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Ruddy Duck Tavern

509 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4218
+1 252-726-7500
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish tacos” (82 reviews)
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Open Now
11:00 - 22:00 Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
509 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4218
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank Roam521889
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank samwrightt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

1  Thank Keen M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

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.

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

Thank lonnieb22
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Were seated inside. Very loud and the table was situated so that our waiter could not get to everyone. We had to yell across the table. To make it more difficult, our waiter had a heavy Spanish accent which made him hard to understand. Hence,...More

Thank Denny319
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Several people told us we should try this place when we visited the area. The back deck is nice with a view over the water. It was very crowded on our 2nd night there (45 min wait on a Sat nite) so we ate at...More

1  Thank NCSUBAB
Reviewed 31 August 2018

Good menu. Bar and tavern environment. Inside or outside seating. Close quarters. Limited menu. Very good service.

Thank camaga2016
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

Loved the relaxing view of the water and being able to sit outside in the shade. Food was good and average priced.

Thank Teresa G
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Sara N
8 August 2018|
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Response from Fred R | 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.
23 April 2018|
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Response from mess-hall-review | Reviewed this property |
This restaurant is closed on Mondays.
11 December 2017|
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Response from SharonB2 | Reviewed this property |
Ioanni’s in Morehead City would be a great place to go - it’s a sports bar with great food. Hooters in Morehead City is also good. Those are both on 70. Ruddy Duck on the waterfront in Morehead City has sports on the TV in... More
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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
Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, 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
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