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Duke's Chowder House

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Chowder, Seafood
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3327 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98407
253 752–5444
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 22
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  • 9
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Relaxing Lunch, Great View

Recommended to us by our daughter (we were all in the area for the Open), we stopped here for lunch spur of the moment. The wait was only about 5 minutes or so, and we were seated on the patio with a lovely view. I had a 1/2 sandwich, chowder combo and it was plenty for me. My husband enjoyed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
cherylpd1
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Delran, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Delran, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Recommended to us by our daughter (we were all in the area for the Open), we stopped here for lunch spur of the moment. The wait was only about 5 minutes or so, and we were seated on the patio with a lovely view. I had a 1/2 sandwich, chowder combo and it was plenty for me. My husband enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Great place. Nice casual atmosphere. Wait wasn't too long for four people. I would have loved to sit on the deck but it was crowded. I had fish and chips and clam chowder. The fish and chips was great. Fish was super crunchy and chips were tasty. I'm not a chowder fan but this was good and my husband said... More 

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Tacoma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

There are several seafood restaurants along Ruston Way but Duke's Chowder House is a stand-out. When we are here looking for a casual setting, a not-too-formal menu, service-friendly place to eat, Duke's is our choice. Apart from Wally's in Des Moines, Boston Legal Seafood in Boston, the chowder here is among our top-three all-time favorite. There are other food choices... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We have been to both the Tacoma and Lake Union Duke's. The view is definitely better in Tacoma, but our experience was a little better at Lake Union. Our server in Tacoma was attentive, though his eager-to-please attitude came off as almost condescending. Their food is pretty salty and watch out for white pepper in their chowders. I don't particularly... More 

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Graham, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Had a nice lunch with friends here. You get good service, quality food, and a nice view. The Rockfish tacos are very big and I could only eat one after my chowder. It is a little pricey so take advantage of any specials or 1/2 combos. Shared a delicious Marrionberry pie and ice cream dessert.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

After Sunday's US Open, we were hungry and hoping to stop in Tacoma for dinner. It was getting rather late but we saw Duke's on Trip Advisor and thought we'd give it a try. It was 9:00pm so there was no wait and we got a seat on the patio. What a beautiful spot on the water!!! Our waitress was... More 

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Graham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Excellent view from our window seat. Visited with friends while munching on crabcakes, calamari, shrimp, chowder, burgers, and margaritas! Margaritas were average at best...not much alcohol content Crabcakes were moist and very tasteful! Shrimp over seasoned but still tasty. Chowder that had a reputation for being awesome was just OK...too much pepper and didn't have a clammy flavor...sorry, have had... More 

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Port Orchard, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We ate lunch here on Father's Day. Our wait staff were attentive and helpful. The food was delicious. We enjoyed a crab cake appetizer and stuffed salmon dinner. The presentation was beautiful and the flavors were inspired. Add to all this that Duke's is committed to serving only eco-friendly, sustainable fish dishes and that makes the perfect restaurant for me.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We happened along this place driving along the Tacoma waterfront. And we were not disappointed. Of course, we had the award winning clam chowder--it was delicious. I also had the fish tacos. I had ordered two, but only managed to eat one. The portion was huge--I took the other one back to the hotel--only to devour it later. The views... More 

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Millington, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I liked the way it is decorated when you enter. We were a group of six, four adults. one teen and one pre-teen. They have in door seating and out door seating over the water with a good view of the bay. It was a nice day so we chose the out door seating. They have several types of Chowder.... More 

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Additional Information about Duke's Chowder House

Address: 3327 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone Number: 253 752–5444
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 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 - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3327 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98407
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: 253 752–5444

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 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 - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?