant was full when we arrived and remained so until closing. Our reservation was for 8:30pm, the only time I could get for that night. Our waitress came right away, gave us menus and informed us that two items would not be available that evening - they were out. My appetizer was a Vidalia onion soubise and my entree seared tuna with sushi rice and some seaweed. Desert followed - hazelnut chocolate bars, from a recipe the chef learned when he was at Citronelle. Our dinner was fantastic. One of the best I've ever eaten in DC and I've visited my fair share of restaurants - including Kinkead's, Galileo, Marcel's, La Chamiere, Tosca, Taberna del Alabardero, DC Coast, etc. The dishes were well presented with great attention to detail, which was only a bonus to the amazing tastes that blended together with every bite. Exquisite. I loved Corduroy and I hope more people go to experience this one of a kind restaurant in DC.


how can you say its not walking distance from the white house, it's only 5 blocks away....


What a great surprise. We had hoped to go to Komi for our anniversary, but unfortunately it was closed this first week in January. When I saw that DCFoodies had Komi ranked #1, I felt that it was worth trying #2, Corduroy.

Corduroy was able to seat us with just a 20 minute notice (It was Wednesday). We had the usual take on the unremarkable features of the location.

However, the first bite on my beet, carrot and goat cheese salad convinced me that dinner was indeed going to be a culinary delight. The lamb sirloin, cooked to my specification (as rare as the chef would allow) was further confirmation. And, nothing like the baked chocolate sabayon as the finish to a memorable 24th wedding anniversary meal. My husband was equally pleased with his selections, and especially delighted with the bill which also included a fine bottle of syrah and two dessert liquors. Corduroy is now on my list for dinner celebrations and out-of-town business guests. Congratulations to Tom Powers!

Miss. S

Hi Jason - I'm a pretty avid follower of Amalah.com -- that's how I found your website, which is so awesome, I've become a DC-restuarant know-it-all. Thank you! Seriously, I went to Courduroy recently because you wrote a great review of it. I thought the food was excellent, service was awesome. They are VERY careful to make sure you have the exact silverware you need at that moment, and nothing you won't be needing! Anyway, good review. Thank you.


I went here on Dec 30th with my fiance, it was booked for the 31st. We each had a salad, I had the lobster salad and my Fiance had the special (something walnut I believe) They were both Great. We then ordered the Mozzarella porcupine, which is recommended above. It was also very good. For the main course we had scallops and the wagu (sp?) beef. The Scallops were good but did not compare to the wagu beef tenderloin, it tasted so good and the sauce was incredible. We then ordered two desserts and got out of there for under $100 without including alcohol. It was definitely worth the trip, We will be goping back.


Recent business lunch at Corduroy was a very pleasant surprise. The roast chicken is one of my new favorite meals in D.C. And the staff was superb.


Ate at Corduroy again a few weeks ago, figured the bad experience fhe first time had to be a fluke, but sure enough it wasn't. I can't figure out what people see in this place. The Mozzarella porcupine is a giant boring, bland cheese stick, my meat was overcooked (medium rare is not the same thing as medium well), the service was abrupt, and the menu is boring at best. Forget the fact that the place has no ambiance whatsoever. For the money I can think of 5-10 other places you have given positive reviews I'd rather eat at. Corduroy is fair at absolute best.


Unfortunately, I have to agree with you on the menu lately (Chef Tom Power branched out over the Winter and Spring, but is not back to his usual menu), but otherwise I think you are in a very small minority with your opinions on the service and the food.

Michael Mahle

Though my dinner at Corduroy was very good, I'd hardly call it 5-star worthy (not really sure what constitutes a five-star review, the NY Times only gives out 4 stars at most, and this restaurant would be likely only get 1, maybe 2 stars if Bruni was having a good day.

The place was drab, and the reasoning behind the name "Corduroy" given to me was a little strange. The server said that the chef wanted guests to have no preconceived notions of what the food was going to be like, and so "Corduroy" is void of describing what the dining experience is going to be. Huh? Yeah, that's what I said.


Where are you getting 5 stars from? The Post, as most newspapers, only gives 4 stars as well and Corduroy got 2.


Jason, Have you been to Corduroy lately? Is it still worthy of a nice birthday dinner? Unfortunately, we can't afford Komi...


My absoulte favorite restaurant.....or one of them! I highly reccommend the tomato soup. It's a little spicy but so delicious. The steak was also very very good. The service is impeccable, however the decor could be improved.

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