We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ruddy Duck Tavern

509 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4218
+1 252-726-7500
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“jambalaya” (38 reviews)
“fish tacos” (86 reviews)
“burger” (112 reviews)
Closed Now
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
509 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4218
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (1,267)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 1,261 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

First time back to the Ruddy Duck since they reopened after Hurricane Florence, and it didn’t disappoint. Arrived about 1230pm on a January Saturday, and it was a 30 minute wait. But that was ok, as the day was mild, and we could wait outside...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jdunns
Reviewed 1 week ago

we went our second day of being in town for vacation... we enjoyed it soo much we had to go eat it again before we left! I had the jambalaya, out of this world and so much food on my plate I shared with the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank JBilling1602
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went on a lunch date with the wife from Goldsboro looked forward to going here after the storm devastated the area , while most everything was great the mahi seemed old and dry and absolutely no taste what so ever , maybe it was a...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank bohart
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ruddy Ducks is one of our favorite go to by boat restaurants on the Crystal Coast. Food is ALWAYS exceptional and Fabian always adds a taste of South America in his cuisine. We have lived on Bogue Sound for almost 20 years and seen the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank leeshreve
Reviewed 14 October 2018

The owner is a (bad word) and doesn't like to be told when his kitchen messes up. Most places will take care of you and work with you. This guy will come out and read you the riot act. Don't be fooled by the appearances......More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Roam521889
Fabian_Botta, Manager at Ruddy Duck Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

Hello, I am sorry to hear about your experience. Please contact us at info@ruddyducktavern.com so we can further look into and discuss the situation. Thank you.

Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Went for lunch with my fiance. Great atmosphere and friendly service. Our bartender was fun and knowledgeable. Food was amazing.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank samwrightt
Reviewed 24 September 2018

We cruise the ICW and always find the Ruddy Duck for lunch. Mooring the boat at the dock behind the restaurant is easy and convenient. Really good food at decent prices. Friendly staff and always busy. We'll be back soon.

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank mcqkm
Reviewed 12 September 2018

We recently had lunch at the Ruddy Duck Tavern. I enjoyed the fish sandwich, which was a very generous size. It was made with large pieces of broiled Mahi Mahi topped with lettuce and locally-grown tomatoes. There were several choices of sides, and I had...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Sheryl C
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Love eating at this restaurant! Menu is varied, fish is fresh, service is friendly, prices are moderate and atmosphere is fun. Couldn't ask for more, right on the water! Very crowded over the summer months so call for reservations.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Joanperrymd
Reviewed 5 September 2018

I wont say it was bad but it sure wasn't up to what we were expecting. I got grilled mahi and steamed veggies. The mahi was great, the veggies were no where near cooked. She got grilled shrimp, they were cold. For the cost, we...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank lonnieb22
Nearby HotelsSee all 5 hotels in Morehead City
Bask Hotel at Big Rock Landing a Trademark Collection Hotel
313 reviews
.41 km away
The Sand Dollar Motel
100 reviews
2.31 km away
Oceanana Family Motel
224 reviews
2.94 km away
Caribbe Inn
489 reviews
3.05 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Floyd's 1921 Restaurant
337 reviews
.30 km away
Red Fish Grill
498 reviews
.25 km away
Full Circle Cafe
71 reviews
.25 km away
Nearby Attractions
History Museum of Carteret County
35 reviews
.66 km away
Seaport Antiques
13 reviews
.08 km away
Carteret Community Theatre
6 reviews
1.06 km away
Morehead City Yacht Basin
5 reviews
.56 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
16 January 2019|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Dayla Kay K | Reviewed this property |
1-17-19 As of today, they do not serve crab legs. They have not served crab legs in over a year. They do not plan on serving them in the near future. Thank you for asking!
16 January 2019|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from silverlakes4 M | Reviewed this property |
Honestly don’t recall seeing it.
8 August 2018|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from 503fredr | Reviewed this property |
Was there off season and was not full, but busy. There are docks for people who arrive by boat as well. My guess is summer is busy.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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: +1 252-726-7500
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing