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Special occasions, Scenic view, Large groups, Bar scene
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 3 days ago

There is nothing on the menu that tells you that all the fried dishes can be made gluten free. Another reviewer had mentioned that her husband had gotten a gluten free dish, so I asked our waiter. He was the one who told me that...any fried dish could be done gluten-free. My sister had the gluten-free fried shrimp basket and I had the regular fried shrimp basket. The gluten-free is made with rice flour. I tasted it and it was better than the regular option. It seemed lighter. Also, there was no upcharge for the gluten-free option. Another of my dining companions had the jambalaya. He is from Louisiana and said that this dish matched any of the good jambalayas he had eaten in Louisiana. He was very pleased. We arrived at 5:20 on a Thursday, the first week of August. We had an 80 minute wait for a table - wow! We thought we would beat the crowds by arriving early. I guess 5:20 isn't early enough! Bring your cell phone. They will text when your table is ready. While waiting, we went to ice cream parlor across the street and had some superb ice cream.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Family was excited to go. They live the fish tacos and chowder and they were not disappointed. I had the grilled mahi-mahi which was served in chunks, looking just like their fish in tacos. It was tough, if we go again I will get a...burger. Very disappointing. Service had little interaction.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in around 5pm for a drink and small bite, Was told to head into the bar and grab a seat by the hostess - she did look back into the bar when we told her what we wanted. All the seating at the bar...was taken, but there were high top tables in the bar area. The bar area was a clearly defined room with different seating. Other adjacent rooms had regular height tables with people eating at them. However, those areas were not nearly full, unlike all of the seating directly at the bar. We sat down at one of the high top tables adjacent to the bar and were immediately approached by a staff member from one of the other rooms who rather aggressively told us that the restaurant was on a wait, and we needed to speak with the hostess before seating. We tried to explain that we had talked to the hostess but the waitress cut us off and repeated that they were on a wait and we needed to go back and speak with the hostess. She seemed upset and wouldn't let us explain. In fact, she turned her back and motioned for us to leave the table while we tried to speak with her. We walked back to the hostess whom she was berated for seating us as we approached. The waitress then stomped away, and we tried to tell the hostess what happened. She just looked blankly and exhaustedly at us and said that they were on a wait and we needed to get on the list. We decided to leave due to the awful interactions. Poor communication, rude staff, short-handed and the food looked very average. Also, not a very good view or location. This place needs some serious customer service training and the rude waitress needs to find another type of work considering her aggressive and classless personality.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife & grandson got pizza and they indicated it was average. I got the fried seafood platter that was very bland tasting. It was lightly breaded and I was hoping they offered it broiled but they didn't. The waitress had no personality and had...to get her attention for refills but she had a lot to do due to probably a shortage of staff as customers were waiting in line and several tables were open. We had to wait 30 minutes but I noticed people signing up just before we got seated yet they were seated at the same time. The business does not accept reservations!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband was thrilled to discover gluten-free fried shrimp and flounder that was delicious! He is celiac and has been missing it. They were very busy but service was good and accurate. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022

The Ruddy Duck Tavern has been a favorite go to restaurant for roughly 15 years but today's visit was very disappointing. The soft shell sandwich was not the size or quality of ones in the past. My wife ordered the fish Reuben but got the...plain fish sandwich... the server apologized saying it was his mistake and took the sandwich and returned with the correct plate but it had what appeared to be a portion of the fish from the original sandwich and a huge amount of the other Reuben filling and very little fish. I understand having a bad day...this meal was substandard. I hope that this is not an indication of future meals at the Duck.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 27, 2022

The service we had was very good, as well as the food. I had the crab cake sandwich and my wife had the shrimp tacos, both very tasty. You can eat out on the waterfront; there was about a half hour wait for a table....The neighborhood is nice to walk around in and see the charter boats, fishing docks, etc.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 5, 2022

First of all, there are not too many restaurant choices for dinner on a Sunday night. After a failed attempt to have dinner at the Sanitary Fisk Market & Restaurant, we decided to wait 50+ minutes for a table at the Ruddy Duck, and our...meals were very good. The fried fish sandwich was enormous. About double the amount of fish I expected, and the quality was quite good. Even with the restaurant being full, our Server was attentive and checked on us with reasonable frequency to refill drinks, etc... I recommend the Ruddy Duck to any travelers in the area (if you can endure long waits for a table).More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 19, 2022

We were sitted fairly quickly. Had to wait just a few minutes for the waitress. Then, we were asked do you want a menu? We placed our order, the waitress brought us our drinks, I ordered water with lemon, well no lemon. And I thought,...oh no big deal, until the table in front of us got their ice waters with lemon. We waited and waited. Others customers around us that were seated long after us, received their food. Our waitress was missing in action. When she finally showed up , the only thing she said was " would you like some more tea?" People who can in after us had finished and were leaving. After waiting for what seemed like forever we decided to leave. As we were leaving I told the waitress we had been waiting forever, ( I know it easn't forever, but it seemed like it.) The waitress responded, Well, I took your order! If she had spent more time checking on her customers maybe the outcome would have been different. Can't tell you her name because she did not introduce herself. I asked how much I owed for the tea and she did not answer and neither did anyone at reception desk, so I left 2.50 on the counter, I hoped that covered the charge for the tea.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Fabian_Botta, Owner at Ruddy Duck Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2022

Hi there, thank you for leaving us with such an honest and well-articulated review. Feedback from our customers is incredibly important as it helps us to learn, grow and better our restaurant. We are so saddened to hear that you did not have a good...More

Reviewed May 3, 2022

Although this restaurant was recommended by a number of locals, unfortunately, some of the servings were not up to "par" -at least to my own 'buds." To start off with, the "Fun Carl" cocktail was awesome! Like a personalized (local) Bahama Mama For my appetizer,...I ordered the Jalapeño Hush Puppies, which instead of having even a little tinge of spicy turned out to be quite sweet-to-taste... not my favorite. As for the entree... I initially ordered the Clams and Garlic White Wine, that I found to be far too overcooked (very flacid and watery); as well, there just didn't seem to have much -if any at all- taste to the dish. I thus ordered the Shrimp Scampi, which turned out to have much more flavor. It was very good. The service, to include both server and host/manager, were very accommodating, and professional, as well as personable; it was appreciated.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022

Group of four for lunch. Seated outside as requested. Service was very attentive and friendly. The food is always much better than one might expect. Mahi grill fish sandwich, fries, slaw were all excellent. The slaw was a bit unusual but in a positive way....And, the cucumber and onion salad was also excellent. It's just a hard place to beat for casual waterfront diningMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 19, 2022

We often stay in the area, and going to the Ruddy Duck is something we try to do on each trip. This past weekend we were there on Friday night. We were there pretty early but there was still a 1 hour 10 minute wait....The service was good, and everyone was friendly and helpful. But the food seemed just average. My hubby's fish was definitely overcooked--hard and dry. Maybe they were just off that night. We have had some good dinners there, and have enjoyed the view also. But meh! Might try a different place next time.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 14, 2022

The staff here was helpful and friendly when helping me find a gluten free meal and in avoiding my other food allergies! Love the Down East Clam Chowder! The Blue Cheese Salad Dressing and Salad were delicious! The

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 4, 2022 via mobile

My friend and I had lunch here yesterday, as always it was amazing. Our server Toby was great. If I’m in the area I always look forward to eating here. I just wish you’d bring back the Shrimp Mac& cheese, and extend your days that...your open. I hope to be back soon!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 14, 2022

Mess Hall Cutie and this Mess Hall Officer stopped in for lunch at our favorite restaurant. We have eaten here over the years and generally have had a good meal. Mess Hall Cutie is due for serious surgery and treatment in another couple weeks and...wanted to enjoy our favorite restaurant. Cutie ordered Clam Chowder and I the Fish Platter. Lunch was served and I looked at my plate in disbelief. The dish included Caribbean Slaw in a small bowl, a small grouping of pieces of fries with some long pieces and 5 small strips of grilled fish placed in a small bowl. I never ordered this before, usually the fish Reuben sandwich. I was somewhat speechless at the small quantity of food for $17.99. The fries were greasy and the small pieces were well fried hard. Generally I would complain but the wife going through her medical issue I didn't want upset her. Cutie"s clam chowder was more broth than full of onions, potatoes and clams ($6.99 for a bowl). Saw waitress at end of meal bringing our check, where Cutie indicated the disappointment in the clam chowder. The waitress indicated she was sorry to hear that. She stood there waiting for me to pay the check. I put cash on the tray and said I'll need change. She brought back the change and walked away. I did leave a minimal tip. At this point we will return for a complimentary meal if offered to see if any changes have been made with those specific menu items. Hope not to be disappointed again.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Fabian_Botta, Owner at Ruddy Duck Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2022

Hey, I am disappointed to hear this feedback. Please know that this is not the norm for our restaurant, and is not the standard we hold ourselves to. We want all of our guests to have a great and positive all around experience with us,...More

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Ruddy Duck Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5