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Ruddy Duck Tavern

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509 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4218
252-726-7500
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 256
    Excellent
  • 131
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Delicious Seafood!!!

While visiting friends on Emerald Island, we took a ride into Morehead City to have dinner at the Ruddy Duck Tavern. The setting on the waterfront was beautiful. The service was outstanding with the server explaining certain dishes and being attentive but not overbearing. We all enjoyed various... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
AnnW562014
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Canastota, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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442 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Canastota, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

While visiting friends on Emerald Island, we took a ride into Morehead City to have dinner at the Ruddy Duck Tavern. The setting on the waterfront was beautiful. The service was outstanding with the server explaining certain dishes and being attentive but not overbearing. We all enjoyed various seafood dishes including the fish tacos (ask for them with grilled fish--... More 

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is my favorite restaurant in Morehead City! Everything is yummy. The conch chowder, fresh fish bites., homemade cocktail sauce and tarter sauce with apples and nuts! And since you've blown the calorie count ( probably for the week).... The banana cream pie is to die for.

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Havelock, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

The Duck always has a huge list of specials, in addition to their big menu. Food is always good, and the restaurant is in a great location on the water. Staff are friendly and helpful.

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Havelock NC
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106 reviews 106 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

My husband and I decided to go out for a bite to eat. Ruddy Duck was not our intended destination but the place we had planned to go to was very very crowded. We drove down to the Morehead City waterfront and thought about Redfish Grill, They looked very busy so we drove down to Ruddy Duck. We couldn't really... More 

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We were in the area for our anniversary and decided to stop here after looking here on trip advisor. Firstly we got there around 530 and glad we did. This place was busy...And it's the off season! Small place with little standing room, the view from the back deck was beautiful at sunset. I had the grilled fish tacos and... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Had the chefs salad so not much that could go wrong. Crowded during lunch but the service was still prompt and courteous. Unfortunately when busy the noise level makes it difficult to have a normal conversation.

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Cape Carteret, North Carolina, United States
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

This place is my new favorite. The menu has such amazing choices, I had a hard time deciding! The atmosphere is really cool, it's right on the water! Service was excellent. Prices were reasonable as you could get something to eat under $10 as well as higher priced menu items as well. I highly recommend going there. It's a favorite... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Service 4.5 stars Food 4.5 stars View 5 stars Spouse & I went there on recommendations from locals. WOW, did they ever steer us right! I have been visiting the MHC & AB area for 25+ years and eaten all along Bogue Banks. Sanitary & Capt Bills are the usual local "go to" recommends but I believe Ruddy Duck "kills... More 

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Wilson, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

My family and I had an opportunity to eat at this staple of beach cuisine over the holidays. It was on the water and had all the cool maritime stuff inside decorating the interior. The service of our waitress and quickness of the kitchen was great. We were a party of 7 adults and 1 child. The appetizers were good... More 

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Havelock, North Carolina
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

People raved and raved about this restaurant so I finally decided to check it out. First, it's a very popular spot so it's often crowded. Second, the wait staff was nice however it did take a while for them to acknowledge us. Third, the menu was unique however I would still classify it as a "beer and burger" joint. It's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 509 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4218
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
  • Phone Number: 252-726-7500

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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