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Duckworth's Bistrot

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American, Bistro
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197 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA
978 282 4426
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 133
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Special occasion

This restaurant is small. Make a reservation weeks in advance. You can order half or full portion. This restaurant is our birthday,anniversary,restaurant. The wait staff are very friendly. The owners the chief and wife the pastry chief are on the premise. She also bartends. You won't be sorry!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Cathy D
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Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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170 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This restaurant is small. Make a reservation weeks in advance. You can order half or full portion. This restaurant is our birthday,anniversary,restaurant. The wait staff are very friendly. The owners the chief and wife the pastry chief are on the premise. She also bartends. You won't be sorry!

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Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I live in Gloucester, where we are blessed with MANY excellent restaurants for a place this size. I can rattle off ten in five seconds, but this review is about Duckworth's. Every time I go here, they never disappoint. You NEED a reservation well in advance. It is worth the wait, so if you have a special occasion coming up,... More 

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Gloucester
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

One of my favorites. Can have two small meals to tryout to find your favorite. Banana cake a must eat! Try it before you fill up or it might be sold out. It's worth every calorie.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My wife and I were introduced to Duckworth's on a previous evening out at the Gorton Theater. We decided to give it a try and were not disappointed. Indeed the restaurant is small and casual with tables closely placed. Despite the closeness, there is a very nice ambiance about it. Our server was attentive and very knowledgeable. Yes, the pace... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We have repeatedly heard good things about Duckworth's. I have personally been 5 times. I decided to give it another chance for my husbands Birthday with friends. The seating was very tight and close to a wall that servers had to navigate past often. The service was slow, now I like slow pace but this was painfully slow. Some of... More 

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

Inconspicuously located in an old wood-frame, otherwise residential, building atop the sidewalk on the edge of East Main Street, between Downtown and Rocky Neck (where the Rocky Neck Art Colony is thriving), Duckworth's Bistrot consistently maintains high standards for food, wine list and service. Often reviewers, like me, tend to focus on discoveries while "on the road". We sometimes refrain... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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79 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a high end restaurant in the heart of Gloucester, the restaurant is very small but the food and service is outstanding. the meals are well prepared and it feels like you are in a 5 star restaurant without all the fluff. highly recommended for a couples night out or that special occasion

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Gloucester, MA
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is an awesome chef (not frilly-fancy, just excellent) who cares about the comfort and the local clientele. Just to be clear: I couldn't afford it if they didn't offer these GREAT half-portions!! Gloucester's a tricky market, w/ a smart clientele but not a broad well-heeled base. Duckworth has managed to make a home here, altho' I have increasingly found... More 

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Gloucester, MA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Go there a lot NEVER had a bad meal. I give gifts to Duckworths when ever I close a property. The only thing to know is U must make a Reservation if U want to eat there. In the summer U should reservations a few weeks in advance.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Duckworth's is a 5 star dining experience and one of our favorite restaurants in the country. Hard to choose which menu items we like best but we do love the mushroom soup, Blood Orange Margaritas, oysters, Lobster Risotto and the key lime pie. They make the best desserts! Food is always spectacular and super fresh. The staff is very friendly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 197 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: 978 282 4426

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?