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Duckworth's Bistrot

197 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA
978 282 4426
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Ranked #1 of 127 restaurants in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Bistro
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Littleton, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We ate here in mid June 2014 - my husband, children (ages 10, 12) and my parents. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal! My daughter, who is not much of a meat eater, ordered the steak and promptly declared it to be "the best steak I have ever had!" I had the monkfish at the recommendation of the waitress and it... More

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Woodstock, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We waited for quite some time to get our table since this is a very busy, popular place to dine. By the time we were finally seated, we were among only a few tables being served. It is a small, cozy restaurant near the harbor. We enjoyed our creamy mushroom soup and hot bread but were disappointed to then have... More

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Keene, New Hampshire
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

My wife and I ate here on our last night in Gloucester. We had tried two other times to make reservations but they were booked. So, if you are looking for a wonderful place to eat with a very cozy atmosphere, this is the place. Just call a couple of days in advance for reservations. The thing that we enjoyed... More

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Edina, Minnesota
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135 reviews 135 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

There's lots to like about Duckworth's. In a town/area where fresh seafood rules, finding a place with a balanced menu, and all prepared very well, is rare. Even rarer is the French training in the kitchen, which reveals itself in the sauces in particular. The food across the board is excellent. We went with multiple half portions (the only way... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The secret is out on this place and you will need to plan ahead and reserve. The homey, casual bistro with limited seating has become very popular and with good cause. The option for generous half portions makes it very affordable. The menu has shellfish, finfish, birds that include quail and two versions of duck, meats and three excellent vegetarian... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The grilled quail was absolutely divine! And the profiteroles added a perfect finishing touch to my dining experience. Great service, fair pricing, and highly recommended.

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Oregon
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135 reviews 135 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Duckworth's delivers a very enjoyable dining experience. The food is very good, and the wine list includes some very fine options. The prices are reasonable. What stands out, is the enthusiastic, friendly, cheerful service; the servers appear to be having a good time. Gloucester is lucky to have a dining alternative of this quality.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Had an excellent meal. Reservations difficult, so we took last one sitting at the bar. It did not detract from out experience at al. Great fun to interact with staff, Michelle an amazing hostess and bar tender. Received wonderful attention from her and Ally, a young also attentive member of the staff. You cannot go wrong here.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

Seldom have I seen a menu where I would have enjoyed every dish. I had wonderful oysters on the half shell and a small sized lobster risotto. Others with me had a variety of different dishes, from vegetarian to seafood stew to duck. Each one was fantastic and prepared to perfection. Of particular delight are the half portions where you... More

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Connecticut
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111 reviews 111 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We don't hand out five stars for very many restaurants, and while this establishment has a few limitations, the fantastic food and the wonderful service will make you instantly overlook the little things in life. The menu is amazingly varied and challenges you to choose between a variety of fantastic offerings. You are given the choice with most items to... More

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