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Blue Duck Cafe & Bar

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Milford Sound Highway, Milford Sound, New Zealand
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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As this is the only place to eat at Milford we had no choice but to try the Blue Duck after our morning cruise. We only wanted coffee and a sandwich but the choice of food didn't seem to be very extensive at mid-morning. What we bought was okay and it was nice to sit outside and take in the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2015
Ross M
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Pittsburgh
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64 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here while going on a cruise. It was in the off season - May 2015 and it was open. The prices were not bad knowing that it is all brought in through the one road. Had soup which was good. Also the ice cream bar selection was nice.

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Thank Jambc1234
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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93 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great coffees - at unexpected prices - but it was worth the price Food was at expected prices Friendly helpful staff Good clean and sandfly free

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Thank Richard K
Invercargill, New Zealand
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65 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Do not eat here, this place is a complete and utter rip, paid $7 for an egg, bacon and lettuce sandwich. HALF A LETTUCE LEAF, QUARTER A SLICE OF BACON AND A TINY TINY AMOUNT OF EGG SERVED IN EXTREMELY CHEAP WHITE BREAD, does not constitute good value for money. I am utterly utterly disgusted in this poor excuse of... More 

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Thank JandDinNZ
Broadbeach, Australia
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114 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

You can you get pies, sandwiches, chips, cakes, noodle salad, drinks and ice creams. Very limited options if you have food allergies or gluten free options. Very over price for what you get. Service slow, especially with coffees.. If you can take your own food/drinks with you.

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Thank AskAndrea
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

As this is the only place to eat at Milford we had no choice but to try the Blue Duck after our morning cruise. We only wanted coffee and a sandwich but the choice of food didn't seem to be very extensive at mid-morning. What we bought was okay and it was nice to sit outside and take in the... More 

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Thank Ross M
Adelaide
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56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Blue Duck have the market cornered, and charge accordingly. Still, I was happy to be able to order a hot drink, except they forgot my order. My buzzing disk didn't buzz. The underskilled barrister told me to go sit down and wait. 25 mins later I got a different response from the cashier, and my coffee was made on the... More 

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Thank gr1234
Singapore, Singapore
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64 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This being the only dinning option in town, food was overpriced and less than satisfactory. It was not horrible but it definitely was below average. You should not expect much though it will do if you are desperate for food. If you can help it, you will be better off and happier getting food from Te Anau.

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Thank Tscherhyl
Gore
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Not impressed with our visit to this café. Had to ask for a plate and cutlery. Surprised when the plate turned out to be paper and the cutlery was plastic. Needs a lot of improvement to ensure international visitors have a much better experience.

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Thank Susan J J
Queensland, Australia
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20 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We dined here when staying overnight in Milford Sound as it was the only like place in town. It was overpriced and undercooked and pretty much all round disappointing. Would not heat here again. Alright if you're just going for a beer and to watch sport on the TV, but not for a meal.

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Thank SHunter88
Bellingham, Washington
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691 reviews
334 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 318 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

We visited Milford Sound exactly 20 years ago, stayed overnight at the then operating lodge and were treated like royalty: white table clothes, fancy folded napkins, smartly dressed waiters, excellent food. WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS BEAUTIFUL CORNER OF NEW ZEALAND? The only place open to get some "food" was this Blue Duck Cafe - and it may as well be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Milford Sound Highway, Milford Sound, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Milford Sound

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?