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Blue Duck Hotel

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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257 Barkly St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
+61 3 5352 1177
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Elmhurst, Australia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always have had great meals here - Their beer battered fish is fantastic and anything on the menu with lamb it is done just sooo well! Have been there for many group meals and everyone - including vegetarians, is always very happy with what is served to them.. They have a good selection of local wines as well and service... More 

Thank Wendy S
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Blue Duck Hotel is a great place to eat. It offers a great variety of food at reasonable price. The friendly staff are very helpful and work extremely hard. It's a must if you are in the area.

Thank Tosher13
Level Contributor
19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Has more ambience than most restaurants in the area. Staff are attentive. Food is a bit expensive ( especially since you order at the bar) but it is delicious.

Thank WorldfamousinNZ
Adelaide, Australia
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were recommended this hotel for dinner by the operator of the motel we were staying at. It is a good place for a decent meal. We ordered the Chicken Delight and the Greek Lamb Skewers, both of which arrived in a timely manner and were delicious. Service was friendly.

Thank Melissa C
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The experience at this pub led me to join trip advisor. Don't bother here! You get what you're given! Got our order wrong, steak, veggies and chips (not hard) no chips arrived though the potato would do. Hell no hard as! No taste in veggies and pepper sauce and 40% of the meat was fat. Tried to tell someone from... More 

Thank Colleen M
Melbourne, Australia
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Driving from Melbourne to Adelaide we were searching for a kid friendly pub for a quality counter meal. Trip Advisor doesn't let us down and we chose The Blue Duck in Ararat. The kids enjoyed Calamari and Chips, Kids Parmy and Nuggets, whilst the Adults had the Chicken Souvlaki and Chicken Schnitzel with gravy chips and salad. Big meals. One... More 

Thank ThomasReeh
South Australia, Australia
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63 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

I stopped at the Blue Duck on the walk back to my accommodation. Some other people in a large group from a conference had recommended it. I have to say the lamb shank soup I ordered was fantastic (order at the bar & give table number). The places seemed a cross between a pub & a cafe/restaurant. The guy at... More 

Thank Heather B
Melbourne, Australia
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107 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We had read no reviews so went on the name alone thinking that it would be a restaurant but it is a pub dining room . You are expected to order at the bar, collect water yourself etc. this was quite funny as there was a woman staff member hovering around the room watching. We c Should have stuck to... More 

Thank JanandAnne
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197 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Nothing special in our opinion. Reasonable range of mostly typical pub meals. Service was slow due to a reasonably full dining room, and not particularly friendly (but not unfriendly if you know what I mean) Quantities were good, and we ate everything, so it fulfilled the need.

Thank Tassiegolly
Ararat, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We have eaten here many times and the food and service are of a consistently high quality. The management and staff are most helpful and no request is too much trouble. Delicious country food.

Thank James D D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 257 Barkly St, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Grampians  >  Ararat
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5352 1177

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?