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“Ruddy Duck (not Rudy Duck)-when it's good it's very good; but then it can be very average” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill

Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill
13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell, MD 20629
410-394-3825
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Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Dowell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Brew Pub, Pizza, Argentinean
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Ruddy Duck is a vibrant space that pairs artisan crafted food and beer delivered with passion
Charlotte, North Carolina
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Ruddy Duck (not Rudy Duck)-when it's good it's very good; but then it can be very average”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We've eaten here multiple times and sometimes the food is awesome good, and sometimes it struggles to get to average. It doesn't seem to correlate to being busy, seems like being busy gets you better food, so maybe they have a "b" string kitchen staff for not so busy times? At any rate, food and service can be really top notch, or it can be just average. They usually have a band playing every night about 8 or so so if you want to have conversation take that into consideration. The bar is busy, starting about 3 in the afternoon, with "happy hour".

loacted right off of Hwy 2/4 Its a very convenient location and in the parking lot of the Hilton Garden Inn. Be careful on the access road running alongside the main highway, in this entire area, however, if you are not familiar with the traffic flow it is very confusing, especially at night.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boulder, CO
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Good, not great, pub food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Nice experience, good ambiance, acceptable food, accommodating staff. It was a nice experience for a low key evening out. Not gourmet in any way, but enjoyable. Ate in dining room; also has bar eating. We had no children, but there were some there.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Solomons, Maryland
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Brew Pub!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Best Brew Pub in Maryland! OK granted I have not been to them all but the Rudy Duck in Solomons is one of the best I have ever been too and I have been to a lot. And I am not saying that just because I live down the street.

Great selection of their own beer brewed right at the Pub that change with the seasons. And the food is not the usual fried stuff that most brew pubs serve. Yes you can get wing and fries or fish and chips but they also have gourmet pizzas, seafood, salads and crab cakes.

If you want to catch a game the bar area has nice TV’s. But if you want to get away from the “sports bar” scene they have a real dining room as well.

If you are in Solomons, MD be sure to check them out, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Brilliant place to eat in Solomons”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

We found the Ruddy Duck after it was recommended by some friends. We went midweek and had a sit down meal for 4 adults and 2 young children. The menu was extensive and varied and the food we had was really good. The drink was also great and being a micro brewery it had a great selection of beers to go with the meal.

Overall we had great food good service and a few too many of the great beers.

Thoroughly recommended

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great Crab Cakes & Brews”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Went with a group of friends for a late lunch. The crab cakes are fantastic..light, full of flavor and not weighed down by filler! The tartar sauce is exceptional, too. The accompanying veggies were excellent...cooked and seasoned just right. Not sure why the slaw said there was pineapple, because we couldn't taste any. Terrific selection of beers. The service was excellent, informed and very helpful. The atmosphere isn't so impressive, but don't let that fool you. You're in for a treat here!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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