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The Ugly Duck Out - CLOSED

2 Franklin St, Swansea, Tasmania 7190, Australia
+61 3 6257 8850
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible8%
Sep 17, 2015
“Good pitstop”
Sep 5, 2015
“No lack of choice”
Restaurant Hours
All hours
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2 Franklin St, Swansea, Tasmania 7190, Australia
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81 - 90 of 165 reviews

Reviewed June 10, 2013

Great place for a scrumptious inexpensive meal. The squid was perfect. Great to be able to take ones own wine. Service was attentive a prompt

Thank Stew E
Reviewed June 2, 2013

We confer with the observations of "extremely disapointing" of the June 1, 2013 particularly in regard to the 'black back fish' which is Australian Salmon (arripis truttaceus). We are also local eastcoasters and we try to support local establishments as often as possible. At lunch...More

Thank Tasmanian_Peccadillo
Robyn K, Owner at The Ugly Duck Out, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for you comments. I remember, at the time, your comparison of the Australian Salmon to sardines and once again apologise that the flavour was obviously too strong for your taste. Our description of "black back" is that 'it is a local traditional fishy...More

Reviewed June 1, 2013

As locals we love to support our local businesses and have supported this establishment from when it first opened to great fanfare. The meals were generous but never cheap. You paid for what you got! Can remember meals that were generous in size and came...More

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Robyn K, Owner at The Ugly Duck Out, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your thoughts. More than ever, time is precious and we appreciate your generousity. Although you may think that visitors have dwindled, our regular customers have steadily increased since our beginning in 2004. We recognise our...More

Reviewed May 26, 2013

Went there twice during our Tasmanian road trip. The service was magnificent, the staff friendly, the milkshakes are brutally delicious, they left us without words. It was a wonderful experience and lovely to meet the staff. We had wallaby burgers which were really enjoyable. We...More

Thank AxDuhart
Robyn K, Owner at The Ugly Duck Out, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your encouragement. Swansea is my favourite town in Tasmania also! You now have several excuses to visit us again. Just remember the milkshakes...mmmmm...brutally delicious?!? We will look forward to your next visit. Good health.

Reviewed May 24, 2013

It was nice to be able to order from an extensive range of gluten free food. The fish and chips were very good, although a bit pricey compared to what we pay on the mainland. Staff were friendly despite the long day they put in.More

Thank Sharontlg
Robyn K, Owner at The Ugly Duck Out, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

We are happy you enjoyed the local fish and chips and the gluten-free batter. Most of our menu is gluten-free or easily adjusted to meet your dietary requirements. Our team is friendly because of the long days! We enjoy our work and meeting our guests....More

Reviewed May 22, 2013

I had the seafood chowder for lunch with freshly baked bread. The chowder was delicious, the cafe very cosy and ambient, with couches for lounging and magazines highlighting local Tasmanian producers and attractions. There was a selection of locally produced wines and beers, and the...More

Thank Melissa G
Robyn K, Owner at The Ugly Duck Out, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for your comments. The chowder is very popular - very warm and smokey in flavour. The Aussie Salmon is locally wood smoked especially for this dish. We look forward to your next visit to Swansea, Tasmania.

Reviewed May 16, 2013

While traveling the east coast we always time our trip through Swansea so as we can eat here. The owner is a very lovely women who make some very special food. She prides herself on her ethical leanings, which makes her food and establishment all...More

Thank Hobie1canobie
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Had a lovely meal here though my wife didn't quite get what she ordered. It was meant to be duck breast according to the menu but what arrived was actually duck leg. She dared me not to make a fuss, being the typical Brit that...More

Thank Graeme B
Reviewed April 3, 2013

The food was alright but it was quite dear. Granted that is the costs you pay for organic food but it didn't blow my hair back. Even though we pre-ordered our meal a few hours before and were given a specific pick up time, it...More

Reviewed March 24, 2013

Being from the east coast, I enjoy supporting local businesses as much as possible. I am in the industry and have been for years, and to see such a poor level of food and beverage service is just saddening. Very little atmosphere, poor quality service...More

Thank smithers88
Robyn K, Owner at The Ugly Duck Out, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2013

Being from the East Coast you would recognise our business has been operating for almost 10 years now. Our support and success has been the result of acting upon constructive comments from our guests and community. The 25th March was an interesting day. We had...More

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
$4 - $22
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Franklin St, Swansea, Tasmania 7190, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Tasmania  >  Swansea
  • Phone Number: +61 3 6257 8850
  • E-mail
After 11 1/2 years The Ugly Duck Out has CLOSED. This cheerful diner catered for dietary requirements and for those that wished to reduce their environmental footprint. The "ecotarian" menu promoted the benefits of this style of dining, exploring the link between the food we eat and its source. Ethically and environmentally sustainable produce was the foundation for honest, award winning preparations that were in harmony with the season. Gluten-free, low FODMAP and vegetarian diets were easily catered for. Our onsite produce garden ensured fresh produce and the kids play room was fun for both children and parents. The Ugly Duck Out was an awesome experience.
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